18 Wheels Motorcycle Association is designed exclusively for all CDL truck drivers: Commercial class A & B, whether they are a man or a woman, active or retired. We are a Motorcycle Association that gathers for the satisfaction of riding motorcycles, promoting brotherhood among its members and spending time with like-minded folks. We are open to ANYONE with a passion for motorcycles and has or has had a CDL driver's license and their spouse. We welcome all makes and styles of motorcycles and are always on the lookout for possible new members. 18WheelsMA is a motorcycle association and will NEVER be an MC "Motorcycle Club". We are non-territorial and will hereafter be called and referred to as "18Wheels Motorcycle Association". Members of 18Wheels Motorcycle Association ties a blue & white rag to the LEFT side of their bike for other drivers to recognize them.
Our bylaws are simple and are to be followed:
A. There are four classifications of members in 18WheelsMA: a DRIVER MEMBER, a NON-DRIVER MEMBER, a DIESEL MECHANIC, and an ASSOCIATE MEMBER OR SUPPORT MEMBER.
1. The first classification is a DRIVER MEMBER. A DRIVER MEMBER is an individual that either holds a CDL driver's license or has held a CDL driver's license but is now retired.
2. The second classification is a NON-DRIVER MEMBER. A NON-DRIVER MEMBER does not hold and has not held a CDL driver's license and MUST be sponsored by a DRIVER MEMBER (their spouse). (If only in a relationship, then the relationship should be more than 6 months old in order for the girl/boyfriend to be considered for sponsorship for wearing the 18WheelsMA crest.) Note: The drivers spouse IS NOT an Associate member, but a Member.
3. The third classification is a DIESEL MECHANIC. We have chosen to accept a DIESEL MECHANIC into 18WheelsMa because of their love, passion and dedication to the trucking industry. NOTE: They are not required to hold or to have held a CDL driver's license.
4. The fourth classification is an ASSOCIATE MEMBER or SUPPORT MEMBER. An ASSOCIATE MEMBER OR SUPPORT MEMBER is a family member that does not nor ever has held a CDL driver's license. They will be recognized as full members but may not hold an officer position nor start their own chapter.
B. Both a DRIVER MEMBER AND A NON-DRIVER MEMBER display our family crest and all other patches on their jacket or cut with one exception: only the CDL driver, active or retired, will wear a specific pin or patch that only a driver will receive or is allowed to wear. In the case that the two members are no longer married or in a relationship, the NON-DRIVER MEMBER MUST AND WILL surrender the family crest patch to 18WheelsMA. In the event that the DRIVER MEMBER by whatever means passes away, the NON-DRIVER MEMBER will be welcome to remain a member but will be referred to as an HONORARY MEMBER. (The HONORARY MEMBER does not pay any dues but only receives an annual member shirt if they attend a non-specified number of events during the year.) A DRIVER MEMBER and a DIESEL MECHANIC may sponsor up to 4 individuals each.
A SPONSORED MEMBER does not have to be related. (This is in addition to their spouse/significant other)
5. ADIESEL MECHANIC, with no CDL, may join 18WheelsMA with full membership as a DRIVER MEMBER but will wear a patch or pin that is designed specifically for a DIESEL MECHANIC and not the same as a DRIVER MEMBER with a CDL.
6. The ASSOCIATE MEMBER OR SUPPORT MEMBER displays our 18WheelsMA family crest but with a patch that reads ASSOCIATE MEMBER sewn to the bottom of the 18WheelsMA family crest. (BOTH PATCHES MUST BE TOUCHING EACH OTHER). Also, other than the Steel Horse Cowboys/Cowgirls patch displayed on their cut, they will wear the 4 X 4 18WheelsMA support patch. This member MAY NOT display the Steel Horse Cowboy/Cowgirl patch on a jacket or cut.
C. OFFICERS: the type of officers in 18WheelsMA
7. Association President, Association Vice-President, Association Liaison, Association Secretary, Regional Representative, State Representative, Contact Person or Chapter President, Chapter Vice-President, and National Sargent at Arms. As an officer of 18WheelsMA, you may choose to display your rank on your cut or jacket. Be sure that your rank is clear. Example, if you are the Chapter President your patch should clearly read "Chapter President".
8. The Association Liaison is appointed by the Association President and Vice-President. This officer is usually brought into a situations as a third party by a Regional Representative. Their decision on how a situation or member should be dealt with is final, Only after he or she has spoken with the regional representative that asked them for help, and both agree. NOTE, Regional Representatives are responsible and do have the ultimate and final say in their areas and over the members in theose areas. The Association Liaison is the eyes and ears of HQ.
9. The Association Secretary is appointed by the Association President and Vice-President. This officer is responsible for assisting all officers within 18WheelsMA and to maintain a written record of all national minutes and the records and files of all members and to help organize national events.
10. The Regional Representatives are to stay in contact with their State Representatives and their Chapter Presidents in regards to activity within the chapters (or lack of). The Regional Representatives ARE NOT to interfere with the functions of a chapter, but to help them if they ask for help or to point out any violations of our bylaws. Any action or reaction by the Regional Representative in regards to any violations of our bylaws will be backed by the Association President, Vice-President and Liaison.
