The Railsplitter Wanderers Volkssport Association is a recreational association dedicated to promoting physical fitness through participation in volkssporting (walking, biking, swimming, and skiing) events sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association (AVA). These events are free of charge and open to the public, although there is a nominal charge for those who choose to participate in AVA incentive programs.

Constitution

CONSTITUTION OF THE RAILSPLITTER WANDERERS
VOLKSSPORT ASSOCIATION



ARTICLE 1: NAME

This Association shall be called the "Railsplitter Wanderers Volkssport Association", hereafter referred to as Railsplitter Wanderers.

This Association was originally established by members of the Illinois National Guard, for the benefit of the entire community.

ARTICLE 2: PURPOSE

This club is a recreational organization dedicated to promoting physical fitness through participation in volkssports events. The association shall:
a. Encourage and support member participation in these events and similar activities.
b. Promote the exchange of ideas, goodwill, friendship and good sportsmanship among clubs, local communities, civic organizations and individuals dedicated to these purposes.
c. Be a member of the American Volkssport Association, Inc (AVA), a Texas nonprofit corporation, with its principle office at 1001 Pat Booker Road, Phoenix Square, Suite 101, Universal City, Texas 78148, and any state or regional associations as directed by the AVA.

ARTICLE 3: MEMBERSHIP

a. Membership shall be open to any person of good repute subscribing to the association constitution.
b. Active membership is defined as a current dues paying individual or family member age 18 or over.
c. The Board of Directors may, by a unanimous vote, bestow honorary memberships for the benefits of the association.
d. Any individual previously offered Lifetime membership shall maintain that status and will not be required to pay dues.

ARTICLE 4: DUES

The Board of Directors will establish initial and renewal membership dues.

ARTICLE 5: OFFICERS

The Board of Directors shall be the association executive agency and shall consist of four elected association officers:
a. President
b. Vice President
c. Secretary
d. Treasurer
The term of office for the Board of Directors shall be twelve months. They may be re-elected.

ARTICLE 6: COMMITTEES

Ad Hoc Committees may be established as deemed necessary

ARTICLE 7: MEETINGS

a. The Board of Directors at its initial meeting following election shall establish general membership meetings for the year.
b. Special Membership Meetings may be held as called.
c. The President shall call the Board of Directors Meetings as necessary.
d. Quorums shall be defined in the by-laws.

ARTICLE 8: AMENDMENTS

a. This constitution and by-laws shall be amended by a simple majority vote of the active members present at a General Membership Meeting or Special Membership Meeting.
b. Proposed changes to the constitution and by-laws must be available for the active membership to review at least one month prior to the scheduled vote.

ARTICLE 9: AUDITS

a. The Treasurer shall provide a financial statement annually and upon request of two-thirds of the active membership.
b. The Treasurer shall provide all materials requested for audit upon direction of competent authority.

ARTICLE 10: GENERAL PROVISIONS

a. The active membership is responsible for custodianship of the association operating fund.
b. The active membership will be financially liable only for the association"s normal operating obligations that the fund fails to discharge. All liabilities arising from ordinary operating expenses will be satisfied when, and if, the fund is dissolved.
c. This association is a not-for-profit organization and no part of its assets shall incur to the benefit of any member.

ARTICLE 11: DISSOLUTION

Upon dissolution of this association, all funds and properties in excess of liabilities and expenses at dissolution will be distributed as recommended by a simple majority of the active members present at the last meeting of this organization.

ARTICLE 12: ADOPTION AND EFFECTIVE DATE

This constitution and by-laws shall become effective upon adoption by an affirmative vote of a simple majority of the active members present and supersedes any previous constitution and by-laws.

Approved on April 12, 1999 by the active membership.

Bruce W. Vander Kolk
President