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Full text of "By-laws of the Hunterdon County Historical Society"

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TITLES. 



I. 


Name. 


II. 


Objects. 


III. 


Members. 


IV. 


Fees and Dues. 


V. 


Government. Election of Trustees. 


VI. 


Officers and Committees. 


VII. 


Meetings. 


VIII. 


Order of Business. 


IX- 


Quorum: 


X. 


Presiding- Officer. 


XI. 


Corresponding Secretary. 


XII. 


Recording Secretary 


XIII. 


Treasurer. 


XIV. 


Librarian. 


XV. 


Finance Committee. 


XVI. 


Library Committee. 


XVII. 


Obituary Committee. 


XVIII. 


Alteration of By-Laws. 






By = Laws 

of 

The Hunterdon County 

Historical Society, 



Adopted July 29, 1899. 



ARTICLE I. 

NAME. 

Section i. The name of this Society shall be The 
Hunterdon County Historical Society. 

'. ARTICLE II. 
objects. 
Section i. The objects of this Society shall be to dis- 
cover, procure and preserve whatever relates to any de- 
partment of the history of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, 
natural, civil, genealogical, literary or ecclesiastical ; and 
generally of other parts of the State. 



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ARTICLE III. 

MEMBERS. 

Section I. The Society shall consist of Resident, 
Corresponding and Honorary members. 

Section 2. Resident members shall be persons residing 
within the County of Hunterdon. 

Section 3. Corresponding members shall be persons 
residing outside the County of Hunterdon, either in this or 
other States or countries. 

Section 4. Any person who has performed important 
service along the lines in which this Society is working, 
may be elected for life, an Honorary member of this Society. 

Section 5. Persons elected to any class of membership 
must signify their acceptance in writing, to the Recording 
Secretary, before their names can be placed on the list of 
members. 

Section 6. Resident, Corresponding and Honorary 
members shall be allowed a voice in all meetings, but Resi- 
dent members only shall be entitled to vote. 

Section 7. Resident and Corresponding members may 
be elected at any regular meeting of the Society. 

Section 8. The names of persons proposed for Honorary 
membership shall be made known at a regular meeting of 
the Society, at which time the proposer shall state the 
special services that the candidate has rendered, and the 
matter shall lie over until the next regular meeting, when 
he mav be elected. 

ARTICLE IV. 

FEES AND DUES. 

Section i. Each Resident member shall on admission 
pay to the Recording Secretary tw'o dollars as an initiation 
fee and dues for the current year ending January first, and 
one dollar annually thereafter in advance as dues ; and if he 
neglect or refuse to pay such dues for two successive years, 
he shall forfeit his membership, unless the Board of Trus- 



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tees shall otherwise direct. 

Section 2. Corresponding members shall pay no initia- 
tion fee, but shall pay the sum of one dollar annually as 
dues. 

Section 3. The annual dues shall be due and payable on 
the first day of January in each year, in advance. 

Section 4. Honorary members shall pay no fees or dues, 
but shall be entitled to all the privileges of membership, 
except voting, and shall receive gratis all the publications 
of the Society. 

Section 5. Members elected at the semi-annual meeting 
shall pav dues only for one-half year. 

ARTICLE V. 

GOVERNMENT. — ELECTION OF TRUSTEES. 

Section i. The Government of the Society shall be 
vested in a Board of sexen Trustees who shall be resident 
members and shall be chosen by the Society by ballot at 
the annual meeting in each year. 

Section 2. The Board of Trustees shall elect their own 
Chairman and Secretary and may make such rules for their 
own government as are not inconsistent with the law under 
which this Society is incorporated. 

Section 3. The Board o\ Trustees shall have the custody 
of all buildings and permanent funds belonging to the 
Society and shall have in their hands the entire control and 
regulation of its affairs in the intervals between the regular 
meetings. They shall fill vacancies occurring in the Board 
during the year. The Chairman shall call a meeting of the 
Board of Trustees whenever necessary and also on the day 
of each regular meeting. The Board of Trustees may 
declare the place of any member of the Board vacant who 
shall be absent from three successive meetings of the Board 
without sending to the Chairman a reasonable excuse there- 
for. 



ARTICLE VI. . 

Ol FICERS AND COMMITTEES. 

Section i. The Officers and Standing Committees of 
the Society shall be elected annually, on the day of the 
annual meeting of the Society, from the resident members 
of the Society, by the Board of Trustees elected that day ; 
and may be from their own number. They shall be : a 
President, two Vice Presidents, a Corresponding Secretary, 
a Recording Secretary, a Treasurer, a Librarian, a Finance 
Committee of three members, a Library Committee of three 
members, and an Obituary Committee of three members. 

