The constitution

The INORC Constitution

Art.1
The INORC was founded in Augusta as a club without any commercial or  religious purposes
to be known as ITALIAN NAVAL “OLD RHYTHMERS” CLUB (I.N.O.R.C.)

Art. 2 – AIMS of  the  I.N.O.R.C.
The aims of INORC are:
a)    To contribute to the protection and the conservation of the cultural heritage of the world of professional naval telegraphy;
b)    To aggregate in the Club radio-telegraphy operators, technicians of naval communications, amateur radio enthusiasts of telegraphy and  actively practicing this way of communication, with the purpose of  promoting, spreading and improving  the use of CW.

Art.3  –  MEMBERSHIP IN THE  I.N.O.R.C.
INORC has two categories of members: ORDINARY and HONORARY MEMBERS

3.1 – ORDINARY MEMBERS:
A)    Radio Amateurs who have served, or are still in service:
1. in the Navy or in the naval branch of any other Armed Corps, as radio operators or technicians of telecommunications;
2. in the Merchant Marine as Official Radio Officers, telecommunication technicians, operators at coastal stations and those who  hold the International Certificate of radio operator for ships;
3. in the Navy or Merchant Marine and related services, regardless of grade, category, role and level if they can operate with skill in telegraphy.
B)     All radio amateurs and those who work, or have worked professionally in the field of telecommunications (both military and civilian),  able to operate with skill and dedication in telegraphy, contributing to knowledge and spreading of the CW

Radio amateurs referred to in the above point A)-1 and A)-2 may apply for admission to the Club, as ordinary members, providing evidence of their belonging to one of the listed categories  and submitting their application directly to the INORC Secretary.
Radio amateurs referred to in the above point  A)-3 (from the Navy or the Merchant Marine, not TLC) may apply for admission to the Club as ordinary members providing evidence of their belonging to one of the categories listed. The application must be signed by at least five sponsors who have been INORC members for at least three (3) years, and must be submitted directly to the INORC Secretary;
Radio amateurs referred to in the above point B) (non naval radio amateurs) will be admitted to the Club as ordinary members by invitation, on nomination by one or more members. Following the nomination, with the consent of the interested person, his or her  callsign will be published on the INORC website to allow other members to assess the operating capabilities of the nominee and express their opinions. According to these reports the Committee will decide on the admission of the new member within six months from the date of the first nomination.

3.2 – HONORARY MEMBERS (H.M.):
1 – Radio amateurs and/or INORC members who with their status or scientific merits in the field of telecommunications bring or will  bring about prestige to the Club;
2 – Former Presidents of the INORC (who will continue to enjoy the rights of ordinary members).

Rules for the nomination and admission of Honorary Members:
a.    The nomination of the aspiring Honorary Member must be presented by any ordinary INORC member and unanimously approved by the Management Committee;
b.    Self nominations as Honorary Member are not allowed;
c.    Only one new Honorary Member may be admitted per  calendar year;
d.    The total number of Honorary Members must not exceed 2% of the number of ordinary paid up members at the date of the nomination;
e.    The Honorary Member is not due to pay the annual subscription to the Club;
f.    The list of Honorary Members will always be drawn up in  alphabetical order by callsign;
g.    Honorary Members who participate in a Naval Contest, may use in the contest exchange either  “IN HM” or IN followed by their  membership number;
h.    Memorial nominations are not allowed;
i.    The Honorary Member becoming  “Silent Key” will simply be removed from the list of Honorary Members and added to the list of the  “Silent Keys”.

3.3 –  The Committee, which will have to decide  unanimously, is the only one who decides about the admission of new Ordinary and Honorary members. In case of rejection of the application, the Committee has no obligation to provide any reasons.

3.4. – All the provisions in this article 4 apply also to foreign radio amateurs.

Art.4 – I.N.O.R.C REGISTERED OFFICE.
The registered office of the club is in Loano (SV), Via Magenta, 8 – c/o ARI of Loano. It cannot be transferred to other locations without the vote of nine-tenths of the General Assembly of the ordinary members,  regularly called as per pertinent articles below.

Art. 5 –  AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
Any amendment and modification to the Constitution must be approved by at least eight tenths of the Ordinary Members in a  General Assembly, regularly convened  as per pertinent articles below.

Art. 6 – SOCIAL LOGO
The logo consists of a dark blue samnite shield with an enclosed   white „admiralty“ anchor,  and a superimposed spark gap generator and six red sparks, already in use as emblem of the category of radio operators of the former italian Royal Navy. On the top of the shield is a naval crown,   as used in the Italian Navy.

Art. 7 –  RIGHTS OF THE MEMBERS
All Members are entitled to receive free of charge the publications that INORC will be able to publish; to obtained at cost price social QSL cards, stickers and badges that INORC will make available; to use the INORC logo on their  printed matters,  internet websites, and so on.

Art. 8 –  DUTIES OF MEMBERS
1)    ORDINARY MEMBERS must pay the annual subscription fee as set and made known in due time by the  INORC Committee, to cover the necessary expenses of correspondence, publications, etc.
The payment of annual subscription by the member, which must be done not later that the 31 January of each year,  is deemed to be the  confirmation of the intention to continue his membership.
2)    Non-receipt of the payment by the stated date shall be deemed by the Committee as indicating resignation from the Club.
The Committee reserves the right to request confirmation to the member, or to proceed with the removal from the members list. In the lack of payment a  former Member has no longer the right to use the Club’s logo   and to use the INORC membership number   in contests.
However, a member removed for non-compliance with the provisions of this Article 8 can be automatically  restored to the list of members with the  former membership number, without further formalities, after payment of the subscription for the year in progress. It is understood that such reintegration will be possible if there are no other reasons against his readmission.

