Mission and Vision
Section 1a. Mission Statement
To advance the art, science, and enjoyment of Amateur Radio.
Section 1b. Vision Statement
DEARS strives to educate and support the growth of Amateur Radio among the Disney Cast Community and in the local community.
DEARS encourages radio practice, experimentation and education among its members and strives for every Member to get involved, get active, and get on the air. (GOTA)
DEARS organizes and trains volunteers to serve their communities by providing public service and emergency communications to the Disney properties and Local surrounding community.
Section 1. IRC Section 501(c)(3) Purposes
This corporation is organized exclusively for one or more of the purposes as specified in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Section 2. Specific Objectives and Purposes
The corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code. One such purpose is the promotion of interest in Amateur Radio communication and experimentation; the establishment of Amateur Radio networks to provide electronic communications in the event of disasters or other emergencies; the furtherance of the public welfare; the advancement of the radio art; the fostering and promotion of noncommercial intercommunication by electronic means throughout the world; the fostering of education in the field of electronic communication; the promotion and conduct of research and development to further the development of electronic communication ; the dissemination of technical, educational and scientific information relating to electronic communication; and the printing and publishing of documents, books, magazines, newspapers and pamphlets necessary or incidental to any of the above purposes.
Section 1. Types of Membership
From the Cast Club Guidelines:
All permanent, casual regular, and casual temporary Cast, Crew and Imagineers employed at (or retired from) Walt Disney World® Resort, as well as their dependents, operating participants (but no other guests), may participate in the clubs.
However, only those members of the club that are Walt Disney World® Cast, Crew & Imagineers are eligible to be officers of the club.
Dependents of employees can represent up to 30% of club membership.
A club membership list must be submitted to Cast Activities, upon organization of the club and thereafter upon the request of Cast Activities (unless Cast Activities determines that no legitimate interest is served by a membership list being provided).
ALL members shall be verified in such categories by the DEARS Secretary as having a valid TWDC Identification and/or active listing in WDW-Roster.
In addition to the aforementioned qualifications, the designation of such types and the qualifications and rights of the members of each type shall be as follows:
1. Regular Members. All Regular members will hold a valid FCC Amateur Radio License, who are in good standing with the Federal Communications Commission.
2. Guest Educators. Non-Disney participants and visitors with or without licenses are welcome to observe and share information to further develop Cast radio knowledge and skills. Guest attendees will have no voting privileges nor participate in any decision making actions.