Patrol 16: “Sasquatch Jeepers” Bylaws
The purpose of this patrol is to organize members of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club of Colorado (MHJC) and their families into a cohesive, friendly, and supportive group of off-road enthusiasts to enjoy the benefits of our sport, support the MHJC, perform trail maintenance projects, and advocate for land use issues. Members of this Patrol will enjoy the camaraderie of wheeling with other large size vehicles.
- Must have a vehicle equipped with 35” (approximant measurement and not true measurement) tires or larger.
- Must be a paid up member in good standing of the MHJC and attend at least three trail runs and one parent club meeting with the patrol before being considered for membership. Proposed members must be approved by a majority vote of the regular members present at a patrol meeting, trail run, or by email.
- Existing members of other patrols of the MHJC must meet all regular eligibility requirements for membership and must be recommended by at least two regular members and approved by a majority vote of the regular members present at a patrol meeting, trail run, or by email.
- Patrol membership is limited to 16 vehicle members.
- Regular members must attend at least two trail runs annually. The patrol leader may excuse members from this attendance requirement on a case-by-case basis and excused absences will be credited as attending. Failure to meet minimum participation requirements may result in members being dropped from the rolls of the patrol by a two-thirds vote of the regular members present at an announced patrol meeting, trail run, or by email.
- Associate members must meet all regular eligibility requirements for membership except those for participation.
- Members are encouraged to run trails with other patrols and to take advantage of all the benefits of the MHJC.
- Members are strongly encouraged to support the annual MHJC All-4-Fun event by working on a committee.
- The regular members will elect a Patrol Leader in December each year to serve from January 1st until December 31st of the following year. Successful candidates for Patrol Leader must have been a regular member of the patrol for a minimum of six months before assuming the office and will serve as a voting member of the MHJC Board of Directors. The Patrol Leader may be removed by a two-thirds vote of the regular members present at an announced patrol meeting, trail run, or by email.
- The Patrol Leader will appoint an Assistant Patrol Leader to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of the Patrol Leader in his absence. The Patrol Leader will also appoint a regular member to sit on the MHJC Land Use Committee and to act as the primary land use contact for the patrol. The Patrol Leader may also appoint members of his/her choosing to other offices and/or committees as he/she determines necessary.
- Patrol meetings will be held at such times and places as determined by the Patrol Leader. Patrol meetings may also be called by at least 25% of the regular members with notice to the Patrol Leader or Assistant Patrol Leader. A quorum necessary to conduct business shall consist of at least 50% of the regular members with the Patrol Leader or Assistant Patrol Leader in attendance.
- An annual planning meeting will be held for the purpose of identifying and scheduling the trail runs and other activities of the patrol for the following year. All members are encouraged to attend the annual planning meeting and submit their ideas and suggestions. This is typically held in February or March of each year.
- Due to the nature of our sport, the use of intoxicants, drugs, or any other substances that would impair the operation of a motor vehicle are strictly prohibited on the road and on the trail. Although adult beverages may be enjoyed in the security of an overnight campsite, such use as prohibited above will be considered grounds for immediate dismissal from the patrol.
- Any monies raised or collected by the patrol, remain the sole property of the patrol. In the event of patrol deactivation all monies become property of the MHJC.
- Must own a 4WD vehicle in good operating condition with a selectable transfer case.
- In order to provide a more safe and enjoyable experience for everyone, the following equipment is required for all new member vehicles participating in patrol trail runs:
- 35’’ or larger tires
- Front and Rear Mounted Tow Points
- Tow Strap
- CB Radio
- First Aid Kit
- Regular member vehicles lacking the required equipment may be barred from a patrol run by the Patrol Leader or trail leader at their discretion.
- Prospective members must have the required equipment before being considered for membership in the patrol.
- Although not required for participation in patrol trail runs, the following equipment is strongly recommended:
- Fire Extinguisher, Type ABC
- Work Gloves
- Trash Bags
- Snatch Block
- Tree Strap
- Sway Bar Disconnects
- Differential Lockers
- Hi-Lift Jack or X-Jack
- Safety is the primary factor in everything we do on the trail, on the road, or in camp. Members must always place safety before pride and consider the well-being of their passengers and other vehicles at all times.
- Practice courtesy toward other trail users at all times. Yield to equestrians, hikers, bicycles, motorcycles, and ATV’s. Remember that uphill has the right of way but use common sense in all situations. Your actions reflect not only on yourself but the patrol and the MHJC as well. Leave a positive impression with everyone you meet on the trail.
- As responsible off-road enthusiasts, we Stay The Trail® and Tread Lightly® at all times. We carry out trash on the trail and in camp and encourage others to do the same.
- Be aware of vehicles in front of and behind you at all times. Members are encouraged to guide and assist each other and insure that no one is left behind.
These bylaws are produced to uphold common values and are for the encouragement of participation and fun in the MHJC. Proposed changes to these bylaws must be approved by two-thirds vote of the regular members present at an announced patrol meeting, trail run, or by email.
Last approved update: 4/4/2014