Constitution & Bylaws

(Revised 7-28-09)
(Revised 4-10-14)
(Revised 7-31-15)
Article I. Name and Objective

Section 1. The Name of this Society shall be the Society for Analytical Feminism.

Section 2. The objectives of this Society shall be:

a) To promote the study and examination of issues in Feminism by methods broadly construed as analytic, or to examine the use of analytical
                        methods as applied to Feminist issues.

b) To provide a forum where issues concerning Analytical Feminism may be openly discussed and examined.

c) To provide a means by which those interested in Analytical Feminism may meet and exchange ideas.

d) To support, promote, and encourage feminist scholars at all stages in their careers.

Article II.  Officers 

Section 1. The officers of the Society shall be the President, Secretary/Treasurer and two additional officers.  These four shall comprise the Executive Committee of the Society. These officers shall perform the duties prescribed by these By-laws and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the Society.

Section 2. The officers shall serve three-year terms. The President and the Secretary/Treasure shall not be elected in the same year.  The other two officers shall not be elected in the same year as each other.  Officers serving at the time of the adoption of the amendment will have their terms extended to 3 years from the date of their most recent election.  Unexpected vacancies may be filled by the Executive Committee until such time as an election may be held.

Section 3. In the event that the President or Secretary/Treasurer is unable to serve, the Executive Committee shall select one of its members to serve as president until elections can be held.

Section 4. In the event that a member of the Executive Committee is unable to serve, the President shall appoint a member of the Society to serve until elections can be held.

Section 5. Duties of the officers:  The President shall have the primary responsibility for achieving the objectives of the Society.  The Secretary/Treasurer shall manage the finances of the Society and maintain membership lists.  All other duties shall be divided among the Executive Committee members by mutual agreement.

Article III.  Amending the Constitution

Section 1.          Proposed amendments to the Constitution must be submitted in writing to the President.  The President will then appoint an ad hoc committee of 5 members of the Society including one member of the Executive Committee as chair to examine the proposed amendment.  The charge of the committee will be to recommend action on the amendment.  Proposed amendments that are recommend for vote will be voted on by the membership in electronic ballot.

Section 2. Amendments must be passed by 2/3rd of the membership that participate in the electronic vote.  Voting will remain open for two weeks.

        Article IV.  Purpose and Dissolution

Section 1.  Purpose:  The organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Section 2.  Dissolution:  Upon the dissolution of this organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.

Article I. Membership and Dues

Section 1. The membership of this Society shall be open to all who are interested in and concerned with issues in Analytical Feminism.

Section 2. Membership in this Society shall be obtained by completing an application for membership. A person shall be declared a member of the Society upon payment of the annual dues for the first year.

Section 3. Categories of Membership:  

Section 4. Annual dues for each category of membership shall be established by the Executive Committee.  The dues will cover the year from July 1 till June 30th.  Members who have not paid their dues for two years may be dropped at the discretion of the Executive Committee. 

Article II. Election of Officers

Section 1. Election of officers will be conducted electronically in July.

Section 2. At least one month prior to the election, the officers will appoint a 3-member Nominating Committee. The chair of the committee shall be one of the officers who is not running for election in that year; the other members of the Nominating committee shall be members of the Society.  The Nominating Committee shall seek nominations, including self-nominations, from the membership. The Nominating Committee will compose the slate of candidates for the election.

Section 3.       The Nominating Committee will establish an electronic ballot and distribute it to the membership by email.  Voting will be by email, with all votes going to the chair of the Nominating Committee.  Two weeks will be allowed for voting.  In each case, the nominee for the specific position will be the nominee that receives the most votes for that position (one year: President and one officer; alternate year: Secretary/Treasurer and the officer who was not elected the previous year). The results will be announced within one week of the close of voting.  The term of office for the newly elected officers will begin immediately upon that announcement.

Article III.  Meetings

Section 1. The Society shall sponsor and organize Group sessions which shall be held in conjunction with meetings of the American  Philosophical Association.  At least one such session will be held each academic year.

Section 2. Scheduling the Group sessions of the Society shall be the responsibility of the officers.  Officers may solicit proposals for sessions from the membership, and any member may propose a session to the officers. Proposals may be made at regular meetings or through email to the President of the Society.

Section 3. Other meetings, sessions, conferences, other academic or professional gatherings may be held at the suggestion of any member of the Society with the agreement of the Executive Committee.

Section 4. The President shall convene an Annual Business Meeting at which annual business will be conducted.  The President may call for other Business Meetings as necessary. 

Article III.  Rules of Order

Section 1.        The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Society in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the by-laws of this organization.

Article IV.   Amendments to the By-Laws
Section 1.        These By-laws can be amended by electronic ballot.   The amendment must receive two-thirds of all the votes of members who participate in the election.  Two weeks must be allowed for voting.  

Section 2. Proposed amendments must be submitted to the President in writing at an annual business meeting or by email to the President.

Carol Hay,
Jan 28, 2012, 11:23 AM