November 27, 2021

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Biker Clubs 101 – How to Create Biker Club Statutes Part I

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The statutes create the solid foundation that will keep your motorcycle club together. If written with care and followed strictly, they will ensure that your club will survive the many challenges it will face over the years and decades. If you look into your 40s and your motorcycle club still exists, chances are that the constitution you create today will be largely responsible for the success of your club.

When creating your statutes you should keep in mind that this document will be the great club equalizer which will be the law from which no club member can rank, ignore or oppose. There should be a lot of consideration and thought into the creation of this document. Once written, the statutes will be the roadmap that will guide your members.

This series of articles will show you what your club constitution should contain and give you basic instructions on how to write them:

· Articles must begin with a creation / modification date displayed prominently at the top. This date will let all members know they have the most recent version at a glance.

· There should be a table of contents to allow members to quickly search and access the sections they want.

Article 1 should specify the date of creation of the motorcycle club. Along with the club’s date of birth, it will indicate what the name will be forever. It should include the physical address and website URL, Facebook page URL, email address, phone number and other contact information.

Article II

Section 1 The Club:

Section 1 of Article II should explain what the physical makeup of the club should be. It will indicate how many members a club has (or an unlimited number of members) and what male and female members should be designated (i.e., ownership versus members). It will designate what percentage of members should own motorcycles (in Georgia this is 80% of club members) and how long a membership will last (i.e. until the member terminates their membership or violates the Constitution).

Section 2 Membership:

Section 2 of Article II generally sets out what is required to be a member of your motorcycle club. It should set out the requirements for regular or potential (trial) membership. It will indicate the minimum age of a member and the qualifications that the member must have on their driver’s license before they can register. It will stipulate how a potential member (hangout) will be designated as a Prospect and how the Prospect will become a regular member. It will also indicate the minimum age required for membership.

Section 2a: Potential Membership:

Section 2a of Article II will detail the conduct of a Prospect during the prospecting period. It will specify the duties of the sponsor of the Prospect and the duties of the Prospect. It will list all the requirements of a Prospect and specifically state what a Prospect cannot be asked to do and what cannot be done to a Prospect by regular members.

Section 3a: Auxiliary members

Section 3a of Article II will deal with auxiliary members or club property duties. He will indicate the ages of auxiliary members and discuss the nature of their association with the club and what it will take for them to acquire their colors.

Section 4: Initiation

Section 4 of Article II will indicate what is required when initiating a new member’s club.

Section 4a: Inactive Members

Section 4a of Article II will specify how inactive members will be treated and what will be considered a period of inactivity. It will detail how the MC will grant members leave of absence, emergency leave, or address a member’s responsibilities in special circumstances. It will also indicate the length of leave that may be granted.

Section 4b: In Continuous Good Standing

Section 4b of Article II will specify what is required for a member to be in good standing with the MC. Usually, if a member is up to date with their dues, performing their duties and having completed a specific membership period; they could be considered “in good standing”, for example.

Article 5: Discrimination

Section 5 of Article II will contain the motorcycle club’s anti-discrimination clause if desired.

This article has been a review of the general topics contained in Articles I and II of the well-written motorcycle club statutes. Join me in my next post as we delve deeper into how to write motorcycle club statutes.