Section Table of Contents
I - Definitions
II - Registered Yachts
III - Applications and Dues
IV - Fleets
V - Officers
VI - Governing Board and Committees
VII - Meeting of Members
A word or expression, the meaning of which is defined in the Constitution or Specifications, shall have the same meaning when used herein.
The expression "for good cause shown" as used in the Constitution shall include:
Methods of contact of the Association to Member(s) shall include first class mail, telephone, email and/or other Governing Board approved electronics means.
A Meeting for the purpose of Association business shall include in-person or electronic meetings.
A Registered Yacht is a Shields Class yacht:
The authorized builders designated by the Association are as follows:
|Cape Cod Shipbuilding Company||1-20|
|Chris Craft Corporation||21-190|
|Henry R. Hinckley & Company||191-200|
|Cape Cod Shipbuilding Company||201 and above|
A yacht's status as a Registered Yacht shall be unaffected by any change in its ownership. A yacht shall cease to be a Registered Yacht only if:
Any yacht which ceases to be a Registered Yacht may be reinstated as such if the National Measurer determines that its failure to comply with the Specification has been rectified.
Annual dues are required for each Registered Yacht participating in any Association or Fleet sponsored event.
Applications for Active Membership and applications for Associate Membership shall state:
All applications, other than those referred to in Section 3.2, shall contain the information required by subsecs (a) and (f) thereof and, in addition, a statement of the nature of the applicant's interest in the Association.
All applications shall be accompanied by the full amount of the current dues for the applicable class of membership.
Dues shall be prescribed by the Association as annual dues.
|Registered Yacht and one Active Member (Skipper or regular Helmsperson)||$50|
|Active Member (each additional Skipper or regular Helmsperson)||$15|
All dues shall be payable on June 1 of each year. Any member's failure to pay in full his dues or his yacht's dues on or before said date shall automatically terminate his membership in the Association. Any such terminated member shall be reinstated as a member only with the approval of the Governing Board upon payment of the dues.
An owner of more than one Registered yacht may become an Active Member upon payment of dues in respect of one or more of such Registered Yachts, but the number of votes which such owner shall have the right to cast at any meeting of members shall be equal to the number of such Registered yachts in respect of which dues have been paid.
Each Fleet shall have the obligation to remit to the Association all Association dues payable by the members of such Fleet. In the event of the Fleet's failure to do so, the provisions of Section 3.6 shall apply to such members.
Associate Members shall be entitled to receive all notices and other mailings of the Association which are sent to Active Members.
See Status of Registered Yachts Owned by Institutions
For the current list of Fleets chartered by the Association see the web site (http://www.shieldsclass.com/association/fleets.php).
Any dispute between Fleets as to their territorial boundaries shall be determined by the Governing Board.
Each Fleet shall file an annual report with the Secretary of the Association on or before June 1st of each year. The report shall include the names and numbers of the Registered Yachts in the Fleet; the names and addresses of the members and officers of the Fleet; and such information, as the Secretary may require.
The number of Vice Presidents shall be six.
The Executive Committee may meet at any time and place. No notice of any meeting shall be required.
A National Championship Committee shall be appointed each year by the President, with the approval of the Governing Board, to manage the National Championship Regatta. It shall act in accordance with the provisions of Section VI.
Any Action required or permitted to be taken at any meeting of the Governing Board, the Executive Committee, or any other committee, may be taken without a meeting if:
Any or all members of the Governing Board or any committee may participate in a meeting by means of a conference telephone, remote telecommunication, or any similar communication equipment in which all persons participating in the meeting are able to hear and communicate with one another, and participation by such means shall constitute presence in person at the meeting. Remote communication participation must be accomplished through means by which the participant’s identity can be verified.
Notice of all meetings of members shall be given to all Active Members by an approved contact method not less than 20 days prior to the meeting; notice to a Fleet Contact at the address on file with the Association shall constitute notice to all Active Members who are members of such Fleet.
The notice of any meeting of members, other than an annual meeting, shall contain a general statement of all items of business proposed to be transacted, and no other business shall be transacted at such meeting.
Any member entitled to vote may, by a written proxy signed by such member, authorize any other person to vote in his behalf at any meeting. In the absence of instructions as to voting contained in the proxy, such person shall be deemed authorized to vote in accordance with his own judgment. No proxy shall be valid unless filed with the Secretary, or if not present, other presiding officer at or before the exercise thereof. The presence of a member in person shall invalidate any proxy given by him.
By-Laws pertaining to the National Championship Regatta are included as part of Section VI.