EAA Chapter 75 Bylaws
Article I. Name
The name of this Chapter is "Blackhawk", Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
Chapter 75, Incorporated.
Article II. Office
The office for the transaction of business for the Chapter shall be located in the Quad
Article Ill. Purpose
The purpose of this Chapter is to:
1. Promote, encourage, and facilitate an atmosphere where all are welcome to
join-in and become a part of recreational and sport aviation.
2. Promote, encourage, and facilitate an environment that fosters safety and
high standards in the design, construction, restoration, and operation of all types
of recreational and sport aircraft.
3. Promote, encourage and facilitate recreational and sport aviation activities
that provide educational opportunities.
4. Promote a positive, productive, and cooperative relationship between the
Chapter and those governmental agencies and private enterprises that provides
aviation services and facilities to the members of the Chapter.
5. Promote, encourage, and facilitate membership in the Experimental Aircraft
6. Support and promote the mission, vision, goals and objectives of the
Experimental Aircraft Association through programs and services within the Chapter family.
Article IV. Chapter
Eligibility for Chapter Membership: Eligibility for membership in the Chapter is open to
any person who has an interest in aviation.
Classifications of Chapter
Membership: There are two (2) types of Chapter memberships.
These Chapter memberships are Regular, and Life as described in the following paragraphs:
1. Regular Chapter Membership: A Regular Chapter Member shall be any person
who pays Chapter dues and is a member in good standing of the Experimental
Aircraft Association, Incorporated in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
2. Life Chapter Membership: A Life Chapter Membership may be bestowed on
an individual Chapter member at the discretion of the Chapter Officers and Board
of Directors. A Chapter Life Membership recognizes the long-term commitment to
EAA and the Chapter made by the individual. A Life Chapter Member may hold
any Chapter office, has full voting privileges, and is exempt from yearly Chapter dues.
Duration of Chapter Membership: Duration of a Regular Chapter Membership shall be
one (1) calendar year.
Voting Privileges of Chapter Membership: Voting privileges shall be limited to
Regular Chapter Members, and Life Members. Life Chapter Membership is continuous for the life
of the member and is not transferable.
Removal of Chapter Membership: Chapter membership is a privilege, which requires
an appropriate commitment from each member. Each member shall accept the
responsibilities of Chapter membership, and by acceptance agrees to promote EAA and this Chapter. In
the event a member fails to meet these requirements, they may be asked to relinquish
their Chapter membership in accordance with the following conditions:
1. Any Chapter member, who by deed or action, harms or jeopardizes the reputation
or assets of this Chapter or EAA may be removed from membership, by a majority
vote of eligible members at any regular or special Chapter membership meeting.
2. Any Chapter member who fails to keep their Chapter membership dues current
shall be considered removed from Chapter membership.
Resignation of membership: Any Chapter member may resign their membership at any
time by delivering to any Chapter Officer a written notice of resignation. The resignation
of Chapter membership shall become effective on the date the member delivers the
written notice to any Chapter Officer.
Article V. Chapter Membership Dues and Assessments
Membership Dues and Assessments: The Officers and Board of Directors, with the
concurrence of the membership, will determine appropriate dues and assessments. The rate
of dues or the amount of assessment shall be voted on and agreed to by the Chapter
membership at any regular or Special Membership Meeting. The proposed dues or assessment
must pass by a majority vote of eligible Chapter members in attendance. Dues and
assessments shall be paid to the Treasurer, or any person they may designate. Dues are annual and
are payable upon joining and every January 1 of each year thereafter. Assessments shall be
paid as determined by the Officers and Board of Directors, with the majority concurrence of
the Chapter membership. Dues and assessments shall be considered wholly earned and
shall not be pro-rated in the event of expulsion or resignation. Life Chapter Members, while
not required to pay dues, may be required to pay assessments.
Article VI. Chapter Officers
Chapter Executive Officers:
1. The Chapter Executive Officers shall be President, Vice President, Secretary,
and Treasurer, or a combination of Secretary and Treasurer.
2. The term of office for all Chapter Executive Officers shall be two (2) years, with
elections to be held in the odd numbered year for the offices of President and Vice
President, and in the even numbered years for Secretary and Treasurer.
3. The Chapter Executive Officers shall be elected at the regularly scheduled
November membership meeting and shall hold office for two (2) years from date of
installation. Installation of Chapter Executive Officers shall be at the January Chapter
membership meeting following their election.
4. The Treasurer may be bonded in an amount to be determined by the Chapter
Executive Officers. The premium to bond the Treasurer shall be at the expense of
Duties of the Chapter Executive Officers:
The following duties shall be performed by the Chapter Executive Officers. The
Chapter Executive Officers may from time to time, be called upon to perform additional duties. Or
they may, at their discretion, and in conjunction with direction from the Board of Directors,
perform additional duties for the betterment, improvement, and well being of the Chapter.
