The name of this organization shall be, Kentucky Motorcycle Association/ K.B.A. The organization shall have a seal that shall be as follows in form:
The organization may, at its pleasure by a vote of the membership body per Article Nine of these by-laws, change its name.
These being accepted in good order and revised this 17th day of January 2010 by those Executive Board members who affixed their signatures below.
Louisville District # 1 Director
Louisville District # 1 Vice Director
Central District # 2 Director
Central District # 2 Vice Director
Northern District Director
Northern District Vice Director
Northeastern District # 5 Director
Northeastern District # 5 Vice Director
Southwestern District # 9 Director
Southwestern District # 9 Vice Director
Eagle Creek District # 11 Director
Eagle Creek District # 11 Vice Director
Hogtown District # 12 Director
Hogtown District # 12 Vice Director
Paradise District # 13 Director
Paradise District # 13 Vice Director
District # 14 Director
District 14 Vice Director
Twin Lakes District # 15 Director
Twin Lakes District # 15 Vice Director
Bluegrass District # 18
Bluegrass District #18 Vice Director
The business and purpose of the corporation shall be:
To act as a legislative watchdog on the federal, state and local levels.
To warn our membership against adverse motorcycle legislation, and promote favorable motorcycle legislation.
Foster brotherhood and mutual benefits for its members.
To improve road conditions, thus making roads safer for motorcyclists.
To encourage harmony among motorcyclists in the State of Kentucky.
To prevent accidents through education.
To discourage motorcycle thefts.
To promote political involvement of motorcyclists.
To act as liaison between motorcyclists and government authorities, police departments, government agencies, insurance companies and other organizations.
To counter-report and discourage biased news reporting of motorcyclists.
To present and promote a better image of motorcyclists.
To purchase, lease or otherwise acquire by bequest, devise, gift or other means and to hold, own, manage or develop and to mortgage, hypothecate, deed in trust, sell, convey, exchange, option, subdivide or otherwise dispose of real and personal property of every class and description of property or business, and any estate or interest therein, as may be necessary or convenient for the proper conduct of the affairs of the corporation, without limitation as to amount or value, in any of the states, districts, or territories of the United States, and any and all foreign countries, subject to the laws of any such states, districts, territories or countries.
To hire and employ agents, servants, and employees, and to enter into agreements of employment and collective bargaining agreements and to act as agent, contractor, trustee, factor, or otherwise, either alone or in company with others.
To promote or aid in any manner, financially or otherwise, any person, firm, association, agency of government or corporation, and to guaranty contracts and other obligations.
To let concessions to others to do any of the things that the corporation is empowered to do and to enter into, make, perform, and carry out contracts and arrangements of every kind and character with any person, firm, association or corporation, or any government or authority or subdivision thereof.
To carry on any business whatsoever that this corporation may deem proper or convenient in connection with any of the forgoing purposes or otherwise, or that it may deem calculated, directly or indirectly, to improve the interest of this corporation, to have and to exercise all powers conferred by the laws of Kentucky on non-profit corporations formed under these laws pursuant to which and under which this corporation is formed, as such laws are now in effect or may at any time hereafter be amended, and to do any and all things here in above set forth to the same extent and as fully as natural persons might or could do, either alone or in connection with other persons, firms associations, or corporations and in any part of the world.
Membership in this organization shall be open to all who are interested in motorcycle legislation and or related community services and activities and upon payment of dues as stipulated in article eleven.
Life Membership in this organization shall be available upon payment of dues as stipulated in article eleven. Purchase of a Life Membership shall entitle the member to:
1) A special, permanent membership card.
2) His choice of any reasonable membership roster number not already assigned.
3) A permanent subscription to the state newsletter.
4) One (1) cloth emblem bearing the words “LIFE MEMBER” to be worn by him beneath and as part of the official cloth emblem of this organization.
5) All voting rights and privileges of membership in the Kentucky Motorcycle Association/K.B.A. herein enumerated.
