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RANCHO CUCAMONGA MARCHING ARTS  P.O. BOX 8126 ALTA LOMA, CA 91701

 

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BY-LAWS
OF THE 
RANCHO CUCAMONGA HIGH SCHOOL
 MARCHING COUGARS
 PARENT ASSOCIATION 
ADOPTED 8/15/1992
 REVISED 10/23/1995; 6/4/2001; 5/4/2004; 10/10/2005; 4/17/2006
 REVISED 12/11/06; 6/19/2007; 5/5/2009; 5/17/2010; 9/20/10
 REVISED 2/21/11 

ARTICLE I - NAME:

 

The name of the organization shall be the "Rancho Cucamonga High School Marching Cougars Parent Association", here into referred to as RCMC or "The Club".  This club may bereferred to as "The Band Association".

 

 

ARTICLE II -PURPOSE:

 

The purpose of this club shall be to promote the RCMC program and related group activities by providing financial and moral support deemed appropriate by the RCMC Faculty and the membersip of The Club.  Groups so supported include Marching Band, Winter Guard, Wind Ensemble/Symphony, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Drum Line.  This organization will not seek to control the policies of any of the performing groups or the policies of the Band Director. 

 

 

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP:

 

Section 1 -  A member shall be defined as - Any parent or legal guardian with a student enrolled in t he Rancho Cucamonga High School Marching Band. 

 

Section 2 - All members shall hold one vote. 

 

Section 3 - All members shall constitute the "membership".

 

Section 4 - All parents of band students, who have graduated from the RCMC program, as well as said graduated band members, are considered alumni.  All Alumni members who wish to continue helping the RCMC program via bolunteerism at special events and/or fundraisers shall be considered active (non-voting) members. 

 

 

ARTICLE IV - EXECUTIVE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

 

The Executive Board of Directors shall consist of Elected Officers and are responsible for activities within the organization that require budgeted financial commitment by the organization (hereinafter the "Board").  The elected officers will be elected annually for twelve (12) month period and shall consist of a President, 1st  Vice President, 2nd Vice President-Operations, Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Ways and Means, Scrip Representative, Color Guard Representative, Drum Line Representative, and Concert Representative. 

 

The officers of the club, the Past president and the Band Director shall constitute the Executive Board.

 

The Standing Committee Chairs serve as non-voting members of the Executive Board and are entitled to attend board meetings. 

 

During its term, The BOARD shall be vested with authority over all he facets of management and operation of RCMC, which authority is may delegate to officers in its sole discretion.  The authority shall include decision concerning financial matters and authorization of payments of bills withing he limits of the budget adopted by the General Membership.  Its is the Board's responsibility to control the budget and promote the activities of the group and permit as many students as possible to participate in the activities.  All bill (except monthly salary checks issued) should be submitted to the appropriate representative (Color Guard, Drum Line, Concert) for approval within the group's already approved annual budget.  Any bill in an amount exceeding 80% of the group's already approved anual budget must be approved by the BOARD before the expenditure is reimbursed.  Such action must be ratified at the next General Membership Meeting and must be recorded in the General Membership Minutes.   In addition, the BOARD will be responsible for decisions regarding the purchase of band equipment, loaning of RCMC property, payment of music coaches salaries, fundraising, transportation, lodging expenses and related activities.   The Band Director will have full voting privileges, other RCHS faculty (namely Vice Principals ) shall serve as advisors and ex-officio non-voting members of the BOARD. 

 

During the general booster meetings in February and March, before the election at the monthly parent association meeting in April, nominations from the floor shall be permitted. 

 

The executive Board shall be elected by ballot to server for one years.  Their term of office shall be from June 1 through May 31. 

 

Any officer appointed by the Executive Board before February 1st will be considered a full term officer.  An officer appointed by the Executive Board after February 1st will be considered to be filling vacancy and will be eligible to be elected to serve two (2) full terms of office. 

 

executive Board members may be elected by acclamation where there is but one candidate for any office. 

