BLENNERHASSETT AREA RC CLUB

CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS  

 

 February, 2004 Revised for September 2009……… Accepted: October 31,2009

 

ARTICLE 1: DUTIES

 

Elected Officials:

1. Board of Directors: the management of the affairs of the Club shall be vested in the Board of Directors who shall have the authority to establish and administer its policies. Official decisions may be made by a two-thirds (2/3) majority mail vote or by a simple majority of those Board members attending a Board of Directors meeting, provided that over half of the Board members are in attendance. Official decisions shall be consistent with the stated purposes and objectives of the AMA as set forth in its Bylaws and, where those Bylaws are not specified, vested in the sound discretion of the Board of Directors. All decisions made by and approved by a 2/3 votes of Board Members present shall then be put before the membership for a vote and acceptance. The Board of Directors consists of all elected officials plus the immediate past president.

 

2. President: The President shall preside at all meetings of the Club and shall act as a spokesperson in all matters pertaining to Club business. He/She shall serve as chairman of the Board of Directors, call and oversee proper elections, special elections, and special meetings for the Club.

 

3. Vice-President: The Vice President shall act for the president when he/she is unable to serve. The Vice President will also perform tasks at the request of the president.

 

4. Secretary: The Secretary shall record minutes of each Club meeting and handle all correspondence pertaining to Club activities. He/she will also be the Club’s contact person with AMA in case of questions, problems that AMA guidance is required.

 

5. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall collect all moneys due and shall keep a record of moneys disbursed by the Club.

 

6. Field Marshall: The Field Marshall shall be responsible for maintaining the Club facilities, including all structures, mowing and road access. The Field Marshall is responsible for site improvements. He/She will work with the CD, President and Safety Officer for fly-in setups.

 

7.   The Directors participate on the Board and help with assuring that member’s ideas and concerns are addressed by the Board. The directors also perform tasks as requested by the President. There may be up to four directors.

 

 

Key appointed positions:

 

Members in key appointed positions report to the Board when appropriate or as requested by the Board. See “Policies and Procedures Article 6 for details”.

 

 

ARTICLE 2: AUDIT

1. The President or his appointees may request an audit of the Treasurer’s records at any time.

 

ARTICLE 3: CLUB OFFICERS

 

1. Terms of Office

 

Club directors serve for two years, with two of them elected each year. In any year, two directors are serving their first year and the remaining two are serving their second year. All other elected officers of the Club shall serve for one (1) year.

 

 

2. Requirements for Holding an Elected Office

 

A. Candidates must have been a Full Member in good standing for at least one year prior to the day of the election.

B. Candidates must have attended at least 6 Business or Board meetings (any combination) within 1 year of the day of election.

C. Candidates for BARCC officers cannot be Officers in another model aircraft R/C club.

D. Candidates must have voted in the most recent election for Officers.

 

3. Nomination and Election Procedure

 

A.  See Blennerhassett Area RC Club’s Policies and Procedures “, Article 5 for the Nomination and Election Procedures.

 

ARTICLE 4: VACANCIES

1. Vacancies in any office may be filled by appointment of the remaining officers, such appointee to serve until the end of the term for which his predecessor was elected.

 

ARTICLE 5: COMMITTEES

1. Committees of the Club shall be appointment by the President and may be approved by a simple majority vote of the members present at a meeting (if a vote is requested), to serve throughout the term, or less, of his tenure of office. Standing Committees are the Safety Committee and the Field Maintenance Committee.

 

 

ARTICLE 6: MEETINGS

1. Regular meetings shall be held at a time and place designated by the Club president.

 

2. The Club President or a majority of Board members may call special meetings with no less than five days prior written notice of a special meeting. The purpose of the special meeting shall be stated in the written notice.

 

3. At any Club meeting a simple majority shall be over 50% of the members voting at the meeting. A simple majority vote of those in attendance at a regular business meeting is necessary and sufficient for approving Board recommendations and other routine club business.

