Club Charter




Section 1. The name of this organization is the “Merrimack Valley Paddlers”.


Section 1. To gather people together for the purpose of taking paddling trips. (For the purposes of this document “paddling” means “using or propelling a human powered watercraft, such as, but not limited to, canoe, kayak or raft.”)

Section 2. To provide a medium for the exchange of ideas, methods and information concerning paddling.

Section 3. To educate our members and other interested persons in the theory, practice, and safety of paddling.

Section 4. To foster and encourage paddling competitions.

Section 5. To keep abreast of all local river conservation and environmental studies and projects and to take an active part in those in which the membership is interested.


Section 1. The club shall be open to all persons interested in any aspect of paddling.

Section 2. There will be four (4) classes of membership: namely individual, family, student, and senior.


Section 1. The officers of this club shall be: a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary and a Treasurer, who shall perform the duties usually appertaining to their respective offices.

Section 2. The President shall preside at all the regular meetings of this club and all meetings of the Board of Directors. (The President, by virtue of his/her office, is the chairperson of the Board of Directors, and no other officer or member shall be elected to this position.)


Section 3. In the event of the absence, or inability to serve, or the refusal of the president to perform his/her duties, the Vice-President shall assume his/her prerogative and power for all purposes.


Section 1. The affairs of the club shall be managed by the Board of Directors consisting of the officers and not to exceed three (3) other members to be elected from and by the active membership of the club, said officers and members to take office when they are duly installed.

Section 2. The Board of Directors shall pass upon and approve all bills and invoices payable, and authorize payment thereof; or shall by majority vote authorize the treasurer to do so for a specified period.

Section 3. No financial obligation or indebtedness shall be incurred by this club of its officers, Board of Directors, or standing or special committees, which is in excess of the treasury, except with the concurrence of a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the active members present and voting at any regular meeting of the club. A quorum must be present at the time of voting.


Section 1. Amendments to this Charter must be presented in writing three (3) weeks prior to being acted upon, must be read at three (3) consecutive meetings, and must receive a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the active members present and voting at the third reading for adoption. A quorum must be present at the time of voting.



Section 1. Regular meetings of the Merrimack Valley Paddlers shall be held each month at 7:30 P.M. on a date selected by the host. The planned date of the meeting is to be announced at the previous meeting and confirmed two (2) weeks in advance. such meetings shall be adjourned at such time as may be designated by the Board of Directors. Special meetings may be held at the call of the President or the Board of Directors.

Section 2. The attendance of ten percent (10%) of the active membership shall constitute a quorum. Active membership will be determined quarterly from the membership list.

Section 3. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at least once a quarter. Special meetings of said Board may be called at any time on twenty-four (24) hours notice; or the President or Secretary shall call a special meeting of the Board upon the written request of the majority of said Board. Special meetings of the Board may be held without notice when a quorum of the Board of Directors is present.

Section 4. Four (4) members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum, but a lesser number may meet from time to time.


Section 1. Officers shall be elected from the active membership at the annual meeting of the club in October, and shall serve for a term of (1) one year. Three (3) other members of the Board of Directors shall be elected from the active membership: one (1) for a term of three (3) years, one for a term of two (2) years, and one for a term of one (1) year; thereafter, one (1) member shall be elected at each annual meeting and shall serve for a term of three (3) years.

Section 2. At the annual meeting at which officers and other members of the Board of Directors are elected, reports shall be made by the President, the Secretary and the Treasurer for the year just completed.

Section 3. A vacancy in any office or in the Board of Directors shall be filled by a general election from and by the active membership. Vacancy elections will be announced one month in advance.



Section 1. Membership dues shall be fifteen ($15) dollars per year for individual membership (persons 18 years of age and over), twenty ($20) dollars per year for family membership (husband, wife, and children under 18 years of age), ten ($10) dollars per year for senior membership (over 60 years of age), and ten ($10) per year for student membership (persons under 18 years of age with a valid student ID).

Section 2. Dues shall be payable each year on or before the date each member joined the club. The member will be given (1) month’s grace period after that date before the membership is terminated.

Section 3. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to collect all dues and other monies constituting the revenue of the club and keep an accurate record thereof.

Section 4. All club funds shall be deposited and held in the name of the club in the depository designated by the Board of Directors. Disbursements shall be made by check signed by the financial officers of the club, and drawn upon and payable through the bank designated. Both the Secretary and the Treasurer shall be bonded by a surety company in such amount (or more) as such bond may be issued, the premium of which shall be borne by the club. Compensation in the amount of one dollar ($1) per year shall be made to the Secretary and Treasurer to qualify them for the surety coverage. This payment shall come from the club treasury.

Section 5. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep the minutes of the meetings, to keep records of membership, and to be responsible for communications to the membership. The Secretary shall also be responsible for other club communications, and will be the keeper of the depository for all communications and records.

Section 6. The Secretary is hereby authorized to purchase, on club account, such supplies as are needed for lists, application forms, newsletters, and notices as may be necessary for the proper conduct of his/her office and the maintaining of complete records.

Section 7. Members who fail to pay charges against them within sixty (60) days from the time an itemized invoice is rendered to them by the Secretary may be dropped or suspended from membership upon recommendation of the Board of Directors and a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the active members present and voting at a regular meeting of the club.

Section 8. The Board of Directors, for cause duly shown, after notice of charges and a full and complete hearing is given to the member, by a unanimous vote of the active members present and voting, may expel a member from the club.

Section 9. Resignation of membership shall be made in writing to the Secretary and shall be accepted by the Board of Directors provided that the resigning member is not indebted to the club.

Section 10. Guests will be welcome on club trips. The member who brings the guest shall assume complete responsibility for his or her guests’ behavior.

Section 11. Any motion, resolution, or proposed action involving the expending of club funds, brought before any regular or special meeting, shall be referred by the President or presiding Officer to the Board of Directors for its consideration, recommendation, and report to the club members before a vote on the question may be taken.


Section 1. It shall be the duty of the President, immediately after his election, to appoint Standing Committees and such Special Committees as are necessary to carry out the goals of the club. The President shall also appoint other committees as are deemed necessary, or as the Board of Directors or the club members may direct.


Section 1. Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the procedure of this club.



Section 1. The Board of Directors may publish and present to each member of the club a membership list which shall contain the name of each member in good standing, his address, his telephone number, and his major area of interest (i.e., canoe or kayak, racing or recreational, etc.). This list shall be
issued by the Board of Directors, by the Secretary, or by a Membership Committee to be named by the President.


Section 1. These By-laws may be amended by a majority vote of the active members present and voting at any regular meeting, provided that the proposed amendment or amendments shall have been read at the previous regular meeting of the club. A quorum must be present at the time of voting.


Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 September 2022 )