 

No member shall run unopposed for and/or hold more than one office at a time, and no member shall be eligible to serve more than two(2) consecutive terms in the same office.  However, if there is no member willing to serve any board position, an exception can be made for an officer to hold the same position for a third year. 

 

In the event there is a vacant office, the Executive Board president and band director may appoint a parent to a positon who is either already a member or a parent who has an incoming freshman in the band and which has been prior RCMC booster member. 

 

No member shall be elected as an officer of the club unless that member has a student in the Marching Cougars.  They may, however, finish serving their term if their student is no longer a member of any performing organization. 

 

The officers of the club shall perform the duties prescribed by these BY-LAWS and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the club.  All officers serve in a voluntary capacity, without remuneration. 

 

Attendance at all meetings by members of the Executive Board and the Standing Committee Chairman is required.  When a BOARD member fails to attend two (2) consecutive meetings without adequate excuse, or when an officer is not fulfilling the responsibilities of the office as prescribed in the by-laws or standing rules, or engages in conduct which the Executive Board of Directors determine to be injurious to the organization or its purposes, the Executive Boardof Directors may be a two-thirds (2/3) vote, take such action as it deems appropriate, which could result in being removed from position. All Board members are expected to actively participate and support all significant events of all groups (such as fundraising activites) throughout the year. 

 

The President, with the approval of the Executive Board, will appoint an officer to fill the un-expired term of an officer who resigns or is removed from office for cause. 

 

The Executive Board will appoint one (1) representative to the RCHS Booster Club.  It is recommended that the 1st Vice President serve as the representative. 

 

All elected officials are responsible for updating and maintaining CHARMS calendars for activities under their purview.

 

 

ARTICE V - ELECTION OF OFFICERS:

 

The Nominating Committee for the following year's slae of officers shall consist of the 1st Vice President and two (2) other members chosen from members who have attended at least four BOOSTER meeting of the current school year.  The Nominating Commitee shall be announced by the March BOARD meeting.  The President may not serve as a member of the Nominating Committee.  No member shall serve on the Nominating Committee for more than two (2) consecutive years.  No member shall serve on the Nominating Committee for more than two (2) consecutive years.  The Nominating Committee should solicit recommendations for officer positions within the club.  The committee should then contact the ptential candidate to ascertain their willingness and desire to serve.  The Nominating Committee shall present its slate of officers, selected from the current membership, by the April General Membership meeting.  At the April General Membership meeting, additional nominations must be called for from the floor.  Every attempt should be made to include representatives from each RCMC GROUP on the slate of officers.   A writen ballot will be created by the Nominating Commitee in the event of a contested position.  The membership shall elect the follwing year's officers by written ballot, if necessary, on or before the may General Membership meeting.  Each member (parent/guardian) with students in the RCMC program during the school year in which the election is held is entitled to vote.  There will be no proxy voting or absentee ballots.  Distribution of any other type of candidate statement(s) or campaign material by anyone other than the Nominating Committee shall be grounds for disqualification.  A Teller Committee of there (3) people will be appointed by the BOARD for the purpose of distributing, collecting, and counting the written ballots.  No current BOARD member may serve on the Teller Committee.  It is recommended tha an RCHS Vice Principal be on the Teller Committee. 

 

 

ARTICLE VI - DUTIES OF ELECTED OFFICERS:

 

The Duties of the Elected Officers shall be:

 

PRESIDENT: Shall preside at all General Membership Meetings and all BOARD meetings; to enforce a due observance of the BY-LAWS and parliamentary authority adopted; to see that all officers, members and committees perform their respective duties; call special meetings and appoint standing special committees including securing corporate sponsorship and donations; negotiate the Quakes fundraising contract with the assistance of the Quakes Scheduler; coordinate with the Band Parent and Treasurer the logistics of overnight competition trips; attend Band Council meetings; and to appoint, with the approval of the Executive Board, an officer to fill and un-expired term or vacancy on the Executive Board; and have the authority to commit the RCMC for amounts up to $250.00 per month, providing written explanation at the next BOARD meeting.  If the President should be unable to complete the term of office, the BOARD shall elect a new President from the existing BOARD to fill the unexperied term.  The office of the President will not be a voting office unless the bote is neeed to break a deadlock vote.  It is recommended that the President should have held another Board position prior to being elected to the position.  

