Irish Cultural Society
of San Antonio Texas
Promoting Awareness of Irish Culture
The name of this Society shall be The Irish Cultural Society of San Antonio, Incorporated (hereinafter referred to as the Society.)
The purposes of the Society are primarily cultural.
The objectives of the Society are: (a) To promote Irish music, theater, art, literature, science and other cultural and educational interests. (b) To encourage study and research of Irish history with special emphasis on the history of the Irish people in Ireland and in Texas. (c) To provide a suitable forum for presentations on Irish culture. (d) To initiate active collaboration and cooperation with other organizations with similar cultural objectives. (e) To provide cultural self-enrichment opportunities. (f) To be open to such other objectives as are consonant with the objectives of the Society.
Section 1. Qualifications A. The membership shall consist of persons who are in accord with the objectives of this Society. B. Membership is by invitation only, and persons invited for membership shall qualify by their interest in one or more of the objectives of the Society.
Section 2. Types of Membership There shall be three classes of membership. A. Active: Active members shall subscribe to the objectives of the Society, shall participate actively in the work of the Society, shall have the right to vote and hold office on the Board. B. Associate: Associate members are persons who are actively interested in the objectives of the Society but are unable to participate actively. Associate members shall not vote or hold office on the Board. C. Honorary Members: Honorary members may be so designated by a majority vote of the active membership present at a regular meeting or a meeting called for that purpose. Honorary members may not vote or hold office, but should be sympathetic to the objectives of the Society.
Section 3. Election to Membership Active members shall be those elected as such in accordance with the by-laws of the Society.
Section 4. Membership Fees There shall be membership fees in accordance with the by-laws of the Society.
Section I The direction of the Society, the management of its affairs. and the control and disposition of its property and funds, pursuant to the objectives of the Society, shall be vested in the active membership.
Section 2. Officers and Board A. The officers of the Society shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary and a Treasurer. B. The Board of Directors shall be comprised of the elected officers, the chairpersons of all standing committees and two members at large. C. The Board of Directors shall have the powers and perform the duties described in the by-laws.
Section 3. Term of Office A. Election of officers and all other Board Membership shall be at the annual general meeting. This election shall be by secret ballot. Those elected shall hold office for two years for all elections. B. The election shall be held as follows: (1.) The Vice-President and the Treasurer shall be elected in the year following the election of the President, the Secretary and the Membership Chairperson. (2.) All other elected officials shall be elected on the same year as the Vice-President. C. A vacancy arising in the Board shall be filled for the remainder of the term by secret ballot of the active membership.
Section 4. Nominating Committee Nominations to all elective positions shall be by a committee elected by the active membership in accordance with the by-laws of the society or from the floor of the assembly.
The annual general meeting and regular meetings of the Society as well as board meetings shall be held in accordance with the by-laws of this society.
Section 1 A. Standing Committees shall be Membership, Planning and Programming, Public Relations, Social, and Scholarship. B. The officers shall constitute and Executive Committee for the purpose of dealing with extraordinary matters arising between the meetings of the Society. C. The active membership may elect such other Special Committees as are deemed necessary for the accomplishment of special tasks.
Section 2 A. The chairperson of each standing committee shall choose the members of their committee. B. The President shall be an ex-officio, nonvoting member of all committees with the exception of the nominating committee. C. The Chairperson and members of each committee shall perform the duties of that committee in accordance with the by-laws of the Society.
On May 11, 1975 the constitution was approved.
On Oct 19, 1975 Member ship rules changed to open