GODDARD AUTOMOBILE CLUB
June 19, 1996
GODDARD AUTOMOBILE CLUB CONSTITUTION
ARTICLE I -NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Goddard Automobile Club.
ARTICLE II -PURPOSE
The purpose of this organization shall be the education and mutual improvement of its members in the operation and maintenance of automobiles. No part of the net income of this group shall inure to the benefit of any of its members or any private individual, except for providing instructional services and related supplies.
ARTICLE III -MEMBERSHIP
Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and GSFC contract employees and immediate family members only shall be admitted to membership in this group and will be governed in accordance with its By-Laws. Guest Affiliations are permitted for limited purposes and in strict compliance with the By-Laws.
ARTICLE IV -OFFICERS AND TRUSTEES
The Officers of this organization shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Facilities Chairman. Trustees shall consist of former elected Club Officers currently in good standing and shall serve as nongoverning advisors to the Officers on matters of Club history, membership, discipline and spending. The Officers and Trustees shall serve without remuneration.
ARTICLE V -AMENDMENTS
Section 1 Except as otherwise specifically provided herein, this Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote in a duly assembled meeting, a quorum being present, provided that notice of the proposed amendment has been given at the preceding meeting.
Section 2 No amendment of this Constitution that would require reorganization or dissolution shall be made except by a three fourths (3/4) vote in a duly assembled meeting, a quorum being present, and provided that written notice of the proposed amendment was duly mailed, twenty-one (21) days prior to such meeting, to each Member in good standing.
GODDARD AUTOMOBILE CLUB BY-LAWS
ARTICLE I -MEMBERSHIP, DUES, VOTING & INSURANCE WAIVER
SECTION 1 MEMBERSHIP
Section 1A ELIGIBILITY & APPLICATION
Application for membership shall be in written form and presented to any Officer of the Club. An initiation fee of $75.00 will be charged for all new membership applications. The initiation fee may be paid in two (2) installments with $25.00 due with the application for membership, and the last $50.00 due two (2) months after application. Membership will become effective upon payment of the initiation fee (or first installment) and the current year's dues.
Memberships will be terminated when dues become more than thirty (30) days delinquent (on August 1). A delinquent Member will be given a total of sixty (60) days (until September 1) to reinstate his/her membership, but after that interval he/she shall pay a Late Fee of $15 plus the dues normally paid by a new Member for the current year. Any Member who moves away from the GSFC area because of an employer-initiated personnel action (transfer, RIP, contract canceled, etc.) and returns to the Goddard area at a later date shall be allowed to reinstate his membership without payment of the Late Fee.
Membership in the Club may be maintained after separation from Goddard (retirement, resignation, transfer, RIF, etc.) as long as the member remains current in his/her dues and his/her membership is not terminated for cause.
Only one membership per family will be required, permitting husband, wife, and children under eighteen (18) living at home to make use of the Club's facilities and services as long as a GSFC-badged Member is present, in accordance with prevailing GSFC Security policy. Children eighteen (18) or over and living at home will be eligible for and required to apply for their own membership in order to use the Club's facilities. The initiation fee for these children is waived.
Section 1B SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGES
Any Member's use of Club facilities can be immediately suspended by a majority vote of the Officers (and Trustees in case of a tie) to terminate his/her membership for cause. The period of suspension shall endure from the day following said voile to the day after the next scheduled General Meeting, where a quorum shall vote the resolution to remove that Member in accordance with the terms of this Article. The period of suspension should not extend beyond a ninety-day (90-day) interval, and the Officers shall, if necessary, schedule a Special Meeting of the Members where the matter shall be voted as the first order of business. During the period of suspension, the suspended Member shall be given a hearing before the assembled Officers and Trustees, and subsequently an investigation into the validity of all charges and defenses shall be conducted by the Officers and reported at the General/Special Meeting where the vote-to-remove will be held.
Section 1C TERMINATION AND REMOVAL FOR CAUSE
A membership may be terminated for cause if the member (or members of his/her family) refuses to obey Club rules for use of the facilities, removes tools or equipment from the Club's facilities without the prescribed approval or refuses to return them within a reasonable time, or is guilty of negligence resulting in damage, endangerment or destruction of any of the Club's facilities or tools for which full restitution is not made within a period of time to be prescribed by the Club's Officers. It shall also be cause for termination for a Member to slander or libel another Member or to disseminate libel against another Member or this Organization or to engage in other equivalent dishonorable conduct which damages the Club, its Members, and its interests. Once a membership has been terminated for cause it can be reinstated only by a two thirds (2/3) vote of the entire membership.
