FAQ

 

  • Policy regarding the appropriate use of the NABSTMC Colors
  • I want to start a new BSMTMC chapter
  • Can you explain the appeals process?
  • What does the 50 miles geographic area mean?
  • I just moved away from my local chapter.
  • I live in one city and want to start a chapter in another county or city?
  • Can you explain the voting process for new chapters?
  • What is a Member at Large (MAL)?
  • What does the term colors mean?
  • Members Voting Rights within their Chapter
  • What is the probation period for existing members starting a new chapter
  • What is probation period for new members starting a new chapters?
  • What’s is the goal of the NABSTMC?
  • I don’t own a motorcycle, can I still join?
  • The Role of The Mother Chapter
  • The Role of The Frontier
  • The Role of The Frontier Council
  • Can I use the Emblem/Logo to sell items?

    Q: Policy regarding the appropriate use of the NABSTMC Colors
    Is there a policy regarding the display of our colors.

    A: SECTION 6 Use of Emblem

    F. Members shall wear their colors when participating in all club functions.

    G. Colors shall be worn in an approved fashion, e.g. sewn on a black vest or jacket in the proper arrangement.

    H. Ride patches and pins or other decoration may be worn on the front of vest or jacket, but not on the back of the vest or within the arrangement of the Colors.

    I. Colors are never to be worn by non-members.

    J. Colors are to be worn and handled with respect.

    K. Wearing of the Colors is a privilege.

     

     


    Q: I want to start a new BSMTMC chapter
    I see an opportunity to start a chapter in a community that is 60 miles away from the nearest chapter can I start a chapter if i don’t live in that community.

    A: Most of the BSMC chapters throughout the US were established by members in good standing in one chapter and saw the opportunity to spread the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers in other communities.

    There are two ways in which a Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers Motorcycle Club Chapter may be formed:

    A. Grant a rider a “Logo” to carry. Their mission is to create a new chapter. If a chapter does not exist in that state, the rider’s lower rocker will read “MAL”. Until that rider actually forms a new chapter they are considered a MAL. Chapters shall be made aware of any MAL person’s in adjacent Open States. (Article III, Section I “Member-At-Large” and Section U “Open State”)

    B. The second way a chapter may be formed is by a request for new chapter formation within a state that already has an existing chapter(s). The motorcyclist may be granted membership into the NABSTMC by the recommendation of the existing chapter(s). No input or approval is required by the National or Frontier.
    Within any state where there is an active NABSTMC chapter it is not permissible to start or form another chapter within fifty (50) miles of any current existing NABSTMC chapter.

     

     


    Q: Can you explain the appeals process?
    I want appeal a decision that my club made regarding me. What steps do I take?

    A: Disputes, disciplinary actions, and grievances must first be discussed with every effort in reaching resolution at the local chapter level first before being elevated to the state level. The State’s “Mother” chapter has the responsibility and duty of being the facilitator of discussions between those chapters within the states with more than one (1) chapter.

    2. If only one (1) chapter exists within a state and an issue or dispute occurs which cannot be resolved at the initial chapter level, then that one chapter will immediately elevate the issue or dispute to the Frontier level. If no resolution can be achieved at the Frontier level, the Frontier will then forward the issue or dispute to the NCAC for resolution and/or decision.

    Each chapter within a state is guided by its own set of local bylaws and operating protocols as long as they are in compliance with these National Bylaws and Charter Agreement. Each chapter is clearly its own entity. As such, no chapter should be involved in the matters of another chapter unless the matter has been elevated to the State or Frontier level.

    4. In multiple chapter states, the State’s “Mother” chapter has no special interference authority or privilege.

    FRONTIER LEVEL: Each Frontier may elect a Frontier Chairperson and Vice Chairperson to organize and chair Frontier meetings. The Frontier Council may have issues referred to it from states within the Frontier. If the Frontier Council chooses not to hear an issue, or if there is an accusation of lack of due process at the Frontier level, the appeal can be taken to the NCAC. The NCAC may or may not choose to hear the issue.

    NOTE: Some Frontiers may rotate Frontier chairmanship to which ever chapter is hosting a Frontier meeting. Under this structure the same logical process will apply.

    E. NATIONAL LEVEL: All information and arguments will be reviewed and acted on by the NCAC. The NCAC will render a decision to all concerned parties and will have the final determination or ruling in a conflict.

     

     


    Q: What does the 50 miles geographic area mean?
    I want to start a new chapter in my state and it would be supporting the community that is just 30 miles away from me, can I do that?

