Constitution - Association of North American Radio Clubs (ANARC)
Article I - Name
The organization shall be known as the Association of North American Radio Clubs (ANARC). Its headquarters shall be at a place to be designated by the Chairman.
Article II - Purpose
ANARC is a federation of North American radio monitoring clubs. The following are the primary goals of the organization;
- To promote the activity of radio monitoring in general and to promote, support and assist the organization and maintenance of clubs of radio listeners in particular.
- To represent the interests of radio listeners to equipment manufacturers, the governments, the press and to the public at large
- To foster a sense of community among the ANARC member clubs and among all radio listeners.
- To advance the relationship between radio listeners and those who transmit the signals to be heard.
- To provide a forum for the exchange of viewpoints and information among ANARC member clubs.
Article III - Requirements of Memberships
Membership shall be available to all clubs of radio listeners that publish a club bulletin no less frequently than four (4) times per year. All member clubs must furnish the Chairman with a copy of their bulletin as frequently as they do their own members. On of before March 1 of each year, all member clubs shall report to the Chairman the total number of their membership as of the previous December 31. Member clubs shall remain in good standing as long as all dues are paid and the requirements of this paragraph are met.
Article IV - Government
- ANARC shall be governed by an Executive Board consisting of seven (7) persons each one of whom shall be a member of at least one (1) member club. The Executive Board shall be elected by a vote of all member clubs, who shall have one vote for each 100 or fraction of 100 paid members. For example, a club with 210 paid members would have 3 votes. Executive Board members shall serve staggered two-year terms. The vote of each club shall be cast by the chief executive of each club or some other member of the club designated by the club to be that club's ANARC Representative.
- Day-to-day operation of ANARC shall be conducted by the Chairman of the Executive Board. The Chairman will be a member of the Executive Board, and be elected to the office of Chairman by a majority vote of his or her peers on the Executive Board. The Chairman shall be elected each year.
- In the event of a resignation or removal of an Executive Board Member, the remaining board members shall elect a successor to serve the unexpired term of the departing board member. The executive Board may meet as often as the Chairman deems necessary, but shall meet at least once each year. Executive Board members may vote by proxy.
- All votes of the Executive Board, other than at the annual meeting, may be conducted in any reasonable manner designated by the Board or the Chairman. That shall include votes by any of the following means; mail, telephone, fax and computer communications. No vote of the Executive Board shall be valid unless the Chairman has written evidence that all Executive Board members were apprised of the vote and of the deadline for receipt of votes.
- There shall be no quorum requirements for any vote taken under this Constitution. The words "majority" or "two-thirds" or "three-fourths" are intended to mean a percentage of the total votes cast and not of all possible votes. This paragraph shall not apply to removal votes taken pursuant to Article VI.
Article V - Elections
- The chief executive officer of each member club shall submit that club's nominations for open positions on the Executive Board in such a manner as to be received by the Chairman no later than September 1 of each year. Any member of any member club is eligible for nomination. Elections for the Executive Board shall be held in October, with the terms of office to begin the following January 1. Three (3) Executive Board members shall be elected in October, with terms to begin the following January 1. Elections shall be held in the manner designated by the Executive Board. Candidates receiving the most votes shall be declared elected.
- To enable a staggered election system, at the first election under this Constitution, four (4) persons shall be elected for two-year terms. The following year, three (3) persons shall be elected to two-year terms. All former Executive Board members whose terms have not ended on the date of the adoption of this Constitution shall be permitted to serve out their terms as Executive Board members.
Article VI - Removal of Officers and Member Clubs
- An Executive Board member may be removed from office by a vote of two-thirds of all member clubs. No Executive Board member may be expelled except for conduct that is illegal or is inconsistent with the purposes of the Association as set forth in Article II. The removal vote may take place no earlier than 60 days following its announcement in a mailing to all member clubs. Before a vote is taken, the Executive Board member shall have the right to address the member clubs on the expulsion issue by way of a statement included with ballots on the issue submitted to the member clubs. Upon removal, an Executive Board member's position shall be declared vacant and an election held within 60 days.
- Any member club in arrears in dues for three months or more may be dropped from the membership rolls at the discretion of the Executive Board. However, in no case shall any member club in arrears on dues for more than one year be continued as a member club.
- A member club may be expelled from the Association for good cause by a three-fourths vote of all member clubs. The removal vote may take place no earlier than 60 days after notification has been given to the member club regarding the impending vote and the reason for expulsion. Before a vote is taken, the member club shall have the right to address the member clubs on the expulsion issue by way of a statement included with ballots on the issue submitted to the member clubs. No member club may be expelled except for conduct of its leadership or members that is illegal or is inconsistent with the purposes of the Association as set forth in Article II.
Article VII -Finances
- The finances of the organization shall be under the supervision and control of a Treasurer, who shall be selected by the Chairman with the advice and consent of the Executive Board. Any member of a member club may be selected as Treasurer. The Treasurer shall be the chief financial officer of the Association, but shall not be a voting member of the Executive Board. The Treasurer shall make payments on behalf of the Association as authorized under this Constitution or by the Executive Board, and issue receipts for all monies paid to the Association. The Treasurer shall be responsible for safeguarding the money and property of the Association. He or she shall keep an accurate record of all monies received and expended, and report to the membership annually an itemized statement of the receipts and expenditures of the Association.
- An annual membership fee schedule shall be set and collected by the Executive Board. Member clubs shall be required to pay dues in direct proportion to the number of votes they hold under Article IV (a).
- ANARC may receive monies from any activity, consistent with the purposes of the Association, approved by the Executive Board.
Article VIII - Amendments and Dissolution
Any Executive Board member may introduce an amendment to this Constitution by submitting a written proposal to the Chairman. A two-thirds majority vote of the member clubs shall be required for passage, except that a vote to dissolve ANARC shall require a three-fourths majority vote. In the event ANARC is dissolved, all of its records and assets shall be contributed to a non-profit organization interested in radio.
Article IX - Miscellaneous
- Questions of interpretation of this Constitution shall be presented to ANARC counsel for a formal opinion. Upon receipt of that opinion, the Executive Board shall decide the question by a two-thirds majority vote.
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