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The Last Frontier Men's Club

Bylaws adopted Sept 2019

The Last Frontier Men’s Club (TLFMC) is a 501(c)(7) gay men’s fraternal/social organization. Our primary focus is on the Bear, Leather, and other male lifestyles in Alaska. It is the goal of TLFMC to promote friendship and unity between its members and the community at large.

TLFMC holds activities and fundraising events to provide donations and support to charitable organizations in the LGBTQ community and other non-profit organizations at large. Our functions include but are not limited to camping, group dining, coffee nights, movie nights, and various other social activities.

Membership:

Membership is open to men age 21 and older, who are recommended or referred by an active member in good standing.

Membership types are:

  • Trial Membership is free for the first 90 days
  • In-State Membership is $20.00 per year
  • Out-of-State Membership is $10.00 per year (Authorized by board only)
  • Lifetime Membership (Authorized by board only)

TLFMC reserves the right to deny or revoke membership to a potential or current member in the case of violation of the club’s Code of Conduct, posted on the website. This requires a vote during a club meeting and will be brought forth for vote by executive decision. Men 18-21 years of age are welcome to participate in any of our non-bar functions.

Titles:

Every two years, TLFMC holds the "Arctic Heat" Weekend for the purpose of selecting the state titles.

All titleholders should be available to meet and greet visitors to our community and make them feel welcome.

Mr. Bear Alaska:

They are expected to be an ambassador for the Bear community in Alaska, promote a positive bear image, foster unity within the bear culture and be a role model for those new to the community. A Bear is often a larger hairier gay or bi male who projects an image of rugged masculinity. He must maintain an openness, respect and willingness to work with all aspects of the LGBTIQ and wider communities.

The title holder is encouraged to compete in the North American Bear (NAB) competition in Lexington, KY.

Alaska Bear Cub:

They are expected to be an ambassador for the Bear community in Alaska, promote a positive bear image, foster unity within the bear culture and be a role model for those new to the community. A Bear Cub is often a younger (or younger-looking) version of a bear, sometimes but not always, with a smaller frame; hairy gay or bi male who projects an image of rugged masculinity. He must maintain an openness, respect and willingness to work with all aspects of the LGBTIQ and wider communities.

The title holder is encouraged to compete in the North American Bear (NAB) competition in Lexington, KY.

Mr. Alaska Leather:

They are expected to be an ambassador for the Male Leather community in Alaska, promote a positive image, foster unity within the S&M culture and be a role model for those new to the community. Leather is characterized by a complex code. Contestant standards list: body, personality, intellect, attitude and knowledge of S&M fetishist Leather. He must maintain an openness, respect and willingness to work with all aspects of the LGBTIQ and wider communities.

The title holder is encouraged to compete in the International Mr. Leather (IML) competition in Chicago, IL.

Ms. Alaska Leather:

They are expected to be an ambassador for the Female Leather community in Alaska, promote a positive image, foster unity within the S&M culture and be a role model for those new to the community. Leather is characterized by a complex code. Contestant standards list: body, personality, intellect, attitude and knowledge of S&M fetishist Leather. He must maintain an openness, respect and willingness to work with all aspects of the LGBTIQ and wider communities.

The title holder is encouraged to compete in the International Ms Leather (IMsL) competition in San Jose, CA.

 

To cover travel expenses, the title holders are expected to hold successful fundraisers to raise funds for TLFMC. TLFMC will in turn provide a ticket for travel to the destination city and also any applicable entry fees for the contest up to the funds raised by the title holder. All other expenses are the responsibility of the title holder. Preliminary fundraiser details shall be submitted to the executive officers for review no later than three months after accepting the title.

In the event that a title holder moves outside of Alaska, said title will be forfeited for the remainder of the title term. Title sashes, if applicable, must be immediately returned to an officer of the club.

Board of Directors:

Elected Officers:

TLFMC membership elects’ officers for their two-year terms. Every year, half of the offices are up for election. The offices and duties are as follows:

President:

The President presides over monthly business meetings. He presents the business agenda and oversees motions voting on motions. He writes a monthly article/blog addressing current issues for the website. He oversees all functions, or delegates such authority to others.

Vice President:

The vice president supports and fulfills the duties of President as needed. He is also in charge of the running and tabulation of votes for the annual officer elections and "Arctic Heat" Weekend title holder vote counts.

Secretary:

The secretary records minutes of business meetings and transcribes them for the next meeting for approval. He also keeps membership records and a calendar of events. The secretary also handles official correspondence and mail.

Treasurer:

The treasurer coordinates financial activities and maintains financial records. The treasurer produces a monthly detailed financial report for review at each meeting. He handles the cash at fundraising and other money handling events, makes deposits and reconciles the bank account on a monthly basis. The treasurer is not an authorized signer on the bank account.

Road Captain:

The road captain reminds members of upcoming events and encourages participation, helps to arrange logistics for club outings. This includes verifying and making reservations.

Webmaster(s):

Webmaster is responsible for promoting the club through our website and social media by keeping them up to date. The position may be held by more than one individual.


The offices of Vice President and Secretary may be combined and held by a single person if there is a lack of nominations for these offices.

The President and at least one other board member, except the Treasurer and chosen by mutual agreement of the board, will be held as signers on the club bank account.

Because there is a responsibility with each elected office, the holding of both a title and an elected office simultaneously, is discouraged, with the exception of Road Captain, and Webmaster(s).


Appointed Positions:


Ex-Officio President:

As the past Presidents have generally been looked to for advice and suggestion, the outgoing President has an automatic seat on the board. If the outgoing President accepts another elected office or chooses not to accept this position, then this seat will be appointed to a third Member-at-Large.

Member-at-Large:

There will be 2 members appointed to the board by the elected officers (3 if the past president accepts another office or not to accept the position) to serve as advisers to the elected officers and bring a broader club representation to the board.

Elections:

TLFMC membership will hold elections annually for bi-annual offices (President, Treasurer & Road Captain then Vice-President, Secretary & Webmaster(s)). The Vice President coordinates the election. In the absence of the Vice President, the President shall preside.

Candidate must be nominated by another member in good standing. Nominations for elected officers need to be submitted to the Vice President 90 days prior to elections. Officers can not run for concurrent terms.

Elections shall be held by ballot. A simple majority of the members present at the annual meeting is needed to win. Absentee ballots may be requested by a member unable to attend the annual meeting provided that a 30 day notice is given prior to elections, timeline may be adjusted for special circumstances, and that ballot must be returned to the club by elections so as not to delay the announcing of officers.

During the elections and board votes, the current President may only vote for the purposes of breaking a tie between two candidates.

Quorum:

A general quorum consists of the members present and 2/3 of the elected officers present at a regularly schedule meeting. Lacking 2/3 of the elected officers, a regularly scheduled meeting can continue, but no votes can be taken. In the event of an executive committee meeting, 2/3 of the entire board must be present in order to have a vote. In the event of a combined Secretary/Treasurer position or more than one webmasters, these offices will have only 1 vote.

Decision Making:

Votes for club decisions are made at regular business meetings by a simple majority vote. Alternately, polls may be presented to the membership to gather ideas and information. Polls must be open for a period of time allowing adequate time for response, generally deemed fourteen (14) days.

All officers, except the President, are allowed to vote during general decision making. In the event of a tie, a further round of debate will occur, and another vote will be taken. In the event of a second tie, an executive board decision will decide the issue as outlined in the quorum.