Big Bend Florida Unit Constitution

ARTICLE I

NAME OF ORGANIZATION

Sec. 1 This organization is a chartered Unit of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International, Inc. and shall be known as the Big Bend Florida Unit of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International, Inc.

ARTICLE II

OBJECTIVES

Section 1 The objectives of this non-profit organization shall be:
• To furnish encouragement and assistance in the development of the Unit and thus afford fraternization for recreational vehicle owners.
• To encourage safe driving and assist in improving the general welfare of the recreational vehicle public through assistance and active participation of all its members in building a strong organization for the betterment of good will toward recreational vehicle travel.
• To coordinate with and participate in the interests and activities of the International and the Region.
• To cooperate with other organizations and units within our sphere which are seeking to elevate the standards and ethics of the various groups.
• To disseminate information of an advisory and educational nature which will be of value to its members and the public.
• To study, advise and recommend legislation which is in the interest of the recreational vehicle public and oppose all legislation which is discriminatory and injurious to the recreational vehicle public.
• To encourage government and private agencies to provide more and better recreational vehicle parks and facilities.

ARTICLE III

MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS

Sec. 1 An adult who owns a hard-sided recreational
vehicle manufactured by Airstream, Inc. shall be eligible for membership.

Sec. 2 There are two classes of membership in this unit-Regular Members and Affiliate Members.

Sec. 3 An applicant for membership in this Unit must submit an application in writing and, upon the payment of International and Unit dues, shall be a Regular Member of this Unit.

Sec. 4 Regular Members who have sold their recreational vehicle manufactured by Airstream, Inc., may, upon request, retain their membership as Regular Members of this Unit pursuant to the provisions of Sec. 2 ARTICLE VI of the International Constitution. Such Regular Members shall possess all the rights and privileges of the International Club, including full voting rights in all elections and on all questions.

Sec .5 Regular Members of another Unit may become Affiliate members in this Unit by an application to the Membership Committee and upon acceptance shall possess all the rights and privileges of the Unit except:
• The right to hold office in the Unit.
• The right to vote in the selection or election of officers in the Unit, Region or International or on any amendment to the Unit or the International Constitution.
• The right to vote on the dissolution of the Unit, consolidation of the Unit with one or more units, or the merger of the Unit with another Unit.

Sec. 6 Applicants for Affiliate membership in this Unit must submit dues and show evidence of membership in the International Club through another duly chartered unit.

Sec. 7 Failure to pay either Unit or International dues will automatically terminate membership in the unit.

Sec. 8 In those cases of co-ownership of a hard-sided recreational vehicle manufactured by Airstream, Inc., the rights and privileges of membership shall be deemed to include the spouses of such co-owners but collectively such co-owners shall possess one vote only except such co-owners who each pay International and Unit dues to this Unit shall each have one vote. A co-owner is defined as one of two WBCCI members who own a single Airstream Recreational Vehicle. Existing co-owners with more than two memberships on June 25, 2005, are not subject to this two membership limitation, as long as they maintain continuous membership in WBCCI.

ARTICLE IV

OFFICERS AND THEIR ELECTION
Section 1 The officers of the Unit shall be Regular members of the Unit and shall consist of:
• President
• First Vice President
• Second Vice President
Third Vice President (1/19/08)
• Corresponding Secretary
• Recording Secretary
Treasurer
• Four Trustees

Sec. 2 The Officers shall be elected at the annual business meeting in October and shall be installed at the November meeting and shall assume office at the close of that meeting . An officer, except for Trustees, shall serve in office for a term of one year or until a successor is elected but in no case shall an officer be eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office except the Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary or Treasurer provided said officers are duly nominated and elected for each term of office.

Sec. 3 The Trustees shall be elected at the annual
business meeting, each for a term of two years, but arranged so that only one-half such Trustees terms expire in any one year. No Trustee shall serve more than one two- year term consecutively.

Sec. 4 An officer who advances to an office pursuant to the provisions of Sec. 5 of this ARTICLE shall not be deemed to have served a full term in such office unless said service is for a period of greater than one-half (1/2) the term of such office.

Sec. 5 In the event of the death or resignation of the President or the death, advancement or resignation of a Vice President, or an officer’s inability to fulfill the duties of office, the next ranking Vice President (in the order first, second, third) shall advance thereto. All other vacancies on the Executive Board, except that of the Immediate Past President shall be filled by a majority vote of the Executive Board.

ARTICLE V

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Sec. 1 The Executive Board shall consist of all of the unit officers plus the immediate Past President of the unit.

Sec. 2 The Executive Board shall be the administrative body of the Unit and shall define the policies of and have full administrative authority in all matters pertaining to the Unit, and shall exercise general control and supervision of all officers and committees.

Sec. 3 The President or any two members of the Board may call a business meeting of the Executive Board at any time deemed necessary.

Sec. 4 A quorum of the Executive Board shall consist of a majority of its members.

ARTICLE VI

UNIT BUSINESS MEETINGS

Sec. 1 The annual business meeting of the Unit shall be held during the month of October. Additional business meetings may be held during any rally of the Unit, and also may be called at any time by a majority vote of the Executive Board. The date, time, location, and purpose of all Unit business meetings shall be announced to the members in writing at least fifteen days prior to the meeting. A quorum for conducting business at any business meeting shall be not less than ten percent of the membership.

Sec. 2 All Regular Members voting at the annual or additional business meetings of this organization, and each such membership, identified by the International Club membership number, shall be considered one vote, except for co-owners who each pay International and Unit dues to this unit as provided for in Article III, Section 8.

Sec. 3 A mail ballot may be used to obtain the vote of the members of the Unit on a proposal when such is deemed desirable or necessary. When a mail ballot is used to obtain the vote of the members of the Unit on a proposal, no other method of voting on such proposal shall be utilized.

ARTICLE VII

BYLAWS

Sec. 1 Bylaws consistent with this Constitution and with the Constitution, Bylaws and Policy of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International, Inc., embodying additional provisions for the government of the Unit may be adopted by the Executive Board.

ARTICLE VIII

AMENDMENTS

Sec. 1 Proposed amendments to this Constitution shall be submitted to the Executive Board in writing. The Executive Board shall submit all such amendments to the members for their consideration.

Sec. 2 Any Article or Section of this Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at a business meeting of the Unit or a special meeting called for that purpose, providing in either case, a notice containing the proposed amendment or amendments has been mailed (changed 1/19/08) to each member of the Unit at least fifteen days prior to such a meeting.

Sec. 3 All amendments to this Constitution shall become effective upon adoption.

This Constitution, as last amended, was adopted on March 31, 2007 at Lake Seminole State Park, Donaldsonville, Georgia.

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