Constitution and Bylaws of the Red Dragon Canoe Club, Inc.

A not for profit corporation

Edgewater Park, New Jersey


Revised January 8, 1949

Revised January 2, 1985

Approved April 3, 1985

Revised November 6, 1985

Revised August 2, 1991

Revised Sept 15, 1991

Revised Sept 28, 1991

Approved Jan 20, 1993

Revised Apr 7, 1993

Revised Aug 3, 1994

Revised J an 3. 1996

Revised Sept 4, 1996

Revised Nov 6, 1996

Revised Apr 2, 1997

Amended Feb 4, 1998

Amended May 5, 1999

Amended June 7, 2000

Amended September 5, 2012

Amended November 7, 2012

Amended July 2, 2014

Amended March 4, 2015

Amended March 3, 2021

CONSTITUTION

Article 1–NAME (Adopted 2 Oct 91) (Reinstated 6 Nov 2012)

The Corporation shall be known as the Red Dragon Canoe Club, Inc., a not for profitcorporation. This Corporation was formed as a New Jersey corporation pursuant to NJ.S.A.15A:2-1, et seq., the “Non Profit Corporation Act”, Certification # 126453568

Article 2–PURPOSE (Adopted 2 Oct 91)
The purpose of the corporation shall be to further interest in, and advancement of knowledge of, the sport of boating, especially of sailing, and to engage in other activities allowed to a not for profit corporation.
Article 3–MEMBERSHIP (Adopted 2 Oct 91) (Revised 4 March 2015)
SECTION 1
The Club shall consist of Family Active, Paddling and Rowing, Life, Social, Non-resident, Youth, Junior, Honorary Members, and Strictly Sailing Members.
SECTION 2
The Family Active membership shall be limited to One Hundred and Ten (110),Life to Five (5).
SECTION 3 - Membership Privileges

A. Family Active

1. A Family Active Membership shall include a member, spouse, and all its children under 18 years of age. Full time students under the age of 23 shall also be included. The family shall have one voting privilege, which may be exercised by any adult member of the family. Only one member of the family may hold office at a given time. All children over twelve years of age who will not have reached their 18th birthday, or, if full time students, their 23rd birthday during the fiscal year, shall have Youth Membership privileges extended at no additional cost.


2. A Family Active Membership shall have the following privileges:

  • Title to Club property and assets.
  • Naming and seconding motions
  • Voting
  • Holding office
  • Storing boats on Club property
  • Use of the Club dock, beachfront, and surrounding waters.
  • Bringing guests to the Club Rental of Club property for social functions.

B. Life Membership

Life Members are exempt from paying dues. They shall have all the privileges of Active Family Members.


C. Social Membership (Revised 7 Apr 1993)

1. A Social Membership includes persons as defined in Section 3.A. 1 above.


2. Social Members shall have all the rights and privileges of Family Active Members except for the following:

  • Title to Club property and assets
  • Naming and seconding motions
  • Voting
  • Holding office
  • Captaining a boat except in an Open Regatta
  • Storing personal property, including boats, on Club property

3. Wherever the term “Associate Member” appears in the Club Constitution and Bylaws, it shall be changed to “Social Member”


D: Non–Resident Membership

Optional Non–Resident Membership shall be limited to those who .have been either Family Active or Social Members of the Club, and who do not reside within a radius of 40 miles of the Club House. They shall have only the privileges of Social Members.


E. Youth Membership (Revised 4 Sept 96)

1. Youth Membership shall be restricted to persons who have reached their 12th birthday and will not have reached their 18th birthday, or, if full time students, their 23rd.birthday, in the year of admission.


2. Youth Membership privileges shall be the same as those of Family Active Members except for the following:

  • Naming arid seconding motions
  • Voting
  • Holding office
  • Title to Club property and assets
  • Guest privileges. Except during scheduled Club Races and Regattas, and while participating in actual boating from the pier.
  • Rental of the Club 'for social functions

3. Upon reaching their 18th. Birthday, or, if full-time students, their 23rd birthday, Youth Members in good standing may apply to become Active or Social Members without paying an initiation fee.


F. Honorary Membership (Revised 4 March 2015)

Honorary Members are exempt from paying dues. They shall have only the privileges of Social Members


G. Junior Membership (Added 4 Sep 96)

1. Junior Membership shall be restricted to persons who have reached their 6thbirthday, and will not have reached their 12th birthday in the year of admission.

2. Junior Membership privileges shall be the same as those of Youth Members, except that Junior Members may exercise their club privileges only when participating in a structured program or when supervised by an Active Member in good standing.