 

1ST VICE PRESIDENT: Shall assist the President in the performance of his or her duties; to preside over the club in tghe absence of the President; to chair the Nominating Committee and prepare the distrubute the ballots in all cases where ballots are required; to assist the New Parent Lisason in contacting the prospective members; to chair the Band BBQ and Band Banquet Committees in coordination with the Treasurer; oversee the Band Paren and the Uniform Committees; be the second signer on the Scrip checking account; and to perform such other duties as be asssigned by the President and/or required by the laws and usages of the club.  The 1st Vice President should serve on the board on the RCHS School Booster Club. 

 

2ND VICE PRESIDENT - OPERATIONS:  Shall maintain control and inventory of Band equipment and uniforms; identify and report to the Band Director and Executive Board the need for any equipment purchases and/or repairs; to coordinate band camp equipment requirements; to coordinate prop requirements; to coordinate Pit Cre for football games, all competitions/performances; shall be responsible for the organization of the transportation of equipment to performance sites, the planning, building, movement, and maintenance of transportation equipment on and off performance sites, maintenance of transportation eqipment, keeping a maintenance log which includes copies of receipts for repairs, purchases etc..., and to perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President and/or required by the laws and usages of the club. 

 

SECRETARY: Shall keep the official written record of the proceedings of all BOARD and General Membership Meetings which must be transcribed and sent to President no later than seven (7) days after meeting; prepare a list of unfinished business items for the president and assist with the preparation of the agenda; have on hand for reference at each meeting a copy of the by-laws and standing rules, minutes of previous meetings, list of all committees, and an up-to-date list of all members; read the minutes of any previous meeting when called upon to do so; make all corrections of the official minutes; enter all amendments to the bylaws; and handle all correspondence as requested by the President and the BOARD; to sign all certified copies of acts of the club; to conduct the general correspondence of the club; to maintain a file of all such correspondence; to keep the club's official membership and to call roll where it is required; will provide all information to the webmaster; to act as a signer of checks; to perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President and/or required by the laws and usages of the club, and in the absence of the President and Vice Presidents, to call the meeting to order and preside until election of a Chairman Pro Tem.  All meeting of RCMC may be recorded and there shall be no expectation of privacy during an official meeting. 

 

TREASURER:  Shall be responsible for the handling and accounting of RCMC funds. With the assistance of the President, Faculty and staff shall prepare an annual budget, to be approved by the BOARD at the April BOARD meeting and presented for membership approval at the May General Membership meeting; shall act as an advisor for winter budgetpreparation.  Shall advise the BOARD on all financial matters and shall comply with government requirements relative to financial reporting; adminiser RCMC bank account in a responsible manner and make timely deposits and disbursements; paying all bills as authorized by the Executive Board of Directors and only on receipts of RCMC Disbursement Forms with authorization for payment signed by the appropriate manager and/or Executive Board Member responsible for a budget.  This shall include bills submitted by the advisors, faculty and coaches; must prepare and present at each regularly scheduled Board and General Meeting a financial summary (Treasurer's Report), in standard account format showing income, disbursements, and current balance of all RCMC funds and ledgers; provide the BOARD secretary with a current roster; and secure two (2) authorized signatures on all checks. Any two fo the following elected officers are authorized to sign checks: President, Treasurer, and Secretary, as long as the two (2) authorized signers are not related.  The Treasurershall not serve for more than two (2) consecutive terms.  The financial records of the club will be audited at the end of the year by an auditor appointed by the President.  The Treasurer shall provide any detailed reports to any Board/general members, if requested, in a timely manner (withing seven days).  The treasurer shall have a strong background in accounting and possess strongaccounting software skill, and will perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President and/or required by the laws and usage of the club. 

