Lewis Carroll Society of North America – Operating Rules
The Society shall be called the “Lewis Carroll Society of North America, Incorporated.”
- The purpose of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America is to encourage study in the life, work, times and influence of Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson).
- The Society shall be an autonomous entity. The North American Society will endeavor to have a cooperative reinforcing relationship with the British Lewis Carroll Society.
- Membership of the Society shall be open to any person or institution who pays the required annual membership dues. Types of membership and annual dues shall be specified in the By-Laws.
- The elected officers of the Society shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. A Program Chairman and a Publications Chairman shall be appointed by the officers.
- The normal term of officers shall be two years.
- A governing Board will consist of the officers, 4 elected directors, the previous 2 officeholders from each office, and 2 directors appointed by the president. The board will be responsible for the financial affairs of the Society, and for the annual audit of accounts. The President shall be Chairman of meetings of the Board.
- Every two years, the Board shall appoint a Nominating Committee to recommend candidates for the offices of the Society.
- A board of advisors will consist of all previous officeholders not currently on the board of directors plus any other advisors appointed by the Board of Directors.
- The 2 boards will meet simultaneously, but only the board of directors will have voting privileges.
- There will be at least an annual meeting of the Society at a time and place determined by the Board. Other meetings may also be convened. Regional societies should be encouraged to organize and hold regional meetings. Membership in the Society, however, will be required of all members of regional societies.
- A quorum at any meeting shall consist of 25 members.
- The proceedings of the Society shall be governed by and conducted according to the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, when not in conflict with Dodgson’s Principles of Parliamentary Representation.
- The By-Laws can be amended by two-thirds of those members present at a meeting, or by a majority of the total membership.
- The Constitution can be amended by three-quarters of those members present at a meeting, or by two-thirds of the total membership.
- In the event of the dissolution of the Society, its assets shall be donated to a children’s hospital.
- The official map of the Society shall be a perfect and absolute blank.
Classes of membership.
There shall be three classes of membership, Regular Members, Sustaining Members, and Honorary Members. Honorary Members shall be nominated with the approval of the governing Board. All members shall be entitled to vote at general meetings.
The annual dues for Regular Members shall be $35 for mainland US members and $50 for all others. The annual dues for Sustaining Members shall be $100. Membership shall be for the current year except that persons joining after October 1 shall be members for the following year. Payment of the dues shall entitle members to receive the Society newsletter for one calendar year.