Constitution of the ACPA

CONSTITUTION

Article I: NAME 
Article II: OBJECTIVE 
Article III: MEMBERSHIP 
Article IV: OFFICERS AND GOVERNMENT 
Article V: MEETINGS 
Article VI: AMENDMENTS

BY-LAWS

Article I: DUES 
Article II: COMMITTEES 
Article III: OFFICERS ELECTED BY THE COUNCIL 
Article IV: NOMINATING COMMITTEE 
Article V: THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL 
Article VI: THE ANNUAL MEETING 
Article VII: AMERICAN CATHOLIC PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY 
Article VIII: AMENDMENTS


CONSTITUTION

Article I: NAME 

The name of this organization shall be the American Catholic Philosophical Association. 

Article II: OBJECTIVE 

The objective of this organization is to promote the advancement of philosophy as an intellectual discipline consonant with Catholic tradition. Among the means used to achieve this objective, the organization shall strive to develop philosophical scholarship, to improve the teaching of philosophy, and to communicate with other individuals and groups with similar aims. 

Article III: MEMBERSHIP 

A. All are eligible for membership who accept the objective of the Association. 

B. Individual membership shall be divided into the following classes:

  1. Constituent, those whose chief professional work is described in Article II; members who retire after a minimum of five (5) years of constituent membership as Emeriti;
  2. Associate, any person interested in the objectives of the Association;
  3. Student, those whose interest in the objectives of Article II is rightly qualified as student interest;
  4. Life, based on the manner in which the dues of the first two classes of membership is paid; and
  5. Corresponding, a membership honoris causa offered by the Council to recognized scholars.

C. Institutional membership is for institutions of higher learning interested in the objectives of the Association. 

D. Election to membership shall be made by the Council. Nomination to membership may be made to the Council by any member of the Association. 

Article IV: OFFICERS AND GOVERNMENT 

A. The officers of the Association shall be a President, a Vice- President who is also President-Elect, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. 

B. There shall be a Council consisting of the four Officers named in section #A, the immediate past President, and fifteen (15) other members. Only Constituent members shall be eligible for the offices named in these two sections. 

C. The Vice-President (President-Elect) and the members of the Council shall be elected by a plurality of signed postal ballots cast by Constituent members of the Association. 

  1. In no case shall an election be held to be valid, if votes are cast by fewer than fifty (50) members of the Association.
  2. The President shall hold office for one year, and shall not be eligible for a succeeding term.
  3. The Vice-President (President-Elect) shall succeed the President at the close of the Annual Meeting.

D. Members of the Council shall hold membership for three (3) years, and are not eligible to succeed themselves. Five (5) Council members are to be elected annually. 

E. The Council shall have, in general, supreme control over all the affairs of the Association according to its Constitution and Bylaws; and in particular it has the following functions:

  1. to regulate the general policy of all publications originated or sponsored by the Association;
  2. to organize the Annual Meeting and its program;
  3. to control the affiliation of the Association with other learned societies;
  4. to control any unusual allocations or disbursements of funds.

The Council shall meet as often as, and at such time and place as, the President after consultation with the other Officers deems advisable. In conducting its business, a simple majority shall constitute a quorum. 

F. Vacancies which may occur in the list of Officers may be filled for the unexpired term by the President, or in his absence by the Vice-President, with the advice and consent of the Council. Such appointees shall be eligible for election. 

Article V: MEETINGS 

The Association shall meet annually at a time and place to be selected by the Council, unless by a majority vote the Council decides that conditions at the time of the proposed regular annual meeting are such that the meeting must be postponed. In that event, all Officers shall hold their offices until such time as a meeting may be held. The same shall apply to all appointments to committees made at the last regular meeting. 

Article VI: AMENDMENTS 

This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the Constituent members attending any regular meeting or represented therein by proxies, provided a draft of the proposed amendment be sent to each Constituent member at least thirty (30) days before the regular meeting. 


BY-LAWS
Article I: DUES 

The dues of the Association shall be set by the Council, subject to the approval of the general membership, or the approval of those present and voting at the business meeting session of the Annual Meeting. 

Article II: COMMITTEES 

All committees other than the Executive Committee of the Council and the Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the President. 

Article III: OFFICERS ELECTED BY THE COUNCIL 

A. The Office of Secretary.

  1. The Secretary shall be elected by the Council at their annual meeting.
  2. The term of office of the Secretary shall be four (4) years.
  3. The limit of service of the Secretary shall be two (2) consecutive four-year terms.

B. Duties of the Secretary. 

The duties of the Secretary shall consist in, but not necessarily be limited to, the following matters:

  1. to oversee the practical arrangements of the Annual Meeting, (e.g., setting up the Committee on Local Arrangements, contacting hotels, and so forth);
  2. to conduct all mailings to members of the Association and to members of the Council;
  3. to print and distribute the program of the Annual Meeting;
  4. to maintain liaison with national and international societies;
  5. to edit, print, and distribute the Proceedings of the Association;
  6. to record and publish the minutes of the Council (in the Proceedings);
  7. to record and publish the minutes of the business meeting session of the Annual Meeting (in the Proceedings);
  8. to maintain, update, and publish the membership roster of the Association; and
  9. to conduct other such business of the Association as shall be assigned to him/her by the Council and/or by the President.

