undersigned, wishing to secure for ourselves the pleasure and benefits
of the association of persons commonly interested in Amateur Radio,
constitute ourselves the Green Mountain Wireless Society, a non-profit
organization, hereinafter called the Society, 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, and individual operating
proficiency, and to so conduct Society programs and activities as to
advance the general interest and welfare of Amateur Radio in the
ONE – MEMBERSHIP
One: All persons interested in amateur radio communications shall be
eligible for membership. Membership shall be by applications and
election upon such terms as the Society shall by its By-Laws
TWO – OFFICERS
One: The officers of this Society shall be: President, Vice-President,
Secretary, and Treasurer. The
Executive Committee will consist of current officers and immediate past
president (Art. 6, Sec. 2, B-L).
Section Two: The officers of this Society shall be elected by a simple
majority vote for a term of one year by voice vote or paper ballot if
requested by the members present, provided there is a quorum, at the
regular May meeting, which shall be considered the Annual Meeting.
Section Three: Vacancies occurring between elections must be filled by
special election at the first regular meeting following the withdrawal,
removal or written resignation of an officer, provided a quorum is
present. See Art. 4, Sec. 4 below in By-Laws.
Section Four: Officers may be removed by a two-thirds vote of the
membership. Such vote shall be initiated by written petition showing
names and call signs of ten or more members.
THREE – DUTIES of OFFICERS
One: The President shall preside at all meetings of this Society, and
conduct the same according to the rules adopted. The President shall
enforce due observance of this Constitution and By-laws,
decide all questions of order, sign all official documents that are
adopted by the Society, and perform all other customary duties
pertaining to the office of President.
Section Two: The Vice President shall assume all the duties of the
President in the absence of the latter.
Section Three: The Secretary shall keep a written record of the
proceedings of all meetings, keep a roll of members, submit applications
for membership, carry on all correspondence, read communications at each
meeting, and mail written meeting notices to each member when necessary.
The Secretary shall, at the expiration of the term, turn over to the
successor all items belonging to the Society.
Section Four: The Treasurer
shall receive and receipt all monies paid to the Society, and shall keep
an accurate account of all monies received and expended. The Treasurer
shall pay no bills without proper authorization by the Society or its
officers. At the end of each
calendar quarter, the Treasurer shall submit an itemized statement of
disbursements and receipts. The
Treasurer shall, at the expiration of the term, turn over to the
successor everything belonging to the Society.
FOUR – MEETINGS
One: The By-Laws
shall provide for regular and special meetings.
FIVE – DUES
One. The Society, by a
majority vote of the membership at a regular meeting with proper warning
and with a quorum, may levy upon the general membership such dues or
assessments as shall be deemed necessary for the business of the Society
within its objectives as set forth in the Preamble.
Non payment of such dues or assessments shall be cause for
expulsion from the Society within the discretion of the membership.
SIX – AMENDMENTS
One: This Constitution or the By-Laws may be
amended by a two-thirds vote of the membership.
Proposals for amendments shall be submitted in writing at a
regular meeting, and shall be voted on at the next regular meeting,
provided all members have been notified by mail of the intent to amend
the Constitution and/or By-Laws
at said meeting.
ARTICLE ONE – ROBERT’S RULES
One. Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern proceedings.
Two. Robert’s Rules of Order may be temporarily suspended by a simple
ARTICLE TWO – SECRETARY
One. It shall be the duty of
the Secretary to keep the Constitution and By-Laws
of the Society and have a copy of the same at every meeting. The
Secretary shall cause all amendments, changes, and additions to be noted
thereon, and shall permit the same to be consulted by members upon
Two. The Secretary shall
keep minutes of meetings and maintain a written permanent record of
ARTICLE THREE – MEMBERSHIP
One. Individual membership
is open to licensed amateur radio operators and those having a
legitimate interest in Amateur Radio.
Membership includes all Society privileges, as well as the right
to hold a Society office and to vote for Society officers, except as
provided in the Constitution.
Section Two. Applications
for membership shall be submitted, in writing, at regular meetings.
Section Three. Each
applicant shall be sponsored by two members.
Section Four. Each
application shall be approved at a regular meeting by a majority vote of
the members present, the vote being taken by voice vote or paper ballot
ARTICLE FOUR - MEETINGS
Section One. Regular
meetings shall be held on the second Tuesday of each calendar month at
such a place and time as the President shall order.
Special meetings may be called by the President upon the request
of any five Society members.
Section Two. Notices shall
be sent to members by the Secretary, concerning special meetings and the
business to be transacted. Only
such business as designated shall be transacted.
Section Three. A quorum must
be present to conduct any and all Society business.
Section Four. A quorum shall
consist of ten members present at a regular or special meeting as
provided in Article Four, Section Three in the Constitution.
ARTICLE FIVE – DUES
Yearly dues shall be levied in accordance with the provisions of
Article Five of the Constitution for the purpose of
providing funds for current expenses.
Dues are payable on July 1 of each year.
ARTICLE SIX – COMMITTEES
Committees as required by the President or desired by the
membership shall be appointed by the President.
Section Two. The Executive
Committee (Article Two, Section One in the Constitution)
shall plan and run regular and special meetings, maintain membership
list, transact Society business, arrange programs, respond to Society
members as needed, and create and maintain liaison with related
Constitution and By-laws were Signed December 9, 1980 by R. C. Allen
WA1ONT, B. Morton N1ARI, T.E. Earle WA1ZOJ, F.J. D’Auria N1AGY, L.
Parker WB1HHG, B. J. Justin, Jr. WA1ZMS, A. Guerra WA1GKS, and witnessed
by eight others. The revised
Constitution and By-Laws of November, 2001 were approved by a seventy
one percent favorable vote to conform to the two thirds required.
Approved Jan. 11, 2002.
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