BY-LAWS OF STATE LINE RIDERS, INC.
- TITLE AND OFFICERS
The title of the organization shall be "STATE LINE
RIDERS, INC." and its principal office shall be in the Town of Berlin,
Rensselaer County, New York.
- PRINCIPLES AND
PRINCIPLES: The STATE LINE RIDERS, INC. shall be a
democratic non sectarian and non-political organization.
OBJECTS: The aims and objects of the State Line
Riders, Inc., shall be:
To bring about and foster a spirit of unity,
comradeship, and clean sportsmanship among its members. To educate
members in the observance of the law and order, and in traffic
regulations governing the operation of motor vehicles. To promote
legitimate sporting events, club runs, etc. To acquire and hold such
property as club rooms, furniture and trophies, purchased or donated,
for the good and welfare of the club. To educate public opinion
regarding the aforementioned aims and objects and to solicit their
support for clean sporting events. To assist motorists who have met
accident or experienced trouble with their vehicles wherever possible.
To operate entirely independently of any policy influence from
manufacturers, dealers or other who might bias the operation of this
- DIRECTORS AND
1. CORPORATE POWERS:
The corporate powers of this club shall be vested in
a board of seven directors who shall be members in good standing, a
majority of whom shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of
2. ELECTION OF DIRECTORS: (OFFICERS)
The directors, of which there shall be seven
including the President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer,
Corresponding Secretary, Referee, Road Captain, and Sergeant at Arms,
shall be elected by ballot on the first meeting night of each year by
the members of the club, to serve for one year or until their
successors are elected and qualified. Their terms of office shall begin
immediately after their election.
Vacancies in the board of directors shall be filled
at a regular meeting by a vote of the club members not later than one
month following such vacancies.
4. POWER OF DIRECTORS:
The Directors shall have the power to:
1. Call a special meeting of the
members of this club when they deem it necessary.
2. Call a special meeting at any
time upon the written request of five (5) club members.
3. Conduct, manage, and control
the affairs and business of the club and to make rules and regulations
not inconsistent with the laws of the states or
the By-Laws of the club, for the guidance of the officers and
the affairs of the club.
5. DUTIES OF DIRECTORS:
The duties of the directors shall be to see that a
complete record of all meetings is kept and to present a full statement
of the general condition of the club at the regular meetings; to
supervise the officers; and see that the membership cards are issued.
And they shall see that every member in good standing receives an
absentee ballot at least seven days before the annual election.
The officers shall be, President, Vice-President,
Secretary-Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, Road Captain, Referee,
and Sergeant at Arms. They shall be elected by the active and live
members; of which sixty percent must vote to make the election valid,
and they must receive a majority vote. Nominations shall be held on the
first meeting night of December and the elections shall be held on the
first meeting night of January. Voting shall be by secret ballot. If
any members cannot be present during the elections, the absentee ballot
may be used if mailed to the club with the envelope clearly marked
"ballot" on the outside.
7. DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS:
The President's duties shall be:
1. To preside
at all meetings of the members and board of directors.
2. To appoint
all other committees not otherwise provided for.
personally represent the club on proper occasions and business
4. To assist
all other officers with their duties if necessary.
5. To vote
only when one vote is necessary to break a tie.
The Vice-President's duties shall
1. To perform
the duties of the President in his absence or when the President wishes
to step down from the chair.
The duties of the
Secretary-Treasurer shall be:
1. To collect
2. To collect
all other money due the club.
3. To make
payments from the club funds only when so ordered by the club.
4. To give a
report of the financial status of the club at least once a month.
5. To sign all
checks drawn on the club bank account.
6. To keep a
record of the proceedings of the Board of Directors and of the meetings
of the general membership of the club.
The Corresponding Secretary's
duties shall be:
1. To receive
and read to the members all communications and to attend to all club
correspondence and to perform all other duties as may be required.
The Road Captain's duties shall
1. To record
names of all riders reaching destination of club runs, and keep a
permanent record of all members attending official runs for the
purpose of awarding trophies.
2. To change
destination or discontinue any club runs for good and sufficient
reasons and shall use his best efforts to notify all riders of such
3. To make a
report of club runs at the next succeeding meeting and shall announce
time and meeting place for the start of the next run.
4. To use his
best efforts to keep the members together, care for their welfare,
inform them of proper routes, to take and have full charge of
all official club runs.
The Referee's duties shall be:
1. To have
general supervision over all competition events sponsored by the club.
2. To render
decisions pertaining to illegal equipment, or unsafe equipment.
