Constitution

CONSTITUTION
OF
THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF THE TOWN OF WARWICK

ARTICLE I
Name

The name of this society shall be:
THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF THE TOWN OF WARWICK

ARTICLE II

Purposes

Section 1. The purposes of this society shall be: the marking of historic places; the discovery, collection, preservation and publication of the history, historical records, genealogies, biographies, and topographical information relating to the Town of Warwick, in the County of Orange, and neighboring localities, and the diffusion of a sound historical taste and fostering of a patriotic sentiment. The purposes of the society shall be limited to those purposes which qualify for tax-exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or its equivalent.

Section 2. In furtherance of these purposes, the Society will endeavor to preserve and maintain our historic buildings, properties and collections; to identify and encourage the preservation of historically significant places and artifacts throughout the town; and to engage our communities through a variety of programs.

ARTICLE III

Membership

Section 1. Membership in this organization shall be open to persons who subscribe to the Society’s purpose and signify their intention to become members by their payment of dues. There shall be no limit on the number of members.

Section 2. The Society shall not discriminate against any person based on race, creed, color, gender, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, health, religion, or any other legally protected class.

Section 3. The classifications for membership and payment of dues shall be determined by the board of directors and published annually.

Section 4. Honorary members – Honorary membership may be conferred upon any person whose activities have contributed to the objectives of the society. Honorary members shall be

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elected by a three-fourths vote of board members present at an annual meeting, upon nomination by the board of directors.

ARTICLE IV

Annual Meeting

The Society shall hold its annual meeting in April at a time and place to be determined by the
Board in keeping with the tradition of the Society. The date chosen shall be on or following
April 19th, the date of the Historical Society’s founding in 1906. All current members shall be invited to attend the induction ceremony following the annual meeting.

ARTICLE V

Board of Directors

Section 1. The officers and trustees shall constitute the board of directors. Their number shall be not less than five nor more than twenty-five.

Section 2. The board of directors shall have the power to conduct all affairs of the society. The board of directors shall decide questions of policy and perform such other functions as designated in the Bylaws or otherwise assigned to it.

ARTICLE VI
Election of Officers and Board of Directors

All officers and trustees shall be elected by a plurality of votes cast by secret ballot at the annual meeting by members of the board of directors.

ARTICLE VII

Distribution of Assets Upon Dissolution

In the event of dissolution of the society, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future Federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the Federal government, or to a State or local government for a public purpose.

ARTICLE VIII

Amendment

This constitution may be amended at any regular or special meeting of the board of directors provided notice was given either at the previous meeting, or not less than 10 nor more than 30 days before the meeting. All proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing and require an affirmative vote of three-fourths of the entire board.