Membership in ROLLING
First of all....WHAT IS ROLLING THUNDER®, Inc.?
Rolling Thunder®, Inc. is a NON-PROFIT chartered organization (501C-4). We ARE NOT and never will be a motorcycle "club" (M/C). You DO NOT have to be a Veteran to join this organization, although most members do have some type of military background. You DO NOT have to own or ride a motorcycle to join this organization, although most members do ride and have their own bikes. We DO use the noise of the motorcycles to bring attention of our issues to the general public. Everyone donates his or her time because they believe in the POW/MIA issue that we are working on. If you cannot donate a small portion of your time to support this mission, please do not join.
BECOME A MEMBER OF CHAPTER NC-5 !!!!
Membership in Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Chapter NC-5 is open to anyone who has an interest in educating the public regarding the POW/MIA (Prisoner of War-Missing in Action) issue regardless of race, color, creed, or sex. All persons must be 18 years of age or older. (You can become a "Junior Member" if you are less than 18 years of age.)
Anyone who was a Prisoner of War, their wife or husband, Gold Star Mothers, and Medal of Honor (CMH) Recipients will have a free membership provided they present legal documentation of their status.
To join Chapter NC-5 you must first come to a meeting. Applications are only handed out at meetings. Upon completion of the application, and payment of dues, you will be assigned a sponsor from the general membership of the Chapter. This sponsor is there to answer any questions, inform you of events and meetings, and help you through a 120 day trial period.
Dues are set at $30.00 per year. Dues are paid upon joining. Membership dues are due by the February meeting. If a member's dues are not collected within thirty (30) days from the February meeting, the Chapter may terminate that member.
All members will receive a Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Membership Boot Patch (from their Chapter) when they become a full member at the end of a 120 trial period. If a member meets his/her obligations before the 120 days are up they are entitled to receive their Boot Patch, at their 90 day mark, provided they meet all other loyalty and conduct requirements. A new member must make 3 meetings or events, or a combination thereof, during the 120 day trail period to become a full member. Anyone who joins and does not meet his/her obligation will be terminated from the organization. After a member completes his/her first year (from the date they receive their boot patch) as a member in good standing, they will be issued the Eagle and Rocker to complete their patch set.
In regards to loyalty and conduct requirements; if a member is not loyal to Rolling Thunder® in word, deed or action, or does not meet the membership attendance requirements, the member can be terminated.
All new members will give Rolling Thunder® National their social security number as security for their organization patch set.
All new members will be given a copy of the Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Constitution to keep.
A member in good standing may transfer their membership to another Chapter upon relocation to a new area or state, by providing a letter of transfer to their current Chapter asking to be transferred to a Chapter in the area of their relocation.
To be a member in good standing, one must make no less than 3 meetings and 3 events per year. If meetings are a problem because of work, one must donate time to help organize a run, parade, fund raiser, demonstration, and/or speak at schools each year.
Members in the military are exempt from meetings and events only when the are on official DUTY, TAD, TDY, DEPLOYED, or under PCS Orders. At all other times, military members must attend meetings and events. If deployed, they will remain a member of the Chapter they joined until they transfer to another Chapter.