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By - Laws
The Hunterdon County
Flemington, New Jersey,
Anthony Killgore, Printer.
Fees and Dues.
Government. Election of Trustees.
Officers and Committees.
Order of Business.
Alteration of By-Laws.
By = Laws
The Hunterdon County
Adopted July 29, 1899.
Section i. The name of this Society shall be The
Hunterdon County Historical Society.
'. ARTICLE II.
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.
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
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.
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-
tees shall otherwise direct.
Section 2. Corresponding members shall pay no initia-
tion fee, but shall pay the sum of one dollar annually as
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.
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-
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.
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.
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 :
4. Report of the Board of Trustees.
5. Report of regular committees, in the following order:
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.
Section i. Seven Resident members shall constitute a
quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Bush, Egbert T.
Bond. Mrs. Mary S.
Bodine, Henry F.
Boileau, Nathaniel B.
Bearder, William R.
Case, Elijah R. .
Cramer, Dr. Isaac S.
Connet, John L.
Carroll, Asher W.
Dalrymple. Elias L.
Deats, Hiram E.
Exton, Joseph C.
Huffman, David B.
Heath, Edward M.
Hagerman, Lorenzo D.
Hayhurst, Walter F.
Hardon, John R.
Kuhl, Richard S.
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.
* Vail, Mrs. Mary C. .
Voorhees, N. W.
Vosseller, Elias. . .
Griffiths, Dr. J. H. . . Phillipsburg, N. J
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
Darling, Gen. Chas. W. ^ . Utica, N. Y.
* Stryker, Gen. Wm. S. ... Trenton, N. J.
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