A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Members at any meeting of the Club where a quorum is present will be required to remove a member for cause. Any resolution to remove a member for cause must be made by an Officer of the Club after an investigation establishing the validity of the charges made against the member has been conducted.
SECTION 2 ANNUAL DUES:
Membership dues will be $25.00 per year beginning on July 1st and ending on June 30th. Dues for a person applying for membership after January 1st shall be reduced to one-half (1/2) the annual rate for the balance of the current fiscal year. Dues assessed at the beginning of a fiscal year shall be applicable for the entire year. Proposed changes in dues must become effective on the first day of the dues year (July 1st).
Any resolution to change the Club's dues must be made by an Officer of the Club. Resolution to change the Club's dues must be (1) read in their entirety at the two previous meetings and at the meeting at which a vote of the Membership is called, (2) non-amendable after the second reading, and (3) brought to the attention of all members by written notice at least twenty-one (21) days prior to the meeting at which the vote is called. The written notice to the Members shall contain a copy of the complete resolution and the ballot on which the Member's vote is to be cast. Each ballot must be signed by the Member. Failure to return a ballot to the Club's Officers during or before the meeting for which the vote is called will be considered as a vote for the proposed dues change. A simple majority of votes is required to defeat a proposed dues change.
SECTION 3 VOTING:
The Members at large may vote resolutions of policy, expenditures, discipline, and elections of Officers by their presence at and participation in a duly called General Meeting or through absentee ballot, which shall be drawn to a specific issue or candidate, shall bear the signature and current Membership Number of the absentee voter, and shall be delivered to the Secretary or Election Official at any time prior to the actual vote, provided a Quorum is present. A Quorum shall exist when at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the Members in good standing, including absentee ballots and at least two (2) Officers, are present for the purpose of conducting a duly called vote or election. All voting shall be restricted to dues-paid Members in good standing, each Member having one (1) vote. All duly called votes on issues and elections where at least one absentee ballot has been properly submitted shall be carried out precisely as announced and without amendment. In the event of a failure of a specific proposal, disqualification, mooting or other equivalent decision on the merits, the Quorum shall continue framing or amending the issue or nominating the candidates until a final resolution is reached. All absentee ballots shall be set aside for these subsequent proceedings and not counted in any vote unless the dearly expressed intent of those ballots remains materially relevant to the amended form of the issue or candidate(s) being voted. Disputes as to the intent and relevance of absentee ballots to be counted shall be resolved by the Quorum immediately before the casting of votes on amended issues. All non-election absentee ballots shall be made available to the membership after the vote for routine inspection; said ballots shall be retained by the Secretary until the next General Meeting.
SECTION 4 INSURANCE WAIVER:
The Goddard Automobile Club is an Independent Organization recognized in 1972 under the terms of the Constitution and By-Laws of the NASA Exchange/ GEWA. The Club is incorporated in the State of Maryland as a Nonprofit Corporation and Waives GEWA's Civil Liability Insurance on behalf of all Club Members engaged in activities at the Garage (Building 95) and all Officers administering the business of the Club. No accident or property-loss insurance is carried by this Organization, and every User recognizes that he/she enjoys access and operation of Facilities at his/her own risk. Each Member attests to this recognition via personal signature on the Application for Membership.
SECTION 5 GUEST AFFILIATION
Guest Affiliations will be granted by a majority vote of the Executive Council to individuals who are not eligible for GEWA Membership subsequent to the Guest's meeting all application, dues, and fee requirements of these By-Laws. Guests shall have full privileges and responsibilities of membership, with the exception that they shall not vote on or initiate any matter of Club business or policy. Provided that at least one GSFC-badged Member is present, Guests shall have full access to the Garage (Building 95), except that Guests should defer to Members in priority of usage when appropriate.
