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WNCPA Bylaws

 

Western North Carolina Pilots Association

Bylaws

Latest Revision 5/17/2011

 

 

ARTICLE I – Name

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 1. Name.

Western North Carolina Pilots Association, Inc. (WNCPA, or hereafter in these bylaws, “the Association”).

 

ARTICLE II – OFFICES

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 1. Principal Office.

The Association does not maintain any physical offices but shall maintain an Internet web site with current contact addresses (electronic and/or physical/telephonic) listed on the web site.

 

ARTICLE III – ORGANIZATION

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 1. Organization.

The Association is organized as a North Carolina non-profit corporation for the purpose set forth in Article V and is recognized as exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

ARTICLE IV – MOTTO

 

SECTION 1. Motto.

Confertus ad Deum et universum (Close to God and universe).

 

ARTICLE V – PURPOSE

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 1. Purpose.

a. Promote aviation safety.

b. Provide aviation education.

c. Further interest in aviation.

d. Represent pilots.

e. Aid and assist fellow pilots.

f. Provide a social environment and fellowship.

g. Acquire, own, hold, sell, lease, pledge, mortgage or otherwise dispose of any property, real or personal, necessary to the operation of the Association.

 

ARTICLE VI – MEMBERSHIP

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 1. New Members.

New members may be admitted after applications and proof of qualification have been presented to the Membership Chairperson. The Association Board of Directors (hereafter in these bylaws, “the Board”) shall approve any application before membership is effective.

 

 

Revised 3/1/1991, 5/17/2011

SECTION 2. Membership Categories.

a. Pilot Member.

Any person licensed as a pilot shall be entitled to a Pilot Membership. A Pilot member shall be entitled to all rights, titles, privileges, offices. and ranks as such member.

b. Student Member.

Any person currently licensed as a student pilot shall be entitled to a Student membership. Such members shall have voting privileges. They may serve on committees.

c. Associate Member.

Any person with an interest in aviation and is not entitled to membership either as a Pilot or Student member shall be entitled to Associate Membership. They may serve on committees.

d. Honorary Member.

Honorary membership shall be extended to those persons to whom the members, by a simple majority, may confer such membership.

e. Spousal Member

f. Life Member

 

SECTION 3. Membership Certificates.

Upon admittance each new member shall be issued a Certificate of Membership on a form approved by the Board.

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 4. Withdrawal.

A member may withdraw upon notification to the Secretary in writing.

 

SECTION 5. Expulsion.

A member may be expelled by a two-thirds vote of the members voting at any regular or special membership meeting. Thirty (30) days notice shall be given to any such member. That member shall have the right to be heard either in person or by representative counsel at the membership meeting.

 

ARTICLE VII – MEMBERSHIP PAYMENTS

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 1. Application Fees.

Persons applying for membership shall submit with their completed application an application fee as determined by the Board along with the prorated yearly dues for each month remaining in the current calendar year as set by the Board. Honorary members and persons applying for Life membership are exempt from these fees.

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 2. Annual Dues.

Each member shall be assessed annual dues as set by the Board. These dues are due and payable for the coming year on January 1st of each year. Honorary and Life members are exempt from dues.

 

ARTICLE VIII – MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

 

SECTION 1. Date, Time and Place.

The date, time and place of regular meetings shall be set by the Board and published on the web site.

 

SECTION 2. Quorum.

At any membership meeting, a quorum shall consist of twenty-five (25) percent of the voting members who are in good standing.

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 3. Presiding Officer.

The President, or in her/his absence the Vice-President, shall preside. In the absence of both the President and Vice-President, then, in order, the Secretary, Treasurer, or other board member shall preside.

 

SECTION 4. Voting.

At any membership meeting, each member in attendance will have one vote. A majority vote of the members present is necessary for the adoption of any resolution or for the election of a member to the Board.

 

Revised 3/1/1991

SECTION 5. Notices.

If all members are present at a given time, any business may be transacted without previous notice.

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 6. Procedures.

Normal and customary parliamentary procedures will be followed at all membership meetings.

 

SECTION 7. Minutes.

Minutes will be kept of all proceedings.

 

ARTICLE IX – ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

 

SECTION 1. Date, Time and Place.

The annual meeting of the Association shall be held during the month of October at a time and place determined by the Board.

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 2. Notices.

Written notice of the annual meeting will be mailed to each member at 
her/his last known mailing address at least ten (10) days prior to the 
meeting date. If all members are present at a given time, any business may be transacted without previous notice. (Note: within these bylaws, mail includes electronic mail, if such address has been provided by the member.)

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 3. Election.

At the annual meeting, the members shall elect by ballot the Directors and Officers. (Note: If the election does not include contested positions, it may be by voice vote.)

 

Revised 3/1/1991

ARTICLE X - SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

 

SECTION 1. Called Meeting.

