Club Rules

ARTICLE I
NAME OF CLUB
The name of this organization shall be the Muhlenberg Area Shooting Association, Inc. and
affiliated with the National Rifle Association of America. Its headquarters shall be permanently
maintained in Muhlenberg Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania.
ARTICLE II
OBJECT OF ORGANIZATION
The object of this organization shall be the encouragement of organized rifle, pistol, shotgun and
archery shooting among the citizens of the United States, who reside in our community, with a view
toward a better knowledge on the part of such citizens of the safe handling and proper care of
firearms, as well as improved marksmanship. It shall be our further objective and purpose to
forward the development of those characteristics of honesty, good fellowship, self-discipline, team
play and self-reliance which are the essentials of good sportsmanship and the foundation of true
patriotism. We shall strive to support conservation and wildlife management projects within our
community and these United States of America. We believe in the principals of humanity and all
living things under our God.
ARTICLE III
MEMBERSHIP – EFFECTIVE 2016:
Section 1: There shall be (4) four classes of membership in this organization. (1) Senior Members
who are eighteen (18) years of age or older, (2) Junior Members who are between the ages of (12)
twelve years of age and who have not yet reached their (18th) eighteenth birthday, (3) Associate
Senior Members who are (18) eighteen years of age or older, and (4) Associate Junior Members who
are between the ages of twelve (12) years of age and who have not yet reached their eighteenth
(18th) birthday.
Any member, in good standing for three (3) consecutive years, and has attained fifty (50) years of
age may become a lifetime member for $150.00
Junior members and Associate Junior Members shall have express written consent, signed by their
parents or legal guardian, to be admitted to the Association.
Section 2: Members shall consist of permanent residents of the Township of Muhlenberg, the
Boroughs of Temple, and Laureldale, and who pay their per-capita taxes to these named
municipalities, or to employees of these same named municipalities whether on a full or part-time
basis, and members of their immediate families who reside within their household.
Immediate families defined: Husband, wife, children, fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters.
Section 3: Associate Membership may be held by non-residents of the Township of Muhlenberg, the
Boroughs of Temple and Laureldale or who are not employees of the above named municipalities as
defined in Article III, Section 2. Associate Members would have all privileges of members
excluding voting rights.
Section 4: Any eligible person under Section 1, 2, and 3 of this article may become a member or
associate member of this association on a vote by the Executive Board, be approved unanimously by
those in attendance at any regular association meeting, payment of the usual initiation fee and dues,
and subscribe to the following NRA Pledge.
THE NRA PLEDGE
I certify that I am a citizen of good repute, of the United States of America; that I am not a
member of any organization or group having as its purpose or one of its purposes the overthrow by
force and violence of the Government of the United States or any of its political subdivisions; that
I have never been convicted of a crime of violence; that I, if admitted to membership, I will fulfill
the obligations of good sportsmanship and good citizenship.
ARTICLE IV
DUES:
Section 1: The members annual dues to the association shall be Ten Dollars ($10.00) for Senior
Members and Eight Dollars ($8.00) for Junior Members, payable not later than January of each
new year and to be paid in full amount to the Club Secretary. Social members not living in
Laureldale, Temple, or Muhlenberg shall be Fifteen Dollars ($15.00) for Senior Members and
Thirteen Dollars ($13.00) for Junior Members.
Expulsion for non-payment of dues: Members not paying annual dues as outlined in Section 1, shall
be mailed a letter from the Secretary informing said member of non-payment of dues.
Raising of Dues: In order to raise dues, members must bring this fact to a General Membership
Meeting and approval must be by a majority vote of the members present.
ARTICLE V
OFFICERS:
Section 1: The officers of this association shall be a President, Vice-President, Secretary/
Treasurer and an Executive Officer. They shall be elected by a majority vote by ballot of the
members in good standing present at the November monthly meeting of each odd calendar year.
They shall hold office for two (2) years at a time until their successors are elected.
Number of terms of officers: There will be no limit to number of terms of office.
Any member in good standing, having attended at least four (4) meetings a year and not a social
member may be nominated or elected as an officer of the Association.
Section 2: Resignation of any officer may be accepted by the President and the vacancy shall be
filled by the Executive Board upon request of the President, who shall recommend a member to fill
the vacancy for the remaining period of office.
Section 3: Officers of the Association shall maintain individual memberships in the National Rifle
Association for their tenure in office.
