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CHRISTIAN RIDERS OF PINEVILLE 

Bylaws of The Christian Riders Of Pineville (CROP)

 

Approved: January 27, 2003

Amended /Approved May 7, 2007 **

Amended April 22, 2010 ***

 

 

ARTICLE I - MISSION

 

The Christian Riders Of Pineville is a service organization committed to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and to the spiritual needs of our fellow motorcyclists. We are a group of Christians who enjoy motorcycling. The Christian Bike Riders Of Pineville will endeavor to assist its members to fulfill the preaching of the Gospel to spread the "Good News."

 

ARTICLE 2 – OFFICE **

           

The principle office of "CROP" shall be at P.O. Box 4650, Pineville, Louisiana, 71361.

The church, in which the meetings are held, shall have no direct authority in or over the organization. The role of the church shall be to encourage the ministry, provide spiritual leadership, and provide a meeting space without cost to the membership.

 

ARTICLE 3 - PRELUDE TO MEMBERSHIP

 

1.     We declare Jesus Christ as the Head of our organization, the Holy Spirit as our power and the Word of God as our guide. The Christian Riders Of Pineville is open to all Christians regardless of sex, race, creed or denomination provided the applicant believes:

 

2.     In the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. Matthew 1:23

 

3.     Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16

 

4.     Jesus lived a sinless life. 2nd Corinthians 5:21

 

5.     Jesus’ vicarious death on the cross was for the sins of the world. John 1:29

 

6.     Jesus was bodily resurrected on the third day and now sits at the right hand of God making intercession for believers. 1st Peter 2:23

 

7.     Jesus will come again in the future for His church. 1st Thessalonians 4:16-17

 

8.     Jesus is the only name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

   

ARTICLE 4 - MEMBERSHIP

 

1.     FULL MEMBERSHIP

 

A.   Members need not own or ride a motorcycle to be a member. Members should have an interest in CROP, its purpose, and sport motorcycling.  All brands of motorcycles are welcome.

 

B.   To become a member you must first qualify for membership: ** ***

 

i.        Be an Associate/Prospect member in good standing and must apply for full membership.

ii.      Must attend a minimum of three meetings and two club rides in a five month period.

a.        If Associate/Prospect member cannot attend the required meetings due to documented work issues then he/she has to have ridden/served the club for over a sixth month period.

iii.    A vote will then be held when the qualifications have been met.

iv.    Pay member club dues.

 

C.   A member may participate in all club functions.

 

D.   A member has the right to vote on any club issue at any meeting where a vote has been called.

 

E.    Only full CROP members can hold offices.

 

F.    Each member must hold harmless the meeting church for any activity associated with the CROP.

 

2.     ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP (Wives or others living in the same household as a full member) **

 

A.   An associate member is one that qualifies for membership and has paid the associate member club dues.

 

B.   An associate member can participate in all club events.

 

C.   An associate member is welcome to any club meetings but cannot vote on any issues.

 

D.   Associate members may not be nominated nor may they hold an office in the CROP

 

E.    Associate member must meet the requirements of a “Full Membership” section B in order to apply for full member standing in CROP.

 

F.    Spouse of a CROP Full member may wear the patch if they are in good standing as an associate member. **

 

3.     PROSPECT MEMBERSHIP **

 

A.   A prospect member is one that qualifies for membership and has paid the prospect member club dues.

 

B.   A prospect member can participate in all club events.

 

C.   A prospect member is welcome to any club meetings but cannot vote on any issues.

 

D.   Prospect members may not be nominated nor may they hold an office in the CROP

 

F.    Prospect member must meet the requirements of a “Full Membership” section B in order to apply for full member standing in CROP.

 

 

4.     MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

 

A.   CROP will hold at least one meeting monthly. Meeting to be held on the 1st Monday of each month. Members of less than four attending will not constitute a quorum.

 

5.     SPECIAL MEETINGS.

 

A.   The Crop Board of Directors may call special meetings. The board shall cause a notice of such meeting to be phone called, e-mailed, or postal mailed to all members to their addresses as they appear in the membership roll book at least ten days before the scheduled date of such meeting. Such notice shall state the date, time, place and purpose of the meeting and by whom called.

 

B.   No other business but that specified in the notice may be transacted at such special meeting without the consent of the Board of Directors present at such meeting.