 

ASSISTANT TREASURER:  Shall work closely with the Treasurer to ensure financial transparency and cas control; shall collect donations and/or any other monies from lockbox, PO box, or any other designated drop off location; shall assist uniform manager and merchandise chairperson; and to perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President and/or required by laws and usages of the club.  The assistant Treasurer shall have a strong background in accounting and possess strong accounting software skill. 

 

WAYS AND MEANS:  Shall coordinate all fundraising activites of the club, to include Quakes, and report activities at the General Membership and BOARD meetings.  Submit all funds collected and associated supporting documentation to the Treasurer within at least 2 weeks of receiving funds.  It shall be the duty of the Executive Board to approve plans for raising and dispersing funds of the organization, by parliamentary vote.  The Fundraising Chairperson shall also perform other such duties as may be assigned by the President and/or required by the laws and usages of the club.

 

SCRIP REPRESENTATIVE:  Shall maintain control and inventory of the Scrip program, control the operation of the Scrip program, and coordinate with the Treasurer for proper funding of the Scrip Program.  Shoulk make recommendations for improvement of the Program to the BOARD; and perform such other duties as assigned by the president and/or required by the laws and usage of the club. 

 

COLOR GUARD REPRESENTATIVE:  Shall be nominated, with consultation of band director and staff, and must have a student participating in both fall and winter programs.  Shall be responsible for all facets of color guard uniform maintenance, fitting, and pre-and post event preparation; accompany the Color Guard to all competitions/events or appoint a designee; advise BOARD on ColorGuard related matters; plan and make arrangements for all necessary travel to away competitions; present preliminary budget to BOARD for approval no later than the December meeting; maintain the approved Color Guard budget; arrange parent information meetings; shall assist with organizing and maintaing the Booster storage bins; assist the 2nd Vice President of Operations as requested; and to perform other such duties as may be assigned by the President and/or required by the laws and usages of the club. 

 

DRUM LINE REPRESENTATIVE:  Shall be nominated, with consultation of the band director and staff, and must have a student participating in both fall and winter programs.  Shall be responsible for all facets on Drum Line uniform maintenance, fitting and pre- and post event preparation; accompany the Drum Line to all competitions/event, or appoint a designee; advise BOARD on Drum Line related matters; plan and make arrangements for all necessary travel to away competitions; present preliminary budgt to BOARD for approval no later than the December meeting; maintain the approved Drum Line budget; arrange parent information meetings; shall assist with organizing and maintaining the Booster storage bins; assist the 2nd Vice President of Operations as requested; and to perform other such duties as may be assigned by the Presidnt and/or required by the laws and usages of the club. 

 

CONCERT REPRESENTATIVE:  Shall be nominated, with consultation of band director and staff, and must have a studen participating in both fall and winter programs.  Shall be responsible for all facets of Concert Ensembles (Jazz, Symphonic, Wind Symphony) uniform maintenance, fitting, and pre- and post event preparation; accompany the Concert Ensembles to all competitions/events, or appoint a designee; advise BOARD on ConcertEnsembles related matters; plan and make arrangements for all necessary travel to away competitions; present preliminary budget to BOARD for approval no later than the December meeting; maintain the approved Concert Ensembles budget; arrange parent information meeting; shall assist with organizing and maintaining the Booster storage bins; assist the 2nd Vice President of Operations as requested; and to perform other such duties a may be assigned by the President and/or required by the laws and usages of the club. 

 

ARTICLE VII - STANDING COMMITTEES:

 

The BOARD, with the recommendation from Band Director and staff where appropriate, shall appoint named Standing Committee Chairpersons as stated in Article VIII below.  Other Standing Committees may be astablished and chairperson apointed by the BOARD.  The President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee.  All standing committee chairpersons are responsible for updating and mainting CHARMS calendars for actibites under the purview. 

