Agawam Revolver Club, Inc.

Bylaws of the Agawam Revolver Club, Inc.

Article I

NAME AND SEAL: The name by which this Corporation shall be known is the Agawam Revolver Club. Its principle place of business shall be in the Town of Southwick, Massachusetts. It shall have a corporate seal bearing the name of the Corporation and such other device or inscription as the Board of Directors may determine.
 
Article II

PURPOSE: The purpose for which this Corporation is organized is:

a)      To promote marksmanship and true sportsmanship among its members.
b)      To assist whenever possible in the enforcement of laws relating to the proper use of revolvers and other firearms in the interest of public safety.
c)      To sell, purchase, lease, release, hold, and otherwise acquire properties both real and personal, to facilitate any of the above named activities, and to engage in any such other pursuits as will tend to advance any of the aforesaid purposes, so far as the same may be permitted by the Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
d)     To promote pro gun legislation.
e)      To act as a training center for firearm safety and shooting.

Article III

OFFICERS: The officers of the Corporation shall consist of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, a Clerk/Secretary, and a Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors shall consist of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Clerk/Secretary, and a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 7 additional members elected by the members of the Corporation at its Annual Meeting.

The Clerk/Secretary, and Treasurer and not less than 5, nor more than 9 Directors shall be elected from the membership of the Corporation at the Annual Meeting. Up to 3 of which shall be elected at each annual meeting.

The method of election at the 2002 annual meeting shall be: three (3) board members will be elected to a term of one (1) year, three (3) board members shall be elected for a term of two (2) years, and three (3) board members shall be elected for three (3) years. Thereafter at each annual meeting, three (3) board members, or one-third (1/3) of the total board shall be elected from the membership for a term of three (3) years

The President and Vice President shall be elected by the Board of Directors from within their membership. 

All the said officers shall hold their respective offices until others are chosen and qualified in their stead. In case of temporary absence of any said officers, the Directors may appoint a person to perform the duties of such officer during such absence. In case a vacancy shall occur in any of said offices, the Directors may appoint a person to perform the duties incident to the office until the completion of the term of said officer.

Article IV

DIRECTORS: The Board of Directors shall have general charge of the property and affairs of the Corporation. They shall have ample power to purchase and to lease, pledge, mortgage, and sell all such real and personal property and to make all such contracts and agreements in behalf of the Corporation as they may deem needful or convenient to facilitate the purposes and objects of the Corporation.

Article V

PRESIDENT: The President shall preside at all meetings of the Corporation members and of the Directors and he/she, together with the Treasurer, shall have the right to make, sign, endorse, and accept for and in the name and behalf of the Corporation all promissory notes, drafts and checks.

Article VI

VICE PRESIDENT: In the absence or inability of the President to perform his/her duties, the Vice President shall perform all the duties of the office of President as set forth in Article V hereof and when so serving he/she shall have the right with the Treasurer to make, sign, endorse, and accept for and in the name and behalf of the Corporation all promissory notes, drafts, and checks.

Article VII

TREASURER: The Treasurer shall give bond to the Corporation, if required by the Directors, in such sum and with such sureties as they may require for the faithful performance of his/her duties. He/She shall be subject to such conditions and restrictions as may be made by the directors, have the custody of all moneys, debts, obligations, contracts, documents, and other papers belonging to the Corporation and of its common seal, and shall safely keep the same, and shall collect all moneys from time to time due and owing to the Corporation, and disburse the same pursuant to the contracts and obligations of the Corporation or the order of its Board of Directors. He/She, together with the President (or Vice President in the absence or inability of the President), shall have the right to make, sign, endorse, and accept for and in the name and behalf of the Corporation, promissory notes, drafts, and checks.


Article VIII

CLERK: The Clerk shall attend the meetings of the members and of the Directors, and shall record upon the book of records of the Corporation the proceeding of the members and the Board of Directors at their respective meetings. He/She shall notify the members and Directors of their respective meetings in accordance with the Bylaws of the Corporation, and shall perform such other duties, as the Directors shall from time to time prescribe. He/She shall conduct all correspondence with the members except that pertain to such committees as are appointed by the Directors.

Article IX

MEETINGS OF DIRECTORS: The meetings of the Directors shall be held as often as the needs of the Corporation may in their opinion require, and may be called by the President or Treasurer or any two Directors; and the Clerk shall notify the Directors of such meeting whenever requested in writing by the President, the purpose of the meeting, mailed postage prepaid, or emailed, seven days before the meeting addressed to each director at his usual place of business or abode or delivered to him in hand shall be sufficient notice of the meeting.  Notice of any meeting of the Directors may be dispensed with if each Director by a writing filed with the records of the meeting waives such notice. In lieu of written notice a regular meeting may be scheduled by the Board of Directors. The day and time of such meeting shall be recorded in the minutes. Anyone not present at such meeting will be notified by the Clerk.