 

6.     MEMBERSHIP DUES.

 

A.   The membership dues cover the right to use the advantages that the club provides its members.

 

B.   Full Membership dues are $20.00 per year payable when a member joins the club, payable annually.

 

C.   Associate Membership (others living in the same household as a full member) dues are $5 per year payable when a member joins the club, payable annually.

 

D.   Prospect Membership dues are $5 per year payable when a member joins the club, payable annually.

 

E.    Dues are payable each year in January.

 

 

 

ARTICLE 5 — PURPOSE

 

The purposes for which CROP has been organized are as follows:

 

1.      The Christian Riders Of Pineville is an organization tending to the spiritual needs of motorcyclists.

 

2.      There are a lot of Christian motorcyclists around the world who would like to be able to do things with other Christian motorcyclists. There are all kinds of motorcycle events that we can participate in as spectators or as participants, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.

 

3.      The CROP promotes fellowship and evangelism between motorcyclists, whether members of CROP or not.

 

4.      The CROP members will strive to know its members, to assist where possible in life’s struggles, to encourage one another, and to love one another as Christ has loved us.

 

5.      The people gathered in the association will have the opportunity to talk about new products, motorcycles, and items of general interest.

 

6.      CROP will hold at least one and possibly more than one annual rally at the local level where a majority of the membership can gather in one place.

 

7.      Each member is, at his/her own risk, entitled to use the services of CROP for the purpose of meeting other motorcyclists and share the passion of being on two wheels in service to Jesus Christ.

 

8.      Engage in religious activities, community charities, actions, gatherings, including, but not limited to, social programs designed to promote motorcycling, motorcycle riding safety, promotion of the image of the motorcyclist.

 

 

ARTICLE 6- OFFICES

 

1.     OFFICES, ELECTION, TERM, AND QUALIFICATIONS.

 

A.    All officers shall be elected or appointed to hold office.  Each officer shall hold office for the term of one year for which he/she is elected or appointed and until his/her successor has been elected and/or appointed and qualified.  No compensation is due any board member.

 

B.    Special event chairpersons serve at the pleasure of the Board of Directors and may be removed at any time for any purpose by a majority vote of the Board.

 

C.    Only Full members may hold an office.

 

D.    Elections to be held each January. Nominations to be forwarded to the membership not later than first scheduled meeting in December. A committee may select nominations during the month of November each year.

 

E.    Elections to the Board Of Directors are held annually during the January meeting.

 

2.     REMOVAL, RESIGNATION.

 

A.    In the event of the death, resignation or removal of an officer, the board in its discretion may elect or appoint a successor to fill the un-expired term. The removal of a board member may be required in the event of that officer missing three (3) regular scheduled meeting in a row.

 

B.   Removal of an individual member shall require the Board Of Directors to appoint a minimum of two full members to approach the offending member and ask for an accounting of the accusations against him / her. In the event the circumstances surrounding the member cannot be resolved, the matter must be brought before the Board Of Directors for resolution.

 

3.     BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

A.   PRESIDENT

 

a.   Shall preside over all meetings of the CROP.

 

b.   Coordinates and provides assistance to all offices.

 

c.   Eligible to vote, only in the case of a tie.

 

B.   VICE PRESIDENT

 

a.   Shall act in the capacity of the President in the event his/her absence.

 

C.   TREASURER

 

a.   Maintain club checking account.

 

b.   Shall maintain an accurate current record of the club finances.

 

c.    Provide regular financial statements for CROP Board and members

 

d.   Pay all legally payable responsibilities on behalf of CROP at the direction of the Board of Directors

 

e.   Collect all money from dues, merchandise, advertisers, or other financial supporters

 

f.    Reimburse CROP members for approved club expenses.

 

g.   Establish an annual budget for expenses.

 

D.   CHAPLAIN

 

a.   Provide spiritual leadership to the CROP. 

 

b.   Provide Bible study, prayer support, and oversee the spiritual needs of the CROP.

 

c.   Lead in Bible Studies at designated rallies and membership meetings.

 

 

E.    ROAD CAPTAIN

 

a.   The Road Captain is responsible to establish the ride, design the trip, stops, and lead all riders in a safe manner. 

 

b.    Prior to each ride, the Road Captain shall brief all riders on the current safety laws, hand signals to be used, rider intervals, highways used, appoints the Drag Captain, and designation of the ride.
 

c.   The Lead Road Captain shall be responsible to the group and minister discipline, as needed.