A special meeting of the membership may be called by the following:

a. The President.

b. The Directors by a simple majority.

c. The members, by a written petition of at least 10% of the membership

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 2. Notice.

It shall be the duty of the Secretary to inform the membership of any special meeting within thirty (30) days after such a demand. Notice stating the time, the place, and the purpose will be mailed/emailed to each member at her/his last known address at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting date. If all members are present at a given time any business may be transacted without previous notice.

 

ARTICLE XI - BOARD

 

SECTION 1. Members.

The Board shall consist of the following twelve (12) members:

a. Directors – Six (6).

b. Officers – Five (5). (As defined in ARTICLE XIII, SECTION 1.)

c. Immediate Past President – One (1).

Each year, two (2) Directors shall be elected to the Board to serve three (3) year terms. The initial year will be handled as follows: Two (2) Directors will be elected for three (3) years, two (2) will be elected for two (2) years and two (2) will be elected to serve one (1) year.

 

SECTION 2. Qualifications.

All Directors and Officers shall be a member in good standing of the Club and be at least eighteen (18) years of age.

 

SECTION 3. Installation.

The Directors and Officers shall be installed at a meeting set by the 
Board.

 

Revised 3/1/1991

SECTION 4. Meetings.

The meetings of the Board shall be held regularly and shall be called at a time and place to be determined by the Board. No later than one (1) month after the annual meeting, the newly elected Directors and Officers shall meet with the out-going Board to organize for the incoming year and to transact any necessary business.

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 5. Quorum.

A majority of currently serving Board members shall constitute a quorum at all Board meetings.

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 6. Majority.

The majority vote of currently serving Board members shall be necessary to pass any resolution or authorize any act of the Board.

 

SECTION 7. Minutes.

The Board shall keep a complete record of all proceedings. A statement showing in detail the condition and the affairs of the Association shall be presented at the regular meeting of the Board.

 

SECTION 8. Assignment of Duties.

The Board may assign to any consenting member any duty or office which the Board deems appropriate and necessary to the conduct of the Association and which is not otherwise expressly provided for in these bylaws.

 

SECTION 9. Outside Services.

The Board may engage salaried personnel from outside the membership to perform such services in behalf of the Association, as the membership deems appropriate and necessary.

 

SECTION 10. Enforcement of the Rules and Regulations.

The Board shall enforce all rules and regulations, as approved by the membership, pertaining to the operation of the Association and to the use of Association property.

 

SECTION 11. Remuneration.

The Board shall serve without compensation or reward.

 

Revised 3/1/1991

SECTION 12. Vacancies.

In case of a vacancy on the Board, other than that of President, the membership shall fill such vacancy by election from the membership at the next regular meeting. If the Office of the President becomes vacant, the Vice-President shall become President and the membership shall elect a new Vice-President from the membership at the next regular meeting.

 

ARTICLE XII - SPECIAL BOARD MEETING

 

SECTION 1. Called Meetings.

Special meetings of the Board may be called by the following:

a. The President.

b. The Board members by a simple majority.

c. Members of the Association, by a written petition of at least 10% of the membership.

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 2. Notice.

Notice of any special meeting of the Board stating the time, the place and the purpose shall be mailed/emailed or personally given to each Board member not later than three (3) days before the meeting date.

 

ARTICLE XIII - OFFICERS

 

SECTION 1. Officers of the Association.

The Officers shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Membership Chairperson.

 

SECTION 2. Election.

The Officers shall be elected from the membership at the first meeting after organization and thereafter at the regular annual meeting.

 

Revised 3/1/1991, 10/20/2009

SECTION 3. Tenure in Office.

The Officers shall hold office for twenty-four (24) months beginning January 1 and/or until their successors are elected and qualified.

 

SECTON 4. Serving on the Board.

The Officers shall serve as members of the Board.

 

ARTICLE XIV – PRESIDENT

 

SECTION 1. Duties.

The President shall be responsible for the following:

a. To be the Chief Executive Officer of the Association.

b. To preside at all meetings of the membership and of the Board.

c. To call special meetings of the Board.

d. With the exception of checks, to execute with the secretary in the name of the Association, all certificates of membership, contracts, and instruments, which have been approved by the Board.

e. To co-sign checks executed in the name of the Association as appropriate.

f. To be responsible to the membership and to the Board for the operation of the Association.

g. To enforce all decisions of the membership and of the Board.

h. To recommend for approval to the membership all operational rules of the Association.

i. To report to the membership, with recommendations, all violations of such rules by any member.

 

ARTICLE XV - VICE-PRESIDENT

 

SECTION 1. Duties.

The Vice-President shall be responsible for the following:

a. The Vice-President shall be vested with all the powers and shall perform the duties of the President in cases of her/his absence.

b. The Vice-President shall perform such duties connected with the operation of the Association as she/he may undertake at the suggestion/direction of the President or Board.

