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International Bylaws

Executive Summary

Mission Statement

Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. We exist as a body of Bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. We stand ready to lend support to our wounded friends by involving them with an established, united organization. We work in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children. We desire to send a clear message to all involved with the abused child that this child is part of our organization, and that we are prepared to lend our physical and emotional support to them by affiliation, and our physical presence. We stand at the ready to shield these children from further abuse. We do not condone the use of violence or physical force in any manner; however, if circumstances arise such that we are the only obstacle preventing a child from further abuse, we stand ready to be that obstacle.


Will consist of the organization deploying a ride, uniting as many B.A.C.A. Members as are able to attend. We will ride as a group to the child’s house where the parent(s)/Guardian’s will be present to assist us in presenting the child with a patch, stickers, and a photograph of the child with his/her new biker family. If the child is afraid, it is our hope the child will use the photograph as a comfort to convey the message “I am not alone, and you don’t want to mess with my family.”


If Level one is not sufficient to deter further abuse or harassment, several B.A.C.A. Members will be sent for further exposure. This group of B.A.C.A. Members will create a presence at the home of the child, being visible at times when the family might be the most vulnerable. The purpose of B.A.C.A.’s presence is to deter further abuse and to protect the children and the family, if necessary.


If the physical presence of our B.A.C.A. Members at the residence of the child’s home does not deter the abuser, a formal letter will be drafted by the Chapter President or Vice-President in the area in which the abuser lives. This letter will be written on B.A.C.A. letterhead. The substance of the letter will be to explain to the perpetrator that we are prepared to take whatever steps are necessary to become the obstacle to further abuse.


While it is against the purpose of B.A.C.A. to purposely engage a perpetrator, we will ask for the general geographical location of the offender, and conduct a “Neighborhood Awareness Ride” in which we will ride to the general location given to us and go door to door letting people know who we are, hand out stickers to kids, and distribute our literature regarding our mission and how we function. If the location or address of the perpetrator becomes known to any B.A.C.A. Member, we will immediately withdraw our physical presence to avoid any contact. B.A.C.A. does not condone, support or participate in the use of aggression, violence or physical force in any manner. If, however, ANY person should seek to inflict harm on one of our B.A.C.A. Members, we will respond with commitment and loyalty to protect our Member.

Article I. Board of Directors

Section 1.1

The International Board of Directors shall be the governing body of all B.A.C.A. Chapters. (2002)

Section 1.2

An Executive Board will exist within the International Board of Directors to direct and assist the operations of the International Board of Directors. (2002)

Section 1.3

The Executive Board will contain the following officers: (2002)

1.3a President
1.3b Vice-President
1.3c Secretary
1.3d Treasurer
1.3e Security Officer
1.3f Ambassador (The Ambassador’s position will be appointed by the IEB because of the special skills involved. The Ambassador has a vote on the International Board. (2004, 2006)
1.3g JP Lilly, Founder – will be a voting Member on the IEB until he decides to step down (2002) or becomes a Member not in good standing, at that time the founder’s position will be stricken from the IEB.  (Jan. 2006) JP Lilly, Founder, stepped down from the IEB in January, 2015.

Section 1.4

To be eligible to serve as an IEB Member, a Member must be an active B.A.C.A. Member in good standing with his/her local chapter and have had a working knowledge of the principles and structure of B.A.C.A. for a minimum of 2 years and have served a full term on the IB (2012).  For President must have served one full term on the IEB; for Vice President, must have served one full term on the IB. For Secretary, Treasurer and Security, must have served one full term on the IB or have served one full term in their respective position on their State Executive Board (2013).

Section 1.5

The Executive Board and the following officers will be on the International Board of Directors. Other officers may be added as needed by a vote of the International Board: (2002)

  • 1.5a State President  (2012)
    1.5b Merchandise/Marketing Officer
    1.5c Chapter Development Officer
    1.5d Public Relations Officer
    1.5e International Webmaster
    1.5f Trademark Specialist Officer
  • 1.5g International Training Officer

Section 1.6

The positions of Chapter Development officer, Public Relations officer, Merchandise officer, Trademark Specialist officer, and International Webmaster are IEB appointed positions with no voting power. (Jan. 2006)

Section 1.7

Each Officer will be held responsible to maintain that B.A.C.A. stays true to the mission statement and the direction it provides. (2002)

Section 1.8

International Board of Directors will be composed of B.A.C.A. Members in good standing only. An IBOD Member may be temporarily replaced due to illness or for other emergency reasons. (2002)

