Astronomical League Bylaws


As Amended July 2002

Preamble
The purpose of the Astronomical League shall be:

a. To promote the science of astronomy.
b. To encourage and coordinate activities of amateur astronomical societies.
c. To foster observational and computational work, and craftsmanship in the various fields of astronomy.
d. To provide a medium for correlating amateur activities with professional research.

ARTICLE I. MEMBERSHIP.
Section 1. Membership Classes.
Section 2. Privileges of Members.

ARTICLE II. OFFICERS.
Section 1. Officers.
Section 2. The Executive Committee.
Section 3. Terms of Office.
Section 4. Duties.

ARTICLE III. COUNCIL.
Section 1. Function.
Section 2. Membership.
Section 3. Terms.
Section 4. Quorum.
Section 5. Substitutes.
Section 6. Operating Procedures.

ARTICLE IV. ELECTIONS.
Section 1. General.
Section 2. Nominating Committee.
Section 3. Conduct of Elections.
Section 4. Election Misconduct.

ARTICLE V. DUES.
Section 1. Membership Calendar.
Section 2. Delinquency.
Section 3. Setting of Dues.

ARTICLE VI. NATIONAL CONVENTIONS.
Section 1. Scheduling.
Section 2. Hosting and Expenses.
Section 3. Registration Fees.
Section 4. Council and Business Meetings.
Section 5. Joint Conventions.
Section 6. Authority for National Conventions.

ARTICLE VII. ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES SECTIONS.
Section 1. General.
Section 2. League Goal Setting.
Section 3. Standing Committees.
Section 4. The Reflector.
Section 5. Repealed.
Section 6. Technical Activity Sections.
Section 7. Committee Reports.

ARTICLE VIII. MEETINGS.
Section 1. Annual Business Meeting.
Section 2. Annual Council Meeting.
Section 3. Introduction of Business.
Section 4. Annual Executive Committee.
Section 5. Executive Committee Business.
Section 6. Council Meetings at other Times.
Section 7. Parliamentary Authority.

ARTICLE IX. REGIONS AND REGIONAL ACTIVITIES.
Section 1. Regions.
Section 2. Regional Council.
Section 3. Regional Officers.
Section 4. Regional Conventions.
Section 5. Regional Business and Council Meetings.
Section 6. Voting on Regional Motions.
Section 7. Regional Representative.
Section 8. Regional Assistance.
Section 9. Removal from Regional Office.
Section 10. Failure to Conduct Regional Elections.

ARTICLE X. PROPERTY AND FINANCIAL.
Section 1. Property.
Section 2. Not-for-Profit.
Section 3. Dissolution.

ARTICLE XI. THE TRUST FUND.
Section 1. Trust Fund.
Section 2. Trust Fund Administration.
Section 3. Actions by Trustees.

ARTICLE XII. AMENDMENTS.
Section 1. Proposal of Amendments.
Section 2. Voting Procedures.
Section 3. Adoption of Amendments.

ARTICLE XIII. RATIFICATION.

Astronomical League Standing Resolutions

As Amended July, 1998

STANDING RESOLUTION #1
Trust Fund Procedures.

Rewritten and approved by Council at Cheny, Washington, 7/22/1989; Revised 7/13/1999, at Cheney, Wa.

STANDING RESOLUTION #2
Astronomical League Convention Agreement.

Enacted 8/17/1976, at Kutztown Pa.; Revised 8/17/1976, at Portland Or; 7/30/1983, at Jacksonville, Fl.; 7/25/1989, at Spokane, Wa.; 7/14/1992, at San Jose, Ca.; and 7/28/1993, at Madison, Wi; 7/1/97, at Copper Mountain, Co.; 7/13/1999, at Cheney, Wa..; 7/18/2000, at Ventura, Ca.

STANDING RESOLUTION #3
Guidelines for Regional Assistance.

Enacted 8/9/1977, at Boulder, Co.; Revised 8/4/1990, at St. Louis, Mo.; and 8/16/1991, at Amherst, Ma.

STANDING RESOLUTION #4
Financial Management.

Enacted 8/9/1977, at Boulder, Co.; Revised 8/15/1979, at Portland, Or.; 7/2/1980, at Dallas, Tx., and 7/14/1992 at, San Jose, Ca.

STANDING RESOLUTION #5
The Astronomical League Award.

Enacted 8/9/1977, at Boulder, Co.; Revised 8/15/1979, at Portland, Or.; and 7/30/1983, at Jacksonville, Fl.; 7/13/1999, at Cheney, Wa.

STANDING RESOLUTION #6
Long Range Planning Committee.

Rewritten and accepted 8/6/1991, at Amherst, Ma.

STANDING RESOLUTION #7
Commercial Use of the Astronomical League Mailing List.

Enacted 8/15/1979, at Portland, Or.; Revised 8/12/1981, at Kutztown, Pa.; and 7/28/1993, at Madison, Wi.

STANDING RESOLUTION #8
Repealed.

Enacted 8/15/1979, at Portland, Or.; Revised 7/2/1980, at Dallas, Tx.; Repealed 7/13/1999, at Cheney, Wa.

STANDING RESOLUTION #9
Dues.

Enacted 8/15/1979, at Portland, Or.; Revised 8/12/1981, at Kutztown, Pa.; 7/30/1983, at Jacksonville, FL.; 8/8/1986, at Baltimore, Md.; 7/25/1989, at Spokane, Wa., and 7/24/1996, at Rockford, IL; 7/1/1997, at Copper Mountain, Co.; 7/21/1998, at French Lick, In.; 7/13/1999, at Cheney, Wa.

STANDING RESOLUTION #10
Commercial Exhibitors at Conventions.

Enacted 7/2/1980, at Dallas, Tx.; Revised 1983, at Jacksonville, Fl.; 7/14/1992, at San Jose, Ca.

STANDING RESOLUTION #11
The Leslie C. Peltier Award.

Enacted 7/2/1980 at Dallas, Tx.; Revised 7/13/1999, at Cheney, Wa.

STANDING RESOLUTION #12
The G. R. "Bob" Wright League Service Award.

Enacted 7/31/1984, at Waukesha, Wi.; Revised 7/14/1992, at San Jose, Ca.; 7/13/1999, at Cheney, Wa.

STANDING RESOLUTION #13
Regions.

Adopted by Council at Amherst, Ma., 8/6/1991, with the proviso that the Western Region not be established until the societies therein meet to formally organize as a Region; Amended 7/28/1994, at Kansas City, Mo.

STANDING RESOLUTION #14
The Jack Horkheimer Award

Enacted 7/21/1998, at French Lick, In.; Revised 7/13/1999, at Cheney, Wa.

STANDING RESOLUTION #15
The Mabel Sterns Award

Enacted 7/21/1998, at French Lick, In.; Revised 7/13/1999, at Cheney, Wa.

STANDING RESOLUTION #16
The National Young Astronomer Award

Enacted 7/21/1998, at French Lick, In.; Revised 7/13/1999, at Cheney, Wa.

STANDING RESOLUTION #17
The Jack Horkheimer Planetary Imaging Award

Enacted 7/18/2000, at Ventura, Ca.

Further Reading...

 

First Article (Article I - Membership) in the Astronomical League Bylaws.

First Standing Resolution (S.R. 1 - Trust Fund Procedures).

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