Business Membership in this organization shall be available upon payment of dues as stipulated in article eleven. Purchase of a Business Membership shall entitle the member to:
1. Bronze Member –
a. Business card size ad in the state newsletter.
b. Literature to become a KMA/KBA sign-up location if requested.
c. Additional newsletters for distribution.
d. Token of recognition from the state office.
e. Listing in all appropriate publications of our business member’s locations.
2. Silver Member:
a. Items b through e listed for the Bronze membership.
b. ¼ page ad space in the newsletter.
c. 25% off all vendor set-up fees at any applicable KMA/KBA event.
3. Gold Member:
a. Items b through e listed for the Bronze membership.
b. ½ page ad space in the newsletter.
c. 50% off all vendor set-up fees at any applicable KMA/KBA event.
d. 50% off any admission fees to any KMA/KBA event.
4. Platinum Member:
a. Items b through e listed for the Bronze membership.
b. Full-page ad with color in the newsletter.
c. Free vendor set-up at all applicable KMA/KBA events.
d. Free admission to all KMA/KBA events.
Junior membership shall be available to those persons under the age of 18 but shall have limited voting privileges and access to certain events. Districts/Chapters will be responsible for setting voting and attendance policies with regard to junior members. Junior memberships will expire upon his/her 18th birthday and he/she will receive a youth patch and membership card.
Life Memberships in this organization shall not be conferred as an honorarium to any person without payment of the appropriate membership fee.
The Board of Directors for cause may revoke any membership in the Kentucky Motorcycle Association/ K.B.A.. Such cause shall be defined as activities they consider damaging to the good order of the organization or threats upon the safety of another person or persons by the actions of a member. The State President or District Director within whose jurisdiction such an incident occurs is empowered to revoke the membership privileges of the offender immediately if, in his judgment, the stated justification for expulsion has been met. The expelled member may request reinstatement of his membership privileges by personal or written appeal to the entire Board of Directors at their next scheduled meeting, or at a special hearing which may be called by the State president under extraordinary circumstances, at his discretion.
Any member who voluntarily destroys his membership card or turns it in to any officer of this organization with the stated intention of forever disassociating himself from the Kentucky Motorcycle Association/ K.B.A. shall be removed from the membership rolls. If the former member ever reconsiders his action, he must appeal the Board of Directors for reinstatement as described above.
The state officers shall be elected by the membership statewide every two years except for the Secretary and Sergeant of Arms, who will be appointed by the President. These elections are to coincide with the “even years”. The purpose of the state officers is to direct and coordinate the activities of the entire state on state issues. They may succeed themselves in office.
The state officers of this organization shall be as follows:
Vice-President for Legislative Affairs
State Sergeant of Arms
The PRESIDENT shall:
Preside at all membership meetings of the Board of Directors.
By virtue of his office, be Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Present at each board meeting of the organization a report of the work of the organization.
Appoint all committees, temporary or permanent, at the state level.
See that all books, reports and certificates as required by law are properly kept or filed.
Be one of the officers who may sign checks or drafts of the organization.
Have such powers as may be reasonably construed as belonging to the chief executive of any organization.
Be allowed to expend a sum not to exceed $500.00 (FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS) without the prior approval of the Board of Directors, provided such expense is disclosed at the next regular meeting.
The VICE-PRESIDENT, MEMBERSHIP shall:
In the event of the absence or inability of the President to exercise his office, become Acting President of the organization with all the rights, privileges and powers as if he had been the duly elected official. In the event of the absence or inability of the Vice President of Legislative Affairs to exercise his office, the Vice President, Membership shall assume those responsibilities, until a special election can be held.
Keep and maintain a current record of all members in good standing.
Issue membership cards to members in good standing.
Make additional life member cloth emblems available for sale to life members at a reasonable cost.
The VICE-PRESIDENT FOR LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS shall:
In the event of the absence or inability of the Vice President, Membership to exercise his office, become Acting Vice President, Membership of the organization with all the rights, privileges and powers as if he had been the duly elected official, until a special election can be held.
