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Introduction

18Wheels Motorcycle Association or American Trucker Motorcycle Association.
is designed exclusively for commercial class A & B truck drivers and their spouse. Because of the nature of our job, there are no mandatory meetings, events or rides. Membership is open to men and woman, active drivers or retired. We are a Motorcycle Association not an MC "Motorcycle Club" that gathers to ride and promote brotherhood among its members. We welcome all makes and styles of motorcycles and are always on the lookout for possible new members. 18WMA is a Motorcycle Association with no desire to become an MC. We are non-territorial. But we are political within the trucking and motorcycle world. Our members tie a blue & white rag to the left side of their bike so that other drivers can recognize them.

All officers within 18WMA are merely symbolic positions, they hold no powers. Because of the nature of our profession, there are no mandatory rides or meetings. Each member is here, and attends any event, by choice. From HQ to the Chapter President to the National President, each chapter is whatever each chapter member makes of it, and officers are here only, to point out any non-activity of a chapter, and to offer help and assistance to any chapter president that has asked for it. No 18WMA officer has the power or authority to reprimand or punish any 18WMA member outside of what our bylaws allow them to, and each 18WMA member must treat other members of our club and others, like they themselves would like to be treated. To those members that are unable to get along with other members of a chapter, please feel free to move to another chapter, or simply leave. Members choose what chapters they want to belong to, and are even welcome to belong to one chapter one week and another chapter the next. If your chapter is worth belonging to. They will come, and they will stay. HQ / The 18WMA board is the final say in any matter concerning our members, officers and chapters. Please be mindful that there will be accessional but minor changes in our bylaws from time to time within our association. These changes are mostly caused by growth, and will be posted, if and when any changes are made.

Joining 18WMA 

Becoming a member of 18 Wheels Motorcycle Association is easy. Simply contact us by any of the phone numbers or e-mail addresses on the CONTACT US or CHAPTERS page on our website. You will be directed to the chapter nearest you where you can learn more about your local chapter and how it operates. You will then need to go to www.18WheelsMA.com, click on the join button and fill out some information and pay your dues. Each new or renewing member will receive a free member's tee shirt with their paid membership. Club patches are not included with your dues and are not mandatory to ride with us. But are available to those who want them.

Annual Renewal Dues are payable by April, 1st. NOTE: Any new or renewal dues collected in the months between December and March are pro-rated up to the following April 1st.


                                            Our Bylaws

                                                                                                                                                   Our Bylaws Are Simple And Are To Be Followed


                                                                           SECTION  ONE                                                                               


    The Types Of Members In 18Wheels Motorcycle Association

1. There are five classifications of members in 18WheelsMA: Driver Member, Non-Driver Member, Diesel Mechanic,
     Associate Member / Support Member and an Honorary Member

2. Driver Member. A Driver Member is an individual that either holds or has held a CDL driver's
     license. A driver member may sponsor up to five associate members including their spouse/girl/boyfriend.

3. Non-Driver Member. A Non-Driver Member is an individual that does not, nor has ever
     held, a CDL driver's license and must be sponsored by a Driver Member (their spouse/girl/boyfriend). 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 18 Wheels MA crest. A Non-Driver Member may not sponsor an associate member.

a. The driver's spouse IS NOT an Associate Member but is a full member and can be made an officer, other than a
     National or Chapter President or Vice-President.

b. A non-driver member may not sponsor an Associate Members.

c. A boyfriend/girlfriend of a member that has been in their relationship for less than one year, must receive 100% approval
    from those chapter members to be able to wear a member crest. over one year, no approval is needed.

4. Honorary Member. In the event that a Driver Member passes away, by whatever means, the
    Non-Driver Member (widow or widower, or girl/boyfriend with a relationship more than 5 years) 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 will receive a
    new member shirt each year providing they attend an unspecified number of events during the year. The Honorary
    Member may sponsor one Associate Member, spouse/girl/boyfriend only. An Honorary Member is allowed a vote in the
    chapter, providing they attend an unspecified number of events during the year.  

aAn honorary Member is allowed to vote in chapter affairs providing they have attend a non-specified number of events 
    during the year.

b. An Honorary Member may sponsor one Associate Member. A spouse/girl/boyfriend only.

5. Diesel Mechanic, Active or retired. A Diesel Mechanic is not required to hold or have held a CDL driver's license. A Diesel
    Mechanic can be made an officer, other than a National or Chapter President or Vice-President. A Diesel Mechanic may
    sponsor up to three associate members, including their spouse/girl/boyfriend. A Diesel Mechanic member will wear a patch
    or pin specifically designed for a Diesel Mechanic and not the same as a Driver Member.

6. Associate Member or Support Member. The Associate / Support Member is a family member who has not held and does
    not hold a CDL driver's license. They will be recognized as members but may not hold an officer position nor start their own
    chapter. The Associate / Support Member displays the family crest on the back of their cut or jacket but with a patch that
    reads "Associate Member" at the bottom. Both patches MUST touch. If the Associate members patch changes, there will be
    instruction to follow and must be followed.

a. Rather than the steel horse cowboys / cowgirls patch displayed on the left front chest of their cut or the right shoulder of
    their jacket, the Associate Member will display a 4" support patch that has pre-selected for their cut or jacket. The Associate
    Member is allowed to vote in chapter affairs. Note: The support patch worn by Associate Members is available for purchase
    by all members. 


