This organization, known as the Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club, is
dedicated to the promotion of hiking and related activities, which
enhance the appreciation, understanding, preservation, and enjoyment
of the land, its plants, and wildlife.
ARTICLE I – MEMBERSHIP
|Section I - Eligibility for Membership
To be eligible for membership, the following requirements must be met:
|Section II - Privileges of Membership
A member in good standing shall be entitled to:
|Section III - Termination or Reinstatement of Membership
Membership in the Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club may be terminated and
revoked at any time for just cause (including, but not limited to, violation
and abuse of specific articles, sections, or paragraphs of the club’s
Constitution and By-Laws), or reinstated by action of the Club’s
ARTICLE II – ADMINISTRATION
|Section I - Hiking Club Executive Committee
The affairs of the Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club shall be administered by
an Executive Committee, composed of the elected officers designated in
Section II of this Article, and may include appointed officers at the
discretion of the club members. The Executive Committee shall have full power
in the administration of the affairs and business of the Hiking Club, subject
to the limitations imposed by the Constitution and By-Laws.
At the close of each membership year, the Executive Committee shall, upon special request, be required to present to the general membership of the Hiking Club a report of club activities from the prior year.
|Section II - Elected Officers
The elected officers of this organization shall be President, Vice-President,
Secretary, and Treasurer. The President shall be elected to office at a time
not less than two (2) and not more than four (4) months prior to the start of
his/her term of office, and shall, during the intervening period, serve on the
Executive Committee as “President Elect”.
The President shall be responsible for presiding over all Hiking Club meetings, whenever possible, and any other club functions in need of a leadership role, and shall act as the chief coordinator and chair of the Executive Committee. The President shall act as a primary mediator and coordinator whenever needed, overseeing all committee activities and ensuring that all officers are carrying out their appointed duties, according to the Constitution and By-Laws of the Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club.
The Vice-President shall be responsible for taking over as the next ranking officer and conducting the Hiking Club meetings, in the absence of the club President. The Vice-President shall also act as the club’s focal point for sending out all hiking announcements and notices to everyone on the club’s email list. If the club Secretary cannot, for whatever reasons, maintain the email list, the Vice-President shall make all necessary changes to this list (additions, deletions), as needed.
The Secretary shall be responsible for taking meeting minutes and submitting those minutes and any other necessary reports to the club’s website manager. The Secretary shall also be responsible for maintaining a current roster of all active members in the club, as well as maintaining (making all necessary additions and deletions) the club’s email list.
The Treasurer shall be responsible for accurately maintaining the club’s checking and savings accounts, writing any checks for authorized and legitimate club expenditures and purchases, keeping accurate records of all payments and receipts, collecting annual dues, and reporting the current account balances at Hiking Club meetings.
The highest-ranking officer present shall conduct any meeting in the absence of the above ranking officer.
All elected officers are eligible to vote in the Executive Committee. Motions are passed by majority vote.
|Section III - Terms of Office
The terms of office for all elected officers (President, Vice-President,
Secretary, and Treasurer) shall be one (1) year, commencing on the first
day of January immediately following the election. An incumbent President
or Vice-President may be re-elected to one (1) additional term, but cannot
serve more than two (2) consecutive terms of office. A President who has
served two (2) consecutive terms must remain out of elected office for at
least one year before being eligible to serve again, but may then run for
any elected office.
|Section IV - Appointed Officers
|Section V - Executive Committee Meetings
The Executive Committee, at its discretion, may decide to hold meetings
periodically, at a time and place to be agreed upon by the committee members.
Any member in good standing of the Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club may attend
and may be given voice, but may not vote on deliberations of the Executive
Committee. The Executive Committee meetings may also coincide with the general
|Section VI - Expenditures
The Treasurer may disburse funds of the Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club only
upon authorization of the Executive Committee. Approval of a budget item shall
constitute such authorization, but it shall remain the Treasurer’s duty
to ascertain that all disbursements made under such budget items are for the
purposes intended by the Committee.
|Section VII - Equipment Donations
The club will accept equipment donations such as 2-way
radios, “AA” batteries, maps, hiking guide books, and
other hiking or camping related items that we may have a use for.
All donations must be unconditional.
For example, donated equipment cannot be considered as barter for
membership dues or anything else in return.
Items donated become the property of the Arizona Trailblazers
Hiking Club and cannot be returned to the donor.
ARTICLE III – MEETINGS
There shall be no requirement for regularly scheduled general meetings of the
Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club membership. Special meetings of the Hiking
Club membership may be held at the request of any three (3) members of the
Executive Committee, or upon written request of ten percent (10%) of the
membership. Notice of such meetings shall be posted at least seven (7) days
prior to the meeting.
ARTICLE IV – ELECTIONS
|Section I - General Elections
|Section II - Election of Officers
|Section III - Eligibility for Office
To be eligible for office, a candidate shall be required to have been a member
in good standing of the Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club for a period of at
least six (6) months immediately prior to nomination.
|Section IV - Recall
Any officer, whether elected or appointed, may be recalled (removed from
office) for just cause by a majority vote at a general ballot. A petition
signed by one-third (1/3) of the general membership shall cause such election
to be held within thirty (30) days following receipt of such petition by the
Hiking Club Executive Committee. Any officer or officers named in such
petition shall be suspended from further administration duties, except for
said election. Vacancies created by such recall action shall be filled in
accordance with Section V of this Article, but in the event of a petition for
recall of the entire Hiking Club Executive Committee, an alternative committee
must be submitted for election.
|Section V - Vacancies
Vacancies for unexpired terms of office shall be filled by a majority vote of
the Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club membership.
ARTICLE V – AMENDMENTS
Amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws may be proposed by any member of
the Executive Committee or by written two-thirds (2/3) majority of members in
good standing of the Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club. The Executive Committee
may temporarily pass any amendment by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the
committee members, but any amendment so passed shall remain in force only if
ratified by a majority vote of the club membership at the next following
ARTICLE VI – DISSOLUTION
The Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club may be dissolved at any time by a
majority vote of the members of the club.
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