Constitution and By-Laws

Glasspar Owners Association

Adopted August 17, 2004



I. Name: The name of this organization shall be Glasspar Owners Association.
II. Object: The objects of this Association are to preserve the history of the Glasspar boat line, to encourage the collecting of Glasspar boats, to stimulate interest in using Glasspar boats with proper seamanship, navigation and handling of said vessels, to gather and keep on file all information which may be of assistance to members in restoring and operating said vessels.


III. Officers: Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodores, Secretary-Treasurer, who with ten members shall constitute the Governing Board.


IV. Duties of Officers:


a. The Commodore shall be the general executive officer and preside at all meetings.
b. The Vice Commodore shall assist the Commodore in the discharge of his duties and in his absence act in his stead.
c. The Rear Commodores shall command their stations and perform such other duties as assigned to them by their superior officers and the Governing Board.
d. The Secretary-Treasurer shall perform all the proper duties pertaining to those offices.
e. The Governing Board shall have the powers of Directors and general charge of all matters pertaining to the management of the Club.


V. Membership:
a. Any Glasspar boat owner or prospective boat owner who has expressed the desire to uphold the Objects of the club as presented in item II.
b. All applications for membership must be on forms approved by the Governing Board. Applicant's name must be proposed and approved by any officer using the Association Website security features. Identity of prospective member must be verified with a form of payment to avoid defrauding of Association data by Internet intruders.
c. All resignations must be in writing or by electronic mail and sent to the Secretary-Treasurer.
d. Involuntary resignations must be presented before the Governing Board to discuss reasons for dismissal from the Association.
VI. Classes of Membership: There shall be three classes of membership, regular, life and honorary. A member may become a life member by payment of the fee and thereafter is exempted from yearly dues. Honorary members shall have no vote nor hold office but otherwise shall enjoy all privileges of regular members.


VII. Initiation Fee: The initiation fee shall be eleven dollars, except that a member who starts as a life member shall be exempt from payment of this fee. Life membership fee shall be (150.00) one hundred fifty dollars.


VIII. Dues: Regular members shall pay (11.00) eleven dollars yearly dues on election and thereafter on the anniversary of election. Members whose dues are unpaid one day after election anniversary, shall be notified by mail or email. If dues are still unpaid by thirty days after election anniversary, members may be suspended or dropped from the roll by the Governing Board, but may be reinstated at their discretion.


IX. Meetings: The Annual Meeting shall be held the second Thursday of January of each year. The Fall Meeting shall be held in October or November of each year on a date to be determined by the Governing Board. Special Meetings may be called by the Governing Board and shall be called on written or electronic request of fifteen members. Governing Board shall meet as often as they deem necessary.


X. Quorum: Twenty-five members present in person or electronically or by proxy shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Association. Five members shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Governing Board.


XI. Election of Officers: At the Fall Meeting a Nominating Committee of five shall be elected, none of whom shall be a member of the Governing Board. This Committee shall nominate one candidate for each office to be balloted for at the Annual Meeting, notifying the Secretary-Treasurer of same not later than December first. All independent nominations must be filed with the Secretary-Treasurer at least ten days before the date of the meeting, and notice of same shall be sent to members by the Secretary-Treasurer, at least five days before the meeting.


XII. Term of Office: Commodore, Vice Commodore and Secretary-Treasurer shall be elected at Annual Meeting and hold office for two years or until election of their successors. Five members of the Governing Board shall be elected at Annual Meeting and hold office for two years or until election of their successors. Vacancies in elective officers shall be filled by the Governing Board and hold office till next annual meeting.


XIII. Committees: The Governing Board shall appoint such Committees as they deem necessary.


XIV. Stations: The chief station of the Association shall be in Mojave California or wherever the current Commodore resides, but wherever four or more members reside in any locality who shall notify the other members of the Association. Each station shall be under command of a Rear Commodore elected by the members of the station.


XV. Seal and Flag: The Seal shall be the Glasspar logo used from 1960 through to 1978 and the Flag of the Association shall be any original design Glasspar Logo used on any production vessel that was applied by the manufacturer.


XVI. Expenditures: No expenditures of funds nor contracts binding the Association shall be made except by authorization of the Governing Board that are deemed necessary to uphold this Constitution.