                                                                              SECTION  TWO                                                                                           


   The Types Of National and Regional Officers In 18Wheels Motorcycle Association
     And Their Responsibilities

2. There are 8 different national and regional officers that make up the 18WMA structure. They are the Association CEO,
     National President, National Vice-President, National Secretary, National Sargent at Arms, and
     the Regional Representatives.

a. The Association CEO    This officers responsibilities are State, Regional, National and International structuring. The 
     responsibilities of this officer includes staying in contact with the Board, National President, National Vice President,
     National Secretary, Regional Representatives, State Representatives  and other members. This officers
     responsibilities are not to manage but to delegate officers for management. Also to answer questions and instruct.
     The CEO answers to the board.

b. The National President  Appointed by the Board. This officers responsibilities include management not structuring.
      Keeping in contact with The Board, CEO, National Vice President, The National Secretary, The Regional Representatives,
      State Representatives, Chapter presidents and all other members. Also to Answer questions and instruct. The national
      president answers to the CEO and The Board. But can only be remover by the Board.

c. The National Vic President  This officer is chosen by the National President, but confirmed by the CEO and
     the Board. This officers responsibilities include assisting the National President, and keeping in contact with the
     Regional Representatives, State Representatives, Chapter presidents and other members. Also to Answer questions
     and instruct. This officer answers to the Board, CEO, and the National President. And can only be removed by
     the board, at the request of the National President only.

d. The National Sargent at Arms This officer is appointed by the CEO. This officer is responsible for the security of our
      members at national events such as rallies, shows, and other events. This security includes motels, camp grounds, 
      buildings, ETC. This officers may intervene in a dispute between members and/or officers. Any member who strikes a
      Sargent at Arms while performing their duties, are automatically banned from ever becoming a member again. This officer 
      can only be removed by the Board or CEO.

e. The National Secretary Appointed by the National President. This officers responsibilities are to assist all officers within
     18WMA and to maintain a written record of all national minutes and the records and files of all members and to help
      organize national events. This officer answers to the National President and National Vice President, the CEO and
      the Board, and can only be removed by the Board, CEO or National President.

f. The Regional Representative Appointed by the CEO. This officers responsibilities are to stay in contact with the CEO,
     National President, National Vice President and State Representatives in the states delegated to them. the Regional
     Representatives should contact the State Representatives at least once a month In regards to monthly or
     by-monthly activity within the local chapters (or lack of). The Regional Representatives are not to interfere with the
     daily functions or operation of any chapter, but to help them, if they ask for help. Or to point out any violations of our
     bylaws. The Regional Representative answers to the CEO or The Board and can only be removed by the CEO or Board.


                                                                              Section  Three                                                                                          


     The Types Of Local & State Officers In 18Wheels Motorcycle Association
         And Their Responsibilities

      State Representative, Contact Person or Chapter President, Chapter Vice-President, Chapter Sargent at Arms.

10. 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.

a.   State Representative  Appointed by the CEO or chosen by the Regional Representative then confirmed by the CEO or
      The Board. The responsibilities of this officer is to stay in contact with the National Vice President, and the Regional
      Representative of their state. The responsibilities of this officer include monthly or by-monthly contact with the Chapter
      Presidents of the area delegated to them. And by-monthly contact with the National Vice President to give an update of
      the chapters in their delegated area about any activity or lack of activity. This officer  can only be removed by the
      CEO, The Board, The National Vice President or by 2/3 majority vote by all of the chapter members in that officers
      delegated area.

b.   Chapter President   This officer is who ever excepts this position in the beginning of a newly organized chapter. But is
      voted in by 2/3 of the members after there are five members or more. An annual vote for each chapter president is
      required, before the end of the second week of January. The responsibilities of this officer are to answer questions and
      direct. Other responsibilities include staying in contact with the Regional Rep, State Rep and with ALL chapter members
      by phone, skype, Facebook or by other social media. Also, to plan rides and events and to delegate this responsibilities
      evenly between all of the chapter members. Decision made by a Chapter President may be appealed by a chapter
      member and overturned by a vote by the chapter members by a 2/3 majority vote. This officer can only be removed by
      The CEO, The Board or 2/3 majority vote by that chapters members.

c.   Chapter Vice-President  Appointed by the chapter president or elected by 2/3 of the members of the chapter.
      The responsibilities of this officer are to assist the chapter s daily functions and operation of the chapter, to answer
      questions and direct. Other responsibilities include staying in contact with the chapter members by phone, skype,
      Facebook or by other social media, and to plan rides and events and to assist the chapter president in delegating the
      responsibilities evenly between all of the chapter members. This officer can only be removed by The Board,
      chapter president or 2/3 majority vote by that chapters members.

