CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS OF THE
WILSON RADIO CONTROL MODELERS ASSOCIATION
ARTICLE 1: NAME
The name of this organization shall be: The Wilson Radio Control Modelers Association.
ARTICLE 2: PURPOSE
This organization has been formed to promote model aviation, to encourage individual skill development, the exchange of hobby related information, and to engage in a program of research and safety in model aircraft design, construction, and flying. It is a nonprofit organization and all Association funds will be used to provide a flying site, to provide maintenance of same flying site (either internal or contractually as determined by vote of club membership), and to promote Association activities.
ARTICLE 3: MEMBERSHIP (GENERAL)
Section 1. Any model builders, fliers, or interested persons may be admitted into membership as voted by two-thirds (2/3) majority of the membership in good standing present at a scheduled meeting.
Section 2. Any member may be removed from the membership for just cause, as voted by two-thirds (2/3) majority of the membership in good standing present at a scheduled meeting.
Section 3. A new membership applicant shall be subject to approval by the voting members after the applicant has met the following requirements:
1. Applicant must provide a current AMA membership or proof of application.
2. Applicant must read and understand, and agree to abide by the Association Constitution/ By-Laws and AMA safety regulations.
3. A member in good standing is one who has made every endeavor to attend all Scheduled meetings, and is current in dues.
4. Members paying dues for 35 consecutive years shall be considered Lifetime Members. Dues for Lifetime Members are waived.
ARTICLE 4: FAMILY MEMBERSHIP
A membership will include all members of the immediate family living in the same household. All interested family members are invited to meetings. Only one vote per membership is recognized.
ARTICLE 5: JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP
An applicant is eligible for Junior Membership if he/she is under the age of eighteen (18) years of age and has a current AMA Membership. Dues are to be $1.00 per month, $12.00 per year. Dues will be prorated for new joining members. The Junior Member will not have access to the Club’s building, and he/she must be supervised by an adult member while at the flying field and during all flights. The Junior member will not have voting rights during Club meetings.
ARTICLE 6: DUES
Section 1. Dues are to be paid yearly at January’s Scheduled meeting. Dues are considered past due at the close of the next months (February) meeting. Any member that is thirty (30) days late will have Association privileges suspended. Members sixty, (60) days late are subject to expulsion from the Association by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) majority of the membership who are in good standing present at the next scheduled meeting. Anybody falling six (6) months or more delinquent, must bring their dues up to date, or pay an additional $25.00 reinstatement fee as well as annual dues. Dues will be prorated for new joining members.
Section 2. Dues are to be paid on an annual basis. The current annual dues are $75.00. Members being 65 years of age in current calendar year receive a $10.00 discount off membership dues.
Section 3. Contributions: The elected officials and the general membership are authorized to receive contributions on behalf of the Association from any individual or organization. These contributions are to be submitted to the elected Treasurer and are to be utilized, as would ordinary Association funds but are to be so identified as contributions in the financial records.
ARTICLE 7: OFFICERS
Section 1. PRESIDENT:
The President shall preside over all Association meetings. It shall be his responsibility to keep all Association records to make sure they are handled properly. The President shall act as spokesperson for the Association in all matters pertaining to it, and shall serve as Committee Chairperson appointing all committees.
Section 2. VICE-PRESIDENT:
The Vise-President shall assume the responsibility of the President in his absence and will also serve as Association Program Director.
Section 3. TREASURER:
The Treasurer shall collect all monies, keep accurate financial records, and maintain the Association bank account. He shall report receipts and expenses at all scheduled Association meetings.
Section 4. SECRETARY:
The Secretary shall record the minutes of all scheduled Association meetings. He/She shall be the custodian of all Association records and history. At each scheduled Association meeting, he/she shall report on the minutes of the previous scheduled Association meeting. He/She shall keep all attendance rolls and service as membership Chairperson. He/She shall receive, review, and recommend all applicants for new membership. The Secretary shall issue a redundant copy of the minutes to each officer of the Association, within two (2) weeks after the monthly meeting.
Section 5. EDITOR:
The Editor shall publish the Association newsletter each month. The name of the newsletter is to be “The Flight Line”. The contents of the publication is to contain information of the Association and its membership such as; scheduled events and their dates, times and location, Association meetings and their dated, times, and locations; items of interest in Model Aviation; happenings with the membership, etc. Guest writers request are to be welcomed. To keep general membership current, the newsletter is to be mail out in time for receipt prior to scheduled Association meetings with a reminder a couple of days prior the meeting.
Section 6. FIELD MARSHALLS
Duties should include:
1. Supervision of field layout, parking, flight line, etc.
2. Greeting new faces at the field and explanation of the sport and how to become involved.
3. Location of nearest hospital and police department.
4. Location of field fire extinguisher.
5. Supervision of transmitter impound area.
6. Field maintenance crew supervision.
7. Knowledge of first aid and location of first aid kit.
8. Erection of temporary signs during flying sessions.
9. Field clean up (litter, etc.).
10. :Presentations to club at open meetings on problems.
11. Ability to handle non-fliers who may disrupt operations.
Section 7. SAFETY OFFICERS:
The Safety Officers shall report any safety violation observed or reported to him/her at each scheduled Association meeting. He/She will also make recommendations in regard to safety for further Association consideration and By-Law adoption. The safety officers may form a committee to police the flying site and enforce the Association safety regulations.
