We are a group of people that carry a message instead of a mess. We use our personal ¨Trials¨ mistakes, bad choices and poor decisions to bring how to those who fell hopeless, love to those who think they are unloveable and rest to those who are tired of fighting. We are a group of people who at one point in our own process were labeled by this world as being outcast, lowlifes, nobody´s that would never amount to anything because of the things we have done in our past. We ride the highways and byways on motorcycles reaching out to our Brothers and Sisters who are right where we once were and show them by example that this world is clueless when it comes to who we really are. We have all made mistakes in our lives however nobody is a mistake. We will continue to fight the good fight!
All decisions affecting the Ministry will be voted on by the membership present. The voting membership, or FULL MEMBERS, consists of only patched members that wear the 5 piece "Trials to Triumph" patch on the back of their Ministry vest with other Top and Bottom Rockers. In the event a tie vote occurs, the final decision will rest with a majority vote by the Five Ministry officers.
The Trials to Triumph patches will consist of seven (7) patches.
ALL PATCHES MUST BE SEWN ON!!!
Trials To Triumph retains ownership of all patches. Any member leaving the Ministry, for any reason, will return all patches and anything else that has the Trials To Triumph logo and trade mark on it to the President of Trials To Triumph within 48 hours of leaving.
NO OTHER PATCHES WILL BE WORN ON THE BACK OF A MEMBERS VEST!!!
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS: Will be held on the First (1st) MONDAY of each month at a designated location. Kentucky (National Clubhouse) will be meeting twice a month (BI-WEEKLY). These meetings are very important, and every member should make every attempt to attend the general membership meetings. For the Ministry to thrive and prosper, it requires the participation of every member. Any member, upon learning that they will be unable to attend these meetings, or any other event planned by the Ministry, should send out a text message or contact the Sgt At Arms advising him of the situation. This will prevent time lost or wasted, waiting on a member that is not going to attend. Remember, it is a requirement for Patched Members and Prospects to attend a minimum of 4 Ministry events every month. We cannot express how important the monthly general membership meeting is, allowing us all to be on the same page.
DUES & FEES: Monthly dues will be paid at the First (1st) General Membership meeting of each month. For FULL MEMBERS and PROSPECTS, the monthly dues will be $25.00 for each member every month. ($20.00 goes to your chapter and $5.00 goes to the National Clubhouse) The only other FEE that the Ministry has is the ONE TIME, NON-REFUNDABLE MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FEE of $150.00 that covers the cost of your six (6) Trials To Triumph patches. And the ONE TIME, MANDATORY NONREFUNDABLE PROSPECT BACKGROUND CHECK of $20.00. Any other fees needed for the day to day operation of the Ministry will be dealt with on an individual basis and voted on by the membership. Supporter Patches are $65.00 a set and consist of the large back patch and the smaller front patch.
FULL MEMBERS RESPONSIBILITIES: A full patch member MUST own a motorcycle. A full patched member MUST have a minimum of ONE (1) year clean and sober. A full member must make an effort to attend all meetings, events, and functions, and be dedicated to maintaining the Trials To Triumph ministry. He must help out other members in any way possible, whenever possible. He must show appropriate respect to fellow members, and other clubs and ministries. He must be a mentor to Prospects, showing them the ways of the Ministry. He must always remember that when he wears the patches of Trials To Triumph, that he represents the whole Ministry, and must never act in a manner that would bring discredit or dishonor to the Ministry. He MUST wear his Ministry vest at all Ministry functions and events. Any FULL MEMBER that has not attended at least Four (4) out of the Ten (10) monthly scheduled events, functions, or meetings will be asked to turn in his Patches to one of the five Ministry officers. It is a requirement for every FULL MEMBER to attend a minimum of Four (4) out of the Ten (10) monthly Ministry functions to remain in good standings and a FULL MEMBER. The exception to this rule would be if the member, or his family, has a medical emergency that would prevent him from being active in the Ministry for long periods of time. The Ministry Officers will deal with these situations on an individual basis, and will make decisions accordingly.
PROSPECT RESPONSIBILITIES: Prior to PROSPECTING, the PROSPECT must have a minimum of SIX (6) months clean and sober (if they are in recovery). To become a member of Trials To Triumph, a person is required to PROSPECT for a period up to One (1) year, during which the Prospect must attend certain Ministry functions, thus giving the sitting membership time to get to know the individual. During this period, the Prospect will wear the following patches.
They will also be requires to have their name on the right front side of their vest, either on a patch or embroidered. Once the Prospect receives his PROSPECT patch, it is his responsibility to see that his patch has been sewn properly (and in the correct location) onto a vest, and worn to the next Ministry event that he attends. No other patches or pins other then their name on the front right hand side will be worn on any Prospect's vest during this period. Before a Prospect can become a FULL member, he must attend at least THIRTY-SIX (36) Ministry events, and MUST attend TWELVE (12) Monthly Mettings. (A Ministry Event is defined as any event scheduled by the Ministry, in which at least three (3) Full Patch wearing members are in attendance). The Prospect must pay his Prospect Membership Application Fee of $150.00 before he can recieve his Patches. A Prospect will NEVER attend a Ministry function without his Ministry vest. During the Prospect period, the Prospect should make every attempt to meet ALL sitting members of the Ministry by introducing himself, shaking hands, and making sure that the sitting members know he is serious about becoming a member of Trials To Triumph. At weekly breakfasts or dinners, it is the Prospects duty to enter the restaurant first to insure that seating arrangements are ready for the membership when they arrive. For the safety of the Prospect during his Prospecting period, the Prospect will only wear his Prospect patch when he is either riding to or from a Ministry function, or when he is riding with another full patch member of the Ministry. A Ministry function is defined as any event such as Ministry meetings, breakfast, dinner, any ride or run, or any event where the Ministry gathers. A full patch member is defined as any member wearing a full (complete 5 piece) back patch with "Trials To Triumph" displayed on the Top Rocker. A Prospect can also wear their Prospect patch riding to and from recovery meetings and recovery events. Prior to joining the Ministry and receiving their Prospect Patch, all new Prospects must show proof that they have a current and valid Driver's License with a Motorcycle Endorsement. They must also show that they have current Insurance and proper plates on the motorcycle they will be riding in the Ministry. Likewise, the Prospect's Inspection and Registration must be current on their bike. In order to be considered to Prospect for Trials To Triumph, the person must own a motorcycle with a 650 CC or bigger.
