Purpose: The Georgia Council’s (GAC) objective is to maintain effective, working M/C relations, while providing a set of formal rules and regulations that govern the entire motorcycle community Within the State of Georgia. Information and all GAC updates may be found on the following website: http://thegeorgiacouncil.webs.com/.
Club Hopping: Anyone leaving their current club seeking membership with a new club must wait six months from the time of discharge of the previous club before joining the new club of interest. Exception: If the former club president agrees to allow the member to join the club prior to the six months or if the entire club patches over to another club, the six-month rule does not apply. The club “patching over” will follow the bylaws/rules of the new club. Any club that does not adhere to and violates this rule will not be sanctioned by the Georgia Council and will be placed on the non-compliant list for 12-months. These clubs must be removed from all anniversary/event calendars. Presidents must communicate with each other to alleviate problems.
Exception: If both Presidents agree that the ex-member can join the new club he or she does not have to wait the 6 months. All colors and monies must be settled and the Presidents must contact the Georgia Council and make them aware of the decision made by the two clubs.
Compliance: Effective March 1, 2010 all Motorcycle clubs in the State of Georgia must meet 80/20 compliance. Clubs must have a minimum of 80% active, riding members with operable motorcycles and no more than 20% non-riding members. All Motorcycle Clubs will meet at the designated location for a bike compliance count. There will be bike counts held every even numbered year Example 2010, 2012, 2014 etc….Every club will be given the opportunity to schedule their bike count and if they have not a date will be chosen.
***All club Presidents and Vice Presidents must ride their bikes to and from the bike count***
New M/C’s (if allowed in the perspective area) must have at least five members to start. This means the first five members of each club must ride and have operable motorcycles (not 4 riding and 1 non-rider). (Must prove that the bike runs). Clubs formed prior to August 15, 2010 will not be subject to this rule. Any club that fails to meet the 80/20 criteria or fails to show up on the assigned date will not be sanctioned by the Georgia Council and will not be recognized as a “Motorcycle Club”. Any club(s) in violation will be removed from the calendar of events and will be placed on the non-compliant list. During this time, the non-compliant club will not be permitted to wear hard or soft colors (within or outside of the State of Georgia). The non-compliant club must lay down their colors for the duration of this period. After the Count the Club will have 90 days to correct the non-compliance issue and will still lose their Annual date. (see details below). Any club caught attempting to commit compliance fraud will be added to the non-compliant list permanently!
All Presidents and VPs must have an operable motorcycle. There will be no exceptions!
Any club that falls out of compliance (not enough members to be a club/under 5 members), will be given 90 days to increase membership. They do not automatically go on the non-compliant list. However, clubs that do not meet compliance within the 90 days, will go on the non-compliant list and must reinstate within 12 months or they will not be permitted to reinstate. These clubs are subject to a random bike count.
Clubs that have been in existence for 15 or more years (in Georgia and within the area (city) for which you are claiming) are not subject to the GA Council bike count. These clubs have paved the way for our motorcycle community and are exempt!
Blessings: Once a club completes the process and receives their blessing, the said club may have a coming out party. This coming out of soft colors party must adhere to the rules set forth by the Georgia Council. The anniversary party for the new club will be one year from the date of the blessing. All calendar dates must be approved by the Georgia Council. A bike count must be conducted for all new clubs to go into soft colors, then again to go into hard colors.
Anniversary Events: Clubs with the same anniversary dates must respect the senior “active” club‘s date. There will be no more “40 mile rule” for anniversary dates. **Senior "active" clubs (meaning the MC with seniority and active within the MC community) will keep their anniversary date. However, the two clubs may work it out and share the date. Any discrepancies should be handled between the two presidents. Established clubs with clubhouses will take first priority according to the number of years in existence.
There will be no switching of dates for anniversary parties. If your club skips a year of having an anniversary party, your club will automatically forfeits that date and the date will become available for other clubs to select starting with the senior club that has a date on a Friday.
