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The Constitution of the Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Association, Inc.

PREAMBLE

The purpose or purposes for which the corporation is formed are as follows: To have our members use their common and individual resources to educate and serve the community in emergency services (to include educating members as to American Red Cross emergency communication procedures), volunteer deeds for non-profit, charitable organizations that qualify under code 501 c (3) and public non-political and not-for-profit community events, and educational activities related to the science of Amateur Radio and public-service communications. Said corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific purposes, within the meaning of section 501 c (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or corresponding section of any future Federal tax code).

ARTICLE I - Name

The name of the organization shall be "Grand Rapids Amateur Radio Association, Inc."

ARTICLE II - Membership

SECTION 2-1

All persons interested in Amateur Radio shall be eligible for membership.

SECTION 2-2

Any person who possesses a valid amateur Radio license may apply for Full Membership.

SECTION 2-3

Any person may apply for Associate membership.

SECTION 2-4

Any person who has performed an outstanding service for or on behalf of the Association may be elected an Honorary Member.

SECTION 2-5

Any person who has met the above requirements and pays dues in accordance to the By-Laws may apply for membership as a Full Member.

SECTION 2-6

Any person who has met the above requirements may be granted membership by a majority vote of full members present at any regular meeting.

ARTICLE III - Officers

SECTION 3-1

The Association's officers shall be as follows: President, Off-Air Director, Vice-President, On-Air-Director, Secretary, Director-at-Large, Treasurer, Technical Director, Liaison Director, Trustee

SECTION 3-2

The Officers of the Association shall be elected for a one year term, except the Trustee, who shall hold office for the term of his/her Amateur Radio license. The yearly term of office shall coincide with the Association's fiscal year (see By-Laws).

SECTION 3-3

Vacancies occurring shall be filled by special election at the first regular meeting following the announcement of resignation or removal.

SECTION 3-4

Officers may be removed from office by a two-thirds vote of members present at a regular meeting.

SECTION 3-5

The office of the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Liaison director must be eighteen years old or older.

SECTION 3-6

Only Full Members may be elected or serve as officers of the Association.

ARTICLE IV - Duties of Officers

SECTION 4-1

The President shall preside at all meetings and conduct the meetings in accordance with this Constitution and By-Laws therein. He/She shall sign all official documents that pertain to this association, and perform all customary duties pertaining to this office.

SECTION 4-2

The Vice-President shall assume all duties of the President in his/her absence. In addition, the Vice-President shall act as Membership Chairman, keeping track of memberships, done in cooperation with the Secretary and Treasurer. He/She shall conduct a membership drive at least once a year.

SECTION 4-3A

The Secretary shall record the proceedings at each meeting, maintain a roll of membership, submit applications for membership, carry on all correspondence, and read all official communications.

SECTION 4-3B

The Secretary shall keep the Constitution of this Association, and have same available at each meeting. He/She shall see that all amendments, changes, or additions are noted thereon, and shall permit all members of the Association to consult same upon request.

SECTION 4-3C

The Secretary shall, upon completion of office, release all books, minutes, and other papers pertinent to the office to his/her successor.

SECTION 4-4A

The Treasurer shall receive and receipt all moneys paid to the Association and shall keep accurate account of all sums received or expended. The Treasurer shall, at the end of each fiscal year, submit an itemized statement of all receipts and expenditures.

SECTION 4-4B

The Treasurer shall, upon completion of term of office, release all moneys, books, and papers pertinent to the office to his/her successor.

SECTION 4-4C

The Treasurer shall be bonded.

SECTION 4-5

The Liaison Director shall be responsible for coordinating activities between the Association and the Red Cross, and other community organizations.

SECTION 4-6

The Off-Air Director shall be responsible for all programs and activities at regular meetings.

SECTION 4-7

The On-Air-Director shall be responsible for all the Association's equipment in the Radio Station, in accordance with the duties of the Trustee. He/She shall post in the Radio Station a list of operators qualified to operate the Association's equipment.

SECTION 4-8

The Director-at-Large shall act as liaison between the membership and the Executive Committee.

SECTION 4-9

The Technical Director shall be responsible for maintenance of all the Association's equipment, for informing the Association's members of work done on equipment, and for recommending repairs and purchases of equipment. He/She shall appoint a technical committee to assist as required.

SECTION 4-10

The Trustee shall have full responsibility for operations of the Association's radio station in accordance with Federal Communications regulations.

ARTICLE V - Meetings

SECTION 5-1

The By-Laws shall provide for regular and special meetings.

SECTION 5-2

A quorum shall consist of ten (10) Full Members present at any meeting.

ARTICLE VI - Dues

SECTION 6-1

The majority vote of all Full Members at any meeting may set a definite sum as dues and a definite collection procedure shall appear in the By-Laws. Non-payment of such dues shall be cause for loss of membership.

ARTICLE VII - Amendments to the Constitution

SECTION 7-1

This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of the Full Members voting at any regular business meeting provided a quorum is present. Proposals for amendments shall be submitted in writing at a regular business meeting and shall not be voted upon sooner than the following month's regular business meeting. In addition, all Full Members shall be mailed a written notice, containing the proposed changes, at least ten (10) days prior to the meting at which they will be voted upon. This notice will be printed and mailed by the Association's Secretary.

ARTICLE VIII - Vote

SECTION 8-1

Only Full Members are allowed the privilege to vote.

ARTICLE IX - Rules of Order

SECTION 9-1

Robert's Rules of Order shall govern all proceedings of the Association

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