    A: According to the National Bylaws – Within any state where there is an active NABSTMC chapter it is not permissible to start or form another chapter within fifty (50) miles of any current existing NABSTMC chapter. However if the chapters in that state come to a consensus on allowing a chapter that is less than 50 miles from an existing chapter it is permissible.

     


    Q: I just moved away from my local chapter.
    I just moved to another city and there is a local chapter there, how can I transfer?

    A: Transfers: Members wishing to simply transfer from one chapter to another may do so through the approval of their presidents. No National or Frontier level involvement is required. However, a “Letter of Instruction and Good Standing” must be sent from the losing chapter to the gaining chapter.

    1. Transferring members may be asked to pledge to actively support their new chapter and chapter activities.

    2. Transferring members may be required or asked to seek out and coordinate a community service project that is in alignment with the purposes of the new chapter within six (6) months of transfer.

    3. Members that transfer due to PCS may retain their “Colors” for up to six (6) months while they relocate in/or transfer to another chapter or apply for MAL status.

     


    Q: I live in one city and want to start a chapter in another county or city?
    I see an opportunity to spread the rich legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers in a community I don’t live in. Can a I do that?

    A: If you want to start a chapter that is more than 50 miles from an existing chapter that would be permissible if voted in by the other state chapters.

    Section 2: Chapter Formation

    Within any state where there is an active NABSTMC chapter it is not permissible to start or form another chapter within fifty (50) miles of any current existing NABSTMC chapter.

     


    Q: Can you explain the voting process for new chapters?
    What is the criteria that existing chapters use in deciding to vote yes or no for a new chapter?

    A: It is the intent of the NABSTMC organization to grow and flourish and we encourage growing this organization. We feel confident that the men and women who are members of this national organization are professionals and each application for new membership would be handled in a professional impartial manner.

    The vote should take in consideration the following:

    Are these existing members who are in good standing?
    Is the proposed chapter outside of 50 miles from any other existing chapter? In the case of brand new members the other chapters in the propsed state will vote to accept the applicants letter of intent, if the applicants receive a yes vote then the applicants will have a six month probationary period.

     


    Q: What is a Member at Large (MAL)?
    I was a member of the St. Louis chapter and just moved to Utah. I want to know the steps on how to start a new BSTMC chapter.

    A: Members-At-Large (MAL): The title “Member-At-Large” designation refers to a current patch holder who is not attached to a functioning chapter, but who moves away from a chapter of which they were an active member and they are no longer able to maintain active member status in said chapter due to relocation to an “Open State.” Such a situation is created in two (2) ways:

    A rider seeking membership into the NABSTMC is granted a “Logo” by the National Council to carry with the specific mission of him/her in creating a new chapter in an Open State.

    A current NABSTMC member in “Good Standing” moves away from a chapter of which they were accepted into, but they are now not able to continue maintaining active status due to the travel distances involved after relocating into an Open State.

     


    Q: What does the term colors mean?
    Can you explain what the term “colors” mean?

    A: Section 6
    Use of Emblem

    The national colors, i.e. the “Logo” are the property of founder Ken Thomas and are on loan to the NABSTMC and cannot be reproduced for sale or use except in support of local NABSTMC chapters.

    D. The Full Members complete set of “Colors” consists of five (5) pieces:

    Upper rocker, dark blue felt with gold chenille letters in western font 3″ high (BUFFALO).

    2. The lower rocker is the same material and color. The letters are also 3″ high (SOLDIERS). The lower rocker has a lower line of letters 2″ high with the word “National” for National Officers, the name of the City and State or the State where the chapter is located. For example, FLORIDA or SACRAMENTO CA.

    3. Two single letter pieces of dark blue felt and a 3″ high gold chenille letter (M&C). These are arranged on either side of the Logo.

    4. The Logo is the image of the soldier with cap, gloves and saber. It is a combination of silk screen, chenille and embroidery and is the trademark of the NABSTMC.

    SECTION E

    The Associate Member’s complete set of “Colors” contains the same Logo as the Full Member’s complete set of “Colors.”

    1. The upper rocker is dark blue felt with gold chenille letters 2″ high (BUFFALO SOLDIERS).

    2. The lower rocker is the same material as the upper rocker and contains 2″ high letters with the name of the City & State or State of the chapter.

    3. It contains the letters M/C above the City/State name.

     


    Q: Members Voting Rights within their Chapter
    What are my voting rights within my chapter?

    A: All club issues must be negotiated, discussed and brought to a vote by it’s club members. The President, Vice President or executive council has no authority to act on any issues without a majority vote of the membership of affirming it.

