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HISTORY  The Constitution was Ratified on 02-Jun-2004.

1974-Mar-17 - The first organized meeting of Corvair enthusiasts in Albuquerque
1974-Apr-10 - A group of eight people formed a Club: "Corvairs of New Mexico"
1974-Dec-03 - First issue of monthly CNM Newsletter, dated January 1975
1975-Oct-07 - The Club has its first formal election of officers
1981-Dec-02 - The Club is now incorporated in the state of New Mexico
1983-Jul-06 - The Club ratifies a Constitution
2004-Jun-02 - The Club amends and ratifies its new Constitution

The Constitution of Corvairs of New Mexico - Ratified on 02-June-2004 

  I. Name & Purpose

     1. Corvairs of New Mexico (CNM) shall be a chartered chapter of the
        Corvair Society of America (CORSA).

     2. As a chartered CORSA Chapter, CNM shall be a leading example for and
        promote the preservation and enjoyment of all Corvair cars, trucks,
        related vehicles, and memorabilia.

     3. CNM shall publish a monthly newsletter and any other informational
        publications the CNM Board of Directors approves.

     4. CNM shall be empowered to acquire and sell real and personal property.

     5. CNM and its name shall not be associated with any commercial enterprise
        or business for commercial and/or financial gain.

     6. CNM shall not, nor shall it be represented so as to, associate with or
        engage in partisan politics.

     7. CNM is a non-profit corporation as defined and authorized by the U.S.
        Federal Government Internal Revenue Code 501 (c), and the New Mexico
        State Corporation Commission (NMSCC).

        a. CNM is a 501 (c) (7) organization under (Social and Recreation
           Clubs (Hobby Clubs))
        b. Federal Taxpayer Identification Number 85-0300022
        c. NMSCC/ Authority Number 1117001

 II. Members, Dues and Newsletter

     1. Any individual of good character who has applied for membership shall
        be designated a primary CNM member upon payment of the appropriate dues.

     2. All immediate family members of primary CNM members including children,
        until their 19th birthday or until age 23 if enrolled in college or
        another post-high school educational institution, shall enjoy all of
        the privileges and benefits of full membership in CNM.

     3. CNM members are entitled and encouraged to attend meetings and
        participate in all CNM activities.

     4. CNM members shall be entitled to vote, and to hold office in the

     5. All CNM elections shall be decided by a majority vote of CNM members
        present. Proxy votes are not allowed.

     6. The presiding CNM officer or designated presiding official at any
        meeting does not vote, except in the event of a tie, at which time the
        presiding officer or official is empowered to cast a tie breaking vote.

     7. The dues for CNM membership shall be recommended by the CNM Board of
        Directors and approved by a vote of the CNM membership. CNM dues shall
        be charged for the calendar year beginning with the month of payment,
        and shall expire in the same month of the following year. Two
        additional months membership are credited when CNM dues are paid two
        years at a time.

     8. CNM Newsletters shall only be mailed to primary members. The CNM Board
        of Directors, as described in paragraph III-1, shall approve any
        exceptions to mailing the CNM newsletter.

III. Board of Directors, Officers and Newsletter Editor

     1. CNM shall be governed by a Board of Directors (BoD) to be composed of
        officers, as described in paragraph III-5, and other members as
        appointed by the CNM President.

     2. The CNM Board of Directors shall have general management authority over
        the affairs and property of CNM and shall perform all duties not
        otherwise designated by the CNM Constitution.

     3. At any CNM Board of Directors meeting, a majority of the directors shall
        constitute a quorum, and decisions shall be made by a majority vote of
        directors present.

     4. The CNM President, or the CNM President's designate, shall chair, as
        the presiding officer, CNM Board of Directors meetings.

     5. CNM officers shall be the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and
        Treasurer, to be elected annually by the membership, as scheduled by
        the CNM Board of Directors.

     6. Vacancies in any official CNM position shall be filled by CNM
        Presidential appointment until the next election.

     7. Duties and Responsibilities of CNM Officers and Newsletter Editor.

        a. Duties and responsibilities of the CNM President:
           - Execute the office as the official and primary voice of CNM.
           - Represent CNM at CORSA and other CORSA Chapter activities.
             * The CNM President may draw a stipend, if authorized by the CNM
               Board of Directors, to attend the annual CORSA International
           - Preside at all CNM meetings or designate an alternate.
           - Appoint all CNM committee chairs and other committee members.
             * CNM standing committees:
               - Membership
               - Merchandise
               - New Mexico Car Council Liaison
               - Awards
               - Sunshine
               - CNM Webmaster

        b. Duties and responsibilities of the CNM Vice President:
           - Assume the duties and responsibilities of the CNM President in the
             CNM President's absence.
           - CNM social and activity planning.
           - Administration of CNM Award Committee.
           - CNM Awards Committee includes but is not limited to:
               - Ike Meissner Award Committee
               - Francis Boydston Award Committee

        c. Duties and responsibilities of the CNM Secretary:
           - Record, and make ready for publishing, the official minutes of any
             and all CNM meetings.
           - Maintain and manage all official correspondence for CNM, including,
             but not limited to, the annual CORSA Chapter Report.
           - Maintain the NMSCC report and any federal reports required
           - Maintain, with the CNM Membership Chair, the CNM Membership Roster
             to ensure timely and accurate updates to be published by the CNM
             Newsletter Editor and make available, on a periodic basis, to the
             CNM membership.
        d. Duties and responsibilities of the CNM Treasurer:
           - Maintain CNM Financial accounting.
             * Ensure that an alternate signatory, typically the CNM President,
               can access funds and perform duties in lieu of the CNM Treasurer,
               if necessary.
           - Collect and disburse all CNM monies.
           - Report financial status at CNM membership and CNM Board of
             Directors meetings.
           - Provide an annual financial report summary to be published in the
             CNM newsletter, following the annual election of CNM officers.
        e. Duties and responsibilities of the CNM Newsletter Editor:
           - Assemble, edit and publish and mail the CNM newsletter, in a timely
             manner, as to have it available to all members prior to the monthly
             CNM Membership Meeting.
           - Publish other official CNM information as requested and authorized
             by the Board of Directors.