ARTICLE VII. 

MEETINGS. 

Section i. The Society shall hold an annual meeting in 
Flemington, the County seat of Hunterdon County, New 
Jersey, on the Second Saturday in January of each year. 

Section 2. The Society shall hold a semi-annual meet- 
ing at a time and place in the county to be determined by 
the Board of Trustees. 

Section 3. Special meetings may be called at any time 
and at any place in the County by the Board of Trustees 
provided at least ten days' notice be giA'en, but no business, 
other than that mentioned in the notice of the meeting, 
shall be transacted at any such special meeting. 

ARTICLE VIII. 

ORDER OF BUSINESS. 

Section i. At the regular meetings of this Society the 
following shall be the order of business : 

1. Roll Call. 

2. Reading of the minutes of the last meeting. 

3. Reports of officers in the following order : 

President, 
Vice Presidents, 
Recording Secretary, 
Corresponding Secretary, 



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Treasurer, 

Librarian, 

4. Report of the Board of Trustees. 

5. Report of regular committees, in the following order: 

Finance Committee, 
Library Committee, 
Obituary Committee. 

6. Reports of Special Committees. 

7. Nomination and election of new members. 

8. New Business. 

9. Addresses and Reading of Papers. 

Section 2. The regular Order of Business may be 
changed or suspended at any meeting by a majority vote of 
the members present. 

ARTICLE IX. 

QUORUM. 

Section i. Seven Resident members shall constitute a 
quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of 
the Society. 

ARTICLE X. 

PRESIDING OFFICERS. 

Section i. The President, or in his absence one of the 
Vice Presidents, or in their absence a Chairman pro 
tempore, shall preside at all meetings of the Society, and 
shall have a casting vote. He shall preserve order, and 
shall decide all questions of order, subject to an appeal. 

ARTICLE XI. 

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY. 

Section i. The Corresponding Secretary shall conduct 
the general correspondence of the Society. He shall keep 
true copies of all letters written on behalf of the Society, 
and shall carefully preserve such copies, with the originals 
of all letters and communications received, and shall deposit 
the same in the Librarv at least once a vear. He shall, at 



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every regular meeting of the Society, report such letters 
and communications as he may have received ; he shall 
prepare all letters to be written in connection with the 
business or objects of the Society and transmit the same ; 
but the Society may appoint a Committee to prepare a 
letter or letters on any special occasion. 

ARTICLE XII. 

RECORDING SECRETARY. 

Section r. The Recording Secretary shall have charge 
of the Seal. Certificate of Incorporation, By-Laws, and 
Records of the Society. He shall notify all members ot 
their election and such other matters as shall be directed by 
the Society and Trustees, and shall transmit to them their 
certificates of membership. He shall receive all fees and 
dues and recei|)t therefor, paying them to the Treasurer at 
least twice in each year. He shall give due notice of the 
time and place of all meetings of the Society and shall 
attend the same. He shall keep fair and accurate records 
of all the proceedings of the Society and shall give notice 
to the several officers and committees, of all votes, orders, 
resolutions and proceedings of the Society, affecting them, 
or appertaining to their respective duties, and shall furnish 
a statement of the proceedings of the Society at all meet- 
ings to such newspapers or magazines as may desire to 
publish them as a matter of public interest. 

ARTICLE XIII. 

TREASURER. 

Section i. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to have 
the care and custody of all current funds of the Society. 
He shall deposit the moneys in such bank or banks or other 
places of deposit as the Board of Trustees shall appoint, 
and he shall have authority to sign checks, drafts or orders 
for the withdrawal of all moneys and securities, only upon 
the order of the Board of Trustees, or by vote of the 
.Society at a regular meeting. He sha;ll sign receipts for 



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all moneys or other securities, except fees and dues, that 
come into the hands of the Society, and shall keep true 
and just books of account, showing the receipts, disbur^e- 
ments and other financial affairs of the Society. He shall 
render a full and particular statement of his accounts, with 
vouchers, at each regular meeting of the Society. 

Section 2. If the Board of Trustees shall deem it neces- 
sary to order the expenditure of any money at any special 
meeting of the Society, notice of such necessity must be set 
forth in the call for such special meeting. 

ARTICLE XIV. 

LIBRARIAN. 

