Purple Heart Riders Association National By Laws
Who we are:
We are a Non Profit, Family Orientated Veteran’s Motorcycle Riding Association and not a Motorcycle Club. Members of The Purple Heart Riders Association were wounded in Battle and have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal while serving their country.
Our mission is to promote patriotism, service to all veterans, and service to our communities through our programs and support from our dedicated members.
Today, as in the past, one of the bonds that unite members of The Purple Heart Riders Assn is that each has sustained a wound inflicted by an enemy in combat. We work to help educate America’s citizens that freedom is not free.
For newly awarded Purple Heart Recipients, you might be making a transition from military to veteran status, and your Purple Heart Medal will give you access to many benefits and entitlements including counseling on your benefits from a variety of government sources, assistance in filing claims for disability and assistance in entering the VA health care system.
You must be an Active Duty or Military Veteran wounded in Battle and awarded the Purple Heart.
You must be of Good Moral Character.
You must own a motorcycle or trike of at least 500cc, properly registered, insured and able to pass your State Inspection
You must be properly licensed in your state of residence to operate a motorcycle.
You must present a valid DD214 verifying your Military Service and Purple Heart Award.
You may already be or wish to become a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. While this is encouraged, is not a requirement of the PHR. The PHR and the MOPH are separate organizations. The Military Order of The Purple Heart has no authority over the PHR and any Rules or By Laws of the MOPH do not govern the PHR. We do however support their goals.
A medical waiver may be granted by the President/National Board upon submission of medical documentation that you are physically unable to ride a motorcycle or trike because of:
A combat related injury;
Service connected disability, or;
A debilitating event or illness subsequent to your military service
Note: ALL Membership Applications must be submitted to the National Board for approval. Regional Officers and State/Chapter Directors may recommend to the National Board qualified applicants for membership by may not approve at the Regional or State levels. Upon verification of eligibility, National will send the Membership Package to Regional Presidents for presentation of the Association Colors.
Verified Recipients of the Purple Heart Medal.
Own and Ride a Motorcycle.
Have the right to vote, hold office and wear the Back Patch of the Purple Heart Riders Association.
Full Participation in all Association Events
These are the warriors we honor by permitting their full participation in all Association events.
Any Purple Heart Recipient of any conflict who because of combat wounds and combat related wounds cannot rode a Motorcycle.
Associate Members can vote in Association affairs but cannot hold office.
The National Board for membership approves associate Members.
Associate Members may wear the full colors of the Association; however a breast patch or name-tag identifying them as Associate Members will be worn.
Honorariums are presented and approved by the President/National Board ONLY. Regional Officers may recommend individuals for Honorary Memberships to the National Board.
Honorary Members are non-dues paying individuals so honored by the National Board for their contributions to the Military, are veterans of wars long ago, have made significant contributions to Veterans of all eras, particularly Purple Heart Veterans, or are a parent of a service man or woman killed in action.
Honorary Members may participate in all Association activities or events, but cannot hold office or vote in Association affairs.
Honorary Members may be recognized by the presentation of an Honorary Member Certificate and a ball cap (only) with the PHRA Logo, which they are authorized to wear.
Honorary Members who are a parent of a service member killed in action, and who ride motorcycles, are authorized to wear the PHR Back Patch with the appropriate bottom rocker (IN MEMORY). Honorary Members will adhere to the same restrictions as those that govern the Spouse Patch.
Members of the Purple Heart Riders Association are eligible after 10 years as a member are eligible to go on Retired Status maintaining all the benefits of an active member except they are not required to attend meetings and events and will not hold any office or Vote on any Association matters.
Association Officers and Directors:
Officers of the Purple Heart Riders Association shall be:
Directors of the Purple Heart Riders Association:
The initial Directors of the association shall be the persons elected by the incorporators as the officers of the association. Thereafter, the following provisions shall apply.
5.1 Election and Number. There shall be five or more directors as may be determined from time to time by the Board of Directors.
