The club objectives are to establish and promote camaraderie among divers and underwater spear fishermen, to engage in underwater exploration, research, and conservation, to advance the interest and knowledge of the principles and practice of skin-diving and underwater spearfishing, to promote rigorous adherence to all local fish and game laws, to explain the objectives of skin-diving to lay persons In order to promote community understanding, to guard against the passage of unfair or undesirable legislation, local or national, which seeks to curtail or restrict the sport of skin-diving or underwater spearfishing, and to promote safety through educational programs for members and others in the proper use of diving equipment and in the skills required for safe diving.
Additional objectives are to promote the social, civic, and athletic interests of its members and to establish a place for holding meetings. The founders intended that the club might, if it wished, apply for a license to sell alcoholic beverages and voted that the corporation should have no capital stock.
The club shall have its usual place of business in Quincy, Massachusetts.
I am proud of the privilege of exploring the underwater world.
I never dive alone.
I never dive without a plan.
I never dive without knowing my safe time and depth limits.
I never dive without first checking my equipment.
I observe fish and game laws.
The South Shore Neptunes were founded in the year 1955 by a group of enthusiastic skin divers and first met in the cellar of a home in the town of Holbrook. The club moved first to the Holbrook Town Hall, then to the Russell Club of Brockton, then to the Quincy Police Station, then to the Boston Harbor Marina in Squantum, then to the Fore River Club House in Quincy, then to the Quincy Civil Defense Base, and finally to its present location in the Quincy Underwater Recovery Team building on the corner of Quarry Street and Joyce Road in Quincy. The club began with a membership of three and has continually increased in size to its present membership of about one hundred and twenty. The club filed for incorporation on the first of December 1958.
The South Shore Neptunes was one of the hosts of the First National Convention of Skin-divers, held at the Bradford Hotel in Boston. It was at this convention that the Underwater Society of America was formed. The club participated actively in the former Northeast Council and is now active in the Bay State Council of Divers.
The club is governed by a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and nine additional directors. The officers and directors are elected annually.
The club sponsors a large number of diving and social activities for its members. There is at least one official club dive each month, summer and winter, three competition dives and a spearfishing contest each year, and a number of special events. One popular special event is the annual "sober-up" dive held each New Year's Day. Social events include the annual Family Outing, held each August at one of the local beaches, and the annual Awards Banquet, held each winter. Each year there is a Diver-of-the-Year competition toward which members amass points for participation in various club activities. Trophies for this and other competitions are awarded at the banquet.
The club and its members have participated in and sponsored many competitions with other clubs and their members. One currently popular competitive sport is underwater rugby.
The South Shore Neptunes has always sought to foster good relations with all the cities and towns of the area so that divers will be welcomed at the local beaches and coastlines and not excluded. Public service brings favorable publicity not only to the club, but to all other divers as well. A few of the club's public service and civic activities are described here.
Many members of the club are also members of the Quincy Civil Defense Underwater Recovery Team, and the majority of the members of the Team are members of the South Shore Neptunes as well. The Underwater Recovery Team is an all volunteer organization dedicated to public service, not only for Quincy, but also for all the surrounding towns and cities. In addition, the Team works in close cooperation with the United States Coast Guard and has often engaged in underwater searches at the Coast Guard's request.
The Underwater Recovery Team is most frequently asked to recover the bodies of drowning victims, but it has also searched for stolen cars and weapons at the request of the Quincy and other local police departments, and for downed aircraft at the request of the Coast Guard. In times of severe storms the Team aids other Civil Defense units in pumping flooded basements and clearing fallen trees from the streets. We are all proud to have so many members who freely give their time for community service when it is least convenient and often during the worst weather.
Over the years the club has participated in a wide variety of community service activities. These have included fund raising events for both the Jimmy Fund and the Heart Fund. The club has conducted an underwater survey for the State Health Association and has participated in clean up events at many lakes and beaches.
Finally the club has promoted strict adherence to all Fish and Game laws and courtesy of divers to other members of the public, both among its own members and among all divers.