3. To render
decisions if a dispute regarding competition rules arises. The decision
must not be inconsistent with the club or A.M.A. rules.
SERGEANT AT ARMS:
The Sergeant at Arms duties
1. To assist
the President in keeping order.
2. To make
preparations for voting.
3. To guard
the club from intrusions during meetings.
4. To have
charge of the visitors.
5. To carry
out such other duties as may be required of him.
Membership shall be open to anyone of good character
and responsible age, who is fully acquainted with, and is interested
in, the policy and aims of the State Line Riders, Inc.
2. ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP:
Active membership shall be open to any active
motorcyclist or motorist who wishes to participate in club or open
invitation events. Active members shall have voting powers.
3. NON-RESIDENT MEMBERSHIP:
Non-resident membership shall be open to all former
members who have moved one hundred miles or more away from Hoosick
Falls, or to members who are serving in any branch of the armed
4. LIFE MEMBERSHIP:
Life membership shall be open to any person who has
been an active member in good standing for fifteen years, and is
acceptable to the directors. Life members shall retain all the
privileges of active members.
5. HONORARY MEMBERSHIP:
Honorary membership shall be available to any person
who has rendered distinguished service to the club or by virtue of
position has advanced the interest of the club or motorcycling in
6. MEMBERSHIP RULES, DUES, & PRIVILEGES:
1. Each candidate for membership
must be proposed and seconded and must be personally know to the
both of whom shall be members in good standing.
2. A member in good standing and
not indebted to the club may resign his membership by giving notice to
shall report at the first following meeting of the club. A member who
has thus resigned shall
rights and privileges of the club and shall forfeit all right, title,
or interest in or to the property of this
3. The board of directors may
suspend or expel a member by unanimous vote at any meeting of the board
refusal to discharge his indebtedness to the club or for conduct
prejudicial to the welfare, interest,
character of this club.
4. Each member upon his election
and after he has signed the Roll Book of this club shall receive, and
be issued to
him a due card, showing that he is a member in good standing of this
club, in order that he may
privileges of the club. It shall be the duties of the members to carry
the club due card with them at all
times. It is
also the duty of each member to notify the Treasurer of any change in
5. The board of directors may
reinstate any member expelled for nonpayment of dues upon receipt of TEN
6. The non-resident membership
shall be dues free providing he or she was a member in good standing
application for non-resident membership.
7. Honorary and Non-Resident
members shall be exempt form all dues. They shall be entitled to social
the club, but
can not hold office or have voting powers.
8. Lady members are entitled to
all privileges of the club, and shall pay $5.00 annual dues.
9. Any member whose dues shall
remain unpaid shall receive a notice from the Treasurer informing the
January, his membership dues must be paid.
AMENDMENTS: This Constitution may be altered or
amended at a meeting of this club by a two-thirds vote of the members
present, provided that the proposed amendment has been submitted in
writing at a regular meeting, posted and read to members at three
Regular meeting of this club
shall be held on Thursday evening of each week at 8:00 p.m. except
during the months of October, November, December, January, February,
and March; the meetings shall be held on the first Thursday of each
2. ORDER OF BUSINESS:
1. Roll call.
2. Reading of minutes of the
3. Application for membership,
the election of new members.
4. Reports of committees.
5. Reading of communications.
7. Unfinished business.
8. New business.
9. Treasurer's report.
3. RULES OF ORDER:
1. When the President takes the
chair and sounds the gavel and shall say "The meeting will please come
2. On roll call, each member
shall answer to his or her name.
3. The minutes are read, and
errors are corrected and the minutes are accepted.
4. Candidate for new membership
shall be voted upon by the members by secret ballot and will be
accepted by 90% vote.
5. All committees report each
week unless otherwise designated.
6. Communications are read, but
no action shall be taken until the class of business is in order.
7. Bills shall be disposed of by
majority vote of the members present.
8. All unfinished business shall
be mentioned and further or final action taken.
9. New business is brought up in
the form of a motion, and must be seconded by another member. If it is
is not to be entertained. The President shall state every motion before
putting it to a vote and if
there is no
further discussion, he shall say, "Is the club ready for the question?"
The President shall declare
the result of
the vote. When a member desires to speak on a question, he must first
rise and address the
must confine himself to the question under debate. The President shall
determine who is
the floor. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received
but to postpone. All
shall be decided by majority vote.
The Treasurer shall report on the financial condition of the club up to
the present meeting. He shall read the
names of all members over 60 days
in arrears in dues.
11. If there is confusion or
disturbance at any time, the President may
call for a point of order.