Astronomical League Bylaws and Standing Resolutions
Article III. Council
Section 1. Function
The affairs of the League shall be managed by the Council,
as provided for in these Bylaws and the Standing Resolutions
which Article III, Section 6 prescribes.
Section 2. Membership
The Council shall consist of: 1) The Chair of each Region;
2) The Regional Representative of each Region; 3) The
Executive Committee; 4) The immediate past-President as
provided for in Article Il, Section 4.a.; 5) A representative
of the Western Amateur Astronomers.
Section 3. Terms
Regional Representatives shall be elected by the Regional
Conventions or Regional Council in such a manner as to
hold office for three (3) years in a staggered arrangement
as directed by the Council. The terms of one-third (1/3)
of these members shall expire each year.
Section 4. Quorum
In order to pass any resolution, motion, appropriations,
or any other matter requiring action in a Council session,
a majority vote of the members present shall be necessary,
except for matters requiring a larger vote as provided
for in these Bylaws or by common law. The presence of
two-fifths (2/5) of the members of the Council, not counting
the immediate past-President, shall constitute a quorum,
provided that at least three (3) regions are represented.
Section 5. Substitutes
Council members, other than the President, who are unable
to attend the Council meeting, may be represented by proxy.
A written statement designating the substitute and signed
by the respective council member, is necessary before
the proxy may be seated. The Regional Chair may also assign
the proxy for an absent regional Representative. Proxies
may not be assigned by a proxy holder. No person may vote
more than one proxy at Council. Proxy holders are subject
to the fiducuary obligations of Council members.
Section 6. Operating Procedures
Standard operating procedures of the League or its activities
shall be defined by Standing Resolutions:
- Standing Resolutions shall be passed by
the full Council when and only when it is in open
session at a national convention.
- No Standing Resolution shall be adopted
which conflicts with these Bylaws.
- Standing Resolutions shall be in force
from the time they are passed until they are revoked
by the full Council in open session at a national
- The Bylaws and Standing Resolutions notebook
shall be the property of the Astronomical League and
at least one per Council Member shall be made available
at each convention.
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