EVERGLADES GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY CONSTITUTION
Name and Purpose
Section 1. This organization shall be named "Everglades Geological Society" ("E.G.S."). It shall be located at Fort Myers, Florida.
Section 2. The objectives of this society are: (1) to stimulate interest and promote advancement in the geosciences; (2) to disseminate and facilitate discussion of geological information; (3) to enhance professional interaction among geoscientists; and (4) to aid and encourage academic training in the geosciences.
Section 1. The membership of this organization shall be made up of active, honorary life, associate and emeritus members.
Section 2. In order to be eligible for active membership, an applicant shall: (1) have a degree in geology or an allied geoscience from an accredited college or university; or (2) have a degree in science or engineering from an accredited college or university and have been engaged in earth science interpretation for at least five (5) years.
Section 3. The Executive Board may elect from time to time as honorary life members persons who have distinguished themselves in the science of geology, or who have contributed outstanding service to the success and welfare of this organization. Honorary life members shall also be considered active members, but shall not be required to pay dues.
Section 4. In order to be eligible for associate membership, an applicant shall: (1) be involved with the application of the earth or allied sciences, or (2) be a full-time student enrolled in geology or in related sciences in an accredited college or university granting degrees in the earth sciences. An associate member who becomes eligible for active membership may apply for transfer to active membership, provided that the application is sponsored by one active member. Associate members will not be eligible to vote, to hold elective office, or to sponsor applicants to EGS membership but will have all other rights and privileges enjoyed by active members.
Section 5. The Executive Board may elect from time to time certain special members who shall be those deemed by the Executive Board to have benefitted the profession of geology. Special members shall not be eligible to vote, to hold elective office, or to sponsor applicants for active or associate membership, but shall have all other rights and privileges enjoyed by active members.
Section 6. A member, having attained the age of 65, and having been an active member of the Everglades Geological Society for ten (10) years, may apply to the Membership Chairman for designation as an Emeritus member.
Section 7. Any member is subject to dismissal at the discretion of the Executive Board.
Section 1. The officers of this organization shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Past President, and Editor. In addition, there shall be two executive directors elected by the active membership. The tenure of executive directors shall be two years, with one director being elected each administrative year.
Section 2. The duties of the President shall be to preside at all meetings, call special meetings, appoint such committees as are not provided for in the constitution, and jointly with the Secretary and the Treasurer sign all written contracts and other obligations of the Society.
Section 3. The duties of the Vice President shall be to serve as the Chairman of the Technical Program Committee and, in the absence of the President, to assume the duties of the President for no longer than the remainder of the administrative year.
Section 4. The duties of the Secretary will be to keep the Minutes of all meetings, to attend to all correspondence, and, jointly with the President and the Treasurer, to sign all written contracts and other obligations of the Society. The Secretary will assume the duties of the President in the absence of the President and the Vice President for no longer than the remainder of the administrative year.
Section 5. The duties of the Treasurer shall be to handle all monies and, jointly with the President and the Secretary, to sign all written contracts.
Section 6. The Editor shall serve for one year and shall have general supervision and final authority in soliciting, accepting, and rejecting all material on technical subjects for publication in the Bulletin. The Editor shall appoint, replace, and reappoint such volunteer managing editors, associate editors, or assistant editors from among the Society membership as may be required to accomplish the publication of the Bulletin.
Section 7. The President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Editor, and the two Executive Directors shall constitute an Executive Board. The Executive Board's duties shall be to receive and pass upon all applications for membership, to appoint officers to fill vacancies occurring during the administrative year, and to have general supervision of the affairs of this organization.
Section 8. The duties of the Executive Directors shall be to serve on the Executive Board and to assist the President in administrative duties.
Section 1. The administrative year shall be from July 1 of one year to July 1 of the following year. An annual financial report shall be furnished to the membership before the end of the administrative year.
Tax Exempt Status
Section 1. The affairs of the Society shall at all times be managed in such a way as to preserve and safeguard its tax-exempt status.
Bylaws not inconsistent with this Constitution shall be adopted at the time of the adoption of this Constitution and may be amended as therin provided.
Amendments to this constitution may be proposed at any time by the Executive Board or by petition signed by at least 10 percent of the active members. Adoption of such amendments shall be by mail ballot in which approval is given by at least two-thirds of the total number of members voting. There shall be an intervening regular meeting before the ballots are counted and subsequent to the submission of the amendment.