3. Upon reaching their 12th birthday, Junior Members in good standing shall automatically become Youth Members.


H. Paddling and Rowing Membership (Added 7 June 2000) (Revised 4 March 2015)

Paddling and Rowing Membership shall be a family membership and shall include all adults and children in a Paddling and Rowing member's family. Paddling and Rowing Membership privileges shall be the same as those of Family Active and Strictly Sailing Members except for the following:

  • Title to club property and assets
  • Naming and seconding motions
  • Voting
  • Holding office
  • Skippering a nonpaddling boat, except in open regattas or Clubowned boats after the person has demonstrated competence in sailboat handling
  • Storing personal property except for canoes, kayaks, rowing sculls or rowboats, and associated gear, on club property


I. Strictly Sailing Membership (Added 2 July 2014) (Revised 4 March 2015)

1. A Strictly Sailing Membership shall be for persons who have proven competence in sailboat handling and wish to use Club–owned boats. It shall be a family membership and shall include all adults and children in a Strictly Sailing member's family. Strictly Sailing Membership privileges shall be the same as those of Family Active and Paddling and Rowing Members except for the following:

  • Title to Club property and assets
  • Naming and seconding of motions
  • Voting
  • Holding Office
  • Skippering a non-paddling boat, except in open regattas or Club-owned boats
  • Storing personal property on Club property except for canoes, kayaks, rowing sculls or rowboats
Article 4–OFFICERS
Section l. (Adopted 6 Nov 91) (Revised 2 April 97)
The Officers of the Club shall consist of a Commodore, Vice-Commodore, Rear
Commodore, Purser, Quartermaster, Harbormaster, Correspondent, Measurer, Fleet
Surgeon, and Six (6) Trustees. The Flag Officers shall be the Commodore, Vice
Commodore, Rear Commodore, Purser, Correspondent, Measurer, Quartermaster,
Harbormaster, and Fleet Surgeon. The Flag Officers and Trustees shall constitute an
Executive Board whose purpose shall be to administer the affairs of the Club. The
Trustees shall constitute a separate Board for the purposes of fiscal audit.
Section la. (Added 6 Nov 96)
Wherever the title "Boatswain" appears in the Constitution or Bylaws, it shall be changed
to “Harbormaster.”

Section 2. (Adopted 4 Dec 91, Revised 6 Nov 96)
Officers shall be nominated and elected at the November stated meeting, and all Officers
except Trustees shall serve for one year and until their successors are duly elected. Each
of the Trustees shall serve for three years and until their successors are duly elected; two
trustees being elected each year so that the terms of each pair are staggered. A majority of
the votes cast by the members present at the election and eligible to vote shall be
necessary to a choice. Officers and elected Trustees shall be installed into their respective
offices as the first order of business during the following January meeting. The outgoing
Commodore presiding over the installation.

Section 3. (Adopted 2 Oct 91)
Vacancies in the Offices of the Club, caused by death, resignation, or for any other
reason, may be filled for the unexpired term at any stated meeting by a majority vote cast
by the voting members present.

Section 4. (Adopted 2 Oct 91)
An Officer or Trustee who is absent from three consecutive stated Meetings, or a
Member of the Executive Board who is absent from three consecutive scheduled
Executive Board Meetings, without good and sufficient reason, shall be assumed to have
resigned his/her office, and the unexpired term shall be filled as provided in Article 4,
Section 3, above.

Section 5. (Adopted 2 Oct 91)
Upon signed written demand, stating the reasons therefore, by three Active Family
Members of the Club, the Membership shall vote whether or not to recall an Officer or
Trustee. A vote of two-thirds of the voting Members present at a Stated Meeting shall be
required for recall. The unexpired term of a recalled Officer or Trustee shall be filled as
provided in Article 4, Section 3, above.

Section 6. (Adopted 2 Oct 91)
The duties, powers, and privileges of the Officers shall be as provided -in the Bylaws.
Article 5–COMMITTEES (Adopted 4 Dec 91)
Section 1. The Commodore shall appoint the following committees:
House Historical Committee, Grounds Committee, Beachfront Committee, Budget
Committee, Membership Committee, Regatta Committee, Race Committee Staff,
Cruising Fleet Committee, Publicity Committee, and Sailing School Committee.

Section 2. The Commodore may appoint other Committees deemed appropriate to the
operations of the Club.

Section 3. The Commodore shall appoint, with the approval of the Trustees, the following: a
Rental Manager, a Parliamentarian, an Archivist, and a Chandler.
Article 6–MEETINGS
Section 1. (Adopted 2 Oct 91) 
The stated meetings of the Club shall be held at 8:00 P.M. on
the first Wednesday of each month at the Club House or such place as may be deemed
most convenient by the membership. In an emergency, the Commodore, Vice-
Commodore, and Purser shall determine the time and place of meeting.

Section 2. (Adopted 8 Jan 92) 
Special Meetings may be called by the Commodore at his
discretion or upon written request of three Active Members, but no business shall be
transacted thereat other than that for which the Meeting is called. Notices for a Special
Meeting shall specify the object of the meeting, and shall be mailed to all members not
less than five working days in advance thereof.

Section 3. (Adopted 8 Jan 92) 
Ten percent of the Active Memberships shall constitute a
quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting.

Section 4. (Adopted 8 Jan 92)
 No proxies shall be permitted at any of the Meetings for voting
or the transaction of any business whatsoever.

Section 5. (Adopted 8 Jan 92) 
A Meeting of the Executive Board shall be held at 8:00 P.M.
on the last Wednesday of each month at the Club House or such place as may be deemed
most convenient by the Members of the Executive Board. Six Members of the Board
shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any Meeting of the Executive
Board. A Special Meeting of the Executive Board may be called at the request of three
Members of the Board or of the Commodore. Three days notice of such a meeting shall
be given.

