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Freq: 146.97 PL: 114.8
Trustee: Greg Algieri, WA1JXR

Officers
Bob Peloquin, KB1VUA (President)
Brian Loverro, K1BML
(Vice President)
Jim Singer, N1EKO (Treasurer)
Mark Ide, Jr., W1IDE (Secretary)
Lyn Glagowski, WB1CCL
(Webmaster)


Board of Directors
Greg Algieri, WA1JXR
Harold Carlson, N1ZC
Randy Dore, W4FEB
Terry Glagowski, W1TR
Johnathan Sherman, WW2JS
Adrian Zeffer, AB2IX

CMARA History

Central Massachusetts
Amateur Radio Association

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November 20, 2014

BY-LAWS OF THE CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION, INC

ARTICLE I TITLE

Section 1
This organization shall be known as The Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, Inc., hereinafter referred to as the “Association”.

ARTICLE II PURPOSE

Section 1
The object and purpose of this organization are to create and maintain friendly relationships among those persons interested in amateur radio, to promote and foster interest in and knowledge of amateur radio, to engage in public service activities involving amateur radio, to make contracts and to acquire, purchase, sell, erect, hold, improve, lease and maintain real and personal property as may be appropriate and necessary to carry out its object and purposes.

ARTICLE III OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES

Section 1
The officers of the corporation shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Web Master and six Directors, all of whom shall be elected at the annual meeting of the Association to hold office for one (1) year and until their successors are elected.
  1. The election of all officers shall be by voice vote or written ballot at the annual meeting and by a majority vote of a quorum of the members in good standing.
  2. The September Association bulletin and/or meeting minutes and/or web page shall indicate that nominations will be made at the October and November general meeting, with elections to be held at the December general meeting.

    The December association bulletin and/or the November meeting minutes and/or web page shall contain a full ballot listing all nominees.

    Ballots may be delivered to the CMARA secretary prior to the elections, in person, by mail, or by proxy.

    All ballots mailed or delivered by proxy shall be in a sealed envelope with the voter’s name and the word ‘ballot’ written in large letters on the outside, or else the ballot shall be deemed unacceptable. On election night, the CMARA secretary shall check off all ballots against a current CMARA roster of paid-up members.
Section 2
The President shall preside at all meetings of the members and of thme Board of Directors. He shall enforce all the rules, by-laws and regulations of the organization and shall have direct supervision of the various activities of the Association, including the appointment of all necessary committees.

Be it resolved that a Benevolent Committee be formed as a permanent committee in the Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, Inc. The President of the Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, Inc. shall be required to appoint a chairman to head this committee. The chairman will appoint assistants as required.

The purpose of this committee: To express the feelings of the membership body, in card or letter form, to members and their families during times of illness, personal misfortune or death. And to: arrange for flowers or other memorial offerings to the families of the deceased Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, Inc. members.

Section 3
In the absence of the President, the Vice-President shall assume all powers of the President and perform all duties of the President during such absence.
Section 4
The secretary shall conduct all official correspondence of the organization consigned to him by the President and have the care and custody of all records and documents of the corporation. He shall keep a record of all meetings of the members of the organization and of the Board of Directors and shall perform such other duties as shall be assigned to him by the President or the Board of Directors.
Section 5
The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of all the funds of the corporation and shall deposit same in such bank as may be designated by the Board of Directors within ten (10) days after receipt of said funds. He, together with the President, shall sign all checks, drafts or orders for the payment of debts of the corporation and shall make all payments authorized or approved by the Board of Directors and shall keep all vouchers and receipts of all such payments. He shall submit accurate reports of all financial transactions of the organization at each regular meeting or whenever called upon to do so by the President or Board of Directors, and he shall perform such other duties as may be assigned to him.
Section 6
The Board of Directors shall have the control and general supervision of all the affairs, business and activities of the corporation. They may adopt such rules and regulations for the conduct of their meetings and the management of the corporation as they deem best; not, however, inconsistent with these By-Laws or the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Section 7
Any officer may be removed from his office for reasonable cause by a two-thirds vote of the members in good standing, provided, however, that said officer has received notice of such action.

ARTICLE IV MEMBERSHIP

Section 1
Election to membership shall be by affirmative vote of at least five (5) duly elected members of the Board of Directors then holding office.
Section 2
A person professing a bona fide interest in amateur radio shall be eligible for membership.

