THE BERKSHIRE CHAPTER OF THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB
(Approved by Chapter Membership on November 9, 2003)
This organization shall be called the Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club. (the "Chapter")
The purpose of the Chapter is to promote outdoors and conservation activities for its members that support the
mission of the parent organization, the Appalachian Mountain Club. (the “Club”)
Any member of the Appalachian Mountain Club residing in the Western Massachusetts area shall be a member of the
Berkshire Chapter, unless that member notifies the membership office of the parent Club in writing to the contrary.
Any member of the Appalachian Mountain Club residing outside of the Western Massachusetts area may become a
member of the Berkshire Chapter by notifying the membership office of the parent Club in writing.
Section 1: The administration of the Chapter shall be vested in a Chapter Executive Committee (known as the
Executive Committee) consisting of four officers: Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer, and the
Chairpersons of all Standing Committees of the Chapter. (Each Executive Committee member shall have one vote in
matters set before that committee for discussion.) The Regional Director shall be an ex-officio member of the
Executive Committee, without voting rights. Five members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum
for the conduct of business.
Section 2: The members of the Executive Committee shall be elected by plurality vote at each Chapter Annual
Meeting and shall hold offices until the next Chapter Annual Meeting or until their successors are chosen. The
Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson shall not be eligible to hold the same office more than two consecutive years.
However, in the event no candidates for Chair or Vice-Chair are available to run for office after the completion of
their second, consecutive year of office, the Chapter Executive Committee may vote to extend the terms for one year
by placing in nomination the current incumbent(s) for those offices pursuant the membership vote at the annual
meeting. All members of the Executive Committee shall be members of the Berkshire Chapter of the AMC.
Section 3: A Nominating Committee of five shall be elected at each Chapter Annual Meeting. The Nominating Com-
mittee shall present a slate of Chapter Officers and Standing Committee Chairpersons at the subsequent Annual
Meeting. They shall also nominate at least three and no more than five chapter members for the succeeding
Nominating Committee, the nominees encompassing the widest range of Chapter interests. The nominees for the
Nominating Committee shall include a prior Chapter Chairperson, and the Nominating Committee Chair shall be
designated. The names submitted by the Nominating Committee shall be made known by the Secretary to all
members of the Chapter, by newsletter or other mailing, at least two weeks before the Chapter Annual Meeting.
Any five Chapter members desiring to place an additional candidate in nomination may do so by sending to the
Chapter Secretary, post-marked not later than five days before the Annual Meeting, a nomination paper stating the
office to be filled, the proposed candidate, and written verification of consent from the nominee to serve if elected.
No person shall be eligible for elective position on the Executive Committee unless nominated by one of the above
Section 4: The Chapter Chairperson shall preside at all Annual and Special meetings of the Chapter and of the
Executive Committee, and shall perform such other duties customary to the office.
Section 5: The Chapter Vice-Chairperson shall serve as Chapter Chairperson in the absence or disability of the
Chapter Chairperson, and shall assume such other responsibilities as may be delegated by the Chapter Chair person
and/or Executive Committee. The Chapter Vice-Chairperson shall automatically succeed to the office of Chapter
Chairperson, should that position be vacated before the term of office is completed.
Section 6: The Secretary shall keep a list of all members, shall give notice of all Annual, Special and Executive
Committee meetings; shall keep the minutes of those meetings and the current records of the Chapter; shall conduct
the correspondence of the Chapter; and shall perform other duties as may be designated by the Chapter Chairperson
and/or Executive Committee.
Section 7: The Chapter Treasurer shall receive all funds paid to the Chapter, and shall administer the budget
approved by the Executive Committee; shall disburse funds as authorized by the budget and by special votes of the
Executive Committee; shall make periodic reports to the Executive Committee of receipts and disbursements; and
shall make an annual report to the Chapter and the Club.
Note: Standing Committees that collect fees for goods and services, may disburse the funds so collected for
payments approved by that Standing Committee. Such Standing Committees shall:
1. Select a Treasurer, who shall be a Berkshire Chapter member and who shall be responsible for
administering these funds, and notify the Executive Committee of the designee.
2. Develop an annual budget. The Standing Committee Treasurer shall be authorized to expend amounts as
described in the committee's annual budget.
