July 8, 2017
AND BY-LAWS OF
ARTICLE I – Chapter Name
The name of this not-for-profit
organization shall be the Lincolnland Coachmen chapter
of the FMCA (chartered July 13, 1974)
ARTICLE II - Chapter colors and symbols
The chapter colors will be black on
white. The chapter symbol will be a black Lincoln head
on a white background in an oval shape.
ARTICLE III - Purpose
The purpose of this chapter will be:
A. To cooperate with all matters which are working toward conservation
of our natural resources.
B. To better promote the use of our coaches for family enjoyment and
C. To promote the use of our coaches for educational and scenic purposes
for children and adults alike.
D. To plan group campouts and weekend trips.
E. To promote safety in travel and camping.
ARTICLE IV - Membership and Fees
Section 1. This chapter was formed as
part of FMCA, and is a non-profit, volunteer, national organization of motor
Section 2. The membership in the
Lincolnland Coachmen will be limited in number to a workable group.
Section 3. Any RV owner who is a member
of FMCA (in good standing) and who will abide by the local chapter
by-laws with at least one member having attained the age of 55 is eligible for membership. Full Lifetime and Life Members shall not
required to own a qualifying motorhome, but must
all chapter by-laws.
The annual dues will be payable prior to December 31. A member shall be
considered not In good standing and shall
have no voting rights, if the dues are not paid by December 31.
The annual dues for the next
fiscal year are payable at anytime prior to the end of the current fiscal year.
Article V - Voting Power
Section 1. The chapter has established
that voting will be 1 vote for each adult member.
Article VI - Officers
Section 1. The officers of the chapter
shall be a President, two vice-presidents, a Secretary, aTreasurer, a MAC Representative,
and an Alternate MAC
Representative, all of whom shall perform the duties that usually pertain to these
The officers will be nominated by a nominating committee and from the floor.
Election will be by written ballot when
required. New officers will take office January 1.
The term of office will be
for one year.
Section 3. If
any vacancies occur during the year, a special meeting may be called by the
officers to determine if the position needs
to be filled. The membership will elect a replacement officer.
Section 4. The officers shall be the governing body of the Lincolnland Coachmen
chapter, and shall perform
such functions and
duties as may be ordered by a majority of the membership in
good standing, in attendance at the
Section 5. The President and the two
Vice Presidents may serve a maximum of two consecutive
terms of one year each. This
does not disqualify this person from again serving in the
same capacity at some future
Section 6. An individual FMCA member may hold either a single
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
ARTICLE VII - Committees
Section 1. A nominating committee shall
consist of three members elected by the membership
Committee members and Chairpersons (except nominating committee) shall be
by the President.
Section 3. Annually, the President shall
appoint a committee to review the club's financial records and
report their findings to the
membership. Such review shall be
conducted in conjunction
with the Treasurer.
ARTICLE VIII - Meetings
The annual meeting will be the September meeting at which nominations for
be received and voted upon by
written ballot if necessary. Officers will take office the
following January. Each
member will be duly notified thirty (30) days prior to the
Section 2. Short business meetings will
be held at each campout if needed.
Section 3: In each fiscal year, a chapter shall hold at least
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.”
ARTICLE IX - Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the chapter will begin January 1 through December 31.
ARTICLE X - Constitution
Section 1. This constitution may be
amended by two-thirds majority vote of the membership. The
intention to amend the
constitution shall be communicated, in writing, to the
membership thirty (30) days
prior to the time taking vote.
ARTICLE XI - By-laws
Section 1. These by-laws may be amended by
a majority of the members via a mail in ballot or in
person, provided the
intention to amend the by-laws shall have been made, in writing, to
the membership at least thirty
(30) days prior the deadline set for receiving votes.
Section 2. "ROBERTS" rules of
order shall govern all meetings of the chapter.
A quorum to conduct
club business shall be
considered as twenty-five (25) percent of the current paid
Section 3. The individual rights of all
members shall be respected at all times.
Section 4. The regular order of business
at all meetings shall be as follows:
Call to order
Approval of the minutes of the previous meeting
C. Reading of the Treasurer's
D. Introduction of guests and
E. Unfinished business
F. Nomination of officers at the
G. New business
Section 1 Lincolnland Coachmen shall be incorporated
as an Illinois Not-for-Profit
Section 2 For purposes of incorporation, the club
officers shall be the Board of Directors.
Section 3 The President shall appoint the corporation's
registered agent, and his/her
address shall serve as the
corporation's current mailing address.
Section 4 The Secretary shall be responsible for
filing the State of Illinois Report.
Section 5 The Treasurer shall be responsible for
filing the Annual IRS Report.
Section 6 The corporation’s operational year and
fiscal year shall correspond with