Section 1.9

Offices of the International Board may/will develop committees consisting of Members of any/all B.A.C.A. chapters. (2002)

Section 1.10

All Executive Officers of the International Board of Directors except State Presidents will be elected from a majority vote of the International Board every two years. (2002)(2012)

Section 1.11

General Counsel shall be an advisor to the IEB. (2010)


Article II. International Elections

Section 2.1

Any candidate running unopposed will automatically get the position for which they are running. (2004)

Section 2.2

The International Executive Board shall appoint a Member of the International Board of Directors to Chair a committee. The committee head will pick a committee of no less than five (5) B.A.C.A. Members from separate States to gather nominations and conduct the elections. (2002)

Section 2.3

Elections will be conducted on even years at the International Meeting. (2005)

Section 2.4

The current Officers may run for re-election or any position nominated to by any member of the International Board. Members of the International Board may nominate other candidates. (2002) Following the 2014 elections, the IEB President, Vice President and Security Officer may only serve three consecutive terms in that respective position. (2014)

Section 2.5

No Officer of the International Board of Directors may hold 2 voting positions on the International Board of Directors. (2002)

Section 2.6

Members of the International Board of Directors may hold any Officer position within the State or Chapter they hold Membership with, and must be an active Member in their local B.A.C.A. Chapter. (2002)

Section 2.7

The presidential committee of Oversight and Appeals is chaired by the International Ambassador acting as Chairperson only with no vote in the committee decisions. The OAC will be created by rotating through the State Presidents; the first one will be formed by the Ambassador and will include the first five, fully chartered States as listed on the Contact Roster. The next OAC will be formed with the next five, etc. The OAC will be seated quarterly. (2015) Responsibilities and function: To investigate and pursue to final and absolute resolution, upon the request of the International President, by the majority rule vote of the five person Committee any and all disputes, disagreements and appeals within the whole of B.A.C.A. (2005, 2008, 2010, 2015) Appeals must start with the governing Board of the decision within 30 days of the decision.  If favorable decision is not reached, appeals may be filed in escalation with the upper Boards with the same timeline of 30 days with each appeal. (2011) Please refer to Appeals Process Document for details. 2015 *Note, the Appeals Process Document is under review and will be sent to the IB for final ratification.

Section 2.8

International Chapter Development and Restructure Committee is Chaired by the International Vice President, consisting of the International Chapter Development Officer and a committee of Members at large; both foreign and domestic. Responsibilities and function: To oversee development of new B.A.C.A. Chapters worldwide; to oversee restructure or reorganization of existing B.A.C.A. Chapters; and to assist as required International Security Office with BACA International Approved Background Check audits.” (2008, 2011, 2015) References to ‘NCIC background’ were changed to ‘BACA International Approved Background Check’. (2010)

Section 2.9

2.9a    Any Member may call for a “Vote of No-Confidence” of any Chapter Officer at any time that at least 75% of the Chapter is in attendance.

2.9b     Any Member of the SBOD may call for a “Vote of No-Confidence” of any State Officer at any time that at least 75% of the SBOD is in attendance.

2.9c     Any Member of the IB may call for a “Vote of No-Confidence” of any International Officer at any time that at least 75% of the IB is in attendance.

2.9d     a “vote of No-Confidence” requires a 75% majority vote of the entire body to remove an Officer from the position. Entire body to be defined as those in attendance plus those not in attendance; however, only those Members in attendance are eligible to vote. (2014)

Article III. Meetings

Section 3.1

Meetings of the International Executive Board will be held as needed until determined otherwise, but will meet 2 times a year in person. (2002)

Section 3.2

The International Board of Directors will meet no less than once a year (2002)

Section 3.3

All items voted on by each individual member of the IB will be made available on the B.A.C.A. Extranet. (2006)

Section 3.4

IEB Midyear meeting is a closed meeting (2010)

Section 3.5

In the event that an International Executive Board Member is flying to our annual International Board meeting and their spouse is a patched Member attending with/for the purpose of training and/or assisting the board, BACA International will pay their airfare. (2013)

Article IV. Board Expenses

Section 4.1

No Member of B.A.C.A. or participant of B.A.C.A. shall receive payment for their participation in B.A.C.A.; however, should B.A.C.A. grow in size where it becomes necessary to hire an international director or other full-time International personnel, upon approval of the International Board of Directors by two-third majority vote, a B.A.C.A. Member can be paid to fill the approved positions. (2002)

Article V. Chapters/States

Section 5.1

Each State shall form a State Board of Directors after the second Chapter in the state is a full Charter. The State Executive Board will be formed after the State has three fully chartered Chapters. (2014)