Art. 9 – MEMBERS‘ CONDUCT
1)    All Members are required to observe the rules of international procedure during their transmissions, and to behave at all times following what is universally known in the field of amateur radio as HAM SPIRIT.
2)    No member may,  on the radio waves in any mode,  or  by any other means, issue offensive or defamatory transmissions or messages  contain disagreements, conflicts, or offenses, or which may in any way be morally damaging to  individual members or other people, even if non-members.

Art. 10 – DISCIPLINARY MEASURES
Contravening to above Art. 9 will result in disciplinary measures in respect of the responsible member.
Disciplinary measures will be initiated following a complaint in writing and signed by anyone but by not less than two persons.  Anonymous reports or denunciations will not be considered.  The Committee examines the complaints and  informs  the interested member of the charges  and the penalty that the case involves.
However, no penalty will be enforceable before the person has been heard, and this within thirty days.
Such hearing may also be done  by letter. If the answer  of the transgressing member will not be considered sufficient  for dismission, the decision of the Committee will become enforceable and irrevocable.

Art. 11 – PENALTIES
The Committee may adopt the following meaures:
1-    Reprimand –  for behaviour not corresponding to the article 9/1,  even once only. The vote of at least two thirds of the Committee members is necessary for this  measure.
2-    Expulsion – for  transgressions to the article 9/2,  with the vote of at least three fourth of the Committee members.

Expulsion may be imposed also in the following cases:

  •  For repeated transgressions to the article 9/1
  •  For loss of the civil rights
  •  For loss of General Authorisation (Radio Amateur Station  License) following decisions of the Authority in charge
  •  For unworthiness,  that the whole of the Committee must unequivocally ascertain carrying out reasonable and sufficient investigations.

3)    All Committee decisions on Disciplinary Measures will be published  in the INORC magazine, web page, news reflector, etc.

Art. 12 – THE  INORC BODIES
a) – THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MEMBERS
b) – THE  COMMITTEE

Art. 13 – GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE MEMBERS – METHODS – PREROGATIVES
1)    The General Assembly of the Members is the highest governing body. An ordinary meeting will take place every three years for the election of the Committee.
This meeting will be called with suitable advance by registered letter, which will mention the venue and date/time of the meeting.
Only regularly paid up Ordinary Members, and Honorary Members, will be admitted.
2)    The General Assembly of the Members may also be convened in extraordinary session at request (by registered letter to the Committee) by at least thirty paid up Ordinary Members.
The Committee, which will  operate in the same way referred to in the point 1 above,  reserves the full right to require from the requesting members an a advance payment of the postal charges should these be economically burdensome, or harmful for the Club.
3)    A General Assembly of the Members, both Ordinary and Extraordinary, is considered legally valid if  at least 50 % of the fully paid up Members are present in person at the first call. If this is not the case, the Assembly will be repeated after 24 hours. This meeting will be  legally valid  if, after one hour from the set starting time, the present Members will be  not less than five.
4)    An absent Members holding voting rights may be represented with written proxy by another regular member, but the latter  may represent no more than one absent member.
5)    All Ordinary paid up Members,  and Honorary Members, hold voting rights and can be elected.
6)    The President, the Vice President and the Secretary-Treasurer will be primarily chosen among the members referred to in the section 3.1-A.
7)    The Committee will consist of 10 members.
8)    Each voter can cast a maximum of 6 (six) preferences.

Art. 14 – ELECTIONS OF THE COMMITTEE
The general Assembly of the members, which will be take place as specified in paragraph 1) of the preceding Article, shall elect ten members that will form the Committee. Among these members  the following positions will be assigned: President,  Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, and Account Examiner. If during the three years term the position of President becomes vacant, the Vice President takes the function. The Committee will choose a new Vice President  among the remaining committee members,  and the first of the non-elected members will join the Committee. In any other case of vacancy, the first non-elected becomes a component of the Committee,  which will then decide on the attribution of the position which may have become vacant.

Art. 15 – CHOICE OF THE OFFICERS OF THE COMMITTEE
The ten members elected to the Committee shall meet within one week from their designation for the assignment of the positions mentioned in the previous art. 14.

Art. 16 – PREROGATIVES  OF THE  COMMITTEE
The Committee will have to perform all those tasks which are specific for each Amateur Radio Association management, directing the INORC activity in the best way towards greater success and prosperity of the same. They have to provide for all institutional tasks, following the letter and the spirit of the present regulation. They also have the power to delegate other members even outside of the Committee, for tasks such as Award Manager, Contest Manager etc., and for liaison  and representation functions.

Art. 17 ALL SOCIAL TASKS and Responsibilities:
Will be carried out voluntarily and free of charge, nothing is owed for any reason, except for the cost of office supplies, printing of the Newsletter, costs for convening Assemblies, and general communications.

Art. 18 ASSETS OFT HE CLUB
The Assets of the INORC will consist of donations and/or bequests. They will neither be alienated nor distributed among the members, and in case of dissolution of the Association, their destination will be decided by the General Assembly of the Members regularly convened