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ABATE of South Carolina Constitution

"A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments"

last update: 11/30/2012 - PDF version is also available

ARTICLE I: Name


The legal name of this association is ABATE of South Carolina. The letters of ABATE represent “A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments“. The word “Totalitarian” as defined by Webster’s Dictionary: “Exercising control over the will, or thought of others; authoritarian; autocratic”.


ARTICLE II: Purpose


The purpose of ABATE of South Carolina is to form a not-for-profit association at the state level to protect the rights and liberties of motorcyclists and promote motorcycle awareness and voluntary motorcycle rider training.


ARTICLE III: Membership


Section 1: Voting Member


A member in good standing is any person, 18 years of age or older, who has completed an ABATE of South Carolina membership application and paid the membership fee to ABATE of South Carolina.


Section 2: Other Types of Memberships


(a) An associate member is a person under the age of 18 sponsored by a member in good standing. A membership application and fee must be completed and paid. Written parental permission is required. If the sponsoring member is not the parent, the sponsor must witness the written permission. An associate member does not have voting rights.


(b) Honorary membership is the highest honor ABATE of South Carolina bestows. Honorary membership requires no fee to be paid. This distinction may be extended by ABATE of South Carolina to any person by a vote as outlined in Article VI Section 2.


Section 3: Membership Fees


(a) Applicants must pay membership fees. Membership fee includes cost of a membership card, one year subscription to the ABATE of South Carolina Newsletter and one year of membership beginning with either


(1) The month of receipt of the application by the Membership Coordinator. Membership expires at the end of the month of ABATE membership or


(2) The month of the previous membership (for a renewal).


(b) [Active ABATE of South Carolina Officers, Area Coordinators and Chapter Coordinators are entitled to waive their membership fees for as long as they are active officers.] * Language in brackets was removed per Amendment No. 1 on Sept. 8th, 2012.


(c) Membership fees are subject to change by a vote as outlined in Article VI Section 2.


Article IV: Structure


Section 1: Board of Directors


ABATE of South Carolina is supervised by a Board of Directors made up of the ABATE of South Carolina Coordinator and one Area Coordinator from each of the geographical areas outlined in Article IV Section 6 (b).



Section 2: The ABATE of South Carolina Coordinator


The ABATE of South Carolina Coordinator is elected by a vote as outlined in Article VI Section 2. The ABATE of South Carolina Coordinator presides at all Board of Directors meetings.


Section 3: The Assistant ABATE of South Carolina Coordinator


The Assistant ABATE of South Carolina Coordinator is elected by a vote as outlined in Article VI Section 2. The Assistant ABATE of South Carolina Coordinator assists the ABATE of South Carolina Coordinator as needed and presides at Board of Directors meetings in the absence of the ABATE of South Carolina Coordinator.


Section 4: The ABATE of South Carolina Secretary


The ABATE of South Carolina Secretary is appointed by the ABATE of South Carolina Coordinator and is confirmed by a vote as outlined in Article VI Section 2.  The ABATE of South Carolina Secretary attends all Board of Directors meetings. The ABATE of South Carolina Secretary’s purpose is to keep a written record of Board of Directors meetings. Minutes are to include all votes.


Section 5: The ABATE of South Carolina Treasurer


The ABATE of South Carolina Treasurer is elected by a vote as outlined in Article VI Section 2. The ABATE of South Carolina Treasurer maintains a detailed record of all monies, debts and obligations belonging to ABATE of South Carolina. The Treasurer receives all payments to ABATE of South Carolina and makes all payments for ABATE of South Carolina’s debts. All contracts, checks, drafts, notes or other orders of payment of money are signed in the name of ABATE of South Carolina, the Treasurer.

The ABATE of South Carolina Treasurer provides a written financial report at each Board of Directors meeting.


Section 6: Area Coordinators


(a) Chapter Coordinators in each area elect an Area Coordinator. Area Coordinators represent their areas at all Board of Directors meetings. Area Coordinators relay information between their area’s chapters and the ABATE of South Carolina organization. Area Coordinators assist the formation of new chapters within their areas.

(b) The state is divided into geographical areas as follows:


(1) Central Savannah River Area contains the following counties: Abbeville, Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick and Saluda.


(2) Coastal Area contains the following counties: Clarendon, Florence, Horry, Georgetown, Lee, Marion and Williamsburg.


(3) High Country Area contains the following counties: Cherokee, Chester, Lancaster, Spartanburg, Union and York.


(4) Midlands Area contains the following counties: Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland and Sumter.


(5) Low Country Area contains the following counties: Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester and Colleton.


(6) Sandhills Area contains the following counties: Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon and Marlboro.


(7) Southern Low Country Area contains the following counties: Allendale, Bamburg, Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper.


(8) Upstate Area contains the following counties: Anderson, Greenville, Laurens, Oconee and Pickens.


Section 7: The ABATE of South Carolina Membership Coordinator


The ABATE of South Carolina Membership Coordinator is elected by a vote as outlined in Article VI Section 2. The ABATE of South Carolina Membership Coordinator maintains a current list of all ABATE of South Carolina members, processes all member applications and issues all membership cards. Membership fees are collected by the ABATE of South Carolina Membership Coordinator and sent to the ABATE of South Carolina Treasurer.