Section 8. WEB MASTER DUTIES:
The Web Master shall maintain the club web site and keep the secretary current of all account information, hosting, domain, and passwords for the account.
ARTICLE 8: VACANCIES
Vacancy in any office shall be filled by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the membership in good standing present at a scheduled meeting.
ARTICLE 9. MEETINGS
Section 1. General meetings of the Association shall be held on the second (2nd) Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at a place designated during the officers board meeting and published in “The Flight Line”.
Section 2. Special meetings may be called at any time during the month.
Section 3. The officers’ board meeting will be held at the Presidents’ discretion at a location designated by the President.
Section 4. Any member missing three (3) consecutive meetings without good reason can be dropped from active rolls in the Association by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of membership in good standing present at a quorum, or scheduled meeting. An Association officer must be contacted prior to the scheduled meeting to give notification of intended absence, which will establish “good reason”. Special consideration will be given to former members with conflicting business schedules or geographical problems (i.e.: worker who work permanent second shift jobs or live such a distance from the designated meeting location as to become impractical to travel).
ARTICLE 10: INFORMATION
Section 1. All Association members shall be provided with a copy of these By-Laws.
Section 2. All members shall receive any additional information pertaining to Association business and the Association newsletter “The Flight Line”.
ARTICLE 11: AMENDMENTS
Section 1. Amendments may be made to these By-Laws at any scheduled meeting of the association, providing that the membership has been notified in the association newsletter “The Flight Line” that an amendment is to be considered at the next scheduled meeting.
Section 2. The person or persons authorizing an amendment shall provide copies of the proposed amendment to all members for their review prior to the meeting in which the amendment is to be considered.
Section 3. Constitution and/or By-Laws amendments are made by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the membership in good standing at a scheduled meeting.
ARTICLE 12: FIELD AND FLYING RULES
1. All pilots must possess a current AMA membership card to fly at club field.
2. All cars will be parked in the designated parking area.
3. All spectators will remain in the spectator’s area designated as the area behind the fence line (on the parking lot side) or under the shelter unless escorted by a member.
4. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed on the Association property. Intoxication will not be tolerated.
5. Contest flying will be governed by the rules set forth by the Academy of Model Aeronautics.
6. Flying of any type will not be allowed over the pit and/or spectator areas.
7. Any flyer(s) that is/are airborne, shall be in one of the designated pilot’s stations to help prevent inter-frequency interference and safety issues.
8. All fliers shall announce their intention of takeoff and landings, including emergencies.
9. For safety, the protection of the association, and public relations, new members (with qualifications unknown to the Association members) and beginning fliers must obtain the aid of an experienced Association member until satisfactory competency of aircraft control has been demonstrated in takeoff, pattern and landing.
10. Each transmitter brought to the Association flying site shall have attached to the antenna the appropriate AMA legal frequency flag and antenna streamer; this applies to 72 MHz radios only.
11. All transmitters brought to the Association flying site shall be impounded immediately upon arrival that are 72 MHz radios. Radios that are 2.4 or Spread Spectrum do not need to be impounded.
12. No 72 MHz transmitter will be allowed out of the impound area without the appropriate frequency pin from the frequency calculator attached. Transmitters being “field charged” must also abide by this rule to protect against accidental “switch on”. An AMA or Club card must be displayed on the frequency board whenever a pilot flies his aircraft to ensure AMA insurance is valid.
13. Mufflers are required on all if practical and mandatory on all engines of .15 cubic inch displacement or larger.
14. All Association members participating in flying must carry a current AMA membership card.
15. Engines will only be started in the four (4) designated engine starting areas. These areas are at the tall grass barrier “pass-through” to the left and right of the shelter.
16. Taxiing aircraft anywhere behind the tall grass barriers (in the pits) is prohibited.
17. Guest pilots shall be permitted and will be briefed at the Association flying site on field conduct, by the Association member who sponsors them. A guest is defined as an Association non-member who holds a current AMA membership and is to be flying for personal enjoyment (not for instructional purposes). A sponsored guest will be permitted to fly with reasonable constraint so as not to affect the flying time available to members. A complaining member shall constitute an unreasonable constraint . No guest shall be permitted to fly without his/her sponsor present.
18. Every Association member has the right to fly alone, if he/she desires to do so. The field can be closed for one (1), flight intervals by placing the large orange cone on the field just beyond the tall grass barriers (opposite the pit area). All Association members and sponsored guest will recognize the gesture as “closing the field for one flight”, during which piloting on the field is permissible along with a helper.
19. Engine runs for more than two (2) minutes for adjustments, break-ins, etc., shall be performed at the extreme ends of the pit area.
20. Every member shall share the responsibility in the enforcement of these rules.
21. Unless otherwise specified planned work parties for field maintenance, shall be supported by all Association members. Routine maintenance such as field mowing, etc., will be scheduled by contract or otherwise, as determined by two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Association membership in good standing present at a scheduled meeting.
22. Electric aircraft must be taken to the flight line before connecting the batteries and the batteries disconnected before returning to the pit area, the exception being aircraft that have an arming plug or switch installed. Batteries can be installed but aircraft can only be armed at flight line.
23. If work is going to be conducted on electric aircraft and the batteries must be connected, the prop must be removed before connecting the batteries, the exception being aircraft that have an arming plug or switch installed.