5.2 Duration. Terms shall be for three years. Directors may be reelected. If a Director’s death, disability, or resignation from the board leaves a vacancy, the remaining Directors may appoint persons to fill any vacancy on the Board immediately or may leave the position vacant until the next membership meeting.
5.3 Board Officers. The Board of Directors shall elect a Board President, whose duty it shall be to exercise general and active management of the business of the organization, to preside at all membership and board meetings, and to see that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors are carried into effect. The directors shall elect any other officers they deem necessary to conduct the business of the organization.
5.4 Responsibilities. The board shall be responsible to provide an annual financial report at the Annual Meeting. Subject to law, the Articles of Agreement, and these bylaws, the affairs, property, and business of the corporation shall be managed by the Board of Directors, which shall have the ultimate authority and responsibility relating hereto. Without limiting the foregoing, the Board of Directors shall have the power to set fees, to delegate authority to the officers and committees, to hire and discharge employees and agents of the corporation and fix their duties and compensation, and to adopt rules relating to the management of the corporation and all meetings in connection therewith.
5.5 Board Meetings. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held on such date and at such time and place as the board shall designate at least one month in advance. Special meetings of the board may be called by the Board President, and the President must call a special meeting on written request of a majority of the board, upon at least 48 hours written notice of its date, time, place, and purpose given to each director.
5.6 Quorum. One-half of the entire Board of Directors, exclusive of any vacancies, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the board. A majority of the directors present, whether or not a quorum is present, may adjourn any meeting to another time and place, provided that notice of the adjournment shall be given to all directors absent at the time adjournment.
5.7 Nominations. Any member may nominate a person to the Board by means of a petition signed by three members. Nominations may be received up until four weeks prior to the Annual Meeting.
5.8 Special Committees. The board may at any time create or discontinue one or more special committees, which shall have only those duties and powers specifically delegated to them by the Board of Directors. Members of special committees shall be appointed by the president with the approval of the board.
5.9 Funds. All funds of the corporation shall be kept in the corporation’s name in banks designated by the board. Surety bonds, the premium for which shall be paid by the corporation, may be required for all persons authorized to draw on the corporation’s account.
5.10 Compensation. No member of the board shall receive compensation for services as such, but shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred as such.
5.11 Amending the Bylaws. These Bylaws may be altered, amended, or repealed and new bylaws may be adopted by a two-third vote of the Board of Directors. Such proposed amendment, repeal or new bylaws, shall be set forth in any notice of such meeting, whether regular or special.
5.12 Electronic Notices and Meetings. All notices of Board meetings and documentation may be made by mail, email, voice messages and any other form of electronic communication that the Board deems appropriate. Board members may attend meetings in person, by telephone, teleconferencing, video conferencing and any other method that the Board approves.
5.13 Electronic Voting. Any matter that requires a vote or approval by the members of the Board or the association membership may be submitted to such persons by electronic means describing the subject matter and requesting a return vote on the matter. A majority of the returned votes received in a timely manner shall be dispositive of the matter or question submitted.
Duties of Officers:
President: The duties of the President shall be:
To preside at all PHR Association meetings and events.
To appoint all committees and such officers as called for in the by-laws.
To be a member of all committees.
The President will appoint the Chaplain and Road Captain(s) and the National Liaisons:
The National President and National Treasurer will each sign off on all accounts of the National Association. All checks issued by the Purple Heart Riders Association will require signatures of both the National President and Treasurer. This policy is an irrevocable requirement at all levels of the Association.
Vice President: The duties of the Vice President shall be:
To perform the duties of the president in his absence.
Responsible for the proprietary image (logo) of the Association.
To record each Chapter & the products they are selling which displays the Association logo.
See Section 9: Proprietary Image of the Association. Products & Merchandise:
Secretary: The duties of the Secretary shall be:
To keep minutes of all PHR Assn meetings.
To keep membership attendance records at all PHR Assn activities.
To keep records of the PHR Assn point system.
To handle all club correspondence and pickup the PHR Assn’s mail.
