Article 1: Organization Name

Name: THE SACRAMENTO WHEELMEN BICYCLE CLUB, referred to hereafter as the CLUB. THE SACRAMENTO WHEELMEN BICYCLE CLUB is a non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of California, 237106, Social and Recreational.

Article 2: 0bjectives

  1. To encourage the use of the bicycle for recreation, health and as an alternative means of transportation for all age groups.
  2. To publicize the value of bicycling for health, recreation and as a participatory and spectator sport.
  3. To furnish information and education pertaining to safe, skillful and enjoyable use of the bicycle.
  4. To obtain favorable legislation and facilities which enhance the safety and employment of the bicycle as a transportation and recreational vehicle.
  5. To provide a social group in which individuals interested in all aspects of bicycling may participate.
  6. To organize and sponsor bicycling activities.

Article 3: General

The CLUB shall be non-partisan, non-profit and non-discriminatory as to gender, age, race, color, religion, creed, or national origin.

Article 4: Membership

Membership in the CLUB shall be in four categories as follows:

  1. Individual: Persons 18 years and above in age or under 18 years with consent of parent or guardian.
  2. Family: A family shall include an individual's spouse, living partner and children under 18 years of age.
  3. Honorary: Such membership may be awarded to a person, generally not involved in Wheelmen activities or membership, who has done something outstanding and notable for the CLUB and/or any phase of cycling. Privileges and obligations referred to elsewhere in the Constitution and BY-LAWS do not apply to this membership classification, but would include a complimentary newsletter subscription.
    • Any member may nominate someone for this Award.
    • Such nominee must be approved by the Board.
    • The Sacramento Wheelmen may not appoint more than one Honorary Member per calendar year.
  4. Lifetime: Such membership may be conferred by the Board on any person who has rendered extraordinary service or who has made an outstanding contribution to the CLUB or any phase of cycling. It may only be awarded to a person who is or has been active in Wheelmen activities and participates in CLUB affairs. This award will include all benefits, privileges and responsibilities of individual membership, but would not require any payment of dues.
    • Any member may nominate someone for this Award.
    • Such nominee must be approved by the Board.
    • The Sacramento Wheelmen may not appoint more than one Lifetime Membership per year.

CLUB membership shall terminate upon:

  1. Non-payment of CLUB dues (automatic).
  2. Member's resignation (automatic).
  3. Executive Board's determination for activities detrimental to the CLUB's interest. The member is entitled to a hearing before the Executive Board between 15 and 30 days after notice of the Executive Board's intent to terminate the individual's membership. Membership termination shall be by a unanimous determination of the Executive Board that the member's actions are detrimental to the CLUB's interests and termination will be effective immediately.

Article 5: Voting

All members are entitled to vote on all CLUB business. A member must be present to vote.

Article 6: Officers

The CLUB shall have the following officers who can be nominated by current members and elected by a majority vote of those present at the regular meeting in the month of November. The officers shall hold office for a period of one year commencing January 1 of the following year, with the exception of the Sierra Century Director, whose term shall run from July 1 through June 30 of the following year.

  1. President: The President shall be the chief official representative at all functions, preside at meeting of the Executive Board and General Membership, appoint committee directors, oversee committee activities, expedite CLUB business, provide leadership in accomplishing the objectives of the CLUB and perform other duties as set forth in the BY-LAWS.
  2. Vice President: The Vice President shall perform duties of the President in the absence or incapacity of the President.
  3. Secretary: The Secretary shall be responsible for the archives of the CLUB, including the recording of and maintaining minutes and records of meetings and correspondence for the club.
  4. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall be responsible for the collection, safe keeping, accounting of, reporting on and the dispersal of all CLUB funds in strict accordance with the BY-LAWS of the CLUB and rules adopted by the Executive Board and such additional duties as may be set forth in the BY-LAWS.
  5. Ride Schedule Director: The Ride Schedule Director shall be responsible for planning and supervising organized bicycle rides and duties as may be set forth in the BY-LAWS.
  6. Century Director: The Century Director shall be responsible for the supervision and coordination of CLUB's annual invitational cycling event. Should other fund raising cycling events be planned or proposed the Century Director shall have the option to coordinate or delegate the supervision and responsibility to another member with Executive Board approval.
  7. Immediate Past President: The person who served as President most recently shall automatically serve on the Executive Board for a period of one year.

The officers listed above shall constitute the Executive Board, which shall be responsible for the day to day operations of the CLUB.

If an office becomes vacant it shall be filled by the Executive Board until the next regular election.

An officer may be considered for removal from duties for inactivity or conduct detrimental to the position or to the CLUB at the written petition of one third of the CLUB membership or by vote of five sixths of the Executive Board. The officer shall be given a 30 day notice of a hearing at the next general meeting and if a majority (50%) of those present concur, the officer shall be removed from office at that time.

Article 7: Meetings

The CLUB shall have general business meetings monthly or as the Executive Board determines. A Special Meeting may be called at anytime the President deems needed or shall be called upon request by written petition of ten percent of the membership. The place of the meeting shall be announced in advance of each meeting. A quorum shall not be less than ten members at an announced meeting.

Article 8: Amendments and Revisions

This CONSTITUTION may be amended by adding a new ARTICLE or revised by changing a current ARTICLE at any regular or special business meeting by a two thirds vote of those present provided that written advance notice of the proposed amendment or revision has been furnished the membership not less than fifteen days in advance of the meeting.

Article 9: Adoption

This CONSTITUTION shall be adopted upon acceptance by two thirds of the membership present at a regular club meeting.

Revised November 1995.
Revised February 2003; added membership categories c and d.
Revised November 2003; added Article 6g.

Revised July 2010 to incorporate September 2005 revision: changed term of Sierra Century Director; added Article 6.


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