THE SOCIAL SETTLEMENT OF ROCHESTER.

Constitution.

A r t I c l e  I.

Name.

This Association shall be called “ The Social Settlement of Rochester.”

A r t I c l e  II.

Objects.

The objects of this Association are: To provide a centre for higher civic and social life in the city of Rochester and to institute and maintain therein educational and philanthropic enterprises.

A r t I c l e  III.

Members.

Section I. Those who have subscribed for this Association are hereby declared members.

Section 2.  All persons contributing to this Association the sum of one hundred dollars or more shall be life members.  All persons contributing the sum of one dollar per year or more shall, upon approval of the Membership Committee, become members of the Association.

A r t I c l e  IV.

Officers.

The Officers of this Association shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.  There shall also be a Board of Directors and a Board of Lady Managers.  The officers shall be ex-officio members of the Board of Lady Managers. The officers and Directors shall be elected at the annual meeting to be held the first Monday of October in each year.  Vacancies in offices or in the Board of Directors shall be filled by the Board of Directors for the unexpired term. Vacancies in the Board of Lady Managers shall be filled by the Board of Lady Managers for the unexpired term.

Immediately after each annual election, the President shall, with the advice and consent of the Directors, appoint such standing Committees as the Association shall provide for in its by-laws.

A r t I c l e  V.

Board of Directors.

Section  1.  The Board shall consist of twelve [handwritten correction notes: “Oct. 5th, 1903 increased to 15”; “April 6th, 1916 increased to 25”] members of whom one-third shall be elected at each annual meeting.  At the first annual meeting four directors shall be elected for one year, four for two years and four for three years.  At least two-thirds of the Board of Directors shall be women.

Section 2.  The Board of Directors shall have full control of the business affairs of the Association.

A r t I c l e   VI.

Board of Lady Managers.

The Board of Lady Managers shall be composed of the Lady members of the Board of Directors.  The Board of Lady Managers shall have full control of the premises used by the Association and of all educational and philanthropic work done by the Association.

A r t I c l e  VII.

Meetings.

Section. 1.   The annual meeting of the Association shall be held the first Monday in October of each year.

Section 2.   Special meetings may be called at any time by the President or three members of the Board of Directors and must be called by the Secretary upon the written request of tem members. At such special meetings no business shall be transacted except such as shall be specified in the notice thereof.  Notice shall be given at least two days before such a meeting.

Section 3.  Ten members shall constitute a quorum at any meeting.

A r t I c l e  VIII.

Amendments.

This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any meeting, provided notice notice [sic] of the proposed amendment shall have been mailed to all the members at least ten days before said meeting.

BY LAWS.

I.

Order of Business.

At each meeting of the Association, the order of business shall be as follows:

  1. Reading of the minutes of the previous meeting.
  2. Report of the Board of Directors.
  3. Report of the Lady Managers.
  4. Report of the Treasurer.
  5. Report of the Committees.
  6. Elections.
  7. Miscellaneous business.

This order of business may be changed by a vote of a majority of the members present.

II.

Presiding Officers.

Section 1.  At all meetings of the Association the president, or in his absence, the vice-president, or if he is absent, any member selected, shall preside.

Section 2. The President shall be ex-officio a member of all committees.

III.

Secretary.

Section 1.  The secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of all meetings of the Association and of all matters of which a record shall be ordered by the Association.

Section 2.  He shall notify the officers and all the members of the Boards and Committees of their election or appointment, shall mail to the members notices of all meetings, shall notify new members of their elections and shall conduct the correspondence of the Association.

IV.

Treasurer.

Section  1.  The treasurer shall collect, and under the direction of the Board of Directors disburse the funds of the Association.  He shall keep regular accounts in the books belonging to the Association which shall be open to the inspection of any member of the Board of Directors. He shall report in writing at each stated meeting of the Association and of the Board of Directors the balance of money on hand and any existing appropriations which affect the same.

Section  2.  At the annual meeting he shall make a full report of the receipts and disbursements of the past year, suitably classified and of all outstanding obligations of the Association, with an estimate of the resources and probable expenses of the coming year, and any suggestions he may think proper to make.

Section  3. His accounts shall be audited by a Committee of three members of the Association, to be elected at the annual meeting in each year.

Section  4. The Treasurer shall give a bond to the Association to be approved by the Board of Directors, conditioned for the faithful performance of his duties to the Association.

V.

Board of Directors.

Section  1.  The Board of Directors shall be selected from the members of the Association.

Section  2.  The Board of Directors shall meet at least once in each month.  Five members shall constitute a quorum.  They shall have power to make such regulations and take such section, not inconsistent with the Constitution and By Laws, as shall be necessary for the protection of the property of the Association and they shall have general management of its affairs.

Section  3.  They shall keep a record of their proceedings and make a summarized report thereof at the annual meeting of the association.

Section 4.  If any member of the Board of Directors shall be absent from three consecutive meetings, he shall thereupon cease to be a member.

VI.

Board of Lady Managers.

Section 1. The Board of Lady Managers shall meet at least once a month.  Four members shall constitute a quorum.  They shall, subject to the Constitution and By-Laws, have general charge of the building occupied by the Association and general management of the educational and philanthropic work of the Association and shall have all the powers not particularly vested in the Board of Directors or Officers or Committees of the Association.  They may appoint such Committees as they find necessary to carry on the work of the Association.

Section 2.  They shall keep a record of their proceedings and make a summarized report thereof at the annual meeting if the Association.

Section 3.  If any member of the Board of Lady Managers shall be absent from three consecutive meetings, she shall thereupon cease to be a member.

VII.

Membership Committee.

Section  1.  A membership committee of five members shall be appointed by the Board of Directors to solicit subscriptions and new members.

Section  2.  All applications for membership must be approved by at least three members of the Membership Committee.

VIII.

Dues.

Section 1.  The dues of the Association shall be voluntary but not less than one dollar per year and shall be payable on the first day of June, 1901, and thereafter on the first day of September of each year.

Section 2.  If any member shall fail to pay his dues within thirty days after the same shall become payable, the Treasurer shall notify him in writing that if payment is not made within thirty days thereafter, his name will be presented to the Board of Directors as delinquent in the payment of his dues.  If such member fails to pay within thirty days of such notice, it shall be the duty of the treasurer to present his name and the amount of his delinquency to the Board of Directors who are authorized to terminate his membership.  The Board of Directors may at any time restore such delinquent members upon such terms as they see fit.

IX.

Salaries of Officers.

No director or other officer shall receive, directly or indirectly, any salary, compensation or emolument from this Association either as such officer or director or in any other capacity unless authorized by the By-Laws or by the constitution vote of the 2/3 of the Directors.

X.

Real Property.

No purchases, sale, mortgage or lease of real property shall be made by this association unless ordered by the concurring vote of at least 2/3 of the whole number of its directors.

XI.

Amendments.

These By-Laws me be amended by a 2/3 vote of those present at any meeting of the Association, provided ten days’ notice in writing of the proposed amendment shall have been given by the Secretary in the notice of the meeting.

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Source: Baden Street Settlement Records. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Social Welfare History Archives. Minneapolis, MN: https://www.lib.umn.edu/swha

How to Cite this Article (APA Format): Baden St. Settlement Constitution. (1901). Retrieved [date accessed] from /?p=8766.

 

 

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