We are a long-standing brotherhood of Police, Fire, Military and member sponsored, likeminded riders, who share in good times and helping others.
ARTICLE 1: PHILOSOPHY
A. The Allegiance LEMC, aka “ALEMC” is open to any male Police, Fire, Military and sponsored likeminded motorcycle rider who wants to be a part of a Brotherhood. The ALEMC will always make every effort to maintain a minimum 51% ratio of Law Enforcement officers as the Club’s base.
ARTICLE 2: ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
A. The Allegiance LEMC is one club, with Chapters in various locations. The National Executive Board (aka the New Jersey Chapter Executive Board) shall have the ultimate authority over all Allegiance LEMC Chapters and in all Club decisions, but will work to fulfill the requests and demands of each Chapter and the membership as a whole, when at all possible. The goal being that each Chapter is run autonomously.
B. The National Executive Board will have the power and authority to issue Chapter charters and to collect charter fees as deemed necessary to efficiently operate the club.
C. All matters concerning organizational, operational, or procedural aspects of the management of the Chapters and the Club shall be directed to the National Executive Board for appropriate direction and action as necessary
ARTICLE 3: GOVERNANCE
A. The National Chapter and each individual Chapter will each be governed by (7) officer positions: Chapter President, Chapter Vice President, Chapter Secretary, Chapter Treasurer, Chapter Sgt. at Arms and two Chapter Road Captains. Any member holding an office within the respective Chapter will wear a patch designating their office. This patch will be worn on the front upper third of the Club vest. The rules of succession between offices will not be practiced within the Allegiance LEMC. (Example: If the Chapter Treasurer were to quit, or not be able to perform his duties, the Chapter Sgt. at Arms would not automatically move up into that position because he might not be qualified for or want that position.) As a Law Enforcement club, either the President or Vice President must be a Law Enforcement officer. If a Chapter officer does not, or is unable to perform his duties, or quits his office, it will be the responsibility of the Chapter President to appoint someone to that position until the next regularly scheduled election.
B. Elections will be held every two (2) years on the Second Thursday in January for the offices of each Chapter President, Chapter Vice President, Chapter Secretary, Chapter Treasurer, Chapter Sgt. at Arms and Chapter Road Captains. Any member wishing to run for an office will submit his name to the Chapter Secretary before the December General Meeting, prior to the election. When the Chapter President steps down, the next Chapter President has to stand for election every two years. Chapter officer responsibilities are as follows:
The Chapter President shall preside over all officer and general membership meetings. He will oversee all affairs of the Chapter and may appoint persons or committees as required for Club business. If any officer in the Chapter is unable to, or fails to perform his duties, it is the responsibility of the Chapter President to appoint a replacement until the next general election.
The Chapter Vice President shall perform all duties incumbent upon the President during the absence of the Chapter President and assist as needed with duties given by the Chapter President. The Chapter Vice President shall also oversee the process of new members prospecting for the ALEMC.
The Chapter Secretary shall keep a record of all proceedings and shall keep the minute’s at all monthly meetings. Within one week of the monthly meetings he will distribute the minutes to the Chapter membership, either in writing or by email. He will also maintain an up to date record of all members. The Secretary will fill in if the President or Vice President is not present.
The Chapter Treasurer must account for all income and expenditures of the Chapter. He will maintain an accounting journal and log all transactions by the Chapter. He will give a financial report at each monthly meeting showing the current financial status of the Chapter. He must insure that all disbursements of Chapter money are approved as follows: Disbursements under $100 must be with the knowledge & approval of the President and Vice President. Disbursements of $100 and over must have unanimous approval by the officers and majority of membership. He will be responsible for collecting any dues, donations and/or fees required by the Chapter. The Treasurer will fill in if the President, Vice President or Secretary is not present.
SGT AT ARMS
The Chapter Sgt at Arms shall promote safety throughout the Chapter. His duties include maintaining order during all Chapter meetings, events and functions, and to protect the rights of the Chapter and its members. It is his duty to manage all complaints and to bring them to the attention of the Chapter President. The Chapter Sgt at Arms will also assist Chapter Road Captains to make sure that each members motorcycles are safe and road ready.
The Chapter Road Captain shall be responsible for the safety of the membership any time the Chapter rides as a group. He will review routes for safety concerns, and will assist other riders in practicing safe riding while traveling in formation. He will be responsible for scheduling departure times and locations for trips or rides, and will communicate this information to all the membership. Chapter Road Captains will keep an up to date record of all members to make sure that each members Bikes are safe and road ready.
In the event that the Chapter Road Captain is unable to take part in a Club run or trip, an officer will pick a Road Captain and two (2) road guards to lead the Club in his absence, and will help them in their preparation, if needed. Details of weekly club rides or events are to be sent out via email or text by Thursday of that week.