11. The duties of the State Representatives are to keep in touch with and to encourage Chapter Presidents and to answer any questions that arise. The State Representative is appointed by the Regional Representative.
12. The duties of the Chapter Presidents or Contact Person are to arrange or help organize rides along with their chapter members throughout the year. The Chapter Presidents are appointed by the Regional Representatives. In order to remove a Chapter President requires a two-thirds majority vote by that chapter's members or by the Association President & Vice-President. A chapter may be closed only by the Association President and Vice-President.
Within a Chapter there may be the following officers:
a. CHAPTER VICE-PRESIDENT: This officer is appointed by the Chapter President and assists the President especially when the President cannot perform his/her functions.
b. TREASURER: This officer is responsible for maintaining a written record of all funds, including all contributions, donations, dues, support merchandise sales as well as bills and debts.
c. SECRETARY: This officer is responsible for maintaining a record of the minutes of meetings and the records and files of members.
d. SARGENT AT ARMS: This officer is responsible for the chapter's security and the intervening in a dispute between members and/or officers. Any member who strikes a Sargent at Arms while performing their duties, are automatically banned, including from ever becoming a member of 18WheelsMA again.
e. CHAPLIN: This officer is appointed by the Chapter President & Vice-President.
f. ROAD CAPTAIN: This position is responsible for the movements of the chapter; ie, route planning, logistics, lodging, etc.
g. ROAD GUARDS: The ROAD CAPTAIN has the responsibility to designate any number of patch holders (in relation to the size of an event) to act as Road Guards. Their primary responsibility is to maintain a formation during road trips and on rides and to protect members from traffic issues.
h. TAIL GUNNER: The TAIL GUNNER has the responsibility to manage the members on local and long distance rides from the back of the "pack". The TAIL GUNNER protects the pack of motorcycles by anticipating the decisions of the ROAD CAPTAIN and preventing traffic from deliberately or inadvertently interfering with pack movements. The TAIL GUNNER may also be one of the ROAD GUARDS.
13. National Sargent at Arms: There will be at least 4 National Sargent at Arms for the 18WheelsMA. Each of these Sargent at Arms (SAA) will be available for their regional chapters' use. In other words, if your region is Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, you will respond to the request for a SAA for a chapter's need. A request for a SAA should be made no less than one week before the event. More than one SAA may attend an event with that region's SAA to be foreman. The Chapter President or Contact Person should make the request to their Regional Representative or State Representative and that Rep will contact the SAA for you.
14. Following THE CHAIN OF COMMAND: Members must speak to their Chapter President or Contact Person in relation to questions or concerns. If a Member doesn't feel that their question or concern was addressed adequately, then that Member may contact their State Representative or Regional Representative. (only after several attempts to speak with that member's Chapter President or Contact Person has been made.)
15. Any decision made by a Chapter President or Contact Person may be appealed by a chapter member/members. A two-thirds majority vote is needed to overturn a Chapter President's decision.
16. If an individual is interested in starting a chapter in their area, a request to start a chapter may be sent to the 18WheelsMA HQ at .... http://www.18WheelsMA.com/chapters.html
17. Becoming a member means that you agree to abide by all rules laid out for each member of 18WheelsMA. You will show respect to other members of this Association as well as other Associations, Organizations and Clubs. This is to include anything you post on any social media, such as FaceBook. Any misconduct on these websites can result in suspension or revocation of membership. You will conduct yourself in a manner not to bring disgrace or harm to our Association or it's members or any other Club or Association or Organization and their members. Note: A member's patches are not to be pulled by any officer or member of 18WheelsMA but they can be asked to return the patches if they have been voted out of the Association. WE DO NOT PRACTICE PULLING PATCHES. The return of the patches will not be enforced. Each chapter is responsible for their chapter and the disciplinary actions in that chapter. If a person is voted out of the Association they are no longer welcome on any ride or event with the 18WheelsMA. They are not to wear the 18WheelsMA family crest in either a patch or member shirt. 18WheelsMA retains sole ownership of the family crest.
18. 18WheelsMA is not exclusive. An 18WheelsMA member may belong to another Association or Club.
19. Attendance to any ride, gathering or meeting may be encouraged by a Chapter President or other Members BUT IS NEVER MANDATORY.
20. Annual Renewal Dues are payable at http://18WheelsMA.com/join.html before April of each year unless you are on a lifetime membership plan. ANY new or renewal dues collected in the months of Dec, Jan, Feb or Mar will be posted as paid that year. For Example: if you pay for a new membership or renew your membership on Dec 1, 2018 or Feb 6, 2019 will be posted as paid in full until Mar 31, 2020.
21. Naming a Chapter is okay, but creating a separate logo or design with your chapter's name is not. Several Clubs, such as the Boy Scouts of America, have dens such as #478, while the American Legion has a Post. Although these Dens and Posts show individuality, they are recognized as one, being under the same symbol. Any 18WheelsMA chapter that chooses to name their chapter MAY NOT create a logo or design separate from the 18Wheels family crest.
22. 18WheelsMA is designed exclusively for local and professional truck drivers. Because of the wide divide between the motorcycle world and law enforcement, we choose to NOT allow law enforcement to become members of 18WheelsMA. There are law enforcement motorcycle groups that welcome law enforcement.
23. 18WheelsMA members WILL HAVE FUN!