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Constitution and Bylaws

of the

SOUTH TEXAS WHEEL SPINNERS & CRANK TWISTERS

Branch #130

in compliance with the

Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Association, Inc.(Click)

ARTICLE I - NAME

South Texas Wheel Spinners and Crank Twisters (STWSCT) Antique Farm Equipment Club is a non-profit, non-stock organization founded in the State of Texas in 1998. The STWSCT is a Branch Member (Branch #130) of the national organization of the Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Incorporated. The Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Incorporated (EDGE&TA) is a non-profit, non-stock organization incorporated in the State of Wisconsin in 1959. EDGE&TA consists of local Branches in six Regions of the United States. The Regions are Northeast, Southeast, North Central, South Central, Northwest, and Southwest.

ARTICLE II - PURPOSE

To promote collection, restoration, preservation, and exhibition of gasoline, oil, and steam engines, gasoline and steam tractors, power driven machinery, and other equipment of historical value. Further, to promote the fellowship of those with common interest and to carry on this fellowship and interest to our future generations. The STWSCT motto is 'Preserving Yesterday's Farming Heritage for Today's Youth.'

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. Members:


Section 2. New Members:

Section 3. Membership Renewal:

Section 4. Member Termination:

ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE (EC)/ ADVISORS/CHAIRPERSONS

Section 1. Officers


Section 2. Executive Committee.

Section 3. Advisors:

Section4. Chairpersons

Section 5. Removal of Officer.

Section 6. Removal of Executive Committee Member

Section 7. Removal of Advisor:

Section 8. Removal of Chairperson:

Section 9. Pay and Reimbursement:

Section 10. Fiscal Management:

Section 11. General

ARTICLE V - MEETINGS

Section 1. Meetings


Section 2. First Meeting (Winter)

Section 3. Regular Meetings (Summer & Fall)

Section 3. Special Meeting:

Section 4. Executive Committee Meetings

ARTICLE VI - DUES AND INSURANCE

Section 1. Annual Dues and Insurance:


Section 2. Payment:

Section 3. Non-Payment

ARTICLE VII - VOTING PROCEDURES

ARTICLE VIII - EDGE&TA BRANCH RESPONSIBILITIES

Section 1. Branches: (The STWSCT Club)


Section 2. Officers:

Section 3. Branch Events:

ARTICLE IX - SPONSORED SHOWS

ARTICLE X - SAFETY

Section 1. Rules & Requirements


Section 2. Safety Officer

ARTICLE XI - PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

ARTICLE XII - AMMENDMENTS


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Early Day Gas Engine & Tractor Assn.

(Section 1 and 2)

SAFETY RULES FOR ALL EDGE&TA SANCTIONED ACTIVITIES

EDGE&TA BRANCH SAFETY OFFICERS, EDGE&TA NATIONAL SAFETY OFFICERS, AND EDGE&TA NATIONAL INSURANCE ADVISOR ARE AUTHORIZED TO SHUT DOWN ANYONE FOR UNSAFE OPERATION.

SECTION II: GASOLINE, KEROSENE, DIESEL AND PROPANE TRACTORS Revised on (April 6, 2005)

Every participant in EDGE&TA reported events MUST be a member of an EDGE&TA branch.

No set of rules, regulations or cautions can prevent a disaster. We must, however, take these safety rules seriously. Our individual awareness and adherence to both required and desired rules will greatly increase the safety of our exhibitors and the public who attend our sanctioned activities.

SHOW GROUNDS IN GENERAL

Required:
1. Fire extinguishers distributed around the show grounds and Fire Department Equipment in attendance if possible. If Fire Department equipment is not available at least notify the local Fire Department of the event.
2. Persons with First Aid skills and CPR training in attendance.
3. Fuel Spill Contamination clean up kit, consisting of cat litter, shovel, and container w/lid for contaminated soil or cat litter.
4. Designated loading/unloading area for all equipment. If possible have a loading/unloading ramp for large tractors and equipment. Be sure that what ever means of loading/unloading are used it is done safely.
5. Designated parking area for exhibitor vehicles and equipment separate from the public parking area.

