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BYLAWS OF TIFFIN TRAVELERS CHAPTER OF FMCA 


ARTICLE I – CHAPTER NAME

The name of this not-for-profit organization shall be the Tiffin Travelers chapter (hereinafter referred to as “chapter”) of the Family Motor Coach Association, Inc., (hereinafter referred to as FMCA).


ARTICLE II – OBJECT

  1. PURPOSE:  This chapter exists to promote social, recreational, and informational exchange activities that provide for the enjoyment and pleasurable use of family member coaches.
  2. AREA:  This chapter shall be authorized to function in the Eastern Area.
  3. SCOPE:  This chapter will have members who own Tiffin Motorhomes.

ARTICLE III – MEMBERS

  1. ELIGIBILITY:  

A.      To be eligible for and to maintain membership in the chapter, a person must own a Tiffin motorhome, be in good standing with FMCA, and meet the dues requirement and provisions set forth in the bylaws of this chapter.   

B.      Membership in this chapter shall not be denied any person because of race, sex, religion, color, marital or family status, age, nationality, or disability.

  1. The term “family unit,” is defined as a person; his or her spouse, or partner; dependents of each, regardless of age; non-dependent grandchildren and great-grandchildren aged 18 and under.
  2. The term “membership,” is defined as either a family unit or an individual or individuals owning a qualifying motor coach who share a membership number.
  3. The term “member,” is defined as each adult who, jointly or individually, constitutes a membership.  FMCA defines the rights of each member category in Article III (3) of the FMCA Bylaws. The member categories available within the Tiffin Travelers chapter are limited to, and further defined, as follows:
    1. The chapter’s membership will consist of Charter Members, Full Members, Full Lifetime Members, Commercial Members, and Life Members; all of whom maintain ownership in a Tiffin motorhome and who maintain payment of annual dues to the chapter.
    2. The chapter may vote to bestow Honorary Membership on any person/member who has rendered significant service to the chapter over an extended period of time and who maintains payment of annual dues to the Chapter.  Honorary Members who do not own a Tiffin Motorhome are not eligible to vote or hold office in the chapter, but are entitled to all other rights of membership in the chapter.
  4. A member must own a qualifying motor coach (motorhome) or at least 1/3 interest in a qualifying  motor coach (motorhome) in order to vote or hold office in this chapter.
  5. The term “qualifying motor coach,” is defined as a Tiffin product which is a self-propelled, completely self-contained vehicle that contains all the conveniences of a home, including cooking, sleeping, and permanent sanitary facilities, and in which the driver’s area is directly accessible in a walking position from the living quarters. The terms motor coach and motorhome may be used interchangeably. 
  6. DUES AND FEES:

A.      ANNUAL DUES:  Annual payment of chapter and national dues enables persons to become active members and entitled to all rights and privileges of the chapter and FMCA.  The annual dues for membership in the chapter shall be an amount as the membership shall establish.

B.      RENEWAL:  Renewal dues from Chapter members become due and payable January 1.

C.      INITIAL APPLICATION:  Application for new membership shall be accompanied by payment of annual chapter and national dues (unless already an FMCA member).  If an initial application is accepted after September 1, the dues shall be regarded as covering the remainder of the current membership year and all of the next membership year. 

D.     INITIATION FEE:  New and reinstated members may be required to pay an initiation fee in an amount to be established by the Chapter membership.  

E.      ARREARS:  Any member whose dues remain unpaid for more than 1 month after becoming due shall be considered delinquent; after 3 months membership is canceled.

ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS

  1. DUTIES OF OFFICERS:  The duties of elected officers shall be as defined in the Member and Volunteer Handbook.
  2. TERMS OF OFFICE:  The elected officers of this Chapter shall serve a 2 year term of office, or until their successors are elected.
  3. RIGHTS AND LIMITATIONS:

A.      An individual FMCA member may hold either a single office in each of two chapters or two offices in one chapter.  A member may hold the office of national director or alternate national director in only one chapter.

B.      Any member in good standing and eligible to hold office may be nominated from the floor for any elective office. 

C.      No official or member shall become vested of any right, title to, or interest in any chapter property, except as required by law. 

4.       EXECUTIVE BOARD:

A.      The officers of the chapter shall constitute the Executive Board.

B.      Executive Board shall have general supervision of the affairs of the chapter between its business meetings.  The Board shall be subject to the orders of the chapter and none of its acts shall be in conflict with the chapter or FMCA.


ARTICLE V – COMMITTEES

1.       APPOINTMENT:  Committee members and Chairperson (except Nominating Committee) shall be appointed by the president.

2.       DUTIES:  All committees shall function within the policies of the chapter and (except Nominating Committee) under the direction of the president.  Financial reports, vouchers, and monies due the chapter shall be submitted on a timely basis.