1. The Chapter President shall be the Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Board
of Directors. The Chapter President shall have, subject to the advice, direction, and control
of the Chapter Board of Directors, general charge of the Chapter business. The
Chapter President shall execute with the Chapter Secretary all contracts and instruments which
have first been approved by the Board of Directors. The President may call any special meeting
of the members of the Board of Directors and/or general membership. In case of the absence
or disability of the Treasurer, the President may execute checks for expenditures authorized
by the Board of Directors.
2. The Vice President shall be vested with all the powers and authority of the President
and shall perform the duties of the President in the case of the absence, disability, or inability,
for any reason. The Vice President shall also perform such duties connected with the
operations of the Chapter at the suggestion or direction of the President. The Vice President
shall annually recruit a certified public accountant or other appropriate party or parties to
conduct an audit of the financial records of the Chapter. The auditing party shall furnish a
complete written financial report on the status of the Chapter to the Officers and Board of Directors.
3. The Secretary shall have the responsibility to take and publish minutes of all meetings.
The Secretary is responsible for publishing notice of all regularly scheduled membership
and Board of Directors meetings. Additionally, the Secretary is also responsible for
publishing notice of special meetings. The Secretary, with the assistance of the Membership
Chairperson, shall keep a membership book, roster or record showing the name of each
Chapter member. The Secretary shall also be responsible for maintaining the currency and security
of the original copies of the Chapter bylaws, papers of incorporation, tax-exemption
documents, and any other documents, books, papers, and records as the Officers or Board of
Directors direct. The Secretary shall execute, along with the President, all contracts and
instruments that have been first approved by the Board of Directors. The Secretary shall perform all
other duties incident to the office of Secretary, subject to the control of the President and the
Board of Directors.
4. The Treasurer or the President shall execute all checks authorized by the Board of
Directors. The Treasurer shall receive and deposit all funds in a financial institution recognized by
the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) or Federal Savings and Loan
Insurance Corporation (FSLIC) and approved by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall
also account for all receipts, disbursements, and the balance of funds on hand. The
Treasurer shall perform all other duties subject to the control of the President and the Board of
Directors. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the accurate maintenance of all
insurance records, including the proper application, binding, and premium payment for all
necessary insurance required by the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Article VII. Chapter Board of Directors
I. The business and property of the Chapter shall be conducted and controlled by
the Chapter Board of Directors.
2. The Chapter Board of Directors shall consist of the following:
a. Class I Director: Class 1 Directors shall be the President, Vice President,
Secretary, and Treasurer.
b. Class II Director: Class II Directors shall be five (5) additional members
elected annually to the position of Class II Director.
3. The President shall preside over the Board of Directors as its Chairperson.
4. In case of a vacancy on the Board of Directors, the President may appoint a
replacement, subject to the approval of a majority of the Board of Directors.
5. Meetings of the Board of Directors may be called at any time by the President or by
a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Board of Directors.
6. Notice of Meetings of the Board of Directors, stating the location, time, and purpose
of the meeting shall be mailed or personally given to each member of the Board
of Directors at least 48 hours prior to the time of the meeting. If all of the members of
the Board of Directors are present at a meeting, any business of the organization may
be transacted without previous notice of the meeting.
7. A two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum of
the Board of Directors.
8. All decisions will be approved by a simple majority of the Directors present.
9. Each member of the Board of Directors shall serve as a Board Member
10. The Board of Directors shall have the power and authority to enforce all
rules and regulations pertaining to the use and operation of the Chapter's property.
11. The Newsletter Editor shall be a director.
Article VIII. Meeting of Members
1 All meetings of the members shall be held at a place to be determined by the Board
2. Notice of any regular meeting of the members shall be given before such meeting
by notice published in a Chapter publication, such as the Chapter newsletter.
3. Special membership meetings may be held at such time and place as the
President may determine. Special meetings may also be called by a two-thirds (2/3)
majority of the Board of Directors.
4. Notice of special membership meetings, stating the location, time, and purpose
of the meeting shall be given in the same manner as the notice required for
the regular meetings, or by special letter.
5. At any meeting of the members, for the valid transaction of business a
voting quorum shall consist of at least 20% of all members in good standing either
in person or by proxy.
6. In the absence of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer a
temporary meeting Chairman may be appointed by the members of the Board of
Directors and shall act as the presiding officer.
7. At every meeting of the members, each voting member shall have one vote on
any question or resolution. In the absence of a member, that member shall have
the right to vote by proxy. The Secretary shall be responsible for the method by
which any proxy votes are issued, accepted, or counted.
8. A simple majority of the members present or represented by proxy is necessary
for the adoption of any resolution, except for a resolution that calls for the
organization to separate its relationship with the Experimental Aircraft Association, Incorporated.
In which case a majority of not less than eighty percent (80%) of the
members eligible to vote, present, or represented by proxy is necessary for the
adoption such resolution.
Article IX. Vacancies (President. Vice President. Secretary Treasurer)
If the office of President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer become vacant for
any reason, the Board of Directors shall elect a successor who shall hold the office for
the remainder of the normal term. Or, at the option of the Board of
Directors hold a special election to fill the vacancy(s).