Be informed, by physical contact with duly elected officials of the state, local and federal levels, of any and all pertinent information that would affect any and all members of the organization.
He shall direct all lobbying efforts of bills introduced on behalf of the membership.
He shall inform the entire membership by newsletter or special mailing of all actions necessary to meet the goals of the organization in legislative matters as they occur.
He shall keep the state and district officers informed of legislative developments, including how specific legislators voted on issues affecting motorcyclists.
The TREASURER shall:
In the event of the absence or inability of the President, Vice President, Membership, and Vice President Legislative to exercise his office, become Acting President of the organization with all the rights, privileges and powers as if he had been the duly elected official until a special election can be held. In the event of the absence or inability of the Treasurer to exercise his office the State President shall assume the responsibilities of the Treasurer and may appoint an interim Treasurer until a special election can be held.
Have care and custody of all moneys belonging to the organization and shall be solely responsible for such moneys or securities of the organization. He shall cause to be deposited in a regular business bank or trust company funds of the organization.
Be one of the officers who shall sign checks or drafts of the organization. No special fund may be set aside that shall make it unnecessary for the Treasurer to sign checks issued upon it.
Render at stated periods as the Board of Directors shall determine a written account of the finances of the organization and such report shall be physically affixed to the minutes of the Board of Directors of such meetings.
He shall exercise all duties incident to the office of Treasurer.
The SECRETARY shall:
Be appointed by the President.
Keep the minutes and records of the organization in appropriate books.
File any certificates required by any statute, federal or state.
Give and serve all notices to members of the organization including but not limited to notice of the Board of Directors’ meetings as prescribed in Article Eight of these by-laws.
Be the official custodian of the records and the seal of this organization.
Present to the membership any correspondence addressed to him as Secretary of the organization.
Attend to all correspondence of the organization and shall exercise all duties incident to the office of the Secretary of the organization.
The SERGEANT OF ARMS shall:
Be appointed by the President.
Insure order and security at all state functions and meetings of the board.
Act as liaison between the KMA/KBA and local police and other agencies to insure harmony between the organization and these agencies.
Exercise all rights and powers incident to the office of State Sergeant-at-Arms.
No officer shall for reason of his office be entitled to receive any salary or compensation, but nothing herein shall be construed to prevent an officer from receiving any compensation from the organization for duties other than as an officer.
In all instances the word “He,” “Him” or “His” as used in this document shall mean either he or she, him or her, his or hers, without regard to the gender of the subject.
DISTRICT / CHAPTER OFFICERS
The district/chapter officers shall be comprised of any member in good standing from that district/chapter who has run for and been elected to the office by the membership of that district/chapter. Their terms may run concurrently, but they must be elected annually.
As of Jan. 01, 2005 the terms of office shall be on a biannual basis. The office of Director and Secretary shall be elected on every odd numbered year and the office of Vice Director and Treasurer shall be elected on every even numbered year. The office of Sergeant-at-Arms will be elected on a yearly basis.
The district/chapter officers of this organization shall be as follows:
The DIRECTOR shall:
Preside at all membership meetings in his district/chapter.
Present at each district meeting a report of the work of that district/chapter.
Appoint committees, temporary or permanent, at the district/chapter level.
See that all books, reports and paperwork that are pertinent to his district/chapter are maintained and kept.
Be one of the officers who may sign checks or drafts of his district/chapter.
Have such powers as may be reasonably construed as belonging to the chief executive of his district/chapter.
Be allowed to expend a sum not to exceed $500.00 (FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS) without prior approval, provided such expense is disclosed at the next regular meeting.
The VICE DIRECTOR shall:
In the event of the absence or inability of the Director to exercise his office become Acting Director of the district/chapter with rights, privileges and powers as if he had been duly elected, until a special election can be held.
