Excerpt from By-Laws of the New-England Historic Genealogical Society, 1893
Council at a Stated Meeting of the Society, nor be acted upon at the same meeting at which it is reported; nor shall more than one candidate for either Honorary or Corresponding Membership be reported at any one meeting. Transfers from one class of members to another class, however, may be made at any Stated Meeting upon the recommendation of the Council.
Art. 3. - Proposals of candidates shall be accompanied by a brief statement of the place of residence and qualifications of the person proposed.
Art. - All members shall be elected by ballot, at a Stated Meeting, by a majority of the votes cast. A separate ballot on any name shall be taken upon the request of three or more members.
Art. 5. - Each Resident Member shall pay five dollars at the time of his admission, and three dollars each first of January afterward, into the treasury, for the general purposes of the Society; but any member shall be exempted from theannual payment if, at any time after his admission, he has paid or shall pay into the treasury thirty dollars in addition to his previous payments and all receipts for life-membership shall be and remain permanently funded, the interest only to be used for current expenses. Life Members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of Resident Members.
Art. 6. - If any person elected a Resident Member shall neglect for three months after notification of his election to accept his membership in writing, and to pay his admission fee; and if any person elected an Honorary or Corresponding Member shall neglect for one year after such notification to accept his membership in writing, such election shall be void. If any Resident Member shall neglect to pay his annual assess ment for one year after it shall have become due, he shall cease to be a member. But this provision shall not take effect until one month after such member's name shall have been read to the Council, and a special notice given to him. The Council may, in their discretion, suspend the above provisions of this Article for a reasonable time. Any person who shall have ceased to be a member, under the provisions of this Article, for non-payment of his assessment may, at any time within two years, be re-instated in his membership by the Council, on paying said assessment and all subsequent assess ments that would have been due from him, if he had remained a member of the Society.
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