By-Laws

February 14th, 2012

Katy Amateur Radio Society, Incorporated By-Laws

Katy, Texas

(February 15, 2011)

I. SECRETARY: It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep the Constitution and By-Laws of the Club and to have the same at every meeting. The Secretary shall cause all amendments, changes and additions to be noted thereon, and shall permit the same to be consulted by the membership upon request.

II. MEMBERSHIP: A membership petition shall be by written application and payment of dues submitted to the Treasurer.  Voting on the petition for membership shall occur at the next regular club meeting immediately following the meeting in which the application is received. The application shall include verification by a Club officer of any amateur license held by the applicant.  Approval of a membership petition shall require a majority vote of those present at any regular meeting. A “member in good standing” is one whose dues are paid and who abides by the by-laws of the Club. A member whose dues are in arrears three (3) months or more, will be considered inactive and dropped from the membership roll and shall be denied club privileges and the right to vote on all club issues.   In order to be reinstated to membership, an inactive member must pay the full annual dues in arrears.  Any membership may be canceled for good cause by a vote greater than or equal to two thirds of those present at any regular meeting.  Classes of membership are as follows:

A. FULL MEMBERSHIP is open to licensed amateurs.  When the member is in good standing, it shall include all club privileges, and the right to vote on all club issues. A full member shall only be considered for office, however, if he is the holder of a valid FCC AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE.

B. FAMILY MEMBERSHIP is open to more than one member of the same family. The first member of the family must be a licensed amateur in good standing; all licensed family members in good standing shall possess full membership privileges. Non-licensed family members have no voting privileges.

C. ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP is open to all other interested parties.  Associate members in good standing shall have all club privileges except the right to vote.

III. MEETINGS: Regular meetings shall be held each calendar month at such place as the President shall order. Special meetings shall be called by the President upon the written request of any five club members. Notices shall be sent to members concerning special meetings and the proposed business to be transacted. Such notices shall be sent so that they will be received by the members not less than 24 hours prior to the stated meeting time.

Meetings held by the “Board of Directors” shall be open to all KARS members. Notices of meetings shall be such that all KARS members are notified at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting. Minutes of all “Board of Directors” meetings shall be read at the next scheduled regular meeting of KARS.

Meeting notices may be sent by U.S. Mail or by internet E-Mail

IV. DUES: Annual dues of $24.00 for each FULL MEMBER is hereby assessed, in accordance with ARTICLE V of the Constitution. FAMILY MEMBERS shall be assessed $24.00 for the licensed amateur operator (First Family Member), $12.00 for the Second licensed Family Member, and $6.00 for each additional Family Member. Associate Members shall be assessed $15.00 per year.  Membership dues for a new, Full Member candidate, who, having received an FCC-issued Amateur Radio license within the past year from the date of membership application and who has heretofore never held an Amateur Radio license, shall be waived beginning upon date of membership approval (pursuant to Section II) through the end of the fiscal year of the first, partial year of membership. Thereafter, the Full Member is responsible for all annual dues pursuant to this Section.  Dues for new Family and Associate Memberships shall be prorated when Full Members seek Family or Associate membership at times other than at fiscal year end.  Disbursements of dues shall be within strict accordance with ARTICLE III Section 4 of the Constitution, for the payment of current expenses. The membership year shall begin and end in March of each year.

V. INTERFERENCE COMMITTEE: The QRM Committee shall consist of five members appointed by the Club President. This Committee shall direct investigations, invite proper inquiries, establish technical facts and testimony within its province, and report its findings to the entire club.

VI. REPEATER TRUSTEE: The repeater license shall contain the name and callsign of the current club’s repeater trustee. In the event the Trustee is unable to fulfill his duties; the President will appoint a new Trustee to be approved by the club membership at the next regular scheduled meeting. Proper notification will be given to the club membership and the appropriate repeater coordination group.

VII. BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The elected officers of the Katy Amateur Radio Society Inc. shall constitute the “Board of Directors” during their term of office.

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