ARTICLE V MEETINGS

Section 1
The annual meeting of the corporation will be held on the fourth Thursday of December for the election of the officers and the Board of Directors for the fiscal year which begins on January 1 and ends on December 31. If the fourth Thursday of December coincides with the Christmas holiday, the meeting will be held on the third Thursday of December.
Section 2
The regular meetings of the corporation will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month, with the exception of the months of July and August, and shall commence at 7:30pm.
Section 3
Special meetings may be called at any time for attendance of all members. Such call may be made by the President or by written application of six (6) members in good standing.
  1. Notice of such special meeting, stating the purpose for which it is called, shall be sent to each member by mail.
  2. No business shall be transacted at such special meetings other than that for which the meeting was called.
Section 4
Six (6) members in good standing shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at all meetings of this corporation.
Section 5
None but members in good standing and guests shall attend the meetings of the corporation.
Section 6
Unless otherwise ordered, the order of business at all meetings of the members shall be as follows:
  1. Roll call of officers.
  2. Reading of the minutes of the previous meeting.
  3. Reports of officers and committees.
  4. Reading of the correspondence.
  5. Unfinished business.
  6. New business.
  7. Report of financial accounts.
  8. Miscellaneous.

ARTICLE VI Dues

Section 1
The amount of membership dues shall be determined by the officers of the corporation upon the recommendation of the Treasurer. The dues shall be in such an amount as to cover the expenses of the club without incurring a deficit. Dues shall be paid on an annual calendar basis and are payable on January 1st of each year.
  1. Family membership is defined as family members living under the same roof. Dues for additional family members be 25% of the membership dues. The primary family member shall pay full membership dues. The club bulletin will be sent only to the primary family member.
Section 2
The initial dues payment for new members joining between January 1st and September 1st will cover the current year only.

The initial dues payment for new members joining between September 1st and December 31st will cover both the current year and the following year.

Section 3
Upon receiving reliable evidence that a member is unable to pay dues because of hardship, disability or other valid reason, the Board of Directors may, by unanimous vote of the Board members present at any regular Board meeting, excuse same member from paying dues for the current year.
Section 5
Any former member will be immediately reinstated to full membership privileges upon payment of current year dues.

ARTICLE VII AMENDMENTS

Section 1
The By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members present at any regular meeting, provided that such proposed amendments be submitted in writing signed by ten (10) members in good standing at a previous meeting.

ARTICLE VIII

Section 1
The Central Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association, Inc. will own, operate and maintain a 2-meter repeater on 146.37/146.97 MHz.
Section 2
The operation and maintenance of the repeater will be managed by four (4) Trustees. The initial Trustees will be appointed by the Club President at the time this amendment is approved by the club membership.
Section 5
Within the confines of Article VIII of the CMARA By-Laws, the Trustees have exclusive authority to make all decisions regarding the operation and maintenance of the repeater. However, the CMARA Board of Directors shall have the final approval over club funds to be spent on the repeater. Trustee decisions are to be made on a majority vote basis, and accurate records are to be maintained.
Section 6
The repeater will carry the CMARA call-sign.
Section 7
The primary purpose of the repeater is to facilitate emergency and public service communications in the area. General communications are otherwise allowed.
Section 8
The repeater shall forever remain “open” for use by anyone, and no attempt shall ever be made to make this a “closed” or “private” repeater for club members or any other group.
Section 9
The repeater will be operated strictly within the confines of all applicable Federal, State and Local regulations as interpreted by the Trustees. The Trustees shall appoint and maintain a cadre of control operators at their discretion.
Section 10
The equipment associated with and the functions available on this repeater shall never exceed the absolute minimum required for legal, reliable two-way voice communication.
Section 11
Financing for equipment and maintenance shall be the responsibility of CMARA from general funds and voluntary contributions from club members and other interested parties.
Section 12
Financing for equipment and maintenance shall be the responsibility of CMARA from general funds and voluntary contributions from club members and other interested parties.
Section 13
Repeater donations and contributions are to be kept in the CMARA general fund, but accounted for separately and disbursed by the Trustees for repeater use only.
Section 14
Should CMARA be dissolved, then the club Board of Directors at that time will determine the disposition of the repeater.

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