Central Arkansas Iris Society
Little Rock, Arkansas - an affiliate of the American Iris Society - Region 22
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Constitution Of the Central Arkansas Iris Society

Article I:  Name

The name of this organization shall be Central Arkansas Iris Society.

Article II:  Objectives

The objectives of this society shall be:

1.  To support the American Iris Society and other organizations in the realization of common objectives.

2.  To disseminate knowledge regarding the proper culture and management of irises.

3.  To encourage further research.

4.  To improve the quality of irises grown in this area through proper selection and hybridizing.

5.  To exchange ideas on successful methods of management and culture.

6.  To encourage and help those who are starting to grow irises.

7.  To inform the general public as to the value of irises as a garden flower.  

Article III:  Members

Section 1:  Active -  Active members shall be those who are current in payment of annual dues.  Only active members shall be entitled to vote on matters considered at the meetings.

Section 2:  Honorary -  Honorary members shall be those who have performed outstanding service for the Society and who may be voted by the membership at regular meetings to become honorary members.                

Section 3:  Every member shall abide by the Constitution and By-Laws of the Central Arkansas Iris Society.

Section 4:  Any member may serve on committees and participate in discussions.

Article IV:  Officers and Directors

Section 1:

(a)  The Officers of this Society shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The term of office shall be two years.  All officers  may be reelected indefinitely.

(b)  The Board of Directors shall consist of the four officers listed in Section 1(a) above, the immediate past president and four elected board members.  Two new board members shall be elected each year for a term of two years.  Any board member having served an interim appointment or a full two year term may be reelected indefinitely.

(c)  The officers and directors shall be elected at the October meeting each year.

(d)  Officers and directors shall serve until their successors are elected or appointed.

(e)  Vacancies shall be filled by interim appointment by majority vote of the Executive Council, and any officer or director so appointed shall hold office for the unexpired term and until his or her successor shall be duly chosen.    

Section 2:   Duties

(a)   The President shall preside at the meetings of the Society.                     

(b)   The Vice President shall assist the President in the performance of his or her duties and shall perform the functions of the President in the absence of the President.

(c)   The Secretary shall record the minutes of all meetings of the Society, keep attendance records and be in charge of the correspondence of the Society.

(d)  The Treasurer shall be custodian of the funds of the Society, disburse said funds as directed by the Executive Council, collect dues, keep accounts and make regular reports at meetings.

(e)  The Directors shall assist the officers of the Society and help in the management of the affairs of the Society.

Article V:  Organs of the Society 

Section 1:  The organs of the Society shall be the Executive Council and the Assembly of Members.

Section 2:  Executive Council

(a)  The Executive Council shall manage the business and affairs, determine the policies and govern the activities of the Society, under the direction of its members.

(b)  The Executive Council shall consist of the President, Vice President,  Secretary, Treasurer, the Directors and the immediate past president of the Society.

(c)  The chairman of the Executive Council shall preside at the meetings of the Council, and in the absence of the Chairman and Vice President, officers shall discharge the duties of the Chairman in the order as listed in (b) above. 

(d)  Chairmen of committees may attend Council meetings, but shall not have the right to vote.

(e)  Other members may request or be requested, to attend and present reports and information to the Council.

(f)  The Executive Council shall meet at a time and place as determined by its members.

(g)  Special meetings may be called by the President, or at the request of a majority of the Executive Council.

(h)  A majority of the Executive Council shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Section 3:  Assembly of Members

(a)  The Assembly of Members shall:
1.  Adopt By-Laws

2.  Elect officers and directors

3.  Exercise the legislative functions of the Society

(b)  At least ten active members shall be present in order to constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.  If a quorum is not present, the program of the meeting shall be held, but any business shall be postponed until the next meeting.

Amendment  I, Article IV, Section 1, Adopted July 17, 1994
Amendment II, Article IV, Section 1, Adopted November 18, 2012

By-Laws of the Central Arkansas Iris Society

Article I:  Dues

Section 1:

The dues of the Society shall be:

(a)  For Active Members — $10 for one year or $25 for three years per household, for up to two persons.
(b)  For Honorary Members—no charge.

Section 2:

Membership dues shall be payable on October 1st each year, and any member who has not paid his or her dues by October 31st shall be suspended from the membership list.   

Article II:  Place and Time of Meeting

The Assembly of Members shall determine the time and place of the meetings of the society.

Article III:  Committees

Section 1:

The President shall designate the chairman of such committees as deemed necessary and advisable to carry out the purposes and maintain the welfare of the Society, with the exception of the Nominating Committee.  Members and Chairmen shall serve until their successors are appointed.

Section 2:

A Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the Executive Council and shall consist of three members, who shall compile a list of prospective officers and directors to be offered to the membership for election and determine whether such person would be willing to serve if elected.  Additional nominations may be made from the floor by active members at the meeting at which election is held.

Article IV:  Publication

The official publication of the Society shall be the Central Arkansas Iris Society Newsletter, which shall be published periodically, as determined by the Executive Council.  The editor for such Newsletter shall be appointed by the Executive Council.

Article V:  Parliamentary Authority

Robert’s Rules of Order (last revised edition) shall be the authority of the Society for transaction of business not covered by the Constitution, By-Laws, resolutions and rules of the Society.

Article VI:   Amendments

The By-Laws may be amended by two-thirds majority vote of the Active Members present at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Society, provided proposed amendments have been published in the society's newsletter at least fifteen (15) days before the regularly scheduled meeting at which such amendment(s)
are to be presented for approval; or by public reading in any two (2) regularly scheduled meetings prior to being presented for approval.

Amended and reprinted 2001

Amended By-Laws: Article I Dues, Section I. (a) to Read  $10.00.  Nov. 15, 2009.
Amended By-Laws: Article I Dues, Section I (a) to add 3-year option and household membership;
Article IV Publication to reflect periodic publication as determined by the Executive Council;
Article VI Amendments to remove mailing  requirement and add option to publish in newsletter
or present two public readings.  November 16, 2014.