Constitution and Statement of Purposes

Wayne County Amateur Radio Club

Statement of Purposes

The Wayne County Amateur Radio Club (hereafter written as “WCARC”) is organized as an Unincorporated Association in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The WCARC is organized exclusively for scientific and educational purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future Federal tax code.

The WCARC will engage in the following scientific and educational activities:

  • Promotion of the science and technologies related to electronic communication via the Radio Frequency (RF) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum via Organizing, facilitating, and conducting activities for existing and future Amateur Radio licensees under the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Part 97 Rules of the Amateur Radio Service.
  • Encouraging technical and operational proficiency and readiness in radio frequency communications capabilities through ▪ innovation, experimentation, and invention pertaining to RF technologies ▪ participation in communications exercises such as the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) “Field Day” and other communication activities and contests.
  • Assistance to persons wishing to obtain their FCC Amateur Radio license.
  • Assistance to currently licensed Amateur Radio Operators who wish to obtain additional FCC operating privileges by upgrading their license via ▪ encouraging and providing FCC-certified Volunteer Examiners within the WCARC membership.
  • Provide classes and other educational activities to prepare members for initial Amateur Radio licensing or upgrades.
  • Affiliation with local and national Scouting organizations to ◦ educate and encourage Scouts to become licensed Amateur Radio Operators.
  • Participate jointly in national Amateur Radio and Scouting events such as Jamboree On the Air and ARRL Field Day.
  • Facilitate Amateur Radio study sessions and licensing examinations.

The WCARC will maintain readiness to assist local authorities with emergency communications by:

  • Participating in weekly emergency communications radio nets operated by the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the PA Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).
  • Establishing emergency radio communications stations in the annual ARRL Field Day exercise
  • Assisting members to maintain their proficiency and equipment to enable them to assist if called upon to provide emergency communications assistance.

AMERICAN RADIO RELAY LEAGUE (ARRL) AFFILIATION: It shall be an aim of this club to have a minimum of fifty one percent (51%) of its members also be members of: “The American Radio Relay League, Incorporated” so that this club may avail itself of the benefits available thru ARRL club affiliation.

CONSTITUTION

PREAMBLE: We, the undersigned, wishing to secure for ourselves the pleasure and benefits of the association of persons commonly interested in amateur radio, constitute ourselves the “Wayne County Amateur Radio Club” and enact this constitution as our governing law. It shall be our purpose to further exchange of information and cooperation between members, to promote radio knowledge, fraternalism and individual operating efficiency and to so conduct club programs and activities as to advance the general interest and welfare of amateur radio in the community.

ARTICLE I

MEMBERSHIP: All licensed amateurs shall be eligible for membership. Associate membership is open to all other interested persons. Membership shall be by application and election upon such terms as the club shall by its By-Laws provide.

ARTICLE II

OFFICERS:

  • Section 1: The officers of this club shall be: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
  • Section 2: The officers of this club shall be elected for a term of one year by ballot of the members, provided there be a quorum consisting of one-third of the general membership present at a meeting, or ballots returned by one-third of the general membership.
  • Section 3: Vacancies occurring between elections must be filled by special elections at the first regular meeting following the withdrawal or resignation.
  • Section 4: Officers may be removed by a three-fourths vote of the membership.
ARTICLE III

DUTIES OF OFFICERS:

  • Section 1: The President shall preside at all meetings of this club and conduct the same according to the rules adopted. S/He shall enforce due observation of this Constitution and By-Laws, decide all questions of order, sign all official documents that are adopted by the club and none other and perform all other customary duties pertaining to the office of the President.
  • Section 2: The Vice-President shall assume all the duties of the President in the absence of the latter. The Vice-President shall organize club member activities, plan and recommend contests for operating benefit, and advance activity of interest as approved by the club. He/she may appoint committees or assistants to aid him/her in any specific type of activity.
  • Section 3: The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of all meetings, keep a roll of members, submit applications for membership, carry on all correspondence and read communications at each meeting. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep the Constitution and By-Laws of the club and have the same with him/her at every meeting. He/she shall cause all amendments, changes and additions to be noted thereon and shall permit the same to be consulted by members upon request. He/she shall at the expiration of his/her term turn over all items belonging to the club to his/her successor.
  • Section 4: The Treasurer shall receive and receipt for all monies paid to to club. He/she shall keep an accurate account of all monies received and expended. He/she shall pay no bills without proper authorization (by the club or its officers constituting a business committee). At the end of each quarter, he/she shall submit an itemized statement of disbursements and receipts. He/she shall at the expiration of his/her term, turn over everything in his/her possession belonging to the club to his/her successor.
    • Section 4.1: Payment of Dues: It shall be the duty of the club treasurer to collect dues described elsewhere. New members upon acceptance into the club, will at that time, pay dues on a pro-rated basis to the end of the current year and then continue as regular membership. January shall be considered the first month and December shall be considered the last month..
ARTICLE IV

MEETINGS: The By-Laws shall provide for regular and special meetings. At meetings, a minimum of one-third of the membership or three-fourths of the currently serving officers shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

ARTICLE V

DUES: The club, by majority vote of those present at any regular meeting, may levy upon the general membership such dues or assessments as shall be deemed necessary for the business of the organization within its objectives. Non-payment of such dues or assessments shall be cause for expulsion from the club within the discretion of the membership.

ARTICLE VI

AMENDMENTS: This Constitution or the By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the voting membership. Proposals for amendments shall be submitted in writing at a regular meeting and shall be voted on at the next following meeting, provided all members have been notified of the intent to amend the Constitution and/or By-Laws at said meeting.

ARTICLE VII

RULES: “Roberts Rules of Order” shall govern proceedings.

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