THE CONNECTICUT VALLEY F.M. ASSOCIATION
BY-LAWS
ARTICLE I
MEMBERSHIP


Section 1: Types of Membership. Membership is available to all except as defined under “Section 5-removal”, below. There are five (5) types of Membership available to CVFMA. The requirements and privileges of each are defined as:

  1. Full - Full Membership is available to all persons interested in amateur radio. Full membership rate is set as outlined in Article II. Full membership for persons aged sixty-five (65) or older will be at two-thirds (2/3) the current full rate. This includes the CVFMA newsletter, access to all Association services, meetings and functions. For voting privileges, see Section 2. They may be eligible for service on the Board of Directors, as outlined in Section 3, below.
  2. Honorary - Honorary membership is awarded to individuals as deemed appropriate by the Association. Nominations for Honorary membership must be filed with the Board of Directors and voted on at the next general membership meeting. An Honorary member has all the rights and privileges as a Full member, but pays no annual dues. Honorary membership shall not exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the total Association membership.
  3. Family - Persons living in the same household of a Full member of CVFMA may enroll as Family members for one-third (1/3) the current full rate. This includes the CVFMA newsletter, access to all Association services, meetings and functions. Each family member must be technician class or above to be eligible for voting privileges.
  4. Student - Full-time students under the age of eighteen (18) may join as Student member at the rate of one half (1/2) the Full membership rate. This includes the CVFMA newsletter, access to all Association services and functions.
  5. Complimentary - Complimentary memberships require no dues, and are granted to other amateur radio groups in the area, as well as regional officials of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL). This includes the CVFMA newsletter, access to all Association services, meetings and functions. A one-time Complimentary membership may be awarded, at the discretion of the Board of Directors to individuals who earn their first amateur radio license at CVFMA-sponsored VE test sessions.

Section 2: Voting privileges. The right to vote upon Association business brought before the general membership is reserved for Full, Honorary and Family Membership who are Technician class or above.
Section 3: Service on the Board of Directors. Only members with Full, Honorary, or Family membership status who hold a valid Technician class amateur radio license or higher shall be eligible for any elected office within the Association.
Section 4: Service on Committees. All members may serve on committee duty as appointed by the President, and may be transferred or removed from a committee when the President feels the change is for the betterment of the committee or the Association.
Section 5: Removal of a Member or Club Officer.

  1. A petition for removal of a person from office or membership must be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors with a minimum of five (5) signatures of VOTING Members. (see Section 2 above) The petition must be presented at least two (2) weeks before a regular Board meeting. At that meeting this issue will be discussed, then the matter tabled until the next regular Board meeting. The petition will remain in the club archives unless removed and expunged by the Board of Directors at a later date.
  2. Following this meeting, the person being removed is to be notified immediately by registered mail that their membership or office is removal-pending. A copy of the removal petition and the date of the next Board meeting shall be included in that mailing.
  3. At the next regular Board meeting, the matter will be re-opened and acted upon following discussion. If the Board of Directors finds the removal to be in the best interests of CVFMA, the matter will be presented in the next newsletter for review by the membership. The Board shall call for a vote at the next regular or special general membership meeting. A two-thirds (2/3) majority of voting members present at that meeting shall be required to remove the member or officer.
  4. A person removed from membership or office is not eligible for reinstatement unless a petition is submitted in writing to the Board of Directors with a minimum of five (5) signatures of VOTING Members. (see section 2 above). The petition for reinstatement must be presented at least two (2) weeks before a regular Board meeting. The Board shall call for a vote at the next regular or special general membership meeting. A two-thirds (2/3) majority of voting members present at that meeting shall be required to reinstate the member or officer.

ARTICLE II
DUES

Section 1: The fiscal year of the Connecticut Valley F.M. Association shall begin on January first (1st) of each year. The membership year shall begin on July first (1st) of each year. Dues are payable on July 1. If application for membership is made at any time other than the first of the membership year, dues shall be pro rated for the remainder of that fiscal year with the proviso that dues shall NEVER be less than half of a Full, Student or Family membership. During the transition period from a membership year starting January 1 to a membership year starting July 1, the Board of Directors may offer a reasonable discount, at their discretion, for members who elect to submit dues for eighteen (18) months.
Section 2: Any additional fees necessary for the operation of the Association may be levied upon the membership as necessary only after approval by a majority vote of the membership at any general meeting.

ARTICLE Ill
LIABILITIES

Section 1: The Association shall assume no liability for any injury or other damage sustained to a member or his property while acting on behalf of the Association.

ARTICLE IV
EQUIPMENT

Section 1: While the Association equipment will be available to all duly licensed amateur operators, it is expected that any operator who maintains equipment to gain access to and continues to use the Association equipment become a member of the Association and assume a fair share of the Association’s operating costs.

ARTICLE V
GENDER

Section 1: The term “he” used throughout this document shall refer to person and shall not limit the position to a male member of the association.

Note: Revised By-laws adopted March 2006