ARTICLE 1 - SCOPE AND PURPOSE
Admission to membership, rights of membership,
tenure of membership and obligations of membership in Liberty
Maritime shall be entirely to and dependent upon the Provisions
and Exercises of Authority herein conferred by these By-Laws.
All powers of Liberty Maritime conferred
upon it by the virtue of its incorporation shall be executed in
accordance with the provisions of the
The primary goal of Liberty Maritime is
to insure a nonprofit public benefit by the acquisition,
restoration and display of Vietnam-Conflict era, and post
Vietnam-Conflict era, patrol and rescue type watercraft and
C. The secondary goal of Liberty Maritime
is the support of nonprofit youth maritime education groups,
activities and programs.
ARTICLE 2 - MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Qualifications
patrol type craft or their family, friends, modelers of this type
of craft, operators of this type of craft, Sea Scouters assigned
to this type of craft, and those who profess a serious interest
therein may apply for membership.
Any member of the U.S. armed services or Veteran
of the U.S. armed services who were
The board may from time to time place such
additional requirements or restrictions on the qualifications for
membership, as it deems necessary.
Section 2. Applications
A. Applicants for membership may request
membership on a membership request form sent to the National office
in West Sacramento, CA.
B. An application may be procured from
the National Secretary, Board Members or other members.
Section 3. Processing Applications
Once an applicant has filled out an application
they return it to the National office with membership fee. There it
will be reviewed by the Secretary. If all is found to be in order by
the Secretary then membership will be granted.
Section 4. Classes of membership
Liberty Maritime as of the date of 1 June 2000.
Founding Members are those who joined in the
formation of the Liberty Maritime and became members by 12
Charter members are those who were
Regular members are those members stated in
Section 4A and 4B of this article and all other members, who join
pay dues, and subscribe to the duties and regulations of
Honorary membership may be conferred on a member
or non-member by unanimous approval of the Board of Directors.
Honorary membership shall carry all the privileges of regular
membership, except no annual dues shall be required.
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B. Life Membership may be obtained by a member in
good standing 18 years of age or older, upon payment of current Life
Membership fee. Life Membership shall carry all the privileges of
the regular members except no annual dues shall be required.
C. Junior members are regular members who have not
reached their 18 birthday. They have all the rights and privileges
of regular members except of holding office.
Section 5. Duties and Rights of Members
A. Members shall be current in fees and dues. All
memberships shall have an anniversary date of June 1st. If dues are
not paid by August 1st, a thirty-day notice shall be sent. If dues
are not paid by the end of thirty days, membership shall be
Members must abide by Liberty Maritime
Standards as specified by the Board of Directors,
By-Laws and such other policies as the board may
C. Any director, officer or member of Liberty
Maritime that willfully goes against the By-Laws of Liberty
Maritime for the benefit of personal gain or any other reason
shall have their membership revoked and be disallowed association
with Liberty Maritime in any manner thereafter.
D. Any director, officer or member of a supported
group of Liberty Maritime that willfully goes against the
By-Laws of Liberty Maritime for benefit of personal gain or any
other reason shall be removed from their position and shall be
disallowed association with Liberty Maritime in any manner
E. Failure of the supported group to enforce rule
D of Article 2, Section 5 shall cause the termination of support
from Liberty Maritime to the supported group.
Section 6. Complaints
A. All complaints of misconduct of a Director,
Officer or Member of Liberty Maritime, or a Director, Officer
or Member of a supported group must be presented to the Board, in
writing, within two (2) weeks of the incident, to be considered in a
B. Complaints made in writing to the Board will be
acted upon within one (1) month. Decision of the board in final.
C. The Board of Directors may take such action,
legal or otherwise, as necessary, to protect Liberty Maritime
and to enforce its By-Laws including suspension or termination of
D. A person seeking readmission after disciplinary
action must apply to the Chairman at the Board of Directors.
3 - BOARD,
DUTIES, TERM OF OFFICE
Section 1. Board of Directors
A. Liberty Maritime
shall he governed by a Board of Directors. The purpose of this Board
is to insure the goals, purpose and By-Laws of Liberty Maritime
are followed at all times.
B. The Board shall consist of one Chairman
and six (6) members.
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C. Special sessions of the Board may be called by
the Chairman, or three (3) members of the Board together. All Board
members must be notified of a special session of the Board at least
72 hours in advance of the session.
All decisions made by the Board must be made by
a quorum, whether in regular or in special sessions. A
quorum shall be four (4) members.
Section 2. Term of Office
A. The Board will consist of four (4) members of
Liberty Maritime, who are elected by the general membership
every three (3) years, and the three (3) founding members of
Liberty Maritime. Upon the vacating of any Board position,
including founding members, that position shall be filled for the
remainder of the term by a majority vote of the remainder of the
Board, and thereafter will be elected by the general membership.
B. The chairman will be elected by the Board from
a member within the Board for a term of three years.
C. Minutes of all Board meetings must be mailed by
the Secretary to all Board Members within 10 days after such
meeting. Members may request a copy of the minutes by sending a
self-addressed envelope to the Secretary in West Sacramento.
Section 3. Duties of the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall have full power to
manage the business and affairs of Liberty Maritime except
where otherwise provided in these By-Laws.
The Chairman shall chair the meetings of the
Board and vote in the case of a tie. The Chairman shall set
meeting dates, times, and locations and appoint special committees
The Treasurer shall keep account of all funds,
report monthly, or as requested, to the Board and report as
necessary to governmental agencies.
