BYLAWS OF OREGONROCKETRY A NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION

Revision History:
  • January 2010 [Krausert] As per election results Section VI; changed director positions to six, from five Section VII; added Promotions Director position Section XI; added sanction primary insurance coverage

ARTICLE I: ORGANIZATION

The name of the organization shall be OregonRocketry.

ARTICLE II: PURPOSES

The purpose of OregonRocketry is to promote the advancement of model, sport and amateur rocketry; to provide educational services relating to rocketry and aerospace sciences; and to provide a forum for the exchange of information among members, rocketry enthusiasts, and the general public.

ARTICLE III: MEMBERS

The Corporation shall have members. Membership shall be open to the public. Initial membership classes shall be as follows: 1) Individual memberships. Individual members shall have one vote and all range fees waived. 2) Family memberships. A family is defined as one adult, or two cohabiting adults, and dependant children. For voting purposes, a family membership shall constitute one vote. Range fees are waived for all family members. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to modify the membership classes.

ARTICLE IV: DUES

Dues shall be annual based on the calendar year. The Board of Directors shall determine the dues for all membership classes.

ARTICLE V: MEETINGS

The annual meeting of this organization shall be held on the second Thursday of January each and every year except if such day is a legal holiday, then and in that event, the Board of Directors shall fix the day but it shall not be more than two weeks from the date stated above in this section. Excepting January, regular meetings of the Board of Directors will be on the first Thursday of every month, except if such day is a legal holiday, then and in that event, the Board of Directors shall fix the day but it shall not be more than two weeks from the date stated above in this section. The regular meetings are open to the public. The Board of Directors may call for special meetings, if needed. Notice of the annual meeting and of any special meeting shall be provided to any person entitled to vote by mail service at least 10 business days prior to such meeting, unless such notice is waived by the person entitled thereto.

ARTICLE VI: BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The business of this organization shall be managed by a Board of Directors consisting of six members, who are also the officers of this organization. At least one of the directors elected shall be a resident of the State of Oregon and a citizen of the United States. The directors/officers to be chosen for the ensuing year shall be chosen at the annual meeting of this organization and they shall serve for a term of one year. The Board of Directors shall have the control and management of the affairs and business of this organization. Such Board of Directors shall only act in the name of the organization when it shall be regularly convened by its chairman after due notice to all the directors and members of such meeting. A majority of the members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum. Each director shall have one vote and such voting may not be done by proxy. The Board of Directors may make such rules and regulations covering its meetings as it may in its discretion determine necessary. Vacancies in the Board of Directors shall be filled by a vote of the majority of the remaining members of the Board of Directors for the balance of the year. The President of the organization by virtue of his office shall be Chairman of the Board of Directors. A director/officer may be removed when sufficient cause exists for such removal. A recall referendum shall be called by a vote of two-thirds of the Board of Directors, or a petition submitted by no less than one-third of the total membership. A vote of two-thirds of the membership will be required for recall.

ARTICLE VII: OFFICERS

The initial officers of the organization shall be as follows: President: The President shall preside at all meetings. The President shall by virtue of office be Chairman of the Board of Directors. The President shall present at each annual meeting of the organization an annual report of the work of the organization. The President shall see all books, reports and certificates required by law are properly kept or filed. The President shall be one of the officers who may sign the checks or drafts of the organization. The President shall have such powers as may be reasonably construed as belonging to the chief executive of any organization. Secretary: The Secretary shall keep the minutes and records of the organization in appropriate books. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to file any certificate required by any statute, federal or state. The Secretary shall give and serve all notices to members of this organization. The Secretary shall be the official custodian of the records of this organization. The Secretary shall be one of the officers who may sign the checks and drafts of the organization. The Secretary shall submit to the Board of Directors any communications which shall be addressed to the Secretary of the organization. The Secretary shall attend to all correspondence of the organization and shall exercise all duties incident to the office of Secretary. Treasurer: The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of all monies belonging to the organization and shall be solely responsible for such monies or securities of the organization. The Treasurer shall cause to be deposited in a regular bank, credit union or trust company all funds of the organization except those needed for small cash transactions or that the Board of Directors may cause to be invested in such investments as shall be legal for a non-profit corporation in this state. The Treasurer must be one of two officers who shall sign checks or drafts of the organization. No special fund may be set aside that shall make it unnecessary for the Treasurer to sign the checks issued upon it. The Treasurer shall render at stated periods as the Board of Directors shall determine a written account of the finances of the organization and such report shall be physically affixed to the minutes of the Board of Directors of such meeting. The Treasurer shall exercise all duties incident to the office of Treasurer. Launch Director: The Launch Director shall have responsibility for securing all necessary permits, waivers and notifications for OregonRocketry launches. This shall include FAA waivers/notification and landowner permission. The Launch Director, in cooperation with the Range Safety Officer Coordinator, shall have final say in all launch activities. Range Safety Officer Coordinator: The Range Safety Officer Coordinator (RSOC) shall be the senior safety officer at all OregonRocketry activities. The RSOC will be responsible for compliance with regulations and policies of the National Association of Rocketry, Tripoli Rocketry Association and the National Fire Protection Association. The RSOC shall ensure staffing of safety and launch control positions at OregonRocketry launches and develop a pool of qualified Launch Control Officers and Range Safety Officers for those positions. The RSOC, in cooperation with the Launch Director, shall have final say in all launch activities. Promotions Director: Responsible for club and launch promotions, through various forms of media. Responsible for for promotional flyers and posters for events and communications.

ARTICLE VIII: COMPENSATION

The Board of Directors and officers shall serve without compensation.

ARTICLE IX: COMMITTEES

The Board of Directors shall appoint all committees of this organization. The term of office for such committees shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE X: ELECTIONS

Elections for the Board of Directors shall occur by mail. Ballots shall be mailed to the membership no less than 30 days prior to the annual meeting. Ballots must be returned in signed and sealed envelopes to the corporation's registered agent by U.S. Postal Service, or in person at the annual meeting. Opening and counting of ballots shall occur at the beginning of the annual meeting.

ARTICLE XI: NATIONAL AFFILIATIONS

OregonRocketry is affiliated with the National Association of Rocketry as Oregon Rocketry Enthusiasts Organization (OREO) Section 555 and with Tripoli Rocketry Association as Tripoli Portland 049. The President of OREO and the Prefect of Tripoli Portland are considered permanent advisors to the Board of Directors. Membership in a national organization is not necessary for OregonRocketry membership. Members of the Board of Directors may also serve as OREO President or Tripoli Portland Prefect. All launch events held at the Brothers Oregon and Sheridan Oregon launch sites are sanctioned by Tripoli Rocketry Association. All launch events held at the Wilsonville Memorial Park launch site are sanctioned by National Association of Rocketry.

ARTICLE XII: AMENDMENTS

Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed by a majority of the Board of Directors or by a petition of one-third of the total membership. The date of elections for amendments to these bylaws shall be determined by the Board of Directors. Elections for amendments to these bylaws shall be held in the same manner as elections for the Board of Directors. Amendments shall be approved by an affirmative vote of not less than two-thirds of the current membership of the organization. Ratified: January 3, 2002