CONSTITUTION & BY-LAWS
ROAD KNIGHTS AUT CLUB, INC.
ARTICLE I. NAME AND EMBLRM
A. Road Knights Auto Club, Inc. of Peekskill, New York
B. Emblems and Logos shown above
C. The phrase “collector car: when used, will mean all manner of vehicles of
interest to the membership and “club” shall refer to Road Knights.
D. The term “Board of Officers: shall refer to all elected members of the
Road Knights Auto Club and the term “Board of Directors” shall refer
to the four elected Board Members and the Past President position of Board Member (total of five officers)
ARTICLE II. OBJECTIVES
A. To promote interest in various forms of street-rodding, classic and
vintage automobiles and activities pertaining to such automobiles.
B. To create good friendship and sportsmanship between members.
C. To uphold the principles of good government procedures.
D. To conduct club functions and activities in a manner befitting members of
The automobile sport and to encourage a better understanding of such activities as street-rodding as a constructive sport among members of the public, the press and the Law Enforcement Community.
E. To promote safe driving, proper automotive maintenance and care and
to support high standards of overall vehicle operation.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
A. Any person, sixteen years of age or older, interested in automotive
activities (vehicle ownership not required) is eligible for membership.
B. New applicants undergo a Ten (10) meeting “trial” period (see article IV).
During which time they become familiar with the Club Objectives and it’s
members. The applicants’ membership in the Road Knights can be put to a
vote (see III.a) at the end of the 10th regular business meeting of the
Individuals “trial” period. No less than 2/3 of the club membership
present at any regular Business Meeting (see article VIII) must vote in the affirmative in order for the applicant to be accepted.
C. The club reserves the right to deny membership and / or membership
applications to anyone deemed to be of unsuitable character. The obligation on the part of the club shall be under the authority of the Board of Directors and they shall conduct and review necessary in order to maintain the integrity of the membership.
D. The policy of the Club is not to discriminate against applicants or
members on the basis of race, color or national or ethnic origin, or
E. Members are required to attend a minimum of Ten (10) meetings per
calendar year. Five (5) of those meetings must be made before July 1.
Attendance at the Official Annual Car Show is mandatory. Each member
will provide sponsors for this show in accordance with club rules.
(Minimum sponsorship amount shall equal $50.00) Failure to observe the
aforementioned rules may result in forfeiture of membership in the Road
Knights Auto Club. In such a case, any reinstatement shall be as a new
member in accordance with Article III, Section B. Of the Constitution and By-Laws.
F. Members who have valid reasons for absenteeism regarding meetings
and other club functions may apply for ASSOCIATE MEMBER, status. In
order to qualify for associate member status, the applicant must be an
Active Member in good standing for a period of no less than one year.
Associate Members shall not have voting rights within the club and are
not entitles to any club benefits that are provide at the club’s expense.
Associate Members attending any club functions such as an annual
dinner would be required to pay any applicable “guest” fees. All associate
members will be held to the mandatory attendance rule regarding the
Official Annual Car Show. (Reference: Article III. Sec. E.).
G. The title “Honorary Member” may be bestowed upon any person
deemed worthy by the club. The persons’ name must be submitted to the
Board of Directors for review and consideration and then may be brought
before the membership to be voted upon at any regular meeting.
“Honorary Member” is anyone duly voted upon by the club who shall be
listed on our rolls under the title “Honorary Member”. This person shall
have no voting powers nor will he or she be required to attend any
meetings, etc. as required under regular membership. This title is
supporting our goals and/or demonstrating their overall interest and
involvement with the concepts of Safety and Preservation of the classic
H. Members who may wish to join any other Automobile related club, shall advise the President in
writing who shall then insure that this information is given over the Board
of Directors for review. It is the general policy of the club not to allow
multiple club memberships within our geographical area. A decision will
be made by the Board and their results announced to the general
If, at any time, a complaint is brought before the club regarding any allegations of conflict of interest due to a members’ involvement in another auto club, the Board of Directors will review and investigate all such allegations and report their findings to the entire Board of Officers. If deemed appropriate, the member will be asked to resign from one of the clubs. If the conflict cannot be resolved, the road Knights reserve the right to revoke the membership of the club member in questions.
Failure to observe the comply with the Constitution and By-Laws of the Road Knights Auto Club will result in forfeiture of membership in the club. This obligation on the part of the club shall fall under the authority of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE IV. Application Fee/Dues
A. An Application Fee will accompany any application for membership at the
time such application is submitted to the club.