ARTICLE II -DUTIES OF OFFICERS
SECTION 1 GENERAL DUTIES
The duties of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Facilities Chairman shall be the efficient management of this Organization. To this end, each Officer shall be provided with his/her own personal set of keys and combinations to the Garage and its various locked systems and facilities for as long as (s)he remains in Office.
SECTION 2 SPECIFIC DUTIES
The Secretary shall draft and distribute Club correspondence and shall retain and manage the archives and current records of the Club, including tool/equipment manuals. The Treasurer shall manage the income and disbursements of the Club and shall maintain a budget, including history and trends. The President shall provide fundamental leadership, represent the Club to all external entities, and in concert with the other Officers, shall administer all other aspects of the Organization, including the maintenance of the Garage, grounds, parking lot, and Club tools/machines.
SECTION 3 EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
The Executive Council shall comprise all Officers designated in Article IV of the Constitution and shall be convened by the President at least one time every 2 months to discuss the affairs of this Organization. Any Officer may invite a Trustee(s) to any of these meetings for any reason.
SECTION 4 OPERATING RULES
To provide for the safe, secure, and orderly operation of the Club and its facilities, Operating Rules may be propagated by majority vote of the Executive Council. Such Rules must be posted at the Garage within 24 hours of enactment and, depending on the circumstances, the Officers shall notify each member personally. New Rules should be ratified at the next General Meeting.
ARTICLE III -ELECTION OF OFFICERS
SECTION 1 SPECIAL CASE FOR RE-ELECTION OF INCUMBENTS
SECTION 2 ELECTION PROCEDURES
Elections shall be held yearly in June. An Officer must be elected by a majority of votes of the Quorum and the Absentee Ballots submitted by polling time. Voting by the Quorum shall be by secret ballot, and Absentee Ballots shall not be examined by anyone other than the individuals serving on the Election Committee. In case of a tie between the top two nominees or a case of no nominee receiving more than 50% of the vote (a simple majority), additional votes (run-offs) will be conducted between the two candidates with the highest numbers of votes (including valid Absentee Ballots), and the winner shall be the one with a simple majority. If an officer who has held two successive terms by election receives a simple majority votes of the first ballot- and, it on the next ballot he does not obtain the required three fourths (3/4) vote, his name will be dropped. In this event a new list of nominees will be voted on.
SECTION 3 TERM OF OFFICE
The officers shall serve for one year (beginning in June), and should any office become vacant, a temporary appointment shall be made by the remaining officers for the rest of the term.
SECTION 4 WILLINGNESS TO SERVE AND PLATFORMS
A Member's name may not be placed on the ballot unless he indicates to the duly formed Election Committee his willingness to serve if elected and submits a platform, agenda or some other form of statement which outlines the unique manner in which he intends to work for this Organization in the position(s) designated.
SECTION 5 ELIGIBILITY FOR OFFICE
All Members in good standing and who are current with their associated Club fees, if any, shall be eligible to run for Office. These Members shall make arrangements to run for Office(s) with the Election Committee, whose names shall be communicated to the Membership by the Officers at least twenty-one (21) days prior to the Elections.
SECTION 6 ELECTION COMMITTEE
Each year, the President shall form an Election Committee pursuant to Article IV of these By-Laws. This Committee shall consist of at least three (3) Members who have determined not to run for Office that year. This Committee shall plan, organize, and conduct all aspects of the nomination and election and shall insure that all five (5) Positions are filled by the prescribed process by the end of the announced Elections. This Committee shall be empowered to request and receive from any Officer or Member listings, reports, summaries or any other form of information reasonably needed to carry out its mission.
SECTION 7 MEMBER-INITIATED ELECTIONS
If the Officers have not arranged for Elections by the fifteenth day of July, except in the case of Center emergency, any Member in good standing shall have the right to protest the failure to the GEWA Council and institute the process himself by duly forming an Election Committee and making physical arrangements for the Elections, including the 21-day notice, to take place as soon as possible.
Special committees may be created and appointed by the President. All Members of the Organization are eligible for service on committees.
General or Special Meetings of the Organization shall be at times that are determined by the assembly at a previous Meeting or by the Executive Council.