Section 6. (Adopted 8 Jan 92)
A Meeting of the Trustees shall be held during the month of January, at the Club House
or such other place as may be deemed most convenient by the Trustees, for the purpose
of conducting an audit of the Club's fiscal records.
Article 7–ASSETS (Adopted 8 Jan 92)
The land, buildings, and other physical assets of the Club shall be considered a part of
this Constitution, therefore proposals affecting the disposition of these assets shall be
considered an amendment to the Constitution. However, the Club is authorized to sell,
without amendment, such non-real-estate items and artifacts as may be authorized by
vote of two-thirds of the Membership at a stated Meeting.
Article 8–AMENDMENTS (Adopted 8 Jan 92)

Proposed amendments to this Constitution must be presented in writing at any stated meeting of the Club. They shall, within a week, be posted upon the Bulletin Board of the Club; the membership shall then be notified of the proposed amendments and the amendments shall be acted upon at the following stated meeting. A two-thirds vote of the members present at any meeting and eligible to vote shall be required for their adoption. Amendments shall be carefully recorded by the Correspondent, collated, and distributed as an annual summary to the Members.

BY-LAWS

Article 1–MEMBERS (Revised 4 Sep 96)

Section 1. (Adopted 18 Mar 92) (Revised 4 Sep 96)

Any person over the age of 18 years may be proposed for Membership by one Active Family Member, seconded by two other Active Family Members, all of whom shall be understood to vouch for the applicant's character and desirability as a member.


Section 2. (Adopted 18 Mar 92)

Application must be in writing, signed by the applicant, and accompanied by the initiation fee, which shall be returned if the applicant is rejected.


Section 3. (Adopted 3 August 1994)

A. Candidates for membership shall serve a probationary term of twelve months before being eligible for election to full membership. In case of non-election to full membership, one-half of the initiation fee paid shall be returned. Probationary Members shall have the privileges of their class of membership, except that they shall not have the privileges of naming and seconding motions, of holding office, or of voting.


B. Club Members who sponsor applicants for Probationary Membership shall be responsible for acquainting said applicants with the Constitution, Bylaws, and practices of the Club. If applicants are elected to Probationary Membership, sponsors shall be responsible for assisting the new members in becoming active Club Members.


C. Reviews of probationary members' conduct and suitability for full membership shall be held by the Executive Board six and nine months after said member’s election to probationary membership. These reviews shall be attended by the probationary member and his/her sponsor or sponsors. Full Club Members in good standing who wish to comment on the probationary member may also attend the reviews.


Section 4. (Adopted 18 Mar 92)

All proposals for Probationary Membership shall be referred to the Executive Board. The Executive Board shall interview the applicant in person and report its recommendations at the next stated meeting, at which time the application will be voted on.


Section 5. (Adopted 5 Sept 2012)

Elections for probationary and full membership shall take place at properly constituted stated meetings only. Such membership shall be conferred on any candidate who otherwise meets the requirements for that membership by a majority vote of the active members present.


Section 6. (Adopted 18 Nov 92)

Life Membership may be proposed by any Active Family Member, and conferred on any member, only by a unanimous vote of approval at any stated Meeting.


Section 7. (Adopted 18 Nov 92)

Honorary Membership may be proposed by any Active Family Member, and conferred on any person, for life or a stipulated period, by a vote of approval by three-fourths of the voting members present at any stated Meeting.


Section 8. (Adopted 18 Nov 92)

Any Member being in arrears to the Club, for dues or other charges, shall be precluded from voting at any Meeting, and shall be ineligible to hold office in the Club.


Section 9. (Adopted 18 Mar 92)

No Member shall hold more than one elected office in the Club at the same time.


Section 10. (Adopted 20 Jan 93)

No person shall be admitted to membership, or continued in membership, who has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude in a court of justice.


Section 11. (Adopted 18 Mar 92)

A. When the limit of Active Membership has been reached, applications for membership may be received without the immediate payment of the initiation fee, which applications shall be noted by the Purser on a “Waiting List,” to be posted and maintained in a prominent place in the Club House.


B. When a vacancy occurs in the Active Membership class, priority shall first be given to Associate Members desiring to change class, then to the applicant with priority on the “Waiting List.” The applicant shall be notified to deposit his initiation fee within ten days thereafter, and when this is done, his application shall be submitted to the Club in all respects as provided in Sections 1 through 6 of Article 1 of these Bylaws.


Section 12. (Adopted 18 Mar 92)

Members owning boats shall register a complete description of the same with the Harbormaster, giving name, model, name of, make, full dimensions, date when built, and such other information as may be worthy of note.


Section 13. (Adopted 18 Nov 92)

Each Member is expected to serve on a committee insofar as their personal affairs permit them to do so.

Article 2–OFFICERS

Section 1. COMMODORE (Adopted 18 Mar 92)

It shall be the duty of the Commodore to preside at all the Meetings of the Club; to act as Chairman of the Executive Board; to enforce the Club Constitution, By- Laws, and regulations, to appoint Members to appointive offices, and to appoint all Committees not otherwise provided for. The Commodore shall be, ex officio, a member of all Committees. As Chairman of the Executive Board, he/she shall have no vote, unless such vote would be necessary to break a tie.


