Brokenstraw Soaring Club, Inc. Bylaws
March 14, 2006
ARTICLE I – NAME AND PRINCIPAL OFFICE
Section 1. The name of this Corporation shall be the Brokenstraw Soaring Club, Inc.
Section 2. The headquarters and principal office of the Corporation shall be in Warren, PA.
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
Section 1. The purpose of the Corporation shall be to provide facilities and equipment on a non-profit basis for individuals to meet who have a common interest in soaring, including glider pilots of all levels, student pilots, families and crews, and interested non-pilots, for the purpose of furthering their common interest, encouraging training, promoting flight safety, and for social fellowship.
Section 2. Secondly, it shall be the aim of this Corporation to help provide, on a non-profit basis, better soaring facilities in Warren County Pennsylvania including participation in sponsorship of soaring contests.
Section 3. It shall also be the aim of this Corporation to promote soaring locally and nationally.
ARTICLE III – AFFILIATION
Section 1. This Corporation shall be affiliated with the Soaring Society of America, Inc., as a Chapter, and the Secretary or Treasurer shall effect such membership by payment of dues and the furnishing of information to the said Society as may be necessary and required.
ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership in the Corporation shall consist of six classes, Founding, Regular, Student, Guest, Tow Pilot, Instructor and Inactive. Each member shall pay an initiation fee, annual dues and any other fees as set forth by the Officers and Corporation membership and shown on the current Corporation Rate Schedule.
Section 2. A Founding member shall be entitled to participate in all Corporation activities and to utilize all Corporation facilities and equipment, subject to the rules and regulations that may be adopted from time to time by the Corporation Membership. Founding members shall pay an Initiation fee of $1000.00 and one-half the annual membership dues as set by the Corporation membership for a period of the first five years. After the first five years, the founding members shall become regular members and pay full annual dues as set by the Corporation membership.
Section 3. A Regular member shall be entitled to participate in all Corporation activities and to utilize all Corporation facilities and equipment, subject to the rules and regulations that may be adopted from time to time by the Corporation Membership.
Section 4. A Student member is one who maintains a full time student status under the age of twenty-five (25). A Student member shall be entitled to participate in all Corporation activities and to utilize all Corporation facilities and equipment, subject to the rules and regulations that may be adopted from time to time by the Corporation Membership. A Student member has no voting rights and may not be a Corporation officer. Any member or student member under the age of 18 must have the written consent of his parents or guardians to become a member. Additionally, either parents or guardians must sign a waiver before the minor is allowed to fly in Corporation equipment.
Section 5. A Guest member shall be entitled to participate in Corporation activities for a limited time period and to utilize all Corporation facilities and equipment, subject to the rules and regulations that may be adopted from time to time by the Corporation Membership. A Guest member has no voting rights and may not be a Corporation officer.
Section 6. A Tow Pilot member shall be entitled to participate in all Corporation activities but will be limited to use of only the tow plane for towing purposes and are subject to the rules and regulations that may be adopted from time to time by the Corporation Membership. A Tow Pilot member has no voting rights and may not be a Corporation officer.
Section 7. An Instructor member shall be entitled to participate in all Corporation activities but will be limited to only the instruction of an active Founding, Regular or Student member in a Corporation glider and is subject to the rules and regulations that may be adopted from time to time by the Corporation Membership. An Instructor member has no voting rights and may not be a Corporation officer.
Section 8. An inactive member shall have no privileges of membership, nor shall they be allowed to fly in any corporate equipment, even as a guest.
A. Any member shall be deemed an inactive member at the end of the 30th day on which the member is overdue in dues or other monies owed the Corporation.
B. Any member may be placed on temporary inactive status by any officer of the Corporation for any activity which has threatened the safety of individuals or corporation equipment, or for any activity which is deleterious to the Corporation. The officer placing the member on inactive status must call a special meeting of the Corporation within 10 days at which time the general membership may restore the member to active status or continue the member on inactive status.
C. Any member may place him or herself on inactive status at any time. Any and all dues or other monies owed the Corporation shall be due and payable immediately. Failure to satisfy these financial obligations within 60 days shall be grounds for termination of inactive status and removal from the club by membership vote.