ARTICLE VI -RULES OF ORDER AND PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
SECTION 1 ORDER OF BUSINESS
The order of business for each Meeting shall be by Agenda, which shall be published by the Officers in advance as part of the notice of the Meeting. The Officer designated to chair the Meeting shall have authority to alter the order of topics, except for Special Meetings (e.g., Article I, Section 1B) where the principal topic shall be addressed first.
SECTION 2 ROBERTS RULES
Robert's Rules of Order shall be the authority on all questions of procedure and parliamentary law not covered by these By-Laws.
SECTION 3 SETTLING OF DISPUTES
Internal disputes among Members over such matters as reimbursement, compensation, abuse of discretion, negligence, interpretation of rules, and so forth shall be resolved as a matter of first resort in a forum composed solely of Members in good standing. The parties shall have the option of selecting a forum appropriate to the magnitude of the core dispute: i.e., General/ Special Meeting, Executive Council Meeting, random selection of arbiters, and so forth.
ARTICLE VII -AMENDMENTS
These By-Laws may be amended by a majority vote in a duly assembled Meeting, a Quorum being present, provided that notice of the proposed amendment has been given at the preceding Meeting or distributed at least twenty-one (21) days prior to the Meeting.
ARTICLE VIII -WORK REQUIREMENT
SECTION 1 ONE MEMBER PER BAY
In any bay or at any work area in or around the Garage (Building 95 and surrounding area), there shall always be at least one Member present and engaged in the ongoing work project or vehicle repair/modification. Nonmembers and guest-mechanics may only assist Members on a single project or vehicle at any one time.
SECTION 2 NO PROFITEERING
Pursuant to ARTICLE II of the Constitution, no member shall be permitted to profit financially or in any other material way from the labor or expertise he provides for others at the Garage or on behalf of the Club.
SECTION 3 CLASS A RULES
Class A Operating Rules are to be heeded by all members and their guests at all times of Garage operation. These are Rules of major importance to the Club and are typically propagated by external entities (GSFC, GEWA, OSHA, EPA, et al.) or are necessitated by concerns of fundamental security, safety, and physical limitations of equipment. Class A Rules are thus generally not debatable or changeable.
SECTION 4 CLASS B RULES
Class B Operating Rules are to be heeded as for Class A Rules. However, Class B Rules are less critical in nature; they derive from concerns for orderly operation, common sense and courtesy, and convenience. Class B Rules can be waived in emergency or unusual situations upon concurrence of at least one Officer. These Rules may be created, suspended or modified by a majority vote of a duly convened Assembly at any time and without prior notice and publication.
SECT ION 5 DUES REDUCT ION
Members who make tangible volunteer contributions to this Organization in excess of 25 hours may elect to have their efforts certified in writing by a majority of the Executive Council toward the full or partial reduction in annual dues for the next fiscal year (only) at the rate of $1.00/hour for each additional volunteer hour contributed over the 25-hour base. Neither credit nor cash will be extended to any Member who exceeds the number of volunteer hours which reduces his/her dues by the amount of the annual dues in effect for the next fiscal year.
SECTION 6 MANDATORY WORK OR PAY
Each Member shall contribute at least one (1) hour per year of assigned volunteer time toward the repair/ improvement of the Garage and/or grounds. Such volunteer hours shall be documented by the Club Sign-In Sheet and reported to the Executive Council. Members who choose not to commit time or talent to improve the Club shall pay a $20 User Fee to the Treasurer before being permitted to renew Membership for the next fiscal year.
SECTION 1 MARK-UP ON DISCOUNT ITEMS
A nominal fee (minimum 5% of the value of the item purchased) may be levied on any items purchased at a discount for resale to Members.
SECTION 2 TREASURER'S REPORT
A brief Treasurer's Report to the Membership shall be made at each General Meeting by the Treasurer or other appropriate Officer.
SECTION 3 USE OF FACILITIES
Use of all Club facilities or privileges shall be limited to fees/dues-paid Members in good standing. For a maximum of ten (10) days per month and six (6) hours per day, the Executive Council may reserve Bays 2 and 3, along with appropriate furniture/ facilities, for use by Non-Members for their meetings or classes, provided that:
a) Compensation for the Club is secured from the outside group to pay for the access to the Garage and for Members' temporary restriction therefrom;
b) Detailed notice is posted or published at least 72 hours before the event;
c) An Officer is present at all times to serve as escort for the outside group and as arbiter in case of Members' last-minute conflicts with the event; and
d) Courses taught by an outside person (such as an expert on automotive repairs or maintenance) are included in the 10 nights per month.
