OFFICER AND MEMBERS OUTLINE


The Oakland Chapter is the National and Founding Chapter, along with being Club operations headquarters for GGMC worldwide and will oversee all club charters throughout the US and  abroad. We are a 3 patch club for women only. 

 

Principal Officers and  Executive Committee

 

There shall be five voting officers for each chapter;


 President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Sergeant-at-Arms.  These officers make up the Executive  Committee. The Road Captain shall serve on the Executive Committee as a non-voting member, except while serving as an alternate. The Oakland Chapter will have a 6th Officer              ( Foreign Affairs ) who handle all business brought to the GGMC Executive Committee for a vote. Policy change can be made with a 2/3 majority of the executive committee if needed. To be ratified by full patch members. In a newly formed chapter there has to be in place 3 Executive officers to vote in a patch or a prospect. In the event there are only two Executive  members, the National VP shall be the 3rd vote.

 

Eligibility

 

 Any Active Patch Holder may run for office.  Nominations are not required to run for any principal office. An Active Member may become a candidate by simply stating their intention to do so at the October or November monthly meeting. A member may not run for more than one office at a time.


 Elections


  Elections of principal officers shall be held at the December monthly meeting.  In order to allow for an orderly transition of administrations, the newly elected slate shall assume office at the Annual Meeting.  All principal officers shall be elected by a simple plurality vote.  President and Vice President may not hold more than one office at a time.

 

Term of Office

 

All principal officers shall be elected for a term of 4 years not to include the office of  the National President. Founding members may stay in office until they feel they are ready to step down.

 

Special Election

 

In the event that the current elected officer is no longer able to perform her duties, a special election for that position shall be held to fill that position at the next monthly meeting.

 

Impeachment

 

A writ of impeachment against any officer may be submitted by any active member at a regular meeting.  This writ must be signed by at least three Active Members of the chapter and must list the charges as the basis for the writ.  All Active Members in the chapter must be informed of the writ prior to any impeachment vote.  In order to allow the officer in question an opportunity to prepare a statement concerning the charges against her, a special shall be scheduled for action on the writ no less than three, no more than seven , days following the submission of the writ.  Prospects are prohibited from attending this meeting, unless required to give testimony to support the writ or to support the officer in question as a witness.   Impeachment requires a 2/3 majority vote of all Active Members in the chapter.  Any disciplinary action besides the impeachment will be decided upon by the remaining officers within 7 days of the impeachment vote.




Becoming a Charter


A charter may  apply or be appointed by the National Chapter. When a club decides to approach GGMC and apply for membership, it will be put to a vote by all Charters Executive Committees and then decided by the National Chapter.  We can also do a patch over and that is decided by the National Chapter Executive Committee.

For these new probationary charters, all rules apply and will be carried out by their Executive Committee or a temporary board until they pass their probation period and can vote their Executive Committee in. 

 

Duties and Authority

 

National President / International  President

 

The President is the CHAIRMAN of the Executive Committee and the Chief Executive Officer of the club chapter.  All matters concerning relations between the club and any outside person or organization should be routed to the President for appropriate action.  The President or her delegate shall assume the Chair at all chapter meetings.  She is responsible for controlling the meeting and keeping order.  If necessary, the Chair may utilize the services of the Sergeant-at-Arms to aid in keeping order.  The Chair may not make or second any motion, and may only vote on questions where their vote would affect the outcome, as in making or breaking a tie vote, or on ballot questions.

 

Vice-President

 

The Vice-President shall coordinate all committees and supervise plans for all club events.  The Vice-President shall act as an intermediary between the President and the Members and Prospects.  All questions or comments concerning any club business not specifically related to the duties of the other officers should be brought  directly to her attention.  Additionally, the Vice- President is the Second-in-Command to the President, and shall assume all responsibilities and duties of the President in her absence.


Public Relation  Officer


The P.R.O..

will be responsible for all marketing,branding and design aspects of GGMC. This is a National Chapter positions and responsible for all  GGMC chapters.

 

Secretary

 

The Secretary is responsible for making and keeping all club chapter records. Membership List, Chapter Bylaws, Rules of Order, Standing Rules, Records of all committee appointments, all written reports, copies of all correspondence between the club and any outside person or organization, Meeting Minutes.  She is responsible for calling roll at the meetings.  The Secretary must notify Active Members of special or emergency meetings, and must notify all the members of any appointments or elections in their absence.

 

Treasurer

 

The Treasurer keeps all the funds of the club chapter.  All un-issued Club Colors and Patches, as well as a record of colors, patches, or reproductions  issued to members.  She may disburse funds to pay expenses as prescribed in the Standing Rules.  The Treasurer must keep an accurate record of all income and expenses.  She is required to report the fiscal status of the club at each regular meeting for the information of the members.  She must submit a written annual report to the Executive Committee at the Annual Meeting.

