Bylaws: Bad Azz Country Boyz Motorcycle Club of Abbeville, SC
The mission of the Bad Azz Country Boyz Motorcycle Club, inc. is to foster a spirit of camaraderie among
friends and foster the spirit of giving relief to those less fortunate in our community. This will be accomplished
through a common interest in motorcycling. We will promote safe communities, positive images of
responsible men, and sponsor and support social, educational and charitable programs in our communities.
"Respect All, Fear None"
Article I - Name:
This organization shall be known as the Bad Azz Country Boyz Motorcycle Club (aka BACBMC).
Article II - Organization:
1) The Bad Azz Country Boyz Motorcycle Club was founded May 2007.
2) The Bad Azz Country Boyz Motorcycle Club incorporated as a non-profit Motorcycle Club, inc. July 3, 2007.
3) A charted club is one that has been approved by the State of South Carolina.
4) These Bylaws shall be the fundamental law of the Bad Azz Country Boyz Motorcycle Club.
Article III – Membership:
Section 1. - Full Members: Full voting members meeting all requirements as set forth here.
Full membership in the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C is open to;
Select persons of at least 18 years of age who demonstrate the ideals and values of the Bad Azz Country
Boyz M/C with an endorsement of one full member in good standing. All members (with the exception of
members spouse/significant other) must own a motorcycle (not limited to any specific motorcycle brand).
Bikes should be of sufficient size to maintain highway speeds of 65-70 mph for prolonged periods of time. All
members shall be properly licensed and insured and their bikes shall be registered and inspected as required
by law. Full members will wear a club designation patch indicating the club to which they belong below the
colors. All members at the time of the adoption of these bylaws are grandfathered as “Full Members”.
Section 2 – Prospective Members
1) An individual who desires membership in the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C shall have a member in good
standing as a sponsor. The sponsor has to have a personal knowledge of the prospect candidate. The
Sponsoring member shall introduce the prospect to his club. Club members should take this opportunity to
question the candidate regarding his qualifications and reasons for wanting to join BACBMC.
2) An individual who desires membership but does not have a sponsor and is not known by the members must
become familiar with the membership by attending club events and activities and should make his/her
intentions known to the Executive Board and the club members. When and if the Board feels that the
candidate is ready to become a prospect, they will assign the Sergeant at Arms as the sponsor.
The candidate will be invited to a general meeting and be introduced to the membership as a candidate for
prospect. Club members should take this opportunity to question the candidate regarding his/her qualifications
and reasons for wanting to join BACBMC.
3) Upon acceptance as a prospect, a completed prospective membership application with all information will
be submitted to the BACBMC.
4) Prospects will have no voting privileges until such time as they are accepted into full membership.
5) Probationary Period – A probationary period is provided to ensure that a prospective member is suitable
for membership in the BACBMC and may vary by individual.
a) The term of any probationary period shall be determined by each individual club and will be defined in their
club operating policy.
b) A Prospect will not wear colors during any probationary period.
Section 4 – Acceptance of Membership
1) At the completion of any probationary period, the prospects sponsor will open a discussion at a club
meeting regarding the acceptance of the prospect for membership. A majority vote of the Full Members
present is required to accept the prospect as a member.
2) Upon acceptance as a Full member:
a) The new member will pay all fees and/or dues in full.
b) The new member will be presented with colors.
c) The new member will take the membership pledge.
d) The new member will be provided with appropriate access to members only portions of the BACB/club
Section 5 – Duration of Membership
BACBMC membership will continue as long as a person maintains membership in good standing.
Section 6 – Requirements for membership in good standing
1. A member in good standing must be a fully patched member.
2. All club members and prospects will be required to comply with the BACBMC Bylaws and their individual
Club Operating Policy.
3. BACBMC members are expressly prohibited from commencing or being a member of any motorcycle club
other than the BACBMC. The BACBMC club shall not include motorcycle benefit organizations, such as
American Motorcycle Association (A.M.A.), Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.), Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward
Education (A.B.A.T.E) or Patriot Guard Riders.
4. All BACBMC members will support other clubs activities and events.
5. Members will ensure that the Business Manager of the club has their current address, telephone number
and notify their Business Manager of any changes.
Section 7 – Resignation of Membership
The membership of any member of the BACBMC will terminate after the member has submitted a written
request for such termination to their respective Executive Board.
That Board will respond in writing and/or verbal form to said request.
