BY-LAWS OF THE
BLOUNT COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
The object of this organization shall be to carry out the purposes of the Club as set forth in the articles of incorporation.
There shall be four classes of members: Regular, Lifetime, Honorary, and Associate.
Regular membership is open to the holder of a valid amateur radio license issued by the Federal Communication Commission.
To be a regular member, a licensed amateur radio operator must submit or have submitted on his behalf by any regular member, a membership application to the Blount County Amateur Radio Club.
Applications must be presented during a regularly scheduled meeting. Exceptions may be made on an individual basis. The BCARC retains the right to refuse membership based on prior knowledge of an applicant’s operating practices which are outside the Club’s purpose or which do not follow The FCC Rule 97.101 General Standards as listed on page 4 of the BCARC by-laws.
Regular members pay dues and have a right to vote in general meetings.
A limited number of Lifetime memberships may be used as a fund-raiser under conditions deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors and approved by a two-thirds vote of the membership present at a regular meeting.
Honorary members may be elected by two- thirds vote of the regular members at any regular meeting.
Honorary members do not pay dues and have no vote.
Associate membership is open to persons interested in amateur radio communication and purposes of the organization.
For an associate membership, a Blount County Amateur Radio Club membership application must be submitted and approved by the majority of the members present at any regular meeting.
Associate members shall pay dues but shall not have the right to vote.
Operation of the club repeater is considered to be a privilege and all amateurs are expected to operate under the FCC Rule 97.101 General Standards as listed on page 4 of the BCARC by-laws.
Dues shall be established by the Board of Directors with the approval of a majority of the membership.
There shall be no assessments to the members.
Dues are payable on January 1st and are delinquent after the March club meeting.
Members whose dues are delinquent shall be removed from active membership rolls. Anyone who was a member in good standing during the previous year may seek reinstatement by payment of dues for the entire year and by acceptance of said dues by a majority of the members present at the meeting at which the dues are presented.
Dues for new members will be pro-rated by quarter year divisions for the balance of the current year only.
Elections of officers shall be held at the first meeting in January. The president shall appoint a nominating committee at the December meeting. The nominating committee shall make its report at the first regular meeting in January. The committee must nominate at least one regular member for each office to be elected.
Nominations from the floor are accepted only on the same date that the nominating committee makes its report.
All nominees must have been a member of the BCARC for a minimum of one year.
Officers elected as above shall assume office at the first meeting in February.
OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The officers of the club shall be President, First Vice President, Second Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer.
The President shall serve as a member of the Board of Directors for a term of two years; the year as President and the following year.
The Board of Directors shall be composed of seven members: Five elected Board members and the current and immediate past President.
The Board of Directors will be elected from the membership of the club by nomination from the floor and will serve five-year terms.
The Board of Directors shall elect one of its members as Chairman who shall preside at all meetings of the Board.
The Club President and Chairman of the Board shall be entitled to vote at such meetings.
All officers and members of the Board of Directors shall be regular members in good standing of the Blount County Amateur Radio Club.
All officers shall serve a term of one year.
The Board of Directors will schedule meetings as required. The Board may schedule unannounced meetings if deemed necessary.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
The President shall preside at all meetings of the Club membership.
The President is not entitled to vote in a regular meeting except in the case of a tie. In this case, he or she shall cast the deciding vote.
The President shall appoint committees and perform all the customary duties of office.
The First Vice-President shall serve as membership chairman, encourage new members, accept membership applications and maintain the Club membership roster.
The Second Vice President shall be in charge of meeting programs and entertainment.
In the event the President shall be unable to perform the duties of the office or be removed from the office, the First Vice-President becomes President and holds the office for the remainder of the term.
The Secretary/Treasurer shall receive all monies and maintain accurate records of receipts and expenditures.
The Secretary/Treasurer shall be authorized to open a checking account in the name of the Blount County Amateur Radio Club, Incorporated, for payment of normal expenditures.
At the request of the President, the Secretary/Treasurer shall make a Report of Financial Condition to the Membership.
The Secretary/Treasurer, at the expiration of the term of office, shall prepare a detailed Financial Report and remit the financial records to the successor of the office.
Financial records of the Secretary/Treasurer shall be open for inspection by any regular member at a regular monthly meeting.
The Secretary /Treasurer shall maintain the official minutes of all regular club meeting and meetings of the officers and Board of Directors.
The Secretary/Treasurer shall maintain the official record of all changes in the Articles of Incorporation and By-laws of the Club
The Secretary/Treasurer shall write all official correspondence for the club, answer all official letters, and keep the file of correspondence of the organization.
The Board of Directors shall be empowered to hold, transfer, sell, or otherwise dispose of all equipment and property of the club; to maintain a complete inventory of such property.
The Board of Directors shall authorize all expenditures of the club, excepting normal operating expenses which are authorized to be paid by the Secretary/Treasurer.
After the new officers assume office, a joint meeting will be held by the new and outgoing officers to audit and verify the Status of Funds in custody of the Secretary/Treasurer and examine the financial transactions of the previous year.
Should a vacancy occur in any office and not be provided for in this article or any other, the Board of Directors shall select a member to serve for the unexpired term.
Should a vacancy occur in the Board of Directors, the regular membership shall elect a member to serve for the unexpired term.
Any Officer or Director may be removed from office by the recommendation of the Board of Directors and a two-thirds vote of the regular membership present at a regular meeting.
Any member of the Board of Directors that is absent from three consecutive business meetings during a calendar year period may be removed from office and replaced by a club member elected from the membership by a majority vote of the membership present at a regular club meeting. The new member of the Board of Directors will serve for the remainder of the removed member’s term. See Article VI, Section 18.
Regular club meetings shall be held monthly on a regular date and time to be
determined by the membership. Meeting times will be announced and available
on the club website.
In the event a meeting day falls on a holiday, the membership may select an alternate date or be adjourned.
The President may call a special meeting of the membership by giving written notice at the address shown on club records and deposited in the mail seventy-two hours prior to the meeting.
In case of a called meeting, one third of the membership must be present for a quorum.
The order of business for the club shall be:
Call to Order
Introduction of visitors
Report of Officers
Discussion of Program
Election of new members
(This sequence may be modified by the presiding officer.)
The rules contained in “Robert’s Rules of Order Revised” shall govern in all
cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent
with these by-laws.
[by-laws revised - March 3, 2001]
The articles of incorporation and by-laws may be amended, with proper notice and publication, by a two-thirds vote of members present at a regular meeting.
All proposed amendments must be submitted in writing and read to the membership by the Secretary/Treasurer at a regular meeting.
A copy of the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws shall be presented, without charge, to each new member.
A copy of the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws shall be available to any member upon request, at the time dues are paid.
From ARTICLE II, SECTION 12
FCC 97.101 General Standards
(a) In all respects not specifically covered by FCC Rules each amateur station must be operated in accordance with good engineering and good amateur practice.
(b) Each station licensee and each control operator must cooperate in selecting transmitting channels and in making the most effective use of the amateur service frequencies. No frequency will be assigned for the exclusive use of any station.
(c) At all times and on all frequencies, each control operator must give priority to stations providing emergency communications, except to stations transmitting communications for training drills and tests in RACES.
(d) No amateur operator shall willfully or maliciously interfere with or cause interference to any communication or signal.
by-laws adopted – June 14,1987
by-laws revised – February 4,1995
by-laws revised - July 3,1999
by-laws revised - November 5,1999
by-laws revised - February 26, 2000
by-laws revised - October 21, 2006
by-laws revised - February 21, 2009
by-laws revised – October 9, 2018