Constitution & Bylaws
Adopted by the membership of the Kansas History Teachers Association, April 1, 2006
ARTICLE I – NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Kansas Association of Historians (KAH).
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
The purpose of this organization shall be to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, publication, teaching, archival work, and public history through periodic gatherings of historians and students. KAH encourages communication and fellowship within a diverse community of history professionals, students, and others who have an interest in history.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
Membership in the Association shall be open to any person who is interested in history.
ARTICLE IV – LEGAL STATUS
The Kansas Association of Historians (KAH) is a 501c3 not for profit educational organization, and its net earnings shall not inure to the benefit of its members, trustees, officers, or any other private persons. In case of the dissolution of the organization, the officers shall dispose of such assets to a not for profit educational organization.
ARTICLE V – OFFICERS
The Executive Committee, or two-thirds of the membership in a written petition, may propose amendments to this Constitution. Petitions for amendments shall be presented to the Executive Committee at least three weeks prior to the annual business meeting. Such amendments will be considered during the annual business meeting for discussion, refinement of language, or revision. The final proposed amendment will require a two-thirds majority for ratification.
ARTICLE IX – ADOPTION OF BYLAWS
The Association may adopt bylaws to specify procedures for holding annual meetings, to define any duties of officers not contained in this Constitution, to modify operating procedures so long as they remain consistent with this Constitution, to constitute and empower permanent or recurring committees, and to authorize awards and prizes. New bylaws or amendments to existing bylaws, may be proposed by the Executive Committee at the business meeting, or by the petition of five members, said petition shall be presented to the Executive Committee at least three weeks prior to the annual business meeting. Passage requires a majority of members present and voting at the annual business meeting.
ARTICLE X – RATIFICATION
This Constitution, upon approval by the Executive Committee, shall be submitted to the membership, and upon certification by the Secretary of such approval, by two-thirds of those voting, shall go into effect immediately.
BYLAW I – AWARDS AND PRIZES
KAH offers annual prizes for the best scholarly papers in the field of history written by students at Kansas colleges and universities. The awards committee, appointed by the President, may exercise its judgment in determining whether to give or withhold an award. In the event of a tie, the award may be split between two student entrees. The awards carry a cash payment to be fixed by the Executive Committee and an award certificate for the author(s).
BYLAW II – HONORARY MEMBERSHIPS
The Executive Committee may extend honorary membership status to persons it identifies as "friends of KAH." Honorary members might include former residents, scholars specializing in Kansas or Great Plains history, KAH donors, or other interested parties. Honorary members may attend business meetings, but may not cast votes.
BYLAW III – DUES
Attendance at an annual meeting and payment of the annual meeting fees constitutes membership in the KAH. To maintain their "good-standing status," members who are unable to attend an annual meeting and do not remit conference fees will be asked to pay annual dues of $8.00. In addition, persons who have not attended an annual meeting but wish to become a member may do so by paying the annual dues of $8.00. The Executive Committee may revise the amount of annual dues, to be ratified by a majority vote of the members at the annual meeting.
BYLAW IV – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETINGS
The President may call interim Executive Committee meetings as needed to conduct routine business of the KAH.
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