Constitution and By-Laws

CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

OF THE

NORTH CAROLINA GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY

[1992 VERSION/ Revised 2005]

 

Preamble

Believing in the need for the advancement of geographic knowledge in the schools, colleges and public life of North Carolina; the continuing importance of geographical information to the national and international well-being of the U.S.A.; and the desirability of a single organization to represent the diverse geographical personnel resources within North Carolina, we hereby establish and adopt this constitution for its operations.

 

Article I - Name

The name of the organization shall be the North Carolina Geographical Society.

 

Article II - Objective

To promote the field of geography in North Carolina.

 

Article III - Membership

Section 1. Individual Members. Persons who are interested in advancing the field of geography in North Carolina are eligible for membership. Nothing in this Constitution and Bylaws shall be construed so as to discriminate against any person on the basis of race, creed, sex or national origin.

Section 2. Institutional Members. The Steering Committee at its discretion shall determine the types, classes, or categories of such membership.

Section 3. Membership Rights. Individual members in good standing shall have full rights to nominate candidates for society offices, vote thereon and hold such offices if duly elected; all members in good standing shall be entitled to participate in programs and other activities and services of the society.

 

Article IV - Officers

Section 1. The officers of the Society shall be President, a Vice-President, a Secretary/Treasurer, and such other officers as the Society nay from time to time find necessary.

Section 2. Each officer shall be a member in good standing.

Section 3. The President and Vice-President shall enter upon their official duties immediately following the regular Annual Meeting of the Society and shall serve for a term of one (l) year or until their successors shall be duly elected and qualified. The Secretary/treasurer and the three (at large) Steering Committee Members shall enter upon their official duties immediately following the regular Annual Meeting of the Society and shall serve until their successors shall be duly elected via e-mail with results to be decided no later than at the next Annual Business Meeting.

Section 4. The duties of the officers shall be as follows:

  1. The President shall be the executive officer of the Society and shall preside over all meetings of the organization and of the Steering Committee. This person shall appoint committees with the approval of the Steering Committee and be an ex-officio member of all standing and special committees. In the case of an interim vacancy in the office Vice-President or Secretary/Treasurer, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the President. S/he shall perform such other duties as normally pertain to the office of President.
  2. The Vice-President, in the absence of the President, shall preside at all meetings of the Society and of the Steering Committee. In case of a vacancy in the office of the President, the Vice-President shall succeed to the office. The Vice-President shall be responsible for the program of the annual meeting. S/he shall also perform such other duties as normally pertain to that office or as may be assigned him by the President or the Steering Committee.
  3. The Secretary/Treasurer shall receive all funds paid to the Society and shall deposit same in the official depositories and shall expend same on approval of the Steering Committee. S/he shall sign all checks. Accounts and books shall be at all times open to the inspection of the President and Steering Committee. The financial records shall be audited annually by a committee appointed by the President. The Secretary/Treasurer shall submit a report at the Annual Meeting of the Society and at such other times as the President or the Steering Committee may require.
  4. The Secretary/Treasurer shall keep the records of membership, attendance at meetings, and minutes of the meetings of the Society. S/he shall submit a report at the Annual Meeting of the Society and at such other times as the President or the Steering Committee request.

 

Article V - The Steering Committee

Section 1. The Steering Committee shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, and three Members-at-Large. The Editors of the Newsletter, the North Carolina Geographer, and the immediate Past-President shall be ex-officio members of the Steering Committee.

Section 2. All members of the Steering Committee shall enter upon their official duties immediately following the regular Annual Meeting of the Society.

Section 3. The Steering Committee shall determine the policies and activities of the Society, approve the budget, take counsel with committees, elect the editors of the Newsletter and the Geographer, and have general management of the Society. Each member of the Steering Committee shall have voting power.

Section 4. The Steering Committee shall confer via email at least twice a year at the call of the President. At the discretion of the President, Chairpersons of the Standing Committees shall meet with the Steering Committee in joint session.

