WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL SOCIETY
OF STARK COUNTY, INC.
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
APRIL 23, 2002

ARTICLE I. The name of this organization shall be the WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP. HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF STARK COUNTY, INC.

ARTICLE II. The purpose of this organization shall be:

    1. The promotion of historical work within the borders of Washington Twp. and the collection, preservation, and dissemination of historical information about Washington Twp.
    2. The stimulation of interest in the study of the history of Washington Twp.
    3. The encouragement of historical research.
    4. The location and marking of historical sites and places.
    5. To acquire, receive, hold, preserve, manage, and dispose of real or personal property.
    6. To cooperate with other organizations and individuals.
    7. To exercise all acts and powers permitted to an organization not for profit, which may be deemed necessary or expedient to carry out any or all of the purposes above.

ARTICLE III. The following officers shall be elected bi-annually or as specified in the by-laws:

    1. President
    2. Vice President
    3. Secretary/Reporter
    4. Treasurer

BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I. MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. The membership of this organization shall be composed of individuals, families, business firms, clubs, and other organizations that have paid the designated dues. Each member shall be entitled to one vote.

Section 2. Membership dues shall be fixed at the following amounts:

      1. $10.00 per individual per year
      2. $20.00 per family per year (maximum of 2 votes)
      3. $30.00 per business or organization per year (one vote made by a representative)

Section 3. The annual dues shall be paid to the Treasurer by June 1 of each year. Membership fees must be paid within 30 days after the due date or the members name will be deleted from the roll.

ARTICLE II. ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Section 1. The officers shall be elected by ballot to serve for 2 year terms; President and Secretary to be elected on even years, Vice President and Treasurer to be elected on odd years. Their term of office shall begin at the close of the annual meeting at which they are elected. No member shall hold more than one office at a time.

ARTICLE III.

Section 1. The President shall preside at all meetings of the WASHINGTON TWP. HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF STARK COUNTY, INC., and of the Executive Board; and shall perform such other duties as may be required by the society.

The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President in the absence or disability of the President. The President and the Vice-President shall also serve as Program Chairpersons.

The Secretary/Reporter shall keep accurate minutes of all meetings, and of the Executive Board, and shall maintain said minutes in a book to be provided by the Executive Board for that purpose; shall maintain files of correspondence, reports to newspaper and records for the society; and generally perform such duties as required by the society.

The Treasurer shall receive all money and funds belonging to the Society, and shall deposit and disburse the same as directed by the society, and shall keep an accurate account of all money received and disbursed in a book provided for that purpose by the society; and shall perform such additional duties as may be required by the society.

Upon expiration of his/her term of office, the Secretary/Reporter and Treasurer shall turn over to the successors or to the Executive Board all books, records, property, money, and funds of the society in their authority at that time.

The Executive Board shall be composed of all elected officers. The Executive Board shall transact business of the society at such time as a meeting of the general membership may be unfeasible or impossible.

Section 2. Any vacancy in an office shall be filled by a vote of the majority of members present at the meeting following the occurrence of the vacancy.

Section 3. Roberts Rules of Order shall govern the meeting.

ARTICLE IV. MEETING OF THE MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. There will be a minimum of 4 meetings per year. Date of meetings shall be determined by the membership. Place of the meeting will be at the discretion of the President. The annual meeting shall be held in June of each year. A quorum of 5 members or one over half of the current paying members must be present to transact business.

Section 2. Special meetings may be called by the President or the Executive Boards; all members shall be notified 5 days in advance.

ARTICLE V. COMMITTEES

Section 1. The President shall appoint all special committees as needed. This shall include an Auditing Committee to consist of 3 members and a Nominating Committee shall consist of 2 members and shall conduct the Election of Officers by secret ballot.

ARTICLE VI. AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

Section 1. All proposed amendments will be read at 2 meetings immediately previous to the vote.

ARTICLE VII AMMENDMENT REGARDING ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Revised April, 2003

Section I. The following officers shall be elected every 2 years at the June meeting.

  1. President
  2. Vice President
  3. Secretary/Reporter
  4. Treasurer

Revised April 22, 2003

Amendment I. Election of Officers (voiding Article III of Constitution and Article II of By-laws:

The election of officers will be held bi-annually at the June Meeting. All officers will be elected for a two year term.

Revised March 22, 2005

Amendment II. Membership dues (voiding Section 3 of Article I of the By-Laws

Section 3. The annual dues shall be paid to the treasurer at the September meeting. The membership dues will cover the period from September 1 through August 31 of the following year.