To send suitable remembrances to hospitalized active members in good standing.
Treasurer: The duties of the Treasurer shall be:
To collect dues from the PHR Assn.
To collect all other money due the PHR Assn.
To make payments from club funds when so ordered by the PHR Assn members.
To keep accurate financial records (PHR Assn Books).
To make a financial report at each regular business meeting.
To be a member of all committees.
Sergeant-At-Arms: The duties of the Sergeant-at arms shall be:
To maintain order within the PHR Association at all meetings.
To organize and maintain security at PHR Association events.
Judge Advocate: Duties of the Judge Advocate shall be:
The Judge Advocate shall be a licensed attorney or shall have appropriate legal work experience. Appropriate legal work experience may be in, but is not limited to, law enforcement, criminal prosecution, legal aid, or judicial office.
The Judge Advocate may perform research, analysis and preparation of advisory rulings concerning the bylaws and activities of the Association in response to questions submitted by the National President or the National Officers of the Association.
The Judge Advocate shall give to the National Officers and Board such assistance as may be requested by the National President. The Judge Advocate shall perform such other assignments and duties as the office may require.
The Judge Advocate, if qualified, shall serve as the primary legal counsel for the Association.
Road Captain: The duties of the Road Captain shall be:
To take charge of all official PHR Association rides.
To inform riders or the route, road conditions and rules on all official PHR Association ride.
To orient all new members or perspective members as to PHR Assn. riding procedures.
To inspect motors for legal mufflers and lights on all official PHR Assn. rides.
To keep accurate records of all official PHR Assn. rides.
To make a report to the PHR Assn. at the first regular business meeting after an official club ride. To be in charge of the PHR Assn. trailer and see that it is in good condition at all times.
To appoint one (1) or two (2) assist road lieutenants to assist him.
a. The Chaplin is a non-denominational and non-sectarian minister available to members of all Faiths without regard to religious standing.
b. The chaplain should be notified in the event of a member or immediate family’s death, illness or special concern to the member. Upon the specific request of the Member, the chaplain will provide any ministerial or counseling service requested.
c. Upon the request of the National/Regional/State Boards, the Chaplin should participate in those events attended by members.
Leadership Levels of the Association:
The following Command Structure will be followed at the Regional level:
Regional Presidents will appoint Regional Chaplain’s and Regional Road Captain(s):
The National Board will appoint regional Officers.
In the event a Region requires a checking account to conduct the business of the Association, the Regional President and Regional Treasurer will each sign off on all accounts specific to the Regional business of the Association. All checks issued by the Purple Heart Riders Association will require signatures of both the Regional President and Treasurer. Monthly bank statements will be forwarded to the National Treasurer for review. This policy is an irrevocable requirement at all levels of the Association.
Each State will have appointed a State President, which may have the title of State Director or President. State Presidents/ Directors are responsible for the growth of the Association and to ensure each Chapter abides by the by-laws of the Association.
State Presidents/ Directors will be nominated by Regional Presidents/ Directors and approved by the National Board.
In the event a State requires a checking account to conduct the business of the Association, the State President/Director and State Treasurer will each sign off on all accounts specific to the State business of the Association. All checks issued by the Purple Heart Riders Association will require signatures of both the State Director and Treasurer. Monthly bank statements will be forwarded to the National Treasurer for review. This policy is an irrevocable requirement at all levels of the Association.
Each Chapter will be lead by a Chapter President who is responsible for Chapter growth, planning Chapter events and will ensure each Member abides by the by-laws of the Association.
Chapter Presidents may either be appointed by the Regional President or State Director/Rep, or may be elected by majority vote of Chapter Members.
In the event a Chapter requires a checking account to conduct the business of the Association, the Chapter President and Chapter Treasurer will each sign off on all accounts specific to the business of the Association. All checks issued by the Purple Heart Riders Association will require signatures of both the Chapter President and Treasurer. Monthly bank statements will be forwarded to the National Treasurer for review. This policy is an irrevocable requirement at all levels of the Association.
