REGIONAL EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS & WEATHER ASSOCIATION
R. E. C. W. A
The RECWA Constitution
We, the undersigned, wishing to secure for ourselves the pleasures and benefits of an
Association of persons commonly interested in Public Safety and Emergency Communications
and Amateur Radio, constitute ourselves the Regional Emergency Communications and Weather Association and enact this constitution as our governing law.
It will be our purpose to further the exchange of information and cooperation between members, to promote radio knowledge, fraternalism and individual operating efficiency, and to so
conduct club programs and activities as to advance the general interest and welfare of
Amateur Radio in the community.
Membership: Article I
All persons interested in Amateur Radio communications will be eligible for
membership. Membership will be by application and election upon such terms as the
club will provide in its By-Laws.
Officers: Article II
Sec. 1. The officers of this club will be President, Vice President, Secretary and
Sec. 2. The officers of this club will be elected for a term of one year by ballot of
the members present, provided there is a quorum, at the annual meeting.
Sec. 3. Vacancies occurring between elections must be filled by special elections
at the first regular meeting following the withdrawal or resignation.
Sec. 4. Officers may be removed by a three fourth vote of the membership.
Duties of Officers: Article III
Sec. 1. The President will preside at all meetings, and conduct them according to
the rules adopted. He or she will enforce due observance of this Constitution and By-Laws; decide all questions of order; Sign all official documents adopted by the club, and perform all other duties pertaining to the office of President.
Sec. 2. The Vice President will assume all the duties of the President in his/her
absence. In addition, he or she will organize club activities, plan and recommend contests for operating benefits, and advance club interest and activity as approved by the club. He or she will maintain close liaison with the ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator to further club participation in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service.
Sec. 3. The Secretary will keep a record of the proceedings of all meetings, keep
a roll of members, submit membership applications, carry on all correspondence, read communications at each meeting, and mail written meeting notices to each member. At the expiration of his/her term he or she will turn over all items belonging to the club to his/her successor.
Sec. 4. The Treasurer will receive and receipt for all moneys paid to the club;
keep an accurate account of all moneys received and expended; pay no bills without proper authorization (by the club or its officers constituting a business committee). At the end of each quarter he or she will submit an itemized statement of disbursements and receipts. At the end of his/her term he or she will turn over everything in his/her possession belonging to the club to his/her successor.
Meetings: Article IV
The By-Laws will provide for regular and special meetings. At meetings, a minimum of one third of the membership will constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
Dues: Article V
The club, by majority vote of those present at any regular meeting, may levy upon
the general membership such dues or assessments as will be deemed necessary for the
business of the organization. Nonpayment of such dues or assessments will be cause for
expulsion from the club within the discretion of the membership.
Membership Assistance: Article VI
The club, through designated interference, Public Relations, and Operating
Committees will provide technical advice to members concerning equipment design and
operation to assist in frequency observance, clean signals, uniform practice, and absence
of spurious radiation's from club member stations. The club will also maintain a
program to foster and guide public relations.
Amendments: Article VII
This constitution or By-Laws may be amended by a two third vote of the total
membership. Proposals for amendments will be submitted in writing at a regular meeting
and will be voted on at the next following regular meeting, provided all members have
been noticed by mail of the intent to amend the constitution and/or By-Laws at said
The Constitution and Bylaws have been submitted to the ARRL with our application.
Robert's Rules will govern proceedings.
By-Laws: of Regional Emergency Communications and Weather Association
1. Secretary. It will be the duty of the Secretary to keep the constitution and
By-Laws of the club and have the same with him/her at every meeting. He or she
will note all amendments, changes and additions on the constitution and will permit
it to be consulted by members upon request.
2. Membership. Full membership is open to licensed amateurs. Associate membership is open to those actively engaged in a class leading to an Amateur Radio license and all other interested persons. Full membership includes all club privileges as well as rights to hold a club office and to vote for club officers. Associate membership includes all club privileges except for the right to hold office and vote for club officers. Applications for membership will be submitted at regular meetings.
3. Meetings. Regular meetings will be held on the 3rd Saturday of each calendar
month. Special meetings may be called by the President upon the written request of any five club members. Notices will be sent to members concerning special meetings and the business to be transacted. Only such business as designated will be transacted. Such notices will be sent so that they arrive not less than 24 hours before the meeting.
4. Dues. A regular monthly assessment of $ 8.00 per member is hereby assessed in
accordance with the provisions of Article V of the constitution for the purpose of
providing funds for expenses.
5. An interference committee. This committee will consist of five members (appointed by the club President). The committee will direct investigation, invite proper inquires, establish technical facts and testimony and report its results to the club.
(Additional By-Laws may provide for technical, program, publicity and other committees, Or other rules provisions not provided for in this constitution ).