Section i. The Librarian, in consultation with the 
Library Committee, shall have the charge and Superintend- 
ence of the Library and the care and arrangement of the 
books, manuscripts and other articles belonging to the 
Society. He shall cause to be prepared and keep a proper 
catalogue of the same. He shall acknowledge the receipt 
of donations to the Society's collection. He shall expend, 
in the purchase of books and other articles, and for their 
safe keeping and preservation, at the direction of the said 
Committee, such sums of money as shall from time to time 
be appropriated for that purpose, and shall report thereon 
to the Society at each of its regular meetings. He shall, 
at each regular meeting, render his accounts for such pur- 
chases and ccpenditures to the Treasurer for setdement, 
and shall further make to the Society, at each regular meet- 
ing, a full report of the donations to the Society and the 
condition and progress of the Library and collections. 

ARTICLE XV. 

FINANCE COMMITTEE. 

Section i. It shall be the duty of the Finance Committee 
to audit all accounts before their presentation to the Board 
of Trustees or to the Society, and to examine and pass 
upon any bills referred to them. 



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ARTICLE XVI. 

LIBRARY COMMITTEE. 

Section i. It shall be the duty of the Library Committee 
to as.sist the Librarian in the collection and preservation of 
material for the .Society's library and collection. 

ARTICLE XVII. 

OBITUARY COMMITTEE. 

Section i. It shall be the duty of the Obituary Com- 
mittee on the death of any member of this Society to cause 
a suitable historical and obituary sketch of such deceased 
member to be prepared and read at the next meeting of the 
Society after his decease. A copy of such sketch shall be 
deposited with the Librarian, whose duty it shall be to 
furnish a copy for publication, to such newspapers as shall 
desire it. 

ARTICLE XVIII. 

ALTERATION OF BY-LAWS. 

Section i. No alteration of the By-Laws of the Society 
shall be made unless such alteration shall have been pro- 
posed at a business meeting of the Board of Trustees and 
entered on the minutes with the name of the Trustee pro- 
posing the same. The amendment shall lie over until the 
next meeting, and the Secretary of the Board of Trustees 
shall accompany the notice for the next meeting of the 
Board with a copy of the proposed amendment. A 
majority vote shall be required for adoption. 



Resident Hembers. 



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Bush, Egbert T. 
Bond. Mrs. Mary S. 
Bellis, John 
Bodine, Henry F. 
Boileau, Nathaniel B. 
Bearder, William R. 
Case, Elijah R. . 
Cramer, Dr. Isaac S. 
Connet, John L. 
Carroll, Asher W. 
Dilts, Augustus 
Dalrymple. Elias L. 
Deats, Hiram E. 
Exton, Joseph C. 
Fleming, John 
Huffman, David B. 
Heath, Edward M. 
Hagerman, Lorenzo D. 
Hayhurst, Walter F. 
Hardon, John R. 
Kuhl, Richard S. 
Killgore, Anthony 
Kugler, Re\-. John B. 
Kline, James A. 
Lequear, John W. 
Litde, Porter C. 
Leidy, Dr. E. D. 
Matthews, Rev. Daniel M 
Martin, Wm. H. 
Mechling, Peter M. 
Race, Dr. Henry 
Runk, Miss Emma T. B 
Srope, William T. 
Sproul, Dr. O. H. 



Stockton 

Copper Hill 

Kingwood 

Locktown 

Jutland 

Locktown 

Frenchtown 

Flemington 

Flemington 

Locktown 

Flemington 

Ouakertown 

Flemington 

Clinton 

Readington 

Reaville 

Locktown 

Frenchtown 

Lambertville 

Frenchtown 

Flemington 

Flemington 

Junction 

Flemington 

Frenchtown 

Pittstown 

Flemington 

Frenchtown 

Frenchtown 

Pittstown 

Pittstown 

Lambertville 

Frenchtown 

Flemington 



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Thomas, Wilson 
* Vail, Mrs. Mary C. . 

Voorhees, N. W. 
Vosseller, Elias. . . 

Corresponding Members. 
Griffiths, Dr. J. H. . . Phillipsburg, N. J 



Milford 
Quakertown 

Clinton 
Flemington 



Mott, Rev. Geo. S. 
Parrv, Richard R. 
Stewart, Charles Seaforth 
Wilson. Rev. W. V. 
Wolverton, Miss Mary L. 



Newark, N. J 
New Hope, Pa 
Cooperstown, N. Y 
Port Monmouth, N. J 
Vancouver Barracks, 



Vancouver, Wash. 

Honorary Members. 

Darling, Gen. Chas. W. ^ . Utica, N. Y. 

* Stryker, Gen. Wm. S. ... Trenton, N. J. 

^Deceased. 



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