Act as legislative coordinator to that district/chapter and disseminate all pertinent information to that district/chapter at its regular district meetings.
Work in coordination with the Vice President Legislative to further the political agenda of the organization.
The TREASURER shall:
In the event of the absence or inability of the Treasurer to exercise his office the District/Chapter Director shall assume the responsibilities of the Treasurer and may appoint an interim Treasurer until a special election can be held.
Be one of the officers who shall sign checks or drafts of the district/chapter.
Insure that the annual district fee and other appropriate moneys are forwarded to the state office by the first of each month with an explanation of such moneys.
Have care and custody of all moneys belonging to the district/chapter and be solely responsible for such moneys or securities of the district/chapter. He shall cause to be deposited in a regular business bank or trust company funds of the district.
At monthly meetings give a verbal accounting of the finances to the membership and have a written accounting available upon request. A copy of the written report shall be affixed to the minutes of the monthly meetings and filed.
Submit a written report of all transactions of the district and applicable chapters, to the State Treasurer as prescribed by the State Treasurer and laid in the policy and procedures manual.
Exercise all duties incident to the office of District Treasurer.
The SECRETARY shall:
In the event of the absence or inability of the Vice Director to exercise his office, become Acting Vice Director of the district with rights, privileges and powers as if he had been duly elected, until a special election can be held.
Keep minutes and records of the district.
Be his duty to give and serve all notices to members in his district.
Present to the membership at any meetings, communication(s) addressed to him as Secretary of the district.
Attend to all correspondence of the district and shall exercise all duties incident to the office of the Secretary of the district.
The SERGEANT-AT-ARMS shall:
In the event of the absence or inability of the Secretary to exercise his office become Acting Secretary of the district with rights, privileges and powers as if he had been duly elected, until a special election can be held.
Insure order and security at all district functions and meetings of the membership.
Act as liaison between his district and local police and other agencies to insure harmony between his district and these agencies.
Exercise all rights and powers incident to the office of District Sergeant-at-Arms.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The business of this organization shall be managed by a Board of Directors consisting of the District Directors, District Vice-Directors, Chapter Directors, the State President and State Officers. In the absence of a District Director or Vice Director, another elected officer from the respective district may represent that district. In the absence of a Chapter Director, another elected officer from the respective chapter may represent that chapter.
All members of this board shall be residents of the State of Kentucky and citizens of the United States.
The Board of Directors shall have the control and management of the affairs and business of this organization. Such Board of Directors shall only act in the name of the organization when it shall be regularly convened by its Chairman after due notice to all board members of such meeting.
Should a member of the Board of Directors fail to attend three (3) consecutive meetings, or send a proper representative, his seat shall be considered to have lost the rating of “in good standing.” To reinstate this rating, said member must attend two (2) consecutive meetings. Loss of the rating “in good standing” shall not be construed, to cause forfeiture of that member’s ability to vote on matters before the board.
One-third of the members of the Board of Directors, in good standing, shall constitute a quorum.
Each member of the Board of Directors, except the President and State Officers, shall have one vote, and such voting may not be done by proxy or by absentee ballot.
The President will vote on issues brought up at Board of Directors’ meetings only in the case of breaking tie votes by the other voting members present at such meetings.
The President may veto any and all proposals voted on by the Board of Directors. This veto will automatically put the vetoed issue on the next meeting’s agenda, at which time the results of a re-vote will stand.
Discussion at Board of Directors meetings will include all voting members, State officers and anyone the President recognizes to be heard. Anyone but those officers above have no right to be heard at these meetings.
The Board of Directors may make such rules and regulations covering its meetings as it may in its discretion determine necessary.
Temporary vacancies in the said Board of Directors shall be filled by a member of such district with a vote of the majority of the remaining members of the Board of Directors, in good standing.
A member of the Board of Directors may be removed when sufficient cause exists for such removal. The Board of Directors may entertain charges against any member. Counsel, upon any removal hearing, may represent a member. The Board of Directors shall adopt such rules as it may, in its discretion, considered necessary for the best interest of the organization for this hearing.
