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CONSTITUTION
and
BY- LAWS
January 1998


CONSTITUTION

PREAMBLE

These articles represent the Constitution of the Joint Military R/C Flyers Club, herein referred to as the JMRC Flyers or the Club. While this constitution recognizes the existence of the Club's By- Laws, this Constitution will supercede the By-Laws in any area of conflict.

ARTICLE 1 - Name

The Name of this organization, herein referred to as the "club", shall be the JOINT MILITARY R/C FLYERS.

ARTICLE 2. Purpose

SECTION 1
The purpose of the club shall be to promote the sport of radio control building and flying on board Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Ca. Also to aid beginners in the sport and continue the advancement of model aviation.

SECTION 2
All club activities shall conform to the policies set forth by applicable base regulations and shall not in any way prejudice or discredit the Marine Corps or the Federal Government.
SECTION 3
This Club shall be a self-sustaining, non-profit organization, acting exclusively outside the scope of any official capacity as military personnel or agents of the federal government.
SECTION 4
If this Club is dissolved, all equipment that has been donated by various companies will be returned to the club Executive Board for disposal as per membership recommendation.
SECTTON 5
If the Club is dissolved, members will not be financially responsible for any liabilities because the formulation and operation of the Club precludes the possibility of any liabilities.
SECTION 6
If the club is dissolved, the Secretary/Treasurer shall submit a formal letter along with all receipts to the Assistant Chief of Staff, Personnel Services, explaining disposition of property and funds. If applicable, the Secretary/Treasurer shall also include substantiating documentation that all liabilities have properly been discharged.
SECTION 7
The Club shall be the coordinating organization for all radio control model activities aboard Camp Pendleton under the cognizance of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Personnel Services.
ARTICLE 3 - Officers
SECTION 1
The Officers of the Joint Military R/C Flyers Club shall be as follows:
(1) President (military member only)
(2) Vice-president
(3) Secretary/Treasurer
(4) Editor
SECTION 2
The officers shall be elected annually and shall hold office for one year and until their successors are elected and duly qualified.
ARTICLE 4 - Membership
SECTION 1
In accordance with base order 5760.lA, two-thirds of the membership shall be military. Not more than one-third of the membership shall be civilian. For the purposes of this constitution "Military" is interpreted to include: active duty, reservists, retired military, federal civil service personnel employed at Camp Pendleton, active or retired DOD, and bonafide dependents of active or retired military personnel under the age (excluding spouse) of 20 years.
SECTION 2
(a) All flying members of the JMRC Flyers must also be members of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).
(b) Military members not required to be members of the AMA by Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton regulations, must provide proof of insurance for property damage and general liability coverage.
SECTION 3
Prior to inviting any outside agency or organization to a Club activity or event, approval to enter the base must first be obtained from the Assistant Chief of Staff, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (AC/S, MWR).
SECTION 4
Membership discretion based on race, color, national origin or sex will not be permitted.

BY- LAWS
ARTICLE 1 - OFFICERS
The Officers of the Joint Military WC Flyers Club are:

(1) President - (military, active or retired only)

(2) Vice-president - (Any, non-dependant, Club member over 21 yrs. of age)

(3) Secretary/Treasurer - (Any, non-dependant, Club member over 21 yrs. of age). May be divided into two separate positions.

(4) Editor - (Any Club member)

(5) Executive Board will consist of six (6) members of the club consisting of the club officers, one past president and one member appointed by the president. Other officers and assistants to the Board may be appointed for such functions as the Board deems necessary.

ARTICLE 2 - DUTIES
The duties of the officers shall be as follows:

President:
a. Shall preside at all meetings and act as spokesman in all matters pertaining to the club.
b. Shall appoint the chairman of each standing committee and be ex-officio member of all committees.
c. Shall obey all lawful orders of the body and be thoroughly familiar with the club's constitution and the rules thereof.