SECTION 4 LOST OR DAMAGED EQUIPMENT
Any Club equipment lost or damaged by an individual Member will be his responsibility, and he or she must pay for or replace it.
SECTION 5 SCHEDULE OF AUTHORIZATIONS
The Schedule of Authorizations for Club expenditures shall be classified according to both purpose and dollar amount as follows:
1. $50.00 or less by any Member for either repair/replacement (R&R) or upgrade of Facilities with the prior approval of the President and/or Vice President.
2. $50.01 to either $400.00 or three percent (3%) of the Treasury, whichever is less, by any Member for the R&R or upgrade of Facilities with the prior verbal approval of a majority of the Officers, including Trustees in case of a tie among the Officers.
3. $400.01 or more, including all requests for loans/grants, by any Officer for any reason with the prior approval of the General Membership through a duly conducted vote.
SECTION 6 AUTHORIZATION FOR CHECKS
The President or Treasurer shall be authorized to sign checks for Club expenditures.
SECTION 7 PURCHASES BY THE CLUB FOR MEMBERS
Any purchase made by the Club for an individual Member shall be paid for in advance by that Club Member.
SECTION 8 PARKING/STORING OF VEHICLES
A Member in good standing may park/store only one vehicle in the designated areas around the Garage as long as he makes steady progress on the repair or modification of that vehicle and as long as the following fees are timely paid:
$10.00/month for the first two (2) months,
$20.00/month for all subsequent months.
SECTION 9 CLUB TELECOMMUNICATIONS
As a service totthe Membership and the local community at large, this Organization shall be empowered to establish and operate any of a number of automated dial-up systems, including a news hotline, tech-assist line, bulletinboard service, WWW/Internet home page, and security/alarm system at the discretion of the Executive Council.
GODDARD AUTOMOBILE CLUB OPERATING RULES
1. BAY DESIGNATION (Class B Rules)
Bays are to be used on a first-come, first-served basis by signing the log. The bays will be designated as bay 1, 2, and 3 proceeding from the left to the right facing the building.
a. Bay 1 contains the 4-point lift.
b. Bay 2 contains the drive-on lift.
c. Bay 3 is a general purpose bay.
d. The FRONT ROOM is for general purposes but should be kept especially clean for engine-assembly.
e. The BACK ROOM contains Lockers for storage of personal tools, supplies, and valuable parts.
f. The ATTIC and COMPRESSOR ROOM are utility areas and should not be used for storage or operations.
g. The REMOTE METAL SHED is for parts and flammables. The Key is kept in the Table drawer closest to the Front-Room Garage Door.
a. The Garage Key (only one exists aside from Officer's keys) must be checked out at GSFC Security, Main Gate; a valid Membership Card & Photo ID are required. The Key must be returned to Security at the end of each session or for work-in-progress absences over 30 minutes. A note - giving the user's name, departure time and expected return timed should be left on the outside of the Garage door to notify other Club Members and Security. (Class A Rule)
b. All Members must sign-in on the log provided before beginning any work. Any Member found violating this Sign-In Rule will:
1st BE GIVEN A VERBAL WARNING.
2nd BE GIVEN A WRllTEN WARNING.
3rd BE SUSPENDED AND REFERRED TO THE MEMBERSHIP FOR REMOVAL FROM THE CLUB.
Additionally, Members found in violation of this Sign-In Rule will forfeit their right to use the Facility for the rest of that day and be requested to leave immediately. (Class B Rule)
c. If a Member who signed out the Key from GSFC Security is leaving the Garage while another Club Member is present, he may sign over responsibility for the Key to the other Member. This is accomplished by both Members signing the appropriate place in the "Sign-Over Log Book" kept in the Front Room of the Garage. Officers alone are exempt from checking out, transferring, and returning this Primary Garage Key to Security. (Class B Rule)
3. PERSONAL SAFETY (Class A Rules)
a. The "Buddy System" is enforced by GSFC Security: Members should make provisions to eliminate the possibility of anyone working alone inside the Garage on any project which involves substantial personal risk; e.g., welding, engine removal, working under an elevated vehicle, etc. A buddy is any other responsible person capable of using the telephone in an emergency. The buddy system is not necessary for Members who will be washing a car, cleaning up the Garage, making minor vehicle adjustments, washing or fabricating small parts, "benchwork," etc.
b. All vehicles elevated by jacks shall be further supported by appropriate jack-stands before and during any under-vehicle operations.
c. If the fire extinguishers, first-aid kit or eye-wash bottles are used, call one of the Officers so that they can be refurbished.
d. Individuals engaged in vehicle or Garage repairs shall not consume alcoholic beverages of any kind.