B. Attendance at three (3) meetings is required by the applicant prior to the
submission of the completed application.
C. The three (3) meetings referred to in section B are part of the ten (10)
D. 1. Members offspring may participate in club activities but do not have
voting or decision making rights. They are not required to participate in
2. Members offspring who seek active membership must abide by the
same rules as any applicant and must meet the ten (10) meeting
E. Dues are waives for any active member who enters the military service
until he returns to active club membership.
F. The club calendar year will be January 1, through December 31st. Dues
must be relieved no later than February 28th. (February 29th in any leap
year). Notifications will be made by the treasurer to all members who
have not paid dues by February 1st of the calendar year. A record of such
notification shall be made at the first regular meeting following this date
and any member not paid on or by February 28th shall be removed from
the club roster. Anyone so removed can only seek to rejoin the club as a
new member and must do so in accordance with Article III, Section B.
This section will not apply to any member in distress who comes to the
club to seek approval to waive meeting attendance and/or dues before
he is in arrears.
G. Any person becoming a member on or after July 1st of any calendar year
shall in addition to submitting any required application fees, pay dies in
the amount of fifty (50) percent of the total annual fee for the balance of
H. Special circumstance: In the event that a member finds that his or her
schedule causes a problem with attendance regarding the minimum
number of meetings required annually, a verbal request to be excused
from those requirements may be submitted to the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE V. OFFICERS
A. The elected officers of the club shall include the officers of President,
Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and four of the five members of the
Board of Directors.
In the event that an elected position becomes vacant, the Board of Directors will call for a special election to be held within fourteen (14) days of the date of the vacancy or the closest therein to a regularly scheduled meeting.
DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT:
The President shall be the executive officer of the club and is responsible for the general management of the club.
Preside over regular meetings.
Be Kept informed of all committee activities.
Up hold the constitution of the organization.
Co-sign checks when necessary.
The President will assign a member to maintain a history of the club membership and activities and member status. This member will be the designated “Club Historian”.
DUTIES OF THE VICE PRESIDENT:
Assume the duties of the President in his absence.
DUTIES OF THE TREASURER:
It shall be the duty of the treasurer to receive from the Secretary all
monies received and to insure that a deposit and itemized record of the
source of all monies received is maintained. Deposits shall be made in a
It shall be the responsibility of the treasurer to insure that a proper
record keeping is maintained by any committee handling monies for the
club. He shall maintain a record of all physical assets and club inventory
and have a list available for the review by either the President or Board of
Directors. Written requests for repayment of any expenses must be
submitted to the Treasurer. These requests must be made on official club
forms properly completed and accompanied by any required receipts,
The treasurer shall give financial report at each official meeting and will
submit an annual financial report for each fiscal year. Quarterly financial
reports shall be submitted to the President who will then insure that a
true and accurate copy is forwarded to the Board of Directors for review.
The fiscal year runs from January to December. It is the responsibility of
the Treasurer to file a tax return to the IRS, except if the club net falls
below $50,000.00 in accordance with IRS publication 557 dated May ’97.
The Treasurer may use the services of a club authorized accountant to
fulfil this requirement.
Preside over meetings in the absence of the President and Vice President
Collect and maintain records of all dues and club monies.
Notify members in arrears in accordance with Articles IV. Sec F.
Pay all bills from the Club account.
Co-sign checks when necessary.
DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY:
It shall be the duty of the Secretary to maintain a full and accurate
account of each members record sheet, a supply of membership
applications for distributions to prospective members and to insure that
proper review if any application is performed by the Board of Directors.
He shall maintain an up to date membership roster, an accurate record of
minutes of all official meetings, maintain an accurate attendance record.
Be responsible for club correspondence and shall, at the direction of the
President or Chairperson of the Board of Directors, provide a list of any
and all members who have not complied with the rules and regulations of
the club concerning attendance, etc. He may also co-sign checks at the
request of the President.
DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
The board shall consist of five (5) members.
Four members are elected for two (2) year terms.
As the term of two (2) board members end, two (2) more are elected which keeps the number of elected members at four. (Election each year for two board members).
The fifth member of the board shall be the Past President and he shall automatically assume that position at the start of the calendar year following his term of office president.