Section 8: The ABATE of South Carolina Products Coordinator

The ABATE of South Carolina Products Coordinator is elected by a vote as outlined in Article VI Section 2. The ABATE of South Carolina Products Coordinator is responsible for pricing; purchasing and selling all “ABATE of South Carolina” products.

The ABATE of South Carolina Products Coordinator is to ensure that ABATE of South Carolina products are readily available.



Section 9: ABATE of South Carolina Newsletter Editor


The Newsletter Editor is elected by a vote as outlined in Article VI Section 2. The Newsletter Editor is responsible to collect information and stories, write articles, edit, prepare copy, print and distribute the newsletter. The Newsletter Editor may recruit a newsletter staff as necessary.


Section 10: Legislative Coordinator


The Legislative Coordinator is elected by a vote as outlined in Article VI Section 2. The Legislative Coordinator works with the ABATE of South Carolina Coordinator and legislative committee to develop strategies and coordinate membership lobbying efforts.



Section 11: [Media Coordinator]


[The Media Coordinator is elected by a vote as outlined in Article VI Section 2. The Media Coordinator works with the ABATE of South Carolina Coordinator  and Legislative Coordinator in writing press releases; all three will approve prior to sending release to wire service.] * Language in brackets was removed per Amendment No. 1 on Sept. 8, 2012.


Section 12: Chapter Coordinators


Membership of each chapter of ABATE of South Carolina shall elect a Chapter Coordinator. All chapter members in good standing as defined in Article III Section 1 are entitled to vote in all chapter elections. The Chapter Coordinator presides at all Chapter meetings. A Chapter Coordinator represents his chapter at all Area meetings.


Article V: Additional ABATE of South Carolina Officers

Additional administrative ABATE of South Carolina offices may be created as necessary. Additional ABATE of South Carolina Officers will be appointed by the ABATE of South Carolina Coordinator and confirmed by a vote as outlined in Article VI Section 2.


Article VI: Elections and Voting


Section 1: Nominations and Elections of ABATE of South Carolina Officers


Nominations for ABATE of South Carolina Officers open in [July and close in September] of each year. Nominations are accepted from the membership at large. Any member of at least one year in good standing as defined in Article III Section 1 may be nominated. Elections are held each even year during the [November] Board of Directors meeting for the offices of ABATE of South Carolina Coordinator, Assistant ABATE of South Carolina Coordinator, Legislative Coordinator and Newsletter Coordinator. Elections are held each odd year during the [November] Board of Directors meeting for the offices of ABATE of South Carolina Treasurer, Products Coordinator and Membership Coordinator. ABATE of South Carolina Officers are elected by a vote as outlined in Article VI Section 2. New ABATE of South Carolina Officers assume office at the close of the [November] Board of Directors meeting. An ABATE of South Carolina Officer may be removed from office by a vote as outlined in Article VI Section 2. * Language in brackets has been changed by Amendment No. 1 on Sept. 8th, 2012.


Section 2: Voting All Issues


Area Coordinators vote on all issues at the Board of Directors meetings. If a roll call vote is requested, the vote of each Area Coordinator will be recorded in the minutes of the meeting. The ABATE of South Carolina Coordinator will vote in the case of a tie vote. [In cases of an emergency, electronic (e-mail or phone) votes may be taken with a majority of Area Coordinators contacted. Emergency votes must be ratified at the next Board of Directors meeting.] * Language in brackets has been added by Amendment No. 1 on Sept. 8th, 2012.





Article VII: Amendments


Amendments to this Constitution may be made by submission in writing to the Board of Directors for approval. Upon approval by the Board of Directors, the proposed amendment will be submitted to the membership of ABATE of South Carolina. Chapters will vote on the amendment. Chapter Coordinators vote as their chapters did at Area meetings. Area Coordinators will vote as the majority did in their area. The amendment will be passed or killed by a vote as outlined in Article VI Section 2. An amendment will become final when each member of the Board of Directors signs the facilitation copy of the ABATE of South Carolina Constitution. [All amendments will be added as a matter of record with date of passage.] * Language in brackets was added per Amendment No. 1 on Sept. 8th, 2012.


[Article VIII: Special Elections]


[In the event of the ABATE of South Carolina Coordinator, Assistant Coordinator or the Treasurer being unable to complete their term of office, an election will be called with nominations taken for one (1) month after announcement of said event in the newsletter. Elections will be held as outlined in Article VI Section 2. The office shall be filled immediately after the results of the election are announced.] * Language in brackets was added per Amendment No. 1 on Sept. 8th, 2012.











Amendments to the Constitution


Amendment Number I

Article III Section 2 part (2b):  Removed by the 1st Amendment.

Article IV Section 11: Removed by the 1st Amendment.

Article VI Section 1: Dates are changed by the 1st Amendment.

Article VI Section 2: Emergency language added by the 1st Amendment.

Article VII: Language to include amendments to Constitution added by the 1st Amendment.

Article VIII: Article added to Constitution by the 1st Amendment.


Amendment Number 1 passed by Board of Directors on September 8th, 2012.  Ratified on November 10th, 2012.


ABATE of South Carolina Coordinator:  Ralph Bell


Central Savannah River Area:  Michael Bryce


Coastal Area:  Don Ard


High Country Area:  Dave Horta


Low Country Area:  DeWaine Wiggins


Midlands Area:  Wayne Coates


Sandhills Area:  Ira Funderburke


Southern Low Country Area:  Ty Osborne


Upstate Area:  Bob Baxter




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