The Transportation Club of Atlanta By-Laws

Name:

The name of the organization shall be The Transportation Club of Atlanta, Inc. hereafter known as The Club.

Objectives:

a. To Promote educational programs and to encourage the study and discussion of transportation and logistics and the interchange of thoughts and idea thereon between members.

b. To establish business ethics among the members and to effect fraternal and social relationships and the formation and cultivation of friendships between the members.

c. To inspire those engaged in transportation/distribution related work to the importance and dignity of their profession and to impress business executives with the necessity, value and importance of transportation/distribution departments and competent transportation/distribution managers.

d. To encourage cooperation between shippers and carriers.

e. To preserve free enterprise in the ownership of all modes of transportation.

ARTICLE 1

Section 1. Membership

Any persona connected with the Transportation/Distribution and Logistics industry or associated with transportation matters, shall be eligible for membership.

Section 2. Membership

The organization shall consist of ‘Resident’, ‘Non-Resident’, ‘Life’ and ‘Honorary’ members.

a. ‘Non-Resident’ members are defined as members whose principal place of business or residence is outside fifty (50) mile radius of the City of Atlanta.

b. ‘Life’ members are defined as those members who have performed outstanding work for The Club and have gone beyond the line of ordinary duty in their club activities.  ‘Life’ members shall pay no dues.  ‘Life’ members shall be elected only by unanimous vote of the Governing Body and unanimous approval of The Club members in attendance at a regular meeting.

c. ‘Honorary’ members are defined as those members who have reached the age of 65 and have been a member for a minimum of 10 years.

Section 3. Rights of Members

All ‘Resident’, ‘Life’ and ‘Honorary’ members shall be entitled to all the privileges of The Club.  ‘Non-resident’ members shall be entitled to all the privileges of The Club except the power to vote or hold office.

Section 4. Application for Membership

a. Application for membership shall be made in writing, via email, or The Transportation Club of Atlanta website, to The Transportation Club of Atlanta, Inc. plus all applicable dues as provided in Article 1, Section 6.

b. The action of the Governing Body shall be final on a question of the eligibility for membership or class of membership.

Section 5. Resignation and Expulsions

a. Resignation shall be made to the Secretary in writing, but may not be accepted by the Governing Body in its discretion until all indebtedness to The Club has been discharged.

b. Expulsion or member(s) or Officer(s): The Governing Body shall have the power to remove any member(s) or Officer(s) from the organization for action detrimental to the welfare of The Transportation Club of Atlanta, Inc. This can be done at any regular meeting of the Governing Body, however, a two-thirds (2/37s) vote of those present is required. Notification on intent to expel must be submitted in writing to the individual concerned and all Board Members at least (30) days prior to the Board Meeting

c. Delinquencies: When a member is in arrears of club dues for a period of three (3) months, he can be automatically suspended and the account will be carried in the books subject to the action of the Governing Body.

Section 6. Dues

All members, except ‘Life’ members, shall pay The Club’s Annual Due as follows:

New Members

Resident member                    $35.00 Annually

Non-Resident member          $25.00 Annually

Honorary member                  $15.00 Annually

Life member                              No Dues

Renewing members

$35.00

$20.00

$10.00

$0.00

ARTICLE II

Section 1. Officers

The officers of this organization shall be ‘President’, ‘Vice President”, ‘Secretary’, ‘Treasurer’ and a ‘Board of Directors’. The candidates for the offices of ‘President’, ‘Vice President”, ‘Secretary’ and ‘Treasurer’ shall be selected by the Board of Directors.

The ‘President’ and the ‘Vice President’ and nominees must have served at least one (1) year as a member of the ‘Board of Directors’ in The Transportation Club of Atlanta, Inc. The office of ‘President’ shall be filled by the automatic ascension of the ‘Vice President’ of the previous Governing Body to the “President”, except for when:

a. In the event the ‘Vice President’ cannot assume the duties of ‘President’, the Governing Body will elect a suitable member of the Board or a past Board Member who is eligible.

b. A petition of any twenty-five (25) members in good standing is submitted to the “Secretary” in writing no later than fifteen (15) days prior to the date of the election, with additional names for the office of ‘President.’ Then it shall be the duty of the ‘Secretary’ to have such names submitted to the Board of Directors prior to the November Board Meeting.