The annual membership meeting of this organization shall be on the days that coincide with the days of the State Party. The Secretary shall mail to every member in good standing as their name appears in the membership roll book of this organization a notice telling the time and place of such annual meeting.
Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held bimonthly through the year starting in January after the State Officer Elections.
The President may call special meetings of the Board of Directors when he deems it to be in the best interest of the organization.
Notices of all Board of Directors meetings shall be mailed to all members of the Board of Directors at their addresses as they appear on the membership roster at least one (1) week before the scheduled date set for such meetings. The State Secretary stating the time, place, meeting agenda and amendments to the bylaws to be voted upon, shall send such notice. Also a copy of the previous meeting minutes shall be included.
At the request of one-third of the members of the Board of Directors or one-twentieth of the members of the organization, the President shall cause a special meeting to be called. Such a request for a special meeting must be made in writing at least three (3) weeks before the requested scheduled date.
No other business but that specified in the notice may be transacted at such special meeting without the unanimous consent of all at such meeting.
Monthly meetings in each district will be held by that district on such dates as decided by that district/chapter.
At all meetings, except for the election of officers, all votes shall be by voice vote unless a show of hands is deemed necessary by the director or president due to being unable to discern the voice vote outcome.
At any regular meeting, if a majority so requires, any question may be voted upon by ballot.
At all votes by ballot, the Chairman of such meeting shall immediately, prior to the commencement of balloting, appoint a committee of three who shall act as “Inspectors of Election” and shall at the conclusion of such balloting certify in writing to the chairman the results, and the certified copy shall be physically affixed in the minute book to the minutes of that meeting.
No inspectors of election shall be a candidate for office or shall be personally interested in the question voted upon.
District/Chapter officers shall be elected by secret ballot at the regular December monthly meeting. The nominations for these offices will be taken in person or by written application at the previous monthly meeting.
Any member in good standing wishing to run for a State office must submit in writing a letter of intent for the office which he would like to run for. This letter of intent shall be postmarked or received to the Board of Directors by and no later than September 1 of the election year.
All members of the Board of Directors shall receive an official copy of the state ballot no later than October 31st of the voting year. These ballots shall be presented to the general membership at the November monthly district and chapter meetings. The board members should take into consideration the opinions of their membership when voting. The Board of Directors at its regular November meeting shall elect the positions for state office by roll call vote. The results of this vote shall be published in the next immediate issue of the state newsletter.
ORDER OF BUSINESS
1) Pledge of Allegiance
2) Roll Call
2) Reading of the minutes of the preceding meeting
3) Reports of committees
4) Reports of Officers
5) Old and unfinished business
6) New Business
The Board of Directors shall hire and affix the compensation of any and all employees, which they in their discretion may determine to be necessary in the conduct of the business of the organization.
The annual dues of the organization shall be $15.00 (FIFTEEN DOLLARS) for a single membership, $25.00 (TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS) for a couple membership, to qualify as a couple both must reside at the same address, $450.00 (FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS) for a life membership, $100.00 (ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS) for a Bronze Business Membership, $500.00 (FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS) for a Silver Business Membership, $1000.00 (ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS) for a Gold Business Membership and $5000.00 (FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS) for a Platinum Business Membership.
$8.00 (EIGHT DOLLARS) single, $13.00 (THIRTEEN DOLLARS) couple, $75.00 (SEVENTY FIVE DOLLARS) Bronze, $375.00 (THREE HUNDED SEVENTY FIVE DOLLARS) Silver, $750.00 (SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS) Gold, $3750.00 (THREE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS) Platinum, from each membership will go to the State Office by the first of each month.