Section 5.2

The Membership of the Founding Chapter will elect two Members to serve on the State Board of Directors with the Chapter President sitting as the third Representative; the Membership of each additional Chapter shall elect one Representative to serve on the State Board with the Chapter President sitting as the other Representative. (2002)

Section 5.3

The Founder or a Founding Member elected by the Founding Chapter may serve as Chairperson of the State Board of Directors and will not count as one of the three Board Members from the Mother Chapter and shall not have a vote on the State Board of Directors. He/she will serve as the Chairperson until he/she removes his/herself or is removed according to the provisions of their State Constitution. From that point forward, providing the State has two or more Chapters, the State Board of Directors will elect the Chairperson from the Membership of the State Board of Directors. (2002)

Section 5.4

Members of the State Board of Directors shall be held accountable to the Chapter they represent, therefore, there must be a means for each Chapter to remove or replace their Representative to the State Board of Directors. (2002)

Section 5.5

A Member of the State Board of Directors shall order all Member Patches and shall be responsible for issuing the Member Patches in their State to the person recommended by the requesting Chapter. (2002)

Section 5.6

International may contact any Chapter President or Member of a Chapter but each State Board of Directors will be responsible to represent their Chapter on the board and to manage the State in a manner consistent with “Mission Statement”, “Levels of Intervention”, ”How B.A.C.A. Works” and be consistent with the structure as adopted. (2002)

Section 5.7

All Chapters/States will use the same Universal Constitution (USC) as approved by B.A.C.A. International for that country. Every State will turn in a copy of their bylaws/State constitution within 3 months after receiving a copy of the International Policies and Procedures. (2005) (2010) All separate State and Chapter documents regarding policy and procedure, aside from already approved International documents, will be reviewed and approved by the PAB before being utilized. (2011)

Section 5.8

Each State Board will be responsible for replacing State Representatives. (2002)

Section 5.9

All B.A.C.A. Members must use the same Membership card for the entire nation. (2008)

Section 5.10

A State Historian will be appointed in each State and get info to the International Historian. (Jan. 2007)

Section 5.11

All separate State and Chapter documents regarding policy and procedure, aside from already approved International documents, will be reviewed and approved by the PAB before being utilized. (2011) An International Librarian will review and update International governing documents prior to sending them to the IEB and to the IB for approval. The PAB will not be responsible for updating International governing documents. (2015)

Article VI. Membership

Section 6.1

Every B.A.C.A. participant will have the results of a B.A.C.A. International approved background check on file (2006, 2010) as well as a signed Waiver in such form as is established by the IEB.  (2010)

Section 6.2

B.A.C.A. Membership is open to all bikers providing they pass their background check and adhere to B.A.C.A. bylaws. They must demonstrate by their actions they are participating in B.A.C.A. to help abused children. (2002, 2010, 2015)

Section 6.3

To become a Member of B.A.C.A. a participant must:

6.3a Maintain 80% attendance at Chapter required rides/events for one year and must maintain that attendance yearly to stay a Member of B.A.C.A. (2002) With the unanimous vote of the Chapter Executive Board, may be excused from mandatory events in the event of illness, family obligations, employment, or other B.A.C.A. business (2012)(2013)

6.3a.1 Mandatory events: (2012)

6.3a.1.1 100 Mile Ride

6.3a.1.2 Level One Interventions

6.3a.1.3 Monthly Chapter Meeting

6.3a.1.4 BACA Children’s Christmas Party, if applicable

6.3a.1.5 BACA Children’s Summer Picnic/Party, if applicable

6.3a.1.6 Court Appearances designated in advance by the Chapter Executive Board

6.3b Must own or have regular access to a Motorcycle or Trike except that:

6.3b.1 Any Member that becomes handicapped from accident, injury or illness to the extent that he/she cannot operate a motorcycle may retain membership in B.A.C.A. (2008)
6.3b.2 Any Member with a deceased spouse/sponsor that was a Member and were dependent upon deceased Member for access to a motorcycle as a passenger may retain Membership in B.A.C.A. as determined by majority vote of Chapter Board of Directors. (2008)

Section 6.4

6.4a.    A Member must maintain 80% attendance at Chapter required rides/events for one year and must maintain that 80% attendance yearly to remain a Member of B.A.C.A.. Attendance will be reviewed quarterly for compliance.