3.       QUORUM:  A Committee quorum shall be a majority.


ARTICLE VI – CHAPTER ADMINISTRATION

1.       AUTHORITY:  This chapter shall be democratically self-governed, deriving its existence and authority from the consent of its membership assembled in meeting or, in certain instances, by mail vote on stated propositions.

2.       ORGANIZATIONAL YEAR:  The fiscal and membership year of the Chapter shall commence on January 1 and end on December 31.

3.       CHAPTER MEETINGS:

A.      Types:  The term “meeting” shall include coach rallies, campouts, dinner meetings, and any other gatherings suitable to the function of the chapter.

B.      BUSINESS MEETINGS: In each fiscal year, a chapter shall hold at least one business meeting at which a quorum is present.  The meeting can be a gathering in one area or where some or all of the members communicate with other members through electronic means such as the Internet or  by telephone that  allows  all members the opportunity for simultaneous aural  communication.  Said meeting shall be duly announced in advance to the membership, including adequate description of how to participate. 

C.      OFFICER ELECTION:   The voting general membership is to elect chapter officers, including a president, 1 vice president, a secretary, a treasurer, a national director, and an alternate national director. 

D.     QUORUM:  A quorum for the transaction of business at any duly-called chapter meeting is 25% of the chapter family unit memberships or 15 family unit memberships, whichever is less.

E.      VOTING:  Except as specified elsewhere in these bylaws, a simple majority vote of F# and L# members in good standing and voting shall be required to approve or disapprove any matter.

The chapter has established that voting will be 1 vote for each adult member.

Balloting by mail may be undertaken when a proposed matter is voted to be of such importance or urgency that a total membership vote is advisable.

F.      PARLIAMENTARY PROCESS:  The rules contained in the current edition of ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER NEWLY REVISED shall govern this chapter’s proceedings to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the Constitution and Bylaws of FMCA, and the bylaws of this chapter.

4.       MAINTAINING ACCREDITATION:  

This Chapter must maintain a minimum of 15 family unit memberships.

The chapter secretary shall furnish to the National Office of FMCA, no later than December 31st each year, a membership list, a list of chapter officers, and assurance that a business meeting was held.

5.       ANNUAL AUDIT:  An annual audit of the chapter’s financial books and records shall be undertaken and reported to the membership.

6.       APPLICATION OF NATIONAL CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS:  This chapter accepts and agrees that the chapter bylaws shall conform to any mandatory requirements stipulated in the Constitution and Bylaws of FMCA.

 

ARTICLE VII – ELECTIONS

1.       NOMINATING COMMITTEE COMPOSITION:

A.      The Nominating Committee shall consist of not less than 3 chapter members in good standing, nominated and elected every other year by the chapter membership.

B.      Election of an individual to the Nominating Committee shall not prohibit that person from being nominated for elected office.

2.       NOMINATING COMMITTEE DUTIES:

A.      To select one of its members as Nominating Committee Chairman.

B.      To nominate candidates for the chapter offices of president, 1 vice president, secretary, treasurer, national director, and an alternate  national director for the new term to be presented for voting by the chapter membership.

C.      To obtain clear acceptance of the nominees to serve the chapter should they be elected. 

D.     To make certain that nominated candidates are members in good standing and qualified under applicable national and chapter bylaws.

E.      To nominate candidates to fill vacancies that occur in elected chapter offices.


ARTICLE VIII – AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS

  1. MANDATORY AMENDMENTS:  National Bylaw Amendments applicable to chapter operations shall be automatically adopted by the chapter and are not subject to a vote by the chapter membership.
  2. AMENDING PROCEDURE:  These bylaws may be amended by a 65% affirmative vote of the members present and voting at a duly-called meeting, providing that prior notice of at least 30 days has been given of the proposition(s) to amend.

Any member of the chapter may propose amendments to the bylaws. 

Approved amendments to these Bylaws become effective immediately upon their adoption, or at such time as specified in the amendment.


3.  DISTRIBUTION: Copies of changes, additions, amendments, or revisions to these bylaws shall be forwarded to the national office and to the National Area Vice President.


ARTICLE IX – STANDING RULES

This chapter may adopt Standing Rules to provide guidelines and procedures by which the chapter may function and operate.


ARTICLE X - LIQUIDATION AND DISSOLUTION

This chapter of FMCA may be dissolved by a majority vote of chapter members.  All of the remaining assets of the chapter shall be contributed to the purpose(s) for which the chapter is organized, or to a qualified non-profit charity or charities.


EFFECTIVE __March 17, 2016__ (Supersedes previous version dated June 3, 2009)


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