North Manchester Historical Society, Inc.






The name of this corporation shall be “North Manchester Historical Society, Inc.”

(hereinafter called the “Society”)






The purposes of the North Manchester Historical Society, Inc. are as follows:


(a)     To collect and preserve items and information related to the history of North Manchester, its citizens, and its surrounds.

(b)    To promote historical education within the Society and within the community, especially for our school children.

(c)     To encourage such facilities and programs as best accomplish these purposes.






Section 1.


The Society shall establish such categories of membership as it deems appropriate to accomplish its purposes.


Section 2.


Membership dues shall be fixed from time to time by the Board of Directors of the Society.


Section 3.


Membership dues are payable in January of each year; a member must have paid dues to be eligible to vote at the annual meeting of the Society and to receive the Newsletter.  Members who have not paid dues by May 1 will be dropped from the rolls of the Society.




Annual Meeting of the Membership


Section 1.


The Annual Meeting of the Membership of the Society shall be held on the second Monday of January of each year.  At that meeting, the membership shall elect its Directors, receive its financial statements, and conduct other such business as necessary.


Section 2.


Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the conduct of all meetings of the Society.






Section 1


The Society shall be governed by a Board of Directors of not less than seven (7) nor more than twelve (12) members of the Society.


Section 2.


Directors of the Society shall:


(a)    Be legal residents Chester or Pleasant Townships of Wabash County.

(a)    Be nominated by a Nominating Committee appointed by the President, which will report to the Board of Directors in December.  At the Annual Meeting additional nominations may be made from the floor.  The slate shall be affirmed or elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting.

(b)    Serve for a term of three (3) years.  Director terms shall be staggered and shall begin immediately upon their election.

(c)    Immediately following the Annual Meeting, elect from among themselves a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and other officers as necessary to the management of the Society’s business.  Officers of the Board are concurrently officers of the Society, and shall fulfill those responsibilities generally accorded officers or as agreed with the President.

(d)   The following ex-officio persons will meet with the Board without vote:  The Director of the Center for History; the Office Manager/Curator; the Treasurer; and the Immediate Past President (if this person is not continuing as a regular elected member of the Board).

(e)    Manage the business of the Society, including the appointment of such project or committee chairs as necessary to accomplish the purposes of the Society.  It is desirable to have committee chairs who also serve as Directors of the Society.

(f)     Meet as necessary to uphold this responsibility, no less than four (4) times a year.  Committees and task forces will meet as often as needed to effectively complete their work.

(g)    Appoint persons to fill any vacancy which may occur on the Board to serve until the next Annual Meeting.






Section 1.


The Board of Directors of the Society shall have the power to purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of any person who is or was a director, officer, employee, or other agent of the Society, or is or was serving at the request of the Society as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust or other enterprise, against any liability asserted against him/her and incurred by him/her in any such capacity, or arising out of his/her status as such, whether or not the Society would have the power to indemnify him/her against such liability under the provisions of this Article.




Amendments to Bylaws


These Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of members attending the Annual Meeting of the Membership, or at any special meeting of the membership, provided that notice of such meeting, setting out the proposed amendment shall have been given to each member of the Society not less than ten (10) days prior to the date of such meeting.






Date of last revision:  January 10, 2011