Constitution By-Laws

The Boston University Society of Retired Faculty and Staff

ARTICLE I
NAME

The name of this organization shall be “The Boston University Society of Retired Faculty and Staff.”

ARTICLE II
PURPOSE

The purpose of the Society shall be to further the interests of retired University personnel and to provide a vehicle for communicating retiree concerns to the University. In addition, the Society, through its programs and activities shall provide a vehicle to encourage retirees continued involvement with the University programs and activities.

ARTICLE III
MEMBERSHIP

Section 1: Regular Membership

Membership shall be conferred automatically to former employees who meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Upon retirement, were age 55 or older and had 10 or more years of service.
  • Have been appointed as an Emeritus Professor.
  • Have been recognized at a Boston University Service Recognition Dinner as a retiree.

Section 2: Associate Membership

Widows and widowers of same may become members at their written request.

ARTICLE IV
BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

Section 1:
A Board of Directors elected by the general membership shall govern the Society. The Board shall consist of the President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer along with 12 Directors elected for three-year overlapping terms. Past Presidents and Charter Members shall be permanent ex-officio members of the Board.

Section 2: Officers
The Officers shall be the President, Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer. If any officer or member of the Board is unable or unwilling to complete his or her term of office, the Board may appoint a member from the general membership to fill the term. If the President is unable or unwilling to fulfill his or her term, the Vice President shall automatically assume this office, and the Board shall appoint a new Vice President.

Section 3:
The Board of Directors shall be responsible for promoting the purposes of the Society in recognition of its diverse membership. It may appoint such committees as it sees fit to pursue this aim. Members of such committees may be drawn from the Board or from the general membership.

ARTICLE V
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE OFFICERS

Section 1:
The President shall be the chief presiding officer of the Board of Directors and of the Society. He/she shall be responsible for calling Board and Program meetings and shall serve as ex-officio member of all committees.

Section 2:
The Vice-President in the absence of the President shall assume the President’s responsibilities and authority.

Section 3:
The Secretary/Treasurer shall act as the Recording Secretary at all meetings and shall record all official actions taken. Further, the Secretary/Treasurer shall be the officer accountable for Society funds.

ARTICLE VI
MEETINGS

Section 1:
An annual meeting shall be held in each calendar year. It shall be a luncheon preceded by a business meeting including approval of a slate of officers and followed by a program. All members shall be the guests of the University.

Section 2:
The Board may call other meetings of special interest.

ARTICLE VII
AMENDMENTS

The By-Laws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Society by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting, provided that the amendments have been presented by the By-Laws Committee to the Board of Directors with the signatures of ten members of the Society.

ARTICLE VIII
UNIVERSITY LIAISON

For purposes of administration, the Society shall be supported by a delegate from Human Resources who shall be designated as an ex-officio member of the Board.

ARTICLE IX
PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

Robert’s Rules of Order shall be the Parliamentary Authority for this Society.