Section 2. VICE COMMODORE (Adopted 20 Jan 93)

It shall be the duty of the Vice Commodore to assist the Commodore in the discharge of his/her duties, and in his/her absence to officiate in his/her stead. The Vice Commodore shall be, ex officio, a member of all Committees, and shall also schedule, and oversee the arrangements for, Club social activities. He/she shall also schedule events for which the Club facilities will be rented, and shall assess and collect the fees to be paid for such rentals. After such rental functions he/she shall cause the rented facilities to be inspected, assess any damages or cleaning costs caused by such functions, and charge them to the Club Member responsible for or sponsoring the function.


Section 3. REAR COMMODORE (Adopted 18 Mar 92)(Revised 3 Mar 2021)

The Rear Commodore shall be responsible for the boating activities of the Club and shall perform all the duties of the Commodore during the absence of both the Commodore and the Vice Commodore. The Rear Commodore shall coordinate the activities of the Regatta Committee, the Race Committee Staff, the Paddling Committee and the Cruising Fleet Committee. The Rear Commodore shall be responsible for the development of activities of interest and benefit to the Junior Membership and shall coordinate the activities of the Junior Activities Committee. The Rear Commodore shall oversee the Strictly Sailing and loaner boat programs.


Section 4. PURSER

A. (Adopted 20 Jan 93) The Purser shall receive all monies due the Club, giving receipts for same when requested. He/she shall pay bills in sufficient time to preclude the payment of late charges on all operating expenses and debts incurred as a result of budget action previously approved by the membership. These bills are to be made available at the next stated meeting, and the presiding officer shall endorse them. He/she shall pay bills for items not included in the budget only on an order of the Club, at stated meetings, with the endorsement of the presiding officer. He/she shall file all communications, reports, and documents received, copies of all correspondence originated by him/her, and generally perform all other duties appertaining to his/her office.

B. (Adopted 18 Mar 92) The Purser shall assist in the preparation of the Annual Budget, and in long-term financial planning.

C. (Adopted 20 Jan 93) The Purser shall exhibit his/her books to the Trustees upon their order, or to any Member on a majority vote at any stated Meeting, and shall at such Meeting present a report on the finances of the Club, showing the amount of money due to and owed by it. He shall also report the current number of Members in each category of Membership. At the January Meeting the Purser shall present a financial report of the receipts and expenditures for the previous year and then present the books to the Trustees for audit.

D. (Adopted 18 Mar 92) At the end of his/her term of office, the Purser shall deliver to his/her successor all the funds, books, and documents belonging to the Club which are in his/her possession.

E. (Adopted 18 Mar 92) In case of inability to attend any stated Meeting of the Club, the Purser shall cause the necessary books and documents to be conveyed to the place of Meeting.


Section 5. QUARTERMASTER (Adopted 18 Nov 92)

A. The Quartermaster shall be responsible for the care and maintenance of the Club House, the Cottage, all other outbuildings and structures, and the Grounds of the Club, and shall ensure that the same are kept in good order and repair.

B. The Quartermaster shall be the Officer responsible for coordinating the activities of the House/ Historical and Grounds Committees. He/she shall coordinate with the Rental Manager in matters pertaining to the Rental Properties.


Section 6. HARBORMASTER (Adopted 18 Mar 92) 

A. The Harbormaster shall have full control of the location and character of the permanent or temporary moorings or anchorages in front of the Club premises.

B. The Harbormaster shall have charge of all paraphernalia for the Club Regattas and Races including Flags, Buoys, Anchors, etc. He/she shall be responsible for maintaining the Boat House in good order.

C. The Harbormaster shall keep a record of boats in the Club House, Boat House, on the Grounds, and at anchor or on moorings, and of the tenants of lockers, and shall give a copy of this record to the Purser for rendering the proper billing.

D. Location of individual mooring positions shall be assigned by the Harbormaster. In the interest of safety to all boats, only moorings approved by the Harbormaster shall be used. Those boats approved by the Harbormaster may be moored on the Harbor.

E. The Harbormaster shall be the officer responsible for coordinating the activities of the Beachfront Committee.


Section 7. CORRESPONDENT (Adopted 18 Mar 92)

A. It shall be the duty of the Correspondent to keep accurate minutes of the business meetings of the Club.

B. The Correspondent shall receive and reply to all official correspondence of the Club except that which has to do with fiscal matters handled by the Purser. He/she shall file all communications, reports, and documents received, copies of all correspondence sent out by him/her, and generally perform all other duties appropriate to his/her office.


Section 8. MEASURER (Adopted 18 Mar 92)

It shall be the duty of the Measurer to ensure that the measurements of all boats participating in a race or regatta conform to the rules for the pertinent classes. The Measurer shall coordinate his/her activities with the Rear Commodore, the Regatta Committee, and the Race Committee Staff.


Section 9. FLEET SURGEON (Adopted 18 Nov 92)

The Fleet Surgeon shall supervise and inspect the adequacy of first aid equipment available in the Club House and Boat House and shall provide guidance as to the provision of emergency medical care.