SET UP ASPECTS

Establishing requirements for the aspect of our activities is nearly impossible, yet this is where some of the greatest danger lies in terms of injury to ourselves and our friends. Extreme caution is urged. Take nothing for granted. A few requirements are listed below;
1. Only forklift owners or their authorized operators shall operate forklifts.
2. The forklift operator is the boss! Follow his instructions.
3. The owner of the equipment shall assist the forklift operator in loading/unloading and moving or placing his equipment.
4. A third person shall accompany the forklift, keeping the public at a safe distance from the moving equipment.
5. Be sure equipment is securely on the forklift before moving it.
6. Stay well away from the forks and to the side of the lift at all times.
7. Look in the direction of movement to make sure the area is clear.
8. Do nothing that would require the forklift operator to stop suddenly.
9. Concentrate on the job being accomplished.

SECTION I

STATIONARY ENGINES & EQUIPMENT DISPLAYS

Required:
1. Double rope stanchions separating the displayed items from the public by a minimum of three (3) feet. For a drawing, Click Here !
2. Occupancy of the display area shall be at the discretion of the exhibitor/owner and the Activity Safety Officer.
3. Person attending engines and equipment to be in control at all times.
4. Running engines or equipment shall not be left unattended.
5. Safety Officer has the right to shut down any engine running unattended.
6. Fuel will be stored in closed containers at least six (6) feet away from nearest running engine.
7. Exhibits with running engines will be required to have easy access to a fire extinguisher located away from stored fuel containers.
8. All engines and equipment will have sufficient spacing to allow the operator easy access to all items and a safe operating distance shall be maintained at all times.
9. All exhibits on wheels parked on unleveled area shall have the wheels blocked to prevent them from rolling.
10. Clutter-free exhibit area.
11. All oil or fuel leaks should have a flat tray containing a non-flamable material such as cat litter to catch any leaking fluid.
12. NO ALCOHOL is to be consumed or served in the exhibit area.

Desired:
1. Plastic mesh barrier from lower rope to ground to prevent small children from ducking under the barrier.
2. Exhaust directed up and away from viewing public.
3. Belts parallel to viewing public.
4. First Aid kit on hand at all times.

SECTION II

GASOLINE, KEROSENE, DIESEL AND PROPANE TRACTORS

1. Area Coordinator will determine placement of tractors.
2. Owners or authorized operators must be in attendance while a tractorís engine is running.
3. Displaying antique farm tractors or any other antique farm equipment at a branch show has no age limit, however this does not allow a person to drive a tractor at a branch show, in a parade or on a public road (as permitted), unless that driver has a valid drivers license (No Learnerís Permit) to operate a motor vehicle in the state that the driver resides in, or that driver has completed the EDGE&TA Youth Driver Training Program, passed the Youth Driver Training Test and has a Youth Driver Training Certification Card in their possession. The driver/exhibitor must be a current member of EDGE&TA.
4. All EDGE&TA branches are encouraged to participate in the EDGE&TA Youth Driver Training/Certification Program for all the EDGE&TA members, who are less than the legal driver age required to hold a drivers license in the state they reside in. This will allow the younger members to participate in EDGE&TA sponsored shows, events, and parades until they become a licensed driver.
5. Lawn/garden tractors driven at a branch show, in a parade, or on a public road (as permitted), the age of the driver applies as stated in the lawn/garden tractor pull rules and regulations. See Section IV of the lawn/garden tractor pull rules for the eligible size of a lawn/garden tractor. The driver must be a current member of EDGE&TA.
6. There should be only one (1) person on a tractor when moving unless there are provisions for others and these provisions meet the Safety Officers approval.
7. Tractors with spade lugs or tracks are to be moved or operated only in areas designated by Area Coordinator.
8. All tractors shall have a kill switch or device accessible to the operator or have someone in the seat to control the tractor while demonstrating any tractor-powered equipment, i.e. threshing machines, balers and saws.
9. All tractor demonstrations should have a rope or other barrier between the demonstration and the public.
10. All tractors shall have a kill switch or device accessible to the operator when moving around the public.
11. There should be a second person to observe the public and act as a safety person while moving large tractors or tractors with restricted view around the public.
12. All tractors should have good working brakes if so equipped.
13. All tractors should have good parking brakes if so equipped and/or wheel blocks when parked for display.
14. Never leave a tractor in gear when parked. (This will prevent someone from accidentally starting the tractor and running over themselves, others or other equipment.)
15. Use extreme care when fueling any tractor. Kill the engine.
16. All oil or fuel leaks should have a flat tray containing a non-flamable material such as cat litter to catch any leaking fluid.
17. Display areas should be kept free of debris.
18. The Safety Officers, Branch or EDGE&TA, including the EDGE&TA insurance advisor, may shut down anyone for unsafe operation.
19. NO ALCOHOL is to be consumed or served in the tractor area or while operating equipment.

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