NAME AND OBJECTIVES
Section 1 The name of the association shall be the Beer Barons of Milwaukee Inc. For reference
purposes it may be abbreviated by the initials BBM.
Section 2 It's objective shall be to aid and encourage members in the legal production and use of
fermented malt beverages.
Section 1 REGULAR MEMBERS Persons eligible for regular membership shall consist of those
persons engaged on the legal production and/or use of beer in the home and in addition so not own or
operate businesses which sell or produce beer, alcoholic beverages, beer making supplies and/or
Section 2 ASSOCIATE MEMBERS Persons who own or operate businesses which sell or
produce beer, alcoholic beverages, beer making supplies and/or equipment but who otherwise meet the
requirements of regular membership may become associate members.
Section 3 CHARTER MEMBERS Persons attending any of the association's organizational
meetings on or before December 27, 1990 and who have paid their dues within 30 days of the date upon
which the club dues were established and have maintained continuous membership shall be designated
Section 4 HONORARY MEMBERS Persons who are not regular or associate members and who
in the opinion of the Board of Directors have made a distinct contribution to the objectives of this
association and whose efforts deserve special recognition may be eligible to election as honorary members
by the Board of Directors.
Section 5 LIFE MEMBERS Members who have made exceptional contributions to the objectives of
this association may be eligible to election as a life member by the Board of Directors.
Section 6 SUBSCRIBING MEMBERS Persons who desire to receive the regular mailings of the
association without attaining regular or associative membership may become subscribing members.
Section 1 OFFICERS The officers of the association shall consist of the (1) President, (2) Vicepresident,
(3) News Letter Editor, and (4) Treasurer
Section 2 SELECTION Annually the officers shall be elected for a term of one year by the voting
members in good standing. No person shall be eligible to more than two consecutive terms in the same
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1 GOVERNING BODY The governing body of the association shall be the Board of
Directors, which shall have the power to pass any resolution it may deem necessary to accomplish the
purpose of the association or the by-laws.
Section 2 BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Board of Directors shall consist of the officers,
immediate past president, and two members-at-large of the association. Members-at-large shall be elected
to serve a one year term, with their election taking place in the same month as the officers.
Section 3 VACANCY Whenever a vacancy on the Board of Directors occurs, the president may
appoint any regular member in good standing to fill said vacancy subject to the approval of the Board of
Directors. When a vacancy occurs in the office of President, the Vice-president shall immediately succeed
thereto and provide further that in the event of concurrent vacancies in both officers of president and vice
president, the Board of Directors shall appoint regular members in good standing to fill said vacancies.
Section 4 ELECTION PROCEDURES Elections will take place at the December regular
meeting. Notice of all elections shall be given to the membership at least seven days prior to the election
date, stating the name of all nominees with their offices. Voting shall be by secret ballot.
Section 5 REMOVAL FROM OFFICE Officers shall be subject to removal from office by the
Board of Directors for malfeasance or conduct detrimental to the purposes of this association. Such action
shall take place at a scheduled Board of Directors meeting after the officer or officers shall be given an
opportunity to present testimony to the Board of Directors.
The following procedure will be followed to secure amendments to this constitution:
- A copy of the proposed amendment must be submitted to the Board of Directors at least seven days prior
to a scheduled membership business meeting.
- 2. A vote for consideration of the proposed amendment will be called for at said business meeting. If the
motion for consideration is passed, the proposed amendment will be circulated to the membership before
the next scheduled membership business meeting.
- 3. At the next scheduled membership business meeting the amendment may be adopted by a simple
majority vote if the eligible, voting members present.
The association shall use its funds only to accomplish the objectives and purposes specified and no part of
said funds shall inure or be distributed to the members of the association. On dissolution, any funds
remaining shall be distributed to one or more regularly organized and qualified charitable, educational,
scientific or philanthropic organizations to be selected by the Board of Directors.
Section 1 REGULAR MEMBERS Such persons shall be entitled to membership privileges
including receipt of the monthly association's mailings, use of the associations property subject to controls
established by the Board of Directors, and attendance at the membership meetings or other scheduled
a) Family membership - A husband and wife each of whom shall be entitled to one vote in the
affairs of the association and to whom mailings of the association will be sent to the "family"
under one cover.
b) Single membership - A man or woman who will be Entitled to one vote in the affairs of the
Section 3 CHARTER MEMBERS The rights of charter members shall be determined from their
membership status as regular members or associate members.
