Constitution

CONSTITUTION

PREAMBLE

Wishing to secure for the pleasure and benefit of an association of persons commonly interested in Amateur Radio, we do constitute ourselves as a non-profit organization and enact this constitution as our governing law.

ARTICLE I – NAME AND PURPOSE

Section 1:  The name of this association shall be Deep South Amateur Radio Club

(DSARC).

Section 2:  DSARC, which has been granted a Charter of Incorporation by the Secretary of State, State of Alabama, shall uphold and maintain the Constitution and laws of the United States, the State of Alabama, Mobile County and the cities in which we reside.  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, whenever possible, emergency communications to those individuals, organizations, and agencies requiring such service to the best of this club’s ability and to stimulate mutual devotion, helpfulness and comradeship among all Amateur Radio operators.

ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP

Section I:  Any person who has an interest in Amateur Radio communications shall be eligible for membership.

Section 2:  Any person possessing a current Amateur Radio license as issued by the Federal Communications Commission, United States of America, shall be eligible for active membership and provided further, that the DSARC Vice President shall have the authority to conduct an investigation as to the eligibility of any member whose eligibility is protested and, after investigation, shall report his findings to the Board of Directors for appropriate action.

Section 3:  There shall be no form or class of membership except active or associate membership as herein provided.

Section 4:  The membership year will be January through December of the calendar year.

Active members are those who have paid the prescribed dues for the current year and possess a current Amateur Radio License. The unlicensed spouse, of an active licensed member who has a paid family membership, will be considered a full active member with voting rights. Associate members will be those paying the required membership dues for the current year but do not possess an Amateur Radio License, with the above exception.  Associate members may not cast a vote on any issue, but may speak for or against any issue prior to the vote.

ARTICLE III – OFFICERS

Section 1:  Elected:  The club officers shall be elected for a term of 2 years and shall include a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, a Treasurer.  The offices of President and Vice President may serve 2 terms consecutively.  Having served 2 terms consecutively, the President and Vice President must abstain for a term of 2 years before being elected again.

Section 2:  Appointed:  The President may appoint a Club Station Trustee. The Station Trustee will hold the position until he/she resigns or is replaced; and a Chairman for the following offices:  Emergency Communications; Librarian: Training; Publicity; Program; Events; Activities; and others as necessary to accomplish the organization’s purpose.

ARTICLE IV – BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1: The administrative affairs of this organization shall be vested in a Board of Directors.

Section 2:  Every 2 years, the Membership shall select two members to represent them on the Board of Directors, whose term of office will coincide with the term of the President and Vice President.

Section 3:  The Board of Directors shall be composed of the President, Vice President,

Treasurer, Secretary, Club Station Trustee, Immediate Past President, and two elected 

members from the Membership.

ARTICLE V – LEGISLATION

The supreme legislative powers of this organization shall be vested in the Membership.

ARTICLE VI – EXECUTIVE

The executive power of this organization shall be vested in the President.

ARTICLE VII – AMENDMENTS

This Constitution may be amended at any officially scheduled meeting by a majority vote of the active Membership, if and when all the Membership shall have received a written copy of the amended document at the previously scheduled official meeting or via the United States Postal System or electronic mail.  Post mailing or transmitting to the last known address of the member will constitute receivership and he/she will be so deemed as having received a copy.