Article IV - Code of Conduct:
1) All members are expected to conduct themselves in a manner so as to bring honor and respect to the club
at all times. Any actions, by a member, deemed detrimental to the organization, shall be cause for review
under the disciplinary procedures and could result in discipline up to or including suspension or expulsion from
membership in the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C, Inc.
2) At no time should any member be associated with so called 1% or “outlaw” organizations. Such association
shall be deemed grounds for immediate suspension and possible revocation of membership.
Article V- Meetings/Activities:
Section 1 - Annual Meeting – An annual meeting will be held in compliance with applicable laws and
requirements under the state and federal jurisdictions regarding the operation of non-profit corporations. The
date of the regular annual meeting shall be set by the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C Executive Board who shall
also set the time and place.
Section 2 - Notice - Notice of meetings shall be sent to each member via email or text and through posting on
the BACBMC web site.
Section 3 - Participation - The Club will periodically conduct meetings to discuss business and plan activities.
Meetings are voluntary and attendance is not a condition of continued membership. Members are however,
strongly urged to participate in meetings in order to help plan the activities and conduct the business of the
club. Meetings will often be held in conjunction with other club activities, such as club rides. While generally
non-member participation in rides and activities shall be encouraged, on occasion it may be necessary to
restrict activities to members only. These members-only activities will be clearly announced as such. When
no restriction is specifically announced, guests are welcome.
Section 4 - Activities - Rides and activities may be suggested and organized by any club member. Officially
sponsored rides should be coordinated with the Club Road Captain.
a) Sanctioned Rides/Activities - A “sanctioned” ride/activity is a ride/activity organized and sponsored by the
BACBMC or other group or organization and which has received approval by a vote of the membership. All
members shall wear their colors when participating in a “sanctioned” ride/activity. To present a good image
for the organization, as many members as possible are encouraged to participate in “sanctioned”
b) Non-Sanctioned Rides/Activities - A “non-sanctioned” ride/activity is a ride that has not been voted on by
the membership. Members are free to participate in “non-sanctioned” rides/activities, where such
participation is not in violation of the BACBMC bylaws or code of conduct or club operating policy. The
wearing of colors on “non-sanctioned” rides/activities is optional.
Article VI- Dues/Initiation Fees:
All members will pay dues to the organization as a condition of continued membership. New members may
be assessed an initiation fee which shall include the first year's dues. Dues and initiation fees will not be pro-
rated except that, any individual paying initiation fees in the last quarter (October 1 through December 31) of
any calendar year will be considered “paid in full” for the previous year. Dues/initiation fees are not subject to
refund in the event a member leaves the organization.
Section 1 – Setting of Dues/Initiation Fees - Initiation fees and dues will be set by the Bad Azz Country Boyz
M/C Executive Board. All dues will be made payable to Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C.
Article VII- Officers:
Section 1 – Executive Board - A five (5) member Executive board shall be elected to oversee the conduct of
business for the organization and each club. The Executive Board of the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C will act
as the directors of the BACBMC and will have sole discretion in granting of charters to clubs and
a) Offices - The Executive Board will consist of five (5) officers:
Subject to the authority of the Board, the President shall be the General Executive Head of the club. The
President shall preside at all meetings of the club, the Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee, and
shall be Ex Officio member of all other committees, except the Nominating Committee. He shall be the co-
signer with the Officers and Board of Directors at each monthly meeting of the club. The President may not
vote on any motion presented to the board unless there is a tie.
2. Vice President:
At the request of the President, or in the event of his absence or disability, the Vice President may perform the
duties and possess and exercise the powers of the President; and to the extent authorized by law, the Vice
President shall have such other powers as the entire Board may determine, and shall perform such other
duties as may be assigned by the entire Board. The Vice President may continue to perform the duties of the
President until such time as the entire Board declares a vacancy and elects a qualified replacement to serve
3. Business Manager:
The Business Manager shall have custody of all funds and property of the club, subject to such regulations as
may be imposed by the entire Board, in such sum and with such sureties as the entire Board may require. He
shall receive all club funds, depositing the same in the name of the club in such bank or trust company as may
be designated by the entire Board, and keep accurate record of all receipts and disbursements. When
necessary or proper, he may co-sign with the President on behalf of the club, checks, notes, and other
obligations, given on behalf of the club. He shall not make any disbursement of club funds, other than club
administrative expenses in excess of one hundred dollars ($100.00) without prior approval of the entire
Board. He shall enter regularly, on the books of the club to be kept by him for the purpose, full and accurate
account of all monies and obligations received and paid or incurred by him for or on account of the club, and
shall exhibit such books at all reasonable times to any board member on application. He shall make a full
report of the financial status of the club at each monthly meeting and upon request, at any meeting of the
Board. He shall, in general, perform all duties incident to the office of Business Manager, subject to the control
of the Board. He shall also be bonded, which is to be paid for by the Club.