ARTICLE 4: MEMBERSHIP
A. FULL PATCH MEMBER Responsibilities: A full patch member MUST own a motorcycle. A full patch member must make an effort to attend all meetings, events, and functions, and be dedicated to maintaining the Allegiance LEMC in good standing. He must help other members in any way possible, whenever possible. He must show appropriate respect to fellow members, and other clubs. He must be a mentor to Prospects, showing them the ways of the Club. He must always remember that when he wears the patches of the Allegiance LEMC, that he represents the entire Club, and must never act in a manner that would bring discredit or dishonor to the Club. He must wear a Club vest at all Club functions/events and NEVER leave it unattended. Any FULL PATCH MEMBER that has not attended any Club events, functions, or meetings for Six (6) Months, will be required to explain why and if he still intends to be part of the Club. The Chapter Officers will deal with these situations on an individual basis, and will make decisions accordingly.
ARTICLE 4.1: THE PATH TO MEMBERSHIP
A. NEW MEMBERS: Membership Application Forms must be completed for all prospective members. These forms must be forwarded to the National Chapter Executive Board for review prior to the respective Chapter voting on the individual. Prospective members who are Non-Law Enforcement are subject to background checks.
B. HANG-AROUNDS: The first step to becoming a member of the Allegiance LEMC is to undergo a hang-around period. During this period, the individual is vetted by the Chapter members to ensure the individual might be a fit for the Club. The length of a hang-around period is to be determined by the Chapter officers. Once the Chapter officers are in agreement, the hang-around can be voted on to become a PROSPECT. To become a PROSPECT, the hang-around must receive 100% of the voting membership present during a general meeting. Any negative votes must be explained to the membership. If the hang-around does not receive a 100% vote, the Chapter officers will decide whether to extend the hang-around’s time, or to dismiss the hang-around. The hang-around will not be present in the room during the voting process. If the hang-around receives a 100% vote to become a PROSPECT, he will be awarded his PROSPECT patches. The new Prospect must pay his Membership Color Fee of $150.00 before he can receive his Prospect patches.
Prior to receiving their Prospect Patches, all new Prospects must show proof that they have a current and valid Driver’s License with a Motorcycle Endorsement. They must also show that they have current Insurance and Registration on the motorcycle they will be riding in the Club. Likewise, the Prospect’s motorcycle must be safe for riding. The motorcycle must not be a “Sport” type motorcycle and must be above 750cc in order to safely keep up with the pack.
C. PROSPECT Responsibilities: Prior to becoming a FULL PATCH MEMBER of the Allegiance LEMC, the individual is required to PROSPECT for a period of time no less than 3 months after their “hang-around” period. During this time the Prospect must attend a majority of Club functions, thus giving the sitting membership time to get to know the individual. During this period, the Prospect will wear no Center patch on the back of his vest. Once the Prospect receives his other patches, it is his responsibility to see that the patches are sewn properly onto a vest. Prospects will wear their colors to all Club events that he attends. No other patch will be worn on the back of the Prospect’s vest. Before a Prospect can become a FULL member, he must attend at least three (3) Club events, three (3) Club rides, and MUST attend three (3) Monthly Meetings. (A Club Event is defined as any event scheduled by the Club, in which at least three (3) Full Patch wearing members attend.) A Prospect will NEVER attend a Club function without his Club vest. During the Prospect period, the Prospect will make every attempt to meet ALL sitting members of the Chapter by introducing himself, shaking hands, and making sure that the sitting members know he is serious about becoming a member of the Allegiance LEMC. For the safety of the Prospect during his Prospecting period, the Prospect will only wear his Prospect patches when he is either riding to or from a Club function, or when he is riding with another full patch member of the Club.
D. PROSPECT SPONSOR Responsibilities: A Sponsor must be a mentor to the Prospect, and guide him through the process of becoming a member of the Allegiance LEMC. It is the Sponsor’s job to make sure that the Prospect knows the requirements to become a member, and to keep track of where his Prospect is in the process. Sponsors will also ride with the Prospect in group rides to make sure he is a safe and competent rider. Once the Prospect has completed all the requirements to become a member, it is the Sponsor’s job to bring this to the attention of the Vice President. The Sponsor will advise the Vice President that the Prospect has completed his requirements. At the next general meeting, the President will call for a vote of membership on the Prospect.
E. PROSPECT VOTING FOR FULL PATCH: Once a Prospect has completed the requirements as set forth within these Bylaws, and the Prospect’s Sponsor has advised the Vice President that the Prospect is ready for a vote, the Prospect will be voted on during the next scheduled monthly meeting. To become a FULL PATCH MEMBER, the Prospect must receive 100% of the voting membership present. Any negative votes must be explained to the membership. If the Prospect does not receive a 100% vote, the Chapter officers will decide whether to extend the Prospect’s time, or to dismiss the Prospect. The Prospect will not be present in the room during the voting process. If the Prospect receives a 100% vote for FULL PATCH MEMBERSHIP, he will be awarded his Center patch.
