Proposed Changes to the By-Laws
of the
Big Walnut Area Historical Society

last amended March 13, 2012

To be Voted on in the General Meeting on April 14, 2015

NOTE:  Only the lines changed are included here.  Words struck out are the present By-Laws.  Corrections are in red

Article III: Membership

B. Dues shall be set by action of the Board of Trustees and approved by a vote of the general membership. This action shall be taken prior to the beginning of each calendar year.

1. Individual - This class category is open to any individual who is between the ages of 18 and 60 years.

2. Family - This class category of membership is open to two or more individuals who live at the same address.

3. Contributing - This class category of membership also shows financial support in the organization.

4. Business - Special rate offered to businesses. members of the Sunbury / Big Walnut Area Historical Society

5. Patron - This class category of membership represents a show of financial support in the organization.

This group has three classifications: Patron, Silver Patron and Gold Patron

6. Life - Honorary memberships bestowed on worthy recipients by the Historical Society's Board of Trustees.

Article IV: Officers

A. The officers of this association shall be a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer, each of whom shall serve for a term of two years beginning the first of January. To stagger the change of officers, the President and Vice President will be elected for two years to begin serving in 2013 odd numbered years. The Secretary and Treasurer first two year term will begin in 2014 even numbered years.

B. Nomination of Officers - A nomination committee of three (3) shall be appointed by the President at least ninety (90) days prior to the October meeting. Said committee shall consist of two (2) three (3) members appointed from the general membership and with at least one (1) Trustee. Their duties shall be to submit nominees for officers and trustees. The committee shall present nominations for Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Trustees (as needed). The President of the Society shall be the Vice-President from the preceding year. Following the report of the nomination committee at the October meeting, the meeting shall be opened for nominations from the floor.

D. Election of Officers - The officers and trustees shall be chosen by a majority of members at the November meeting. If candidates are unopposed, the election may be made by a show of hands, otherwise a Secret Ballot must be used.

1. Secret Ballot - Election of officers and trustees may be accomplished by voting on secret ballots and said

ballots shall then be destroyed.

2. 1.Absentee Ballot - Anyone wishing to vote absentee may obtain an official ballot from the

NominatingCommittee Chairperson. The completed ballot is returned in a sealed envelope to the Nominating

Chairperson no later than noon of the day that the vote is to be held.

Article V. Duties of the Board of Trustees

4. The Board of Trustees shall fill a vacancy made by death, resignation, or other cause in an unexpired term of an officer or Trustee of the Society.

Article VIII: Committees

Remove 7 and 8. 7 disbanded. 8 is now under Curator

7. General Rosecrans Command Headquarters: It is the duty of the committee to elects its chairperson annually, provide its own funding for reenactments and other projects of the committee and to promote awareness of the Civil War through Living History Pageants.

8. Volunteers Committee: This committee will recruit, train, and schedule volunteers for the Myers Inn Museum and other BWAHS programs as needed. They will maintain records of volunteer hours and report these to the President for Board meetings. This committee will also plan recognitions for the volunteers.

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Amendments may be made to this Constitution and these By-laws by presenting said amendment in writing at any regular meeting of the Society, but no action shall be taken thereon until the next regular meeting. It shall require a 2/3 vote of the members present to adopt an amendment.

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