Motorcycle Clubs 101 - How to Create Motorcycle Club Bylaws Part I

Bylaws create the solid foundation that will hold your motorcycle club together. If they are written careful and strictly followed they will ensure that your club will survive the many challenges that will confront it over the years and decades. If you look around forty years from now and your motorcycle club is still around it is likely that the constitution you create today will be largely responsible for your club's success.

When you create your bylaws you should keep in mind that this document will be the great club equalizer that will be the law from which no single club member can out rank, disregard or move against. There should be great consideration and thought put into the creation of this document. Once written, the bylaws will be the roadmap that will guide your members.

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

· The bylaws should begin with a creation/amendment date prominently displayed at the top. This date will allow all members to know that they have the most up-to-date version with a quick glance.

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

Article 1 should stipulate the date of the inception of the motorcycle club. Along with the club's birth date it will state what the name shall forever be. It should give the physical address and the website URL, Facebook page URL, email, 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 state how many members a club contains (or an unlimited number of members) and what the male and female members shall be designated (i.e., property vs. members). It will designate what percentage of the membership must own motorcycles (in Georgia this is 80% of the club's members) and how long a membership will last (i.e., until the member dissolves their membership or violates the constitution).

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