Northern Utah Radio Controlled Aircraft Club, Inc.
Constitution and By-Laws
Constitution and By-Laws
Article I – Name
This organization shall be known as “Northern Utah Radio Controlled Aircraft Club, Inc.” also known as “NURCAC”.
Article II – Purpose
NURCAC is formed for the purpose of providing a safe and recreational environment for aero-modeling activities. These activities include the flying of radio-controlled model aircraft, the exchange of methods and ideas for the improvement and enjoyment of aero-modeling, fellowship activities and participation with local civic organizations in educational, community service and aero-modeling projects for the purpose of making a positive contribution to the community.
Article III – Membership
Membership is open to anyone who agrees to abide by the NURCAC Constitution, By-Laws and other regulations and guidelines. There are four categories of membership. All memberships require membership in the Academy of Model Aeronautics, (AMA) and registration to the FAA’s Drone registration program. There is currently a cap of 250 paid Memberships per Annual Year. All members must display their NURCAC ID at all times while participating in RC activities on the property. Physical or digital AMA ID’s, FAA Drone Registration ID cards and approved Visitor requests will be in possession of members and visitors. All above documentation must be available upon request from any member verifying membership and or any item in question. FAA ID numbers will be visible on the Outside of all Aircraft to be flown on club property. Subject to Article X.
Regular Membership – Members over 19 years old who have paid a one-time nonrefundable and nontransferable initiation fee of $250.00. Annual dues are $100, and the first year’s dues are included in the $250 initiation fee.
Family Membership – Spouses and dependent children (under the age of 19) of a regular member are $20 per person annually. (Flying youth see article 1 in by-laws.)
Youth Membership – Youth under the age of 19 are $20 annually. Youth may not bring guests to the field or be sponsors.
Associate Membership – Temporary memberships are only available for those who are “Active Duty” Military and “Full Time” College Students. Associate members’ dues are $140 annually and are a reduced membership option once proof of Current Active Military service or Full Time College Record is provided to the Club Treasurer. Proof MUST be provided annually, to receive the reduced membership price. Associate Members cannot hold an Office on the Board of Directors, and may only use 5 guest cards per year.
Article IV – Representation
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The Board of Directors shall be the primary policy and decision-making body of NURCAC with responsibility for assuring membership and organizational compliance with the Constitution, By- Laws and other regulations and guidelines included and necessitated via AMA charter regulations. It is also responsible for the preparation of yearly capital and expense budgets and the conservation of NURCAC assets. It shall have the authority to delegate its powers, as it deems necessary. These responsibilities may include safety officers, treasurer, Communication, and so forth. Members must be a fully paid member in good standing for at least Three years before becoming eligible to be a board member.
The Board of Directors shall consist of seven NURCAC members in good standing and members who are not on the boards of other clubs. Each Director shall be nominated and elected by the membership at large. Four to be elected for even calendar years and three elected for odd calendar years. Each Director shall serve a two-year term and may be nominated by the membership for subsequent two-year terms. Those wishing to serve as members of the NURCAC Board of Directors may not participate as board members in any other radio control club during the same period of service in NURCAC and must be a fully paid member in good standing for at least Three years before becoming eligible for board membership.
Board meetings will be at the call of the President; other Board Members may request a meeting for a special purpose. The current President will call the first Board Meeting of the newly elected Directors including the carry over Directors. This meeting will take place prior to the January meeting. At that time the Board of Directors will elect a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Safety Officer from the members of the Board. The President, Vice-President and Treasurer will serve as Trustees of the Corporation. Additional officers, as necessary will be elected at this time. Any request to the board from members must be in writing.
VACANCIES: In the event of a vacancy occurring in the office of a Director, the Board of Directors shall appoint a club member to complete the vacating Directors term.
VOTING: Each duly elected Director except the President shall be entitled to one vote on any matter properly the subject of a Board of Directors Consideration and action. The President shall vote to resolve any tie vote. Only elected Board members are authorized to vote.
Article V – Officers
The officers shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Safety Officer and such other Officers as the Board of Directors considers necessary or desirable to conduct the business of the Club.