Article 3–APPOINTIVE AND CONTRACT POSITIONS

Section 1. RENTAL MANAGER (Adopted 18 Nov 92) 

The Rental Manager shall be appointed by the Commodore from among the Trustees and shall be responsible for all liaison with tenants occupying the Apartment or Cottage, and for coordination with the Quartermaster in matters pertaining to maintenance of the buildings. He/she shall collect rent from tenants and shall immediately advise the Executive Board of any arrears in payment.


Section 2. PARLIAMENTARIAN (Adopted 18 Mar 92) 

A Parliamentarian shall be appointed by the Commodore to assist in ruling on meeting procedure and on the proper format of Club documents.


Section 3. ARCHIVIST (Adopted 18 Mar 92) 

An Archivist shall be appointed by the Commodore to maintain and catalog the archives of the Club. The Archivist shall also act as Club Historian.


Section 4. CHANDLER (Adopted 18 Mar 92) 

The Chandler shall be appointed by the Commodore and shall be responsible for the procurement and sale on behalf of the Club of such items of utility and memorabilia as may be desired by the Membership. The profits from such sales shall be turned over to the Purser.


Section 5. CARETAKER (Adopted 18 Mar 92) 

The Club may contract with a responsible individual to act as Caretaker, and prescribe his/her duties and remuneration.

Article 4–BOARD OF TRUSTEES (Adopted 18 Mar 92, Revised 6 Nov 96)
Immediately after the January meeting, it shall be the duty of the Trustees to constitutethemselves as a Board to make or have made a complete audit of the books and records of thePurser and all other financial accountings of the Club, and to render a report of their audit tothe Club not later than the regular Meeting in March. Upon motion carried, they shallperform the function at other times also.
Article 5–EXECUTIVE BOARD (Adopted 18 Mar 92)

Section 1. The Executive Board shall interview all original applicants for membership before the applicants are voted upon for membership, and render a verbal report concerning their findings as to the applicants' desirability as members of the Club.

Section 2. The Executive Board shall examine all leases, contracts, deeds, and other legal papers and documents affecting the Club, and will pass upon their legality before any action is taken by the Club.

Section 3. As provided in Article 9 below, the Executive Board shall constitute a Disciplinary Committee to investigate circumstances regarding alleged misconduct by a member, and to make a recommendation to the Club at a stated Meeting.

Section 4. The Executive Board is empowered to transact routine business of the club and to make decisions within the meaning of the Bylaws, a properly adopted budget, or. vote of the Membership. As such, they are the representatives of the Club. The Executive Board shall have responsibility for management of the Club's fiscal affairs. Decisions of the Executive Board may be overturned by a two-thirds vote of the Membership at a stated Meeting.

Section 5. An Executive Board Minutes Book shall be maintained, and a summary of the deliberations of the Executive Board shall be presented to the membership at the next General Meeting.

Article 6–COMMITTEES (Revised 4 Sep 96)

Section 1. HOUSE/HISTORICAL COMMITTEE (Approved 18 Nov 92)

A. The House/Historical Committee shall act under the supervision of the Quartermaster with a Chairperson and four or more members in keeping the Club House and all other Club buildings in good order and repair. It shall make such rules and regulations governing the use of the Buildings as it shall deem proper, subject to approval or revision by the Club.

B. It shall be the responsibility of the Committee to keep a record of all artifacts and historical items pertaining to, or in the possession of, the Club, and to keep the same in good order. One member of the Committee shall be the Archivist/Historian, whose responsibility shall be to collect, maintain, and interpret the historical records of the Club.


Section 2. GROUNDS COMMITTEE (Adopted 18 Mar 92) 

The Grounds Committee shall be responsible, under the supervision of the Quartermaster, for the upkeep of the Grounds belonging to the Club. It shall make recommendations regarding improvements to maintain the same in good order. It shall make such rules and regulations governing the use of the Grounds as it shall deem proper, subject to approval or revision by the Club.


Section 3. BUDGET COMMITTEE (Approved 18 Nov 92)

The Budget Committee shall assist the Executive Board and the Board of Trustees in fiscal matters, and shall consist of at least the Purser, two Trustees, and at least one other Member. The committee shall prepare an annual Budget and a Five Year Budget for review by the Executive Board. The Budget shall be submitted to the membership at the October Meeting, and shall be voted on by the Membership at the November meeting. No commitments or expenditures in excess of $100 may be made by the Club unless previously authorized by the adopted budget, or by a majority at any stated meeting. The approval of the Budget by the Membership constitutes authority for the appropriate Officers to make commitments or expenditures within the meaning of the Budget without further action by the Membership.


Section 4. REGATTA COMMITTEE (Adopted 18 Mar 92)

The Regatta Committee shall, under the supervision of the Rear Commodore, be responsible for planning and scheduling all sailing events at the Club. In addition, it shall formulate policy for the Race Committee Staff The Committee shall be responsible for all of the detailed arrangements required for a regatta event, except for those functions specifically the responsibility of the Race Committee Staff and the Vice Commodore in his/her social function.