XVII. Expulsion of Members: Every member on joining the Association impliedly undertakes to comply with this Constitution and By-Laws and any refusal or neglect to do so, or any conduct unworthy of a gentleperson or sailor, or inimicable to the welfare of the Association, shall render such member liable to suspension or expulsion by a majority vote of the Governing Board. Notice of such proposed action, with reason therefore, must however be sent to the accused member by registered mail and electronic mail to his last known address at least thirty days prior to the meeting, and accused member shall have the right to be present at the meeting.


XVIII. Suspension and Amendments: This constitution cannot be suspended under any circumstances but may be amended by a two thirds vote at Annual or Fall Meeting. Proposed amendments must be in writing signed by five members and sent to the Secretary-Treasurer in time to be included in the notice of the meeting.



I. Order of business: The order of business at all Club meetings shall be as follows:
a. Roll Call
b. Minutes of previous meeting
c. Report of Officers
d. Reports of Committees
e. Unfinished business
f. Elections
g. New Business


In case of dispute as to order or debate, Commodore and Vice-Commodore shall govern.


II. Notices: Notices of Annual and Fall Meetings shall be sent to each member at least twenty days previous thereto. Notice for Annual Meeting must contain report of Nominating Committee. Notices of special meeting shall be sent to each member at least fifteen days previous thereto, and shall state in detail the subjects to be brought up for action and no other matters may be considered.
III. Voting: None but members shall be allowed in the meeting room during a meeting of the Association. Prospective members may be accompanied to a meeting by another member but have no vote. Every member present when a motion is under consideration shall vote thereon unless excused by the presiding officer. Proxies must be in writing or electronic mail and filed with the Secretary-Treasurer thirty days in advance of the meeting.
IV. Amendment and Suspension: These By-Laws cannot be suspended under any circumstances but may be amended by a two-thirds vote at Annual or Fall Meeting. Proposed amendments must be in writing signed by five members and sent to the Secretary-Treasurer in time to be included in the notice of the meeting.

Why Commodore?

The Dutch invented the Commodore rank about 1652 during one of their naval wars with England. They found they needed officers to command squadrons but did not want to create more Admirals, perhaps to avoid paying Admirals' salaries. A Commodore's pay was only about half that of an Admiral. The word comes from comendador, which means "having command over others" and might be of French or Spanish origin. The Dutch leader William of Orange introduced the rank to the British navy after he became King William III of England in 1689. Sometime later the British merchant marine began calling the senior officer of a merchant fleet Commodore. The Dutch also used the broad command pennant, a wide swallow-tailed pennant, that has become identified with Commodores in many navies, merchant fleets and yacht clubs.
Our Navy used Commodore as an honorary title from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War for Captains commanding two or more ships operating together or had other significant additional responsibilities.
In 1862 Commodore became an official rank and the Navy promoted 18 Captains. They wore the single star on their epaulettes. In 1866 they began wearing the two-inch stripe on their sleeve cuffs. The broad stripe was inspired by the Commodore's broad pennant and, in effect, transferred it from his ship's masthead to his sleeve, a practice also adopted by many other navies and yacht clubs.
Commodore was a command rank in our Navy from 1862 to 1899. After that it was a rank to which Captains who had served in the Civil War were retired. The rank was reestablished on 9 April 1943 for World War II service, and 147 officers held it as a temporary rank. After the war the flag rank structure reverted to its prewar form. By 1 January 1950, no commodores remained on active duty.
When the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act (DOPMA) became law in 1982, O-7 officers were designated commodore admirals. The Navy selected 38 Captains to wear the broad stripe and single star. In 1983 the Defense Authorization bill changed the title to commodore. With President Reagan's signature on the Fiscal year 1986 Defense Authorization bill, O-7 officer were again called rear admiral (lower half).
In keeping with the tradition of the United States, the Cruising Club of America and other various sailing and yachting clubs, the rank of Commodore was chosen to represent persons of leadership within the Glasspar Owners Association. Elect your Commodores wisely to lead the Association into the next generation while upholding the stated Constitution and By-Laws.

Adopted August 17, 2004

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