Name & Location
1. The name of this corporation is Turner Timberland ATV Club. Its location and principal office shall be at Turner in the County of Androscoggin, State of Maine.
Section 1. The purpose of this corporation shall be social in nature, to-wit: To own, maintain and operate social and recreation facilities, including but not limited to, clubhouse and ATV trails, for the use and benefit of its members; to encourage good fellowship among its members; to conduct ATV trail rides, and ATV races in accord with applicable law and regulations; to encourage safety and courtesy in ATV riding; and generally in all ways to advance and improve the great sport of ATV riding in all its forms.
To these ends the corporation shall be empowered:
To acquire by gift or purchase, whether in trust or otherwise, to hold, sell, convey, assign, mortgage, or lease any property, real or personal, necessary or incidental to that accomplishments of any of its purposes; to solicit funds, subscriptions, pledges, grants, direct loans or other financial aid and to make any other contract in furtherance of its said purposes; and to such other and further actions as may be necessary for the accomplishment of its said purposes and not inconsistent with specific limitations of its powers hereinafter recited.
PROVIDED, HOWEVER, that the corporation shall not be operated for profit and no part of the net earnings of the corporation shall issue to the benefits of, or be distributable to, its members, trustees, officers or other private persons, partnerships, or corporations; except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distribution in furtherance of its purposes hereinbefore set forth.
PROVIDED, FURTHER, that no substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene (including the publishing of distribution statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
PROVIDED, FURTHER, that notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c)(7) of the Internal Revenue Law, or by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170 (c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).
PROVIDED, FURTHER, that upon the dissolution of the corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after making provisions for the payment of all the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all of the assets of the corporation exclusively for the purposes of the corporation in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as exempt organization or organization under Section 501(c)(7) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Revenue Law),as the Board of Directors shall determine. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Superior Court of the County in which the principal office of the corporation is located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized exclusively for such purposes.
1. Initial Members. Membership in this corporation shall consider initially of the incorporators whose signatures appear on the certificate of organization.
2. Membership is open to any person of good character and in sympathy with the purposes of the corporation upon application to the secretary and payment of one year’s dues.
3. Membership shall consist of three (3) classes:
a. Household membership includes husband and wife and/or couples and
their children under 18 years of age.
4. Powers. Members (18 years of age and older) shall be eligible to vote at all meetings of, and to hold office in, this corporation.
5. The Board of Directors shall establish the qualifications and rights of Associate members.
6. Resignation, Removal. If a member, while operating an ATV or during club activities, violates any law, regulation or commits any act (theft, etc.) which could reflect on the integrity of the corporation, the membership may terminate immediately by a majority vote of the general membership or if his/her annual dues remain unpaid sixty (60) days after bills therefore, are mailed out by the treasurer.
7. Dues. The annual dues for members shall be due on the 1st day of May each year.
Meetings of Membership
1. Annual Meetings. The annual meeting of this corporation for the purpose of electing directors and officers shall be held at regular November membership meetings each year. Such meetings shall be held at some place within the Androscoggin County area designated by officers.
2. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the membership may be called by the President at any time and shall be called by him/her at the written request of two (2) members stating the objective thereof. Upon receipt of such request, the President shall forthwith cause the secretary to issue written notice to the membership stating the time, place and objective of such meeting, which shall be held no later than fourteen (14) days after receipt by the President of request thereof. No business not related to the objective stated in the request shall be transacted.
3. Quorum. A quorum for voting purposes of any meeting of the membership shall be at least ten (10) members of the membership at the time of the call of the meeting; however, a less interest may adjourn the meeting. President does not vote on issues unless needed as a tie breaker.
4. Proxies. No voting by proxy shall be permitted at any meeting of the corporation.
5. Notice. Written notice of a change in the schedule of the regular monthly membership meetings shall be mailed by the secretary to every member at his address last appearing in the corporate records no less than fourteen (14) days before the date fixed for such meetings. Notice shall be deemed given when mailed.
1. Number and Designation. The management and administration of the affairs of this corporation shall be entrusted to six (6) officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Trail Master and Web Master.
2. President. The President shall be the executive and administrative officer of the corporation. He/she shall preside at all meetings of the corporation.
3. Vice-President. The Vice-President shall, in the absence of or disability of the President, have and exercise all the powers of the President. He/she shall have such other and further duties as the President may from time to time prescribe.
4. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep an accurate record of the meeting of the corporation, he/she shall give the notice required by these by-laws of all such meetings. He/she shall notify persons of their elections to or removal from membership, and shall conduct the formal correspondence of this corporation.
a. Assistant Secretary shall preside over if in the absence of the secretary and assist in assigned tasks from time to time.
5. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall keep the accounts and have charge of the funds of this corporation. He/she shall render a written report of the financial condition of this corporation to the membership at its annual meeting.
6. Committees; Absences. The President from time to time may appoint from the membership such committees as in his/her judgment shall be necessary to further the purposes of this corporation. In case of the absence or inability to act of either the Secretary of the corporation or the Treasurer, the President may appoint a Secretary or Treasurer pro tem.
7. Election of Officers. The officers of this corporation shall be elected by the membership at the annual meeting of this corporation. From the nominees for each office, the one receiving the highest number of votes cast shall assume that office. If there is no number than on nominee for each office, the President may waive the requirement of formal balloting and direct the Secretary to cast one ballot for the nominee. The terms of the President and Vice-President shall be one (1) year and the terms of the Secretary and Treasurer shall be one (1) year in length or until their successors are elected. A nominating committee of at least three (3) persons shall be appointed by the President one (1) month prior to the annual meeting with the approval of the Board of Directors.
1. Number, How Elected, Term. The governing body of this corporation shall be a Board of Directors composed of 3, 5 or 7 persons of those elected initially to serve as directors. Board of Directors two (2) years, others one (1) year term and until their successors are elected. In the event of a vacancy on the Board, the membership may choose a person from the membership of the corporation to fill the unexpired term, unless the officers deem a suitable person cannot be found.
2. Meetings. The Directors shall meet at the call of the Chairman of the Board. Special meetings shall be called by the Chairman at the written request of three (3) members stating the objective thereof. Upon receipt of which request, the Chairman shall cause the Secretary to forthwith issue notice to the Directors stating the time, place and objective of such special meeting, which shall by held not later than five (5) days after receipt by the Chairman of request thereof. No business not related to the objective stated shall be transacted.
3. Quorum. A quorum for voting purposes at any meeting of the Directors shall be five (5) members; however, a less interest may adjourn the meeting.
4. Proxies. No voting by proxies shall be allowed at any meeting of the Directors.
5. Notice. Written or telephone notice of all meetings of the Directors shall be given by the Secretary to each director at least five (5) days before the date fixed for such meeting. Notice shall be deemed given when mailed.
Turner Timberland ATV Club does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.
Certificate of Organization
1. The certificate of organization of this corporation and these by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the membership attending the meeting, provided the substance of such amendment has been included in the notice of the meeting.
2. The Board must present all by-law changes to the membership at a regular membership meeting. The recommended changes will be open to discussion at two (2) regular membership meetings and voted upon at the next regular membership meeting.