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Charter of the Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition

ARTICLE I. AUTHORITY

The Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition (WMCC) is founded and authorized by the Executive Committee of the Wichita Mountains Access Association (WMAA), which represents the interests of hundreds of rock climbers from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas. This Charter shall have full force and effect with the signatures of the WMAA Executive Committee members.

 

ARTICLE II. PURPOSE

The Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition is chartered as a non-profit volunteer organization for the following purposes:

1. To provide guidance and assistance to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on rock climbing issues at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (WMWR).

2. To provide volunteer support to the FWS for conservation projects at the WMWR.

3. To provide an Advisory Bolting Committee (ABC) to assist the FWS in reviewing fixed anchor protection at the WMWR.

4. To educate and inform the climbing community on issues regarding rock climbing and resource protection at the WMWR.

5. To coordinate efforts concerning rock climbing at the WMWR with the Access Fund and other interested organizations.

The goal of the WMCC is to preserve the integrity of both the WMWR's rock climbing resources and the natural environment in which rock climbing activity occurs.

 

ARTICLE III. BYLAWS

This Charter shall serve as the Bylaws of the WMCC. Formal Bylaws defining the purposes and procedures set forth in this Charter may be developed by the WMCC Board of Directors. Any such Bylaws must be approved by majority vote of the WMCC members.

 

ARTICLE IV. MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the WMCC is open to anyone wishing to support the purposes and goals of the organization. One time initial dues are required to join the WMCC. Thereafter, no annual dues are required to remain a member, however, members will be encouraged to make annual donations.

 

ARTICLE V. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The WMCC shall have a Board of Directors made up of three respected and qualified members of the climbing community who are WMCC members. Texas and Oklahoma will always be represented by at least one Board member each. The initial WMCC Board of Directors will be appointed by unanimous vote of the WMAA Executive Committee. The term of appointment shall be for a minimum of one year, and is open-ended. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for appointing future WMCC officers and ABC members upon resignation or removal of any acting WMCC officer or ABC member, and said appointment shall require unanimous approval of the Board. In the event of resignation of an acting Board member, the remaining two Board members and the WMCC President shall appoint a replacement Board member, and such appointment shall require unanimous approval of the remaining Board members and the President. The responsibilities and duties of the Board shall be as set forth in the Letter to the WMCC Board of Directors, attached hereto as Exhibit "A" and made a part hereof.

 

ARTICLE VI. OFFICERS

The WMCC shall have as its officers a President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The initial WMCC officers shall be appointed by unanimous vote of the WMAA Executive Committee. The term of appointment shall be for a minimum of one year, and is open-ended. Future officers shall be appointed by unanimous vote of the WMCC Board of Directors upon resignation or removal of any acting WMCC officer. The responsibilities and duties of the WMCC officers shall be as set forth in the Letters to the WMCC President, Secretary, and Treasurer, attached hereto as Exhibits "B", "C", and "D" and made a part hereof.

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ARTICLE VII. ADVISORY BOLTING COMMITTEE

The WMCC shall maintain an Advisory Bolting Committee (ABC). The ABC shall be made up of three respected and experienced climbers who are members of the WMCC. Texas and Oklahoma will always be represented by at least one committee member each. The initial ABC members shall be appointed by unanimous vote of the WMAA Executive Committee. The term of appointment is for a minimum of one year, and is open-ended. Future ABC members shall be appointed by unanimous vote of the WMCC Board of Directors upon resignation or removal of any acting ABC member. The responsibilities and duties of the ABC shall be as set forth in the Letter to the WMCC Advisory Bolting Committee, attached hereto as Exhibit "E" and made a part hereof.

 

ARTICLE VIII. ELECTIONS

No election process is established under the WMCC Charter. In the event formal Bylaws are established for the WMCC, a formal election process may be adopted for selecting WMCC Board members, officers, and ABC members.

 

ARTICLE IX. REMOVAL OF APPOINTEES

The WMCC Board of Directors shall have the authority to remove any acting WMCC officer or ABC member at any time by unanimous vote of the Board. The Board shall give 30 days prior written notice to the WMCC officer or ABC member to be removed, setting out the reason for and date of termination from office. WMCC members shall have the power to remove and replace any WMCC Board member by submitting to the WMCC President a "Removal and Appointment Petition" specifying the Board member to be removed and the WMCC member to be appointed to the position. Such petition requires the signatures of 2/3 of the WMCC members for approval and becomes effective 30 days after such approval.

 

ARTICLE X. MEETINGS

The WMCC shall schedule such meetings among its members, Board members, officers, and ABC members as it deems necessary to achieve its stated purpose and to fulfill the requirements of its Charter. At a minimum, the WMCC shall schedule a semi-annual meeting open to all WMCC members.