The Secretary shall have charge of such books, documents, and papers as the entire Board may determine
and shall have the custody of the Club Seal. The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the club and the board,
and shall keep the minutes of all meetings. He shall keep a record, containing names, alphabetically
arranged, of all the members of the club, showing their places of residence, and such book shall be open for
inspection as prescribed by law. He shall collect all yearly dues from membership and turn the same over to
the Business Manager upon demand, taking a receipt therefore. He shall give adequate notice to all
members in advance of the monthly meeting or any special meeting of the club, and shall make a full report of
the membership status of the club at each monthly meeting. At the request of the President, or as otherwise
provided herein, he shall give adequate notice of all meetings of the Board. He shall also be bonded, paid for
by the club.
5. Sergeant at Arms:
The Sergeant at Arms will be appointed by the President for a term not to exceed one year. His appointment
or removal must be approved by the Executive Board. The Sergeant at Arms will maintain order at club
meetings and will ensure that no unauthorized individuals enter the meeting place. He will maintain a sign-in
sheet for club meetings.
Section 2 – Election – Board members shall be nominated and elected by a vote of the club membership.
These elections will be held 1 month prior to the expiration of any term and be effective at the expiration of the
current term. Nominees must be BACBMC members in good standing of at least one year completed
Section 3 – Transfer of Leadership – Upon election of a new executive board outgoing board members will
transfer any and all pertinent information and or records to the incoming officers without delay.
Section 4 – Terms – All Board members will serve a term of two years, but are eligible for re-election.
Section 5 – Powers – Executive Board members shall see to the day to day business of the organization/club.
They will set meeting dates, times and places and oversee the conduct of those meetings. The Board will
oversee any disciplinary issues brought before the organization/club. They will have the power to make
decisions regarding the conduct of business of the organization/club. Any decisions made by the board must
be by a majority vote of its members.
Section 6 – Limitations – Board members have no more power than their collective individual votes except as
provided for in the bylaws. All members have equal standing in the club. Decisions will be made by a majority
vote of members present, or may at times be posted for vote on the BACB/club website.
Section 7 – Vacancies - Should one or more Executive Board members step down or be removed, the
vacancy shall be filled from within the club membership by the election of an active BACBMC member in good
standing of at least 1 year.
Article VIII - Discipline:
Section 1 – Reporting - In the case of actions by a member that are deemed detrimental to the organization,
such actions should be reported to the club Executive Board along with all evidence to substantiate the
Section 2 – Action - In the event that a member is accused of actions detrimental to the organization, that
individual may be brought up for review before the membership. This may occur at a regularly scheduled
meeting, or in the case of serious misconduct, a special meeting may be called. At that time, all evidence
regarding the matter shall be presented, and the individual in question will be given an opportunity to explain
Following this presentation of evidence, the accused member will be asked to leave the room and a vote will
be taken to decide guilt or innocence and any sanctions that should be taken. A minimum quorum of 30% of
full members must be present to initiate a suspension or revocation of membership. The member will then be
called back and the Club
Sergeant at Arms will inform the member of the verdict and any penalty imposed. In particularly egregious
cases, the Executive Board may by unanimous vote invoke a suspension prior to the disciplinary hearing. Any
sanction rising to the level of suspension or expulsion must be submitted to the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C
Executive Board along with all evidence for review.
Section 3 – Sanctions - Sanctions for misconduct or actions detrimental the organization will range from verbal
warning or reprimand, up to or including revocation of membership.
Sanctions of suspension or revocation of membership shall be reported immediately to the
Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C Executive Board with appropriate details. Lesser sanctions will be kept within the
local Club except in cases of repeated offenses by a member.
Article IX- Patches ("Colors"):
Section 1 – Ownership - Patches (Colors) are the property of the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C. and no issuance
of the "colors" to a member should be construed as anything less.
Section 2 – Rights - The Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C name and emblems are copyrighted/ trademarked
material and cannot be reproduced by any individual, club member, or local club without expressed
permission from the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C Executive Board.