d. Treasurer  Appointed by the chapter president or elected by 2/3 of the members of the chapter. 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. The chapter president, treasurer and two non-officers nominated by 2/3 of the chapter are to have
     access to the account records at all times. But only the chapter president, chapter vice president and the treasurer may
     have access to the club account. This officer can only be removed by The Board or 2/3 majority vote by the
     chapter members.

e. Secretary  Appointed by the chapter president or elected by 2/3 of the members of the chapter. This officer is responsible
     for maintaining a record of the minutes of meetings and the records and files of members, rides and events. This officer
     can only be removed by The Board. chapter president or 2/3 majority vote by the chapter members.

f.  Sargent At Arms  Appointed by the chapter president. 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 from 18WMA including from ever becoming a member again. This officer can only be
    removed by The Board. chapter president or 2/3 majority vote by the chapter members.

g. Chaplin  X

h. Road Captain   Appointed by the chapter president. This officers is responsible for route and lodge planning of the
     chapter.

i.  Road Guards  This position is not an officers position. Appointed by the Road Captain  Their responsibility is to
    maintain the formation of the chapter during road trips and on rides, and to protect members from traffic issues. 

j.   Tail Gunner  This position is not an officers position. Appointed by the Road Captain. The tail gunners responsibility is 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. 

k.  Sargent At Arms  Appointed by the Chapter President. This officer is responsible for the security of our members at local
     and regional events such as rallies, shows, and other events. This security includes motels, camp grounds, buildings, ETC.
     This officers may intervene in a dispute between members and or officers. Any member who strikes any Sargent at Arms
     while performing their duties, are automatically banned from ever becoming a member again. This officer can only be
     removed by the Chapter President or 2/3 majority vote by the chapter members.


                                                                              Section  Four                                                                                             

11. Kids in 18WMA The kids and grand kids of 18WMA members are welcome to most functions, benefits and rids. Although
      we understand that their will be some events that the kids shouldn't be at. But please keep in mind that our association
      was built around the drivers and their families. The kids and grandkids are members to. From 0-11 they are welcome to
      wear a member shirt or the kids patch with a cut or jacket, and from 12-17 they may wear an adult member patch with a
      cut or jacket.

      NOTE: As long as the mother and/or father of a child or youth are paying annual dues. The child or youth from 0 to 17
       does not pay annual dues.


12. Member Conduct  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 includes anything you post on social media such as Facebook. Any misconduct on such sites can result
       in the suspension of your 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, Association, Organization or their members.

13. Pulling Members Patches  A member's patches are never to be pulled by any officer or member of 18WheelsMA but
      they may be told not to wear them.

14. ​Disciplinary Actions  Each chapter is responsible for their chapter and any disciplinary actions in that chapter.
       The Board, CEO, National President or Vice President or Regional Representative may take disciplinary action against a
       chapter or any of their members, if any bylaws have been broken.

15. The Chain Of Command  Members, please speak to your Chapter President or Vice President if you are having any
      questions or issues in, or about your chapter, or any of the chapter members. If a Member doesn't feel that their question
      or concern where addressed adequately, then that Member may contact their State Representative. 

16. Starting a Chapter  If an individual is interested in starting a chapter in their area. A request to start a chapter may be
      made at .... www.18WheelsMA.com/chapters.html

17. Belonging to other clubs or associations  18WMA is not exclusive. An 18WMA member may belong to another club
      or Association. We do ask that if you wear a support patch for another club that your in, that you place that patch on the
      side or the front of your cut or jacket and not on the back with the 18WMA crest.

18. Mandatory Rides or Meetings  Attendance to any ride, gathering or meeting may be encouraged by a Chapter President
      or other Members BUT IS NEVER MANDATORY.

19. Naming a Chapter  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 and the American Legion have dens and post's that show
     individuality, but each chapter, den and post are still recognized as one, being under the same symbol. Any 18WMA
     chapter that chooses to name their chapter MAY NOT create a logo or design separate from the 18WMA family crest.
     You may use a square, round, oval, octagon or any other shape such as these with a colored field, border and name.

20. ​Law Enforcement​  18WMA 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.
      There are law enforcement motorcycle groups that welcome law enforcement. 

21. Funerals, Weddings & Dinners  When attend a funeral wearing your cut or jacket, We ask that our members wear a
      particular color shirt in a tee shirt or dress shirt, short or long sleeve. For funerals we ask that you wear burgundy.
      For Weddings we ask that you wear royal blue. And for dress attire we ask that you wear black or dark gray.

22. Patches that have been surrendered by members that have quite  Any member back patches that are turned over to
      a  chapter president, regional or state rep MUST BE mailed back to HQ within two days of receiving them. Member shirts
      and patches are the exclusive property of 18WMA/ATMA. Failure to do so could end with you being removed from your  
      position and/or your membership being revoked.

      NOTE: Patches turned in By That Member To HQ. Not Another Member Or Officer. will receive a $35 reimbursement for
      The family crest and the steel horse patch. The drivers pin as well as the U.S. and state flag patch may be kept.

23. 18WMA MEMBERS, WILL HAVE FUN!