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By Laws

By Laws of the North American Powered Parachute Federation

 June 10 Rev. 2.4

 Article I.  Name.

 The name of this organization shall be the North American Powered Parachute Federation, (NAPPF).

 Article II.  Object.

 The object of NAPPF is to promote safety; quality of instruction; enhancement of competency in pilot skills; dissemination and exchange of information regarding powered parachute aviation to its membership, to other aviation associations, to the public, and appropriate governmental agencies.

 Technological advances and safety concerns in the manufacture of powered parachutes are a major interest of this organization.

 Article.  III.  Membership.

 Section 1.  Membership is open only to individuals, companies and corporations who affirm the objects and established standards of the Federation..

 Section 2.  Membership is on an annual basis.

 Section 3.  Dues shall be established by the NAPPF Board of Directors for each category of membership.

 Section 4. Members may resign membership at any time, however, NAPPF will not refund dues.

 Article IV.  Officers.

 Section 1. The Board of Directors will elect a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer from the members of the Board of Directors who will then serve as the Board and Federation officers. These officers will perform their duties as prescribed by these by-laws and the operating procedures and policies adopted by NAPPF.

 Section 2. Officers  will serve for two years or until their successors are elected. Their term of office shall begin at the close of the annual meeting at which they are elected.

 Article V. Meetings.

 Section 1. The Annual Meeting shall be held on the same weekend and location as the NAPPF National Championships for the purpose of electing officers, receiving committee reports, and other business that may arise.

 Section 2. Board meetings shall be convened a minimum of three (3) times per year either at a physical location, by conference calls, or via the Internet.

 Section 3. Other meetings may be called by the Executive Board or by 4 (four) other Directors with one (1) month notice. The purpose of the meeting shall be stated in the call.

 Section 4. Five (5) members of the Board shall constitute a quorum.

 Article VI. Board of Directors.

Section 1. The Board of Directors shall consist of fourteen (14) elected  Directors, nine (9) of which are regional Directors and five (5) of which are elected at-large.

 Section 2. Three (3) months prior to the annual meeting, a nominating committee of members from at least three (3) regions including at least one Director will be elected by the Board of Directors. It shall be the duty of this committee to nominate candidates for elected directorship.

 Section 3. The Board of Directors shall have general supervision of NAPPF, fix the times and place of meetings, and make recommendations to the NAPPF membership. None of the Board actions shall conflict with action taken by the Federation.

 Section 4. The officers of the Board shall constitute the Executive Board of the NAPPF.

Section 5. Deleted

 Section 6. Term of office for elected Directors shall be three (3) years with approximately one-third elected each year.

 Section 7. The regional structure shall be as follows:

    Northwestern Region - Includes the states of Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Alaska.

    Southwestern Region - Includes the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and Hawaii.

    North-central Region - Includes the states of N. Dakota, S. Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.

    South-central Region - Includes the states of New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

    East-central Region - Includes the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

    Southeastern Region - Includes the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

     Northeastern Region - Includes the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, W. Virginia, Virginia and District of Columbia.

     Canada - All provinces.

     Mexico - All states.

     The regional structure will be reviewed every five (5) years and adjusted as appropriate.

 Section 8. The Executive Board shall conduct the business of NAPPF between meetings.

 Section 9.  In the event an elected Director's position becomes vacant, the Board of Directors will elect by a simple majority a replacement to serve the remainder of the term.

 Article VII. Committees.

 Section 1. Finance/Ways and Means Committee shall be composed of the Treasurer and a minimum of two (2) other members of NAPPF. It shall be the duty of this committee to prepare the operating budget, coordinate fund raising, and supervise finances.

 Section 2. Education Committee shall be composed of one  (1) elected Director and a minimum of two (2) NAPPF members. The duty of this committee is to generate information regarding flight instruction, including minimum standards, general membership education in areas relevant to powered parachute operations, development and maintenance of a Speakers Bureau for safety seminars and programs, collection and dissemination of print materials.

 Section 3. Competition Committee shall be composed of one (1) elected Director and a minimum of two (2) NAPPF members. The duty of this committee is the development, operation and administration of safe and appropriate competitive events for powered parachutes.

 Section 4. Such other committees, standing or special, shall be appointed by the President as the Federation, or the Board of Directors, shall from time to time deem necessary to carry on the work of the Federation. The President shall be an ex officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee.

 Article VIII. Parliamentary Authority.

 Section 1. The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Federation in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws or any special rules of order the Federation may adopt.

Section 2.  Board members may at their discretion use a proxy to represent them at meetings they are not able to attend in person.
        A Proxy format - the proxy must be in writing, include the name of the proxy holder, any special instructions and signed by the Board member issuing the proxy. FAX, E-mail (considered a signature document) or paper original are acceptable formats for the Proxy.
        B. Notification to the Board - The proxy must be presented to the Board at the beginning of the meeting during Roll Call at an in person meeting or during the discussion phase of a motion, prior to the start of voting, at the Internet Meeting.

 Article IX. Amendment of bylaws.

 These bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Federation by a two-thirds vote, provided that the amendment has been submitted in writing by petition of one-fifth of the membership or a two-thirds majority of the Board of Directors at the previous regular meeting.


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