$7.00 (SEVEN DOLLARS) single, $12.00 (TWELVE DOLLARS) couple, $25.00 (TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS) Bronze, $125.00 (ONE HUNDED TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS) Silver, $250.00 (TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS) Gold and $1,250.00 (ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS) Platinum, will remain in the district in which the member resides. Only if the member is signed-up at a MAJOR DISTRICT EVENT, this being defined as taking a very large outlay of monies to put on, will the sign-up district keep the dues share normally sent to the member’s district of residence.
The obligation for payment of annual dues shall be waived for life members enrolled under the provisions of Article Three of these by-laws. Life membership shall be $450.00 (FOUR HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS) with $300.00 (THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS) of such dues being apportioned to the state operating treasury and $150.00 (ONE HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS) apportioned to the district/chapter in which member resides.
District and chapter affiliation dues shall be $1.00 (ONE DOLLAR) paid annually to the state office by January 1st.
An additional $50.00 fee shall be added to all life memberships and an additional $5.00 fee shall be added to all single and couple memberships for the purpose of the Kentucky Motorcycle Freedom Fund (PAC) unless otherwise stated by the individual or couple whereupon the $50.00 or the $5.00 fee shall be deposited into the general fund.
Junior membership shall be made available for a onetime fee of $10.00 (TEN DOLLARS) with all monies being forwarded to the state office.
DISTRICT and CHAPTER AFFILIATION
A district/chapter will be recognized by the organization upon payment of its affiliation fee of $1.00 (ONE DOLLAR) and provided for by amendment to these articles of incorporation.
A chapter can be started if there are enough people to fill all officer positions as prescribed by the by-laws. Each district and chapter shall agree to abide by the current by-laws of this association.
Each district and chapter must be approved and voted in by the Board of Directors. A chapter must be recognized by its district for a minimum of six months probationary period for the purpose of viability, before being considered for voting privileges by the board.
Chapters wishing to become a district must first apply to the Board of Directors. The board shall then apportion an area of the State relative to the Chapter. The Chapter must then show that it has enough members to support a District in the area. This shall be either 100 members in good standing or a greater number of members in good standing than the district in which it was founded, whichever is less.
AFFILIATION and ENDORSEMENTS
The Kentucky Motorcycle Association/K.B.A. is not affiliated with any other association, organization, club or business without a vote of the Board of Directors to amend this section of the by-laws as prescribed in these by-laws.
1) The National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition
2) The Motorcycle Riders Foundation, Inc.
3) Confederation of Clubs Kentucky
4) N.C.O.M. National Coalition of Motorcyclists
The Kentucky Motorcycle Association/ K.B.A. shall not endorse any person, business or service at the state, district or chapter level, or allow any of the aforementioned the use of the name of the organization. The only exception being by a two-thirds majority vote of the Board members in good standing.
These by-laws may be altered, amended, repealed or added-to by an affirmative vote of not less than two-thirds of the members of the Board of Directors, in good standing, providing one week notice of the meeting for the purpose of changing by-laws has been made.
Memorial fund shall be paid only to life members signed prior to March 01, 2003. The distribution of the funds shall be handled at the district level for the purpose of easing the immediate financial burden imposed upon his survivors by the death of one of our members.
When the District Director learns of the death of a member of this organization he will first:
1) Verify the death and verify membership in the organization.
2) Identify the deceased member’s beneficiary by name and address as stated on membership sign-up form.
3) Withdraw $200.00 (TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS) from the district operating funds in the name of the intended beneficiary.
4) Deliver the funds to the beneficiary as quickly as possible.
5) Notify the Newsletter Editor of the death of the member and provide him with the information needed for publication of a memorial notice in the next newsletter.
6) Notify the Vice-President, Membership of the death of the member so he or she can be taken off the membership roster.
7) Contact the State Treasurer and provide a death certificate or a newspaper obituary as proof of death at which time $100.00 (ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS) will be reimbursed to the district or chapter.
The Newsletter Editor shall receive the pertinent information from the District Director and compose an appropriate memorial notice for the next issue of the organization newsletter.
The State Office shall act in place of the District only in the case of insufficient funds or lack of ability of said District to carry out this function.