Section 4 HONORARY MEMBERS No payment of dues or fees shall be required and honorary
membership shall be conferred for life unless rescinded by the Board of Directors. Such members shall be
entitled to receipt of the monthly mailings and attendance at the membership meetings but they shall not
have voting status. The number of such memberships awarded shall be limited to two per year.
Section 5 LIFE MEMBERS No payment of dues shall be required of such members and they shall
retain the same rights of membership. The number of such memberships awarded shall be limited to two
per two year period.
Section 6 SUBSCRIPTION MEMBERS No additional rights of membership are granted to
subscribing members and they shall not have voting status.
Section 7 RULES PERTAINING TO MEMBERSHIP Rules and qualifications governing
membership rights not previously specified will be as set forth by the Board of Directors. Election to
membership shall require the affirmative vote of the Board.
Section 8 DUES The Board of Directors by resolution shall adopt the membership dues schedule to
be imposed for each category of membership. All dues shall be payable in advance. Members may be
seperated from membership for non-payment of dues.
Section 1 MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS Membership meetings will be held monthly, although
during the months of July and August they may be omitted. Time and place of such meetings shall be
determined by the Board of Directors.
Section 2 BOARD MEETINGS Regular board meetings may be called by the president. Special board
meetings must be called upon request of any three board members.
Section 3 QUORUM For the purpose of transacting official business a quorum shall consist of the
majority of members present.
OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS
Section 1 ELECTION The election of officers and board members will be done by secret ballot.
Tellers will be appointed by the presiding officer to collect and record the votes. Election will be by a
simple majority of all members present. If no candidate receives a simple majority, a run-off election will
be held immediately between the two top candidates.
Section 2 DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT The following are the President’s duties:
a) be Chairman of the Board of Directors
b) Preside at membership meetings and Board meetings
c) have the power to convene Board and special meetings
d) appoint all committee chairmen except the Program Committee Chairman to serve during his
term in office
e) be an ex-officio member of all committees
f) be responsible for the performance of all the officers of the association
g) be responsible for a yearly audit of the Treasurer’s records
Section 3 DUTIES OF THE VICE PRESIDENT The following are the Vice President’s duties:
a) perform the duties and exercise the powers of the President during his absence or disability
b) be Chairman of the Program Committee and as such, be responsible for the general program
of the association
Section 4 DUTIES OF THE NEWS LETTER EDITOR The following are the News Letter
a) maintain the official current roll of the membership and provide all officers as well as the
Membership Committee with the same
b) maintain copies of the Constitution and By-Laws
c) conduct all official membership and Board correspondence, except as otherwise directed by
d) send out proper notices of all meetings, elections and other official business as directed by the
e) keep and accurate roll of the membership
f) serve as Chairman of the Newsletter Services Committee
g) keep an accurate file of all correspondence conducted by all officers and all committee
chairmen in the name of the association as well as any correspondence conducted by any
other members in the name of the association
h) publish and distribute the newsletter
Section 5 DUTIES OF THE TREASURER The following are the Treasurer’s duties:
a) be responsible for all receipts and disbursements of the association
b) deposit all receipts in a checking account or savings accounts in the name of the association
c) report all receipts and disbursements to the membership at membership meetings
d) have all disbursements approved by the President or other authorized officers
e) keep a listing of paid-up members, i.e., of members in good standing
f) be bonded at the expense of the association
Section 6 DUTIES OF THE MEMBERS AT LARGE The following are the Members-At-
a) such duties as they may be assigned by the Board
Section 1 SELECTION The Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the President from among
the eligible voting members at the November membership business meeting.
Section 2 NOMINATION OF CANDIDATES The Nominating Committee shall submit the slate
of proposed officers and Board members to the membership at the November membership business
meeting. Additional nominations may be received from the floor at the December meeting.
Section 3 ELECTION PROCEDURE AND INSTALLATION The election procedure shall be
as described in Article III, Section 1. Installation of new officers and Board members shall take place at the
January membership business meeting.
Section 1 AUTHORIZATION AND POWERS The Board of Directors shall authorize and define
the powers and duties of all committees other than the nominating committee.
Section 2 APPOINTMENT The President shall appoint all committees subject to confirmation by
the Board of Directors.
Section 3 AUTHORIZATION TO INCUR OR SATISFY DEBTS No committee of this body,
or any officer or member thereof shall contract any debts in its behalf, which shall in any manner render the
association liable for the payment of same, unless the same shall have been approved by the Board of
Directors, provided however, that a previously authorized committee may direct the Treasurer to make such
expenditures as may be necessary to meet current expenses.
Revised January 8, 2002.