Scotch-Irish in America Proceedings of the Third
Congress at Louisville - Proceedings
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS AS
AMENDED AND ADOPTED AT PITTSBURG.
The name of this
Association shall be the Scotch-Irish Society of America.
The purposes of this
Society are the preservation of Scotch-Irish history and associations, the
increase and diffusion of knowledge regarding the Scotch-Irish people, the
keeping alive of the characteristic qualities and sentiments of the race,
the promotion of intelligent patriotism, and the development of social
intercourse and fraternal feeling.
Any person above the age of
twenty-one years, who is of Scotch-Irish descent, shall be eligible to
membership in this Society.
The officers of the Society
shall be a President, Vice-President General, two Vice-Presidents at
large, a Secretary and a Treasurer, with Vice-Presidents for each State,
Territory, and Province, and the District of Columbia.
Vice-President General, Vice-Presidents at large, Secretary and Treasurer,
shall be elected by ballot at the annual sessions of the Congress. The
Vice-Presidents for the States, Territories and Provinces, and the
aforesaid District, shall be chosen in such manner as each Congress shall
There shall be a National
Council of the Society, composed of the officers named in Article IV.
During the Congress at
which their terms of office begin, the National Council shall choose an
Executive Committee, to consist of the President, Vice-President General,
Secretary and Treasurer, and seven other members of the Society.
The annual Congress of the
Society shall be held at such time and place as may be determined by the
This Constitution may be
altered, amended or repealed only by a majority vote of the members of the
Association present and voting at the annual Congress, or at a special
meeting called for that purpose after twenty days' notice in writing to
The Executive Committe
shall have authority to establish by-laws, rules and regulations for the
government of the Society, subject to the revision of the annual Congress.
1. Any person eligible to
membership may send his application to the Secretary with suitable
reference and annual dues, and, upon a favorable report of the Membership
Committee, shall become a member of the Society.
2. The annual dues up to January 1, 1891, shall be §2.00, but thereafter
shall be $3.00, for which each member shall be entitled to the annual
volume and other publications of the Society.
3. The payment at one time of $100.00 shall constitute a life member, who
shall be exempted from all annual dues.
4. The financial year of the Society shall end the 31st day of March of
every year. Any member whose subscription shall remain unpaid at that
date, no satisfactory explanation being given, may be dropped from the
roll after thirty days' notice. Such members shall be restored upon fresh
application and the payment of all sums due the Society.
5. The Executive Committee may, by a two-thirds vote of their number,
suspend for just cause, or remove altogether any person from the roll of
1. A majority of the
members who shall have reported their arrival to the proper officer at the
place of meeting, shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of the
business of the Congress.
1. The President, or, in
his absence, one of the national Vice-Presidents, in the order named,
shall preside at all meetings; but should all these officers be absent, or
from any reason be unable to act, a Chairman shall be chosen for the
2. The Vice-President General shall be especially charged with the duty of
extending the membership and influence of the Society, and organizing
branch Societies under the direction of the Executive Committee.
3. The Vice-Presidents at large shall assist the Vice-President General in
the discharge of his duties, and co-operate with the Secretary and
Treasurer to the utmost of their ability in the fulfillment of their
4. The Vice-Presidents for States, Territories and Provinces shall act as
the official heads and representatives of the Society in their respective
territories, and shall use their official influence in furthering its
5. The Secretary shall keep an accurate roll of the members of the Society
; preserve a record of all its proceedings ; conduct its general
correspondence; collect its funds; keep its seal and valuable papers ;
present at each Congress a necrological report, and see that its orders
are properly carried out. His salary shall be fixed each year by the
6. The Treasurer shall have custody of the funds of the Society; they
shall be deposited in some bank to the credit of the Society, and shall be
drawn thence only on the Treasurer's check for purposes of the Society.
Out of these funds he shall pay such sums as may be ordered by the
Congress or the Executive Committee. He shall keep a true account of
receipts and expenditures, and render report of the same at each annual
meeting of the Congress, when his accounts shall be audited by a committee
appointed for that purpose.
The Executive Committee
shall carefully carry out all the directions issued by the Congress; they
shall have full powers in the affairs of the Society, not disposed of at
the annual meeting; they shall appoint whatever committees deemed
necessary; they shall, in conjunction with the Vice-Presidents for the
States and Territories, and also with the Secretaries of branch
organizations, industriously seek out and carefully preserve all
historical materials interesting and valuable to our Society, and, so far
as ability and means will allow, spread information concerning the past
achievements and present aims and condition of the Scotch-Irish race.
1. Branch organizations
whose objects are in harmony with those of this Society, may become and
remain affiliated with the same by the annual payment of a sum equal to
one dollar for each member of such branch Society.
2. Installments of this sum may be paid at any time to the Secretary of
this Society by the proper officers of branch organizations, and a copy of
the annual proceedings shall be immediately forwarded through him for
every dollar so paid.
3. The balance of such sum shall be paid as provided for in case of the
installments, not later than the first day in April of each year, the
balance to be reckoned on the number of members belonging to the branch
Society on the first day of the preceding March.
4. Every such branch organization shall, in the annual Congress of this
Society, be entitled to one delegate for every five of its members.
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