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Bylaws

Adopted April 24, 1993

ARTICLE I
NAME

A. The name of this organization shall be Master’s Miata Club. (i)

ARTICLE II
PURPOSE

A. As a non-profit social group, the purpose of this organization shall be to provide social, recreational, instructional and technical activities to preserve the Mazda MX-5 Miata, to promote a responsible image for all Miata drivers, and to promote goodwill for the mutual benefit of the members.

ARTICLE III
MEETINGS

A. General membership meetings shall be held monthly, on the first Thursday of each month, unless otherwise determined by majority of a quorum vote of the general membership. (ii)
B. A quorum shall consist of the members present at any scheduled executive board or general membership meeting, plus the total of members voting by mail or email. (xi)

ARTICLE IV
MEMBERSHIP

A. A family membership shall include all individuals living within the same domicile. Each family will be entitled to one vote in general membership decisions. (vii,viii)

ARTICLE V
MEMBERSHIP RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

A. An invitation to participate in club activities.
B. The right to attend executive board meetings as a non-voting observer.
C. Inclusion in all mailings of general membership publications.
D. Members and their guests shall act in accordance with the stated purpose of the organization. Failure to do so may result in expulsion of membership.
E. Expulsion of membership shall be decided by a majority of a quorum vote of the general membership, only after affording the member an opportunity of being heard in his/her own defense.

ARTICLE VI
OFFICERS

A. Elected officers shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer and shall collectively represent the general membership in all official matters. (iii)
B. No member shall hold more than one elected office during any term.
C. Only one individual of a multi-person membership shall hold an elected office during any term, unless approved by the general membership on a case-by-case basis. (v)
D. The Executive Board shall consist of the elected officers plus the Past President.
E. The executive board shall make recommendations to the general membership on organization matters.

ARTICLE VII
DUTIES OF OFFICERS

A. President: Preside at all general membership and executive board meetings; enforce the Bylaws; sign, along with the Treasurer, all checks and contracts in the organizations name; be responsible for carrying out the decisions of the general membership; appoint committees as deemed necessary for the proper operation of the organization.
B. Vice-President: Assist President in coordinating elected and appointed officers’ duties, preside at all general membership and executive board meetings in the absence of the President.
C. Secretary: Record the minutes of all general membership and executive board meetings, maintaining a file of all minutes and records during his/her term; maintain a current membership list; conduct all official correspondence of the organizations
D. Treasurer: Sign, along with the President, all checks and contracts; collect dues, moneys and other remuneration from all sources; be responsible for all receipts and disbursements; provide a financial report at each meeting provide annual financial report at the last meeting of his/her term. (iv)
E. The general membership may waive the requirement of Section A and D for two signatures on checks, on an annual basis. (vi)

ARTICLE VIII
NOMINATIONS, ELECTIONS AND EXCESS OF OFFICE

A. Only members paid up in good standing shall be eligible for election or appointment as officers.
B. Nominations of officers shall be solicited from the general membership at the November meeting. (xii)
C. Election and installation of officers shall occur at the December meeting. Election shall be determined by a majority of a quorum vote of the general membership by mail, email, and members present at the December meeting. (xiii)
D. Elected and appointed officers shall hold office for one year.
E. The executive board by a majority of a quorum vote shall appoint another member in good standing to assume the duties of a vacated office until the next general membership election.

ARTICLE IX
DUES AND EXPENDITURES

A. Annual dues for a family membership shall be established and changed, as necessary, by a majority of a quorum vote of the general membership, payable in full to the Treasurer. (ix)
B. The fiscal year of the organization for annual dues shall be from January 1 through December 31. Dues as of July 1, 2012, shall be $10.00 for each family membership. (x, xiv)
C. Expenditure of funds shall be restricted to the administration of organization business and activities for the mutual benefit of the general membership.

ARTICLE X
ACTIVITIES

A. Activities – social, recreational, instructional technical – shall be recommended by any member and approved by a majority of a quorum vote of the general membership.
B. Activities shall be limited to the general membership and their accompanying guests and invited speakers.

ARTICLE XI
AUTHORITY

A. Meetings shall be governed by the rules contained in Robert’s Rules of Order in all cases in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws. The President shall appoint an ad hoc Parliamentarian.

ARTICLE XII
AMENDMENTS

A. These bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the general membership at any regular meeting or by mail or email ballot provided such amendment shall be read to the membership one meeting prior to the vote. (xv)


(i) March 2001 – ARTICLE I, NAME, SECTION A, was “The name of this organization shall be Master’s Miata Chapter. This organization shall be a local chapter chartered by the Miata Club of America.”
(ii) March 2001 – ARTICLE III, MEETINGS, SECTION A, was “General membership meetings shall be held monthly, on the last Saturday of each month, unless otherwise determined by majority of a quorum vote of the general membership.”
(iii) December 2001 – ARTICLE VI OFFICERS, SECTION A, was “Elected officers shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Historian and shall collectively represent the general membership in all official matters.”
(iv) December 2001 – ARTICLE VII, DUTIES OF OFFICERS, SECTION E, removed “Historian: Responsible for photography and memorabilia of organization activities.”
(v) November 2004 – ARTICLE VI OFFICERS, SECTION C, was “Only one individual of a multi-person membership shall hold an elected office during any term.”
(vi) November 2004 – ARTICLE VII, DUTIES OF OFFICERS added SECTION F
(vii) July 2012 – ARTICLE IV, MEMBERSHIP, SECTION A was “Individual Membership. A membership consisting of one individual who shall have one vote in general membership decisions.”
(viii) July 2012 – ARTICLE IV, MEMBERSHIP, SECTION B removed, was “Multi-person Membership. A membership consisting of two or more persons who shall have only one vote in general membership decisions.”
(ix) July 2012 – ARTICLE IX, DUES AND EXPENDITURES, SECTION A was “Annual dues for an individual and a multi-person a family membership shall be established and changed, as necessary, by a majority of a quorum vote of the general membership, payable in full to the Treasurer.”
(x) July 2012 – ARTICLE IX, DUES AND EXPENDITURES, SECTION B was “The fiscal year of the organization for annual dues shall be from July 1 through June 30. Dues as of July 1, 1993, shall be: Individual, $20.00; Multi-person, $20.00 for the first dues paying member and $5.00 for each additional dues paying member. Individuals joining after December 31 will be charged one-half (1/2) of annual dues.”
(xi) July 2016 – Article III, MEETINGS, SECTION B, added “, plus the total of members voting by mail and email”.
(xii) July 2016 – ARTICLE VIII, NOMINATIONS, ELECTIONS, AND EXCESS OF OFFICE, SECTION B, “November” was
“May”
(xiii) July 2016 – ARTICLE VIII, NOMINATIONS, ELECTIONS, AND EXCESS OF OFFICE, SECTION C, “December” was “June”, and added “by mail, email, and members present at the December meeting.”
(xiv) July 2016 – ARTICLE IX, DUES AND EXPENDITURES, SECTION B, “January 1 through December 31” was “July 1 through June 30”
(xv) July 2016 – ARTICLE XII, AMENDMENTS, SECTION A, added “or email”.