Article X. Elections
I. The President shall appoint a nominating committee made up of at least three
(3) regular members. The appointment of the nominating committee shall take place
no later than May.
2 The appointments to the nominating committee will be announced to the
members at the regular meeting in May, or earlier if a nominating committee has been
formed at an earlier date. In addition, the names of the members appointed to the
nominating committee shall be published in the next newsletter.
3. Beginning in May, the nominating committee shall canvas the current officers
and directors to determine if they wish to seek re-election to their current position or
be nominated for any other position. The nominating committee shall also canvas
the members of all committees and groups to seek those who may be interested in
an elected position. Further, the nominating committee shall make themselves
available to the membership seeking any regular members who may be interested
in running for an elected position.
4. At the October membership meeting the nominating committee shall present to
the membership the nominations they have obtained. In addition, open nominations
will be accepted from the members during the October membership meeting.
5. Once all nominations have been received, a slate of nominees will be posted at
the regular meeting place, or any place deemed appropriate by the nominating
committee, and published in the next Chapter newsletter.
6. Elections of officers and directors will take place at the November
membership meeting. Voting shall be done by written ballot and three (3) members appointed
by the Board of Directors shall monitor the election. All ballots will be counted
and confirmed by the monitors and the results of the election announced to the
members present. If deemed appropriate by the members, the Secretary shall
be responsible for the development and implementation of a process that will
offer absent eligible voting members the opportunity to vote by proxy. Such
process shall be reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors prior to its use.
7. All newly elected officers and directors shall assume their responsibilities at
the January membership meeting.
Article XI. Transition of Leadership
1. The membership recognizes the importance of a smooth transition of leadership.
Therefore, subsequent to the election of officers and directors, the incumbent and
newly elected officers and directors shall organize and hold a transition meeting wherein
all Chapter records and information will be passed on to the newly elected officers
2. During the transition meeting, the newly elected officers and directors shall review
the bylaws, goals, mission and vision statements, Articles of Incorporation, tax status,
and insurance policies to ensure they are clearly known and understood.
3. During the transition meeting the newly elected officers and directors shall review
the incorporation documents to ensure the Chapter is current in all government
obligations and the Chapter is properly incorporated.
4. During the transition meeting the newly elected officers and directors shall review
and submit to EAA the Chapter Status Report and ensure that all proper notifications
have been forwarded to the EAA Chapter Office as prescribed.
5. During the transition meeting the newly elected officers and directors shall review
the insurance requirements specified by EAA and ensure that all proper insurance
coverage has be arranged through the appropriate programs of the Experimental Aircraft
Article XII. Financial Reports and Audits
1. The Treasurer shall prepare a quarterly and an annual financial statement
and present each report on the financial status to the membership. The form of
the report, either written or oral, will be determined by the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors will also determine the method of the report, either by
presentation at a membership meeting or by Chapter newsletter.
2. The Board of Directors, under the direction of the Vice President, shall
arrange annually to have an outside audit of all financial records and practices of
the organization. Further, the Board of Directors shall make available a copy of
the written report of the audit to the membership. The Board of Directors will
review any recommendations by the auditors and shall take appropriate steps to
implement any reasonable recommendations.
3. At the discretion of the Board of Directors, an internal audit committee may
be substituted for an outside audit.
Article XIII Facilities, Tools and Other Assets
The Chapter Officers and Board of Directors will serve on committees to
properly manage the Chapter's facilities, tools, and other assets.
Article XIV. Organization Committees
The Board of Directors can establish any committee as it deems necessary.
Any committees established by the Board of Directors shall be responsible for
reporting their activities directly to the Board of Directors.
Article XV. Dispute Resolution
In the event a dispute arises within the Chapter, a written petition, endorsed by
a quorum of members, as defined in Article VIII, may request intervention by the
staff of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Incorporated, concerning a dispute
within the Chapter. The Chapter must agree to cooperate completely and fully in the
resolution process. In the event a dispute occurs within the Chapter, and it cannot
be resolved with the assistance of the staff of the Experimental Aircraft
Association, incorporated, and it is determined by the staff of the Experimental Aircraft
Association, Incorporated, to be at an impasse, the Chapter agrees and acknowledges
the authority and responsibility of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Incorporated,
to remove the Chapter charter. If the Chapter charter is removed, the Chapter will
have no further recognition or affiliation with the Experimental Aircraft Association,
Article XVII. Amendments
The bylaws of the Chapter may be repealed or amended, or new bylaws adopted
at any meeting of the members called for that purpose. The bylaw issue(s) must
be passed by a not less than eighty percent (80%) majority vote of the members
eligible to vote. The vote may be either in person or by proxy.
Article XVIII. Dissolution
The Chapter may be dissolved by a two-thirds majority vote of the membership. If
the Chapter is dissolved, the President is responsible for the proper disposition of
all Chapter records, materials, and assets to the Experimental Aircraft Association,
P.O. Box 3086, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 54903-3086.