1-President: The President shall preside over the formal meetings of the Board of Directors and of the Club. The President shall not have any vote on any matter brought before the Board, except to resolve a tie vote of the Board. Board meetings will be held monthly at a time and place designated by the President.
2-Vice-President: The Vice President will preside for the President whenever the President is absent or unable to serve.
3-Secretary: The Secretary shall be responsible to the President and to the Board of Directors for maintaining the records of NURCAC (other than financial), including the minutes of any formal meetings of the Board of Directors. The Secretary shall also be responsible for the incorporation of any duly enacted amendment to the Constitution and changes in the By-Laws. The Secretary shall also be responsible to produce or make sure the Club Newsletter is produced and distributed as the board deems necessary.
4-Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be responsible to the President and to the Board of Directors for conducting the financial affairs of NURCAC as directed by the Board of Directors and for maintaining the financial records of the Club. The Treasurer shall create an Expense Budget and a Capital Budget for Board approval by February 15th of each year. The Treasurer shall collect all money and other things of value due, payable or donated to the Club, and shall disburse Club funds as directed by the Board of Directors and maintain a current club roster.
5-Safety Coordinator: The Safety Coordinator is responsible to develop, promote and encourage a climate of safety awareness within the club and to report all serious accidents to AMA. The safety officer may also appoint additional safety members to help perform safety officer functions.
6-Remaining Board Members: The Board of Directors will identify which additional offices are necessary to fulfill the responsibilities as needed for the administration of the Club and maintenance of the flying field. The Board of Directors will then elect those offices from member of the Board and may include such positions as activities director and additional safety members as In addition, the safety coordinator may call up to four deputies to help, and these assigned deputies may serve as an associate or any fully paid member in good standing. Deputies must only report back directly with the safety officer.
Article VI – Recall of Directors
A duly elected Director may be recalled for good cause only by a three-quarter majority vote of those members in attendance at a regular Club meeting and with a majority vote of the other board members. Both types of votes must be included for recall. Before any recall proposal is voted upon, written notice shall be given to the Director and a hearing conducted by any two or more of the Board of Directors, at which hearing the Director may present oral and written evidence and make a statement. Notice of a recall vote will be published in the Club Newsletter prior to the vote.
Article VII – Meetings of the Membership
Meetings of the membership shall be held as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors. The membership shall be kept informed both at the meetings and by the Club Newsletter of all Club matters. Members are encouraged to voice their opinions and desires at Club meetings, and are free to attend Board of Director meetings.
Article VIII – Constitutional/By-Law Amendments
Any Constitutional/By-Law amendment proposed by any Director shall be brought to the attention of the Board of Directors for its consideration and shall become part of the Constitution/By-Laws upon a vote of five member’s majority vote of the entire Board of Directors approving such amendment. Any Constitutional/By-Law amendment proposed by a petition of not less than 15% of the membership shall be shall be brought to the attention of the Board of Directors who shall cause the proposed amendment to be published in the Club Newsletter. After a 30 day period to allow membership comment, the Board of Directors shall consider such proposed amendments, and such amendment shall become part of the Constitution/By-Laws upon approval of five member’s majority vote of the entire Board of Directors approving such amendment. Membership input is not required for board-voted-and- approved by-law changes. However, members may follow the above guidelines for suggested changes. Any suggested changes have to be in writing to the board.
Article I – Initiation Fees & Dues
All members must be AMA-insured.
Regular Membership – One time (nonrefundable and nontransferable) initiation of $250.00. The initiation fee must be paid before flying, voting, receiving communication, participating in club business, and before club rights of any kind are given. Failure to pay annual dues by Feb 28th results in a late fee of $20 in addition to annual dues. Guest cards may not be given to previous members unless member has moved more than 50 miles away. ID with a current address is required for those guest cards. Members must display their NURCAC ID at all times while participating in RC activities on the property. Physical or digital AMA ID’s, FAA Drone Registration ID cards and approved Visitor requests will be in possession of members and visitors. All above documentation must be available upon request from any member verifying membership and or any item in question. FAA ID numbers will be visible on the Outside of all Aircraft to be flown on club property. Subject to Article X.
