We, the undersigned, wishing to secure for ourselves the pleasures and benefits of an association of persons commonly interested in Amateur Radio, constitute ourselves the Prince George’s County Emergency Radio Association, Incorporated and enact this constitution as our governing law. Our purpose shall include providing resources and education to Amateur Radio operators in the use and operation of Amateur Radio in support of various served agencies in time of emergency and during selected special events. (A2)
We will further the exchange of information and cooperation among members, to promote radio knowledge, fraternalism and individual operating efficiency, and to conduct group programs and activities as to advance the general interest and welfare of Amateur Radio in the community. The Association does not contemplate pecuniary gain or profit and is organized for nonprofit purposes. Notwithstanding any other interpretations, “nonprofit purposes” shall be consistent with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
All persons interested in Amateur Radio emergency (A13) communications shall be eligible for membership. Membership shall be by written (A14) application and election upon such terms as the Association shall provide in its By-Laws.
Sec. 1. The officers of this Association shall be President, Vice-President and Secretary -Treasurer.
Sec. 2. The officers of this Association shall be elected for a term of one year by ballot of the members present, provided there be a quorum, at the annual meeting. An annual meeting shall be held in the last quarter of the calendar year and may be the same as the fourth quarter meeting. (A3)
Sec.3. Vacancies occurring between elections must be filled by special elections at the first regular meeting following the withdrawal or resignation.
Sec. 4. Officers may be removed by a three-fourths vote of the membership.
Sec. 5. The above listed officers shall constitute the Board of Directors.
Sec 6. The ARRL appointed Emergency Coordinator for Prince George’s County Maryland shall be a permanent non-voting officer of the Board of Directors.
Sec. 1. The President shall preside at all meetings, and conduct them according to the rules adopted. He/she shall enforce due observance of this Constitution and By- Laws; decide all questions of order; sign all official documents adopted by the Association, and perform all other duties pertaining to the office of President. At the end of his/her term he/she shall turn over everything in his/her possession belonging to the Association to his/her successor.
Sec. 2. The Vice-President shall assume all the duties of the President in his/her absence. In addition, he/she shall organize group activities, plan and recommend contests for operating benefits, and advance group interest and activity as approved by the Association. He/she shall maintain close liaison with the ARRL appointed Emergency Coordinator for Prince Georges County to further group participation in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. At the end of his/her term he/she shall turn over everything in his/her possession belonging to the Association to his/her successor.
Sec. 3. The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep a record of the proceedings of all meetings, keep a roll of members, submit membership applications , carry on all correspondence, read communications at each meeting, and mail send meeting notices written either physically or electronically to each member. He/she shall receive and receipt for all monies paid to the Association; keep an accurate account of all monies received and expended; pay no bills without proper authorization by the group or its officers constituting a business committee. At the end of each quarter he/she shall submit an itemized statement of disbursements and receipts. At the end of his/her term he/she shall turn over everything in his/her possession belonging to the Association to his/her successor and the Board of Directors shall conduct an audit of accounts. (A4)
The By-Laws shall provide for regular and special meetings. At meetings, a minimum of one-third of the membership shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Robert's Rules shall govern proceedings.
The Association, by majority vote of those present at any regular meeting, may levy upon the general membership such dues or assessments as shall be deemed necessary for the business of the organization. Non-payment of such dues or assessments shall be cause for expulsion from the Association within the discretion of the membership. For further guidance refer to Section 4 of the attached Bylaws.
The Association, through designated Committees will provide technical advice to members concerning equipment design including antenna design and radio operation to assist in frequency observance, clean signals, uniform practice, and absence of spurious radiations from Association member-stations. The Association shall also maintain a program to foster and guide public relations. It shall be the authority of the Board to establish committees and to fill those committees with Association members through volunteerism and appointment. (A5)
This Constitution or By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the total membership. Proposals for amendments shall be submitted in writing at a regular meeting and shall be voted on at the next following regular meeting, provided all members have been noticed by mail either written or electronically of the intent to amend the constitution and/or By-Laws at said meeting. (A6) (A7)
The three member Executive Board shall be responsible for approval of disbursement of funds (i.e. act as the Finance Committee) or, at its discretion may appoint a finance committee of no fewer than three full members. Expenditures shall be for materials (parts, cable, small equipment items, antennas , etc.) and for services (such as insurance) and shall be purchases that benefit the Association and those organizations the Association supports.
Approval must be unanimous. Approval must be by simple majority vote (A15). Expenditures for any single item costing in excess of $250 or for special events items such as refreshments for meetings or other Association activities, will require approval by a vote of one third of the membership (the quorum for conducting business). No approval for expenditure may exceed the Associations minimum bank balance and the balance must allow for sufficient funds to be available to pay for the following period of insurance and annually repetitive expenses if any. The Associations financial records will be reviewed annually by a review committee composed of three Association members other than those with fiduciary responsibilities. (A8)
Associate membership includes all Association privileges except for the right to hold office and vote for officers. Applications for membership shall be submitted at regular meetings. The Board of Directors shall review the application and vote on the acceptance; a majority vote is required. Members may be removed by a three-fourths vote of the membership.
SPENCE R. SPENCER, President
DAVID L. MILLIGAN, Vice President
JAMES C. TILTON, Secretary-Treasurer
A1 Add “Constitution”
A2 Add “and during selected special events”
A3 Add “An annual meeting shall be held in the last quarter of the calendar year and may be the same as the fourth quarter meeting”
A4 Change to “send meeting notices either physically or electronically”
A5 Add “It shall be the authority of the Board to establish committees and to fill those committees with Association members through volunteerism and appointment”
A6 Change to capitol C
A7 Add “either written or electronically”
A8 Add Article VIII
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A10 Add “Board meetings shall be held on an as needed basis but a minimum of quarterly”
A11 Change to “of quarterly”
A12 Add “either physically or electronically”
A 13 Add word “emergency”
A 14 Add word “written"
A 15 change to “Approval must be by simple majority vote"
A 16 change to “$25"
A 17 change to “12.50"