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OFFICIAL BY-LAWS

BARNYARD BUZZARDS MODEL AIRPLANE CLUB

Rev 0.91   10/17/2018


ARTICLE I  NAME

    The name of the organization shall be the "BARNYARD BUZZARDS MODEL AIRPLANE CLUB"  (BBMAC).
     

ARTICLE II   PURPOSE

    The purpose of this organization is to promote the building and operation of radio controlled models, and to promote public acceptance and good will towards the sport/hobby in a professional manner.
     

ARTICLE III   MEMBERSHIP

    Section 1.

      Prospective members shall be recommended by at least 2 active members. Membership will be granted by unanimous approval of the Executive Board. Approval of membership will be determined by:

      Prospective member being in good standing with an approved national organization, determined by the clubs current chartering organization.

        a.  Initiative of the prospective member

        b.  Attitude of the prospective member

    Section 2.

      Upon acceptance, new members shall be provided with a membership manual consisting of:

        a.  Field and Safety Rules
        b.  By-Laws
        c.  Club Roster/Organization Chart
        d.  Membership Card
        e.  Any other pertinent information
         

    Section 3.

      The membership year shall be from January 1 to December 31 with annual membership fees (dues), due at the regular January meeting.  All dues must be paid by the regular March meeting or the unpaid member(s) shall be deemed inactive and placed at the bottom of the waiting list.  The membership limit shall be set at a level approved by both the field landowner and the membership.  The limit shall be based upon field usage and may be revised at a regular monthly meeting by a majority vote of the members present at the meeting.  The limit shall be as recorded in the meeting minutes for the meeting at which the level was revised.
       

    Section 4.

      Upon joining or renewing ones membership, the individual must present his/her current membership card in an approved national modeling organization, determined by the clubs current chartering organization.
       

    Section 5.

      a.  Former club members who have dropped out of the club for over One (1) year, will be treated as a new club member and must pay the same fees as any new member.

      b.  Former club members, who have dropped out of the club for less than One (1) year, can either:

        1) Before June 30th of the current year, pay the yearly dues plus the initiation fee

        2) Rejoin after June 30th of the current year and only pay the yearly dues

      The board shall have the power to set this aside for special circumstances only (i.e. job loss, medical problems, extreme economic hardship, etc.)
       

    Section 6

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

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

      c.  Any other unacceptable behavior by an individual member or members, as defined by the Club Officers, becomes the responsibility of the Club Officers. Any individual may be expelled from membership in the Club by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Club Officers if, in the determination of the Club Officers, such individual(s) willfully commits any act or omission which is a violation of any of the Bylaws, Club Safety Rules, Rules of the AMA or which is detrimental to the Club, the AMA or to model aviation.

      d.  Any member who is expelled from membership may be reinstated to membership only by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Club Officers.

      e.  The Club Officers 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.
       

    Section 7   Membership Categories

      a.  Full Member: Full Members have full voting and flying rights. Full flying rights for new members are established after passing Safety/Checkout flight requirements as established by the Executive Committee.

      b.  Family Member; Family Members of a full member may join, but only the original full member will have voting rights, and the family member may not hold an Executive Committee position. A Family member has unrestricted flying rights after passing Safety/Checkout flight requirements as established by the Executive Committee.

      c.  Student Member: Student Member must be attending school full time and must have a sponsoring Full Member listed on their membership card. Student Members have no voting rights, may not hold an Executive Committee position and must have a Full Member present during all flying activities at this club’s field(s).

      d.  Junior Member: Junior Member must be under 18 and must have a sponsoring Full Member listed on their membership card. A Junior Member will have no voting rights, may not hold an Executive Committee position and must have their sponsoring Full Member present during all flying activities at this club’s field(s).


ARTICLE IV   DUES

    Section 1.

      The annual dues and initiation fee for full membership shall be recommended by the Executive Committee based on a calculation from the annual operating budget to be approved by a majority of the members present during the October business meeting.  The fees paid for a new Full Membership will be non-refundable and does include the first year's annual dues as established by the membership. The new membership fees will not apply to a new Family, Student or Junior membership.

      A $25.00 Reactivation fee shall be charged if dues are not paid for by the end of business at the March meeting.  This $25.00 fee will added to the yearly dues and paid in full at the time of the delinquent dues payment.