The name of this organization shall be the South Shore Neptunes, Inc.
Section 1. Regular membership shall be open to all those who show an interest in the objectives of the organization, who are in good standing in the community, who have reached the age of eighteen (18) years, and who receive an affirmative vote of a majority of those members present and voting at any regular meeting, or at any special meeting called for that purpose, after having first been recommended by one member and approved by the board of directors. Applicants for membership who have not reached their eighteenth birthday shall, as a condition precedent to consideration for membership, satisfy the members that their parents or guardians have no objections to their being members by having the proper application forms, provided by the organization, duly notarized and signed.
Section 2. Any person who has not reached the age of eighteen (18) years, but is sixteen years of age or older, may be admitted as a junior member under the conditions set forth in section one of this article concerning parental approval. The junior member shall be entitled to all the privileges of regular membership.
Section 3. Each regular member in good standing shall be entitled to one vote on each matter which shall be submitted to a vote of the membership.
Section 4. The board of directors may suspend and recommend for expulsion any member for cause after an appropriate hearing before said board. If the board recommends expulsion, the recommendation must be sustained by an affirmative vote of three-fourths of the members present and voting at the next regular meeting or special meeting called for that purpose. If a special meeting is necessary, it shall be called without undue delay. If a three-fourths vote is not achieved, no expulsion shall take place.
Section 5. Upon the request of an expelled former member, filed with the secretary, the organization may, by the affirmative vote of three-fourths of the members present and voting, reinstate said former member upon such terms as the membership may deem appropriate.
Section 6. Any member may resign by submitting a written resignation with the secretary, but such resignation shall not relieve the member so resigning of any monetary or financial obligation to the organization.
Section 7. Membership in the organization shall not be transferable or assignable.
Section 8. Honorary members may be admitted to the organization by a unanimous vote of the members present and voting at a regular meeting or at a special meeting called for that purpose. Honorary members shall pay no dues, but shall not be entitled to vote or to hold office.
Section 9. Any regular member called into active military service for his country shall be carried without payment of dues as a regular member in good standing for the period of service and for six months following the date of discharge from such service.
Section 10. Corresponding members may be admitted by a single majority vote of the regular members present and voting at any regular meeting. Corresponding members shall be entitled to receive all regular club mailings, but shall not be entitled to vote or hold office. They shall be entitled to participate in club activities only as guests. Dues for corresponding members shall be set by a vote of the regular membership. Former regular members who have continuously maintained corresponding membership during a period of absence may, upon request and upon a single vote of the regular membership, be readmitted to regular membership upon payment of a regular member's dues, prorated as appropriate, but without payment of initiation fee or other penalty. Dues of a corresponding member may be waived by a majority vote of the regular membership for reasons specified in the club rules.
Section 11. Any regular member who has completed a total of twenty years as a regular dues-paying member in good standing shall automatically become a Life Member. Life Members shall have all the rights and privileges of regular members, but shall not be required to pay dues. The twenty years need not be continuous, but periods of absence or Corresponding membership shall not be counted toward the total.
Section 1. Regular meetings shall be held on the first and third Tuesday of each month.
Section 2. The annual meeting of the members and of the board of directors shall be held on the third Tuesday of each December.
Section 3. Special meetings may be called by either the president or chairman of the board of directors, or upon a bona fide petition signed by not less than five members and addressed and presented to the president. The notice to members of all special meetings shall include an agenda of all business to be acted upon at said special meeting. Business acted upon at any special meeting shall be limited to items specifically stated in said agenda.
Section 4. Notice of all meetings, regular, special, and annual, of the members shall be given to each member by leaving such notice with him or her at the member's residence or usual place of business or by mailing the same, postage prepaid, addressed to him or her at his or her address as it appears on the books of the club at least seven days before the time of such meeting.
Section 5. At any meeting of the members thirteen members shall constitute a quorum. At any meeting of the members the quorum shall include at least one officer. At any meeting of the board of directors a majority of the full board shall constitute a quorum.