Article X

NOTICE OF CORPORATION MEETING: Notice of all meetings, annual and special, of the Corporation shall be given to each member by leaving such notice with him/her or at his residence or usual place of business, or by emailing or mailing the same postage prepaid, addressed to him/her at his/her address as it appears upon the record of the Corporation, seven days at least before the time of such meeting. Notice of any regular or special meeting of the Corporation may be dispensed with if every member waives such notice.

Article XI

QUORUM: At any meeting of the Corporation, nine members present shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. At any meeting of the Board of Directors a majority of the Directors, but in any case, not less than three, shall constitute a quorum. The members present at any meeting of the Corporation or the directors present at any meeting of the Directors, though less than a quorum may adjourn the meeting to a later date.

Article XII

CORPORATION MEETINGS: The annual meeting of the Corporation shall be held during the month of November 1953, and during the month of November in each year thereafter at the principal office of the Corporation or such place designated within reasonable distance from the principal office of the Corporation. The fiscal year of the Corporation shall end on the thirtieth day of September.

Special Meetings of the Corporation may be called by the President or a majority of the Directors, and shall be called by the Clerk upon written application of two or more members who are entitled to vote, stating the time, place and purpose of the meeting.

Article XIII

VOTES AND PROXIES: At all meetings of the Corporation each membership shall be entitled to one vote, and absent memberships may voted and be represented by their lawfully constituted proxies. Only memberships in good standing are entitled to vote and hold office.

Article XIV

ADJOURNMENT: All meetings of the Corporation may be adjourned to any other time as may be decided by those present and represented, and it shall be necessary to notify any members of any adjournment of any such meeting. Any business which could have been legally transacted at any meeting of the Corporation may be transacted at any adjournment thereof with new notification to the membership.

Article XV


MEMBERSHIP: The membership of the Corporation shall be determined by the Board of Directors, as to the number, and any citizen of good standing in the community or surrounding territory, 21 years of age or over. Final membership approval shall be subject to the applicant’s compliance to all firearms regulations pertaining. Falsification of any information required by the Corporation shall void his/her membership. Juniors from 12 to 21 years of age shall be admitted to the Club under the sponsorship of a parent or responsible member of the Club, said Junior to be under direct supervision of such a sponsor at all times while on the range.
The Board of Directors may temporarily suspend new memberships from time to time in order to ensure that all members may use the range facilities without undue crowding. If the Board of Directors suspends new memberships, the Secretary will compile a waiting list. Prospective members on the waiting list will be notified, in order received, when the Board rescinds the new membership suspension.


Article XVI

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS: Applicants for membership may be proposed by any member of the Corporation in good standing upon payment of Annual Dues, plus an initiation fee of $25.00. (Annual Dues to be returned if the Applicant is rejected). No application for membership, which is rejected, shall be entertained again for one year from date of such rejection. The dues paid by any member voted upon and accepted into the Corporation after October first of any year shall be deemed to be in payment for the following calendar year. All successful applicants must become Shareholders in the Corporation at the time of their election. Any member in good standing formerly withdrawing from the Corporation shall not be required to pay the initiation fee.

Article XVII

DUES OF MEMBERS: The dues of every member of the Corporation shall be payable on January first of each year, which payment shall constitute the dues of such memberships until the first day of January of the succeeding year. The amount of dues shall be as follows: Individual and Family membership one hundred dollars ($100.00) per year for N.R.A. members, and one hundred and fifteen dollars ($115.00) per year for non-NRA members; this to include an individual, said individual’s husband and/or wife and children twelve (12) to twenty-one (21) years of age. The Club shall purchase an associate NRA membership for all non-NRA members with the additional funds.

The amount of dues to be paid by memberships shall, however, be subject to revisions by the Corporation at the direction of the Board of Directors of the Corporation. The Clerk shall mail or email dues notices to all memberships prior to expiration.

Article XVIII

PROCEEDING ON DEFAULT: Any member who is suspended or expelled, according to the Bylaws of the Corporation, shall forfeit his corporate share or shares. Formal resignation form the Corporation shall not constitute default. The Board of Directors has the right to waive the dues requirement for any member.

Article XIX

CONDITIONS OF MEMBERSHIP: In addition to the payment of dues, all members of the Corporation shall observe as conditions of membership all rules and regulation made by the Board of Directors, or by such committees as may be appointed by said Directors, from time to time, it being particularly agreed that the following shall be deemed to be standing rules effective at all times.

  • The Corporation property is to be used for the members.
  • Members may bring two guests per shareholder.
  • No profane or indecent language shall be used on the Corporation premises.
  • No intoxicating liquor or drugs shall be brought into the Corporation premises and no person under the influence of liquor or drugs shall be allowed therein.
  • Gambling shall not be permitted.
  • No loaded firearms shall be allowed in the clubroom unless holstered.
  • The membership shall be nonpartisan in matters of politics or religion.
  • Any member delinquent in his/her dues after February first in the year due shall be considered in default and the Board of Directors shall define conditions other than those in good standing.
  • No member may use the Club facilities for any commercial purposes or training classes without the express written consent of the Board of Directors.
  • The Board of Directors may require that any member requesting to use the Club facilities for a commercial purpose or training class meet certain conditions, which will be determined on a case by case basis.


