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Ark-La-Tex Orienteering Society (ALTOS)
June 27, 2011


The name of this organization is the Ark-La-Tex Orienteering Society (ALTOS).


The purpose of ALTOS is to encourage and promote Orienteering activities in the Ark-La-Tex area. This includes, but is not limited to:
a. Training runners and administrators.
b. Sponsoring Orienteering meets.
c. Locating and mapping areas to be used for Orienteering activities.


ELIGIBILITY: Anyone that is interested in supporting the purposes of ALTOS as listed
in Article II.
CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP: There shall be four classes of membership, namely, 1. Individual 2. Family 3. Student and 4. Honorary.
a. Individual Membership. An Individual Member is one who submits a membership application form with prescribed dues. Individual members are encouraged to attend as many meetings as possible, to participate in the various activities, and to help in the administration of these activities. The Individual Member is a one (1) voting member.
b. Family Membership. A Family Member is a family who submits a membership application form with prescribed dues and consists of those members of a particular family, i.e. the husband, wife, and children of a particular family. A Family is a two (2) voting member.
c. Student Membership. A student member is a K thru 12 student who is sponsored by an educational/youth oriented organization. A student is a non voting member.
d. Honorary Members. Honorary Members are those who have been recommended for Honorary membership by a committee appointed by the President. Honorary Members are thereafter exempt from annual dues and shall be granted the privilege of attendance at all organizational functions. Example of Honorary Members are presidents of other Orienteering clubs, local land/park managers and owners, local interested merchants, etc. (Honorary members are non voting members.)
E. Membership fees: Individual Membership - $10, Family Membership - $15, Student - $5 and Honorary Membership - None. Fees are due September 30 annually.


OFFICERS. The officers shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Affairs and Information Tech.
ELECTION AND INSTALLATION. Officers shall be elected and installed at the summer meeting each year. The term of office shall be for one year.


a. PRESIDENT. The President shall preside at all meetings. He/she shall appoint members to perform duties of the organization. Positions to be appointed shall be, but not limited to, membership chairman, meet directors, course planners/setters, map makers/field checkers, purchasing/equipment storage specialist,instructors, etc.
b. VICE-PRESIDENT. The Vice-President shall act as aide to the President, and in the absence of the President, or in the case he/she inability to act, perform the duties of the President.
c. SECRETARY. The Secretary shall keep records of all meetings. These records shall be made available to the President for inclusion into the newsletter.
d. TREASURER. The Treasurer shall receive all monies of the club from membership dues, gifts, and registration fees. All money shall be deposited to the ALTOS bank account. Disbursements shall be made by check. A financial statement shall be made available at each meeting for as requested by the President.
e. PUBLIC AFFAIRS. The duties of the Public Affairs Officer shall be, but not limited to:
(1) Making news releases of meet results or announcing upcoming events.
(2) Notifying the "Orienteering: North American" magazine of event schedule.
(3) Publishing a quarterly newsletter.
(4) Other duties as deemed necessary to promote the sport and organization.
f. Information Tech.
(1) Maintains the ALTOS Web Site.
(2) Coordinates with the ALTOS President and other Officers concerning the contents of the ALTOS Web Site.


A General Membership Meeting shall be conducted in the Summer and Winter of each year.
Special meetings shall be called by the President when deemed necessary. Meeting may be conducted as part of other scheduled activities. Any meeting which will include the amending of the By-Laws must be announced a minimum of ten (10) days in advance. A 2/3 majority of the membership present at the meeting is required to amend the By-Laws.


The quorum for a regular or special meeting shall be three (3) if business requiring voting is conducted.Those members present shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business not requiring a vote.


Meetings shall be conducted by the rules of parliamentary procedure and Robert's Rule of Order shall be the authority for the organization in all questions of parliamentary law not covered by this document.
Current Officers are:
President: Bill White
VP: Gary & Jenny Hackman 318-965-2320
Treasurer: Jimmy Durham 318-423-7375
Secretary: Gary Pomraning 318-549-0028
Public Affairs: Larry Raymond 318-929-2806


The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) is the international governing body of the sport of orienteering. The IOF governs four orienteering disciplines: foot orienteering, mountain bike orienteering, ski orienteering, and trail orienteering. The IOF was recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1977.

The IOF is made up of the national orienteering federations that have been admitted to membership. Only one legally constituted orienteering organisation from any one country, defined as an independent member of the IOC, may be admitted as a member. At the moment, the IOF has 73 member countries.

The IOF may provide for provisional membership of a national organisation when first admitted to membership. A provisional member may retain that status for two Congress periods during which time the provisional member must, in the view of the IOF Council, have actively developed the sport of orienteering in that country.

For more information visit www.orienteering.com