 

4. While informal communications are encouraged, any member or probationary member of the Club may initiate a formal request for action by the Board of Directors by submitting a written proposal to the President. The proposal shall include a written description of the nature, type, and extent of the Board action recommended. The President of the Board shall forward copies of the proposal to other members of the Board of Directors for their consideration. Either the President, or any other Board member, may choose to have the matter placed upon the working agenda of the next Club meeting.

 

 

ARTICLE 7: DUES AND MEMBERSHIP

1.  The annual dues to be paid to the Club shall be determined by the Club officers (the Board) with the approval of a simple majority vote of the voting membership at any regular business meeting. Notification of a change of dues must be made in writing to members a minimum of two weeks before a vote is held to change dues. Dues are non-refundable, except under extraordinary circumstances, which will be determined by the Board of Directors on a case-by-case basis. Dues for the current year are to be paid no later than March 31.

 

2.  Dues structure costs will be defined in the Blennerhassett Area RC Club’s “ Policies and Procedures “.

 

 

 

3. No special assessment shall be levied upon the Club membership, unless it is approved by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) majority of the members present at the regular monthly meeting, and the members have been given a minimum of five (5) days prior notice along with an explanation of the assessment.

 

 

4. A member shall be in arrears and shall not be considered active if his/her dues have not been paid as provided in Article 7, Section 1.

Any member who allows their membership to lapse beyond March 31 of any year shall be considered a new member and will be subject to paying the late penalty fee for reinstatement when renewing their membership. Reinstatement fees are described in the Blennerhassett Area RC Club’s                  

   “ Policies and Procedures ( Article 2 “. They will not be given preference

   over any other applicant should a membership waiting list be in existence.

 

  

5. Types of membership and limits on the total number of members shall be determined by the Club officers and approved by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) majority of the members present at a regular business meeting.

 

 

 

ARTICLE 8: RESIGNATION, TERMINATION, DISCIPLINARY

ACTION, EXPULSION AND REINSTATEMENT OF MEMBERSHIP

 

1. Any member in good standing may resign his/her membership by giving written notice to the Club.

 

2. If any member ceases to have the qualification necessary for membership in the AMA, his/her membership in the Club shall thereby terminate, subject to reinstatement upon restoration of eligibility.

 

3. This section provides for enforcement of the Safety Rules that are related to flying activities. Any other unacceptable behavior by an individual member or members, as defined by the Board of Directors, become the responsibility of the Board of Directors as stated in Article 1, Duties, Section 1 of these Bylaws. Any individual may be expelled from membership from the Club by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Board of Directors if, in the Board of Directors’ determination, such individual willfully commits any act or omission which is a violation of any of the terms of these Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, or the Rules of the AMA, or which is detrimental the Club, the AMA, or to model aviation.

 

4. Any member who is expelled from membership may be reinstated to membership only by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Board of Directors.

 

5. The Board of Directors shall have the discretionary authority to provide for and to impose disciplinary action for such acts or omissions, which do not justify expulsion from membership.

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 9: FUNDS

 

1. The Treasurer of the Club is authorized to receive contributions or specially obtained funds from any individual or institution, to be applied to the operating expenses of the Club.

 

ARTICLE 10: DURATION

1. The duration of this Club shall be perpetual.

 

ARTICLE 11: DISSOLUTION

 

1. The Corporation may be dissolved with the approval of a two-thirds (2/3)-majority vote of the total membership.

 

2. Upon the dissolution of the Corporation, the Board shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities of the Corporation, dispose of all the assets of the Corporation exclusively for the purposes of the Corporation in such manner, to the Academy of Model Aeronautics, Inc., or to such other organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or to such other organization with purposes similar to the purposes of this Corporation, as the Board shall determine. Any of such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas (or similar court) of the county in which the principal office of this Corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes and to such organization or organizations, as said court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

 

ARTICLE 12: INCORPORATION

 

 

1. The incorporation of this membership shall consist of all of the elected officers.