By-Laws, membership and  applications

National By-Laws Rev "O" JUNE 2017
Chapter 22-5 By-Laws DEC 2016
ARTICLE 3 : MEMBERSHIP

Definitions:
The term "good standing" shall be defined as any person who has fulfilled the requirements for membership in the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, who is not currently under disciplinary review or probationary status for disciplinary reasons, who has paid the necessary dues and conformed to the requirements as set forth in these bylaws.

Section 1

Full Member:
Of good character.
Who is a Veteran of a Foreign War, "combat".
The ONLY Acceptable proof for membership to the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association is a copy of one's DD 214 or Official Military Personnel File or officer/enlisted record brief which must be surrendered to the NBOD for verification.
Must own and operate a Motorcycle of 500cc or above.
Should a Full Member resign they will be given a 5 day grace period to rescind their resignation with no repercussions. After the 5 day grace period a member will have to re-apply for membership as a new member and will require NBOD approval.
Active members in good standing with the CVMA who become infirm, disabled or otherwise unable to ride their motorcycles will be able to keep their patch and be retired as members in good standing with the CVMA. Members must submit medical documentation and a minimum of one year as a member and/or NBOD approval is required.
Life members, if for health reasons can no longer ride can at their discretion, remain members in good standing with full voting privileges and can keep their patch.
Life membership requirements: 3 years active in the CVMA. Member must be in good standing for all three years and minimum participation of one sanctioned CVMA event per year is required. One of which must be a National meeting. Cost for life membership is $200. If a life member quits for any reason or the member is removed from the CVMA rolls for any reason, no refunds will be made.
Member will be assigned to a chapter upon application approval. Member's initial assignment of chapter will be in the State of physical residence, and closest chapter. Once membership is approved, he or she can request in writing for a change of Chapter to the gaining and losing State Representative. Chapter affiliation to any Chapter of his or her choosing may be requested, to include a chapter in another state if that chapter is closer than the existing chapter and the losing and gaining states share a common border. If the distance is shorter, the request will be approved. The member will only have all rights as a Full Member in the State that they claim membership in.


Auxiliary Members:
Must be of good character.
All Auxiliary members must be a spouse, widow or widower of a member who is in good standing with the CVMA. An Auxiliary widow or widower cannot sponsor an additional Auxiliary member.
Must support the efforts of ALL branches of the United States of America's Armed Forces and the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.
Will have no vote in CVMA business.
Cannot hold a position on the NBOD.
Auxiliary Life Membership requires three years active in the CVMA. Auxiliary member must be in good standing for all three years and minimum participation of one sanctioned CVMA event per year is required, one of which must be a National Auxiliary meeting. The Full member sponsor must already be a Life Member (or concurrently seeking Life Member status). Cost for Auxiliary Life Membership is
$100. If an Auxiliary Life Member quits or is removed for any reason, is no longer qualified as an Auxiliary member (e.g. divorce), or the sponsor member quits or is removed from the CVMA rolls for any reason, no refund will be made.
Support members:
Must be of good character.
Must own and operate a motorcycle of 500cc or greater.
Maximum number of support members will not exceed 10% of total CVMA full Combat membership.
Support members must be a veteran of the United States Armed Forces.
Support members will read and abide by all CVMA by-laws applicable to them. Sections excluded:
Article 5: Elections
Article 6: Duties of Officers.


Support members:
Must be of good character.
Are required to submit their application with proof of military service through a full member of the CVMA who has held a membership for not less than one year. Support members are required to have either ridden a minimum of 3,000 miles with their sponsor, attended three CVMA events or be known by their sponsor for a minimum of 6 months. A full member submitting an application for a support member should verify they meet the above criteria. Only 1 support member can be vouched on per year by an individual CVMA member. Support members will be at a 1 to 10 ratio, 1 support member to 10 full members based on state.
Will have no vote in National CVMA business but may vote in Chapter CVMA business if it is addressed in the Chapter Bylaws.
Cannot hold a position on the NBOD.