 

Sergeant-at-Arms

 

The Sergeant-at-Arms is responsible for ensuring that the Bylaws and Standing Rules of the club are not violated.  She is responsible to insure that the orders of the Executive Committee are carried out in an expeditious manner.  She is responsible for policing and keeping order at all club events, except as noted under the Duties of the Chairman.  She may conscript members to aid in keeping order on their own authority.  She has the responsibility to the club to report any unseemly behavior of incident to the Executive Committee.  She is responsible for securing any patches or colors from any member who retires, resigns, or is expelled.  The SAA is responsible for the safety and security of the club, as well as the protection and defense of its members and prospects.  She shall keep and maintain a record of all data pertinent to the safety and security of the club and it’s members and prospects.  Upon becoming aware of any real or perceived threat to the club, its Members, Prospects, or events, she shall immediately notify the Executive Committee of that information.


National Chapter Liaison 


This office will oversee all chapters outside of the National Chapter being Oakland. The Chapter   President from each of these chapters will submit changes and amendments to our by laws and membership to be voted on by the Executive Committee of the National Chapter.

  

MEMBERSHIP 

We are a members only club. There are 3 levels of membership. 

 FOUNDERS May hold office as long as they feel they are able.

1.  Patch Holder

Full rights of the MC, can hold all offices. Must commit to the club and honor its rules and keep all club business to the MC. Voting member and will attend all club meetings. Will attend all rides and events unless Pres or VP gives an exemption. Two exemptions per calender year. If you terminate your membership, all GGMC branded material will be given to the chapter president. All tattoos with GGMC or Gurdy will be covered over or removed.   No member at anytime can belong to two clubs and must advocate GGMC if they choose to remain with the other club, (HOG) members included. GGMC is copyright and trademark protected. 

  Associate Membership

The associate member will be a full patch holder but not ride a bike, she has to be sponsored by a full patch holder or founder. She also will go through a prospect period of 1 year. Her sponsor has to bring her up to the club to prospect. Once patched in she may attend all club meetings. She can hold only 2 executive committee member positions. Secretary and or Treasurer. Her cut will have the Associate designation. Full voting rights after patched in. May change from associate if she starts riding a motorcycle at anytime after prospect period and become a full patch holder with all rights. Can be ask to be part of the support crew for events and their planning.


2.   NOMAD

On rare occasions we will allow a member to become a Nomad if, there are not enough members to fill the needed positions of a charter. The Nomad will be responsible to the National Chapter. She will have no affiliation with a local charter or hold an office. No voting rights and will be held to all rules of the MC. She will be available if needed at anytime the National Chapter requests her. 
Nomad defined:
A Nomad is a member that belongs to the club in general, but not to any particular chapter. The reasons for going nomad are vastly varied. Once a club member is confirmed as nomad, they are a member of the club-at-large with no loyalty to any particular location and where their loyalty is needed and will carry out all that is required by the National Chapter..

3.  Prospect 

The prospect / probate

For a prospect its simple, Keep your mouth shut, never discuss club business with anyone, and the reality is a prospect is the bottom of the chain. To be really good, learn all members names, learn their occupations, hobbies, etc, A club is a sisterhood so be a sister, also make sure you are available for all events, all prospects are expected to do as they are told or instructed, that's a given.  IF a officer needs her back watched at an outing,a run, or a sister is broke down at 2 am, just be there. The more you do the easier it is to become a member.  You are being watched and it will be noticed. Always remember as a prospect you have no rank or privileges, and upon introducing yourself  to any patch holder. You must only introduce yourself as a prospect of the Ghetto Girlz MC, and keep all other conversation to a minimum. Then its time to start thinking of a road name. We will pick a name and it will be who you are when in club attire. The road name will be short and describe your personality or something that happens to you or that you do that the Patch Holders think would be an appropriate road name. If your probate time gets extended it means you have screwed up, and you should talk to your sponsor. Prospecting should not be looked at as a necessary evil, but a labor of love. All the horrific crap you've heard about initiation or rite of passage ritual from prospect to member is true.This part of the member process is Non voting, can attend limited club meetings. Good luck.
Respect is the biggest lesson some women have to learn.


4.   Hang Around - NO CLUB AFFILIATION

No club membership is offered. The hang around period is just a honeymoon. If you do not ride or own a motorcycle during this time you will have to own one  to become a prospect. You are not a member or representative of the club and neither you or the club have a claim on each other. If something happens to you, the club is not expected to back you up. It is a time when you size up the club and ask yourself if they are what you want. It is also a time when they are sizing you up and asking themselves if you are what they want. It's a woman's  agreement at this point. There is no dishonor for either of you if you back away from the deal. In making your decision, you should remember that as a prospect in that club, life will be a lot harder than it is in the hang around phase. Until you are patched, you will be sitting out full patch meetings as an outsider and not permitted to enter until you get patched in.

No men will be given any type of membership, we are a women’s only club.


 

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