Annual Dues – $100.00 (included in initiation for first year), due every January.
Family Membership – Spouses and children under 19 must pay $20 in annual dues each year (see youth membership below). Children 19 and up are full dues of $100.
Youth Membership – Under age 19 – annual dues $20.00 – no initiation fee. No guest cards. Must visibly display AMA card at all times (see Article X).
Associate Member – Temporary Membership – Only available for those who are “Active Duty” Military and “Full Time” College Students. Associate members’ dues are $140 annually and are a reduced membership option once proof of Current Active Military service or Full Time College Record is provided to the Club Treasurer. Proof MUST be provided annually, to receive the reduced membership price. Associate Members cannot hold an Office on the Board of Directors, and may only use 5 guest cards per year.
Payment of Dues – Payment of dues designates that each member has read and understands the AMA National Model Aircraft safety code, FAA Rules and Regulations, the NURCAC Constitution and By-Laws, and agrees to abide by the rules and regulations set forth therein. Each member also understands that failure to comply with these rules and regulations are subject to Article X.
Article II – Monies
All monies collected shall be deposited in one of three bank accounts designated “Capital”, “Expense” and “PayPal Collection” In a bank selected by the Board of Directors. Checks will be presented for payment when signed by either the President or Treasurer. A copy of any NURCAC budget/account (Expense Budget, Capital Budget and PayPal Collection) will be made available by the treasurer to any club member upon request.
Expense Budget: The club dues finance the Expense Budget and are those monies expended to finance the day to day requirements. The Treasurer without further approval will make prompt payment of routine operating expenses, taxes, and other regular fees. The Treasurer in compliance with the Club Expense Budget, as approved by the Board of Directors, will pay other expense monies.
Capital Budget: The initiation fees, donation, and special assessments, finance the Capital Budget and are used to finance major field repairs and purchase those assets that add to the long-term net worth of the flying facility. All Capital expenses are approved by majority vote of the Board of Directors.
PayPal Collection: Account created to allow members to process online transactions (Processing Fee May Apply). PayPal Transitions may be the following but are not limited to only the following actions. On-the-spot initiation fees, donations, and special event assessments, landing fees, etc. All Monies, processed through PayPal into this account, will be transferred into the respective accounts “Capital or Expense” monthly, to allow current budget account totals.
Article III – Guests, Sponsors, and Fun-Fly’s
Flying Guests (Non-Event): Club members are allowed and encouraged to share the hobby with friends and family. However, any guest of a Regular Member wishing to fly must be AMA insured, meet all FAA Requirements, must pay $10 per day through PayPal if they wish to fly. This option is limited to 5 days per year per flyer of flying before needing to become a full or associate member, and must be sponsored by a current full member (Present while Guest is flying). Guests of associate members wishing to fly must also be AMA insured, meet all FAA Requirements, must pay $15 per day if they wish to fly, with a limit of 5 times total per year of flying before becoming a full or associate member, and must be sponsored by the associate member (Present while Guest is flying). Both pilots must display AMA visibly on their personage while flying and have FAA Drone Registration card in their possession. Guest and sponsor pilots must fill out the Guest Pilot Application PPW, photograph it and text a copy of it to a current board member. Submitter of Guest Pilot Application will be from sponsored member’s phone unless not available to do so. Once Application approval reply from board member has been received, guest must then process the associated guest payment to the NURCAC club PayPal account via WWW.NURCAC.COM and the PayPal link. After receipt has been received from PayPal to requester’s email, AFTER sponsor verifies the fee has been successfully processed then guest/s are then allowed to fly at NURCAC Field. Guest Pilots must keep receipt proof available at all times while flying at NURCAC for the day that they have been approved to fly. Failure to adhere, see Article X.
Guest Pilot Applications will have the following info filled out by both the Sponsor and Guest or it will be denied: Names, AMA #’s, Date, FAA #, Email, Phone#, Address, type of RC intended to fly, (Turbine or special cert) type of request (full member or Associate) estimated date of last guest pass requested. Digital Copy available at www.NURCAC.com (Registration Page).