There will be no parties; on the anniversary of the governing body’s anniversary date. (3rd weekend of February). Absolutely no exceptions! or within the area of the Hawkinsville (3rd weekend of June) or Savannah chapters Anniversaries. (i.e. No Anniversary within the Middle Georgia area when Hawkinsville is having their Anniversary date. Columbus, Macon, Warner Robins, Dublin, Milledgeville, Forsyth, etc).
Areas: Athens, Columbus, Augusta Macon, Warner Robins, Savannah, Albany, Valdosta will check their area calendar so that clubs will not interfere with others clubs Aniniversaries.
Coming out Events:Coming-out events should be held at the end of the club's first year (365 days). New clubs should not gain revenue from the MC community their first year (365 days). This means "Coming Out/Meet-N-Greet" events should be FREE (no admission fee) and all other functions are prohibited within the first year (365 days) as well unless the functions are FREE. The club is allowed to generate revenue except for entrance fees such as selling food, beverage sales, etc, DURING the coming-out event.
You are allowed to participate or sponsor charity rides when all funds 100% goes to the charity.
Fish fries and car washes are not charity events unless it’s stated and the recipient is present to receive 100% profit.
Coming-Out Parties should be held on a Friday or Sunday, only. In the Atlanta area. A club may NOT have another revenue generating (charging admission) event (i.e. anniversary party, etc...) within eight (8) months of the initial Coming-Out party.
All other areas, the club must check with the area association and if one is not available they must check with the Georgia Council to keep a checks and balances policy in place.
*Newer clubs are asked to locate an anniversary date on a Friday. If an established MC is having Meet-N-Greet on that Friday, the newest club may have their anniversary party on the same day as those Meet-N-Greet but may NOT have it on the same day as the senior club's anniversary. (Atlanta area only)
*ONLY Anniversary dates will be placed on The GAC calendar. Anniversary dates are added to the calendar upon written request, ONLY! Verbal requests are not accepted. All requests for calendar entries must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. PLEASE DO NOT text anniversary date requests. The GAC calendar will supersede any other Georgia M/C community calendar so that confusion would be eliminated.
*Anniversary and Coming-Out party rules are by area, not by the entire state of Georgia; however, we are all family and should respect each others anniversary dates as we would want someone to respect our own.
GA Council bike counts will be held every even numbered year. All MCs are expected to comply unless you fall under the following exceptions:
Process for New Clubs (Areas that are OPEN):
New clubs must come forward to the GA Council and get counted to make sure they meet MC club qualifications.
Ÿ GAC Board will direct the new club to the local body (area presidents or alliance)
Prior to meeting with MC club's local body, club must present their name and logo for approval through the GA Council Board to prevent duplication of names and/or logo
Local body will vote and then inform GAC Board of their decision
New Club will be counted, then granted clearance to wear soft colors for a total of 12 months.
After club has completed their probationary period in soft colors, the newly formed MC will be scheduled for a bike count to go into hard colors
Upon passing bike count (80/20 compliant) a date will be arranged for blessing (most often, this happens at the same time as the bike count)
No clubs in soft colors should be allowed to hold events until they are in hard colors. Clubs in soft colors are encouraged to support the MC community, join safety/charity coalitions, and commit to community service. Clubs in soft colors are not eligible for trophy count, as hard colors are the true colors.
All new clubs will be assigned a Georgia Council Board member/an area liaison who will keep up with their involvement in the bike community.
Process for Newly formed Chapters:
· All Chapters will be reviewed to make sure that their club is a legitimate club and they mean well by coming to Georgia.
· To make sure that their club has not been disband from Georgia.
· To make sure they have the proper colors and that the name is not similar to the name of a club that already exists in the state of Georgia.
· To make sure they have the right number of members to start a Chapter in the State of Georgia.
· Will not be allowed to have an event within the first 12 months (365 days) of receiving the ok to start a chapter in the State of Georgia.
· Make sure they understand the rules of the Georgia Council i.e. anniversary dates and their National events.
MC Liaisons to The Georgia Council:
Georgia Council Liaisons shall be documented on record and be made known to the community.
No liaison shall receive any personal gain from their position as Liaison to the GA Council. No liaisons should force membership, affiliation, or support of any club and/ or organization onto another club.
The liaison is responsible for the assurance of the MC’s 80/20 status as well as maintaining the GA Council Rules in their motorcycle community.
