Revised: Jan. 1984
CONSTITUTION OF THE DAYTON AREA THERMAL SOARERS
ARTICLE I - NAME
Section 1 - The name of the organization is : Dayton Area Thermal Soarers.
Section 2 - The official abbreviation of the name is "DARTS"
ARTICLE II - PURPOSE
Section 1 - The purpose of the organization shall be:
a. Primarily to promote and develop the art of radio controlled (R/C) soaring.
b. To serve fairly and in proper balance those individuals with interested in R/C soaring, whether their interests are thermal soaring, slope soaring, sport flying for personal achievement, or competition.
ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP
Section 1 - Membership shall be voluntary and open to all interested in promoting and developing the art of unpowered R/C soaring.
Membership shall not be restricted by race, religion, politics, creed, or sex.
Section 2 - There will be three types of membership:
a. Open - includes Open and Senior members, as defined by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).
b. Junior - includes Junior members, as defined by the AMA.
c. Family - includes any Senior or Open AMA member and any of his or her immediate family who are also AMA members.
Section 3 - Upon payment of the required fee and dues, an applicant shall be considered a member-in-good-standing (current member) and entitled to all benefits of the club.
Section 4 - Only current members shall be eligible to cast votes and participate in club sponsored activities.
Section 5 - Current members must hold a valid AMA membership. Prospective members must hold or apply for an AMA license at the time club membership is granted.
Section 6 - Membership shall coincide with the official club year which extends from January 1 to December 31 of each year.
Section 7 - All persons participate in club flying activities using Amateur Radio frequencies shall hold a valid FCC license.
Section 8 - Partial year membership policy is as follows: those who apply for membership between August 1 and September 30 pay the full one year rate, but will receive half-year credit toward the next year's membership; those who apply between October 1 and December 31 pay one full year rate and receive full membership for the following year, plus whatever days of membership remain in the year of application.
Section 9 - Any of the following shall result in termination of membership:
a. Non-payment of dues and assessments.
b. Activities deemed inimitable to the best interest of the club.
Section 10 - A member, by applying for membership, thereby accepts the principles of the club, and on these conditions alone is entitled to the privileges of the club. No member shall be absolved from observance of the Constitution and / or any of its supplements or attachments.
ARTICLE IV - DUES, FEES, AND ASSESSMENTS
Section 1 - Dues and fees of the club shall be as follows per year for membership, payable prior to December 31 of each year for the ensuing year.
a. Open membership dues $25.00
b. Junior membership dues $5.00
c. Family membership dues $25.00
d. Initiation fee - per member, payable one time upon joining the club is $1.00.
Section 2 - Assessments shall be instituted as necessary to cover club costs above those cost covered by dues. Notification of any such assessments shall be made in writing to each member a minimum of 15 days prior to a vote on said assessment. Votes may be cast by mail in accordance with the provisions of Article VIII.
An approval of two-thirds of the votes cast by Senior and Open members is required for adoption of the assessment. Assessments shall be levied equally upon each member.
ARTICLE V -GOVERNING BODY
Section 1 - This club shall be governed by its elected officers and its policies shall be made through the function of the Executive Committee.
Section 2 - The elected officers shall consist of a President, Executive Secretary, and Treasurer elected from the membership for a term of one year. Members may serve consecutive terms if duly elected.
Section 3 - The Executive Committee shall consist of the elected officers, appointed committee chairmen, as well as the immediate past President.
Section 4 - The function of the Executive Committee shall be to set the policy as to membership, club function, financial affairs, recommendations for constitutional changes, and other business of the club. All major policy changes made by the Executive Committee must be approved by a simple majority of the members present at an official business meeting.
Section 5 - The President shall:
a. Preside at meeting of the club and Executive Committee.
b. Appoint committee chairmen.
c. Represent the club at functions in which the club has an interest or appoint members to serve in his absence.
d. Perform other such duties as ordinarily pertain to his office.
Section 6 - The Executive Secretary shall:
a. Assume the duties and powers of the President in his absence.
b. Keep accurate records of proceeding at all regular club business meetings and Executive Committee meetings.
c. Maintain all assigned club correspondence.
d. Perform other duties as ordinarily pertain to this office.
Section 7 - The Treasurer shall:
a. Receive and deposit all moneys of the club in an approved club bank account and make disbursements of such moneys under the direction of the Executive Committee.
b. Keep accurate books and records of the financial business of the club.
c. Present a financial statement at each cub meeting an submit a complete financial statement at the final club meeting of the year.
d. Maintain the official record of the club membership and publish a roster of members and distribute a copy of same to the membership at least once per year.
e. Perform other such duties as ordinarily pertain to this office.
Section 8 - There will be such agents as the interest of the club may require and as the Executive Committee may establish. Their powers, duties and responsibilities will be set by the Executive Committee.
a. The Executive Committee shall appoint one member to serve as the contest coordinator. The contest coordinator shall disseminate contest schedules to club members, coordinate DARTS contest activities with local authorities as required and maintain current information of local, regional, and national contest of interest to club members.
ARTICLE VI -ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Section 1 - A nominating committee shall be appointed by the Executive Committee for the purpose of compiling a list of nominees for the offices of the club. The list shall include at least one candidate for each office and be submitted to the general membership by December 1. Election of officers will be held at a regular club meeting by December 20. Voting members may propose additional candidates up to and including the meeting at which the election is held.
Section 2 - Election shall be by secret ballot with a plurality of the votes cast required for election to each office.
Section 3 - A vacancy in the office of the Executive Secretary or Treasurer will be filled for the un-expired term by direct appointment by the President, with recommendations made by the Executive Committee. Vacancy in the office of the President will be filed by the Executive Secretary.
ARTICLE VII -MEETINGS
Section 1 - Official club business meetings shall be held monthly, at a minimum, at a prearranged time and location.
Section 2 - The Executive Committee shall meet at least once a month during the period of April through September or as deemed necessary by the President. Proposed business or policy-making of the Committee shall be adopted upon affirmative vote of the majority of the Committee members present.
ARTICLE VIII -VOTING
Section 1 - All members shall be allowed to vote on any matter requiring a vote, except as provided for elsewhere in this Constitution, and they shall be entitled to one such vote. In those matters for which a vote by mail is allowed, such a vote must be postmarked a minimum of seven days before the day of the meeting at which the item is to be voted upon.
Section 2 - There shall be no proxy voting.
Section 3 - A majority vote of the members present shall be required to effect passage of any resolution except as otherwise provided for by this Constitution.
ARTICLE IX -AMENDMENTS
Section 1 - Any alteration, amendment, deletion, or replacement to this Constitution and/or any supplements or attachments shall be presented to the members of the club in writing at least 15 days prior to the meeting at which the proposed amendment is to be considered. Votes may be cast by mail in accordance with the provisions of Article VIII. An approval of two-thirds of the votes cast by all members in good standing is required for adoption of the amendment.
ARTICLE X -DISPOSITION OF FUNDS
Section 1 - Upon dissolution of the club, all funds resulting from the sale of al club assets remaining in the Treasury after all obligations of the club have been paid shall be donated to the League of Silent Flight.
Section 2 - In the event any liabilities exist at the time of the dissolution of the club, said liabilities shall be paid by the existing membership with members holding Open membership paying one share of the total debt, each Family membership paying one and one half shares of the total debt, and each Junior membership paying one half share of the total debt.