ARTICLE VI
DUTIES OF OFFICERS:
PRESIDENT – The President shall preside at all general membership meetings of the club. He shall
be a member ex-officio of all regular and special committees, and shall perform all such other
duties as usually pertain to his office. He shall be directly responsible to the Executive Board.
VICE-PRESIDENT – The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President in his absence or
at his request.
SECRETARY – The Secretary shall conduct all official correspondence pertaining to the proper
preparation and forwarding of all reports required of the association by the National Rifle
Association and by the director of Civilian Marksmanship. The Secretary shall notify all members of
all general membership meetings and the Executive Board of all special meetings. The Secretary
shall keep true and accurate records of the association meetings and have custody of the books and
papers of the association, except the Treasurer’s books of accounts. Said books and papers shall be
open to inspection by the Executive Board. The Secretary shall be responsible for reaffiliating the
club annually with the National Rifle Association.
TREASURER – The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds of the association and place the same in
such bank or banks as may be approved by the Executive Board. Such money shall only be withdrawn
by check signed by the Treasurer and for the payment of such bills as shall have been approved by
the Executive Board. The Treasurer shall keep an accurate account of all his transactions and
render a detailed report with vouchers at any meeting of the Executive Board when requested and
report to the organization at its meetings. All applications for membership in the association shall
be made to the Treasurer. Treasurer shall be responsible for the collection of all fees and dues and
shall remit a report of the same to the Secretary.
EXECUTIVE OFFICER – The Executive Officer shall act as the associations representative in all
decision making policies of the association and the Executive Board. He shall be a liason between
the Board of Commissioners of Muhlenberg Township, the Executive Board and the Association. It
is his responsibility to insure the association performs within the guidelines and standards set forth
by the Township of Muhlenberg.
ARTICLE VII
MEETINGS
Section 1: All general membership meetings of the association shall be held at the Muhlenberg
Township Parks and Recreation Building located at 3025 River Road, Muhlenberg Park, Reading, PA
Section 2: Special meetings of the club may be held at any time upon the call of the President or
upon the call of the Executive Board, or upon demand in writing, stating the object of the proposed
meeting. Notice of time, place and object of special meetings shall be given to all officers and
members in good standingin writing by United States mail not less than seven (7) days prior to the
date fixed for the holding of the meeting. The place of such special meeting shall be fixed by the
Executive Board.
Section 3: Order of Business
Call to order
Roll call of Officers
Reading of minutes of preceding meeting
Treasurers Report
Report of Officers and Committees
Bills and Communications
Unfinished Business
New Business
Adjournment
ARTICLE VIII
COMMITTEES
Section 1: The following committees shall be appointed by the Executive Board and will be directly
responsible to it, and shall carry out all functions of that committee as outlined by the Executive
Board.
SAFETY COMMITTEE – This committee shall consist of five (5) association members who shall
have the responsibility of all safety functions and procedures governing the use of the Muhlenberg
Township Shooting Range. They will periodically inspect the range to insure that all association
members are utilizing the range in a proper and safe fashion. They will administer all safety
procedures for the association.
INSTRUCTORS COMMITTEE – This committee shall consist of:
Chief Firearms Instructor
Rifle Instructor
Pistol Instructor
Shotgun Instructor
Archery Instructor
They individually or as a group shall encourage association members to become basically familiar
with all firearms and to teach them basic marksmanship. They shall be in charge of all firearms
instruction and all marksmanship programs within the association. They will be Certified NRA
Firearms Instructors. The instructors may have as many assistants as they deem necessary.
Assistants will be NRA Certified Firearms Coaches.
RANGE COMMITTEE – This committee shall consist of a Range Master, Chief Rifle Range Officer,
Chief Pistol Range Officer, Chief Shotgun Range Officer and Chief Archery Range Officer. Their
function shall be construction and maintenance of range facilities. They shall authorize the
expenditures of funds as may be necessary and shall be familiar with range layout and have general
knowledge of equipment needed to carry out range functions. They shall be in charge of scheduling
range use by association members. They may have as many assistants as they deem necessary.
MATCH COMMITTEE – This committee shall consist of the club President, Range Master, Chief
Firearms Instructor, Chairman of the Safety Committee and club Secretary. Their function shall be
to conduct all competitive and organized shoots within the organization.
Section 2: The following committees shall be appointed by the Club President and shall be directly
responsible to him, and shall carry out all functions of that committee as outlined by the Club
President.
BYLAWS COMMITTEE – This committee shall consist of three (3) association members. This
committee shall have the responsibility of establishing the Bylaws of this Association.
PUBLIC RELATIONS – This committee shall consist of three (3) association members. They shall
have the responsibility of informing the general public of the Associations functions and activities.