Spectator Guests: Spectators are welcome to the club and the field. Spectators MUST remain behind the pits at all times, must display a respect for the hobby, the planes and other RC models, and the members. Failure to do so will result in trespassing and a requirement to leave the field. Likewise, NURCAC associate and full members bringing spectators who continually disregard these standards are in danger of club membership revocation. Spectators who are non-pilots but are accompanying a pilot to assist in assembly and spotting are allowed to assist but must be an AMA member and visibly display their AMA card. Failure to adhere, see Article X.
Sponsors:Members wishing to bring guests to the field to fly must comply with all by-laws, AMA regulations, FAA regulations and must be responsible for the guest flyer’s behavior and actions. Failure to do so subject to Article X. Sponsors must understand whether they fall under a full member or associate member and must agree that the $10 or $15 daily use be paid before flying. Sponsors must also follow and complete all Guest approval processes before having a guest fly. To receive approval, See Flying Guests (Non-Event) section above Failure to adhere, see Article X.
Fun-Fly Monies Regulations: In the event of a fun-fly, full members in good standing will be freely admitted to fly. Non-members will require a $10 landing fee. Food may be provided for a donation and are subject to change. Monies generated at fun-fly events will be added to “Events Budget” portion of the “Expense” account. The Events Budget is what will provide Food, Raffle and other such items needed to host the Fun-Fly events as long as funds are available to support the events. All pilots, guests, spectators, and etc. must adhere to AMA and FAA rules and regulations as well as NURCAC constitution and by-laws. Failure to adhere, see Article X.
Fun-Fly Activities: Any member wishing to suggest or organize a fun-fly, other than board approved Annual events, Must get the approval of at least two board members and submit plans for organization, payment, food, and responsibilities. Fun-Fly activities are defined as any intentional gathering of more than 10 pilots that require the majority of the field and airspace without interruption from normal flying ops. It is the responsibility of the person suggesting the fun fly to carry it forward. It is not the responsibility of the board of directors. Members must also follow all AMA CD requirements for fun-fly activities.
NURCAC Designations: Anyone wishing to design, print, and/or distribute NURCAC apparel or memorabilia must first receive approval from at least 2 board members and must submit plans for making such material available to all current members. Approved NURCAC Apparel will be on a pre pay order option to prevent use of annual budget funding.
Article IV – New Members
Membership application forms shall be made available at the flying site and Online at www.NURCAC.com. The Treasurer has the responsibility to make sure all new members have a copy of the Constitution/By-Laws, has signed an application form and are informed of all flying sight regulations before being allowed to fly. The Treasurer will also verify Current AMA membership, FAA registration and all applicable requirements per Article I for full and associate memberships. Accurate and legible e-mail information is required to receive any club information, offensive or derogatory email addresses will not be accepted. The Treasurer may have 2 deputies to assist with gathering membership dues.
Article V – Safety Rules
- Each member agrees never to fly at the NURCAC flying site without a current AMA card and to be a member in good standing. Failure to adhere, see Article X.
- All flying must be in accordance with the AMA National Model Aircraft Safety Code and NURCAC safety requirements. Failure to adhere, see Article X.
- Prior to turning on any transmitter at NURCAC Field, regardless of type, you will display your current AMA Card visibly on your person. There will be no exceptions. Failure to do so will result in being asked to leave the field. Failure to adhere, see Article X.
- All guest flyers and club members wishing to bring guests must follow the above regulations and requirements set forth for guests at all Guest flyers must always be in the company of their sponsor. No exceptions. Failure to comply could result in membership revocation. Failure to adhere, see Article X.
- Any damage incurred to another aircraft because of neglect (IE, turning transmitter on without proper frequency pin or deliberate actions) for any reason will be the legal and financial responsibility of the offender. This does not apply to mid-air collisions during Fun Fly or competition events (combat, racing ) as these events are flown at the individual’s risk.
