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1.      Meetings.

2.      Principal Officers

a.       Executive Committee

                                                              i.      Eligibility

                                                            ii.      Elections

                                                          iii.      Special Election

                                                          iv.      Impeachment

b.      Duties and Authority

                                                              i.      President

                                                            ii.      Vice-President

                                                          iii.      Secretary

                                                          iv.      Treasurer

                                                            v.      Sergeant-at-Arms

                                                          vi.      Road Captain

3.      New Membership.

4.      Dues, Donations & Fees.

5.      By-laws

a.       Patches

b.      Meetings/Club functions.

c.       Rules of Conduct.

d.      Road Rules

                                                              i.      Speed.

                                                            ii.      Formation.

                                                          iii.      Ride Leader.

                                                          iv.      Tail Gunner.

                                                            v.      New Riders.

                                                          vi.      Lane Changes.

1.      Simple Lane Change.

2.      Block Lane Change.

3.      Rear Fill In.

                                                        vii.      Tolls.

                                                      viii.      Emergencies.

                                                           ix.      Hand Signals.

1.      Block Lane Change.

2.      Fill in from the Rear.

3.      Single Up.

4.      Staggered Formation.

5.      Tighten Formation.

6.      Road Hazard.

Objective

A brotherhood of motorcyclist unified to represent the multicultural biker community.

 

1. Meetings

1.1.            General Meetings – 1st & 3rd Tuesday at 8:30pm of each month at Masses’ unless otherwise notified. Meetings will have clear agendas provided to each member prior to the start of each meeting.

1.2.            Officer Meetings – Officers meet 30 minutes prior to each general meeting at general meeting location. Agendas for the next meeting will be discussed during this time.

 

2. Principal Officers

2.1.           Executive Committee - There shall be five voting officers for each chapter; President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Sergeant-at-Arms.  These officers make up the executing committee.  The Road Captain shall serve on the Executive Committee as a non voting member, except while serving as an alternate.

2.1.1.                  Eligibility – Any active member may run for office. Nominations are not required to run for any principal office. Any active member may become a candidate by simply stating their intention to do so at the October or November bi-weekly meeting.

2.1.2.                  Elections of principal officers shall be held at the December monthly meeting.  In order to allow for an orderly transition of administrations, the newly elected slate shall assume office at the Annual Meeting.  All principal officers shall be elected by a plurality vote.  A member may not hold more than one office at a time.

2.1.3.                  Special Election - In the event that the current elected officer is no longer able to perform their duties,  a special election for that position shall be held to fill that position at the next monthly meeting.

2.1.4.                  Impeachment - A writ of impeachment against any officer may be submitted by any active member at a regular meeting.  This writ must be signed by at least three Active Members of the chapter and must list the charges as the basis for the writ.  All Active Members in the chapter must be informed of the writ prior to any impeachment vote.  In order to allow the officer in question an opportunity to prepare a statement concerning the charges against them, a special shall be scheduled for action on the writ no less than three, no more than seven , days following the submission of the writ.  Prospects are prohibited from attending this meeting, unless required to give testimony to support the writ or to support the officer in question as a witness.   Impeachment requires a 2/3 majority vote of all Active Members in the chapter.  Any disciplinary action besides the impeachment will be decided upon by the remaining officers within 7 days of the impeachment vote.

2.2.            Duties and Authority

2.2.1.                  President - The President is the CHAIRMAN of the Executive Committee and the Chief Executive Officer of the club chapter.  All matters concerning relations between the club and any outside person or organization should be routed to the President for appropriate action.  The President or his delegate shall assume the Chair at all chapter meetings.  He is responsible for controlling the meeting and keeping order.  If necessary, the Chair may utilize the services of the Sergeant-at-Arms to aid in keeping order.  The Chair may not make or second any motion, and may only vote on questions wheir their vote would affect the outcome, as in making or breaking a tie vote, or on ballot questions.

