Cumberland Radio Control Society Bylaws
ARTICLE I: NAME, LOCATION, and
Section I - The name of the club shall be THE UPPER CUMBERLAND RADIO CONTROL SOCIETY.
Section II - The principal location of the club will be
Section III - the Upper Cumberland Radio Control
Society is a non-profit organization.
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE
The purpose of the club shall be to further the sport of model
promoting the hobby of radio controlled aircraft
fostering good safety habits in radio controlled flying
promoting the ideals and purposes of the AMA
offering assistance to people new to the hobby
offering a common site for radio controlled flying
fostering good will towards the club from the community
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
Section I - Any individual who indicates an interest in
the building or flying of model aircraft or in furthering the purposes of the
club or the AMA shall be eligible for membership.
Section II - AMA membership is required for all flying members. AMA membership is not required for non-flying members of the club.
Section III - Membership fees are agreed upon and
voted on by the club members on a yearly basis.
Section IV - Membership fees are due February 1st
and membership is valid thru January 31st for next calendar year.
Dues paid after October 1st will apply for the remainder of
the current calendar year as well as the following calendar year.
Flying Field gate combinations will be changed February 1st each year and will
be given only to current members for the new year.
Flying Field gate combinations will be changed February 1st each year and will be given only to current members for the new year.
Section V - Membership will be revoked if a member
does not abide by the rules and regulations of the club or exhibits unsafe
flying habits. The BOD will review
the situation and recommend actions to the club.
The BOD recommendations will be voted on by the club membership and
requires a majority vote for implementation.
ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS
Section I - The elected officers of the club shall be:
President, Vice- President, Safety Officer, Field Marshall, Secretary and
Section II - Only members in good standing shall hold
Section III - An officer may hold more than one office
at a time.
Section IV - The period of office shall be the
calendar year coinciding with membership.
Section V - Officers will be installed immediately
following their election.
Section VI - President shall preside at
meetings, VP shall preside in the absence of the president.
It is the duty of the Secretary/ Treasurer to keep accurate and up to
date records of all financial and membership matters. Safety officer is
responsible for maintaining club member’s awareness to AMA Safety Code and
Safety Recommendations, Field Marshall is responsible for monitoring field
maintenance requirements and organizing club activities related to improving
Section VII - The Board of Directors (BOD) of the club
shall be composed of all elected officials.
ARTICLE V: MEETINGS
Section I - Meetings will be held once a month on a
date set by the membership, unless agreed otherwise.
Section II - Meetings will take place at any locale
determined by the membership.
ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES
Section I - The Board of Directors (BOD) may appoint
committee’s as needed.
ARTICLE VIII: NOMINATIONS, ELECTIONS, AND RECALL
Section I - Only paid members are eligible for
nomination to office.
Section II - Nominations for club officers will
be requested in the fourth quarter of each year.
Section III - Any paid member may send in a written
ballot if they are unable to attend the meeting that the elections take place
Section IV - Elected positions are determined by a
majority vote of members present at the election meeting (including any written
ARTICLE IX :
- Voting has to be conducted at scheduled meetings or pre-determined scheduled
(minimum 1 week notice) meeting pending agenda to be voted upon.
- Only active members on club roster may vote
- All voting must have a majority of the members present for the vote to be
considered a legal act of the club.
Section I - Any club expenditure that is less than
$250 is approvable at the Board of Directors (BOD) or authorized committee level
(if that committee has an approved budget to be working from).
Section II - Any club expenditure that is equal to or
exceeds $250 in value must be voted on by the club membership for approval.
An item or project cannot be broken up into “sub-projects” to avoid
the voting requirement. (For
example- building a new shelter could NOT be broken up into 1) building a floor,
2) installing posts for tent
canopies, and then 3) building a permanent roof to keep each item below the $250
ARTICLE XI: MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
Section I - All records will be made available for
club members viewing with prior notice.
Section II - Each member by accepting
membership agrees to abide by the “Official AMA Safety Code” and also the
“Safety Recommendations” as currently installed and posted on the official
AMA web site (www.modelaircraft.org).
Section III - The “Fiscal Year” is defined as January 1st through December 31st.
Section IV - The club has an official logo and no
other logo or logos shall reference UCRCS. The
official club logo can be found on the club website.
Section V - All standing rules posted at the flying
field are to be followed at all times and are to be considered official.
ARTICLE XII: AMENDMENT OF THESE BYLAWS
Section I - All bylaw changes must be announced and
made public two weeks prior to voting on said changes.
XIII: GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE (FLIGHT AND SAFETY RULES)
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 Officer for their consideration by means
of a Grievance Form to be filled out and turned into the Board of Directors. At
least one witness is required to sign the Grievance Form.
The Safety officer/Committee shall
use its judgment in carrying out action on the following:
Section I - A grievance form will be filled out and
turned into the Safety Officer/Committee Chairman. At least one witness is
Section II - 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 Safety
Officer/Board of Directors. This will be recorded in the Club records.
Section III - SECOND VIOLATION- Complainant’s name
will be disclosed. The accused has the right to a written rebuttal, to be
reviewed by the Club Safety Officer/Board of Directors. If the Board of
Directors so decides, 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.
Section IV - THIRD VIOLATION- Safety Officer/Board of
Directors 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 from the date of
expulsion. 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.
Section V - The three actions will not be enforced
unless they are accumulated within a two-year period of time.