Bylaws

17 JULY 2007

CONSTITUTION AND BY‑LAWS

MANITWO FLYERS, Ltd.

 ARTICLE 1 ‑ MANITWO FLYERS

 SECTION 1.

a.  The name of this club shall be MANITWO, FLYERS LTD.

ARTICLE 2 -OBJECTIVES 

SECTION 1.

a.  The club is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific  purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.  The objectives of this Club shall be to promote teaching of aeronautic principles, model building, and flying in Manitowoc County and general locality, and to aid insofar as possible the national AMA activities, looking toward the continual advancement of model aviation in all its phases in the United States.

SECTION 2.

a.  All special or local enterprises of Manitwo Flyers shall conform to the policies of the Academy of Model Aeronautics and to the regulations of that organization governing model aircraft contests.

 ARTICLE 3 ‑ MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1.

a. Club membership is open.

b.  A person may be a voting member of the club by paying the full membership dues excluding field dues. This type member holds no flying site privileges.

 SECTION 2. 

a.  Model aircraft flying privileges at the club are extended to members and their guests provided they meet qualifications prescribed by this Club and by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, and hold an individual flyer’s license issued by the Academy.

 SECTION 3. 

a.  Club membership shall run from 1 April of the current year to 31 March of the following year.

 ARTICLE 4 ‑ OFFICERS

SECTION 1.

a.  The officers of the Manitwo Flyers, LTD. shall be:

1.     President

2.     Vice‑President

3.     Secretary

4.     Treasurer

5.     Field Marshall

6.     Safety Officer

 ARTICLE 5 – DUTIES

a.  PRESIDENT ‑ The president shall preside at all meetings of the club and shall act as spokesman for the club in all matters pertaining to it.

b.  VICE‑PRESIDENT ‑ The Vice‑President shall act for the President when he is unable to serve.

c.  SECRETARY ‑ The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings and roll call based on the current member roster. He shall provide and maintain an official minute’s book for this purpose.

d.  TREASURER – The Treasurer shall be in charge of all monies and shall furnish monthly reports of the status of the club’s financial condition.  The treasurer shall also maintain the official club roster.

e.  FIELD MARSHALL – The Field Marshall shall enforce the A.M.A. and Flying Field Rules in force at Manitwo Flyers, LTD. field.

1.  The Field Marshall shall inform any person who is reported or observed in violation of the rule(s) of their infraction.

2.  Severe or repetitive violations shall be reported to the club officers as soon as reasonably possible.  Violations deemed serious or repetitive shall also be recorded in the minutes of the next regular or special meeting of Manitwo Flyers Ltd.

3.  Severity and repetitive nature of violation(s) shall be considered by club officers in setting consequences of violation(s). This could range from private discussion, to termination of flying privileges. Any consequences further than discussion shall also be recorded in club minutes.

f.  SAFETY OFFICER – The duties of Safety Officer are similar to the Field Marshall and can be fulfilled by a single officer.

ARTICLE 6 ‑ TERM OF OFFICE

 SECTION 1.

All officers of the Manitwo Flyers shall serve for one calendar year commencing 1 January.

 SECTION 2.

a.  The election of officers shall be held annually at the December meeting and the nominations shall be by individual members.

ARTICLE 7 ‑ VACANCIES

 SECTION 1.

a.  Vacancy in any office shall be filled by appointment by a quorum vote of the members, such appointee to serve until the end of the term for which his predecessor was elected.

b.  A temporary officer can be appointed by the President or Vice President until a quorum vote is held by the members.

ARTICLE 8 ‑ MEETINGS

 SECTION 1.

a.  Regular meetings will normally be held on the third Tuesday of every month. Special meetings of the Club shall be at any convenient time, upon call by the President, or upon call signed by any ten members of the Club, provided that any such call shall be issued at least three days in advance of the date set.

b.  No notice of regular meetings shall be required, except in the case of annual meetings for the election of officers, as stipulated in Section 2, Article 6. The president shall notify all members by mail as to these annual election meetings a week in advance. However, failure of the President to notify the members in advance shall not nullify any election procedures conducted at any meeting where a quorum is in attendance, as stipulated in Section 2 of Article 9.

ARTICLE 9 ‑ REGULAR BUSINESS

 SECTION 1.

a.  All regular business affairs and enterprises conducted by the Club shall be directed by the President who may call a meeting of the membership to decide on any problem or business activity.

SECTION 2.

a.  At any club meeting, a quorum shall be (3) officers and (5) current members.

b.  The quorum can decide on any problem or business activity except:

1.   Issues regarding club dues

2.   Special assessments

3.   Field dues

4.   Relocation of the flying field

5.   Major changes in the flying site

 

SECTION 3.

a.  Action on Article 9 Section 2 prohibited activities shall be by a full membership roll call and proxy vote.

b.  Prior to a full membership vote, the club officers shall mail all current voting eligible members a discussion paper of the issues and a proxy vote.

c.  Proxy votes returned to any club officer in time for the general meeting will be included in the roll call vote.

ARTICLE 10 ‑ DUES AND FEES

SECTION 1.

a.  Membership dues are collected by the club treasurer, or in his absence, any club officer.