2.2.2.                  Vice-President - The Vice-President shall coordinate all committees and supervise plans for all club events.  The Vice-President shall act as an intermediary between the President and the Members and Prospects.  All questions or comments concerning any club business not specifically related to the duties of the other officers should be brought to directly to his attention.  Additionally, the Vice- President is the Second-in-Command to the President, and shall assume all responsibilities and duties of the President in their absence.

2.2.3.                  Secretary - The Secretary is responsible for making and keeping all club chapter records. Membership List, Chapter Bylaws, Rules of Order, Standing Rules, Records of all committee appointments, all written reports, copies of all correspondence between the club and any outside person or organization, Meeting Minutes.  He is responsible for calling roll at the meetings.  The Secretary must notify Active Members of special or emergency meetings, and must notify all the members of any appointments or elections in their absence.

2.2.4.                  Treasurer - The Treasurer keeps all the funds of the club chapter.  All un-issued Club Colors and Patches, as well as a record of colors, patches, or reproductions therof issued to members.  He may disburse funds to pay expenses as prescribed in the Standing Rules.  The Treasurer must keep an accurate record of all income and expenses.  He is required to report the fiscal status of the club at each regular meeting for the information of the members.  He must submit a written annual report to the Executive Committee at the Annual Meeting.

2.2.5.                  Sergeant-at-Arms - The Sergeant-at-Arms is responsible for ensuring that the Bylaws and Standing Rules of the club are not violated.  He is responsible to insure that the orders of the Executive Committee are carried out in an expeditious manner.  He is responsible for policing and keeping order at all club events, except as noted under the Duties of the Chairman.  He may conscript members to aid in keeping order on their own authority.  He has the responsibility to the club to report any unseemly behavior of incident to the Executive Committee.  He is responsible for securing any patches or colors from any member who retires, resigns, or is expelled.  The SAA is responsible for the safety and security of the club, as well as the protection and defense of its members and prospects.  He shall keep and maintain a record of all data pertinent to the safety and security of the club and it’s members and prospects.  Upon becoming aware of any real or perceived threat to the club, its Members, Prospects, or events, he shall immediately notify the Executive Committee of that information.

2.2.6.                  Road Captain - The Road Captain is responsible for all club runs.  He shall research, plan, and organize all runs.  During actual time on the road or at intermediate stops during a run, he shall act as the ranking club officer, deferring only to the President or Vice-President if either of them are present, and only then for matters involving persons outside the club.  He shall supply the Secretary with any information required to notify outside agencies of impending club runs in a timely manner.

 

3. New Membership

3.1.            This is by invitation only biker club, no walk-ins.

3.2.            Only members in good standing can invite prospects.

3.3.            All prospects will be reviewed by the club council prior to any invitation.

3.4.            All members inviting prospects are completely liable for those prospects actions during the prospect period.

3.5.            All prospects will be reviewed and approved at the clubs discretion.

 

4. Dues, Donations & Fees

4.1.            $20 dues will be paid directly to the treasurer for each club meeting, regardless of attendance.

4.2.            All overdue funds will be reconciled at the treasurer’s discretion.

4.3.            The treasurer will provide financial reports on a quarterly basis.

4.4.            All utilization of club dues will be reviewed and approved by the club council.

4.5.            All prospects will provide a minimum donation of $100 to each chapter.

4.6.            All members are required to bring adequate donations during donations based runs.

4.7.            Fees will be accessed at the clubs discretion.

4.8.            Upon membership, a $150 fee will be accessed for club material and patches.

 

5. By-laws

5.1.             Patches

5.1.1.                  All members present at club meetings must fly the clubs colors.

5.1.2.                  All members present at club functions must fly the clubs colors.

5.1.3.                  All members representing the club at other functions must fly the clubs colors.

5.1.4.                  All members riding in a group of 2 or more must fly the clubs colors.

5.1.5.                  All members are required to hold their patch with the highest regard.

5.1.6.                  Any member involved in any of the above scenarios without flying their club colors will be excused from that event and fined at the clubs discretion.

5.1.7.                  Members can join the club event in process once excused and to the discretion of the Road Captain.