Section 1. The officers of the organization shall be president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.
Section 2. The officers shall be elected from the regular membership and hold office for a period of one year and until their successors are elected and qualified.
Section 3. All officers and members of the board must be members in good standing when elected and during the term of office.
Section 4. Nominations shall take place at the first regular meeting in December, and elections shall be held at the annual meeting, at the next possible regular meeting, or at a special meeting called for that purpose. If elections are held at any meeting other than the annual meeting, the membership shall be so notified at least seven days prior to said meeting in accordance with Article III, Section 3.
Section 5. Any officer, elected or appointed, may be removed from office only after proper presentation of charges, a hearing of defense, substantiation of said charges. And a motion to remove the charged officer which shall be duly carried are made before any regular or special meeting of the organization. Any motion for removal of an officer shall be voted on by written or closed ballot. A majority of those regular members present and voting for such motion shall be sufficient to carry the same. Notice in writing of removal shall be given said officer by the secretary or by the chairman of the board of directors.
Section 6. A vacancy in any office because of death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or otherwise may be filled by the membership for the unexpired portion of the term.
Section 7. The president shall be the chief executive officer of the organization and shall be elected from among the regular membership. The president shall preside at all meetings of the members. He or she shall sign, with the secretary, all deeds, leases, mortgages, bonds, contracts, and other instruments which the organization has authorized to be executed, except where such signing and execution shall be expressly delegated by the organization by-laws, or by statute, to some other officer. The president shall be responsible for the enforcement of the by-laws, rules and regulations of the organization and perform all duties prescribed by the organization. He or she may appoint such temporary committees as deemed necessary and shall be ex-officio a member of all committees. The president shall, with the treasurer, sign all checks issued by the organization. The president shall be allowed an advance of money to be spent on behalf of the organization in an amount to be determined by vote of the membership and shall prepare for the treasurer an account of all money spent.
Section 8. The vice president shall, if the president is absent or unable to perform his or her duties, or refuses to do so, perform all the duties of the president and, when so doing, shall have all the powers of the president and be subject to all restrictions upon the president. The vice president shall perform such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to him or her by the president and shall be ex-officio a member of all committees. The vice president shall preside over all meetings of the board of directors, but shall have but a single vote.
Section 9. The secretary shall keep the minutes of all the meetings of the members and of the board of directors and shall be responsible for seeing that they are typewritten or printed at least quarterly. He or she shall be responsible for publishing an organization newsletter at least monthly and see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these by-laws or as required by law, be custodian of the organization's records, and keep a register of the post office addresses of all members, which shall be made available to all members. The secretary shall perform all duties which may from time to time be assigned by the president. The secretary shall be allowed an advance to cover expenses in an amount to be determined by vote of the membership and shall prepare for the treasurer an account of all money spent. The secretary will have his or her dues paid by the organization each year.
Section 10. The treasurer shall have charge and custody of and be responsible for all the organization's funds and securities, receive and give receipts for all moneys due and payable to the organization from any source whatsoever, deposit all such moneys in the name of the organization in such banks or other depositories as shall be selected by the organization, keep books and accounts showing all receipts and disbursements, sign all checks together with the president, and perform all of the duties of the office of treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the president. The treasurer shall maintain in the name of the Corporation a two signature checking account and one or more two-signature savings accounts. if required by the board of directors the treasurer shall give bond for the faithful discharge of his or her duties in such sum and with such surety as the board shall determine.
Section 1. The board of directors shall act in an advisory capacity to the organization.
Section 2. The number of directors shall be nine. They, together with the four officers, namely the president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer shall constitute the board of directors. The nine directors shall include the past year's officers, if available, and a sufficient number of additional persons, elected from the regular membership at the annual meeting or as soon thereafter as possible, to make the total of nine. Directors shall hold office for a period of one year and until their successors are elected and qualified.
Section 3. The individual members of the board of directors shall have no power or authority as such. The board shall act and have the authority to act only as a unit. Any action taken by the board shall be subject to approval or disapproval by the membership.
