This is an excerpt for the requirements of membership
as written in the CVMA ByLaws, Article 3
Section 1 (a) Full Member:
a) Of good character.
b) Who is a Veteran of a Foreign War, "Combat."
c) The ONLY Acceptable proof for membership to the Combat Veterans Motorcycle
Association is a copy of one's DD 214 or Official Military Personnel File or
officer/enlisted record brief which must be surrendered to the NBOD for verification.
d) Must own and operate a Motorcycle of 500cc or above.
e) Should a full member resign they will be given a 5 day grace period to rescind their
resignation with no repercussions. After the 5 day grace period a member will have to
re-apply for membership as a new member and will require NBOD approval.
f) Active members in good standing with the CVMA who become infirm, disabled or
otherwise unable to ride their motorcycles will be able to keep their patch and be
retired as members in good standing with the CVMA. Members must submit medical
documentation and a minimum of one year as a member and/or NBOD approval is
g) Life members, if for health reasons can no longer ride can at their discretion, remain
members in good standing with full voting privileges and can keep their patch.
h) Life membership requirements: 3 years active in the CVMA. Member must be in
good standing for all three years and minimum participation of one sanctioned CVMA
event per year is required. One of which must be a National meeting. Cost for life
membership is $200. If a life member quits for any reason or the member is removed
from the CVMA rolls for any reason, no refunds will be made.
i) Member's initial assignment of chapter will be in the State of physical residence. Once
membership is approved, he or she can request in writing for a change of Chapter to
the gaining and losing State Representative. Chapter affiliation to any Chapter of his
or her choosing may be requested, to include a chapter in another state if that chapter
is closer than the existing chapter and the losing and gaining states share a common
border. If the distance is shorter, the request will be approved. The member will only
have all rights as a Full Member in the State that they claim membership in.
Section 1(b) Auxiliary Members:
a) Must be of good character.
b) All Auxiliary members must be a spouse, widow or widower of a member who is
in good standing with the CVMA. An Auxiliary widow or widower cannot sponsor
an additional Auxiliary member.
c) Must support the efforts of ALL branches of the United States of Americas Armed
Forces and the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.
d) Will have no vote in CVMA business.
e) Cannot hold a position on the NBOD.
f) Auxiliary Life Membership requires three years active in the CVMA. Auxiliary
member must be in good standing for all three years and minimum participation
of one sanctioned CVMA event per year is required, one of which must be a
National Auxiliary meeting. The Full member sponsor must already be a Life
Member (or concurrently seeking Life Member status). Cost for Auxiliary Life
Membership is $100. If an Auxiliary Life Member quits or is removed for any
reason, is no longer qualified as an Auxiliary member (e.g. divorce), or the
sponsor member quits or is removed from the CVMA rolls for any reason, no
refund will be made.
Section 1(c) Support members:
a) Must be of good character.
b) Must own and operate a motorcycle of 500cc or greater.
c) Maximum number of support members will not exceed 10% of total CVMA full
d) Support members must be a veteran of the United States Armed Forces.
e) Support members will read and abide by all CVMA by-laws applicable to them.
Sections excluded: 1. Article 5: Elections 2. Article 6: Duties of Officers.
f) Support members are required to submit their application with proof of military service
through a full member of the CVMA who has held a membership for not less than one year. Support members are required to have either ridden a minimum of 3,000 miles
with their sponsor, attended three CVMA events or be known by their sponsor for a
minimum of 6 months. A full member submitting an application for a support member
should verify they meet the above criteria. Only 1 support member can be vouched on
per year by an individual CVMA member. Support members will be at a 1 to 10 ratio,
1 support member to 10 full members based on state.
g) Will have no vote in CVMA business.
h) Cannot hold a position on the NBOD.
i) Support members in good standing can wear a small CVMA Support Patch on the front of their vest or jacket which will be supplied by their sponsor. Support members can also wear the 10 inch support back patch which will be supplied by their sponsor.
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