|Jackson Area Plectral Society|
"dedicated to the preservation of oldtime string music" Constitution & Bylaws
President: Presides at all meetings; appoints all committees, unless otherwise provided by the bylaws; keeps order; makes parlimentary decisions; votes as any other member; leaves the chair to debate.
Vice President: Presides and performs duties of president when the president dies or resigns. May be chairman of important committees, or act as an aide to the president upon his request.
Secretary: Records the business of all meetings of the club; keeps minutes; acts as custodian of all the records and papers; keeps accurate list of members; sends notices of special meetings.
Treasurer: Is custodian of all funds; receives, disburses and records all funds, fees, and dues; gives itemized report of receipts and expenditures at business meetings; issues membership cards; gives itemized report at annual or other meetings.
Article IX - Committees
The effectiveness of this club will depend upon the degree to which committees work together to fulfill their assigned responsibilities. There will be two types of committees: standing committees - which will be ongoing committees; and special committees which will be appointed from time to time to perform certain specific duties for special events, etc. The Executive Committee is to appoint ongoing committees.
Article X - Charter Members
Charter members are those who became members of the Jackson Area Plectral Society from its inception through Dec. 31st, 1989.
The Bylaws are numbered below and include the rules of this club such as time and place of meetings, dues, etc. The purpose of these bylaws is to insure participation from all members and to provide continuity for the club. Bylaws may be changed by a majority vote of the club.
1. Members pledge their dedication to oldtime music by way of active participation in weekly Pick-In's, monthly meetings, festivals, or any other event promoted by this club for the benefit of oldtime music and folk culture.
2. Members must strive to encourage participation of everyone, be they novice or pro.
3. Members will pay an annual membership fee of $20 per family, which will entitle them to admission at meetings, voting rights on all issues, and a year?s subscription to the Jackson Area Plectral Society Newsletter. Family includes dependent children. The $20 membership fee applies regardless of age of the member. The entire membership fee is due in January for that year.
Honorary membership may be bestowed at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
The membership voted to increase the annual dues from $20 to $25 in November 2008.
Membership voted to revert back to $20 effective November, 2011.
4. Meeting time and place will be 6:30pm each Thursday night at the Casey Jones Village Old Country Store, weather permitting, and a business meeting shall be held on the second Thursday of each month at a designated location.
* An amendment was passed June 13th, 2013 to move meetings to quarterly and be held inside the Railroad Museum.
5. Members will maintain authentic oldtime music with ensembles composed of one or more of the following instruments:
Any other acoustic instrument maybe added which maintains the sanctity of traditional folk acoustic music.
ABSOLUTELY NO ELECTRIC INSTRUMENTS OF ANY KIND ARE PERMITTED
6. Issues concerning club expenditures will be presented at the monthly meetings and voted on with the majority ruling. The Executive Committee will have the authority on expenditures of funds between meetings if need arises.
7. Members will always strive to maintain a fraternal order of fellowship by encouraging participation from one and all, seeking to maintain the interest of all concerned.
8. Members will encourage the ?Round Circle? format at weekly and monthly meetings to insure equal participation from all members.
9. Visitors are welcome at the weekly meetings at the Old Country Store. However, after a visitor has attended twice, he/she will be invited and encouraged to become a member, as the weekly sessions are the official function of the Jackson Area Plectral Society.
10. Members are responsible for helping to ensure that our Club Purpose (See Constitution - Article II) is maintained at the weekly meetings by informing visitors in their group about the traditional nature of our music and discouraging the playing or singing of other types of music.
11. An amendment to the bylaws was passed in September 2006. It states the following:
Anyone who serves on the nominating committee to select new officers, or anyone who is elected to office, should have attended at least six of the last twelve business meetings.
12. Membership dues will be pro-rated for members joining after the first of the year.
Jackson Area Plectral Society
PO Box 11853, Jackson, Tn. 38308
is a Federal Tax Exempt Organization under Internal Revenue Code 501C Employer ID#78-0178292
Addendum to the Bylaws - Feburary 2012:
13. Honary Members:
Honary Members will be defined from this point on as any member, or nonmember who has made a significant contribution to the Jackson Area Plectral Society that has been deemed worthy of honary mention and status. Honary members, as the name implies, are those who have been honored for their outstanding contribution to the club. They do not have any authority or priviledge to vote on any issues concerning club functions. Their is no age restriction for an honorary member.14. Lifetime Members:
Lifetime members are those members of the club who like Honorary Members have made a significant contribution to the club, but do maintain the right to vote on issues concerning club function. A Lifetime Member must be a current member of the club and be at least 70 years of age.15. Club Badges:
Club badges will be issued to members beginning in March 2012 upon payment of annual membership dues. Members are encouraged to proudly wear their membership badges to all Plectral Society functions. The membership badge will serve as a means of identifying and welcoming all members of the club to the fraternal order of the Plectral Society, as well as serving as a ticket for a drink, or coffee in the Ice Cream Parlor each Thursday night.