The Secretary shall meet the requirements of
Section 2, paragraph C, oversee general mailings, keep membership
and election records and will report monthly, or as requested, to
The Director of Operations shall oversee and
make decisions regarding the day to day operations of Liberty
Maritime and will report monthly, or as requested, to the
The Chairman, Treasurer or Director of
Operations may approve expenditures not in excess of $500.00 (Five
hundred dollars). The Board must pre-approve any purchase above
C. Any Board Member may dispose of property not in
excess of $500.00 (five hundred dollars). The Board must approve any
disposal of property above this amount before such disposal can be
D. Any donation in excess of $500.00 (five hundred
dollars) value shall be approved by the Chairman, Treasurer or
Director of Operations and any donation in excess of $5000.00 (five
thousand dollars) value shall be reviewed by the Board before
acceptance by Liberty Maritime and issuance of a donation
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ARTICLE 4 - ELECTED OFFICERS
Section 1. Priorities of Office
A. No member shall hold two (2) Offices at the
same time (defined as Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director
of Operations), either elected or appointed, or shall hold two (2)
seats on the board simultaneously.
B. A Member’s election to an office at a National
level shall constitute automatic resignation from any other office.
Section 2. Resignation of Officers
A. Resignation of an Officer from any office of
Liberty Maritime shall be submitted to the Chairman in writing
and shall be subject to acceptance of the Board of Directors.
Section 3. Re-election of Officers
Members shall be eligible for re-election to any
office, except Chairman, at the end of their term.
No member shall be eligible for re-election to
the office of Chairman until three (3) years after ending the
previous full term as Chairman.
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ARTICLE 5 – APPOINTED OFFICERS
Section 1. The Board of Directors shall
appoint a Director of Communications for the publication of
Liberty Maritime, assigning such duties and rcesponsibi1ities as
may be deemed appropriate. The Director of Communications shall
serve for one year from date of appointment and may be
re-appointed from year to year, subject to review by the Board.
Section 2. The Board of Directors may retain
legal counsel to act in behalf of Liberty Maritime in matters
where legal counsel and advice are necessary for the
corporation’s best interest.
ARTICLE 6 - NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
Section 1. Nominations for National Officers
shall be filed with the Secretary (with a copy to the Chairman) no
later than 31 March of an election year. Nomination must be
made with the permission of the nominee.
Section 2. The Secretary shall prepare
the ballot, with provision for write-ins,
to be sent to all members in good standing on 1 June of the election
year. Ballots shall be returned postmarked not later than 15
A. Ballots are to be mailed by the membership
directly to the Secretary. The Secretary will then make a tabulation
of the votes cast. The Secretary will then supply the Chairman and
the Board of the results. A plurality of all valid votes cast shall
decide those elected to office. The Secretary shall notify
immediately the newly elected officers.
B. Officers-elect shall take office at the October
meeting of the election year. Election of Chairman shall take place
at the October meeting and he/she will take office immediately.
ARTICLE 7 - MEETINGS
Section 1. Annual Fiscal Meeting
An annua1 fiscal meeting will be held in February,
at a date and place selected by the Board of Directors.
Section 2. Bi-Monthly Meetings
Bi-Monthly meetings will be held on the first
Friday (or on a date chosen by the Board) in the months of;
February, April, June, August, October and December at 7:OOPM in
West Sacramento, or at a place voted on by the Board.
Section 3. Business of Bi-Monthly Meeting
A. Review past two months activities.
B. Receive reports from Directors of Operations &,
Communications, Secretary, Treasurer, and Chairman.
C. Discuss other matters as needed.
Section 4. Parliamentary Procedure.
Parliamentary Rule as set forth in
"Roberts Rules of Order" shall govern all
meetings of the Board of Directors.
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ARTICLE 8 — FUNDS AND FINANCES
Section 1. The fiscal year shall begin 1 June
of every year.
Section 2. Dues shall be payable 1 June of
Section 3. Application fee shall be determined
by the Board of Directors as deemed appropriate.
Section 4. All monies received shall no
deposited by the Treasurer as per the direction of the Board.
Section 5. The Treasurer and other Officers
shall be bonded as prescribed by the Board of Directors.
Section 6. Accounts of Liberty Maritime
shall be audited annually as directed by the Board of Directors, and
at any other time when the Board of Directors shall deem necessary.
ARTICLE 9 – COMMITTEES
Section 1. Special Committees
A. The Chairman shall appoint such special
committees, as he/she deems necessary: and he/she shall also
determine the number of members to appoint to each committee.
B. Special Committees shall be those committees
temporary in purpose, reason, or convenience. Special Committees
shall consist of a Chairman and other members as appointed by the
Chairman of Liberty Maritime.
C. Special committees shall report to the Liberty
Maritime Chairman as he/she may so direct.
ARTICLE 10 - CORPORATE SEAL
Permission for use of the Liberty Maritime
seal by other than official entities of Liberty Maritime
must be obtained from the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE 11 – RULES AND REGULATIONS
Section 1. All rules and regulations as set
forth by the Board of Directors shall apply to all Liberty
Maritime members, functions, and meetings,
Section 2. Failure of individual members or
groups of members to follow the rules and regulations of Liberty
Maritime may result in disciplinary action of offending members
as determined by Board of Directors.
ARTICLE 12 - AMENDMENTS
Section 1. Amendments to these By-Laws shall
be submitted to a quorum of the full Board of Directors at any
regular or special meeting of the Board or by written request for
consideration the Board of Directors. Upon favorable action by the
Board and notice publication in Liberty Maritime News, the
amendment's) shall be submitted to the entire membership for vote.
If the majority of the ballots returned are affirmative, the
amendment's) shall be approved.
ARTICLE 13 – ADOPTION OF BY-LAWS
These By-Laws shall be become effective 12 April,
2000 as prescribed in regulation governing Amendments, Article 12 of
the By-Laws and published in the Spring 2000 Liberty Maritime
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