SECTION 2.

a.  Membership Dues – The annual membership dues to this Club shall be $50.00. Dues are to be paid by March 31st.

b.  Sons and daughters of current members up to the age of 18 on 1 July are not accessed membership dues.

c.  Membership dues for spouses of current members and sponsored youth, up to the age   of 18 on 1 July, shall be 50% of full membership dues (currently $25.00)

d.  Renewals pay full amount regardless of time of year.

e.  Mentor Program dues shall be assessed @ 20% of club dues.

 SECTION 3.

a.  No special assessment shall be levied upon the Club membership or individual at any time, except as described under Article 9-Section 2.

ARTICLE 11 ‑ SPECIAL FUNDS

SECTION 1.

a.  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 12 ‑ COMMITTEES

SECTION 1.

a.  The standing committees of the Club shall be appointed by the President or Acting Officer to serve throughout the term of his tenure of office, and their duties shall be indicated by the names of the committees as follows:

1.    Contest Committee

2.    Publicity and Publications Committee

3.    Activity Committee.

b.  Additional special committees as required may be named from time to time by the President.

ARTICLE 13 ‑ NON PROFIT STATUS

 SECTION 1.

a.  No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in the purpose clause hereof.  No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this document, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

b.  Upon the dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.  Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the organization is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

ARTICLE 14 ‑ BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SECTION 1.

a.  There shall be no less than seven (7) members of the Board of Directors of the Manitwo Flyers Ltd.

b.  All members of the Board shall also be members of the club.

c.  Vacancies created by death or resignation shall be filled by appointment by the remaining Board members from the current membership.

d.  The elected officers are also Board members.

e.  The elected officers shall select the remaining Board members each year by March 31. The secretary shall record the names and addresses of each Board member, as of April 1, of each year.

 ARTICLE 15 ‑ AMENDMENTS

SECTION 1.

a.  Amendments may be made to this Constitution and By-Laws at any general meeting of the Club Membership, as described in Article 9.

ARTICLE 16 ‑ MEETINGS  

SECTION 1.

Meetings shall be short and snappy. The proceedings should never be allowed to drag. A definite order of business should be arranged, such as roll call, minutes, reports, unfinished business, announcements, new business, etc.

ARTICLE 17 ‑ AMA INSURANCE AND LICENSE

SECTION 1.

a.  It is compulsory that no member or guest shall fly at the club field unless he/she has a current AMA license. In regard to radio control models, the proper FCC license may also be required. This depends on the frequency band the modeler is using.

b.  A prospective member may receive no more than one flight session of instruction by a Club Instructor before joining the AMA to determine if the sport is to their liking. It is then necessary for that person to join both the club and AMA to further use the flying site.

c.  Current AMA membership shall be confirmed with the club secretary by 31 March of each year. Persons joining the club after 31 March must verify AMA membership or membership application prior to using the field. AMA membership number shall be recorded as soon as possible.

ARTICLE 18 ‑ WORK DAYS

SECTION 1.

a.  as much as it is necessary for us to cut grass and otherwise maintain our club field; it is essential that all members cooperate to the best of their ability.

 ARTICLE 19 ‑ LOSS OF FLYING PRIVILEGES  

SECTION 1.

a.  Any member who is in arrears with dues or special assessments loses his membership card and all other privileges of club members including flying field rights.

b.  Non members and unescorted guests using the flying field will be considered to be trespassing.

 ARTICLE 20 – MENTOR PROGRAM 

SECTION 1.

a.  Mentors would be chosen on a voluntary basis.

b.  A release document would need to be drawn up and signed by a parent/guardian to allow Mentors to provide instruction, control behavior, or provide equipment,  tools or transportation as needed.

c. Students would be allowed at the field only with their Mentor or parent/guardian in control.

d.  Mentors would be responsible for, equipment condition, field rules being followed, safety and conduct of student.

e.  Manitwo Flyers Ltd. to keep records of Student/Mentor names and progress.

f.  Records could be used to verify educational activities conducted by Manitwo Flyers Ltd.

g.  Equipment to be under Mentor control regardless of ownership. Owner to be student, club, or Mentor.

h.  Student responsibilities to be determined by Mentor to provide pleasant, harmonious relationship with others at the field.

i.  Beginning age restrictions to be set by club, or remain at the discretion of the Mentor.

j.  Fee to be paid by Student, Mentor, or parent/guardian.

k. Transfer to Sponsor/membership to occur at the year following student becoming qualified as a pilot or attaining the age of 16 years

l.  Changes to Mentor Program to be by quorum vote.

 NOTES:

Articles 9,14,15,16,17 were approved at 12‑21‑93 meeting.

Articles 10,11,12,13 were approved at the 10‑19‑93 meeting.

Articles 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,18 were approved at the 11‑15‑94 meeting.

Articles 4 and 5 were amended at the 01-23-03 meeting.

Articles 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 17, and19 amended at the 02-17-2004 meeting.

Articles 4, 5, and 10 amended at the 11-16-2004 meeting

Articles 2 & 13 amended at the 1-17-2007 meeting

Article 10 amended and Article 20 added 5-20-2008 meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

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