The Directors will be chosen by the incoming ‘President’ with acceptance of previous Board Members. The Board will manage the property of The Club and en force obedience to its rules. All expenditures and all contracts shall be made by it, but it shall not have the power, without express authority from The Club Membership to make it liable for any debt exceeding one-half (1/2) of the sum which, at the time of contracting is on hand in cash and not subject to prior liabilities.

The Governing Body shall have power to establish any committee, either standing or temporary, which shall be appointed by the ‘President’, with the approval of the Governing Body and to delegate to such committees any of their powers or duties, except no committee shall obligate The Club without authorization of the Governing Body.

Section 2. Duties of Officers

The ‘Secretary’ shall keep and preserve a record of the proceedings of The Club and Governing Body and all matters of which a record shall be deemed advisable by The Club or Governing Body.

The ‘Treasurer’ shall submit a brief account of receipts and expenditures at each business meeting, and detailed account at each annual meeting, and fumish to the Governing Body from time to time such information relative to the funds of The Club, as that might require. The ‘Treasurer’ shall arrange to issue notices of all functions of The Club. The ‘Treasurer’ shall collect and have custody of all fees and dues of members and all other funds of The Club and disburse them on the authority of the Governing Body.

ARTICLE III

Section 1. Meetings and Elections

a. The annual election of Officers and Directors shall be held at the November Board Meeting. The newly elected and appointed Officers and Directors shall be installed at the annual meeting held in February of each year. The Officers shall serve from election date for one (1) year or until their successors are elected and installed. The Directors shall serve from installation date for two (2) years or until their successors are elected and installed. The last retired ‘President’ shall serve for a period of one (1) year on the ‘Board of Directors”.

b. The annual meeting shall be held in February of each year.

Section 2. Board of Directors

The ‘Board of Directors’ shall meet in a minimum of six times each year.

Section 3. Other Meetings

Other meeting will be held at the discretion of the Governing Body or at the call of the ‘President‘ or ‘Board of Directors’.

Section 4. Membership

a. At all business meetings of the Governing Body, the order of business

1.  Introduction of Guests

2.  Reading of Minutes

3.  Treasury Report

4.  Report of the Governing Body

5.  Reports of Committees

6.  Unfinished Business

7.  Miscellaneous Business

b. Voting at regular business meeting, unless otherwise agreed, will be by voice vote, in the interim between business meetings, the Governing Body may elect to instruct the ‘Secretary’ to ask for a mail vote on a particular subject. Said mail will not be official unless a return vote is received from at least percent (51%) 0f the membership. The results of said mail must then be made public to the membership Within thirty (30) days.

Section 5. Quorum

a. At any meeting of the Board of Directors, a majority shall constitute a ‘quorum’ to transact business. At any meeting of the members, twenty-five (25) shall constitute a ‘quorum’ to transact business.

b. The annual election of Officers and Directors shall be held at the Board of Directors meeting in November of each year.

c. The office of ‘Secretary’ shall be appointed and the newly elected Governing Body shall make the selection. The ‘Secretary’ shall have a vote on all matters.

Section 6. Nominations

a. During the month of August, the ‘President’ shall appoint a ‘Nominating Committee’, which shall consist of five (5) active past ‘Presidents’ Who hold regular membership. The ‘Chairperson’ of the ‘Nominating Committee’ shall be the past ‘President’ have most recently completed his/her term as ‘President’. lf five (5) past ‘Presidents‘ are not available, the ‘Chairperson’ may choose any active member of the ‘Board of Directors’ to complete the five (5) members ‘Nominating Committee“.

b. The ‘Nominating Committee” shall, Within thirty (30) days, after its selections, report to the ‘Secretary’ a complete list of the nomination for offices to be filed at the annual election.

It is incumbent upon the ‘Nominating Committee” to submit to the ‘Secretary’ a complete list of candidates for each of the offices to be filled at the Annual Election. The ticket shall be comprised of a ‘Vice President’, ‘Secretary’, ‘Treasurer and nominees for ‘Board of Directors’.

N0 names shall be presented without the consent of the members.

Section 7. Vacancies

The ‘Governing Body’ shall fill any vacancies occurring during the term of ‘President’, ;Vice President’, ‘Secretary’, ‘Treasurer’, or ‘Board of Directors’, by resignation or otherwise for the un-expired term.

The Governing Body in filling such un-expired term of office, shall select someone from the ‘Board of Directors’ or a qualified member in good standing from the membership.

 

ARTICLE IV:

Parliamentary Authority

“Robert’s Rules of Order Revised” shall govern this organization in all matters of procedure not covered by these Bylaws.