F. LAW ENFORCEMENT “LE” EXCEPTION: Potential members that are designated as “Law Enforcement” may by-pass the Prospecting process and move directly into the member voting process at the discretion of the Chapter Executive Board. Rules governing the voting process to become a patched member will be the same as those defined in the PROSPECT VOTING section of this document.
G. All decisions affecting the Chapter will be voted on by the membership. The voting membership, or FULL PATCH MEMBERS, will consist of only patched members that wear the full patch on the back of their Club vest. In the event a tie vote occurs, the final decision will rest with a vote by Chapter President.
ARTICLE 5: MEETINGS and DUES
A. NATIONAL CHAPTER MONTHLY MEETINGS will be held on the Second Thursday of each month (unless otherwise announced) at a designated location. These meetings are very important, and every member should make every attempt to attend the monthly meetings. For the Club to thrive and prosper, it requires the participation of every member. Any member, upon learning that they will be unable to attend these meetings, or any other event planned by the Chapter, should send out a text or email to the membership advising them of the situation. This will prevent time lost or wasted, waiting on a member that is not going to attend.
B. CHAPTER MONTHLY MEETINGS will be held on a recurring monthly date as agreed upon by the individual Chapter Executive Board. These meetings are very important, and every member should make every attempt to attend the monthly meetings. For the Club to thrive and prosper, it requires the participation of every member. Any member, upon learning that they will be unable to attend these meetings, or any other event planned by the Chapter, should send out a text or email to the membership advising them of the situation. This will prevent time lost or wasted, waiting on a member that is not going to attend.
C. NATIONAL DUES & FEES: National dues of $20.00 for all Chapter FULL PATCH MEMBERS and PROSPECTS will be due annually to the National Chapter in January. Application and Membership fees will be set by the National Executive Board and are subject to change. The only other FEE that the Club has is the ONE TIME, NON-REFUNDABLE MEMBERSHIP COLORS FEE of $150.
D. CHAPTER DUES & FEES: For FULL PATCH MEMBERS and PROSPECTS, the monthly dues will be $20 (unless voted on for change). Monthly Dues will be paid at each meeting or in advance. It is at the discretion of the individual Chapter Executive Board to modify chapter membership dues as appropriate. Any other fees needed for the day-to-day operation of the Chapter will be dealt with on an individual basis and voted on by the membership.
ARTICLE 6: GENERAL PROVISIONS
A. THE CLUB “COLORS” will consist of five (5) back patches. Back patches consist of a top rocker that reads “Allegiance”, a bottom rocker that reads the respective state in which the chapter resides (e.g., “New Jersey”), a center patch of the “Allegiance LEMC insignia“, which is the Club emblem, and two small cube patches that read “LE” & “MC”. Patches on the front of the club vest are as follows: Upper Left: a US Flag patch in club color, a “road name” patch and an Officer Designation patch (for E-board only). Upper Right: “ALEMC” patch and a Founder patch for Original 17 Members. Lower Left center: A personal affiliation Patch. ALL PATCHES MUST BE SEWN ON to a Black Motorcycle type vest (front buttoned or zippered). Allegiance LEMC retains ownership of all patches. Any member leaving the Club, for any reason, will return all patches (in good condition) to any ACTIVE MEMBER of the Club within 48 hours of leaving. NO OTHER PATCHES WILL BE WORN ON THE BACK OF A MEMBER’S VEST. The President or Vice President must approve any other items placed on a vest.
B. DISCIPLINARY ACTION: If any member within the Chapter should do anything that causes dissension among the members, or does anything that goes against the Allegiance LEMC values, the matter will be brought to the attention of the Chapter President. The Chapter President will turn the matter over to the Chapter Vice President, Chapter Secretary, Chapter Treasurer and Chapter Sgt at Arms, who will look into the matter and act accordingly.
C. Occasionally, situations will arise that involve special circumstances. Such situations will be handled by the seven (7) Chapter officers, and it will be up to them to determine what action will be taken in these matters.
D. Allegiance LEMC is a pending Registered Trademark, and is protected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The National Executive Board owns the trademark of the Allegiance LEMC patches and shall possess the authority to issue Allegiance LEMC patches to members. All Allegiance LEMC patches are the property of the National Executive Board and may be recalled for just cause. Patch fees are not refundable.
E. It is the purpose of these Bylaws to preserve and protect the integrity and character of the Club for its membership, and to promote the ideals this club was founded for: Brotherhood, fun, fellowship, charity and riding
F. The Allegiance LEMC National Executive Board reserves the right to issue changes and amendments to these By-Laws as deemed necessary for the efficient operation of the Club. All members and associates are bound to abide by all future changes and amendments.
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