Section 2
Support members in good standing can wear a small CVMA Support Patch on the front of their vest or jacket which will be supplied by their sponsor. Support members can also wear the 10 inch support back patch which will be supplied by their sponsor.
Support Life Membership requires three years active in the CVMA. Support member must be in good standing for all three years and minimum participation of one sanctioned event per year is required, one of which must be a National meeting. Cost of Support Life Membership is $100. If a Support Life Member quits for any reason or is removed from the CVMA rolls for any reason, no refund will be made.
Support members in good standing with the CVMA who become infirm, disabled or otherwise unable to ride their motorcycles will be able to keep their patch and be retired as members in good standing with the CVMA. Members must submit medical documentation and a minimum of one year as a member and/or NBOD approval is required.
Life members, if for health reasons can no longer ride can at their discretion, remain members in good standing and can keep their patch.

By applying for membership with the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, you are giving the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and its Board of Directors the right to verify any membership application and DD 214 records or Official Military Personnel File or officer/enlisted record brief.

Section 3
Each member must attend a minimum of at least one (1) event hosted by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association per year. This requirement may be met by attending any one (1) of the following within the CVMA dues calendar year. Members not in compliance will have their status (via 201 file) annotated as “Not in Good Standing due to attendance”.
National, Regional or State sanctioned CVMA event.
Any Chapter CVMA function, that includes the sponsoring CEB participation.
Any member that was deployed at any time during the year is exempt from meeting this requirement. Life Members and Medically Retired members are exempt from meeting this requirement.
Chapter unassigned members are also required to attend but must ensure that the State Representative is aware and able to document attendance at the event.
Chapter Officers are responsible for “looking after” their members and should make efforts to ensure all members are aware of this requirement and assist their membership attendance of one of these events.
This bylaw change will become effective starting July 1st, 2017 and be measured on the CVMA dues calendar year from July 1 through June 30th each year.

Section 4
All members must conduct themselves in a manner that is not an embarrassment to themselves, the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, or the United States of America.
In the event of misconduct by any member, under the by-laws of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, the Board of Directors possesses the right to revoke that member's membership. Misconduct is defined as failure to abide by the by-laws of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and any organization that the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association supports.
Bringing dishonor upon the Combat Veterans Association in action, word(s), or deeds. Always remember WE ARE NOT, NOR DO WE CLAIM TO BE, A MOTORCYCLE CLUB! WE DO NOT HAVE COLORS! We do not prospect. We do have membership fees.

Section 5
All members must possess a valid motorcycle driver’s license endorsed by their state as well as proof of insurance for their motorcycle.

Section 6
Any full member who is still a member of the Armed Forces of the USA who attends the previous year’s Nationals, but cannot, because of Military deployment to a combat zone, attend the current year national meeting will be given credit for the National and will be authorized a rocker for the National patch that will read, for example, DEPLOYED 20XX.
 
 
 

Membership Application

Inquires to become a member, please contact our Chapter Commander or Executive Officer
(which can  be found by scrolloing down the homepage)
 
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ARTICLE 4 : MEMBERSHIP DUES

Section 1
Membership dues shall be at such rate, schedule or formula as may from time to time be prescribed by the governing body of the association and approved by the general membership.

Section 2
The governing body of the association shall determine deadlines for payment of renewal membership dues.

Section 3
New, or current members requiring patches of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association will obtain them through their Chapter/State Quarter Master or State Representative at cost.

Section 4
Charter Members will not be required to pay annual dues and may wear the 45 patch distinguishing that they are an original starter member, or support member of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.

Section 5
Chapters may collect local dues. A cap of $20.00 annual chapter dues can be assessed. All national dues continue to go straight to national.

Section 6
The Benevolent Fund for CVMA members will be up to, but not to exceed, $1,500.00 per incident. Chapters must help raise money on their own prior to applying for additional funds from the NBOD. Money given out will not be required to be given back. Chapters with a member in need can petition the NBOD through their Chain of Command for funds. 20% of membership dues will be set aside for the Benevolent Fund.

Section 7
Annual dues of $20 will be assessed effective March 1, 2010 for all Full Members (Combat Veterans). Dues for CVMA members deployed in a war zone will be waived. Dues for all members must be received by June 30th of each year. Dues for all new members joining between January 1st and June 30th will be considered as paid in full for the balance of the current dues year and the following dues year. Dues for new members joining between July 1st and December 31st will be for the current dues year only.

Section 8
$10.00 annual dues will be assessed by the CVMA Auxiliary Unit. Section 9
$10.00 annual dues will be assessed and a CVMA Support ID will be issued.