     


    Q: What is the probation period for existing members starting a new chapter
    Is there a probation period for existing members who start a new chapter?

    A:
    If the founding five are existing members in good standing, there is no probationary period.

     


    Q: What is probation period for new members starting a new chapters?
    How long is the probation period for new chapters?

    A: If these are new members who are not existing members in good standing with the NABSTMC the probationary period is a minimum of six months.

    Section 4
    Evidence of Membership

    In regards to newly formed chapters, once a decision has been reached, the applicants of a new chapter will be given the status of their application. If the decision was positive, the candidates will be notified of the purchasing procedure for the procurement of their �Colors/Logo�.

    Their initial acceptance is merely probationary and they must complete a minimum of six (6) months (or until the next National Council meeting) in this status. During the probationary period, all new members are only authorized to wear the top and bottom rockers and not the Logo.

    The Logo will be awarded to those who successfully complete the probationary period at the next National Council meeting. Display of Full Member colors (top and bottom rockers, M C, and the Logo) by members of existing chapters shall be deemed evidence of membership in good standing. (Article III, Section I �Member-At-Large�)

     


    Q: What’s is the goal of the NABSTMC?
    What is the main purpose of the NABSTMC?

    A: A. Promote safe motorcycling and to educate society regarding the Buffalo Soldiers (specifically the 9th and 10th Cavalry) and their contributions to American history.

    B. To be actively committed to community service within the community, including, but not limited to providing services such as a soup kitchen and providing canned goods and supplies to mentally and physically challenged adults and school children.

    C. Provide educational opportunity through scholarships and other aid to under privileged, disenfranchised, or otherwise needy high school seniors who are furthering their education through an essay contest.

    D. Provide donations for local and national tax-exempt charities pursuant to 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) whose mission is harmonious with the NABSTMC.

    No substantial part of the activities of the NABSTMC shall be the carrying on of the propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the NABSTMC shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office;

    The NABSTMC shall not, as a corporate entity, attempt to influence legislation or participate in political campaigns for public office.
    Notwithstanding provision of this document, the NABSTMC shall not carry on activities not permitted to be carried on:

     


    Q: I don’t own a motorcycle, can I still join?
    Can I be a member and not own a motorcycle?

    A: SECTION

    J. Associate Member: Associate membership should be welcomed and personnel in this category should be encouraged to train for their motorcycle license and to eventually become Full Members.

    1. Associate membership is available to all �significant� others�, to include wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, relatives, or just friends of the chapter who for whatever reason are not eligible for �Full Membership� status but want to play a role in the chapter�s mission. Owning a motorcycle is not required.

    2. Associate Members may not vote on any club business, especially riding issues.

    3. Associates may hold appointed positions within the club or chair committees, but are not eligible for any elected officer positions within the club.

    4. At no time will the total number of Associate Members exceed the total number of Full Patch Members.

     


    Q: The Role of The Mother Chapter
    What is the purpose of the Mother Chapter?

    A: The Mother Chapter is the first approved chapter in a state that did not have a previous BSTMC chapter. The Mother Chapter has no additional authority over existing BSTMC chapters in the state. The Mother chapter accepts applications from prospective new chapters and disseminates the information (non biased) to all chapters in the state for a vote. The Mother chapter also takes the lead on any appeals that have not been resolved at the chapter level. In the event that the Mother chapter is the subject of the appeal the next senior chapter will investigate and hear the appeal.

     


    Q: The Role of The Frontier
    What is the Role of the Frontier?

    A: Each Frontier may elect a Frontier Chairperson and Vice Chairperson to organize and chair Frontier meetings. The Frontier Council may have issues referred to it from the states within the Frontier. The Frontier has no special authority over chapters in the Frontier. If the Frontier Council chooses not to hear an issue, or if there is any accusation of lack of due process at the Frontier level, the appeal can be taken to the NCAC. The NCAC may or may not choose to hear the issue.

     


    Q: The Role of The Frontier Council
    What is the role of the Frontier Council?

    A: The Frontier Council refers to the chapter Presidents and Vice Presidents of each local chapter within said Frontier. The chief purpose is to resolve issues referred to it by the State within the Frontier.

     


    Q: Can I use the Emblem/Logo to sell items?
    I want make some T-shirts, caps etc for sale. Can I use the NABSTMC Emblem/Logo?

    A: Section 6

    Use of Emblem
    The national colors, i.e. the �Logo� are the property of founder Ken Thomas and are on loan to the NABSTMC and cannot be reproduced for sale or use except in support of local NABSTMC chapters.