 

ARTICLE XVI – SECRETARY

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 1. Duties.

The Secretary shall be responsible for the following:

a. To keep minutes of the proceedings of membership meetings and meetings of the Board.

b. To the giving and serving of notice of all meetings of the membership and of the Board.

c. To keep the following: the bylaws of the Association, the seal, and such other books and papers as the Board or membership may direct.

d. To execute with the President, in the name of the Association, all certificates of membership, contracts and instruments which have been approved by the Board.

e. In the absence or disability of the Treasurer and under the direction of the President, to execute, in the name of the Association, checks for the expenditures authorized by the Board.

f. To perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary, subject to the control of the Board.

g. To perform such duties as she/he may undertake at the suggestion/direction of the President.

 

ARTICLE XVII – TREASURER

 

Revised 3/1/1991, 5/17/2011

 

SECTION 1. Duties.

The Treasurer shall be responsible for the following:

a. To sign checks for expenditures authorized by the Board.

b. To receive and deposit all funds of the Club in a financial institution selected by the Board.

c. To pay out funds as authorized by the Board.

d. To account for all receipts, disbursements, and balances on hand.

e. To provide a monthly and annual report of the financial status of the Association to the Board and to the membership.

f. To file Federal and State tax returns as required by law.

g. To file any other Federal and State reports, registration renewals, etc., as required by law.

h. To perform all duties incident to the office of the Treasurer subject to the control of the Board.

i. To perform such duties as she/he may undertake at the suggestion/direction of the President.

 

Revised 5/17/2011

ARTICLE XVIII – MEMBERSHIP CHAIRPERSON

 

SECTION 1. Duties.

The Membership Chairperson shall be responsible for the following:

a. To coordinate new membership recruitment in conjunction with the Board and membership.

b. To ascertain the qualifications of all prospective members and to present applications to the Board.

c. To maintain a current membership roster with each member’s name, contact information, and other Association-relevant data as supplied by the member, e.g., ratings, plane(s) owned, etc..

d. To perform such duties as she/he may undertake at the suggestion/direction of the President.

 

Revised 5/17/2011

ARTICLE XIX - ASSOCIATION FISCAL MANAGEMENT

 

SECTION 1. Authorization of Expenditures.

No member, officer, director or any other individual may authorize expenditures or obligate the Association financially without the expressed approval of the Board.

 

Revised 3/1/1991

SECTION 2. Reimbursements.

Individual members will be reimbursed for any personal expenditures for the Association operation or benefit provided such expenditures have been approved by the Board.

 

Added 5/17/2011

SECTION 3. Audit.

An annual internal audit of the accounts of the Association shall be made by an Audiit Committee, appointed by the Board, with the results communicated to the board and membership.

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 4. Surplus.

The disbursement of any net savings or surplus funds shall be determined by the Board. In any event, no funds shall be disbursed to any member(s) or other individual(s) for their personal use except for competitive grants or like programs approved and regulated by the Board. See “Grants” (following).

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 5. Grants.

Grants or similar programs furthering aviation education and training activities benefiting recipient individuals may be approved by the Board. The Board will approve eligibility criteria and ensure accountability of any disbursed funds.

 

Added 5/17/2011

ARTICLE XX – INSURANCE AND INDEMNIFICATION

 

SECTION 1. Directors and Officers Insurance

The Association will purchase and keep in force Directors and Officers (D&O) insurance covering Association officers and directors (all Board members). The D&O coverage shall be of a type and level of coverage appropriate for the Association as determined by the Board. The Board will review the D&O policy annually and, if necessary, update it. The D&O coverage will constitute the totality of indemnification that directors and officers of the Association will be provided by the Association in the event of legal action directed at the Association and/or individual Board members.

 

ARTICLE XXI – AMENDMENTS AND DISSOLUTION

 

Revised 5/17/2011

SECTION 1. Change of Bylaws.

These bylaws or any part thereof may be repealed, altered, amended or new bylaws adopted by majority vote of members present at any general meeting of the membership. All such changes shall be submitted in writing to the Board or by personal appearance at a regular Board meeting before being submitted to the membership. The Board shall bring such changes before the membership with recommendation(s). A recommendation for approval of any change will require a majority vote of the Board.

 

SECTION 2. Dissolution.

Dissolution requires the recommendation of the Board and the approval by majority vote of the members at a called meeting. The meeting shall not be held until after a thirty (30) day written notification of purpose has been distributed to the membership by mail, email, or in person.

 

Revised 3/1/1991

SECTION 3. Distribution upon Dissolution.

No part of the net earnings of the Association shall inure to the benefit of any Officer, Director or member of the corporation. Upon dissolution, the assets of the Association shall be, after due provisions have been made for the satisfaction of all liabilities and obligations of the Association, distributed to another association or associations organized for the purposes substantially similar to the purpose for which this corporation was organized.