Flying Tigers R/C Club, Inc.
Scranton, South Carolina
ARTICLE 1: PURPOSE
1. The purpose of said Club is to promote, teach, practice and develop the Sport of Radio Control for the recreation of its current membership.
ARTICLE 2: DUTIES
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 quorum at a Board of Director meeting. A quorum shall consist of at least 50% of the current Board members. 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.
2. President: The President shall preside at all meetings of the Club and shall act as a spokesperson in all matters pertaining to it.
3. Vice-President: The Vise-President shall act for the President when he/she is unable to serve, and is to maintain an accurate record (including place of storage) of all Club assets.
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 or situations.
5. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall collect all monies due and shall keep a record of monies disbursed by the Club.
6. Field Marshall: The Field Marshall shall be responsible for establishing “mowing crews” and “mowing equipment maintenance crews”. He/she is to ensure that the field is properly maintained and recommend improvement/changes.
7. Safety Committee Chairman/Safety Officer: The Safety Committee Chairman/Safety Officer shall be responsible for chairing the safety committee and ensuring existing safety rules are enforced. This includes processing the grievance forms and following the existing grievance procedure documented in the Bylaws.
ARTICLE 3: AUDIT 1. The President or his appointees will make a periodic audit of the Treasurer’s books.
ARTICLE 4: TERMS OF OFFICE
1. All elected officers of the Club shall serve for one (1) year date of election. Officers are to be elected by a vote of simple majority of those present at the regular meeting in the month of November. Mail-in ballots will be made available for those members who have voting rights but cannot attend the meeting. Those ballots, returned by mail before the next meeting, will be counted as if those persons were present at the meeting. New officers will take office January 1. Personnel will be appointed by the elected officers and confirmed by a simple majority vote of those members present during a regular meeting; i.e. Newsletter editor, Contest Director, etc.
2. Nomination of Club officers shall be made at the general membership meeting during the month of October. Nominations for office may be made by any active Club member holding voting rights, either in person or by submitting a proxy nomination to an existing officer. All known nominations for office will be published electronically prior to the election.
3. A secret ballot is required for elections, for removal of a Club officer or a member of the Board of Directors, and for expulsion of a member from the Club unless waived by a simple majority vote of the members present at the meeting.
ARTICLE 5: VACANCIES
1. Vacancies in any office shall be filled by appointment by the remaining officers, such appointee to serve until the end of the term for which the predecessor was elected.
ARTICLE 6: COMMITTEE
1. A committee of the Club shall be by appointment of 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 7: MEETINGS
1. Regular meetings shall be held at a time and place designated by the Club officers and published electronically.
2. Club officers may call special meetings with no less than five (5) 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.
4. 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 have the matter placed upon the working agenda of the next Club meeting.
ARTICLE 8: DUES AND MEMBERSHIP
1. The annual dues to be paid to the Club shall be determined by the Club officers with the approval of a simple majority vote. Dues are non-refundable, except under extraordinary circumstances, which will be determined by the Board of Directors on a case-by-case basis. Dues are to be paid annually.
2. 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 five (5) days prior notice along with an explanation of the assessment.
3. A member shall be in arrears and shall not be considered active if his/her dues have not been paid as provided in Article 8, Section 1. Any member who allows their membership to lapse beyond three (3) months of any year shall be considered a new member when renewing their membership and will not be given preference over any other applicant should a membership waiting list be in existence.
4. 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 the meeting.
ARTICLE 9: MEMBER STANDING
1. All persons shall be eligible for membership, and shall agree to abide by the Clubs Bylaws, and those of the AMA.
2. The membership shall be divided into the following categories:
a. Full Member: Is sixteen (16) years old or older, has full privileges and voting rights. Dues: Full Member rate and must possess an active AMA Membership.
b. Junior Member: Is younger than sixteen (16) years old, has full privileges and voting rights. Dues: Junior Member rate and must possess an active AMA Membership.
c. Family Membership: Includes all flying members of the immediate family (spouse and children). They have full privileges and voting rights. Dues: One (1) Full Membership plus one (1) Junior Membership, and each flying member must possess an active AMA Membership. Junior members must have AMA Membership to vote. Children are included until their nineteenth (19th) birthday and from their nineteenth (19th) birthday until their twenty-fifth (25th) birthday, provided they remain continuously dependent upon their parents for their principal support.
d. Associate Member: A Non-Flyer, who is interested in the activities of the Club, has no voting rights and receives electronic notifications from the Club.
e. Probationary Member: A new member within the first (1st) calendar year of membership. This member is not eligible for elected office; however they may serve the Club in an appointed position. Member has full voting rights at Club meetings. Membership dues are per the current rate structure, check with a Club officer for costs.