 In the event that any member fails to observe any of the forgoing rules, or fails to conform to conditions of membership as established by the Directors or committees appointed by same, the said Directors shall have the power to suspend or expel such members from the membership in the Corporation.

Article XX

PROPERTY OF THE CORPORATION: All property, both real and personal, which has been donated to the Corporation by members or acquired by their contributions or which, in the future, shall be so donated or contributed, shall stand in the Corporate name, but the donors, or contributing members, shall receive as evidence of the gifts Certificates signed by the President and Treasurer and bearing the Corporate seal, said certificates to be issued in multiples of four ($4.00) dollars representing in each case the actual sum contributed by the members to whom the particular certificate is issued. Upon being admitted to membership in the Corporation, each new member shall be required to make at least one four ($4.00) contribution to the Corporation treasury and shall receive therefore a Certificate in the amount donated. Said Certificates shall be nontransferable, shall bear no interest, nor be entitled to any dividend payment, nor any other payment, except that in the event of the dissolution of the Corporation and sale of its assets in accordance with the duly recorded vote of the Corporation members, the holders of said Certificates shall be entitled to have the proceeds of such sale, divided amount them in proportion to the face value of the Certificates so held. Any member resigning from the Corporation shall be required to return to the Treasurer all Certificates owned by him/her from which he/she will be reimbursed at face value thereof. All terms and conditions related to the acquisition and surrender of said Certificates shall appear on each Certificate issued.

 Article XXI

ALTERATION OF THE BYLAWS: Any of these Bylaws may be amended, repealed, or changed, by a two-thirds vote of the members present in person or by proxy at any annual or special meeting of the Corporation. In the notice of such annual or special meeting it shall be stated that the amendment, repeal or change of the Bylaws may be acted upon. These Bylaws shall be reviewed by the Board of Directors at intervals of no greater than five (5) years.

Article XXII

INDEMNIFICATION OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS: The Corporation shall, to the extent legally permissible, indemnify any person serving or who has served as a Director or officer of the Corporation, against all liabilities and expenses, including amount paid in satisfaction of judgments, in compromise or as fines and penalties, and counsel fees, reasonably incurred by him/her in connection with the defense or disposition of any action, suit or other proceeding, whether civil or criminal, in which he/she may be involved or with which he/she may be threatened, while serving or thereafter, by reason of his/her being or having been such a Director, Officer, Trustee, Employee of Agent, except with respect to any matter as to which he/she shall have been adjudicated in any proceeding not to have acted in good faith in the reasonable belief that his/her action was in the best interest of the Corporation.

 Article XXIII

ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER REVISED shall be the determining authority in discussions not specifically covered by these Bylaws.

Amendment & Review History  - 1983 to Present

 As amended at a special meeting of the Agawam Revolver Club, Incorporated held on Tuesday evening March 15, 1983 at 7:30 PM in the Clubhouse for the purpose of voting on alteration of the Bylaws as required in Article XXI of the Agawam Revolver Club Bylaws.

Reviewed by the Board of Directors, November 1991.

Reviewed by the Board of Directors August 1995.

As amended at an annual meeting of the Agawam Revolver Club, Incorporated held on November 12, 1993 at 7:30 PM at the Polish American Club, Feeding Hills, Massachusetts for the purpose of voting on alteration of the Bylaws as required in Article XXI of the Agawam Revolver Club Bylaws.

Reviewed by the Board of Directors, November 1998.

As amended at an annual meeting of the Agawam Revolver Club, Incorporated held on Tuesday evening November 12, 2002 at 7:00 PM in the Clubhouse for the purpose of voting on alteration of the Bylaws as required in Article XXI of the Agawam Revolver Club Bylaws.

Reviewed by the Board of Directors November 2003.

Reviewed by the Board of Directors September 2007.

As amended at an annual meeting of the Agawam Revolver Club, Incorporated held on Monday Evening, November 5, 2007 at 7:00 PM in the Clubhouse for the purpose of voting on alteration of the Bylaws as required in Article XXI of the Agawam Revolver Club Bylaws.

Reviewed by the Board of Directors November 2011.

As amended at an annual meeting of the Agawam Revolver Club, Incorporated held on Monday Evening, November 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM in the clubhouse for the purpose of voting on alteration of the Bylaws as required in Article XXI of the Agawam Revolver Club Bylaws.

Reviewed by the Board of Directors November 2012.

As amended at an annual meeting of the Agawam Revolver Club, Inc. held on November 19, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the clubhouse for the purpose of voting on alteration of the Bylaws as required in Article XV and Article XIX of the Agawam Revolver Club Bylaws.


As amended at an annual meeting of the Agawam Revolver Club, Inc. held on November 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the clubhouse for the purpose of voting on alteration of the Bylaws as required in Article III and Article XIX of the Agawam Revolver Club Bylaws.





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