Section 5. RACE COMMITTEE STAFF (Adopted 18 Mar 92)

The Race Committee Staff, under the supervision of the Rear Commodore, shall be responsible for the running of all races as scheduled by the Regatta Committee in conformance with established rules and policy. The committee shall be responsible for all permits, supplies, and equipment normally required for the operation, coordinating with the Harbormaster where appropriate. The committee shall provide trophies according to established policy. It shall be within the authority of the Committee to assign club members to serve as Race Committee on specific dates. It shall further be the responsibility of the Committee to keep complete records for each race and to make them available to the Publicity Committee, Flag Officers, and General Membership.


Section 6. BEACH FRONT COMMITTEE (Adopted 20 Jan 93)

The Beach Front Committee, under the supervision of the Harbormaster, shall be responsible for maintaining all launching facilities, bulkheads, decks, boat storage areas, and the interior arrangement of the Boat House in good order and repair. It shall be responsible for the annual Float Launch and Float Haul.


Section 7. CRUISING FLEET COMMITTEE (Adopted 20 Jan 93)

The Cruising Fleet Committee shall, under the supervision of the Rear Commodore, be responsible for all matters pertaining exclusively to the Cruising Fleet.


Section 8. PUBLICITY COMMITTEE (Adopted 20 Jan 93)

The Publicity Committee shall be responsible for promoting the Club and its activities through the mass media, pamphlets, flyers, or other means it deems necessary and proper. It shall be responsible for regular and timely publication of the Dragontales newsletter according to a schedule which shall be set by the Commodore.


Section 9. MEMBERSHIP

A. (Adopted 18 Mar 92)

The Membership Committee shall be responsible for processing membership applications, and for bringing them to the attention of the Executive Board and the Membership. The Committee shall keep the Membership List up to date, and shall publish and distribute a new list every six months. The List shall contain such information regarding members as is required by the Membership, and by the Trustees and Officers in the pursuit of their duties. A current List shall be made available to the Trustees and/or Officers upon demand. The Committee shall maintain a permanent file of all membership applications.

B. (Adopted 20 Jan 93) Prior to Regular or Special Elections of Officers and/or Trustees, the Chairman of the Membership Committee shall annually select a Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall prepare a slate and register the names of all other persons desiring and eligible for nomination prior to election, and present them at the Stated Meeting prior to that at which the Election takes place. Such a nominations list does riot preclude nominations from the floor at the Meeting prior to the Election. Names of all nominees shall be published in the newsletter prior to the Election Meeting.


Section 10. JUNIOR ACTIVITIES (Adopted 20 Jan 93) (Revised 4 Sep 96)

Under the supervision of the Rear Commodore, the Junior Activities Committee shall promote and regulate the activities of the Youth and Junior Membership Groups. The Committee may encourage the development of a Youth Organization, the role of which shall be to prepare Youth Members for Active Membership. Such an organization may elect their own officers and draw up their own rules with the express intention of increasing youth activities, both social and athletic.


Section 11. SEA EXPLORER LIAISON (Adopted 20 Jan 93)

If appointed, it shall be the responsibility of the Sea Explorer Liaison Committee, under the supervision of the Rear Commodore, to assist in the promotion and activities of a Sea Explorer Ship. The Committee shall act as the representative of the Club to the Burlington County Council, Boy Scouts of America.


Section 12. SAILING SCHOOL (Adopted 4 Sep 96)

It shall be the responsibility of the Sailing School Committee to organize and promote summer Sailing Camps whose purpose shall be to teach young people between the ages of 6 and 15 to sail. The Committee shall also conduct sailing classes for adult groups.


Section 13. PADDLING COMMITTEE (Adopted 3 March 2021)

Under the supervision of the Rear Commodore, the Paddling Committee shall organize and promote all paddling activities for the Membership. They shall choose a Chair amongst their membership to head the committee. The Chair shall designate a member of the committee to oversee any potential finances related to paddling activities, including but not limited to collecting money for paddling trips. The Paddling Committee shall deliver monthly status reports at General Membership meetings.



Article 7–MEETINGS (Adopted 3 June 1992)

Section 1.

In case a quorum shall not assemble within an hour after the time appointed for a meeting, the names of those present shall be noted by the Correspondent, and there after the members present may disperse.


Section 2.

In the absence of the Officers and Trustees, the Senior Member present at the time appointed shall preside. The presiding Officer shall put all questions, when duly seconded, to the vote, and shall have the power to fine any member for disorderly conduct during the Meeting in a sum not exceeding Two Dollars.


Section 3.

Every Member speaking at a Meeting shall stand and respectfully address the Chair. The Member shall confine remarks to the questions under debate, avoiding all personal attacks and sarcasms, as well as adverse reflections upon the Club and its Members.


Section 4.

The conduct of the Meeting shall be governed by Robert's Rules of Order, The Modern Edition,


Section 5.