PROSPECT SPONSOR RESPONSIBILITIES: A Sponsor must be a mentor to the Prospect, and guide him through the process of becoming a member of Trials To Triumph. It is the Sponsor's job to make sure that the Prospect knows the requirements to become a member, and to keep track of where his Prospect is in the process. It is the responsibility of both the (PRESIDENT and the VICE PRESIDENT) to decide what Full Patched member is going to Sponsor a Prospect. Once the Prospect has completed all the requirements to become a member, it is the Sponsor's job to bring this to the attention of the President. The Sponsor will advise the President that the Prospect has completed his requirements. At the next general meeting, the President will call for a vote of membership on the Prospect.
PROSPECT VOTING: Once a Prospect has completed the requirements as set forth within these Bylaws, and the Prospect's Sponsor has advised the President that the Prospect is ready for a vote; the Prospect will be voted on during the next scheduled monthly meeting. To become a member, the Prospect must receive a majority vote of the voting membership present. Any negative votes must be explained to the membership. If the Prospect does not receive a majority vote, the decision will be made by the Ministry officers whether to extend the Prospect's time, or to dismiss the Prospect. The Prospect will not be present in the room during the voting process. If the Prospect receives a majority vote for full membership, he will be his Large Trials To Triumph (Crest) patch to replace his Prospect (Bar) and welcomed as a new Full Patched Member. After receiving his Crest patch, it is his responsibility to remove his Prospect patch and return it to the President or Vice President. He then will have his Crest patch sewn on in the proper location of his vest before the next Ministry function.
DISCIPLINARY ACTION: If any member within the Ministry should do anything that causes dissension among the members, or does anything that goes against Trials To Triumph values or any other secular group or club, the matter will be brought to the attention of the President. It will be decided upon by the President if he will take care of the matter personally or turn the matter over to the Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Sergeant at Arms, who will look into the matter and act accordingly. Occasionally , situations will arise that involve special circumstances. Such situations will be handled by the five (5) Ministry officers and it will be up to them to determine what action will be taken in these matters. There are consequences behind every choice and every decision. We are all human and are all work in progress and not one of us will ever be perfect, however there are some disciplinary actions that need to be a part of our structure or foundation that applies to everyone.
Only Full Patched Members and Prospects are allowed to attend certain Ministry functions such as Jails, Prisons, Treatment Centers, 3/4 Houses, Club Houses and any other building or establishment that Trials To Triumph has a personal contract or agreement with. Supporters or any other people will not be allowed to enter any of these buildings without prior approval from the President or Vice President. We enforce this for many reasons but primary reason is for the protection and the integrity of Trials To Triumph itself. Any Full Patched Member or Prospect who brings anyone who is not a Full Patch Member or Prospect to any of these Ministry functions will be asked to leave and disciplinary actions will be handled within Trials To Triumph Bylaws. If you are not sure if you can bring someone to a Ministry function, you should contact one of the five Governing Officers and ask.
The first time: In the event that a Full Patch Member of Trials To Triumph attempts to bring anyone to any building or establishment that is mentioned above. They will be given a verbal warning and asked to leave.
The second time: In the event that a Full Patched Member who has already been given a verbal warning and sent home, attempts to bring another person to any of the above buildings or establishments without prior approval by the President or the Vice President. They will be placed on a six (6) month PROBATION.
PROBATION: Any Full Patch Member of Trials To Triumph who is placed on probation will be required to represent themselves within the Trials To Triumph bylaws in their actions and their words. If at any time the Member on Probation goes outside the Trials To Triumph bylaws, it will be dealt with and handled by the five Governing Officers with the Member who is on Probation. Disciplinary actions will be taken and could result in the removal of your Full Membership Patches.
Amendment Clause: Trials To Triumph reserves the right to make future proper amendments within these bylaws for future growth.
Trials To Triumph is a Registered Trademark, and is protected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Anything with the Trials To Triumph trademark (logo) on it is property of the Ministry. Any Member leaving Trials To Triumph for any reason will surrender all materials with the trademark (logo) on it to the President willingly and without confrontation. This includes but is not limited to Patches, shirts, hats, coats, flags, banners, any jewelry as well as any other clothing items. We do this to protect the reputation and the integrity of the existing Members and the Ministry as a whole.
It is the purpose of these Bylaws to preserve and protect the integrity and character of Trials To Triumph for its membership, and to promote the ideals Trials To Triumph was founded for, GOD, recovery, brotherhood, fun, fellowship, family and riding