Section 4. Any vacancy occurring on the board of directors shall be filled by the membership for the part of the term which is unexpired.
Section 5. Regular meetings of the board of directors shall be held on the second Tuesday of each month. Special meetings of the board may be called by the president, by any one of the officers, or by any three members of the board.
Section 6. Board meeting attendance shall be recorded. Any director who misses three board meetings during the course of a year shall automatically be dismissed from the board.
The organization may, from time to time, by resolution or motion, designate such standing committees, as it deems necessary, each committee so designated to perform the specific function set forth in the resolution or motion creating it. The president shall appoint the members of each committee from the regular membership. Any member of any committee may be removed by the president whenever in his/her Judgment the best interests of the organization shall be served by such removal.
Section 1. All checks, drafts, and other orders for payment of money, notes or other evidences of Indebtedness issued in the name of the organization shall be signed by both the president and the treasurer. Money shall be paid out only with the approval of the organization substantiated by a majority vote of the members present and voting according to procedures specified in the club rules.
Section 2. All funds of the organization shall be deposited from time to time to the credit of the organization in such banks or other depositories, as the organization shall select.
Section 3. The board of directors may accept on behalf of the organization any contribution, gift, or bequest for the general or special purpose of the organization.
The board of directors may provide for the issuing of certificates of membership in the organization in such form as the board may determine.
The fiscal year of the organization shall begin on the first day of January and end on the last day of December of each year.
The term of office of each officer and member of the board of directors shall commence on the first day of January of each year and continue to the last day of December and until their successors are elected and qualified.
Section 1. The initiation fees, if any, and the annual dues of members shall be determined by vote of the membership.
Section 2. Dues shall be payable annually on or before January 1 of any year for the succeeding year. Any member in default in the payment of dues beyond the first regular meeting of January shall lose his or her standing in the organization and his or her membership will thereupon be terminated. Reinstatement shall require the payment of fines then prevailing.
A diving safety code shall be drafted by the board of directors and revised from time to time as the board may deem necessary. Violation of said code shall constitute grounds for suspension or expulsion of any member.
The board of directors shall draft an application form to be given to all applicants for regular membership. No applicant shall be admitted to membership without first completing this form to the satisfaction of the board of directors and of the membership. Said application form may be revised from time to time as the board may deem necessary.
Violation of Federal and/or State Fish and Game laws shall constitute grounds for suspension or expulsion of any member.
Any by-law or by-laws may be replaced, repealed, added, modified, or amended, or new by-laws adopted at any regular or special meeting by a majority vote of the members present and voting, provided that at least seven days prior to such meeting written notice is given to the members of the intention to replace, repeal, add, modify, or amend one or more by-laws, or to adopt new by-laws at such meeting.
The above By-Laws were ratified by a vote of the membership at the regular meeting of the South Shore Neptunes on the 19th of January, 1988 with the following motion: "The membership having been duly notified in accordance with Article XVII of the By-Laws, it is moved that, in accordance with Article XVI of the By-Laws, all existing by-laws of the South Shore Neptunes, Inc. be repealed and a new set of by-laws, now in the hands of the membership and headed `South Shore Neptunes Proposed By-Laws 19/January/1988, be adopted in their place.
Each year, if the board of directors feels that it is warranted, the club shall present a trophy or other award to a member who has in the past year made an outstanding contribution to the club. The selection of the recipient shall be made by a vote of the board of directors. This award shall be a memorial to deceased members of the club.
The club will pay $2.00 toward any member's Bay State Council dues if the member pays the remainder.
The above Club Rules were ratified by a vote of the membership at the regular meeting of the South Shore Neptunes on the 19th of January, 1988 with the following motion: "It Is moved that all existing club rules of the South Shore Neptunes, Inc. be repealed and a new set of club rules, now in the hands of the membership and headed `South Shore Neptunes Proposed Club Rules 19/January/1988', be adopted in their place.
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