- Be courteous with the use of the flying field. As a member of the club, it is your responsibility to fly in pattern, to recognize when a pilot possibly learning or less skilled than you think that pilot should be is in the air, and to recognize when you shouldn’t perform types of flying like jet, 3D or formation flying because of others in the air. Likewise, flyers who go to practice Trainers, jet, 3D and formation flying should communicate their need for air time. Neither party, beginner, intermediate or experienced may monopolize air space or time, all flyers are all expected to recognize other situations that may require you to adjust your flying for other members using the field.
- Intentional flying behind the designated flight line is prohibited, regardless of circumstance. (See Attachment 1) Failure to adhere, see Article X.
- Sharing the gate combination with anyone (aside from board member to board member) is prohibited. Doing so will result in membership revocation.
- Low passes are allowed 25’ outward from the flight stations, down the middle of the runway and eastward. All passes must be called prior to making the maneuvers. Hovering aerobatics must be flown beyond the far side of the active runway as to prevent congestion in flying patterns.
- Engines will not be operated in the spectator area.
- Low level flying toward the pit area is prohibited.
- Forced landings shall have landing priority. Pilots will declare their intentions. Take offs are not permitted from the pit area.
- Smoking/ Vaping is not permitted on the property except in designated areas. Designated areas are 25’ from the pavilion, and will only be west of the spectator safety fence.
- The discharge of firearms of any kind and the use of fireworks, bows, and other like items at the flying site is (Pop Snaps are OK).
- Pets are allowed in the spectator area as long as they are leashed at all times – they are prohibited in the pits and runway area. Pet owners will be solely responsible to clean up after their pet and will be held financially responsible for any damage caused by their pets. Owners will bring their pets at their own risk and will not hold NURCAC or any member there-in responsible for any harm that may come to their pets.
- When accessing the active Runway, members will Ring Cowbell identifying that the Runway is foul. This is an audible noise that lets all pilots know without having to look that there is a hazard involving the runway and to immediately avoid flying over the runway. Upon returning from being on the runway the Bell will be rang again identifying that the runway is now clear for normal operations.
- Alcoholic beverages opened or not, Drugs or any item that impairs your judgment and the safety of others are not allowed at the flying site, Failure to adhere, see Article X.
Article VI – Flying Site Regulations
- Wind will dictate the active runway. A left-hand pattern with the runway as the reference, will be used in calm wind.
- When conditions permit or with direction from the Board, all flying will be done from the East side of the field and completed at 1:00 P.M. At this time everyone will start flying from the West side regardless of daylight or Mountain Standard If East Side field is not being utilized at 10:00 A.M, or all pilots flying on the East side have finished, flying the West Side Runway may be utilized for the rest of that day.
- First-person view flying must be done strictly within AMA regulations according to their online document, labeled as documents (No FPV beyond visual sight from flight Stations).
- Turbine Jet pilots must abide by all AMA regulations according to document 5-10-A.
- Unauthorized vehicles are not allowed on the asphalt runway or the dry lake-bed other than designated roadways at any time. Failure to adhere, see Article X.
- Each is responsible to take home anything that is taken to the flying field to help keep our field clean.
- Each agrees, if permitted by health, to willingly participate in field maintenance events and other club projects when called to do so.
- Offensive language or offensive logo/printed tee-shirts, etc. is not acceptable. Women and children come to our flying site, treat them, as well as your fellow club members, with respect.
- Member and board officer harassment in-person or digital will not be tolerated to include aggressive Emails, Texts and phone calls and will result in administrative actions as determined by the board.
- Each agrees to inform a club Director with the name of any unauthorized person/persons using our field and in a friendly manner informs them how they can become members.
- Each agrees never to give the gate combination to any unauthorized The last person out must close and lock the gate. Combination lock tumblers must be rotated so that the combination cannot be obtained simply by looking at the lock. Any members suspected of or proven to share the lock combination with non-members and/or non-AMA pilots will not be tolerated and will result in Administrative Actions that could result in revocation or suspension of membership as determined by the board.
- A club member must accompany all guests at all times. The club member is responsible to brief their guest on club rules and safety requirements.