Non-compliant Status: All clubs listed on the non-compliant list can file for reinstatement once they become compliant but has to do so within the 12 mos of being added to the list. Example: Original count date was May 2010 reinstatement can be applied for in May 2011. These clubs will not be recognized as an M/C until they have been given full reinstatement. The following rules will apply for all non-compliant clubs:
These clubs will be removed from all M/C calendars which include but not limited to anniversary parties, color counts for trophies, fish fries, car washes, etc… for an entire calendar year beginning the date that the club comes off the list
NO ANNIVERSARY PARTIES or No OTHER EVENTS SHALL BE HELD for the non-compliant M/C
Clubs going on the non-compliant list will forfeit their anniversary DATE and will have to find a new anniversary date, if and when they come off the list before 12 mos.
Clubs must come into compliance within that first year in order to come off the list. Clubs that do not come into compliance during that first year, will not be allowed to reinstate; therefore, they will not be permitted to function as that same club on the M/C set in Georgia
The President, officers, and members of that club will pay full price for all events they attend and are not allowed to attend any functions in hard or soft colors
Non-compliant clubs are not permitted to wear hard or soft colors within or outside of the state of Georgia
All compliant clubs are encouraged to enforce these rules to prevent penalties and actions brought against their club
It is the responsibility of each MC and/ or president to maintain a current list of “non-compliant” clubs and review this list prior to hosted events
Any club found to blatantly, disregard the rules or sanctions from the Georgia Council would be added to the Non-compliant List for the same duration and under the same rules.
Club Colors with no identifier:
Clubs with club colors that have no identifiers, identifying the type of club (i.e. MC, SC, etc) will automatically be considered and recognized as an MC and will fall under MC compliance rules set forth by The Georgia Council.Georgia Recognized Motorsport Clubs:
The following are the only recognized motorsport clubs in Georgia: They are not allowed to receive trophies that have been identified as a motorcycle club trophy. They can receive trophies identified as an award for Organization or Club.
Dirty South Slab Ryders
Social Clubs in Georgia:
Effective 10/30/11, all social clubs in Georgia must be sponsored by an M/C and out of respect to all Motorcycle Clubs they cannot wear black or blue jean vest.
More details to come…..
Recent addendums, changes, etc in GAC Rules have been voted on by the community body (Presidents/VPs) during the quarterly President’s Meetings. If your club is not represented, then you forfeit the opportunity to be heard and vote on community decisions. 50% of all clubs must be present for vote to carry.
Active Clubs: All clubs Must be active and represent themselves well within the state of Georgia.
Established Club: Defined as a club in existence for five or more years in good standing with the states governing board.
Hard Colors: The clubs vest with club colors (i.e.; club patches)
Motorcycle Club (M/C): A motorcycle club is a group of individuals whose primary interest and activities involve motorcycles and sanctioned by the governing bodies in which the individuals reside.
National Club: Defined as a club having chapters in at least five different states to be recognized as a National Club.
National President: President overseeing club affairs. Club must have at least five chapters in five different states to be recognized as a National President.
Patching Over: When five or more members from a club leave collectively to join another club. The newly acquired club may not require the members to go through the probation period and will grant colors upon joining.
Riding Club (R/C): Club formed with the like interest in riding. In some cases, riding clubs consist of cars of a similar style as with motorcycles, etc., depending on the state and sanctioning of the local governing bodies.
Sanctioned: To give approval or authorization to carry out a particular action.
Soft Colors: Tee shirts and other clothing style apparel (not including vests) with clubs logo.
Social Club (S/C): Club designed for social events amongst their members.Sport Bike Club (SBC): Motorcycle Club consisting of sports bikes. Some states differentiate SBC vs. M/C. Check with the local state dominate
 See Appendix I
These revised rules have been set forth on the meeting date of Sunday,
Please be advised that The GAC rules are subject to change without notice but rules are only amended/modified to meet the needs of the ENTIRE motorcycle community, not any individual club as the community presidents vote on modifications. Please check The GAC website for updates. Because the President's meetings are held on a quarterly basis, it is possible that you may not have the latest version of the GAC rules.