C. The Office of Treasurer.

  1. The Treasurer shall be elected by the Council at their annual meeting.
  2. The term of office of the Treasurer shall be four (4) years.
  3. The limit of service of the Treasurer shall be two (2) consecutive four-year terms.

D. Duties of the Treasurer. 

The duties of the Treasurer shall consist in, but not necessarily be limited to, the following matters:

  1. to collect all moneys due to the Association;
  2. to open and maintain bank account(s) in the name of the Association;
  3. to pay all legitimate indebtedness of the Association;
  4. to maintain accurate records of account;
  5. to manage any investments of the Association;
  6. to prepare financial reports for the meetings of the Council and for the business meeting session of the Annual Meeting;
  7. to conduct other such business of the Association as shall be assigned to him/her by the Council and/or by the President.

Article IV: NOMINATING COMMITTEE 

A. Appointment. The Nominating Committee shall consist of three (3) members, the immediate past-President and two (2) others appointed by him/her. 

B. Representation. In making their nominations, the Committee shall strive to achieve as widespread a representation as possible from among the more active members of the Association.

  1. The Committee shall consider proposed nominations for the office of Vice-President (President-Elect) and for membership on the Council.
  2. Any Constituent member may submit names to the Committee for this office and for these memberships.

C. The Slate. The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of at least two (2) names for the office of Vice-President (President- Elect), and a slate of ten (10) names for the five (5) positions in the membership of the Council. 

D. Conduct of the Election. 

Working in conjunction with the Nominating Committee, the Secretary shall supervise the election. Any ties shall be resolved by the Council in session at the current Annual Meeting of the Association. 

Article V: THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE COUNCIL 

A. Membership. 

The Executive Committee of the Council shall consist of the President, the Vice-President (President-Elect), the Secretary, and two (2) members of the Council, elected by the Council from among those members entering their third year of service. The President shall chair the Committee. 

B. Functioning of the Committee.

  1. The Executive Committee shall exercise the decision- making authority of the Council in the interim between Annual Meetings.
  2. a. They shall exercise this authority in as limited a manner as possible. 
    b. All decisions shall be by a majority vote.
  3. The Executive Committee shall exercise the oversight authority of the Council as they see fit in the interim between Annual Meetings.

C. Communication. The Secretary shall report promptly to all members of the Council any decisions made by the Executive Committee. 

Article VI: THE ANNUAL MEETING 

A. The Program.

  1. The theme and format of the subsequent Annual Meeting shall be proposed by the incoming President at the close of the meeting of the Council, subject to the approval of the Council.
  2. This same incoming President shall be charged with the preparation of the program of the Annual Meeting.

B. Conduct of business.

  1. The Council may set down various directives regarding the conduct of business at the business meeting session of the Annual Meeting.
  2. The presiding officer shall conduct the business meeting session in accord with the directives of the Council.

Article VII: AMERICAN CATHOLIC PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY 

A. There shall be a quarterly journal of the Association issued to all members, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. 

B. The Editor and the Associate Editor shall be elected by the Council for three (3) year terms. 

C. The Consulting Editors shall be appointed by the Editor, subject to the approval of the Council. 

Article VIII: AMENDMENTS 

A. Suspending the By-laws.

  1. These By-laws may be suspended for a fixed period of time not to exceed one (1) year by a simple majority of those Constituent members voting at the business meeting session of the Annual Meeting, a quorum being present.
  2. If necessity exists according to the considered judgment of the President, the By-laws may be suspended but not amended by a unanimous vote of the Council for a fixed period of time not to exceed one (1) year.

B. Amendment.

  1. These By-laws may be amended by a simple majority of those Constituent members present and voting at the business meeting session of the Annual Meeting, if:
  2. a. a quorum is present; and 
    b. a draft of the proposed amendment has been sent to all Constituent members at least thirty (30) days before the Annual Meeting. 
  3. These By-laws may be amended unanimously by the Constituent members present and voting at the business meeting session of the Annual Meeting:
  4. a. if a quorum is present; and 
    b. without prior written notice to the Constituent members of the Association.

For the purposes of this section, those Constituent members present at the business meeting session of the Annual Meeting shall constitute a quorum, but in no case shall a quorum be constituted by fewer than fifty (50) members of the Association.

About the ACPA

Since 1926, scholars and thinkers, mostly based in Canada and the United States, have forged a unique tradition and community known as the "American Catholic Philosophical Association." Steeped in classical sources and cultivating the Catholic Philosophical heritage, this tradition is known for creative engagement with major philosophers of every era and bold responses to the themes and issues of contemporary philosophy. 

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