Bylaws

The objectives of this Organization shall be as follows:

  • To join the general public together in an effort to stop unreasonable and unfair legislation and practices that diminishes the rights of the motorcyclists of Idaho
  • To end the discrimination experienced by motorcyclists
  • To organize and conduct seminars, conferences, research, discussion groups, and publications on the subject of motorcycle rights

ARTICLE I

NAME

The name of the Organization shall be ABATE of Southern Idaho, LLC, also, referred to as ASI.

“A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments”, “abate” is also defined as ‘to make less in amount, degree, force, etc’ or ‘to put a stop to, end’.

ARTICLE II

PURPOSE

The purpose of the Organization is to form a political, educational and charitable group, to promote motorcycle rights, awareness, education, freedom of choice legislation and to provide a more favorable environment for motorcycle riders and the communities in which they reside. ABATE seeks to eliminate laws and perceptions that infringe upon motorcyclist rights, and preclude proposed legislation that may infringe upon those rights as follows:

  • To join the general public together in an effort to stop unreasonable and unfair legislation and practices that diminishes the rights of the motorcyclists of Idaho
  • To end the discrimination experienced by motorcyclists
  • To organize and conduct seminars, conferences, research, discussion groups, and publications on the subject of motorcycle rights

ARTICLE III

OFFICES

ABATE of Southern Idaho, LLC shall have and continuously maintain a principal office within the State of Idaho as the Officers may designate or as the business of the Organization may require from time to time.

ARTICLE IV

MEMBERS

Membership in ABATE of Southern Idaho, LLC shall be open to all persons, who have applied for membership and paid their required dues.

4.1 ELIGIBILITY
An individual shall be considered to be a member in good standing of this Organization upon the date of their enrollment by the Membership Secretary or agent.

ARTICLE V

OFFICER POSITIONS

Officers of this Organization shall be as follows: Coordinator, Deputy Coordinator, Secretary, Treasurer, Sergeant at Arms and Legislative Affairs Officers shall serve a term of two (2) years and may be re-elected at any time with no limit on the amount of terms served. The Deputy Coordinator, Sergeant at Arms and Secretary positions will run in alternate years of the Coordinator, Treasurer, and Legislative Affairs with the first year being a one (1) year position to establish the alternating terms. To ensure broad diversity and equal representation for all members, no more than one (1) member from another motorcycle organization or affiliation, excluding nationally recognized motorcycle groups, shall hold an Officer position. All Officers shall be elected by majority of votes at the business meeting in October. Potential officers can nominate themselves, or can be nominated by other members. Nominees may make brief speeches before the votes are cast. A member may only hold one (1) board or one (1) chair position except as pro-tem. Member must be in good standings.

5.1 COORDINATOR
The Coordinator shall be elected for a term of two (2) years. The Coordinator shall be responsible to keep the members informed of the business and activities of the Organization. The Coordinator shall chair all regular, special meetings, shall supervise, manage and control all business of the Organization; shall perform all duties incident to the office according to these by-laws and policies; shall represent ASI at functions, is an ex-officio member of all committees.
5.2 DEPUTY COORDINATOR
The Deputy Coordinator shall be elected for a term of two (2) years, alternating with the term of the Coordinator. The Deputy Coordinator shall assist the Coordinator; shall act in the place of the Coordinator in his/her absence; and shall perform any and all duties which may be prescribed by the Coordinator or Members. If the Coordinator position becomes vacant, the current Deputy Coordinator shall become the Coordinator pro-tem. The Coordinator position will then follow the process outlined in section 6.8 for Officer Vacancies.
5.3 SECRETARY
The Secretary shall be elected for a term of two (2) years, alternating with the term of the Coordinator. The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping the minutes of all business meetings and making the minutes available to the members; shall perform any and all duties incident to the office.
5.4 TREASURER
The Treasurer shall be elected for a term of two (2) years, to run concurrent with the Coordinator. The Treasurer shall keep accurate and complete financial records of ASI; shall submit quarterly financial reports to the Coordinator; report the financial condition of the Organization at all business meetings; perform any and all duties incident to the office.
5.5 LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
The Legislative Affairs Officer shall be elected for a term of two (2) years, to run concurrent with the Coordinator. The Legislative Affairs Officer shall be responsible for informing the Officers and general membership of any upcoming changes in law that may affect the rights of motorcycle riders; shall perform all duties incident to the office; Officer will also coordinate and chair functions relating to political gatherings, functions, or rallies; and will act as liaison in developing political relationships.
5.6 SERGEANT AT ARMS
The Sergeant at Arms shall be elected for a term of two (2) years alternating with the term of the Coordinator. The Sergeant at Arms shall maintain order at all meetings using Roberts Rules, acknowledge questions or discussion from the membership on an open floor and direct to the board, and shall coordinate security at all ASI functions, shall assist the Road Captain on ABATE runs. If behavior is deemed to be disruptive or inappropriate at the meeting or events, Sergeant at Arms, with the approval of Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator, shall have the power to remove offending individuals from the meeting or event.
5.7 OFFICER VACANCIES
Officer Vacancies shall be filled by election. Upon vacancy of the position, the Officers may appoint a pro-tem Officer to temporarily fill the position until the position is filled by vote of the general membership. At the next business meeting following the vacancy, nominations will be accepted. Then the nominated members will be voted for by the general membership at the next business meeting following the nomination meeting. The newly elected Officer will complete the balance of the term of office. If the balance of the term is three (3) months or less, the pro-tem Officer shall complete the term and the position will go through the normal voting procedure at the time of normal elections.

