Charlie said: >>>"In general I don't think the AMA should be collecting
or spending money for
anything not directly related to what I think the AMA's functions are
which is to establish rules for and to promote competition, negotiate
best possible rates for the secondary insurance coverage, promote /
RC friendly legislation, and to establish the top level safety code
Charlie, there are AMA functions which are not covered in those items
you present. Let us review:
The AMA Bylaws: ARTICLE II
Subject to the limitations set forth in the Academy of Model
Aeronautics, Inc., Articles of Incorporation, the primary object of the
AMA is to promote and foster educational and scientific advancement
in model aeronautics, to give recognition to model leadership and to
provide guidance and direction of national model aeronautic affairs
by those individuals who, through their accomplishments in the
model field, have demonstrated their qualifications for such
responsibility. More particular purposes are listed below, but shall
be considered exclusive.
(a) To encourage the study and discussion of scientific problems
and to disseminate scientific news and views.
(b) To organize and sponsor discussion conferences and the
presentation of technical papers at such conferences.
(c) To encourage through recognition, leadership in model
(d) To recognize leadership of unusual quality by the conferring of
special honorary titles.
(e) To encourage joint discussion directed toward group agreement
on development needs relating to model aviation.
(f) To keep model leaders informed through the publication of
scientific journals and news bulletins.
(g) To encourage the contribution of articles on the development of
model aeronautics for the AMA publication.
(h) To associate interested organizations and individuals for group
support of education and development needs related to model
(i) To guide and direct national model activities to the end that
model aeronautics may be advanced in the United States in a
manner that will best serve model aviation as a whole.
(j) To guide and assist in the acquisition and retention of flying
sites for the further growth and development of model aeronautics.
(k) To establish and maintain official regulations governing the
conduct of model airplane records and contests and issue sanctions
(l) To direct the technical organization and conduct of national and
international model contests held within the United States and to
act through the National Aeronautics Association as the
aeromodeling representative in the United States for the Federation
(m) To license model aircraft and fliers thereof for competition.
(n) To promote recognition in the United States and abroad of all
officially sanctioned competitions and records which are
conducted by AMA Contest Directors.
(o) To have as its guiding principle, Of, By, and For the Model
(p) To operate through the National Aeronautic Association in
representing all activities of United States Aeromodeling to the
FAI, such operation to be in accordance with a written agreement
between AMA and NAA.
Charlie, please consider items (h) (i) (j) and (o).
In my interpretation of these Bylaws, any assistance that AMA can,
within due reason, provide those members that have been significantly
harmed in life, limb, and property, due to these weather disasters is
simply a compliance with these items in the Bylaws.
In that regard I have donated my meager assistance with a $100.00 check
to be used for that purpose. Not dues but a donation to the special
fund. Actually as we give to those organizations that handle such
assistance because they can do more than one individual, then IMO so
will AMA perform better with the funds to help AMA members and clubs.