 

 

ARTICLE VIII - DUTIES OF CHAIRPERSONS:

 

Each so-named chairperson shall select committee members to fulfill his/her directed responsibilites, subject to the approval by the BOARD.  The duies of each shall be:

 

BAND PARENT (CHAPERONE CHAIR):  This committee will provide chaperones for all activities where chaperones are required (football games and competitions); will work with the President and Treasurer to coordinate any competitions that require overnight stays; maintain the convey the emergency kit to all activities where needed; collect and maintain a complete set of "Claim Waivers" and "Authorization to Consent to Treatment of a Minor" forms for each member, duly sighned by the parent(s) prior to Band Camp each year; perform such other duties as may be assigned by the President and required by the laws and usages of the club.  The 1st Vice President will server as an active member.  Officers, the Director and Chaperones shall meet as needed for briefing and outcome.  They shall look out for the well being of all students and prform such other duties as assigned by the President and/or required by the laws and usages of the club. 

 

UNIFORM CHAIRPERSON:  Shall be esponsible for all facets of marching band uniform maintenance, fitting and pre- and post evnent preparation; should also accompany the Marching Band to all events, or appoint a designee. Shall present demonstration of peoper uniform care and handling, and perform such other as assigned by the President and /or required by the laws and usages of the club. 

 

QUAKES SCHEDULER:  Shall be responsible for all aspects of the Quakes fundraiser scheduling.  Will send out emails to membership, maintain schedule, and confirm information with Quakes management.  Will assist president in negotiating Quakes contract and perform such other duties as assigned by the President and/or required by the laws and usages of the club. 

 

NEW PARENT LIAISON:  Shall be the liaison between parents and students, i.e.: answering questions and helping to keep student and parents informed of events schedules, etc; keeping BOARD apprised of parent concerns; recruitment at middle schools 
(i.e. attending middle school concerts), and perform such other duties as assigned by the President and/or required by the laws and usages of the club. 

 

HISTORIAN:  Shall be responsible for gathering, organizing, creating , and disseminating material, in format decided upon by the director, which shares the highlight, traditions and the history of this organization.  Will Coordinate with the 1st Vice President for Band Banquet slide presentation and perform such other duties as assigned by the President and/or required by the laws and usages of the club. 

 

ALUMNI LIASON:  Shall act as a consultant, resource, advocate, and liaison between the alumni and active membership of the RCMC.  The Alumni Liaison shall be filled by the past RCMC alumnus having graduted their last RCMC student and perform such other duties as assigned by the President and/or required by the lasw and usages of the club. 

 

AUDITOR:  Will review the financial records at fiscal year end to verify fiscal responsibility, as well as at any point during the year to be at the discretion of the BOARD.  This person will not be the current treasurer nor be related to the current treasurer, and perform such other duties as assigned by the Presidet and/or required by the laws and usages of the club.  The auditor shall have a strong background in accounting and posses strong accounting software skills. 

 

MERCHANDISE CHAIRPERSON:  Shall be responsible for all merchandise (t-shirt, sweatshirts, programs, etc...), which includes ordering and sitribution, and perform such other duties as assigned by the President and/or required by the laws and the usage of the club. 

 

WEBMASTER:  Shall be responsible to oversee the content and quality of the RCMC website in a time appropriate fashion; verify calendar content of CHARMS has been updated by appropriate board member/committee chair; and perform such other duties as assigned by the President and/or required by the laws and usages of the club. 

 

SHOW HOST CHAIRPERSON:   Shall be responsible for all aspects of coordinating, maintaing, and remaining within budgetof any show hosted by RCMC; provide updates to BOARD as needed; work closely with group (color guard, drum line, concert); and perform such other duties as assigned by the President and/or required by the laws and usages of the club.
 

 

 

ARTICLE IX - MEETINGS:

 


Section 1 - The General and Executive board meetings of teh clubshall be held once each month on a day selected by the Executive Board. 

