Constitution and By-Laws

ARTICLE I. - NAME 

The name of this organization shall be: "LOUISIANA UNITED METHODIST HISTORICAL SOCIETY."

ARTICLE II. - PURPOSE 

The Society is formed for the following purposes in order to delineate the general goals and 
objectives set out in the official Charter of said Society, to-wit: Working with the Commission 
on Archives and History of the Louisiana Conference for the collection and preservation of materials related to the history of the United Methodist Church in Louisiana and its antecedents. 

Developing interest in United Methodist history and skills for pursuing it among local church historians and others. 

Stimulating the writing of histories of local churches. 

Promoting research, writing, and publication on the history of United Methodism and the Louisiana Conference. 

Locating and encouraging preservation of appropriate sites of historical interest within the state of Louisiana. 

Publicizing, among relevant parties, observances of historical anniversaries and other events of church historical interest, such as Heritage Sunday. 

Promoting and supporting the Louisiana Conference United Methodist Archives at Centenary College and the repository at Dillard University. 

Engaging in such other events or activities as shall be deemed proper by the Society and the Church, including emphasis on improving and reaching out to promote greater interest, loyalty, and love of our general Church Laity to stimulate the spiritual life of our Church, and the reality of God and Jesus Christ in our daily lives.

ARTICLE III. - MEMBERSHIP 

Membership in the Society shall be based upon payment of annual dues, and shall be derived from the following sources: 
  * Persons sympathetic with the aims and purposes of the Society. 
  * Persons who, by vote of the Board of Directors or membership, may be elected honorary membership without payment of dues. 

The annual dues shall be:    Regular . . . . . . . . . . . $ 5 
                                         Student . . . . . . . . . . . $ 3 
                                         Patron . . . . . . . . . . .  $10 
                                         Contributing . . . . . . . .  $25 

The one-time fee for a Life membership shall be $100, for those who wish to guarantee or make permanent their participation in the work of the Society and the growth of the Archives. 

A change in amount or structure of the membership dues may be made by a vote of the majority of the Society members in attendance at a regular or called meeting of the Society after reasonable notice thereof.

ARTICLE IV. - MEMBERSHIP YEAR 

The official year of the Society shall be the Annual Conference year - June 1 through May 31.

ARTICLE V. - MEETINGS 

The Society shall meet at least annually at such time and place as the Board of Directors shall determine. Regular or special meetings may be held at the call of the President, or upon request of a majority of the Board of Directors. Members present at a meeting shall constitute a quorum.

ARTICLE VI. - OFFICERS 

The Society shall elect the following officers for a quadrennium at the annual meeting following General Conference, who shall serve until their successors are elected: 

                   1. President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer 
                   2. Members of the Board of Directors to fill vacancies thereon. 

Nominees for officers or Board membership of the officers or membership of the Board of Directors may be made by a vote of the majority of the Society members in attendance at a regular 
or called meeting of the Society after reasonable notice thereof.

ARTICLE VII. - COMMITTEES 

There shall be a nominating committee for officers of the Society appointed by the President. The committee shall report its recommendations for the officers at the annual meeting following General Conference. There shall be an executive in the Society. This committee should consider different types of memberships and affiliation.

ARTICLE VIII. - ADMINISTRATION 

Section 1. Management of the Society shall be vested in the Board of Directors. 
Section 2. The operating budget of the Society shall be proposed by the Board of Directors, if 

deemed advisable, to the annual meeting of the Society for Approval, together with any other recommendations. 

Section 3. The Board of Directors shall regulate its own meetings; temporarily fill vacancies in 

the offices or Board of the Society; and prescribe duties of the officers of the Society. 

Section 4. Annual meetings of the Society shall be held at the time and place approved by the 

Board of Directors.

ARTICLE IX. - AMENDMENTS 

The Constitution and By-Laws shall be adopted by the Board of Directors and approved by the Society, and may be amended by a majority of the membership present and voting, provided that such proposed amendments be circulated within the membership not less than two weeks prior to the meetings theron.

APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS THIS _________ day of ____________, 1998.

__________________ CHAIRMAN     _________________ SECRETARY