      Additional family members may join for an amount equivalent to 1/2 the regular Full Member’s annual dues per person, per year.   Annual dues will not be pro-rated

      Student Membership annual dues will be set by the Executive Committee.

      Junior member dues shall be recommended by the Executive Committee.


ARTICLE V   ELECTED OFFICERS

    Section 1.   ELECTED OFFICERS

      a.  President

      b.  Vice President

      c.  Secretary

      d.  Treasurer

      e.  Safety Officer/Field Marshall


    Section 2.   APPOINTED POSITIONS

      a. Newsletter Editor

      b. Special Committees

      The offices of President and Vice President shall be held for no longer than three consecutive years by any one person.

      The term of the elected officers will be from January 1 to December 31.

      A prospective officer must have been an active member in good standing for 12 consecutive months prior to nomination.  Nominations will open in October and elections will be held in December.

      Any elected officer may be voted out of office by a 2/3 majority vote of the total club membership via a recall ballot either by mail or other appropriate means. Just cause for such action must be clearly stated and defined on the recall ballot.

 

ARTICLE VI   OFFICER  AND APPOINTEES DUTIES

    Section 1.   PRESIDENT

      The President shall be the executive officer of the club and shall preside at all meetings. He/she shall be the spokesperson for the club and shall appoint standing and special committees and chairperson(s) as required.

      The President is an ex-officio member of all committees and, in the event a tie vote, shall cast the deciding vote.


    Section 2.   VICE PRESIDENT

      The Vice President shall assist the President in all matters and shall assume the duties of the President if, for any reason, he/she is unable to perform his/her duties. The Vice President shall also be responsible for coordinating all social events of the club.

 

    Section 3.   SECRETARY

      The Secretary shall keep accurate minutes of the club's proceedings. He/she shall record meeting attendance, keep an up-to-date record of all members, and be responsible for fulfilling and maintaining all annual reporting requirements of the incorporation.


    Section 4.   TREASURER

      The Treasurer shall have charge of all club funds and shall keep an exact record of all moneys received and dispersed. He/she will make available to the membership, an annual report at the first meeting of each year. The Treasurer shall maintain the records in such a manner so that they may be open for inspection at any reasonable time. The Treasurer shall report on the financial condition of the club at all meetings.


    Section 5.     SAFETY OFFICER/FIELD MARSHALL

      The Field Marshall/Safety Officer shall have the responsibility of overseeing the safe flying atmosphere at the flying field.  The Safety Officer has the responsibility and the right to request any individual using any of the club's facilities to cease such use due to violations of either the AMA Safety Code or those safety regulations so adopted by the club.


    Section 6.     NEWSLETTER EDITOR

      The Newsletter Editor shall have the responsibility of maintaining a high degree of communication among club members. This shall be done through a club newsletter. He/she shall make available a newsletter to every club member as well as an exchange of information with other clubs.


    Section 7. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

      The Executive Committee shall be comprised of the elected officers as listed in Article V. In the event of multiple office positions held by one (1) person, additional Board Members will be elected as required to result in five (5) Board positions. No person on the Executive Committee shall have more than one (1) vote. The Executive Committee shall be empowered to make decisions when action must be taken before a regular membership meeting can be called. Approval of 3 members is required for expenditures up to $200.00. Approval of all 5 members is required for expenditures from $200.01 to $300.00. Any expenditures, other than field rent and AMA charter fees, over $300.01 will require the approval of a majority of the members present at a regular membership meeting. In the event of a situation which affects either the safety or operational integrity of the flying site, any one member of the Board, within reason and using his/her better judgment, is empowered to make whatever decision(s) may be necessary in order to rectify the condition. This will ONLY apply however, when the minimum (3) members as stated above cannot be contacted for whatever reason(s).

      The Executive Committee may meet as often as deemed necessary and is empowered to make those decisions necessary to efficiently manage the club.

      A member of the Executive Committee shall audit the Club’s Financial Reports as prepared by the Treasurer at least once a year and compare them to the Bank’s Monthly Statements

 

ARTICLE VII   CLUB LOGO

    The club shall have a logo of such design as the club shall adopt.


ARTICLE VIII   SAFETY

    Section 1.

