Branch Constitution

Constitution and By-Laws of the North Central Branch of the American Society for Microbiology*


Article I. Name–The name of this association shall be the North Central Branch of the American Society for Microbiology.

Article II. Objects–The objects of this association shall be the advancement of the science of Microbiology and the promotion of fellowship and acquaintance among those interested in the science and within the area covered by this association.

Article III. Membership–Any person interested in Microbiology and living in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin is eligible to active membership in this local branch.

Article IV. Officers–The officers of this Branch shall consist of a President, a Vice-President and a Secretary-Treasurer, who together with the President last retired and the representative on the Council of the American Society for Microbiology shall constitute the executive committee of this Branch. Officers, with the exception of the councilor, shall be chosen by ballot at the annual meeting each year to serve for one year, beginning service immediately after this meeting. The councilor shall be elected on alternate years.
Only members of the American Society for Microbiology — the parent Society — may hold the offices of President and of Councilor, respectively, and vote for nominees for these offices.
The duties of the officers shall be those normally belonging to such officers; all officers shall serve until their successors are elected.
The Branch representative on the Council of the American Society for Microbiology shall be elected by ballot of active members of the Society in this Branch at the annual meeting, shall take office immediately, and shall hold office for two years.

Article V. Meetings–Two meetings shall be held each year, the dates and place to be determined by the executive committee. Additional meetings may be authorized by the executive committee.

Article VI. Program and Arrangements Committee–Previous to each meeting the President shall appoint as Chairman of the Local Committee on Program and Arrangements a resident of the institution at which the meeting is to be held. This Chairman shall select the other members of the Committee.

Article VII. Headquarters–The headquarters of this Branch shall be the institution at which the Secretary-Treasurer is located.

Article VIII. Dues–The amount of the annual dues shall be decided by a majority vote; this annual assessment of dues shall continue to be in force until changed by the same procedure.

Article IX. Quorums–Fifteen members shall constitute a quorum of the Branch for the transaction of business. Three members of the executive committee shall constitute a quorum of that committee for the transaction of business.

Article X. Amendments–Amendments not inconsistent with the constitution and by-laws of the parent Society may be proposed at any meeting of the Branch and shall become effective immediately if such amendment receives majority approval.


* The October 11, 1935 committee on the constitution and by-laws of the Branch meeting at Madison, Wisconsin consisted of: W. C. Frazier, University of Wisconsin, Chairman; H. O. Halvorson, University of Minnesota; C. I. Nelson, North Dakota State (Agric. College) University; L. A. Weed, University of Iowa; C. H. Werkman, Iowa State (College) University. The constitution and by-laws were amended in 1960 as shown above.