D. An inactive member may continue in that status for the remainder of the current year plus 12 months. No dues will be assessed during the inactive period. Continued inactive status beyond this period shall require approval by two thirds vote of the membership for each additional 12 month period.
E. An inactive member returning to active status shall be required to have a current SSA membership and will be assessed full dues for the current year.
F. Should a member placed on inactive status under para B of this section choose to resign from the Corporation, a pro-rata refund of any dues paid in advance will be made within 30 days.
Section 9. Applicants may be admitted to membership by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of a quorum of the board of directors.
Section 10. A member may withdraw from the Corporation by giving written notice of withdrawal to the Secretary of the Corporation which shall be effective upon receipt or such later date as shall be specified in the notice. Withdrawal shall not relieve the member of obligations owed the Corporation at the time the withdrawal becomes effective.
ARTICLE V – MEETINGS
Section 1. Quarterly Meetings.
Section 2. Special Meetings.
Section 3. Quorum. The presence in person or by written proxy of a majority of the active Founding and Regular members of the Corporation is necessary to constitute a quorum of any meeting.
Section 4. Voting.
Section 1. The Board of Directors shall be composed of the officers of the Corporation.
Section 2. Duties and Powers.
Section 3. Meetings.
Section 4. Vacancies. Any vacancy in the Board of Directors occurring during the year through death, resignation, removal, or other cause shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term by a majority vote of the remaining Directors. However, if three (3) or more vacancies in the Board of Directors occur at any one time, each vacancy shall be filled by vote of the Members at a meeting duly called.
Section 5. Standing Rules Governing the Board of Directors and Officers.
ARTICLE VII – OFFICERS
Section 1. The officers of the Corporation shall be President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Section 2. The officers shall be elected by the active Founding and Regular members at the spring quarterly meeting. The officers shall hold office for a period of one year. The new officers elected shall take office immediately.
Section 3. Any active Founding or Regular member in good standing is eligible to be elected an officer and may hold not more than two offices.
Section 4. President.
Section 5. Vice President.
Section 6. The Secretary performs all duties incident to the office of Secretary including: keeping minutes of all business proceedings conducted at meetings; keeping the Bylaws and other such books and records as are appropriate; executing all certificates of membership, except this may be delegated to other officers or active members; corresponding with the Soaring Society of America, Inc., for the purpose of maintaining correct membership lists; and any other duties at the direction of the President.
Section 7. The treasurer shall be responsible for all accounting functions including: banking; member billing; vendor payables; filing of tax returns and interacting with accounting professionals as directed by the President and the membership. The Treasurer will also perform any other duties at the direction of the President.
ARTICLE VIII – FINANCES
Section 1. The officers shall establish a schedule of fees for membership and any other fees that shall be sufficient to pay the Corporation’s expenses and perform the activities approved by the Members in conformance with the stated purpose of the Corporation.
Section 2. The funds that are collected from the membership dues and other fees, if any, plus any funds received by the Corporation shall be kept in a fund in an account in a bank choosen by, and under the supervision of, the Treasurer and the President. The Treasurer shall report on the balance of funds, the amounts owing by the Corporation, and the expected receipts at each quarterly meeting and whenever requested by a member.
Section 3. The funds that are available to the Corporation, after payment of any debts and expenses approved by the Membership shall be spent in any way seen fit by the membership that will further the stated purpose of the Corporation. The membership may decide at any quarterly meeting to spend any part of the available funds for these purposes. The funds may not at any time be distributed among the members for their individual use.
ARTICLE IX – AMENDMENTS
Section 1. Amendments of these bylaws may be made by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the active Founding and Regular members of the Corporation.
ARTICLE X – DISSOLUTION
Section 1. The Corporation may be dissolved by affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the active Founding and Regular members.
Section 2. Funds or assets of any type belonging to the Corporation at the time of dissolution shall, after all obligations of the Corporation have been paid, be given to the Soaring Society of America, Inc., for its general fund or may be given to another non-profit Soaring Corporation of the memberships choice.