ARTICLE VI

CHAIR POSITIONS

Chair positions are appointed by the Coordinator subject to the majority approval vote of the general membership. Member must be in good standings.

6.1 MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY
The Membership Secretary shall maintain an accurate and complete membership list of the members; process all membership applications and address changes; maintain the integrity of the ASI roster; issue membership cards, make and deliver mailing labels for mailings; and issue patches and pins to new members. First ABATE patch is part of membership, additional ones can be purchased. First title patches for Coordinator, Deputy Coordinator, Secretary, Treasurer, Sergeant at Arms, Legislative Affairs officer and Senior Road Captain will be issued at no cost, additional ones, or other positions can purchase title patches at their cost
6.2 Sr. ROAD CAPTAIN
The Sr. Road Captain will help plan rides; shall do a pre-ride for all planned rides, shall appoint additional Road Captains or Road Guards as needed; to provide assistance for the ride participants as needed; and to ensure the safety of group riders. All Road Captains must complete a group riding class.
6.3 WEBMASTER
Duties of a webmaster shall include creating and keeping web presence current. Passwords to website shall be immediately made available to Coordinator and Secretary. Password is the property of Abate of Southern Idaho.
6.4 NEWSLETTER EDITOR
Duties include amassing articles, ads and publications to publish at the discretion of the editor. If any article is in question, it should be brought before the officers for review and approval. Coordinator or designee will be responsible for proofreading prior to sending to the publisher. If newsletter requires reprinting due to not following procedures, editor shall be responsible for reprinting costs.
6.5 AMBASSADOR AT LARGE
The Ambassador at large shall keep in contact with ASI representatives and members; shall promote membership and benefits to non-ABATE members; and shall act as liaison with other motorcycle clubs and rights organizations keeping ABATE members informed as to the work of other motorcycle groups.

ARTICLE VII

COMMITTEES

The Officers or Coordinator, subject to member approval vote, may establish such Standing and Special committees as are necessary to conduct the affairs of this not for profit organization. Such committees shall provide a regular report at each business meeting. The by law committee chair may not be a Board member, however, a Board member must be present at all by law committee meetings. All committee chairs must be in good standings to hold position.

ARTICLE VIII

DOWNRIDER

A fund will be maintained by the Organization for the purpose of providing monetary support to “down riders”. Additions to this fund shall be by donation from the members or as provided by a majority vote of the general membership.

8.1 OWNERSHIP OF FUNDS
The “down riders” fund shall be kept separate from all other funds maintained by ASI, and it shall be noted that these funds are the sole property of the current members of the Organization, not the property of ABATE.

ARTICLE IX

AMENDMENTS

The Organization shall have the power to make and amend these by-laws, not inconsistent with the word and spirit of the national constitution, as may be deemed necessary. Amendments shall be adopted by the favorable concurrence of not less than two thirds (2/3) of the members present and voting, provided that such amendment(s) shall have been read in full to the members. Amendments to these By-Laws shall be instituted, authorized and approved by signature from the following members: Coordinator, Deputy Coordinator, Secretary and the By Law Committee Chairman.

These By-Laws of ABATE of Southern Idaho, LLC, a not for profit organization, confirmed and adopted by Founding Members:

Dated this 3rd day of September, 2014

Attested by
Rory Smith / Coordinator
Steve Zeimantz / Deputy Coordinator
Kimberly Larson / Secretary
Donna Ferbrache / By-Law Committee Chairman
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