4. STORAGE & PARKING
a. No vehicles will be stored in the garage overnight. All vehicles left on the premises unattended shall be moved to an appropriate parking place. Cars parked on the lot more than overnight shall have a valid parking permit (obtained from the Club Parking Administrator). Cars parked with expired permits or without permits may be removed at the owner's expense after a 72-hour grace period. (Class A Rule)
b. Large automobile parts (engines, transmissions, etc.) may be stored in the building for reasonable periods of time (LESS THAN 30 DAYS) while they are being repaired or stripped for parts. All parts stored in the facility shall have the date and owner's name prominently displayed on them. Unfinished assemblies and parts for near-future restoration shall be stored in the Remote Metal Shed only. (Class B Rule)
c. The Club Will assume no responsibility for cars or parts left at the Facility unattended. Vehicles and parts which are not properly identified and/or are in violation of the Club's storage rules may be disposed of by the Club Officers. (Class B Rule)
d. The term "steady progress" utilized in Article IX, Section 8 shall be understood as meaning at least ten (10) hours of work during a one-month period, wherein said ten hours shall be devoted either to the repair, modification or restoration of the parked project vehicle or to the material advancement of one or more of the posted Garage Volunteer Projects. Failure to make such steady progress on a parked vehicle and/or failure to timely pay the required fees shall result-- after at least one informal attempt to produce compliance by any Officer-- in the transmittal of a 72Hour Notice to the delinquent Member. That Notice shall contain at least the vehicle's date of arrival, the total fees owed to date, the work deficit incurred for the past month(s), and the terms required for the Member to come into compliance with our By-Laws and to avoid the impoundment or salvaging of his vehicle(s) off Center.
5. EMERGENCY (Class A Rule)
In case of an emergency, call the Guard-House (Bldg. 9) at
6-8661... and/or dial 112 (Trouble Desk).
6. OPERATING HOURS (Class A/B Rule)
The Facilities are open daily on an around-the-clock basis according to the needs of Club Members. (Class B) However, certain machines' tools, work areas or the entire Garage shall be declared off-limits or restricted completely for appropriate periods of time by either the President or the Facilities Chairman in special emergency circumstances where the safety of persons or property may otherwise become jeopardized or to avert large-scale waste of resources or damage to Facilities which could reasonably be expected to occur; such circumstances include the following:
a. the loss of electrical power,
b. the loss of telephone service,
c. major construction,
d. complex repairs or additions to Facilities, and
e. formally declared national or GSFC emergencies.
Such restrictions or closures shall be overtly posted, published, and/or announced both in writing and electronically by one of the Officers.
Any Member who violates, bypasses or defeats a duly posted restriction or lockout of Facilities shall be liable for immediate suspension and removal for cause. (Class A Rule)
7. TRASH (Class A Rule)
All trash, old parts, etc., shall be disposed of by the Member who generates it. Inside cans are provided for this purpose as is an outside metal dumpster. Inside cans should be dumped into the outside dumpster by the Member who fills the can to or beyond the halfway point. All boxes, exhaust pipes, etc. shall be broken down so as to fit fully inside the dumpster. Do not leave refuse on the grounds or in the Garage. Do not place bricks, concrete, cylinder heads, engine blocks, tires, fluids (flammable or hazardous) or batteries in any of the trash containers provided. Contact a Club Officer for further instructions for these materials.
