Constitution of ASDAH
Constitution of the
Association of Seventh-day Adventist Historians
ARTICLE I: NAME
The name of this organization shall be the ASSOCIATION OF SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST HISTORIANS, hereinafter referred to as the ASSOCIATION.
ARTICLE II: OBJECTIVES, GOALS, AND PURPOSES
The purposes of the ASSOCIATION shall be to: i.) provide intellectual and social fellowship among its members, ii.) encourage scholarly pursuits in history and its related fields particularly with reference to the Seventh-day Adventist tradition, iii.) foster the exchange of creative teaching methodologies, curriculum and assessment iv.) provide a forum for the sharing of experience and expertise in the administration of history departments and v.) promote the study and use of history within the Adventist church. Means of implementing these purposes shall include the presentation of scholarly papers and discussions by members and invited guests and the preparation of ASSOCIATION publications.
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP AND DUES
Any person interested in the ASSOCIATION and accepting its objectives shall be eligible for membership. Dues, in an amount determined in advance by the Executive Committee, shall be payable at the time of the Triennial Meeting. Members whose dues are currently paid shall be entitled to full rights of participation in all events sponsored by the ASSOCIATION until the beginning of the next Triennial Meeting. ASSOCIATION members shall receive copies of papers presented at the Triennial Meeting and all newsletters published during the ASSOCIATION year.
ARTICLE IV: MEETINGS
The ASSOCIATION shall hold a Triennial Meeting (normally on an Adventist campus on a rotational basis) to conduct the business of the ASSOCIATION and to feature presentations and events that foster its purposes and objectives. It shall hold such other meetings as may be called by the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE V: OFFICERS
The officers shall be President, Vice President/President-elect, Secretary/Treasurer, and Newsletter Editor. The Vice President/President-elect shall succeed to the office of President. At each Triennial Meeting a new Vice President shall be elected and other vacancies in the Executive Committee shall be filled. The Secretary/Treasurer and the Newsletter Editor shall hold continuous appointment unless a change is recommended by a majority vote of the Executive Committee or the Nominating Committee. Officers shall assume their positions at the end of the Triennial Meeting and shall hold office until the end of the next Triennial Meeting.
ARTICLE VI: ELECTIONS
At the Triennial Meeting a Nominating Committee of five members shall be elected by secret ballot from among ten nominees named from the floor. The members of the Nominating Committee shall choose one member to serve as its chair. The Nominating Committee shall present two candidates for each vacant office. The Nominating Committee shall attempt to maintain a balance of geographical representation within the Executive Committee. Officers shall be selected by a simple majority of members present and voting. The election shall be by secret ballot.
ARTICLE VII: COMMITTEES
The Executive Committee shall consist of the four officers and an elected member of the ASSOCIATION. The ASSOCIATION shall appoint at each Triennial session a Steering Committee comprising a representative of the next host institution (chair), a representative of the past host institution and three other members to plan for and manage the forthcoming Triennial meeting. The Vice President/President-Elect shall serve as an exofficio member of the steering committee. Other standing and/or ad hoc committees may be established as deemed necessary by the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE VIII: AMENDMENTS
Proposals to amend this constitution shall be circulated by the Executive Committee to the members at least thirty days before the date of the meeting at which action is expected. Approval shall require at least a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at any such meeting.
BYLAWS OF THE
ASSOCIATION OF SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST HISTORIANS AND POLITICAL SCIENTISTS
ARTICLE I: PRESIDENT
The President shall:
A. Provide active leadership in the implementation of the stated objectives, goals, and purposes of the ASSOCIATION;
B Preside at all business meetings of the ASSOCIATION setting the agenda in consultation with the secretary and supervise the triennial conducting of elections;
C Preside at meetings of the Executive Committee setting the agenda in consultation with the secretary;
D Coordinate the work of the Executive Committee and any special projects determined by business meetings of the ASSOCIATION;
E Originate or approve all publicity concerning the ASSOCIATION ensuring the widest possible promotion of the Association and its meetings;
F Ensure that the ASSOCIATION website is maintained with current information and that it functions
as an archive for the papers presented.
ARTICLE II: PRESIDENT-ELECT
The President-elect shall be appointed from the representatives of the next host institution:
A. Serve on the Executive Committee;
B. Act in place of the President in the absence of the President;
C. Serve as chair of the steering committee for planning the program for the Triennial Meeting.
ARTICLE III: SECRETARY/TREASURER
The Secretary/Treasurer shall:
A. Provide for the maintenance and safe-keeping of all records of the Association, including a membership list, financial records, minutes, Triennial Meeting proceedings, and all Association publications;
B. Arrange for the preparation of such reports and records as the Executive Committee shall request;
C. Work in conjunction with the Newsletter Editor to report official actions to members within ninety days after their enactment at any duly called meeting;
D. Send notices of meetings to members not less than nine months in advance;
E. Make available programs and tentative agendas to members at the beginning of the Triennial Meeting and ensure that the current constitution and bylaws are published for triennial review in the program brochure
F. Provide for the banking and accounting of ASSOCIATION funds;
G. Serve as secretary of the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE IV: NEWSLETTER EDITOR
The Newsletter Editor shall:
A. Serve on the Executive Committee;
B. Be responsible for editing and publishing at least two newsletters for posting to Association Members each year;
C. Solicit news items pertinent to the interests of the ASSOCIATION and include them in a newsletter to appear within ninety days after the Triennial Meeting and not less than nine months before the Triennial Meeting.
ARTICLE V: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee shall be charged with the general planning and execution of all matters of concern to the Association between its Triennial Meetings. Proposals for new committees or additional officers or other personnel must first have the approval of the Executive Committee before being presented to the membership for consideration.
ARTICLE VI: AMENDMENTS
Proposals to amend these bylaws shall be circulated by the Executive Committee to the members prior to the date of the meeting at which action is expected. Approval shall require at least a majority vote of the members present and voting at any such meeting.
Ratified on October 3, 2014.