Section 1. Persons Eligible for Membership
Those eligible for membership of The Pine Bend Association shall include:
|a.||All persons who were members of the Pine Bend Scout Club including members of the unincorporated Pine Bend Association on the date of its incorporation, and|
|b.||Former Scouts, or those interested in promoting Scouting, or those active in similar youth organizations and who have an interest in maintaining a primitive camping facility and other outdoor activities for such organizations as well as for themselves, and
|c.||Surviving Spouses of members in good standing.|
|d.||Young Adults between the ages of 17 and 21 including Scouts, former Scouts, and those active in similar youth organizations who have promoted and/or demonstrated an interest in maintaining a primitive camping facility and other outdoor activities for such organizations as well as for themselves, and
Any member seeking to sponsor a Young Adult for membership must obtain approval from the Board of Directors before inviting Young Adult to join or completing their application for membership.
|e.||Gate-keeper member. At the discretion of the Board, the primary resident of the property immediately south of the West Gate entrance to Birch Bend campground may be provided with a “Gate-Keeper” membership. This membership includes all the rights, privileges and responsibilities of membership, with the exception that s/he may not vote and shall be exempt from membership dues.|
In addition, those persons meeting the requirements in Section 1a, 1b, or 1c must pay the fees and dues as hereinafter provided to retain membership and remain in good standing.
Section 2. Membership Classification
Members of the Corporation shall belong to one of the classes of membership defined below.
|a.||Individual Membership – One person who is at least 21 years of age.|
|b.||Joint Membership – A married couple, one of whom must be at least 21 years of age. One party to the Joint Membership shall be recorded by the Secretary of the Association as the “Primary Member”. The Primary Member shall control the right to vote for the Joint Membership.
|c.||Young Adult – One person who is between the ages of 17 and 21 years of age.|
|d.||Gatekeeper – As described in Section 1.e|
|e.||Surviving Spouse – The surviving member of a Joint Membership who elects not to pay dues. The surviving spouse shall elect to continue membership as a Surviving Spouse or as an Individual member in the year following the death of their spouse or at such time as any prepaid dues are exhausted, whichever occurs first.
|f.||Life Member – A membership awarded to a fellow member by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. If the member is a party to a Joint Membership then Life Member status applies to both parties to the Joint Membership.
A Life member shall not be required to pay dues.
The surviving spouse of a Life Member shall elect to continue membership as a Surviving Spouse or as an Individual member in the year following the death of their spouse.
Section 3. Termination of Membership
|a.||Any class of membership is terminated as follows|
|Termination of membership shall not eliminate the possibility of reinstatement if all requirements of this article are met.|
Section 4. Responsibilities of Membership:
a. To perpetuate the original “Pine Bend Spirit”; that spirit is one of helping youngsters and each other in the atmosphere of friendship and growth in the skills and enjoyment of living in the “out-of-doors.”
b. To promote activities and relationships that are of interest to former Scouts, and former members of similar organizations, in the service to youth and in preservation of the wilderness tradition.
c. To help preserve the land and properties of the Association in its natural condition in keeping with the Pine Bend tradition. More specifically, those members who use the property must recognize that they are responsible for maintenance of the property which includes:
1. Maintaining the camp sites by leaving them in equal or better condition than they were when you arrived, i.e. replacing wood burned in campfires, cleaning up the site upon leaving, etc.
2. Helping maintain the existing buildings through regular cleaning and painting.
3. Helping maintain roads, wells, gates, and such other facilities on the property.
4. Helping perform such duties as requested by the Camping Chairperson.
5. Observing the Camp Ground rules as posted.
For more information on membership in the Pine Bend Association please contact us.