At the first regular board meeting, the board will elect a chairman. It will be the responsibility of the Board of Directors to maintain general supervision of the financial matters of the club and upon the direction of the President, will specifically investigate all claims and bills incurred by the club and the subsequent payment of same. Through the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, the Board may, at any time, require either the President, Treasurer or both, to report and account for any disbursement of funds by the club and to produce all financial records for inspection. This inspection and accounting also applies to any and all physical assets of the club including any inventory and/or equipment. The Board of Directors shall be in charge of and be responsible for all property of the club. They shall:
Oversee all property of the club.
Insure that a complete and itemized inventory is maintained.
Ascertain that all monies received have been allocated properly.
The Board will convene at the request of the President or Board Chairman.
The Board of Directors comprise the panel of members who will be charged with upholding the Constitution and By-Laws.
The Board will investigate any and all allegations of conflict of interest or inappropriate behavior and bring these recommendations to the general membership for a final decision. This section will not conflict Article III, Section G. regarding duties and obligations of the Board relative to multiple club membership.
ARTICLE VI. ELECTIONS.
A. All nominees for any office must be active members in good standing.
B. All elected and / or appointed officers and board members must remain
active members in good standing for the duration of their terms of office.
Associate members are not eligible for elected or appointed officer
C. All Officers and Directors are elected at the first Wednesday meeting in
October prior to the start of the calendar year. Voting will be done by
secret ballot. (Reference: Art. VIII, Sec. A.)
D. Nominations are to be made from the floor at the third Thursday meeting
in September prior to the start of the calendar year (Art. VIII –A).
E. Election of Officers and Board Members shall be decided by a majority
vote so long as a quorum is present allow the transaction of business.
F. Voting members will be members in good standing according to Article III
G. The term of office for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary
and Treasurer shall be two years. Terms of Office for the Board of
Directors shall be two years with staggered terms of expiration as
outlined in Article V – A, Duties of the Board of Directors.
ARTICLE VII. COMMITTEES
A. The following shall be designates as “Standing Committees”
Good & Welfare Committee
Club Social Committee
Membership Committee (Comprised of the Board of Directors)
Technical Committee (reference: Article VIII. Sec. B. ).
Car Show Committee
B. The president shall serve as the Co-Chairperson of all standing
C. Committees can be requested from the floor at any time such committee
establishment may be deemed necessary.
D. The president shall determine which committees will submit written
reports of their activities and actions including expense records, etc. Any
roster of membership distributed by the club shall include, when ever
possible, a list of the Chairpersons for each committee and a contact
ARTICLE VIII. MEETINGS
A. Regular membership meetings will be held on Wednesday evenings at
7:30 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time. At other times, the meetings will
be held on the First and Third Wednesday of the month. Additional or
special membership meetings may be called at the discretion of the
B. The first meeting of the calendar year will be deemed the First Annual
combined meeting of the members and Board of Directors. The purpose
of the meetings is to revalidate the existence of the Road Knights Auto
Club, Inc. As a corporation in the State of NY by signing the official first
meeting of the members and Directors Form, as witnessed by a quorum
of the membership.
C. The Board of Directors shall meet when necessary.
D. The order of business shall be as follows:
Call to Order.
Pledge of Allegiance.
Roll Call and introduction of visitors.
Reading of the minutes.
Motion to accept or amend the minutes.
Good & Welfare.
E. A quorum of 1/3 of the membership in good standing must be present at
a meeting in order to conduct business. Two of those members in
attendance must be club officers.
F. During the meeting only one (1) member will have the floor at a time.
The chair must recognize you as a member before he speaks. Order will
be maintained. Anyone violating the right of the floor of deemed to be
discourteous may be asked to leave the meeting room. Any member who
disrupts a meeting will be directed to leave.
ARTICLE IX. AMENDMENTS.
A. The club constitution and by-laws can be amended at any regular
meeting of the membership as long as two-thirds of the membership
present is in agreement and provided that the Board of Directors has
previously met and approved the merits of the amendment(s).
B. Unless otherwise specified, approved and accepted amendments shall
take effect immediately.
C. Dues and initiation fees in effect at the time of this publication are as
follows: Annual dues are $25.00 and must be received as per Article IV-F.
Initiation fee in effect is $25.00 and must be received as per Article IV-A.
D. Any proposal regarding the changing of dues and or initiation fees will go
before the Board and then be brought before the membership for
E. The President, once notified of an recommendations to change the
Constitution or By-Laws by the Board of Directors, will direct the
secretary to insure that a copy of said proposal is mailed to each member
of the club including the date of the meeting at which time a vote will be
taken regarding these proposals.
This is an official copy of the Constitution and By-Laws as read, discussed
and agreed upon on January 21, 1998
Amended date March 16th, 2017