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The Constitution of
the Old Bastards Vintage Motorcycle Club


Revised
April 10, 2016

Article 1: Name

The official Club name shall be ‘Old Bastards Vintage Motorcycle Club’
It may also be referred to as ‘OB’s or ‘OBVMC’ but hereafter in this document is referred to as ‘the Club’. The Headquarters of this Club will be Delta, Ontario, historic Bastard Township (now Rideau Lakes). This article shall not be subject to amendment.

Article 2: Objectives:

1. To promote the ownership and use of vintage and motorcycles and to encourage the restoration and survival of motorcycles 25 years old and older through a friendly, cooperative and supportive manner. All members are encouraged to own and operate a vintage motorcycle. The primary function of the club will be regional monthly breakfast gatherings, the annual rally in Delta, the swap meet, Ladysmith Show and Shine, and events in other areas.
2. To support worthy local causes when financially feasible. See Article 9: Charity

Article 3: Membership and Dues

1: Membership is open to all vintage motorcycling enthusiasts and family.

2: Honorary Memberships
Honorary memberships may be granted by a membership vote to any member for special contributions/service to the Club.
Any member who has fulfilled an executive position for at least three years will be entered onto the Club’s Roll of Honor which will be posted on the clubs website and archived in the clubs archives.
Honorary members are not required to pay annual dues.
Members over 75 years of age become honorary members if they have been members for 5 consecutive years.

3: Responsibilities and Privileges

All paid-up members of at least three months standing have the right to vote at Club meetings and run for office.
All members are encouraged to participate in all Club events.
All members are encouraged to attend regular meetings whenever possible.

4: Voting

All members in good standing have voting privileges, including honorary members.

5: Dues

Dues for each fiscal year shall be determined by a membership vote.
Any dues received after September 1, will validate the membership requirement until December 31 of the following year.

Article 4: Officers and Elections

1: Elections
Yearly elections of Club officers will be held at the AGM.
A majority consists of 50% plus one vote using ballots.

2: Elected Club Officers:
Their responsibilities are to act as executive officers who work together to execute the will of the Club members. If an executive member is unable to fulfill his/her duties for any reason the other executive will follow the direction of the President or Vice President to appoint an interim officer and request input from the membership with regards to filling the vacant position.

Any conduct that is detrimental to the Club image, or dangerous to the existence of the Club e.g.: misuse of Club funds, misrepresentation of the Club and its objectives, or not abiding by the Constitution and memberships direction are grounds for a motion to examine the problem and replace the executive in question if the membership votes for this action. The members of the club may remove an officer by a resolution passed by at least two thirds of the votes cast at a general meeting and thereby elect any member in his or her stead for the duration of the term. All attempts will be made to arrive at a reasonable solution before tabling this type of motion.
Conduct of any member which is deemed by the Club Executive as being detrimental to harmony within the club shall be subject to review by the Executive, with possible suspension or revocation of membership.

President:
- will call and preside over meetings as well as call for adjournments.
- will be official Club representative to the press and other public actions
- may appoint temporary officers
- will be a signing officer of the Club chequing account.

Vice-President
- in the absence of the president the vice president will assume the president’s duties.
- will assist the President in all Club duties.
- will fulfill the presidential duties and call for an election if the membership requests it if the President steps down or become unable to act for any reason.
- will be a signing officer for the Club financial account
There will be vice-presidents, from each of the regional areas. The vice-presidents will be nominated by, and elected by, members of their home areas.

Treasurer
- will maintain a record of all Club financial transactions and keep all pertinent receipts.
- will collect and distribute Club funds.
- will report on the Club’s financial situation at all general meetings.
- will be a signing officer for the Club financial account
-will present a full audited financial report at the Annual General Meeting

Secretary
- will be the main contact for inquiries and correspondence.
- will keep the minutes of the meeting as well as read the minutes of the last meeting
- will maintain a current Club membership list
- will be a signing officer for the Club financial account

Appointed Officers:
Membership Secretary – Shall process all new applications and renewals, regularly updating the Treasurer. The MS shall update and keep confidential the membership database (details available only to the Executive). Contact information should be updated regularly to the Secretary.

Webmaster/ Club Archival Chair
- will maintain the Club website, and will update weekly.
- will keep on file all historical and press articles pertaining to the Club.
Members will be encouraged to submit suitable Club information to him/her.

The Executive may appoint Directors.
The President may appoint committee officers ad hoc as required.

Article 5: Conduct of the Voting Process

Elections of officers will take place annually at the Annual General Meeting.
A quorum of 8 paid-up members is required and a simple system of written balloting will be employed. In case of a tie the president shall have the deciding vote.
Notification of time and place will be made available to all voting members one month in advance, as will the AGM agenda (on the website www.oldbastards.ca).

Article 6: Finances

All club finances will be recorded on one set of books.
1. All regalia sales will be direct to the consumer, at full retail prices, and all receipts will be submitted monthly to the Treasurer.
2. All membership monies, applications, and renewals will be submitted monthly to the Treasurer, who will forward all information to the Membership Secretary for processing.
3. Proceeds from all club activities (rallies, shows etc); will be submitted to the Treasurer for deposit, in timely fashion.
4. No monies will be dispersed without proper receipts and Executive approval.
5. Net proceeds from membership and regalia sales will be equitably distributed (pro-rata based on membership), based on membership recommendations, for charitable donation, annually at the AGM.
6. All proceeds from area events will be donated to designate area charities annually (as #5) i.e. all proceeds from events held in the northern area will be donated to northern charitable causes.

1: Expenditures:
All expenditures over $100 will require approval of the membership.
All Club cheques will require a dual signatory procedure between the president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. Exceptional expenses (i.e. rally) will be pre-approved in principle, and will be presented for approval at the next meeting. .

2: Regalia
All changes to official regalia design must be approved by Club members.
All purchases of regalia must be approved by Club members. Following Executive review, the regalia stock will be renewed and replenished in the fall annually.

Article 7: Meetings

Members are encouraged to come to monthly breakfast gatherings. Locations are announced monthly via the website and FB. Executive meetings will be help throughout the year.
Voting during these meetings is valid with 5 executive members present. The president or vice president must be present. Process of the meeting shall be: a call to order, reading of the minutes (if necessary), reports by officers and or committees, old business, new business, announcements and adjournment.
Minutes (including attendance) shall be recorded by the secretary or designate.

Article: 8 Amendments

Any member may submit, in written form, suggestion(s) for amendments to the Club Constitution to the President. Amendments will be presented at the AGM, where a quorum is present. Every effort will be made to present the proposal to the entire membership before voting. A two-thirds majority vote is required for passage, and enough time must have passed for all members to receive notice of the motion. This would typically be considered a month.

Article 9: Charity

Following the AGM, and after the regalia stock has been replenished, and annual business expenses have been covered (Insurance, CMA membership etc), any funds on hand in excess of a minimum operating balance of $2000, or membership transfer, shall be donated to worthy charities.
Any charity can apply to the Club for consideration for funding.

Article 10: Dissolution

If for any reason the Club ceases to exist as a formal organization all funds shall be donated to charity to be decided by the membership. Any unsold assets will be sold off and proceeds thereof donated to charity decided by the membership.





Memberships
are currently available at a cost of $20 annually, and includes CMA insurance coverage at any official Old Bastards event.  Also included with a membership is an Old Bastards crest - the perfect addition to your riding apparel!  Contact Membership Coordinator Lincoln Pearce for more information.



 
   
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