Vice President:
a. Shall assume and perform the duties of the President in the absence or disability of the President. In the event the President is unable to fulfill his/her term of office, the Vice President shall become the President for the unexpired term.
Secretary:
a. Shall assist the President or his representative in running the monthly meeting with routine administrative matters concerning, the conduct of the meeting.
b. Shall assist the Editor in all matters pertaining to the accurate records of the minutes of all meeting and correspondence published by the club.
Treasurer:
a. Shall act for the president if the president and vice-president are unavailable.
b. Shall be the custodian of the club's funds. Should a banking institution be used, the account shall be in the club's name.
c. Shall render an annual report and a report at such other times as the club may authorize.
d. Shall render an annual statement of operations and net worth to the Commanding General, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, CA 92055 (Assistant Chief of Staff, Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) at the beginning of each operation year.
Editor:
a. Shall keep accurate records of the minutes of all meetings.
b. Shall send out proper notices of all meetings of the club, at least five days in advance, unless otherwise provided or ordered.
ARTICLE 3 - TERMS OF OFFICE

(1) All club officers shall hold office for a period of one (1) year from the time of their installation. Consecutive terms are authorized.

(2) The Executive Board shall serve at the convenience of the club president.

(3) The election of officers will be held annually. Nominations for new club officers will commence at the November meeting and can be made at any time up to and including the December meeting at which time election of officers will take place. Two-thirds majority of the membership voting will be required to elect a person to office. Election by absentee ballot will be permitted.

ARTICLE 4 - VACANCIES
If any club officer is unable to fulfill their term of office, the vacancy shall be filled by a majority vote of the club members. The term of office for the appointee shall be until the end of the regular term of the officer replaced.
ARTICLE 5 . STAFF MEMBERS

(1) Staff members shall be appointed by the president and shall normally be as follows:

Flight Instructors: All flight instructors will be AMA certified at the clubs expense.

Field Marshals: Appointed by the President to assist in maintaining a safe flying environment.

(2) Staff members shall be responsible for their individual area of specialty and shall assist club officers in the conduct of club functions as necessary to better serve the membership.

(3) Field Marshals have authority to immediately ground a club member for safety violations and confiscate the offenders club card. The violation will be reviewed by the Executive Board for determination of appropriate action.

ARTICLE 6 - MEETINGS/ REGULAR BUSINESS

(1) Regular meetings shall be held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 1906. Special meetings shall be held as required.

(2) All regular business affairs and enterprises conducted by the club shall be directed by the officers.

(3) At any regular meetings, a quorum shall consist of ten (10) active members who are present.

ARTICLE 7 - DUES

(1) All dues are due not later than February 1st each year. Initial membership dues will be as follows:

All military personnel.................................................................................Free Civilians..................................................................................................$50.00
Juniors (Civilian, age 19 or younger)........................................................$10.00
Family (must reside at same location).......................................................$60.00

(2) Military members who are in receipt of orders will remain on the roster, with no annual dues due, for a period of thirty-six (36) months.

(3) Non-payment of club dues or failure to maintain current AMA membership will result in revocation of club membership.

(4) Elected club officers will not be assessed dues for their tenure.

(5) Membership cards are the property of the club and must be surrendered upon request.

ARTICLE 8 - SPECIAL FUNDS
(1) Only elected club officers are authorized to receive contributions, donations, or specially obtained funds from any individual or institution to be applied to the operation of the club. Exceptions will be made for special functions where the members acting specifically for authorized club functions may be involved in the collection of donations for the club (example, Toys For Tots).
ARTICLE 9 - COMMITTEES
Committees shall be appointed by the President as necessary.
ARTICLE 10 - AMENDMENTS
Amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws may be made at any formal club meeting. A majority of fifty-one (51) percent of the current membership is required for approval of any amendment. Amendments must be proposed one (1) meeting in advance voting. Voting by mail may be utilized
ARTICLE 11 - FLYING SITE SAFETY RULES

(1) All radio control modelers who utilize Camp Pendleton's facilities will adhere to the official AMA safety code and the Joint Military R/C Flyers club safety rules (Note: should club rules conflict with base regulations, DOD/Base regulations will supersede where conflict of rules exist):

(2) The first club member to arrive on the flying field at the beginning of flying will notify the Horno OD and the Camp Pendleton Range Control Officer (a.k.a., Long rifle). The last person to leave at the end of flying will notify the Horno OD and Long rifle that flying has ceased for the day.