     8. Any and all CNM officials (officers, editor, Board of Directors members
        and committee chairs) shall serve without remuneration, except as
        specified in paragraphs III.7.a, or III.9.

     9. Any individual incurring authorized expenses on behalf of CNM shall
        submit documentation of their expenses to be entitled to reimbursement,
        subject to approval by the CNM Board of Directors.

 IV. Meetings

     1. CNM Membership meetings shall be held on the first Wednesday of each
        calendar month at a time and place designated by the Board of Directors.

     2. CNM Board of Directors meetings shall be held the third Wednesday of
        each calendar month at a time and place designated by the Board of

     3. Special meetings for any official CNM activity or work shall be held
        at the discretion of the presiding individual.

  V. Amendments

     Amendment 1. Proposed amendments to this Constitution shall be submitted to
                  the CNM Board of Directors, and if approved by majority vote,
                  will be ratified by a vote of the membership.

     Amendment 2. As a supporting, incorporated chapter of the Corvair Society
                  of America (CORSA), Corvairs of New Mexico (CNM) members shall
                  be required to be CORSA members, in advance or concurrently,
                  to be eligible for membership in CNM, effective June 1, 1997.
                  Exceptions for existing CNM members who are not CORSA members
                  prior to June 1, 1997, are that they will remain CNM members
                  in good standing as long as their CNM dues are current. Any
                  lapse in CNM dues shall require those members to attain
                  membership in CORSA to join CNM. Any CNM members who drop
                  their membership in CORSA will be considered to have dropped
                  their membership in CNM at the same time, requiring them to
                  rejoin CORSA to rejoin CNM.

     Amendment 3. Section "IV. Meetings" paragraphs (1) and (2) are amended to

                  1. CNM Membership meetings will be held once each calendar
                     month at a date, time and location approved by a majority
                     of the membership.

                  2. CNM BoD meetings will be held at a date, time and location
                     approved by a majority vote of the BoD.


1976 APR Vol.02 Nr.015
We voted to approve our new constitution -- our first formal constitution.

1997 APR Vol.23 Nr.259
The Board proposed an amendment to require CORSA membership in order to join
CNM. The board also proposed the position of "Fellowship Chairperson" who would
keep the membership up to date on the health and welfare of members.

1997 MAY Vol.23 Nr.260
We planned to vote on the amendment to the constitution for the 100% CORSA
membership proposal.

1978 DEC Vol.04 Nr.039
We amended the constitution provide for separate offices for secretary and
treasurer. We provided for an appointed membership chairperson.

1991 April
Publication of Bill Reider's CARE & FEEDING OF YOUR CORVAIR which included
the text of our constitution.

1993 NOV Vol.19 Nr.218
Francis said the CNM constitution called for the treasurer to be bonded but
this had never been done. We voted for the board to look into this.

2003 SEP Vol.29 Nr.336
Mark Domzalski said we have been thinking about reviewing the constitution to
bring it up-to-date. We need more formal statements of job descriptions for the
officer positions.

2003 OCT Vol.29 Nr.337
We need to set up a group to consider revising our Constitution.

2004 FEB Vol.30 Nr.341
The Bylaws & Constitution Review Committee will be composed of Mark Domzalski,
Bill Reider, Sylvan Zuercher and Larry Hickerson.

2004 MAR Vol.30 Nr.342
The Bylaws & Constitution Committee is scheduled to meet on 13 March 2004.

2004 MAY Vol.30 Nr.344
The board hopes to have the report at the May Board meeting, with the board's
comments incorporated and approved in June followed by presentation to the
membership at the July 2004 meeting.

2004 JUN Vol.30 Nr.345
The Constitution Review Committee presented a draft to the board, which went
through the draft and approved it. At the June general meeting: The big event of
the evening was the reading and discussion of the draft for a new Constitution
and bylaws for CNM. The draft was read through a line at a time and was open to
discussion by the members. This took some time and some parts were re-phrased a
number of times until everyone was satisfied. Finally everything was worded to
the satisfaction of everyone, it was moved, seconded and approved by all the
members that the new Constitution be adopted. It will be printed in full on our
web site.

2004 OCT Vol.30 Nr.349
Bill Reider's CARE & FEEDING OF YOUR CORVAIR booklet went into its 6th printing
and it included the text of the new CNM Constitution.

2004 DEC Vol.30 Nr.351
The new CNM Constitution sets forth descriptions of duties and responsibilities
of officers, what standing committees exist and defines your membership. For
anyone who is interested in becoming involved in the operation of CNM, the CNM
Constitution is the place to learn how your chapter has chosen to operate.

2018 DEC Vol.45 Nr.520
The regular membership meeting, an amendment to the constitution was
proposed so that:

(1) We could hold regular membership meetings at a date other than the
    mandated First Wednesday of each month, and
(2) So we could hold board meetings at a date other than the mandated
    Third Wednesday of each month.

It was moved and seconded that the amendment be approved. After discussion
the amendment was approved by a majority of members present.