Article I – Name and Purpose
The name of this organization is the California Studies Association. The purpose of this organization is to encourage the study of California, in all its varied and unique aspects. The Association shall act as a resource center for scholars, policy-makers, artists, and the public, so as to foster meaningful and open discussion of issues that focus upon California. The Association will also provide a forum for those engaging in the study and interpretation of California through its annual conference, and shall serve as a means of communication among those of all disciplines interested in California.
Article II – Membership
Any person who shares the purpose of the Association may become a member upon payment of annual dues. Membership is not restricted to California. Membership dues are annual and payable by March 30th each year. The dues schedule shall be determined by the association officers and made freely known to all.
Article III – Officers
The officers of the Association shall consist of a Chair and a Steering Committee composed of sixteen members. The Steering Committee shall reflect the diversity of the membership . The Chair shall serve for two years. The Steering Committee members shall have staggered terms, with all serving two-year terms. Two members of the Steering Committee shall be designated by the Steering Committee as Secretary and Treasurer of the Association, subject to the approval by the membership.
The Chair and Steering Committee are elected posts. The Steering Committee shall constitute the annual Nominating Committee and submit a slate of potential candidates to the conference every year. Candidates may also be nominated from the floor by the membership and be requested by mail. Elections will subsequently be held by mail to the whole membership within sixty days of the Annual Meeting. The Steering Committee may be enlarged to meet the responsibilities of the Association
Article IV – Powers of the Officers
The Steering Committee shall carry on all business of the Association, consistent with its goals, purposes and programs. Steering Committee powers include the authority to fill vacancies, to enter into contracts on behalf of the Association, and to expend funds. All actions of the Steering Committee may be challenged by the membership at the business meeting of the annual conference. A simple majority of the members present may change any action of the Steering Committee.
The Chair is the chief administrative officer of the Association and shall report to the Steering Committee and membership. Among the Chair’s powers are to make appointments to committees, and, when authorized by the Steering Committee, to fill vacancies on the Steering Committee, to enter into contracts on behalf of the Association, and to expend funds.
The Secretary shall keep the minutes of Steering Committee and Membership meetings, and will serve as Editor of the Association Newsletter. The Treasurer will keep the accounts and prepare any needed annual reports on association finances.
Article V – Amendments
Amendments to the By-Laws may be submitted to the Steering Committee by the membership. Amendments to the By-Laws shall be adopted by majority vote of the membership present at the annual meeting or by those members responding to a mailed ballot.
These By-Laws were adopted by unanimous vote at the annual business meeting, February 10, 1990. (There was an additional Article VI pertaining to the immediate tasks of forming the Association by 1991, since deleted). Amended February 12, 1994 and February 2001 (sic).