The order of business at a stated Meeting shall be:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Reading of the minutes of previous stated and intervening special Meetings
  3. Reports of officers and committees
  4. Collection of dues and fines
  5. Nomination and election of officers
  6. Nomination for Membership
  7. Election of Members
  8. Deferred business
  9. New Business
  10. Adjournment
Article 8–DUES, FEES, AND PENALTIES

Section 1. (Adopted 3 Jan 96) (Revised 4 Sep 96) (Revised 4 Feb 98) (Revised 7 Nov 2012)

The dues and initiation fees shall be as follows:

Membership                Initiation                     Annual Dues

Family Active                  $400                                 $450

Life                                    N/A                                   N/C

Honorary                          N/A                                   N/C

Social                                $150                                 $175

Non-resident                     N/A                                 $40

Youth                                 $50                                  $50

Junior                                $25                                  $25

Paddling and Rowing      $200                               $225

Strictly Sailing                   $200                              $225


Section 2. (Approved 20 Jan 93)

Dues and fees shall be payable to the Purser during the month of January of each year. Any balance unpaid by 1 July of each year shall be considered delinquent. All other fees, rents, or fines shall be due upon receipt of an invoice.


Section 3.

A. (Approved 20 Jan 93) Any Member whose dues, rents, or other indebtedness to the Club become delinquent, as provided for by the By–Laws, may have his/her name, with the amount of indebtedness as aforesaid, posted on the Bulletin Board of the Club.

B. (Approved 20 Jan 93) Unless such delinquencies are paid in full on or before the date of the regular monthly meeting of the second month after the date when such indebtedness became due, the Member shall not be entitled to any of the privileges of the Club, Club House, or Grounds, and notice to that effect shall be mailed to him/her by the Purser who shall also call this section to the delinquent's attention.

C. (Approved 20 Jan 93) If the said dues, rents, or other indebtedness to the Club of any Member shall remain unpaid six months after notice of delinquency, his/her membership shall by that fact terminate and he/she shall cease to be a member of the Club without any other or further action, unless, by appeal to the Executive Board, such determination is waived.

D. (Approved 20 Jan 93) In case of such forfeiture of Membership, notice in writing shall be mailed to him/her by the Purser, stating that he/she has ceased to be a member, specifying the reason therefore, and that he/she shall thereupon forfeit all rights and privileges of membership and all rights, title, and interest in and to all the property and assets of the Club.

E. (Approved 20 Jan 93) Members whose membership is thus forfeited shall be liable for their indebtedness to the Club. To satisfy such indebtedness, the Club shall have the right to sell, or to retain for its own use, any and all property of such former Members which may be on Club grounds at the time of such expulsion. Value of such property above indebtedness, plus costs, due to the Club, shall be returned to the former Member.

F. (Approved 20 Jan 93) A Member who has thus forfeited his/her membership shall not be re-elected to membership except upon formal application, payment of all indebtedness and the initiation fee, and by regular election by the Club, and in all respects as provided for new Members.

G. (Approved 20 Jan 93) In the case of a Member affected by hardship, the Executive Board shall have the authority to temporarily waive the provisions of Sections 3a through3f above, and to grant a specified conditional status. A Member on conditional status shall continue to have full Membership privileges so long as the conditions are honored in good faith. Failure to honor the conditions shall result in the re-imposition of the applicable provisions of Sections 3a through 3f


Section 4. (Adopted 3 June 1992)

A new Member shall have his/her dues prorated on a quarterly basis effective with the quarter in which he/she is first voted as a Member.


Section 5. (Adopted 3 June 1992)

Fees for the use by Members of Club boating facilities shall be proposed by the Executive Board and approved by vote of the Membership. Fees shall be assessed for use of the following facilities: Moorings, Launching Rails, Exterior Storage (Beachfront),Yard Storage, Dinghy Racks, Lockers, and such other Club facilities as may from time to time be relevant.


Section 6. (Adopted 5 May 1999)

All Active Members who have a boat on the property or moored in the club mooring field are required to perform ten (10) hours of service to the Red Dragon Canoe Club perannum exclusive of the days designated as "All Hands Days", i.e., Float Launch, Mooring Set, Float Haul, and Mooring Haul. Members may buy back their hours at the rate of $20per hour.

Article 9–DISCIPLINE AND EXPULSION OF MEMBERS

Section 1. (Adopted 22 Jul 92)

In the event that a Member commits an act prejudicial to the good order or reputation of the Club the Commodore is empowered to impose an appropriate fine and/or suspension of Club privileges for a specified time or to refer the matter to the Executive Board. If the concerned Member so chooses, he/she may instead of accepting Commodore action request a hearing before the Executive Board sitting as a Disciplinary Committee. The Executive Board may impose fines, suspension of Club privileges for a specified time, or may recommend expulsion in accordance with the procedures described in Sections 3 - 6below. Charges of misconduct by a Member shall be submitted to the Commodore inwriting, signed by the Member(s) making the charges. Members charged with misconduct shall be presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Section 2. (Adopted 22 Jul 92)

Fines or suspensions imposed by the Commodore or Executive Board are not subject to review or vote by the general Membership of the Club. However, the Member in question may appeal an Executive Board decision to a special committee to be composed of three members chosen by the Member and three members selected by the Trustees and to be chaired by the senior member. The Correspondent shall keep a record of the proceedings, and shall cast the deciding vote in the event of a tie. Recommended expulsion is subject to the procedures described in Sections 3–6 below.


