SEMFS Constitution




I: Title

The Society shall be called The Society for Early Modern French Studies.

II: Objects of the Society

To advance the education of the public by the promotion and encouragement of the study of the culture and history of France in The Early Modern Period by means of the holding of meetings, by publications and by other means as may be deemed proper.  The Society is non-political.  The income and the property of the Society shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the aims of the Society as set forth in this constitution, and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred whether directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise by way of profits to members of the Society.

III: Membership

Membership of the Society shall be open to all persons interested in the aims of the Society.

IV: Officers

The Society shall have the following officers:

A chair

A secretary

A treasurer/membership secretary

The Journal Editor

A publicity/web and IT liaison officer

The Officers shall be elected at each Annual General Meeting and are eligible for re-election, except that the chair shall not normally be eligible for re-election on more than three successive occasions.  The Chair’s responsibility shall be to call an annual meeting of the Executive Committee not less than four months before the annual conference and to convene a committee meeting at the annual conference in advance of the Annual General Meeting.  There may be an Honorary President.

V: Executive Committee

The Executive Committee shall consist of the Officers and of three elected members.  The latter shall hold office for not more than three successive years.  The Executive Committee shall have power to co-opt not more than five additional members.

VI: Annual General Meeting of the Society

The Society shall hold an Annual General Meeting at which the audited accounts shall be presented.  Other General Meetings may be called at other times, with not less than one month’s written notice to all members, by the Executive Committee or by the Chair at the request of not less than ten per cent of the members.

VII: Elections

Officers and members of the Executive Committee are elected by a majority of members present and voting at the Annual General Meeting.  The Executive Committee may receive and propose nominations of candidates for election up to the day of the Annual General Meeting.  Casual vacancies may be filled by the Executive Committee.

VIII: Subscriptions

The amount of the annual subscription to the Society is determined by the General Meeting of the Society.

IX: Amendments of the Constitution

The General Meeting of the Society may amend the constitution by a majority of two-thirds of the members present and voting, provided that a quorum of twenty per cent of the membership be present, and that written notice of the amendment proposed has been given to all members not less than two weeks before the General Meeting.  No Amendment may be made to Clauses II, X or this Clause or which would cause the Society to cease to be a charity at law.

X: Dissolution

The Society may be dissolved by the agreement of not less than three-quarters of those members present at a General Meeting specially summoned for this purpose as provided in Clause VI above.  Any funds remaining after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the Society but shall be given or transferred to such other charitable institution or institutions having objects similar to some or all of the objects of the Society as the Society may with the approval of the Charity Commissioners or other authority having charitable jurisdiction determine.