 

ARTICLE XI. NEWSLETTER

The WMCC shall publish and distribute to its members, the climbing community, and the public a newsletter which provides information on climbing activities, resource protection, volunteer projects, and other related information concerning the WMWR.

 

ARTICLE XII. NON-LIABILITY POLICY FOR FIXED ANCHORS AND ROCK CLIMBING

The WMCC and ABC shall assist the FWS in reviewing fixed anchor applications and make recommendations concerning fixed anchors based upon aesthetic and natural resource criteria. The WMCC and ABC shall make no representations or warranties regarding the safety, reliability, or suitability for use of any fixed anchors or other hardware, currently existing or installed in the future, on any climbing route in the WMWR. Moreover, the WMCC and ABC shall make no representations or warranties regarding the degree of hazard or danger involved, or lack thereof, on any rock climbing route in the WMWR.

 

ARTICLE XIII. AMENDMENTS

Amendments to this Charter may be made by majority approval of the WMCC members.

 

EXECUTED AND EFFECTIVE THIS 26th DAY OF FEBRUARY, 1996.

WMAA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

Eric Hobday
Marion Hutchison
Julie Clardy
Paul Fouse
Tony Wilson

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WMCC CHARTER/BYLAWS AMENDMENT NO. 1

SUBMITTED BY THE BOARD DECEMBER 1998
APPROVED BY THE MEMBERSHIP FEBRUARY 1999

ARTICLE IV. MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the WMCC is open to anyone wishing to support the purposes and goals of the organization. Annual membership dues of $5.00 shall be required to join the organization and to remain a member.

 

WMCC CHARTER/BYLAWS AMENDMENT NO. 2

SUBMITTED BY THE BOARD JANUARY 2000
APPROVED BY THE MEMBERSHIP MARCH 2000

ARTICLE II. PURPOSE

The Wichita Mountains Climbers Coalition is chartered as a non-profit volunteer organization for the following purposes:

1. To provide guidance and assistance on rock climbing issues to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (WMWR) and to the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department (OTRD) at Quartz Mountain State Park (QUARTZ).

2. To provide volunteer support to the FWS and the OTRD for conservation projects at the WMWR and QUARTZ.

3. To provide an Advisory Bolting Committee (ABC) to assist the FWS and the OTRD in monitoring and reviewing fixed anchor protection at the WMWR and QUARTZ.

4. To educate and inform the climbing community on issues regarding rock climbing and resource protection at the WMWR and QUARTZ.

5. To coordinate efforts concerning rock climbing at the WMWR and QUARTZ with the Access Fund and other interested organizations.

The goal of the WMCC is to preserve the integrity of the rock climbing resources and the natural environment in which rock climbing activity occurs at the WMWR and QUARTZ.

 

WMCC CHARTER/BYLAWS AMENDMENT NO. 3

SUBMITTED BY THE BOARD JANUARY 2000
APPROVED BY THE MEMBERSHIP MARCH 2000

ARTICLE V. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The WMCC shall have a Board of Directors made up of five respected and qualified members of the climbing community who are WMCC members. Texas and Oklahoma will always be represented by at least two Board members each. The initial WMCC Board of Directors will be appointed by unanimous vote of the WMAA Executive Committee. The term of appointment shall be for a minimum of one year, and is open-ended. The Board of Directors shall be responsible for appointing future WMCC officers and ABC members upon resignation or removal of any acting WMCC officer or ABC member, and said appointment shall require unanimous approval of the Board. In the event of resignation of an acting Board member, the remaining four Board members shall appoint a replacement Board member, and such appointment shall require unanimous approval of the remaining Board members. The responsibilities and duties of the Board shall be as set forth in the Letter to the WMCC Board of Directors, attached hereto as Exhibit "A" and made a part hereof.

 

WMCC CHARTER/BYLAWS AMENDMENT NO. 4

SUBMITTED BY THE BOARD JANUARY 2000
APPROVED BY THE MEMBERSHIP MARCH 2000

ARTICLE VI. OFFICERS

The WMCC shall have as its officers a President, who shall also be a serving Board member. No official offices of Secretary and Treasurer shall exist, however the duties of Secretary and Treasurer shall be the responsibility of serving Board members or Board-appointed assistants. The initial WMCC officers shall be appointed by unanimous vote of the WMAA Executive Committee. The term of appointment shall be for a minimum of one year, and is open-ended. Future officers shall be appointed by unanimous vote of the WMCC Board of Directors upon resignation or removal of any acting WMCC officer. The responsibilities and duties of the WMCC officers shall be as set forth in the Letters to the WMCC President, Secretary, and Treasurer, attached hereto as Exhibits "B", "C", and "D" and made a part hereof.

 

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