I. Name: The Name of the Society is the Margaret Fuller Society.
II. Purpose: The Margaret Fuller Society is a non profit educational organization founded to stimulate interest in the life and writings of Margaret Fuller and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among Fuller scholars and other interested persons.
III. Membership: The membership of the Society is composed of persons and institutions who shall apply for membership and continue to pay annual dues or sub scribe to a lifetime membership in the Society.
IV. Dues: Dues of the Society are as follows:
V. Officers: Officers of the Society are a President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, the immediate past President, and an Advisory Board consisting of six additional members of the Society. The governing body of the Society, composed of all of the persons mentioned above in this article, is referred to hereafter as the Executive Council. All officers are elected to three-year terms by majority vote of the members present at the annual meeting of the Society, with terms of Advisory Board members being staggered, two new members being elected every year.
The President presides at meetings, conducts necessary business throughout the year, convenes a meeting of the Executive Council at the annual meeting of the Society, and oversees the functions of the Society.
The First Vice-President and Second Vice-President assist the President as necessary, and, in respective order, assume the duties of the President in his or her absence.
The Executive Secretary-Treasurer coordinates activities and programs for the Society, appoints program chairs for annual and special meetings, handles general correspondence, maintains a membership list, solicits new members, collects dues, and pays all bills.
The Advisory Board, composed of persons who have made significant contributions to Fuller scholarship, or who have stimulated interest in her life or writings, provides advice and aid to the officers in carrying on the business of the Society.
VI. Nominating Committee: A three person Nominating Committee will be responsible for choosing candidates for open posts to be filled on the Executive Council. Members of the Nominating Committee will serve three-year staggered terms, with one new member being elected every year at the annual meeting of the Society. The new member of the Nominating Committee shall be nominated by the President, with other nominations also being accepted from the floor.
VII. Meetings: The Society meets in conjunction with the annual convention of the Modern Language Association. In addition, the Executive Council may arrange Society programs at other times and places, such as meetings of the American Literature Association. All members of the Society shall be encouraged through open calls for papers to participate in the Society's programs.
VIII. Newsletter: The Margaret Fuller Society Newsletter is the official publication of the Society. The Newsletter shall regularly print notices, notes, queries, announcements, reviews, and other material of a brief nature related to Fuller or of interest to the Society. Each member of the Society will receive one free copy of each issue of the Newsletter.
IX. Amendments to the By-Laws: These by-laws may be amended at the annual meeting of the Society by a two-thirds majority of the members present (quorum of twenty-five members), or by mail when proposed amendments are distributed to the entire membership of the Society and approved by two-thirds of the members returning ballots. All proposed amendments must be circulated among the entire membership at least one month prior to the annual meeting or the mail ballot deadline.
X. Dissolution of the Society: Upon dissolution of the Society, all assets belonging to the Society after the discharge of any and all outstanding obligations shall become the property of a Fuller-related institution approved by the Executive Council. Such institution must qualify as a tax-exempt institution under the terms of section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as amended. (Especially shall no member or other individual be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the Society's assets on dissolution of the Society.)