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December 27, 2007
About the Minnesota Astronomical Society
- This society is organized exclusively
for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, including,
for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations
that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501 (c) (3)
of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or corresponding provision
of any future United States Internal Revenue Law)
- To create good fellowship among all
classes of people through mutual interest in astronomy.
- To establish and maintain observational
and informational facilities for the benefit of the membership
and the community.
- To promote membership and
community knowledge about and involvement in astronomy through
lectures, celestial observing sessions, classes and other
- In and for the accomplishment of
any of the above purposes, the Society shall have the power to
solicit, acquire, receive by purchase, exchange, donation, dues
bequests, device, lease, or otherwise, and to hold any property,
real, personal, or both as may be necessary and proper in
furtherance of the Society's purposes, but not to borrow money
or issue stocks, bonds or other securities.
I - NAME
- This organization shall be known as the
Minnesota Astronomical Society, herein referred to as the
II - MEMBERSHIP
- Any person with a sincere interest in
astronomy may be admitted to membership upon payment of the
applicable dues to the Treasurer.
- There will be four classes of
a. Regular Member: Anyone who pays the
established dues for regular members will be declared a regular
member. A regular membership includes all immediate household
b. Student Member. Any full-time student
is eligible for student membership. Student members will pay
dues at the reduced student rate.
c. Patron Member. Anyone who pays two and
one-half times the established dues will be declared a patron
d. Honorary Member. In recognition of
outstanding service to the Society, a person may be elected to
life membership by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Board.
Honorary life members will pay no dues.
- When used herein without qualification,
"member" will refer to the combined membership of all
- Each membership entitles the member to
- Any member whose dues are more than two
months in arrears will be dropped from the rolls of the Society.
III - OFFICERS
- The President, Vice President,
Secretary, Treasurer and two Executive Board members at large
will be elected by the membership of the Society.
- These elected officers must have
attained the age of majority upon taking office.
- The elected officers plus one student
representative appointed by the President will constitute the
Executive Board of the Society.
- The officers will be elected for a term
of two years. In December of the even numbered years, the
President, Secretary and one Board Member will be elected. In
December of the odd numbered years the Vice President,
Treasurer, and one Board Member will be elected. The President
and Vice President may not serve more than two consecutive terms
in their respective offices.
- The officers duties will be those
normally associated with the office held.
- The President may appoint chairpersons
as he sees fit to operate committees necessary to ensure a
smooth running organization.
- Not later than Sept. 15, the President
must appoint a Nominations Committee Chairperson to prepare a
slate of candidates for the offices. This slate will be
presented to the members at a Society meeting not later than
Nov. 15. At that time, additional nominations may be made from
the floor. The Nominations Chairperson cannot run for office.
All candidates must be aware of and willing to fulfill the
responsibilities of such office should they be elected. The
slate must be published and distributed to the membership at
least one week before the December meeting.
- Election will be by secret written
ballot, to be distributed and returned at the meeting in
December. Should a member be unable to attend the December
meeting, that member may request in writing a ballot from the
Nominations Chairperson by Nov. 15. The ballot must be received
by the Nominations Chairperson by Nov. 30.
- The officers will take office at the
first meeting of the calendar year.
- A quorum of the Executive Board will
consist of four members.
- A vacancy in the Presidency will be
filled by the Vice President. If a vacancy occurs in mid-term
among the other elected officers, the remaining officers will
fill the vacancy by appointment. The appointed officer will
occupy the vacated seat for the remainder of the term.
- All duly elected and qualified officers
will remain in office until replaced as specified by paragraph
11 or by election. The President will be responsible for the
function and duties of the vacated office until it is filled.
IV - BUDGET AND DUES
- The Executive Board will recommend an
annual budget and dues structure to be voted on at a business
meeting which will be the second meeting of the calendar year.
- Expenditures not specifically authorized
in the annual budget may be authorized as follows:
a. 50.00 and under: Any three officers.
b. Over $50.00: Majority vote of a
business meeting or any five members of the Executive Board.
No expenditure may exceed the current assets in the treasury.
V - MEETINGS
- Meetings may be scheduled as the
membership desires, but a business meeting must be held at the
second meeting of the calendar year. Business meetings can be
called by the Society President, a majority vote of the
Executive Board or by a petition by 10 percent of the Society's
membership. For business meetings, a quorum will be 20 percent
of the current membership.
- For business meetings, written notice of
the meeting starting time, place, and purpose must be mailed or
delivered to each member not less than five nor more than 30
days before the meeting.
VI - RULES OF THE SOCIETY
- A majority vote at a business meeting or
of five members of the Executive Board may establish a rule of
VII - PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
- The actions of the Society will be
governed by, in order: law, the Articles of Incorporation of the
Society, the Constitution of the Society, the Rules of the
Society, and Robert's Rules of Order.
VIII - AMENDMENTS
- This constitution may be amended by a
two-thirds vote at any business meeting.
IX - DISSOLUTION
- In the event of dissolution, all assets
of the Society will be donated to the Science Museum of
Minnesota at St. Paul, Minnesota or to one or more other
corporations, exempt from taxation under the provisions of the
Internal Revenue Code as then in force and effect, which are
engaged in activities which will as nearly as possible
accomplish the exempt purpose of this corporation.
- Guest speakers, from outside the
Society, will receive a minimum honorarium of $40.00 as a sign
of gratitude for their time and efforts on our behalf.
- The Secretary shall be responsible for
the safekeeping of the legal documents of the Society.