Constitution

Article I – Name and Purpose

Section 1.  Name

The name of this organization shall be the Bobcat Amateur Radio Club (BARC).

The assigned call sign, WB4RGC, as issued by the Federal Communications Commission, shall be used for all applicable communications and identification, as required.

Section 2.  Purpose

The purpose of the Amateur Radio Club is to:

  1. Provide a forum for students to share amateur radio and its value to the general public as a non-commercial voluntary communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.
  1. Provide members with support for their educational, technical, experimental, and other electronic- and radio-related activities.
  1. Provide members with the resources to successfully obtain a valid Amateur Radio license.
  1. Educate members and interested parties regarding the uses and responsibilities of Amateur Radio.
  1. Continue and extend the amateur’s proven ability to advance the radio art and enhance international goodwill.
  1. Provide members with the opportunity to use the College’s amateur radio station equipment for the purpose of classroom instruction and communication with other amateur radio stations.

Article II – Membership

Section 1.  Eligibility

  • Student Membership is open to currently registered and eligible students at Georgia College & State University.
  • Employee Membership is open to Georgia College & State University faculty and staff and retired faculty and staff.
  • Alumni Membership is open to any graduate of Georgia College & State University, including previous names of the institution.
  • Honorary and Community Membership may be awarded by the organization to individuals who have demonstrated excellence in Amateur Radio in the community and continued support for the organization.
  • Membership is not restricted or dependent on those individuals who currently possess an amateur radio license.
  • Membership shall not be denied to any individual on the basis of gender, race, sexual orientation, or religion.

Section 2.  Voting Members

Voting members will be defined as student, employee, and alumni members that have attended at least two (2) official club meetings.

Section 3.  Dues

The club, by majority vote of those present at any regular meeting, may levy upon the general membership such dues or assessments as shall be deemed necessary for the business of the organization. Non-payment of such dues or assessments shall be cause for expulsion from the club within the discretion of the membership.

Article III – Officers

Section 1.  Officers

The officers of the Amateur Radio Club will be president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.  All officers must be either Student, Employee, or Alumni Members.

Section 2.  Eligibility

Eligibility for office is qualified as follows:

  • The candidate must have been a member for at least one (1) semester, unless membership levels decline where this is not feasible.
  • The candidate must be qualified according to university policy for participation in co-curricular activities and clubs.

Section 3.  Terms of office

The officers shall be elected for a term of one (1) academic year, including the summer semester.  The term will start at the beginning of the Fall Semester.

Section 4.  Elections

Elections will be held at the end of the Spring Semester, during a period from the end of March to the first week of May.

Section 5.  Duties of the officers

Advisor:

The advisor(s) shall be a Georgia College & State University faculty or staff member or alumnus that oversees the authority of the Amateur Radio Club.  The advisor must hold a valid amateur radio license of Technician class or higher.  (See Article V)

President:

The president shall be the principle executive officer and shall have the following duties:

  • Call, preside over, and adjourn all meetings.
  • Call special meetings, as required.
  • Schedule all activities of the Amateur Radio Club.
  • Appoint any temporary committees or officers, as needed.
  • Perform other duties as required by the Advisor.

Vice-President:

The vice president shall assume the duties of the president in the event of the president’s absence.  In addition, the vice president shall have the following duties:

  • Serve as the liaison for the university and the Student Government Association.
  • Assist the president in the execution of his or her duties.

Secretary:

The secretary shall have the following duties:

  • Keep a current roster listing all members.
  • Keep a record of all activities of the club.
  • Maintain minutes of all club meetings.
  • Notify all members of upcoming meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the President or Advisor.

Treasurer:

The treasurer shall maintain the financial records for the club and distribute necessary reports to its members.  In addition, the treasurer will be responsible for drafting the annual budget for the club.

Section 5.  Vacancies of office

In the event of a vacancy in the office of the president, the vice president shall assume the duties of the president until the next regular election.

In the event of a vacancy in any other office, the president may temporarily appoint a person to fill the position until an election can be held.

Section 6.  Power

Power is granted to the Advisor to oversee all appointees to the office.

Section 7.  Removal of officers

Grounds for the removal of an officer include, but are not limited to:

  • Violation of college policy
  • Failure to perform the duties required of the office
  • Failure to comply with local, state, and/or FCC laws and regulations.

A two-thirds majority of voting members present at a meeting is required for removal of an officer.

Article IV – Meetings

Section 1.  Schedule

Meetings for the purpose of business and non-business shall be scheduled by the president at least once per calendar year, preferably each semester.

Section 2.  Quorum

A quorum at business meetings shall consist of a two-thirds majority of voting members, or at least 3 voting members, whichever is greater.

Article V – Advisor

The advisor shall oversee all operations of the club and advise as needed.  The advisor to the Amateur Radio Club must be:

  • Faculty or staff member or alumnus of Georgia College & State University.
  • A currently licensed amateur radio operator as defined by the Federal Communications Commission holding a Technician class license or higher.
  • Trustee of the Amateur Radio Club as defined by the Federal Communications Commission and Amateur Radio Relay League.

Article VI – Affiliation and Policies

The Bobcat Amateur Radio Club shall operate in accordance with all rules and regulations set forth by the Federal Communications Commission as defined in Part 97.

The Bobcat Amateur Radio Club will operate in full accordance with the policies of Georgia College & State University as defined in the Student Catalog and Handbook.  This includes, but is not limited to, policies concerning discrimination and conduct.

Article VII – Ratification and Amendment

Section 1. Ratification

The constitution must be ratified by a two-thirds majority of the full membership.

Section 2.  Amendment

The constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of the full membership.

 

Updated February 6, 2017