Midwestern History Association By-Laws

ADOPTED October 11, 2014, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Article I. Name

The name of this organization shall be the Midwestern History Association (MHA).

Article II. Purpose

The MHA is committed to:

  1. Advocating the study of the history of the American Midwest, a region which has been greatly neglected by professional historians in recent decades;

  2. Re-building the infrastructure necessary to promote the study of the history of the American Midwest;

  3. Promoting the study of the history of the American Midwest by way of organizing and supporting academic discussions and conference presentations and panels related to the history of the American Midwest;

  4. Serving as the support system for the journal Middle West Review, which will serve as a forum for the discussion and advancement of Midwestern history;

  5. Partnering with existing scholarly organizations;

  6. Establishing prizes to be awarded for scholarship in Midwestern history and the MHA’s annual meeting.

    Article III. Membership

    The membership of the MHA shall include anyone interested in the study and promotion of Midwestern history who has been duly added to the MHA electronic mail list by the MHA Secretary.  Membership shall be conferred automatically upon an individual by means of self-selection and by way of informing the Secretary of the MHA of an individual’s desire to be added to the MHA electronic mail list. Each member of the MHA is entitled to one vote.

    Article IV.  Membership Meetings

    The MHA shall meet annually in conjunction with the meeting of an existing scholarly organization or other scholarly conclave.  Priority will be afforded to the holding of annual meetings in the American Midwest.  The President, in cooperation with the MHA’s Board of Directors, shall designate the time and place of the MHA’s annual meeting and so notify MHA members.  The MHA’s official business shall be conducted at the annual meeting. 

    Article V.  Officers and Directors

    The MHA shall have the following officers and directors who are charged with the duties set forth below:

  1. President – the duties of the President shall be:

    1. setting the annual meeting of the MHA;

    2. presiding at the MHA’s annual meeting;

    3. helping to organize conferences, conference panels, and other conclaves designed to promote Midwestern history;

    4. choosing the three members of the MHA prize committees;

    5. providing general leadership for the MHA.

  2. President-Elect – the duties of the President-Elect shall be to assist the President and to prepare to serve as President of the MHA upon expiration of the President’s term in office.

  3. Treasurer – the duties of the Treasurer shall be to maintain the finances of the the MHA:

  4. Board of Directors – the Board of Directors shall:

    1. be composed of fifteen MHA members;

    2. be chosen by way of votes of the MHA membership at the annual meeting of the MHA;

    3. and set policy for the MHA.

    4. A quorum consists of a majority of the members of the Board of Directors.

      Article VI.  Terms of Office

      The officers of the MHA shall serve the following terms in office:

  1. President – two years

  2. President-Elect – two years

  3. Treasurer – two years

  4. Directors – four years

    All officers and directors shall be limited to two consecutive terms in office.   

    Article VII.  Vacancies

    A vacancy in the office of the President shall be filled by the President-Elect unless he or she is unable to serve, at which time the vacancy shall be filled by election of the members by a majority of votes cast.  A vacancy in the office of the President-Elect shall be filled by election of the members by a majority of votes cast.  A vacancy in the office of the Treasurer shall be filled by way of appointment by the President until an election for the position can be held at the annual meeting.  A vacancy on the Board of Directors shall be filled by way of appointment by the President until an election for the position can be held at the annual meeting. 

    Article VIII.  General Committees

    The President shall appoint such standing, special, or ad hoc committees as he or she finds necessary.  Committee chairpersons shall be appointed by and responsible to the President. 

    A vacancy on a committee shall be filled by appointment of the President.

    Article IX.  Prize Committees

    The President shall appoint members of the MHA to serve on Prize Committees, which will adopt the necessary procedures to award the prizes set forth in Article II.  The prizes shall be awarded for publications during a calendar year and shall be announced by the President at the MHA’s annual meeting.  Prizes shall commence with the calendar year 2013.

    Article X.  Parliamentary Authority

    The rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, shall govern the organization in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the bylaws or the special rules of order of the organization.

    Article XI.  Amendments

    These bylaws may be amended by a vote of two-thirds of the members of the organization, conducted by electronic ballot.  The membership shall be notified of adopted bylaw amendments by the most feasible means.