Colors of the Association/Back Patch:
The use of term ‘Colors’ is intended for internal use only. As a riding association we wear a one-piece back patch without rockers or state or territory patches. Motorcycle clubs accept a one-piece back patch that we are a social or riding association and not claiming club or territory status, which could lead to conflict.
The Back Patch is the property of the Purple Heart Riders Assn and shall be returned when a member leaves. This also includes any items bearing the logo of the Purple Heart Riders Assn.
The Back Patch of the Purple Heart Riders Association:
The Spouse Back Patch of the Purple Heart Riders Association
See Section 10 d).
The In Memory Back Patch of the Purple Heart Riders Association
See Section 10 e).
Proprietary Image of the Association. Products & Merchandise:
Any Chapter of the Purple Heart Riders Association may make a request to produce Items (Pins, Decals, T-Shirts etc) bearing the logo of the Purple Heart Riders Association for the purpose of selling these items to build their Chapter Treasury. These items can only be sold to members of the Purple Heart Riders Association and only with the approval of The National Board of the PHR. A formal request must be made to the National Vice President accompanied by a description of the Item and a photo of the design. The National Vice President will forward the request to the National Board of the PHR who will approve or disapprove the request. The Chapter selling these items must keep a list to include the Name and Chapter of the Member Purchasing these items and will keep a list of all items sold. No one other than PHR Members may purchase items bearing the Logo of the Purple Heart Riders Association
All Vests will be Black Leather or Black Denim and be uniform as follows:
Only the Purple Heart Riders Assn. Emblem/Patch will be worn on the back. No additional scrolls, patches or other club identifiers may be worn on the back and NO Support Patches for any clubs will be worn any place on your vest.
Left side: PHRA Small Brest Patch, The American Flag, The unit designator (i.e. USMC, Navy, Army, Air Force etc) followed by a conflict designator.
Right: Some type of POW MIA Patch, a Chapter Designator and then a Life Member designator and a MOPH Small Patch if you are a member of the MOPH this is optional.
Any ribbons earned while serving in the military maybe worn.
When putting on any of the patches or designators NOTHING GOES ABOVE THE AMERICAN FLAG.
Nothing Inappropriate maybe is worn on the vest.
Your Vest w/Back Patch is never to be left unattended or out of your control. When you are not wearing it should be in a secure place.
Spouse Patch. The spouse of any PHRA member in good standing may wear the Purple Heart Riders Spouse back patch only when accompanied by the member. The spouse patch may be worn at events or rides attended by the member, who is sponsored by the PHRA, or when the member is invited to attend or is attending an event where wearing of the PHRA patch is accepted/appropriate (i.e. Patriot Guard). The spouse vest must be set up and cared for with the same diligence and pride required of PHRA members and in accordance with Sections 8 and 10.
In Memory Patch. The Honorary Member (KIA Parent) in good standing may wear the Purple Heart Riders In Memory back patch only when accompanied by a PHRA member. The In Memory patch may be worn at events or rides attended by the member, who is sponsored by the PHRA, or when the member is invited to attend or is attending an event where wearing of the PHRA patch is accepted/appropriate (i.e. Patriot Guard). The Honorary Member vest must be set up and cared for with the same diligence and pride required of PHRA members and in accordance with Sections 8 and 10.
National Membership fees:
The Association offers each qualified applicant Life Membership status for a $80.00 fee. Monthly membership dues may be assessed in addition to the initial fee.
The National Association may assess monthly dues in an amount not to exceed $15.00 per month for each regional officer and State Director/Rep. National and Regional Board Members will pay monthly dues to the National Treasurer while they hold a National or Regional Board Office. When their term of Office is done they will then pay monthly dues to their individual Chapters, if required.
