National Geographic : 1907 Dec
826 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE PROPOSED CHANGE IN THE BY-LAWS OF THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY T HE Board of Managers of the Soci ety recommend the adoption of the following By-laws at the annual meeting of the Society on January 1o, 1908. For the information of the mem bers the present By-laws are printed after the proposed new By-laws. ARTICLE I. -Name. The name of the Society is "THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY." ARTICLE II. - Object. The object of the Society is the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge. ARTICLE III. -- Membership. SECTION I. The Society shall consist of mem bers, honorary members, fellows, and patrons. SEC. 2. Members shall be persons interested in the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge. SEC. 3. Honorary members shall be persons who have attained eminence by the promotion of geographic science. They shall not be members of the corporation, nor shall they vote or hold office. SEc. 4. Fellows shall be persons engaged in scientific work pertaining to geography. They shall be members of the corporation. SEC. 5. Patrons shall be persons interested in geography who have contributed one thousand dollars ($1,ooo) or more to the objects of the Society; they shall be entitled to all the privi leges of membership for life. SEc. 6 . The election of members, honorary members, fellows, and patrons shall be en trusted to the Board of Managers. ARTICLE IV.-Officers. SECTION I. The administration of the affairs of the Society shall be intrusted to a Board of Managers composed of not more than 24 mem bers, eight of whom shall be elected by the Society at each annual meeting to serve for three years or until their successors are elected. A majority of the votes cast shall be necessary for election. SEc. 2. The officers of the Society shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer, who shall be elected annually by the Board of Managers from its own number. The Board shall also elect an Editor, who shall have general charge of the work of the office, subject to the direction of the Executive Com mittee; an Assistant Treasurer, and an Assist ant Secretary. SEC. 3. The President shall preside at the meetings of the Society and of the Board of Managers, or in the absence of the Vice-Presi dent, may delegate this duty to some other member of the Board. SEC. 4 . In the absence of the President, his duties shall devolve upon the Vice-President. SEc. 5. The President and Secretary shall sign all written contracts and obligations of the Society. SEC. 6 . The Treasurer shall have charge of the funds of the Society under the direction of the Board of Managers, and shall make collec tions and disbursements and render a semi annual report and such special reports as may be called for by the Board; and his accounts shall be audited by a Committee semi-annually. and at such other times as the Board may direct. SEC. 7 . The Secretary shall record the pro ceedings of the Society and of the Board of Managers, conduct correspondence, and submit an annual report to the Board, and to the So ciety at its annual meeting. SEC. 8. The Board of Managers shall fill vacancies arising in the Board and among the officers. SEc. 9. The Editor shall, under the direction of the Executive Committee, have charge of the general business of the Society in accord ance with the By-Laws and with such instruc tions as may, from time to time, be given by the Board of Managers. All employees of the Society shall perform their duties under his personal supervision. SEC. Io. The Assistant Treasurer shall, un der the direction of the Treasurer, perform such duties in connection with the disburse ment of the funds of the Society and the pre paration of vouchers, abstracts and reports as the Treasurer may direct. SEC. II. The Assistant Secretary shall per form such duties as the Secretary may dele gate to him and shall also assist the Editor in the general management of the affairs of the office. In the absence of the Editor, he shall have general charge of the office work. ARTICLE V. -Committees. SECTION I. There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, and three others to be elected annually by the Board of Managers from its own members.