 

F.    ADDITIONAL DUTIES OF ALL BOARD MEMBERS

 

a.   Provide spiritual, evangelistic, prayer, and administrative support to CROP. 

 

b.   Lead by example at all times to all members, being key representatives of Jesus Christ on earth. 

c.    Be aware of members physical, emotional, and spiritual needs communicating the same as needed to the Board or other members. 

d.   Provide prayer support for CROP and its members and its leaders.

 

e.   Coordinate national rallies, merchandise, activities, and other administrative tasks as assigned by the Board of Directors.
 

f.   To make decisions on member expulsions. 

 

g.    Establishing an annual CROP budget. 

 

h.   Approve expenditures above budgeted amounts.
 

i.    To have general control over all club affairs.

 

 

 

ARTICLE 7- OTHER CHAPTERS-ORGANIZATIONS

 

1.     CROP will promote and encourage other churches and organizations to form similar organization chapters to broaden the scope of reaching the unsaved. Some of the possible joint chapter activities are as follows:

 

2.     Joint rides through the countryside.

 

3.     Weekend trips.

 

4.     Rides to participate in and/or watch motorcycle competitions.

 

5.     Road Rallies.

 

6.     Charity runs organized by other parties.

 

7.     Distribution of CROP flyers, Bibles, or tracts.

 

8.     Bible Studies.

 

9.     Just plain old Fellowshipping.

 

 

 

ARTICLE 8- AMENDMENTS

 

1.     The by-laws may be adopted, amended or repealed by the board at the annual meeting or at a special meeting called to amend the bylaws.  Only one special meeting may be called for in any given year.

 

2.     All amendments to these bylaws will be written in a clear manner. All amendments will be treated as if they are a part of the original bylaws draft.

 

ARTICLE 9- FINANCE

 

1.     There shall be a checking account in the name of CROP.

 

2.     The President, Vice President, and Treasurer have check signing authority on the account.

 

3.     A check shall require two authorized signatures.

 

4.     The Treasurer is the owner of the checking account.

 

5.     Each time the offices of the President, Vice President, and/or Treasurer change, the checking account will be immediately changed to eliminate the check signature authority of the previous officers and to add the signature authority of the new officers.

 

  1. The CROP Board of Directors must approve any revenue generating activity at the local level. This includes, but is not limited to, annual dues, special fund raisers, charity runs, etc…

 

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APPLICATION TO CHRISTIAN RIDERS OF PINEVILLE

 

NAME:         ____________________________________

ADDRESS: ____________________________________

CITY:         ____________________________________

PHONE:         ____________________________________

E-MAIL:  ____________________________________

M/C MAKE: ____________________________________

Liability Clause
It is a condition of membership that the club cannot assume responsibility for any aspect of a member’s safety, and fully understands the club is not responsible for any Club event theft or injury.

If a member participates in any ride, rally, meeting, or special event (hereinafter known as Club event), the member assumes all risk.

Members must agree to not sue the club for any injury resulting from attending any ride, rally, meeting, or special event hosted by the club.

Members must voluntarily sign a riding liability statement, release/waiver.

Any guest of a member must also adhere to the aforesaid conditions.

Signature below constitutes an understanding of the conditions cited above and the responsibility assumed by the individual rider. 

__________________________ ______________

    Signature                                     Date

CROPMC * Pineville, La * US *

 

APPLICATION TO CHRISTIAN RIDERS OF PINEVILLE

 

NAME:         ____________________________________

ADDRESS: ____________________________________

CITY:         ____________________________________

PHONE:         ____________________________________

E-MAIL:  ____________________________________

M/C MAKE: ____________________________________

Liability Clause
It is a condition of membership that the club cannot assume responsibility for any aspect of a member’s safety, and fully understand the club is not responsible for any Club event theft or injury.

If a member participates in any ride, rally, meeting, or special event (hereinafter known as Club event), the member assumes all risk.

Members must agree to not sue the club for any injury resulting from attending any ride, rally, meeting, or special event hosted by the club.

Members must voluntarily sign a riding liability statement, release/waiver.

Any guest of a member must also adhere to the aforesaid conditions.

Signature below constitutes an understanding of the conditions cited above and the responsibility assumed by the individual rider.

 

__________________________ ______________

    Signature                                     Date

CROPMC * Pineville, La * US *