- Pilots will cooperate with any club member/members trying to enforce these regulations and will refrain from harassment or other inappropriate behavior.
- Pilots must wear Club ID Card which identifies – AMA current membership, NURCAC current membership, name, FAA #. All guests will have AMA card Visible and have guest Application approval available upon request.
- Club members are expected to help maintain the club, the by-laws, AMA and FAA regulations, Check for AMA cards, FAA #’s on Aircraft, Check IDs and membership. When you are out on the field, you are required to act responsibly at NURCAC as its members, preserving the field and this hobby is No. 1 priority.
- Membership, AMA verification, current by-laws, and current newsletters will be kept at the field for verification usage.
- All incidents related to destruction of Property, Fires, Major Injuries (i.e. Propeller Bites) and Major Safety Hazards must be reported to any of the following board members within 24 hrs. of incident: President, Vice President or Safety officer. Failure to adhere, see Article X.
The Club will provide a fire extinguisher to prevent fires on property. In the event that the fire extinguisher was used, the member who caused the fire will be required to replace or recharge the extinguisher. Prior to flying, the serviceability of the fire extinguisher will be verified. If an issue is present a board member will be notified.
Article VII – Helicopter Operations
NURCAC main runway will be used for helicopter operations. When testing and setup tuning occur, arrange agreements with fixed wing ops to coordinate safe operations between fixed wing and Heli ops. Normal Heli ops will be incorporated with the general population on the main runway. All AMA rules are to be adhered to with the noted additions as they pertain to helicopters.
- Ensure All controlled flights are to beyond the red line on the main runway.
- All 72 MHz frequencies will be controlled at the single, club established, frequency board.
- During high activity at the flying site, a spotter will be required.
- All Heli Ops will utilize the main runways and the helicopter pads provided. Normal fixed wing Flying pattern will be adhered to and observe during all normal flight ops.
- All Heli ops will be followed along with all rules as presently described by AMA.
- Heli ops other than standard flying pattern flight are allowed with mutual coordination between fixed wing and Heli ops as long as they are safe and meet AMA guidance and beyond the far side of the active runway.
Article VIII – Rocketry Operations
- I will use only lightweight, non-metal parts for the nose, body, and fins of my rocket.
- I will use only certified, commercially-made model rocket motors, and will not tamper with these motors or use them for any purposes except those recommended by the manufacturer.
- Ignition System. I will launch my rockets with an electrical launch system and electrical motor igniters. My launch system will have a safety interlock in series with the launch switch, and will use a launch switch that returns to the “off” position when released.
- If my rocket does not launch when I press the button of my electrical launch system, I will remove the launcher’s safety interlock or disconnect its battery, and will wait 60 seconds after the last launch attempt before allowing anyone to approach the rocket.
- Launch Safety. I will use a countdown before launch, and will ensure that everyone is paying attention and is a safe distance of at least 15 feet away when I launch rockets with D motors or smaller, and 30 feet when I launch larger rockets. If I am uncertain about the safety or stability of an untested rocket, I will check the stability before flight and will fly it only after warning spectators and clearing them away to a safe distance. When conducting a simultaneous launch of more than ten rockets I will observe a safe distance of 1.5 times the maximum expected altitude of any launched.
- I will launch my rocket from a launch rod, tower, or rail that is pointed to within 30 degrees of the vertical to ensure that the rocket flies nearly straight up, and I will use a blast deflector to prevent the motor’s exhaust from hitting the ground. To prevent accidental eye injury, I will place launchers so that the end of the launch rod is above eye level or will cap the end of the rod when it is not in use.
- My model rocket will not weigh more than 1,500 grams (53 ounces) at liftoff and will not contain more than 125 grams (4.4 ounces) of propellant or 320 N-sec (71.9 pound-seconds) of total impulse.
- Flight Safety. I will not launch my rocket at targets, into clouds, or near airplanes, and will not put any flammable or explosive payload in my rocket.