Chapter Presidents are responsible for submitting to the National Treasurer on an annual basis (January 1st) $10.00 per Full and Associate Member of each Chapter. Whether there are Chapters in a State or not all members of the Purple Heart Riders are responsible to send to the National their Annual $10.00 National dues on January 1st. A late fee of an additional $5.00 will be assessed for those members who send in their dues after February 1st. Those not sending in their National Dues will be put on Inactive Status. Beyond this annual mandatory fee, Chapter Presidents will have the discretion of whether or not to assess monthly membership dues. However, in the event that dues are assessed, such dues will not exceed $15.00 per month. The Chapter Treasurer who will submit a copy of each month’s bank statement to the National Treasurer will account for any Chapter dues collected.
Each new Chapter applying for Charter with the Purple Heart Riders Association must present no less than six (6) Full or Associate Member applications or the names of existing Full or Associate members.
Each of the individual members must belong to and participate with the Chapter seeking Charter with the Association and may not belong to any other Association Chapter unless that member is applying for affiliation with the new Chapter only.
Chapter Meetings will be held no less than once a month at a date and time selected by the Chapter Presidents.
Regional Meetings will be held once a year at a minimum and will be attended by State/Reps and Chapter Presidents and one designated Chapter Member at a date and time selected by the Regional President.
National Meetings: Will be held every other year on the odd-numbered year and will be attended by the National and Regional Officers, State Directors/Staff and Chapter Presidents/representative. All members of the Purple Heart Riders Association are invited to attend the National Meeting.
There will be no consuming of any Alcoholic Beverages before or during any Meetings of the Purple Heart Riders Assn.
All Meetings will be conducted in the Manner set out in Robert’s Rules of Order and will be chaired by the current Association President and in his absence, the Chairman of the board of Directors or his appointee.
Member Responsibilities and Protecting Our Image – Personal and Association
The Purple Heart Riders Association is a Combat Veterans Motorcycle Riding Association and not a Motorcycle Club (M/C). As long as we choose to wear the back patch/logo/Colors of the PHR Association we must project and protect the image of who we are and what we represent.
Clearly stated herein is the policy that we shall not mix our affiliation with any organization, which portrays itself as a 1% M/C. This policy includes any of their affiliated groups or B Clubs.
Our policy is that we do not associate with or support any 1% M/C nor do we frequent any of the events they sponsor or bars they frequent. If you must, DO NOT wear the Colors of the Purple Heart Riders. No member of the Purple Heart Riders or Chapter will belong to any MC Coalition or Federation
Attendance at any events sponsored by a legitimate Veterans MC or Law Enforcement MC such as Blue Knights MC, Nam Knights MC, Enforces LEMC or any Association such as the Patriot Guard, Christian Motorcycle Assn., Combat Veterans Assn., American Legion Riders, Rolling Thunder etc is optional and up to the discretion of the Regional Presidents , State Presidents or Chapter Presidents.
We will not wear any M/C support patches, identifying support gear or logos of any sort. We do not place their image, logos or decals on our motors or personal vehicles. We do not put ourselves in compromising positions and we must always be above reproach and void of suspicion.
This policy purpose is twofold: 1) we are not a M/C and must maintain a positive Association identify, and 2) is for Law Enforcement purposes. One of the more unfortunate aspects of M/C membership is their outlaw image, usually justified by outlaw deeds. Many M/C are either infiltrated by undercover operatives or subject to intense surveillance.
The membership of the Purple Heart Riders are from all walks of life and professional careers including active and retired law enforcement, the judiciary, active duty and retired military and combat wounded veterans of honorable military service. Simply stated, we are judged by the company we keep. Our job is to protect the image of the Association and in doing so we are also ensuring we don’t personally end up on a surveillance watch list. Do not disrespect either the Colors or the Association. Do not leave one with the wrong impression that we are a M/C or affiliated with one.
If you are associated with or are a member of both the PHRA and an M/C … choose one. If you frequent locations, which have the reputation of being affiliated with a M/C, don't wear your Patch. If any member feels unduly restricted by this policy, it is then recommended you resign your membership in the PHRA and return your Colors to an Officer of the Association.
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