Revised and amended 2015 by the members of the Chapter.


    ( 3 October 2015)

    ARTICLE I. Name, Purpose, and Emblem:
    The name of this chapter of the Studebaker Drivers' Club, Inc. , hereinafter referred to as "SDC Inc", shall be the "Potomac Chapter" or "this Chapter."

    The purpose of this Chapter shall be to promote a closer relationship among owners of Studebaker and related automobiles in the national capital area; to promote expansion of membership; to encourage the acquisition, preservation and use of Studebaker and related vehicles; to provide and organize social events, tours and exhibitions of same and further, to own real and/or personal property incident to such purposes, including a periodic publication which shall be the official publication of this Chapter. The emblem of the Potomac Chapter shall be as prescribed by a majority of the membership voting.

    ARTICLE II. Membership:
    Any person who holds valid membership in the SDC Inc. shall be eligible for membership in this Chapter. Upon payment of dues, any person meeting the foregoing qualification shall be considered a Potomac Chapter member in good standing until December 31 of the year for which dues are paid.
    Membership activated after July 1 may be assessed a lesser amount determined by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.  
    The types of membership are:

      ACTIVE MEMBER; - a person as qualified above, having paid dues to SDC Inc. and the Potomac Chapter, with all rights and privileges extended including the right to vote and hold office.
      ASSOCIATE MEMBER; - the spouse of any Active member, not required to pay separate Chapter dues, with all rights and privileges extended including the right to vote and hold office.
      HONORARY MEMBER; - any person who in the opinion of the Board of Directors has made an outstanding contribution to this Chapter. Honorary members shall be exempt from paying Chapter dues. Such members will be continued on a yearly basis at the pleasure of the Board, and will not have a vote in Chapter affairs or hold office. Other classes of membership may be created by the Board of Directors, without the right to vote or hold office. The dues and qualifications for these classes of membership shall be fixed by the Board.
      DUES; for active membership shall be approved by a majority of the Board of Directors.
      EXPULSION; is a power reserved to the Board of Directors and can occur only after charges are submitted to the Board of Directors in writing, notice of such charges are sent to the charged member by certified mail, and the charged member is given thirty (30) days to respond to such charges. The sole rationale for expulsion is action that harmed the Chapter or SDC, Inc.
      MEETINGS; of the membership shall be called by the Board of Directors at a time and place determined by them no less than annually with at least twenty (20) days' notice, announced by the President or Secretary.

    ARTICLE III. Board of Directors:
    The elected Board of Directors shall be elected by a majority vote of members voting at the biennial membership meeting or elected by the Directors to fill a vacant position. The nominal term of office of each shall be two years, beginning at the close of the business meeting in which elections are conducted. At least one nomination for each elected position shall be selected by a Nominating Committee comprised of the Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer and such nominees announced at least thirty days before the Membership meeting.   Nominations shall also be accepted from the floor at the meeting. Nominees need not be present if prior written consent is obtained.
    The Board of Directors shall consist of six elected and three appointed officers. The elected officers shall be: Chapter President, Vice President, Membership Director, Activities Director, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Editor, the Chapter Recruiter, and the Webmaster shall be appointed, with their consent, and serve at the pleasure of the President.

    ARTICLE IV. Duties of Chapter Officers:

      PRESIDENT; shall preside at all Chapter meetings. He/she shall appoint at his/her discretion, assistants to other officers from either the Board or the general membership, and appoint at his/her discretion special ad hoc committees. He/she shall have the power to decide all questions of division as well as the powers usually vested in the top administrative office, including but not limited to National club liaison and inter-chapter relations. He/she may disburse funds if the Treasurer is not available to do so.

      VICE-PRESIDENT; shall preside when the President is unable to serve and shall assume the President's duties and authorities during such time. S/he shall serve on the Nominating Committee.

      SECRETARY; shall record the minutes of the Board and membership meetings. He/she shall answer and redirect general correspondence and maintain other files of the Chapter. S/he shall serve on the Nominating Committee.

      TREASURER; shall collect and disburse funds of the Chapter, maintain financial records and render an annual financial report at the membership meeting and whenever the Board may require. S/he shall serve on the Nominating Committee.

      MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR; shall have the duty of ascertaining the qualifications of prospective new members. He/she shall accomplish the annual mailing of membership renewal notices to current members and be responsible for maintaining current membership lists (to include email addresses) and shall have primary responsibility for the preparation of an annual membership roster.

      RECRUITER; shall have the duties of planning and leading efforts to recruit new members, including, advertising, promotion, marketing, communications for non-members, design of a Web site, and developing an annual Recruiting Plan for Board approval.

      ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR; shall plan, arrange, and publicize suitable meets and activities for the membership, and shall arrange for a schedule of activities to be placed in the Chapter publication and website so that adequate notice is given to the general membership. He/she shall serve as Marshal in all judging contests sponsored by the Chapter, being in charge of judging, awards, and judging criteria.

      EDITOR; shall be responsible for editing and publishing the official newsletter of the Chapter. He/she shall accomplish the distribution of this and other publications provided to Chapter members on a regular basis.

      WEBMASTER; shall maintain a web site organizing and posting information relevant to Chapter activities, such as: event schedules; items for sale and wanted; membership applications, recruiting, and links to vendors and other Studebaker sites. As a valuable recruiting tool, the Site design and organization should be coordinated with the Recruiter.

      BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS; should be held at least six times a year. Special meetings of the Board may be called by a majority of the Board members or by the President, on adequate notice to the other Board members. Meetings should be open to members.

      VACANCIES; in the elected Board positions that occur for any reason shall be filled, until the next membership meeting election by majority vote of the Board members present at its next meeting.

      ORDER OF BUSINESS; should be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order, Revised provided they are applicable and they do not conflict with these By-laws or those of SDC Inc.

    ARTICLE V. Policy

    Administration of the Potomac Chapter shall conform to the provisions of the By-laws of SDC Inc, which take precedence in the event of any conflict; and the officers of the Chapter shall abide by the decisions of the board of SDC Inc. The Chapter assumes all responsibility, financial and otherwise, for any activities it conducts. Any applications or dues received by the Chapter for SDC Inc will be promptly forwarded.

    ARTICLE VI. Amendments
    These By-laws can be amended by a majority affirmative vote of the qualified voting members the Chapter at an announced Chapter meeting or 2/3 of the Directors present at a designated Board meeting. Chapter by-laws may be cancelled, in part or in their entirely, by majority vote of the Directors of SDC, Inc. The amended by-laws shall be identified by their date of approval.