MOTORCYCLE RIGHTS ASSOCIATION (MRA)
Adopted: Febuary 29, 1976
Section 1 Name
The name of the association shall be known as "MOTORCYCLE
RIGHTS ASSOCIATION" and offically be abbreviated as "MRA".
Section 2 Purpose
The general purpose of the MRA is to form an united association
for improving and protecting the rights and well being of motorcycle riders,
and improving relations with the non motorcycle driving public.
Section 1 Membership
A. Chater Member - Any member who has completed the membership
application and paid the membership fee before May 1, 1976 shall be Chapter
Members of the MRA
B. Member - Membership will be granted to persons18 years of
age or older, upon completion of membership applacation, payment of membership
fee and approval of officers.
C. Associate Member - Persons not meeting requirements for membership
will be granted associate membership, upon being sponsored by a member, payment
by membership fee and approval of officers.
D. Honorary - Any person who has commended themselves to the
esteem of the MRA and elected by a majority vote shall be granted honorary
Section 2 Membership Fees
A membership fee of $ 2.00 will be paid by all members and
associate members. Fee includes the cost of membership card and patch.
Section 3 Membership Renewal
Membership will be renewed annually from 1 March through March.
Section 4 Meetings
A. Monthly - Monthly meetings will be held the first Sunday
of each month.
B. Special - Special meetings of the members may be called by
the President or by a majority of the officers.
C. Change of Meetings - Meeting dates can be changed by the
President or by a majority of officers as necessary.
Section 1 Voting
A. Voting rights will be held by members in attendance only.
B. Voting for new officers shall be conducted in accordance
with Article V, Section 3.
C. General voting for MRA business shall require a simple majority
by open vote.
D. Change in MRA Constitution shall require a 2/3 majority by
Section 1 Election of Officers
The members shall elect from the membership a President, Vice
President, Secretary and Treasurer. Any member with a minimum of Six months
in the association and in good standing shall be eligible to hold office.
The offices of Secretary and Treasurer must be held by a person who anticipates
Section 2 Resignation of Officers
In the event that the President shall resign or become unable
to hold office before the end of his/her term, the Vice President will assume
the office of the President. In the event that the Vice President, Secretary
or Treasurer shall resign or become unable to hold office prior to the end
of their term, a new election will be held to fill the vacant office. This
election will be held within four (4) weeks at a regularly scheduled meeting
by a simple majority vote of the membership by secret ballot.
Section 3 Election Procedures
Election of officers shall be held at the monthly meeting in
April. Nominations shall be taken from the floor. All officers shall be elected
by a simple majority by secret ballot.
Section 1 Duties of the President
The President shall preside at all meetings of the members,
and shall perform the duties pertaining to this office; to lead and inspire
leadership in the other association officers so as to have a successful administration.
Be able to state a position or make a decision concerning association business
which does not require a vote but must bring all decisions to the association
before taking action. Be aware of association attitude, so as to be able to
represent the association in all matters that arise with confidence of the
membership. Take advantage of situtations and suggestions, so as to improve
and advance the associations prestige and honor. He may call specail meetings
of the members under the provisions of Article II, Paragraph B. He shall accept
and carry out all responsibilities as President and Chief Executive of the
Association. He is a non voting member execpt in the case of a ties.
Section 2 Duties of the Vice President
In the absence of the President the duties usually pertaining
to that office shall be performed by the Vice President. He may also perform
other duties as directed by the President.
Section 3 Duties of the Secretary
The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the members and shall
record all minutes and votes in a book kept for that purpose. He/She shall
give all notices of special meetings of the members and shall perform all
duties incident to this office as required by the President. He/She will keep
roll of all associate members.
Section 4 Duties of the Treasurer
The Treasurer shall attend all meetings of the members and shall
maintain an up-to-date record of all monies, debts, and obligations belonging
to the association. He/She shall receive all payments to the association and
make all payments of association debts. All contracts, checks, drafts, notes
or other orders for payment of maone shall be signed in the name of the Treasurer
and countersigned by the President or Vice President. He/She shall give bond
at the associations expense if required by law. He/She will not write checks
Section 1 Activities
The activities of the association shall be planned by the member
responsible for them.
Section 2 Appointment of Committees
The President shall appoint such committees as he finds desirable
from time to time, and shall outline the duties and repsonsibilites of such
committees. All reports or actions taken by the committee must be voted on
by members present.
Section 1 Fiscal Year
The fiscal year of the association shall begin on April 1st
and end on the last day of March of the succeeding year.
MRA Constitution is presented here for historial reference;
the MRA merged into ABATE of South Carolina in the late 70's.