8. EXHAUST GASES, including FREON & TOBACCO ASH
a. Exhaust gases from vehicles operated in the bay areas shall be vented either with the exhaust hoses provided by the Club or by a fully open bay door immediately behind the tail pipe of the vehicle. In all cases, the vehicle shall be run for minimum periods of time. (Class A Rule)
b. All diagnoses, charging, and repairing of automotive air-conditioning systems that involve the discharge of R-12 into the air or which involve the use of equipment which is not certified by the EPA for refrigerant handling are strictly prohibited. The only exception is the use of solid-state freon-leak detectors. This prohibition shall be enforced by the GSFC Environmental Section, and any fine assessed this Club and/or the Center shall be the sole responsibility of the actual original offender(s) for payment. Should any fine or fraction thereof actually be levied against this Club--directly or indirectly—as a penalty for violating the Clean Air Act, the Member(s) who proximately caused the alleged violation and/or the penalty itself (i.e., informants who circumvent internal, Clubaccountability methods) shall be immediately suspended from Membership pending ordinary removal procedures. (Class A Rule)
c. The personal smoking of tobacco products is permitted inside or around the Garage Site as long as all of the following three (3) conditions are being met:
i. No lighted element is taken within a five-foot (5') radius of an open car hood where a component of that car's fuel system is being examined or repaired, the Varsol Parts-Washer, the outdoor Misc Solvents Drum, or any vehicle on an elevated Car-lift whose fuel tank, gasline or undercarriage filter is being serviced;
ii. No butts or other smoking paraphenalia are discarded on the Garage floor or grounds; and
iii. No other Member present at the time of another's smoking objects to said smoking. (Class B Rule)
9. BATTERY CHARGING (Class A Rule)
Battery charging may be performed in the bay area or outside the Garage. A Member shall be present at all time during a battery charging operation, and he shall ensure that at least one window is completely open.
10. ELECTRICAL CORDS (Class A Rule)
Only insulated cords and drop-lights shall be used in the bay areas.
11. HAZARDOUS EQUIPMENT (Class A Rule)
The Car-lifts, welder, or other intrinsically hazardous equipment shall be used only by individuals who have demonstrated to the Club's Officers their proficiency in the use of such equipment. In the case of the Point lift in Bay 1, specifically, a vehicle may be placed on the lift only after the center of gravity is determined (see chart or have measured) and placed within 1 foot of the center line of the lift posts. The ramps of the drive-on lift in Bay 2 shall be pre-adjusted to within 2 inches distance from the outer guide rails and the widest part of the wheelbase before driving the vehicle onto the black roll-up ramps. When driving onto the red lift ramps, a vehicle should not be steered more than +5° from centerline.
12. PAINTING AND SANDBLASTING (Class A Rule)
Painting and sandblasting are prohibited inside the Garage. Sanding and sandblasting may be performed on the Washpad or in the Parking Lot.
13. FLAMMABLE STORAGE (Class A Rule)
All flammable fluids, oils, and lubricants shall be stored in the Metal Storage Shed provided for this purpose. No flammable fluids or materials shall be stored in the bay or shop area except in small quantities and in approved containers in the Front-Room Locker.
14. MOTORIZED PARTS-WASHER (Class A Rules)
a. Do not remove or "borrow" solvent from the motorized Varsol Parts Washer. The drum needs to remain full in order to maximize the longevity and grease-stripping efficiency of the solvent as a whole. Moreover, the solvent per se does not belong to the Club - it is part of an overall leased service.
b. Do not pour foreign liquids or grease into the Varsol Parts-Washer, especially old antifreeze and oil.
15. SPECIAL WINTER OPERATIONS (Class A Rules)
a. Do not turn the water supply off at the main or at either of the two intermediate valves for any reason except a burst pipe. A pipe-heating system has been installed for year-round running water.
b. Do not tamper with any part of the pipe-heating system, especially the outdoor freeze caps and electric plugs.
c. The Remote Faucet at the Wash Pad is normally Locked-OFF during freezing periods. Contact an Officer to reactivate (and subsequently purge) this water water line if required. The other faucet is usable year-round.
d. Be certain to turn off the FRONT ROOM Baseboard Heaters at the Breaker Panel when locking up the Garage. Do not adjust the settings on each individual Heater.
e. Be certain to turn off the Main Bay Ceiling Heaters at the master switch at the rear of Bay 2 when locking up the Garage. Do not set the master thermostat above 64° (except during classes, parties, and meetings).