5.2.            Meetings/Club Functions

5.2.1.                  All general meetings are mandatory unless prior notification is provided to Vice President.

5.2.2.                  All officers must attend all meetings unless prior notification is provided to the President.

5.2.3.                  All organized runs are mandatory unless prior notification is provided to the Road Captain.

5.2.4.                  Lack of participation to any club function will result in accessed fines to the treasurer’s discretion.

5.2.5.                  Lack of consistent participation to any club function will result in a review of membership loyalty by the club council.

5.2.6.                  All club meetings will be brought to order and overseen by the Sergeant of Arms.

5.2.7.                  All club runs will be brought to order an overseen by the Road Captain.

5.3.            Rules of Conduct

5.3.1.                  Respect the roles and responsibilities each officer holds.

5.3.2.                  Respect all bikers and their property at all times.

5.3.3.                  All issues should be brought to the clubs attention and not communicated externally.

5.3.4.                  All club information stays club information.

5.3.5.                  All by-laws should not be taken lightly.

5.4.            Road Rules.

5.4.1.                  Speed

5.4.1.1.            The group will ride at or below the posted speed limit.

5.4.2.                  Formation

5.4.2.1.            Riding will be in a standard State Patrol (staggered) formation. In staggered formation, the bikes form two columns, with the leader at the head of the left column, so he will be able to view all bikes in the formation in his rearview mirrors, and be able to see around vehicles the group approaches. The second bike will head the right column, and will ride approximately 1 second behind the leader (and in the opposite side of the lane). The other riders will position their bikes 2 seconds behind the bike directly in front of them, which puts them 1 second behind the diagonal bike. This formation allows each rider sufficient safety space, and discourages other vehicles from cutting into the line. The last rider, or Tail Gunner, may ride on whichever side of the lane he prefers. He will have to change sides during the ride, based on the situation at the moment.

5.4.3.                  Ride Leader

5.4.3.1.            The ride leader must be aware of the length of the columns, and must gauge the passing of merges, highway entrances and exits, etc., to allow for maximum safety and keeping the group together. He must make sure that he leaves enough time/space for the formation to get into the appropriate lanes before exits, etc. All directions come from the Ride Leader. The Ride Leader makes all decisions regarding lane changes, stopping for breaks and fuel, closing of gaps, turning off at exits, any concerns of what lays ahead, accepting/rejecting radioed messages from other individuals, and so on. No individual will assert himself independently without direction from the Ride Leader to do so.

5.4.4.                  Tail Gunner

5.4.4.1.            The Tail Gunner serves as the eyes of the Ride Leader. He watches the formation, and informs the Ride Leader of any potential problems within the group. He watches other vehicles, and informs the Ride Leader (and anyone else with radios) of hazardous conditions approaching from the rear, such as vehicles trying to to cut into the formation and trucks passing with potentially dangerous wind blasts. He will watch for merging lanes, and will move into a merging lane (or stay in a merging lane just vacated by the group) in order to “close the door” on other vehicles that may otherwise find themselves trying to merge into the formation. At the Ride Leaders request, the Tail Gunner changes lanes before the formation, to secure the lane (blocking traffic behind him) so the formation can move into it.

5.4.5.                  New Riders

5.4.5.1.            The position of new (inexperienced with GROUP riding) riders within the group is significant. New riders should be positioned as close to the rear as possible, also on the right side of an experienced member.

5.4.6.                  Lane Changes – All lane changing starts with a radio request from the Ride Leader to the Tail Gunner. The Tail Gunner will (when it is safe to do so) move into the requested lane and will infor4m the Ride Leader when the lane is clear. At this point the Ride Leader has three options:

5.4.6.1.            Simple Lane Change. This is an ordinary lane change, and can be used in most situations.

5.4.6.1.1.                  After the Tail Gunner has secured the new lane, the Ride Leader will put on his directional signal as an indication that he is about to order a lane change. As each rider sees the directional signal, he also turns his on, so the riders following him get the signal. The leader then initiates the change. All other riders change lanes too. The important concept is that NO ONE moves until the bike in front of him has started the moving.

