Constitution

Preamble

We, the undersigned, wishing to secure for ourselves the pleasures and benefits of an association of persons commonly interested in Amateur Radio in the greater information security and hacker community, constitute ourselves the

Ham Radio Village Club


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 club programs and activities as to advance the general interest and welfare of Amateur Radio in the community.

Article I: Membership

Membership shall be by application and election upon such terms as the club 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 club shall be elected for a term of one year by ballot of the members present,

provided there be a quorum, at the annual meeting.

Section 3: Term limits

There are no individual term limits.

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 (or at the founding of the club), have rights to hold office, and hold a valid Amateur Radio license.

Section 6. Resignation

Any officer may resign his/her/their position in writing at which time all records and assets of the club 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 club and voted on by the membership.

Removal of an officer requires a three-fourths vote of the full membership.

Article III: Duties of Officers

Section 1: President

The President shall preside at all meetings, and conduct them according to the rules adopted. He/she/they 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/they shall organize club activities, plan and recommend contests for operating benefits, and advance club interest and activity as approved by the club.

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 mail written meeting notices to each member. At the expiration of his/her/their term he/she/they shall turn over all items belonging to the club to his/her successor.

Section 4: Treasurer

The Treasurer shall receive and receipt for all monies paid to the club; keep an accurate account of all monies received and expended; pay no bills without proper authorization (by the club or its officers constituting a business committee). At the end of each quarter he/she/they shall submit an itemized statement of disbursements and receipts. At the end of his/her term he/she/they shall turn over everything in his/her possession belonging to the club to his/her/their  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 requiring a vote.  Business requiring a vote may be conducted without this quorum if the voting period remains open for at least 7 days, and the voting period is announced to all members.

Article V: Dues

The club, 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 club within the discretion of the membership.

Article VI: Membership Assistance

The club, through designated Conference and Operating 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 radiation from club member-stations. The club shall also maintain a program to foster and guide public relations with the information security community.

Article VII: Club Call sign.

The club may elect to apply for a club call sign as provided by FCC rules Part 97.

The President shall assign trusteeship of the club call sign.

The trustee shall:

Article VIII: Dissolution of The Club

Section 1: Termination of Operations

In the event that the two thirds of the officers vote that the Club 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 Officers shall handle the disbursement of all assets of the club.

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 may be amended by three-fourths vote of the total membership maintaining voting rights. Club By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the total membership maintaining voting rights.  Proposals for amendments shall be submitted in writing (physical or electronic) at a regular meeting and shall be voted on at the next following regular meeting, provided all members have been notified of the intent to amend the constitution and/or By-Laws at said meeting.