      All AMA and club safety rules shall be strictly adhered to by every club member and any guests at the flying field.


    Section 2.

      The club shall from time to time, review the existing and/or adopt any new rules or guidelines which will lead to the continued safe operation of our equipment. These field safety rules shall be posted at the club's flying site and also shall be given to each new member upon joining the club. The club safety rules in effect shall be those posted at the flying field.


    Section 3.

      The grievance procedure provides a mechanism to enforce existing safety rules by providing a progressive disciplinary system when needed.  Although most complaints can be resolved informally, if a complaint is serious or cannot be resolved informally, the matter should be referred to the Club Officers for its consideration by means of a Grievance Form to be filled out and turned into the Safety Officer.  At least one witness is required to sign the Grievance Form.

      The Club Officers shall use their judgment in carrying out action on the following:

        A.  A grievance form will be filled out and turned into the Safety Officer.  At least one witness is required.            

        B.   FIRST VIOLATION

          Viewpoints of both complainants and accused will be considered.
          Complainant’s name will be disclosed.
          A verbal reprimand will be given to the accused by the Club Officers, and this will be recorded in the Committee files.
           

        C.    SECOND VIOLATION

          Complainant’s name will be disclosed.

          The accused has the right to a written rebuttal, to be reviewed by the Club Officers.     

          If the Club Officers so decide, the flying privileges of the accused will be suspended for thirty (30) days.  Written notice of this shall be issued and a copy published in the Club newsletter.


        D.  THIRD VIOLATION

          Club Officers will notify the accused in writing and the Club members via the Club newsletter that the Club will vote on the expulsion of the accused at the next meeting.

          Said expulsion will last for a one-year minimum (Longer if deemed necessary by the Club Officers).

          A member may be expelled from the Club only upon a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the membership present at the meeting. Voting will be by secret ballot at a regular monthly meeting.

          The expelled member may reapply for membership after the expiration of the expulsion time period.

 

        E.  The three actions will not be enforced unless they are accumulated within a two-year period of time.

 

        F.   Any member receiving a Grievance, who directs any retaliation action against the person filing said Grievance, will be subject to immediate expulsion from the Club.  This is to include threats, intimidation, physical harm, intentional equipment damage, or any other action deemed to be retaliatory by the Club Officers.

 

ARTICLE IX   AMENDMENTS

    The by-laws of the Barnyard Buzzards Model Airplane Club may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the membership present at a regular meeting provided that written notice of such proposed changes has been sent to each member at least one month prior to the scheduled vote.

 

ARTICLE X   DISSOLUTION OF THE CLUB

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

    Upon dissolution of the Club, the Club Officers shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all of the liabilities of the Club, dispose of all the assets of the Club exclusively for the purposes of the Club 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 Club, as the Club Officers 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 principle office of this Club 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 XI   MEETINGS

    The club shall have regular meetings which shall occur, unless otherwise agreed upon by the membership, at least once a month. The date, time and place shall be determined by the Executive Committee and notice shall be given to each member.

    Only current, full dues paying members are eligible to vote or hold an office.

    A majority of the Executive Committee, (3 of the 5), present at any Board meeting shall constitute a quorum.

    A vote of one-half plus one of the members present at a meeting is required to pass any motion. Motions involving any expenditure of the club's moneys other than field rent and AMA charter dues, shall require a similar quantity of votes in favor of passage. Attendance at the meetings to insure full awareness and participation in club matters and operation is the responsibility of the individual members, provided the members have been informed of the meeting schedule set forth by the Executive Committee as noted above. This does not apply to those instances where a specific advance notice is required.(i.e.: recall ballots, by-laws amendments, etc.)

 

ARTICLE XII   NEWSLETTER

    A newsletter shall be published and made available to each member as often as is deemed necessary by the Executive Committee.

 

ARTICLE XIII   ORDER OF BUSINESS

    The business at a regular meeting shall include the following::

              1. Call the meeting to order

              2. Review of the minutes from the previous meeting

              3. Treasurer's report

              4. Introduction of visitors and new members

              5. Announcements and/or communications

              6. Committee reports

              7. Old business

              8. New business

              9. Program

             10. Adjournment

 

 Rev. 0.91  10/17/2018