Constitution and Bylaws

CONSTITUTION and BY-LAWS

P.O.R.K.S., Inc.

PENN-OHIO RADIO KONTROL SOCIETY

Chartered Club Of The

Academy Of Model Aeronautics

Charter # 564

Incorporated, Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania 1964

Compiled 1986, Eighth Printing 2016

CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE 1 – NAME

The name of the club shall be:

PENN-OHIO RADIO KONTROL SOCIETY, INC., also known as P.O.R.K.S., INC.

ARTICLE 2 – PURPOSE

Section 1 MISSION STATEMENT

The Penn-Ohio Radio Kontrol Society and its members are affiliated with the Academy of Model Aeronautics, which is a world-class association of modelers organized for the purpose of promotion, development, education, and the advancement of modeling activities.

The Penn-Ohio Radio Kontrol Society and the Academy provides leadership, organization, competition, communication, protection, representation, recognition, education, and scientific/technical development to its members.

Section 2 VISION STATEMENT

We, the members of the Penn-Ohio Radio Kontrol Society and as members of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, are the pathway to the future of aeromodeling and are committed to making modeling the foremost sport/hobby in the world.

This vision is accomplished through: partnerships with valued associates, the modeling industry, and governments; a process of continuous improvement; a commitment to leadership, quality, education, and scientific/technical development; and a safe and enjoyable modeling environment.

Section 3 All special or local enterprises of P.O.R.K.S., Inc. shall conform to the policies of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (A.M.A.) and to the regulations of that organization.

ARTICLE 3 – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 All persons shall be eligible for membership in P.O.R.K.S., Inc. provided they meet the qualifications prescribed by this club and by the A.M.A., and hold a current A.M.A. membership.

Section 2 Prospective members must complete a standard application form and show proof of joining A.M.A. The application must be presented to the club secretary, or officer, at a regular meeting. A 2/3 majority secret ballot vote shall be conducted by the members present for acceptance into the club. All initiation fees and dues must be paid at this time.

Section 3 Anyone who lets his/her membership expire will be treated as a non-member and will fall subject to all rules and regulations applying to new members.

Section 4 A member’s right to use the club’s flying field and facilities may be withdrawn at any time by a simple majority vote of the membership present if his/her conduct does not meet the club standards.

BY – LAWS

ARTICLE 1 – OFFICERS

Section 1 The officers of P.O.R.K.S., Inc. shall be:

a president

a vice-president

a secretary

a treasurer

addition members of the Board of Directors:

field marshal

safety officer

member-at-large

ARTICLE 2 – DUTIES

Section 1 a. President – The president shall preside at all meetings of the club and shall act as spokesperson (or his designee) for the club in all matters pertaining to it. The president shall appoint all committees as needed.

b. Vice President – The vice-president shall act for the president when the president is unable to serve.

c. Secretary – The secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings. He/she shall keep complete records of the status of all club members. He/she shall keep records of all club related activities.

d. Treasurer – The treasurer, under the direction of the Board of Directors, shall have charge of the funds of this Society and shall deposit the same in the name of this Society, in depositories designated by the Board of Directors. He/she shall pay all vouchers or orders properly arrested by the president and/or secretary, and shall make a complete and accurate report of the finances of this Society at each regular meeting of members, or at any time upon request by the Board of Directors.

e. The Board of Directors – The Board of Directors shall act on all matters of general policy.

ARTICLE 3 – TERM OF OFFICE

Section 1 All officers of P.O.R.K.S., Inc. shall serve for one (1) year after the election, which shall be September 30, to September 30, inclusive.

Section 2 The election of officers shall be held annually at the regular meeting in September and the nominations shall be made by a committee appointed for that purpose, or by individual members following the report of the nominating committee.

ARTICLE 4– VACANCIES

Section 1 A vacancy in any office shall be filled by appointments of the Board of Directors. Such appointee shall serve until the end of the term for which his/her predecessor was elected/appointed.

ARTICLE 5 – MEETINGS

Section 1 Meetings shall be held at least once each month. Except November through March, which shall be at the discretion of the club officers.

Section 2 The Board of Directors shall meet at least once per year.

Section 3 Special meetings of the membership may be called by the president at such times as he/she shall deem necessary, or upon written request, signed by the majority of the Board of Directors, or upon written request signed by a simple majority of the membership of the Society.

Section 4 Each member shall be entitled to three (3) days notice of any special meeting.

Section 5 No notice of regular meetings shall be given, except in the case of the annual election of officers.

ARTICLE 6 – QUORUM

Section 1 Any meeting of the club shall consist of three (3) or more members of the active membership.

Section 2 At any Board of Directors meeting, a quorum shall be a majority of the board’s personnel.

ARTICLE 7 – DUES AND FEES

Section 1 The individual adult membership initiation fee shall be thirty ($30.00) dollars. Junior membership, for those under 19 as of October 1st , initiation fee shall be fifty (50%) percent of the individual adult member’s initiation fee.

Section 2 Individual adult member fiscal year dues shall be sixty ($60.00) dollars to be paid by the beginning of the fiscal year, starting October 1. Junior membership, for those under 19 as of October 1st, dues shall be fifty (50%) percent of the individual adult member’s dues.

Section 3 No special assessment shall be levied upon the club membership at any time, except by a vote of the membership as a whole, and then only upon a majority of eighty (80%) percent of the entire active membership.

Section 4 The secretary and treasurer shall be exempt from paying dues for their term in office.

Section 5 Dues structure for first-time members only:

Dues to be pro-rated $5 a month in accordance with fiscal year being Oct 1st – Sept 30th (plus initiation)

Oct – $60 Jan – $45 April – $30 July – 15

Nov – $55 Feb – $40 May – $25 Aug – 10

Dec – $50 Mar – $35 June – $20 Sept – 5

ARTICLE 8 – AMENDMENTS

Section 1 Any member may propose an amendment, deletion, or an addition to the Constitution and/or BY-LAWS by submitting a proposed change or changes in writing at any regular meeting or special meeting called for that purpose.

Section 2 Members shall be notified at least three (3) days in advance that a proposed change or changes to the Constitution and/or BY-LAWS will be read and discussed at the next meeting.

Section 3 The vote for the proposed changes will be taken at the second meeting of discussion.

This Constitution and BY-LAWS was voted upon and adopted May 27, 1986, except as amended.

8th printing September, 2016.