ARTICLE 12 - GUESTS

(1) Members are held accountable for the actions of their guest. If a member or their guest inhibits other members in the conduct of flying, they will be asked to leave.

(2) Guests may consists of observers (non-flyers) and participants (flyers); There is no annual limit to the number of observers a member may bring (discretion should be used).

(3) Participant guests will be limited to four (4) per member per year. All flying guest must have a valid AMA card.

ARTICLE 13. NEW MEMBERS

(1) A membership committee shall be appointed by the president consisting of a minimum of one club officer, one military member and one other member.

(2) Selection criteria for new members will be determined by the club officers and submitted to the membership committee by the club President.

(3) When civilian vacancies exist, the secretary/treasurer will so inform the President who will convene a meeting of the membership committee for the purpose of recommending new members.

(4) New members must be approved by 51% of the members in attendance at the next regular club meeting. All new members will be probationary during their first year and may be dropped from the roster for due cause.

 


JOINT MILITARY R/C FLYERS

SAFETY RULES


These rules are applicable to all of the designated Joint Military R/C Flyers club flying sites on board Camp Pendleton unless otherwise noted.

1. In the event a full scale aircraft enters the Camp Pendleton air facility pattern or attempts to land, all model flying will cease and equipment moved off the landing zone (LZ), if time permits, until the aircraft has cleared the area or authorization has been given to resume flying.

2. No flying will be permitted over or within twenty-five (25) feet of the pit areas. Over flight of the pits or parking area is not permitted. When more than one aircraft are airborne, all aircraft will be flown in the area beyond the center line of the LZ.

3. All pilots will operate their aircraft from a line drawn parallel to the pit area. Flying behind the pit area is not permitted. Aircraft are not authorized to taxi between the pits and the flight line.

4. Vehicles will be allowed in the pit area for unloading of R/C equipment, then moved to the area designed for the parking of vehicles.

5. Handicapped members who are unable to walk from the authorized parking area and are unaccompanied by non-handicapped personnel may park in the pit area but are required to operate their WC equipment from the designated flight stations.

6. When two or more planes are flying, touch & goes and low passes are only permitted beyond the center line of the flying field.

7. All obstructions will be kept off the flight line. Chairs or wheelchairs for those who need them for medical reasons may be placed between the pit and flight line while flying.

8. Specialty aircraft (Formula race planes, helicopters, jet aircraft), test flights of new aircraft, and large scale airplanes should be allowed "solo" air time at the discretion of the majority of the flyers present.

9. Formula I racing aircraft will not be flown before 12 noon unless the majority of flyers present agree or no one is using the field. All other aircraft will cease flying when a racing aircraft is being flown.

10. Take off and landings will be in prescribed pattern. All pilots will call "landing" just prior to final approach. If an aircraft is dead stick, someone should announce the event to all flying pilots and the dead stick pilot must be given priority and right of way to land the aircraft.

11. The correct frequency identifier (flag, pin, etc) will be displayed on all transmitters in use. No radio will be turn ON until the frequency identifier has been obtain and it has been determined that the frequency is not currently in use. If more than one member is using the same frequency, efforts must be made to share the frequency equally.

12. All flyers will display a current JMRC flyers membership card. If a flyer does not display a current card, or is not a guest, he is not eligible to use the flying facilities.

13. Buzzing of birds and other wildlife while flying aboard Camp Pendleton is forbidden by base regulations.

14. Drinking: of Alcoholic beverages is STRICTLY PROHIBITED at all flying. sites.

15. Personnel using the flying field shall be held accountable for its condition. All members and guests that fly at the site are required ensure all trash is policed before securing the field.

16. Any member or guest who violates these safety rules can be grounded for the day by any club officer or field marshal. Repeated and/or deliberate safety violations will result in 30, 60, or 90 day suspension. Upon committee review of the offenses, the member may have his membership revoked.


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