HUNTER SAFETY COMMITTEE – This committee shall consist of the PA District Game Protector,
Range Master, Chief Firearms Instructor and the Chairman of the Safety Committee.
CONSERVATION COMMITTEE – This committee shall consist of five (5) association members.
This committee will be in charge of the landscaping and the maintenance of the range.
ARTICLE IX
SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION
Any officer may be removed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members in good standing present at
any special meeting called for this purpose. No vote on suspension or removal may be taken unless at
least fifteen (15) days notice in writing shall have been given to the officer of the reasons for his
removal and of the time and place of the special meeting at which such ballot on his removal is to be
taken. At such special meeting the officer shall be given a full hearing.
Any member may be suspended or expelled from the club for any cause deemed sufficient by the
Executive Board by a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the members of the Board present at
any regular or special meeting. No vote on suspension or expulsion may be taken unless at least
fifteen (15) days notice in writing shall have been given to the member of the charges preferred
and of the time and place of the meeting of the Executive Board at which such charges will be
considered. At such meeting the member under charges will be accorded a full hearing.
Charges against any officer or member may be preferred by any member in good standing. They
shall be in writing clearly stating the facts relied upon and accompanied by all affidavits or exhibits
which are to be used in their support. Such charges shall be filed with the Secretary, who will
immediately notify the President. The President will call a meeting of the Executive Board to hear
the charges. The Secretary will give at least fifteen (15) days notice of the meeting to each
member of the Executive Board and to the accuser and to the accused, which notice shall be in
writing and will include a true copy of the charges and of the supporting affidavits and exhibits.
Any member suspended or expelled by the Executive Board may appeal to the full membership of
the club. Such appeal shall be made in writing to the Secretary who will notify the President. The
President will call a special meeting of the club for the purpose of acting on the appeal. The
Secretary shall give at least fifteen (15) days notice in writing to all members of the club in good
standing stating the date, time, place and reason for such special meeting. At the meeting of the
full club the Secretary will read the original charges, the supporting affidavits, and will read or
display the accompanying exhibits, and will read the minutes of the special meeting of the Executive
Board at which the charges were heard and action taken. A full hearing will be given the accuser
and the accused. A vote will be taken by ballot of the members in good standing present and a twothirds
(2/3) vote shall be required to reverse the action of the Executive Board.
Any official or member of the club who has been suspended or expelled by the National Rifle
Association of America shall automatically stand suspended or expelled from the club immediately
upon receipt of official notice by the Secretary of this club from the Secretary of the National
Rifle Association.
The National Rifle Association shall be given a complete report whenever a member of this club is
suspended or expelled, showing charges and action taken.
ARTICLE X
MATCH RULES AND RANGE PROCEDURES
Rifle and revolver or pistol competitions held by the club will be governed by the rules and
regulations laid down by the National Rifle Association of America, approved by the National Board
for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and the Secretary of the Army.
ARTICLE XI
DISSOLUTION:
In the event of the dissolution of the Muhlenberg Area Shooting Association, all equipment,
facilities, property, monies, etc., after payment of indebtedness, shall become the property of
Muhlenberg Township, Berks County, PA.
ARTICLE XII
AMENDMENTS
Section 1: No alterations or amendments of these Bylaws shall be made unless the proposed
alterations or amendments are submitted in writing, signed by not less than three (3) members. If
any alterations or amendments to these Bylaws shall be proposed, they shall receive three (3)
readings at three (3) consecutive meetings and shall not go into effect until approved by the
majority, in attendance, of all active members in good standing.
Upon date of approval a copy of all alterations or amendments of the Bylaws shall be mailed to the
National Rifle Association (within ten (10) days).
The revised Bylaws of the Muhlenberg Area Shooting Association have been reviewed and adopted
by the general membership at a meeting held April 14, 1994 are hereby established.
The Bylaws Committee
Fourth Printing April 1994
OFFICIAL STATEMENT
DEDICATION
Be it known to all that the first printing of the Bylaws of the Muhlenberg Area Shooting
Association shall be dedicated to the late GEORGE L. REDSECKER who lost his life in a gun accident
in August of 1975.
Be it further known that GEORGE L. REDSECKER, a member of the Muhlenberg Township Planning
Board was one of the original founders of this association. George had an idea and a dream that
someday this would all come true. It is unfortunate he is not with us today to see it, but may his
spirit live within our hearts always. May George never be forgotten as the very inspiration of this
association that will live on forever with all of us.