 

Article VI - Nomination and Election of Officers

Section 1. The election of Officers and At-Large Members of the Steering Committee shall take place via e-mail prior to Annual Meetings.

Section 2. Voting shall be by e-mail ballot. Only members in good standing may vote.

Section 3. At least eight prior to the date of the Annual Meeting, the President shall appoint a committee of three (3) to be known as the Nominating Committee. The duties of this committee shall be to provide a slate of officers, to have general charge of the election, to prepare, distribute, collect and count the ballots.

Section 4. Nothing contained in this article shall be construed as limiting the right to make further nominations via e-mail once the initial list of nominees has been provided by the nominating committee.

Section 5. A quorum for the election of the President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Steering Committee Members-At-Large shall be a majority of those members in good standing listed on the society e-mail list.

Section 6. The nominee for each office receiving the highest number of votes shall be declared elected.

Section 7. The President will rotate out after one year, the position being filled for the next year by the Vice-President. A Vice-President and three Members-At-Large shall be elected via e-mail before the Annual Meeting. No person shall be elected to consecutive terms, with the exception of the Secretary/Treasurer.

 

Article VII – Meeting

Section 1. At least one meeting will be held each year with the times and place for future meetings to be recommended by the Steering Committee.

Section 2. Programs will be arranged by the Vice-President in cooperation with the host institution, subject to the approval of the Steering Committee.

Section 3. Business Meetings. A Business Meeting shall be held during the Annual Meeting. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to render a report summarizing the action of the Steering Committee. Written or oral reports shall also be presented by the President, the Editor of the Newsletter, the Editor of the North Carolina Geographer and the chairpersons of all standing committees. Elections of the Officers will take place at this meeting.

 

Article VIII - Committees

The following will be considered standing committees:

Section 1. Committee on Geographic Education: Committee to coordinate Society efforts to improve geographic education at all levels in the State of North Carolina.

Section 2. Committee on Non-Academic Employment Opportunities: Committee to coordinate efforts to develop career opportunities other than in education and to promote geography in that context.

Section 3. Publications and Public Relations Committee: Committee to develop and coordinate information exchange within the Society and to publicize geography outside the Society, including publication of the North Carolina Geographer. The Editors of the Newsletter and the North Carolina Geographer will be ex-officio members of this committee. .

Section 4. Membership Committee: Committee responsible for recruitment of new members.

Section 5. All Standing Committee Members will be appointed by the Steering Committee and shall serve a term of one year. Standing Committee Members may be reappointed.

Section 6. Ad hoc committees will be appointed by the Steering Committee when deemed necessary.

 

Article IX - Rules of Procedure

When not otherwise specified in the Constitution, Roberts Rules of Order will be followed.

 

Article X - Changes in Constitution

Changes in the Constitution and By-laws proposed either by the Steering Committee or by petition of 25 Members may be made by affirmative vote of a majority of Members voting in either of two ways: first, at any regular meeting by ballot surface mailed, e-mailed or handed to the Secretary, provided that printed notice of the proposed change was made available æai-l•ed to all members with the call of the meeting; second, by mail ballot at any time, provided that 60 days' notice of the proposed change has been mailed or e-mailed to all Members.

 

By-Laws

Section 1. Invitations will be solicited from institutions to serve as local hosts for Annual Meetings. An effort will be made to have the meetings rotated from one part of the state to another.

Section 2. Yearly (calendar) dues for individuals will be set annually by the Steering Committee and approved by those members present and voting at the Annual Meeting.

Section 3. Official Publications:

  1. An official Newsletter is to be published on a schedule to be determined by the Steering Committee and will carry information of interest to the membership. The Newsletter will be the official communications organ of the Society.
  2. A scholarly publication, to be known as The North Carolina Geographer, will be published by the Society on a schedule to be determined by the Steering Committee.

Section 4. Officers shall consist of persons from as wide a variety of institutions as is available.