5.4.6.2.            Block Lane Change. This can be used interchangeably with the Simple Lane Change. It requires a little more work, but is well worth the effort. It’s quite impressive to watch, and gives the riders a tremendous feeling of “togetherness”. This sounds a little complicated but is actually very simple to do.

5.4.6.2.1.                  After the Tail Gunner has secured the new lane, the Ride Leader will put on his directional signal as an indication that he is about to order a lane change. As each rider sees the directional signal, he also turns his on, so the riders following him get the signal. The leader then raises his left arm straight up. Each rider repeats this signal. Then, as the leader lowers his arm to point to the lane into which he’s moving, he actually initiates the change. All other riders lower their arms at the same time and change lanes too. This allows the entire formation to move from one lane to another as a single block.

5.4.6.3.            Rear Fill-in. This is sometimes necessary if a long enough gap cannot be maintained in the new lane, for example when trying to move from the right lane to the center and vehicles from the left lane keep cutting into the opening.

5.4.7.                  Tolls

5.4.7.1.            The Ride Leader should be aware or tolls and collect money from all riders in advance. When the formation arrives at the tool booth, the Ride Leader pays for all bikes, and all bikes proceed through the toll. Many toll booths have counters that count the number of vehicles coming through. To accommodate these, ride through the toll booth one at a time.

5.4.7.2.            If some people in the group are using EZ pass, they will split out from the group, and the formation will reform on the other side of the toll booth. Make sure the Ride Leader knows in advance how many bikes he is paying the toll for.

5.4.8.                  Emergencies

5.4.8.1.            In the unlikely event of an emergency condition, the Ride Leader will make every attempt to move the formation to the shoulder in an orderly manner. If a bike breaks down, let the rider move to the right. DO NOT STOP. The Tail Gunner will stop with the problem bike. The Ride Leader will lead the group to a safe stopping place. The Tail Gunner is responsible for the safety of the down bike, as well as communicating status to the Road Captain for further instructions.

5.4.9.                  Hand Signals.

5.4.9.1.            Each rider (and passenger) should duplicate all hand signals given by the rider in front of him, so that the signals get passed all they way to the back of the formation. The following signals are used in addition to the standard (right turn, left turn, slow/stop) hand signals:

5.4.9.1.1.                  Block Lane Change. The leader (after having the Tail Gunner secures the lane) raises his left arm straight up. Each rider repeats this signal. Then, as the leader lowers his arm to point to the lane into which he’s moving, he actually initiates the change. All other riders lower their arms at the same time and change lanes.

5.4.9.1.2.                  Fill in from the rear. After having the Tail Gunner secure the lane and putting on his directional signal (which is repeated by each rider), the Ride Leader raises his left hand to his shoulder and “pushes” his open hand toward the lane into which he wants to move. This signal is repeated by all riders, and each rider in turn, rearmost first, moves into the space ahead of the riders behind them.

5.4.9.1.3.                  Single Up. When conditions warrant single file (narrow road, anticipated wind-blast from trucks, obstructions, pedestrians, etc.) the Ride Leader will raise his left hand straight up, holding up just his index finger. All other riders will repeat this, and the two columns will merge into one.

5.4.9.1.4.                  Staggered Formation. After singling up, when single file is no longer necessary, the Ride Leader will raise his left hand with thumb and pinky out, other fingers closed, rotating his wrist back and forth (indicating left, right, left, right). All other riders will repeat this and resume staggered formation.

5.4.9.1.5.                  Tighten Formation. When the Rider Leader feels that the formation should be tighter (bikes closer together) (usually after being informed by the Tail Gunner), he raises his left hand with fingers spread wide and repeatedly closes them into a fist. All other riders repeat this and close up all unnecessary space in the formation.

5.4.9.1.6.                  Road Hazard. This is one signal that can be initiated by ANYONE. Anyone seeing a hazardous condition on the road surface (road kill, oil, gravel, significant pot hole, etc.) will point at it. All following riders will repeat this, and all riders will avoid the hazard.