Section 3 – Surrender -A member who leaves the club must surrender his/her colors, and any other items that
denote membership in the club. Initiation fees/Dues do not constitute a “purchase” of colors, and at no time are
Section 4 – Wearing of Colors
Members shall wear their colors when participating in all club functions.
1) Colors shall be worn in an approved fashion (IE: sewn on a black vest or jacket in the proper arrangement).
Ride patches/pins or other decoration may be worn on the vest/jacket, but not within the arrangement of the
2) Colors are never to be worn by non-members.
3) Colors are to be worn and handled with respect.
4) Wearing of the colors is a privilege. Any member who is suspended or expelled will surrender their colors to
the Sergeant at Arms until membership is reinstated.
Article X – Clubs:
Section 1 – Request for new Club
1) Completed requests to establish a new BACBMC Charter Club must be submitted in writing to the Bad Azz
Country Boyz M/C.
2) The New Charter Club Application form must identify the members that will hold the positions of President,
Vice President, Business Manager Secretary, Sergeant @ Arms, and Road Captain. (Sgt. @ Arms and Road
Captain are optional with approval from the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C Board)
3) A minimum of five members is required to start a new Charter Club.
4) A New Charter Club Application form is available upon request from the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C.
Section 2 – Requirements for Members of a new Club
1) All members of the new Charter Club, including transferring members from other clubs, shall complete a
Prospective Membership Application form to be submitted to the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C.
2) Application fees are identified in the Prospective Membership Application form.
3) New prospective membership application fees will be sent to the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C.
4) Members in good standing that are transferring from an existing club are not required to pay the application
5) A Prospective Membership Application form is available upon request from the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C.
Section 3 – Founding Club
The Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C is the founding club and will act as the mother club for all other clubs in the
organization. This founding club will:
1) Post the BACBMC Bylaws for public viewing on the BACBMC website.
2) Approve and authorize the formation of new Bad Azz Country Boyz Motorcycle Club Executive Boards.
3) Approve and authorize the formation of new Bad Azz Country Boyz Motorcycle Club Charter Clubs.
4) Make an announcement of a new Charter Clubs to all other BACBMC clubs.
5) Procure and distribute all clothing items that display the BACBMC Colors on the back of the item when
these items are fashioned in such a way as to resemble BACBMC members Colors.
6) Procure and distribute BACBMC colors to be worn on the back of all members’ vests.
7) Provide Certificate’s of Acceptance recognizing each Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C Charter Club.
8) Maintain a roster of all clubs’ Executive Boards and all BACBMC members.
9) Maintain a BACBMC website. The website shall include:
a) A page for each club with the contact information of the club’s Board of Directors and a link to their website.
b) A page with links to BACBMC official documents and forms.
Section 4 - Charter Clubs All clubs granted charter by the BACBMC will:
1) A New Charter Club Executive Board shall sign a document indicating they agree to abide by and maintain
the integrity of the BACBMC Bylaws.
2) Will be required to participate in a least one conference per year with the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C
3) Establish individual club operating policies. Each Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C shall complete their version of
a document known as the “Club
Operating Policy” and keep it with a copy of the Bad Azz Country Boyz Motorcycle Club Bylaws. The Club
Operating Policy will not override or conflict with the BACBMC Bylaws. A copy of the club operating policies
and any subsequent amendments will be forwarded to the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C Executive Board for a
check of compliance with the BACBMC Bylaws, Articles of incorporation and Non-Profit status.
4) Each Charter Club will be responsible for seeing that a roster of members including their contact
information is provided to the Central PA Club on an annual basis. Further they will notify the Central PA club
of all new prospects/members within 30 days of their application and forward a copy of those applications to
the secretary/treasurer of the Central PA Club within that time.
5) Be responsible for the proper conduct and licensing of any and all fund raisers, raffles, or events that raise
monies for their clubs and do so in accordance with Local, State and Federal laws.
6) Include their club name on all notices, flyers and calendar entries of events, fund raisers, raffles, etc...
7) Require all club members to obey all Local, State and Federal laws.
8) Use the most current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order to settle any procedural disputes which will prevail in
all cases not in conflict with the BACBMC Bylaws.
9) If their Bad Azz Country Boyz Motorcycle Club should disband, all assets of the club must be transferred to a
charitable organization. The said charitable organization must be recognized as exempt from Federal taxes
under Internal Revenue Service Tax Code 501(c) (3).