- Launch I will launch my rocket outdoors, in an open area at least as large as shown in the accompanying table, and in safe weather conditions with wind speeds no greater than 20 miles per hour. I will ensure that there is no dry grass close to the launch pad, and that the launch site does not present risk of grass fires. All NURCAC Rocketry operations will take place in the center most location of the Lake Bed, No EXCEPTIONS! All Rocketry operations will cease upon any fixed wing and rotatory ops.
- Recovery System. I will use a recovery system such as a streamer or parachute in my rocket so that it returns safely and undamaged and can be flown again, and I will use only flame-resistant or fireproof recovery system wadding in my rocket.
- Recovery I will not attempt to recover my rocket from power lines, tall trees, or other dangerous place.
- Fire Extinguishers. All Rocketry operations will have one (1) Operational ABC Fire Extinguisher on hand during all Rocketry operations. Failure to adhere, see Article X.
Article IX – Elections
Nominations of Board Members will be held by the club membership at the November or December club meeting. Voting will be accomplished in December or January by written ballot supplied with the December issue of the newsletter. Members must be a fully paid member in good standing for at least two consecutive years before being able to hold office.
Ballots must be post marked or returned by January 15th and will become invalid after that date. Three or more Directors will count ballots. All nominees win or lose will be notified after the ballots are counted. During the January meeting announcements of club officers and Directors will take place. The new Board Members will assume responsibility February 1st.
Article X – RESIGNATION, TERMINATION, DISCIPLINARY ACTION, EXPULSION, REINSTATEMENT OF MEMBERSHIP & GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
- Any member in good standing may resign his/her membership by giving written notice to the Club.
- If any member ceases to have the qualification necessary for membership in the AMA, his/her membership in the Club shall thereby be terminated, until restoration of eligibility.
- This section provides for enforcement of the Safety Rules, and the rules governing unacceptable behavior by an individual member or members, as defined by the bylaws of the Club, become the responsibility of the Board of Directors as stated in ARTICLE l, Duties, Section l of these bylaws. Any individual may be recommended for expulsion of his/her Club membership 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 to the Club, the AMA, or to model aviation.
- Any member who is expelled from membership may be reinstated to membership only by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the board and must pay the membership initiation fee of $250 prior to being reinstated.
- The Board of Directors shall have the discretionary authority to recommend disciplinary action for such acts or omissions, which DO NOT justify expulsion from membership.
- Any member in question of being a nuisance to the well being and over all clubs positive operation is subject to a review from the board and subject to Article VIII, 3 and Article IV
7. GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
a. The grievance procedure provides a mechanism to enforce existing 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 President, Vice President or Safety officer for its consideration by means of a Grievance form to be filled out and turned into the President, Vice President or Safety officer. At least one witness is required to sign the Grievance Form. (See Attachment 2)
i. Board of Directors
- The Board of Directors shall use its judgment in carrying out action on the following:
- A grievance form will be filled out and turned in to the President, Vice President or Safety officer. At least one witness is required.
a. FIRST VIOLATION
i. Viewpoints of both complainants and accused will be considered.
ii. Complainant’s name will be disclosed to only Board of Directors.
iii. The Board of Directors will give a verbal reprimand to the accused, this will be recorded in the Committee files.
b. SECOND VIOLATION
iv. Complainant’s name will be disclosed with date, time, and witness signature. If the Board so decides, the flying privileges of the accused will be suspended for thirty (30) day. Written notice of this shall be issued and a copy posted on the website.
c. THIRD VIOLATION
v. Board of Directors will notify the accused in writing. Club members will also be notified of the vote for the expulsion of the accused at the next board meeting. Said expulsion will last for a one year minimum. (Longer if deemed necessary by the Board of Directors.
vi. The accused shall have the right to rebuttal at this meeting. If accused cannot attend the meeting, he/she has the right to reschedule for the next regular meeting. If he/she fails to show, voting can and will commence.
vii. A member shall be expelled from the Club only upon a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the membership present at the meeting.
viii. The expelled member may reapply for membership after the expiration of the expulsion time period.
d. The three actions will not be enforced unless they are accumulated within a two year period of time. 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 Board of Directors.