Constitution

Capital Area Repeater Society
Constitution

Preamble:

We, the undersigned, wishing to secure for ourselves the pleasures and benifits of an association of persons commonly interested in Amateur Radio, constitute ourselves the

Capital Area Repeater Society

of Concord, New Hampshire and enact this constitution as our governing law.  The Society is organized exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It shall be our purpose to ensure, as a public service, the existence of an amateur radio communications network and infrastructure within the greater capital area.  The Society may own, operate and maintain amateur radio equipment.

Article I
Membership

Membership is open to all persons.  Only currently licensed amateur operators who are members in good standing are eligible to vote or hold office.  The Board of Directors will establish various membership levels as appropriate.

Membership shall be by application and upon such terms as the Society shall provide by it’s By-Laws.

Membership may not be denied because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status or any other reason that would be biased or prejudicial.

Article II
Directors And Officers

Section 1. Directors

The Board of Directors shall consist of five full members of the Society.

Section 2. Officers

The officers of this Society shall be selected from among the Directors and shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Section 3. Election

The directors and officers of this Society shall be elected for a term of one year by ballot of the members present, provided there is a quorum, at the annual meeting.

Section 4. Term Limits

There shall be no term limits for officers duly elected by the membership.

An individual may not hold more than one office during the same term.

Section 4. Vacancies

Vacancies occurring between elections must be filled by special elections at the first regular meeting following the withdrawal or resignation.

Section 5. Eligibility

In order to hold an office, an individual must be a member in good standing for at least one year and hold a valid Amateur Radio License.

Section 6. Resignation

Any officer may resign his/her position in writing at which time all records and assets of the Society will be turned over to the President or Vice President.

Section 7. Removal of Officers

Officers may be removed from office for cause, upon written petition of six (6) or more members presented to the President or Vice President.

After investigation, the petition will be presented to the membership at the next regular meeting of the Society and voted on by the membership.

Removal of an officer requires a three-fourths vote of the full membership.

Article III
Duties of Officers

Section 1. President

The President shall preside at all meetings, and conduct them according to the rules adopted. He/she shall enforce due observance of this Constitution and By-Laws; decide all questions of order; sign all official documents adopted by the Society, and perform all other duties pertaining to the office of President. The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.

Section 2. Vice President

The Vice President shall assume all the duties of the President in his/her absence and perform all other duties pertaining to the office of the Vice President.

Section 3.  Secretary

The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of all meetings, keep a roll of members, submit membership applications, carry on all correspondence, read communications at each meeting, and provide written meeting notices to each member. At the expiration of his/her term he/she shall turn over all items belonging to the Society to his/her successor.

Section 4. Treasurer

The Treasurer shall receive and receipt for all monies paid to the Society; keep an accurate account of all monies received and expended; pay no bills with out proper authorization; prepare and file all required state and federal forms in a timely basis.  All checks shall be signed by the Treasurer and another Officer. At the end of each quarter he/she shall submit an itemized statement of disbursement and receipts. At the end of his/her term, he/she shall turn over everything in his/her possession belonging to the Society to his/her successor.

Article IV
Meetings

The By-Laws shall provide for regular and special meetings.  At meetings, all present voting members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Robert’s Rules of Order shall guide proceedings of all meetings.

Article V
Dues

The Society, by majority vote of those present at any annual meeting, may levy upon the general membership such dues or assessments as shall be deemed necessary for the business of the organization.  The Society may provide for more than one class of membership and levy such dues or assessments upon each class. Non-payment of such dues or assessments shall be cause for expulsion from the Society within the discretion of the membership.

Article VI
Society Call Sign

The Society may elect to apply for a Society call sign as provided by FCC rules Part 97.

The President shall assign trusteeship of the Society call sign.

The trustee shall:
Be a member of the Society;
Meet FCC requirements;
Not had his/her Radio Amateur licensed revoked or sanctioned at any time.

Article VII
Dissolution of The Society

Section 1. Termination of Operations

In the event that the Board of Directors votes that the Society should be dissolved the motion for dissolution must receive more than two thirds vote of the full membership to pass.

Section 2. Disposition of Assets

The Board of Directors shall handle the disbursement of all assets of the Society.

No member or group of members shall receive benefit from the assets.

All equipment will be sold and net proceeds donated to a non-profit organization.

All remaining cash will be donated to a non-profit organization.

Article VIII
Conflict of Interest

Each member, director, officer or committee member shall have an affirmative duty to disclose to the Corporation each transaction that would be a Pecuniary Benefit Transaction (as defined by RSA 7:19-a) as to that member, officer, director or committee member, and shall be prohibited from participating in the discussion or voting on the transaction. The Corporation shall enter into Pecuniary Benefit Transactions only in accordance with the application of RSA 7:19-a, as they may exist from time to time.

Article IX
Amendments

This Constitution or By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at a regular meeting. Proposals for amendments shall be submitted in writing at a regular meeting and shall be voted on at the next following regular meeting, provided all members have been noticed of the intent to amend the Constitution and/or By-Laws at said meeting.

Adopted 8/26/2015
Signed original on file with Secretary.