3. Maintain at least two signatures on the accounts, one of which must be the Standing Committee
Treasurer. The other may include either the Standing Committee Chair (or designee) or the Chapter
4. Submit a Treasurer's report annually to the Chapter and to the Club at the end of the calendar year,
to be published as soon as feasible in the Chapter newsletter, and upon the request of the Executive
5. Maintain accurate records of income and expenditures according to a predetermined policy.
The Treasurer shall prepare, by December 31, a budget of the receipt and disbursement of funds for the year
beginning January 1, in conjunction with the Executive Committee and Standing Committees.
Section 8: The Standing Committees have the responsibility of:
1. Planning and conducting programs and activities of interest to members of the Chapter.
2. Performing services for the Chapter and the Club.
3. Carrying out obligations to the Club and to the public, which have been assumed by the Chapter;
in fulfilling its particular responsibilities, each Standing Committee shall cooperate with other standing
Committees of the Chapter and with corresponding committees of other chapters and the Club. The
Chairperson of each Standing Committee shall, within 30 days of the Annual Meeting, appoint chapter
members to the Committee and notify the Chapter Chairperson of committee membership and
committee meeting schedules.
Section 9: Should any vacancy occur in the Executive Committee or the Nominating Committee, the Executive
Committee may appoint a member of the Chapter to fill such vacancy until the next Annual Meeting. The appointed
member will have full voting rights on matters set before the above mentioned committees.
Section 10: Any member of the Chapter elected to membership in the Appalachian Mountain Club Board of
Directors shall thereby become a non-voting member, ex-officio, of the Executive Committee of this Chapter during
such term of office.
Section 11: Any Chapter member may recommend the appropriation of a sum of money for a worthy purpose at
any meeting of the Chapter, and said recommendation shall be referred to the Executive Committee for approval or
rejection. Chapter funds may be appropriated only by approval of the Executive Committee, or by procedures as set
forth in Article IV, Section 7 of these By-Laws.
Section 12: No expenditure shall be made or financial obligation incurred by any officer, committee, or member of
the Chapter for which the parent Club will be exclusively responsible without previous authorization by the Club
Board of Directors.
Section 13: No official pronouncement in the name of the Appalachian Mountain Club, involving opinion or
policy in matters of public interest, shall be made by the Chapter or any member thereof, without the expressed
and written consent of the Club’s Board of Directors or their duly authorized representatives. In matters of local
interest, the Executive Committee shall have sole authority to express Chapter policy or position, after
consultation with the Club’s Board of Directors or their duly authorized representatives.
Section 1: The Chapter Annual Meeting should be held on the first Saturday in November of each year. Should the
need arise, the Executive Committee may choose an alternate date for Annual Meeting. Notice of such Annual
Meeting shall be given to all members of the Chapter at least two weeks prior to the date thereof.
Section 2: Special meetings of the Chapter may be called at any time by the Executive Committee or upon
written request of Chapter members addressed to such committee. The Executive Committee shall notify the
Chapter membership, in writing, of the time, location, and purpose of special Chapter meetings, post-marked at least
two weeks in advance of said meeting,
Section 3: Thirty-five members of the Chapter present at any Chapter Annual or Special meeting shall constitute a
quorum for the transaction of business.
Section 4: The Chapter Executive Committee shall meet at least bi-monthly, including an obligatory September
Section 1: The Executive Committee will establish or dissolve such Standing Committees as are necessary and proper
for the work of the Chapter. The Chairpersons of such committees shall be elected by Chapter membership at the
Section 2: The Executive Committee may establish and dissolve such temporary or ad hoc committees as deemed
necessary and proper for the work of the Chapter. The Chairpersons of such committees shall be appointed by the
Executive Committee. Such appointment does not entail voting privileges on matters set before the Executive
Section 3: Job descriptions for all Standing Committees shall be updated every five years or sooner if necessary, by
the Chapter Executive Committee or by the members of that Standing Committee
Section 1: These by-laws may be amended at any annual or special meeting by a two-thirds vote of those members
present and voting, provided notice of such amendment shall have been sent to all members of the Chapter at least
two weeks previously, and provided a quorum is present pursuant to Article V, Section 3 of these By-Laws. If
the Executive Committee deems that a mail-in vote is necessary, the same quorum as for a Chapter Annual or
special meeting would apply.
Section 2: A review of these By-Laws shall occur every five years, or sooner if necessary, as determined by the
Executive Committee. Changes to the By-Laws shall become effective immediately upon approval by the
In administering its affairs, the Chapter shall not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, creed, color,
national and ethnic origin, gender, sexual preference, marital status, age, or physical disability.