REVISION: Approved by Executive Council, May 8, 2015
DELAWARE VALLEY MEDIEVAL ASSOCIATION
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
1983; re-issued 1993; revised 2015
Article I. NAME
This organization shall be called the Delaware Valley Medieval Association.
Article II. PURPOSE
The Association shall promote all aspects of medieval studies and provide the opportunity for frequent scholarly communication among medievalists, particularly those from the Delaware Valley region.
Article III. MEMBERSHIP
Membership shall be open, upon payment of annual dues, to all those who support the purposes of the organization. Membership dues shall be set by the Executive Council and shall be payable at the beginning of the academic year.
Article IV. ORGANIZATION
1. President. The President represents the Association in its external affairs, chairs all business meetings of the Association, coordinates the activities of the Association, appoints the Nominations Committee from among the members of the Executive Council, appoints any ad hoc committees necessary to the functioning of the organization, and appoints replacements for any officer or member of the Executive Council who is unable to complete his or her term of office. The president’s term is two years and is non-renewable.
2 Vice President. The Vice President serves a two-year term and succeeds to the office of President the following year. The Vice President assists the President as needed and chairs the Planning Committee.
3. Secretary. The Secretary serves a three-year term and handles the Association's official correspondence, communicating with members and conveying vital documents and information. The Secretary maintains the organization's electronic media (website, email, etc.), updates membership lists, and keeps minutes at all Executive Council business meetings. The Secretary also prepares an annual report concerning the organization's membership, serves on the Executive Council and takes part in the planning processes of DVMA.
4. Treasurer. The Treasurer serves a three-year term. He or she collects and disburses money received by the Association, maintains its bank accounts and reports regularly to both the Executive Council and the membership about the state of DVMA’s finances. The Treasurer serves on the Executive Council and takes part in the planning processes of DVMA.
B. Executive Council
The Association shall be governed by an elected Executive Council consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and eight members-at-large serving staggered, three-year terms. The Executive Council shall meet at least twice a year, in the Fall and in the Spring. Actions of the officers and committees of the Association shall be subject to the review of the Executive Council.
Article V. PROCEDURES
In the Spring of each year, a Nominations Committee is formed including outgoing members of Executive Council. The Committee solicits and proposes nominations for Officers and Executive Council. The slate of candidates is presented at the final meeting of the year, where members approve the candidates by acclamation or a majority vote. In the event that an elected member of the Executive Council or an Officer cannot serve out the term for which he or she was elected, the President shall appoint a replacement.
The Association shall meet for scholarly interchange as often as practicable, usually four times per academic year. At least one of those meetings – usually the last meeting in the Spring – shall include a business meeting, announced to the membership in advance. These meetings shall be called by the President or by a majority of the Executive Council, and shall be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order where they do not contradict this Constitution and set of By-Laws.
The Constitution and By-Laws of the Delaware Valley Medieval Association may be amended by a two-thirds vote of those present at a business meeting of the Association. Amendments may be proposed by majority vote of the Executive Council or by ten voting members of the Association. They shall be circulated by the Secretary to the membership at least one month prior to the business meeting at which they shall be considered. When press of circumstances requires it, three-fourths of the Executive Council may amend the Constitution and By-Laws subject to approval by the membership at the next business meeting.