 

Section 2 - The general meeting in April shall be for the purpose of electing Esecutive Board members.  The BOARD meeting in May shall be for thepurpose of presenting fiscal year end reports from officers and committees and for any other business that may arise. 

 

Section 3 - A special meeting shall be called upon the requestof the President, a quorum of the BOARD, or written request by ten (10) or more members of the Boosters Club.  The purpose of meeting shall be stated in the notice.  Except in cae of emergency , at least three (3) days notice be given.  Per Robert's Rules of Order, all voting shall take place in a meeting.

 

Section 4 - At all regular and special meetings, no business can be conducted unless a quorum is present.  One-half of the total elected members of the Executive board shall constitue a quorum.

 

 

 

ARTICLE X - FUNDS/BUDGET:

 

Section 1 - All funds collected by the club shall only be used to actively support the RCMC activities. 

 

Section 2 - All disbursements shall be made by check signed by the Treasurer, the President, the Vice President and/or Secretary, of which two (2) signatures (by non-related Board members) are required. 

 

Section 3 - Non-budgeted disbursements in excess of two-hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) shall not be made unless these disbursements have been approved by the Executive Board. 

 

Section 4 - All funds collected by the club shall be deposited by the Treasurer in an RCMC savings and/or checking account in a local bank.

 

Section 5 - The fiscal year for the club shall begin June 1 and run through May 31.

 

Section 6 - The Executive Board, under the advisement of the Band Director, will be responsible for decisions regarding the purchase of band equipment and/or supplies with band booster funds, loaning of RCMC property, and any other item included in the annual band booster dubdget.  In the event of a catastrophic emergency, the President may obtain approval for funds over $250/00 by a telephonic quorum of the BOARD. 

 

Section 7 - No advisor, instructor, coach, member of the RCMC boosters, and/or executive board member is authorized to commit the RCMC booster to financial comitments, contracts, or agreements without prior vote of the Executive Board. 

 

Section 8 - At the May general booster meeting, the outgoing Executive Board will submit a budget of estimated income and expenditures fro the upcoming school year to the general membership.  The Executive BOARD will approve the budget at least one week prior to the May general meeting. 

 

Section 9 - All money and/or receipts must be submitted to the Treasurer withing two (2) weeks of the conclusion of an event. 

 

Section 10 - RCMC staff shall submit a written request for anticipated purchases no laer than one (1) month prior to the date of the adopted budget.

 

 

 

ARTICLE XI - PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY:

 

The rules contained in the current edition of Roberts Rules of Order shall govern the club in all cases to which they are nt inconsitent with these BY-LAWS and any special rules of order the club may adopt.  The BOARD mayh appoint a parliamentarian advisor as deemed appropriate at any point in the school year. 

 

 

ARTICLE XII - AMENDMENT OF BY-LAWS:

 

Additions to or amendments of the bylaws must be presented in writing to the General Membership on month prior to being voted on by the Geneeral Membership.  Any changes in the by laws must have the approval of two-thirds of the membership in attendance at the General Meeting in order to become effective.  The bylaws may be reviewd annually by the Bylaw Review Committee. 

 


 

RANCHO CUCAMONGA HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING COUGARS PARENT ASSOCIATION STANDING RULES

 

  1. The following property is owned by the rancho cucamong High School Marching Cougars Parent Association (hereafter "RCM" or "THE CLUB"): one (1) electric golf cart, one (1) 48' trailer, two (2) generators; hospitality items; instruments and accessories; Color Guard flags; Drum Line, Color Guard, and Marching Band props and accessories, and Marching Band Uniforms. 

  2. Any property bought with RCMC funds is the sole property of RCMC and may not be gifted, loaned, borrowed, transferred, rented, traded, or sold to any other person or entity without the prior written authorization and both of THE BOARD.

  3. The RCMC logo is the sole property of THE CLUB and may not be used by any person or entity without the written authorization and vote of the BOARD. 

 

 

Revision Adopted: March 28, 2011