Constitution of Maricopa Amateur Radio Association, Inc.

We, the undersigned, wishing to secure for ourselves the pleasures and benefits of an association of persons commonly interested in Amateur Radio, constitute ourselves the Maricopa Amateur Radio Association, Incorporated of Maricopa, Arizona and enact this constitution as our governing law. It shall be our purpose to further the exchange of information and cooperation between members, to promote radio knowledge, fraternalism and individual operating efficiency, and to so conduct ASSOCIATION programs and activities as to advance the general interest and welfare of Amateur Radio in the community.

Article I - Membership

All persons interested in Amateur Radio communications shall be eligible for membership. Membership shall be by application and election upon such terms as the ASSOCIATION shall provide in its By-Laws.

Membership may not be denied because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status or any other reason that would be biased or prejudicial.

Article II - Officers

Section. 1. Offices

The officers of this club shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Section. 2. Election

The officers of this ASSOCIATION shall be elected fur a term of two years by ballot of the members present, provided there be a quorum, at the annual November regular meeting held during even numbered years.

Section 3. Term limits

An individual may not hold the same office for more than two consecutive terms; and my not serve more than three consecutive terms as an officer. An individual may not hold more than one office during the same term.

Section. 4. Vacancies

Vacancies occurring between elections must be filled by special elections at the first regular meeting following the withdrawal or resignation.

Section 5. Eligibility

In Order to hold an office an individual must be a member in good standing for at least one year, hold a valid Amateur Radio license and have reached the Arizona Legal age of Majority prior to taking office.

Section 6. Resignation

Any officer may resign his/her position in writing at which time all records and assets of the ASSOCIATION will be turned over to the President or Vice President.

Section 7. Removal of Officers

Officers may be removed from office for cause, upon written petition of six (6) or more members presented to the President or Vice President. After investigation the petition will be presented to the membership at the next regular meeting of the ASSOCIATION and a voted on by the membership. Removal of an officer requires a three-fourths vote of the full membership.

Article Ill - Duties of Officers

Section. 1. President

The President shall preside at all meetings, and conduct them according to the rules adopted. Helshe shall enforce due observance of this Constitution and By-Laws; decide all questions of order; sign all official documents adopted by the club, and perform all other duties pertaining to the office of President.

Section. 2. Vice President

The Vice-President shall assume all the duties of the President in his/her absence. In addition, he/she shall organize ASSOCIATION activities, plan and recommend contests for operating benefits, and advance ASSOCIATION interest and activity as approved by the ASSOCIATION. He/she shall maintain close liaison with the local ARRL's local ARES ® Emergency Coordinator to further ASSOCIATION participation in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. ® [1]

Section. 3. Secretary

The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of all meetings, keep a roll of members, submit membership applications, carry on all correspondence, read communications at each meeting, and email written meeting notices to each member. At the expiration of his/her term he/she shall turn over all items belonging to the ASSOCIATION to his/her successor.

Section. 4. Treasurer

The Treasurer shall receive and receipt for all monies paid to the ASSOCIATION; keep an accurate account of all monies received and expended; pay no bills without proper authorization (by the ASSOCIATION or its officers constituting a business committee). At the end of each quarter he/she shall submit an itemized statement of disbursements and receipts. At the end of his/her term he/she shall turn over everything in his/her possession belonging to the ASSOCIATION to his/her successor.

Article IV - Meetings

The By-Laws shall provide for regular and special meetings. At meetings, a minimum of one-third of the membership shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Robert's Rules of Order shall govern proceedings.

Article V - Dues

The ASSOCIATION, by majority vote of those present at any regular meeting, may levy upon the general membership such dues or assessments as shall be deemed necessary for the business of the organization. Non-payment of such dues or assessments shall be cause for expulsion from the ASSOCIATION within the discretion of the membership.

Article VI - Membership Assistance

The ASSOCIATION, through designated Technical and Public Relations Committees will provide technical advice to members concerning equipment design and operation to assist in frequency observance, clean signals, uniform practice, and absence of spurious radiations from club member- stations. The ASSOCIATION shall also maintain a program to foster and guide public relations.

Article VII - Club Call sign WY7H

The ASSOCIATION has been granted the call sign of WY7H as provided by FCC rules Part 97. The President shall assign trusteeship of the ASSOCIATION call sign.

The trustee shall:

Be a member of the ASSOCIATION in good standing. Meet FCC requirements. Not had his/her Radio Amateur license revoked or sanctioned at any time.

Article VIII - Dissolution of Maricopa Amateur Radio Association, Inc.

Section 1.Termination of Operations

In the event that the Board of Director votes that the ASSOCIATION should be dissolved the motion for dissolution must receive more than two thirds vote of the full membership to pass.

Section 2. Disposition of Assets

The Board of Directors shall handle the disbursement of all assets of the ASSOCIATION upon dissolution. No member or group of members shall receive benefit from the assets. All equipment will be sold and net proceeds donated to a non-profit organization. All remaining cash will be donated to a non-profit organization.

Article IX - Amendments

This Constitution or By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the total membership. Proposals for amendments shall be submitted in writing at a regular meeting and shall be voted on at the next following regular meeting, provided all members have been noticed by email of the intent to amend the Constitution and/or By-Laws at said meeting.

Date Approved: June 11, 2014

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