Remote Control Model Airplane Club
Revision April 2006
Article I – Purpose
Section I. The purpose of the club is to promote the art of safely flying remote controlled aircraft and show fine community and school relationships.
Section II. Our objectives are to promote the hobby through shows, field displays, flight demonstrations and educational seminars for school children and community service or organizations.
Article II – Membership
Section I. Membership is open to virtually all people. The privilege of flying model aircraft at the Propbusters’ field also requires personal membership in the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).
Section II. Membership classifications include:
A. Senior Member: A person 62 years of age or older as of June 1 of the current year.
B. Open Member: A person 19 years of age or older as of June 1 of the current year.
C. Junior Member: A person under the age of 19 as of June 1 of the current year.
D. Life Members: A person who has been given a life membership by the St. Clair County Propbusters for reasons members saw fit.
E. Associate Members: A non-flying person as defined by AMA.
Section III. New Members shall be acknowledged at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
Section IV. Club membership must be applied for, and proof of valid AMA membership is required before a student can begin training; excluding intro-pilot program. Training of non-members at the Propbusters’ field is not permitted. The instructor is responsible for verification of the student’s AMA document and club status. Student pilots may fly only on a “buddy box” until granted pilot status by the club president or his designee.
Section V. Any pilot flying solo at the Propbusters’ field must be certified “Pilot” status by the club President or his designee.
Article III – Dues, Initiation Fee and Assessments
Section I. Dues shall be assessed by the members present at the November meeting each year in regards to how much it will cost to operate the club for the following year and set them accordingly.
Section II. The members present at any regularly scheduled meeting shall assess Initiation fee.
Section III. During October’s meeting it will be decided whether assessments will be applicable by the members present. A notification will be made in November’s newsletter of possible assessments. The members present at the November meeting will review assessments. If an assessment is chosen then it will be applied to the dues of the following year’s applicants.
Section IV. Dues must be paid in full by December 31. If a member’s dues are not paid for by December 31, they will be charged a $10.00 late fee.
Section V. Any person joining the club after September 1 will have those dues credited to the following year.
Section VI. All members shall be notified of any change in dues, initiation fee, or assessments. Notification by newsletter will be sufficient.
Section VII. All changes of dues, initiation fee, and assessments require a 2/3 majority vote to pass.
Section VIII. All members who fly model aircraft at the Propbusters’ field will provide proof of AMA membership (AMA number) to the club secretary upon receipt of AMA membership, and annually at Propbusters membership renewal for verification and clerical purposes as required of the club by AMA. Display of AMA membership card on frequency board is required to fly at the Propbusters’ field.
Section IX. AMA member guest pilots are welcome up to three times per year per guest (excluding contest or special events). Guest must be accompanied by a host Propbusters member, agree to follow all club rules and Bylaws, host members are responsible for the actions of their guest. Guests using the field more than three visits are expected to join the club. Host members allowing the guest to use the field more than three times may themselves be held responsible for guest dues and fees. This may be waived in advance by a ¾ vote of the executive board on a case-by-case basis.
Section X. Any member, who ceases personal AMA membership for any reason, shall notify the Propbusters club secretary and give up the privilege to fly at the Propbusters’ field, subject to reinstatement upon restoration of AMA membership and notification to the Propbusters’ club secretary.
Article IV – Grievance Procedure (Flight and Ground Safety Rules)
Section I. 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 its consideration by means of a Grievance Form to be filled out and turned in to the President. At least one witness is required to sign the Grievance Form.
Section II. The Safety Office shall use their judgment in carrying out action on the following:
A. A Grievance Form will be filled out and turned in to the President. At least one witness is required.
B. First Violation
i. Viewpoints of both complainants and accused will be considered.
ii. Complainant’s name will be disclosed.
iii. A verbal reprimand will be given to the accused by the Safety Officer, and this will be recorded in the club files.
C. Second Violation
i. Complainant’s name will be disclosed.
ii. The accused has the right to a written rebuttal, to be reviewed by the President.
iii. If the President so decides, the flying privileges of the accused will be suspended for 30 days. Written notice of this shall be issued and a copy published in the club newsletter.
D. Third Violation
i. The President will notify the accused in writing and the club members via club newsletter that the club will vote on the expulsion of the accused at the next meeting.
ii. Said expulsion will last for one-year minimum. (Longer if deemed necessary by the club members).
iii. A member may be expelled from the club only upon a 2/3 majority vote of the members present at the meeting.
iv. Voting will be by secret ballot at a regularly scheduled meeting.
v. The expelled member may reapply for membership after the expiration of the expulsion time period.
E. The three actions will not be enforced unless they are accumulated within a two-year period of time.
F. Any member receiving a Grievance, who directs any retaliation action against the person filing said Grievance, will be subject to immediate expulsion from the club. This is to include threats, intimidation, physical harm, intentional equipment damage, or any other action deemed to be retaliatory by the members of the club.
