Constitution and Bylaws of the Renaissance Society of America
as amended April 1st, 2004
50th Council Meeting
Grand Hyatt Hotel
New York City
ARTICLE I. NAME.
The name of this Society shall be THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY OF AMERICA. The Society shall be a corporation.
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE.
The purpose of this Society shall be the advancement of learning in the field of Renaissance studies, and especially the promotion of interchanges among the various fields of specialization, such as art, architecture, bibliography and the book arts, the classical and modern literatures, history, music, medicine, law, philosophy, religion and theology, the sciences, and any other fields of learning which can deepen or broaden understanding of the Renaissance period.
It shall be the purpose of the Society to effect this advancement of learning and these interchanges between the disciplines by sponsoring or initiating suitable projects, both of research and of bibliography; and by publication; and by assisting and encouraging discussion groups, especially affiliate societies and local groups; and, where possible, by helping to arrange exchanges of speakers between these groups.
The promotion of interchanges shall not be limited to the United States of America, but shall be extended to include cooperation with individuals and groups abroad, both to increase the effectiveness of American scholarship and to promote understanding through development of common interests. The Society purposes, where convenient, to affiliate with foreign groups and societies.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP.
The Society shall consist of individuals and institutions that have paid current dues to the Treasurer of the Society. Individual members shall be considered full members with voting privileges whether they be regular, dual, retired, student, patron, or benefactor members. Institutional members shall have all privileges except that of voting. Provision for non-dues-paying members (honorary, corresponding, etc.) may be made in the Bylaws, but they shall not be voting members.
FOUNDERS. Those members who signified their intention of joining the Society, and paid their dues, before 1 March 1954, shall be known as FOUNDERS.
CHARTER MEMBERS. Those members who joined the Society within the first calendar year, i.e., before 1 January 1955, or who paid dues from the first year, shall be known as CHARTER MEMBERS.
No special rights or privileges shall derive from the status or designation of FOUNDER, or that of CHARTER MEMBER.
Each dues-paying member of the Society shall be entitled to receive one annual subscription to any regular periodical publication issued by the Society. Occasional and special publications which may be issued from time to time will be distributed as the Executive Board determines.
ARTICLE IV. ORGANIZATION.
The governing body of the Society shall be an Executive Board assisted by a Council. The Executive Board shall be the Board of Directors of the Corporation.
The Executive Board shall consist of the President, the Vice President, the Executive Director, the Treasurer, the following ex officio members: the trustees, the ACLS delegate, and the ex-President in the two years succeeding his/her term of office; and the Chairs of the six standing committees, as follows: 1. Committee on Constitution and Bylaws; 2. Committee on Membership; 3. Committee on Affiliates and International Cooperation; 4. Committee on Development; 5. Committee on Publications; 6. Committee on Electronic Media.
The Vice President shall be elected to serve for two years after which he/she shall become President, in which capacity he/she shall serve for two years and shall not succeed himself/herself. …