6.4b.    If, upon quarterly review a Member falls below 80% he/she will return to Supporter status until he/she returns to 80% at the next quarterly review. (2012)

6.4c.    With the unanimous vote of the Chapter Executive Board, a Member may be excused from mandatory events in the event of illness, family obligations, employment, or other B.A.C.A. business (2012)(2013)

6.4d     May only provide backseat as required access to a motorcycle to one Supporter/Member rider at a time. (2014)

Section 6.5

Every Supporter entering a Chapter must have a sponsor who is responsible and will be held accountable for the actions of the supporter and for the Supporter’s education about the B.A.C.A. Mission. (2010)

Section 6.6

The definition of a Supporter will be as follows: (2006)

6.6a     May participate in individual follow-ups with children but only in the presence of two patched Members. (2010)

6.6b     May NOT act as an assigned primary contact for a child, except in those limited circumstances in which supporters are acting under the provisions of a temp charter (2010)

6.6c     May NOT wear a Member patch and cannot identify him/herself as a Member.

6.6d     May only provide backseat as required access to a motorcycle for a Member rider with unanimous approval from the Chapter Executive Board. (2014)

Section 6.7

Every B.A.C.A. participant will have a fingerprinted B.A.C.A. International Approved Background Check on file. (Jan. 2006) Upon occurrence that an individual has a physical handicap preventing him/her from being fingerprinted for a B.A.C.A. internationally approved background check, an alternative background check may be permissible at the discretion and approval of the International Security Officer and the International Vice President. (2009) (2010) Alternatives to B.A.C.A. IEB approved background check procedures may be granted by the International Security Officer and International Vice President upon the request of the potential participant’s State President. (2014; refer to online poll, and to motion verbiage on International Board Yahoo Message 10242)

Section 6.8

EVOCATUS* will be the term used for the honored B.A.C.A. veteran that has gone above and beyond for the organization. The Evocatus will be identified by a patch to be worn on the upper left chest that will be ordered by the State President through the International Security Officer, who will ensure that all qualifications have been met.

6.8a     Qualifications:

6.8a.1     Member in good standing at time of nomination

6.8a.2     Member in good standing for at least 10 years previous to nomination

6.8a.3     Unanimous vote of Chapter Executive Board

6.8a.4     Unanimous vote of State Executive Board

6.8b     Selection:

6.8b.1     a Member may be nominated for consideration to the Chapter Executive Board by them self or any other Member.

6.8b.2     The Chapter Executive Board will have 30 days to decline the nomination or to unanimously recommend the nomination to the State Executive Board.

6.8b.3     The State Executive Board will have 30 days to make a final decision and notify the Chapter Executive Board.

6.8c     Privileges:

6.8c.1     May be nominated for an Officer position if attendance is at 80% for the quarter previous to the nominations.

6.8c.2     if elected/appointed to an Officer position, will be held accountable to the expectations of that position by the governing board.

6.8c.3     May be a primary contact to a B.A.C.A. child and will be accountable to the expectations of that position by the governing board.

6.8c.4     all other privileges afforded to a Member in good standing.

6.8d     Responsibilities:

6.8d.1     will attend at least 1 Chapter Executive Board approved function per quarter.

*EVOCATUS: a Latin term used to refer to a retired soldier, but it didn’t exactly mean retired. It had more the sense of standing by.  An EVOCATUS was honored by the public and the army for his service, was given a pension of land or money, was often elected to office, and was expected to be available to the military in its time of need.  Many were recalled for a period of service and were valued Members of military units when they were.

Article VII. Patches

Section 7.1

The colors of any B.A.C.A. patch will never be changed. (2002)

Section 7.2

International Security Officer oversees the manufacturing, distribution and accountability of our Member Back Patches. Patches will be ordered through Security. Chapters will make payment for Patches thru the International Treasurer Designee.  Only one Member patch vendor will be used. Only one person from each State will order patches from International Security Officer.  (2003, 2010)

Article VIII. Merchandise

Section 8.1

Chapters or States that produce unapproved merchandise for sale are subject to either a fine to be determined by the International Board of Directors, or loss of the right to use the name B.A.C.A. or all B.A.C.A. logos. (2002)

Article IX. Funds

Section 9.1

All states and/or chapters will support International with 20% of all profits raised (to be defined as fund-raisers, chapter merchandise and donations; excluding merchandise from International) including 100 Mile Ride monies collected. This takes effect the first quarter of 2014. (2014)

Article X. Governing Documents Suspension

Section 10.1

Upon request of a Member of the IB, such requesting being made at the annual meeting of the IB, any provision of the International Bylaws, Policies and Procedures and/or the Universal Constitution may be suspended for a single purpose by 95% vote of the IB (Jan. 2014 IBM, item Xa).

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