Section 5 – Expulsion of a Club
Any member who alleges that a club is conducting itself in a manner that conflicts with the Bad Azz Country
Boyz Motorcycle Club Bylaws must send substantiated proof of such allegations to the President of the Bad
Azz Country Boyz M/C. The Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C will proceed with the possible expulsion as follows:
1) The Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C Board will have a discussion with its general membership about the
2) If the allegations cannot be substantiated a letter will be sent to the accused club President informing him of
the allegations and that they cannot be substantiated.
3) The allegations will be provided to the club in question by means of a written notification in a certified letter
with return receipt. The accused club will have (30) thirty days to contest the accusations.
4) If the allegations can be substantiated, a 2/3 vote of the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C members present at a
general meeting are required to expel a club.
5) If the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C decides to expel a club, written notification by means of a certified letter
with return receipt will be sent to the President of the expelled club indicating expulsion and the rationale
When formal expulsion from the BACBMC is mandated, the expelled club will:
1) Cease and desist from the BACBMC.
2) Forfeit their colors, patches and any BACBMC property to the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C within (30) thirty
days of expulsion notification.
3) Will have no right, title, interest or claim in any assets of the BACBMC.
4) Relinquish any rights to a refund of fees or contributions by the expelled club to the Bad Azz Country Boyz
5) Dispose of all assets to a charitable organization. The charitable organization must be recognized as
exempt from Federal taxes under Internal Revenue Service Tax Code 501(c) (3).
The Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C will notify all BACB MC members of the expulsion.
If the expelled club President fails to comply with the request to return any and all property owned by the Bad
Azz Country Boyz M/C within (30) thirty days, the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C will file a criminal complaint with
the state police of the expelled clubs location requesting larceny charges be filed against the club’s President
and or its general membership. No member from that club may transfer during the time of the allegations to
another club to escape the pending decision of the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C.
Article XI – Non-Profit Status:
Section 1 – Non-Profit Status Objectives The Bad Azz Country Boyz Motorcycle Club was formed as a Non-
Profit M/C. It is the responsibility of each club to do the following for proper operation.
1) Establish Articles of Incorporation in their respective State.
2) File for the proper Non-Profit tax filing status.
3) File tax returns in accordance with Local, State and Federal laws.
4) Each individual club is responsible for the proper conduct and licensing of any and all fund raisers, raffles,
or events that raise monies for their clubs and must do so in accordance with Local, State, and Federal laws.
Article XII – Club Autonomy:
Section 1 – Objectives of Club Autonomy
1) Each new Charter Club operates independently from the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C and independently
from all other clubs of the Bad Azz Country Boyz Motorcycle Club while still bound by the BACBMC Bylaws.
2) Each club is responsible for its own actions, conduct and is liable for any and all of their performed functions.
3) Charter Clubs and or their individual members do not pay annual dues or fees to the Bad Azz Country Boyz
M/C. Clubs must however pass on initiation fees minus their dues for new members.
4) Individual clubs are authorized to use the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C Colors to benefit their individual club,
not any individual member(s). Use of the trademark must be done in accordance with the BACBMC Bylaws.
5) The Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C reserves the right to suspend or revoke the use of the
Colors, by any individual club or club member for violations of the BACBMC Bylaws, violation of Local, State,
Federal laws, criminal offenses or conduct that brings discredit to the Bad Azz Country Boyz Motorcycle Club.
Article XIII – Amendment of Bylaws:
1) Amendment - These Bylaws may be amended by the Executive Board of the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C or
by a majority vote of the board.
2) Proposed Amendment Process - Proposed amendments to the bylaws must be suggested by clubs not
individual members. Individual members with proposals for amendments to the bylaws must first propose
those amendments to their club. Once the proposal is accepted by a majority of the voting members of the
club, it may be presented by that club to the Executive Board of the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C in writing for
3) Consideration of Amendments - Generally proposals for amendment of the bylaws will be considered at the
Annual Meeting of the BACBMC. However, in particularly time sensitive cases the Executive Board may
choose to address amendments at any time.
4) Submission Requirements - Proposals should be submitted in writing at least 30 days prior to the
scheduled annual meeting for consideration.
5) Bylaws Committee - Should the number of clubs grow beyond three (3), a
Bylaws Committee comprised of the Bad Azz Country Boyz M/C Executive Board and the President of each
charter club will be convened and empowered to consider and vote on all proposals for amendment.
Article XIV - Liability:
The Bad Azz Country Boyz Motorcycle Club accepts no responsibility or liability for the actions of any of its
members or the actions of any other club or organization.