Section 3. (Adopted 22 Jul 92)

No Member shall be subject to expulsion except upon recommendation of the Executive Board or upon the written demand, stating the cause thereof, of three Active Members present at a Meeting, which shall be acted upon at the following Meeting. A Member whose expulsion is demanded shall be served personally with twenty days prior notice of the Meeting at which the question of his/her expulsion will be voted upon. The Member shall be given a statement of the charges made against him/her, and shall be entitled to a hearing before the Executive Board with the right of self- defense.


Section 4. (Adopted 22 Jul 92)

Any Member may be expelled from the club by a two-thirds vote in secret ballot of the Active Members present at any meeting for any act against the Club or its Members which may tend to the injury or loss of reputation of the Club, or upon the Member's conviction in a Court of Justice of a criminal offense.


Section 5. (Adopted 22 Jul 92)

Expelled Members shall forfeit all interest in the property and assets of the Club, and shall be denied the use of the House and Grounds.


Section 6. (Adopted 22 Jul 92)

Expelled Members shall remove all their personal property from the Club House and Grounds within thirty days of their expulsion. Upon failure to do so at the expiration of thirty days, all rights, title, and interest in such property shall pass to the Club. Expelled Members shall return all Club property in their possession, including keys, to the Quartermaster.

Article 10–RESIGNATION

Section 1. (Adopted 22 Jul 92)

All resignations of Members shall be made in writing addressed to the Purser, who shall affix to them a statement of their indebtedness, if any, and present the same to the Club at the next stated Meeting.


Section 2. (Adopted 22 Jul 92)

Members resigning shall forfeit all interest in the property and assets of the Club, and shall cease to be Members immediately upon acceptance of their resignations. 


Section 3. (Adopted 22 Jul 92)

Members resigning shall remove all their personal property from the Club House and Grounds within thirty days of acceptance of their resignations. Upon failure to do so at the expiration of thirty days, all rights, title, and interest in such property shall pass to the Club. Members resigning shall return all Club property in their possession, including keys, to the Quartermaster.

Article 11–HOUSE RULES

Section 1. (Adopted 22 Jul 92)

Members introducing friends shall be responsible for their conduct while guests of the Club. Guests must be accompanied by the sponsoring Member.


Section 2. (Adopted 22 Jul 92)

All applications for lockers and space for storing boats shall be made to the Harbormaster, or in his/her absence, to a member of the Beach Front Committee. All applications for keys shall be made to the Quartermaster, or in his/her absence, to a member of the House Committee.


Section 3. (Approved 18 Nov 92)

All damage to the Club property shall be immediately reported to the Quartermaster or Harbormaster as appropriate, or in their absence, to a member of the House, Grounds, or Beach Front Committees as appropriate. Such damage shall be chargeable to the party responsible for the damage unless it shall appear to the satisfaction of the responsible Officer that the cause thereof was accidental or unavoidable.


Section 4. (Approved 18 Nov 92) 

No Member shall use the property of another Member without the express consent of the owner. Any damage to the property of a member shall be reported as soon as possible to that member.


Section 5. (Approved 18 Nov 92)

Members desiring to remove personal effects from the Club premises must do so in person or after making arrangements with the Quartermaster and/or Boatswain. The Caretaker is authorized and directed to refuse written orders of Members for the admission of visitors to the Club premises for the removal there from of any property.


Section 6. (Approved 18 Nov 92)

Members are responsible for the conduct and adherence to Club safety regulations of their minor children.


Section 7. (Approved 18 Nov 92)

Drinking to excess of intoxicating beverages, the use of drugs, and excessively profane and/or aggressive behavior is prohibited within the facilities of the Club.


Section 8. (Approved 18 Nov 92)

No Member shall leave a boat tied up to the dock in such a way as to deny access to other members.

Article 12–FLAGS

Section 1.

The Club Flag shall be a pointed white burgee, 12 by 18 inches, with a red dragon rampant, tail curled, holding a red double-bladed paddle vertically in the fore claws. The standard design of this totem may be had from the Chandler.


Section 2.

The Commodore's Flag shall consist of a blue rectangular flag with a white anchor andent wined white anchor rope, the anchor and rope being surrounded by thirteen white stars.


Section 3.

The Vice-Commodore's Flag shall be the same as the Commodore's Flag except for the rectangular flag which shall be red.


Section 4.

The Rear-Commodore's Flag shall be the same as the Commodore's Flag except that the colors shall be reversed.


Section 5.

The Purser's Flag shall have the same colors and dimensions as the Rear Commodore's Flag except that it shall have a blue acorn in the center in lieu of the stars and anchor.


Section 6.

Each Member may have a private signal or totem differing in design from all previous signals or totems. A drawing of each signal shall be filed with the Harbormaster and with the Historical Committee.

Article 13–AMENDMENTS

Section 1.

Proposed amendments to the Bylaws must be presented in writing at any stated Meeting of the Club. They shall within a week, be posted upon the Bulletin Board of the Club; the Membership shall then be notified of the proposed amendments in the Club newsletter, and the amendments shall be acted upon at the following stated Meeting. They shall require a two-thirds vote of the Members present and eligible to vote for their adoption.


Section 2.

Any article or section of these Bylaws may be suspended for a definite period of time not extending beyond the next stated Meeting by a unanimous vote of the Active Members present at any Meeting.