Article V – Resignation, Termination, Disciplinary Action, Expulsion and Reinstatement of Membership
Section I. Any member in good standing may resign his/her membership by giving written notice to the club.
Section II. Any member flying model aircraft at the Propbusters’ field without personal AMA membership may be subject to termination from the SCC Propbusters club.
Section III. This section provides for enforcement of the Safety Rules that are related to flying activities. Any other unacceptable behavior by an individual member or members, as defined by the Board of Directors, become the responsibility of the Board of Directors as stated in Article I, Duties, Section I of these Bylaws. Any individual may be expelled from membership from the Club by a 2/3 majority vote of the Board of Directors if, in the Board of Directors’ determination, such individual willfully commits any act or omission which is a violation of any of the terms of the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, or the Rules of the AMA, or which is detrimental to the Club, the AMA, or to model aviation.
Section IV. Any member who is expelled from membership may be reinstated to membership only by 2/3 majority vote of the Board of Directors.
Section V. The Board of Directors shall have the discretionary authority to provide for and to impose disciplinary action for such acts or omissions, which do not justify expulsion from membership.
Article VI – Officers
Section I. There shall be four (4) officers that must be voted upon; the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Terms of office of all elected officers shall be one (1) year. In case a vacancy shall occur, from any cause, or at any time in the office of the Vice-President, Treasurer, or Secretary, the President will fill such vacancy by appointment. The said appointee will hold the respective office until he/she or a successor is duly elected and installed. Should a vacancy occur in the office of the President, the Vice-President will assume the Presidency, and then the club shall nominate a Vice-President and the members shall vote upon the nominee.
Article VII – Officers’ Duties
Section I. President – The President shall be the senior officer and preside at all club meetings and functions. The President shall also appoint a Safety Officer, Field Marshal and three (3) directors.
Section II. Vice-President – The Vice-President shall act in the capacity of an assistant to the President, and shall assume the office of the President in the event of the permanent loss of the President.
Section III. Treasurer – The Treasurer shall keep an accurate record of all financial transactions of the club and report the financial condition at all club meetings. At the end of the year the Treasurer shall have the preceding year’s accounting books up to date and present them to the new Treasurer at the January club meeting.
Section IV. Secretary – The Secretary shall keep an accurate record of all club meetings. He/She shall be responsible for all club correspondence and club-sponsored contest records. He/She shall also serve as the club’s voting ballot officer. He/She shall publish the St. Clair County Propbusters’ roster at the end of each year and present it to the new President at the January club meeting.
Section V. Directors – The Directors shall monitor the club’s fiscal activities to abide by the rules for a non-profit organization.
Section VI. Field Marshal – The Field Marshal shall oversee AMA rules and regulations and Propbusters regulations for field layout and enforcement.
Section VII. Safety Officer – The Safety Officer shall oversee AMA and Propbusters safety rules and enforcement.
Article VIII – Voting
Section I. Nominations of the officers will take place at the November meeting each year. Election of the officers will be by the members present at the December meeting. The officers will take the office elected at the January meeting. Only Open, Senior, and Life members may participate in voting and hold office. Election of the four (4) officers requires a simple majority of all votes cast by all members present. Voting on other matters at a club meeting requires a 2/3 majority vote of members present to pass. All matters voted upon will remain in effect for at least three (3) months before they can be changed or modified to provide a trial period.
Section II. Motions brought to the table at a regularly scheduled meeting that are passed shall remain in effect for three (3) months (a trial period) before they can be rescinded. During the trial period a motion can be rescinded only if 100% majority of the members present vote to rescind.
Article IX – Funds
Section I. The club officers may, at their discretion, spend up to twenty dollars ($20.00) per year for the benefit of the club and must turn in to the Treasurer the receipt for such. Any amount over the allowed requires approval by three other elected officers, or if it is saw fit by the officers, the approval of the members present at the next regularly scheduled meeting.
Article X – Recalling Elected Officers
Section I. It shall take three (3) members in good standing and with just cause to ask for a recall of any previously elected officer of this club. The three (3) members requesting such must present their motion for recall in writing, signed by each member, to the club members at the next regularly scheduled meeting. If the motion of recall is accepted by the members present at that meeting, then the Secretary shall notify membership by publishing it in the monthly newsletter the month before the election for recall will be held. It shall take 2/3 majority vote of the members present to recall a previous officer of this club.
Article XI – Dissolution of the Club
Section I. In the event of club disbandment, all properties and assets will be liquidated and donated to a non-profit organization as voted on by the members present at the last meeting held by the St. Clair County Propbusters.
Article XII – Bylaw Amendments
Section I. Amendments to these Bylaws may be made by the approval of a 2/3 majority vote of the members present at a general meeting if given notice. Notice of such shall be sufficient if published in the monthly newsletter.