Unit Management




1. The Canadian Army Veterans’ (CAV) Motorcycle Units, Constitution as published on the national CAV website (www.thecav.ca) establishes general principles, organizational structure and broad operating concepts for all CAV units. The document is updated periodically and should be reviewed occasionally by all members to familiarize themselves with any changes.

2. Daily management of individual CAV units is the exclusive prerogative of each unit's leadership and membership; however, management practices must be consistent with the broad parameters established in the Constitution. The C.A.V. does not promulgate guidance on best practices or operating procedures, therefore, it is incumbent up units to establish operating procedures as a means to capture best practices and ensure consistent prudent unit management.

3. These unit operating by-laws provide the required guidance and once an item is approved by the membership it is irrevocable until an amendment is submitted to and is subsequently approved by the general membership.


4. The C.A.V. PHILOSOPHY as published in the Constitution provides key strategic guidance for unit operations.

  • The C.A.V. philosophy is designed to make this veterans’ riding organization enjoyable, respecting not only the service of members and Veteran Supporters but also appropriate treatment of all as responsible, law-abiding adults; and
  • The key objective of The C.A.V. is clearly articulated within that document through The C.A.V. BASE PRINCIPLE which is defined as: FUN n’ RIDE, supporting each other, be they serving members, veterans or veteran supporters!

5. The C.A.V. is a volunteer organization and while the organization is largely a riding club, ownership of a motorcycle is not mandatory and no member shall ever be intimidated or coerced in any way to participate in an event or activity against their will/expressed desire.

6. While the Paardeberg Unit tries to support the fundraising and other initiatives by 1 CAV, other units or the National HQ, these events shall not drive the unit agenda but rather will be complementary to any unit plan. The interests and preferences of the Paardeberg membership shall guide the unit agenda and not other CAV entities.


7. The Paardeberg Unit is lead by a President and Executive Officers as described in By-Law #2. The leadership seeks to operate the unit consistent with the expressed will of the unit membership and to do this routinely consults with the membership through unit meetings, emails and informal communication.

8. The C.A.V. is a volunteer organization and as such it is incumbent upon members to respect the contribution of all. Similarly, it’s unreasonable to expect a small core group of Executive Officers to plan and lead every aspect of the unit’s activities. To this end, all members are encouraged to contribute as possible to the effective, efficient and enjoyable operation of the Paardeberg Unit.


9. A unit general meeting will normally be held monthly (except January) at a place and time as determined by the membership. When possible, minutes will be taken by the Secretary and posted to the unit website (www.paardeberg.wikidot.com) by the unit Webmaster. Meeting agendas are issued prior to meetings but when appropriate special communications may be distributed to all. The normal sequence of events for a unit meeting includes:

· President’s Opening remarks;
· President’s discussion issues;
· Vice-President’s discussion issues;
· Sergeant-at-Arms – financial/membership reports and discussion issues;
· Road Captain – ride events and safety;
· Points from the floor;
· Presentation (crests, badges, etc);
· Raffle (Unit Secretary); and
· President’s Closing Remarks.

10. The Executive routinely communicates among themselves and with other 1 CAV HQ/unit Executive Officers to ensure effective unit management and event coordination. Additionally, at the discretion of the President, the unit Executive may meet separately to coordinate planning and unit management issues.

Approved by Membership: 7 April 2009

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