3. Flying members will be required to hold and maintain a license issued by the AMA. All first (1st) time flying member applicants, as well as present flying members seeking membership renewal, must show proof of membership in the AMA. Non-flying and Associate members do not require AMA membership, unless they intend on participating in activities on the “run-way” side of the safety fence.
4. Before joining the Club, new members shall be introduced in person by their sponsor. Without the proposed member or members present, the membership, by a motion, a second, a discussion, then a secret ballot simple majority vote of the members present at a meeting, shall approve any application for membership. The applicant will be on probation for one (1) calendar year subsequent to the approval of his/her application for membership. At any time during the probationary period, his/her membership application may again become subject to approval of the Club with the possibility of immediate expulsion from the Club.
5. Any new or present member may be subject to a general background check; this is to help maintain Club integrity. All information obtained is strictly confidential. The Board of Directors reserves the right to deny membership or expel a member based upon the findings.
6. Any member receiving a Safety Grievance as stated in Article 17, who is involved in non-flying violations, or who has key information of a non-flying violation and withholds it from the Board of Directors may, at the Board of Directors’ discretion, be placed on probation for one (1) year regardless of his/her tenure in the Club.
ARTICLE 10: 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 radio control 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 2, Duties, Section 1 of these Bylaws. Any individual may be expelled from membership of 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 Bylaws, or the Rules of the AMA, or which is detrimental the Club, AMA, or to the Sport of Radio Control.
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 impose disciplinary action for such acts or omissions, which do not justify expulsion from membership.
ARTICLE 11: AMENDMENTS 1. Amendments may be made to these Bylaws at any general meeting of the Club membership, provided the members have been notified in writing at least five (5) days in advance that the amendments are to be considered. Copies of the proposed amendments shall be provided to all members as part of the notification. Amendments shall be approved by no less than a two-third (2/3) majority vote of the members present, at the regular monthly meeting.
ARTICLE 12: SPECIAL 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.
2. The President will have discretionary spending of up to five-hundred dollars ($500.00) without requiring Club approval for each calendar year he/she holds office.
3. All donations will become the property of the Flying Tigers R/C Club, Inc. A donation is defined as money, materials (such as building supplies), tools, R/C items and time spent by any member or non-member working for the Clubs benefit. DONATIONS MAY NOT BE USED IN LIEU OF MEMBERSHIP DUES OR ASSESSMENTS.
ARTICLE 13: DURATION
1. The duration of this Club shall be perpetual.
ARTICLE 14: 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. (AMA), 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 purpose.
ARTICLE 15: INCORPORATION
1. The incorporation of this membership shall be a minimum of three (3) of the four (4) elected officers.
ARTICLE 16: LOGO
1. The official Club logo shall be:
ARTICLE 17: GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE (FLIGHT AND GROUND SAFETY RULES)
1. Purpose: 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 Safety Committee for its consideration by means of a Grievance Form to be filled out and turned into the Safety Committee Chairman. At least one (1) witness is required to sign the Grievance Form.
2. Safety Committee: The Safety Committee shall use its judgment in carrying out action on the following:
a. A Grievance Form (see last page of Bylaws) will be filled out and turned into the Safety Committee Chairman. At least one (1) witness is required.
b. FIRST (1ST) VIOLATION
1). Viewpoints of both complainants and accused will be considered. 2). Complainants name will be disclosed. 3). A verbal reprimand will be given to the accused by the Safety Committee, and this will be recorded in the Committee files. c. SECOND (2ND) VIOLATION
1). Complainants name will be disclosed. 2). The accused has the right to a written rebuttal, to be reviewed by the Safety Committee. 3). If the Safety Committee so decides, the flying privileges of the accused will be suspended for thirty (30) days. Written notice of this suspension shall be issued and a copy published electronically. d. THIRD (3RD) VIOLATION
1). Safety Committee will notify the accused in writing and the Club members via electronic mail that the Club will vote on the expulsion of the accused at the next regular Club meeting. 2). Said expulsion will last for a one (1) year minimum. (Longer if deemed necessary by the Board of Directors). 3). A member may be expelled from the Club only upon a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the membership present at a regular meeting. 4). Voting will be by secret ballot at a regular monthly meeting. 5). The expelled member may reapply for membership after the expiration of the expulsion time period. e. The three (3) actions will not be enforced unless they are accumulated within a two (2) 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, physical harm, intentional equipment damage, or any other action deemed to be retaliatory by the Board of Directors.
FLYING TIGERS R/C CLUB, INC.
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Name of accused:___________________________________
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