THE CONSTITUTION OF THE HUME SOCIETY
as amended 1995
I. The purpose of the Hume Society is to stimulate scholarship on the philosophy and writings of David Hume and to afford an opportunity for the exchange of research.
II. A member of the Hume Society shall be a person who has paid dues for the current year.
III. The governing body of the Hume Society shall be an Executive Committee.
a. The Executive Committee shall consist of ten members of the Hume Society; nine shall be persons elected to staggered three -year terms, one of whom shall be the President of the Society. The Secretary -Treasurer shall serve ex-officio on the Executive Committee.
b. No member shall hold more than one office at a time, and no member shall be eligible to serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office.
c. The Executive Committee shall be empowered to add additional members by appointment to once renewable one year terms.
d. The Executive Committee shall elect a Secretary- Treasurer who will serve in that capacity for a once-renewable term of five years or until a successor is appointed.
e. Terms shall begin on January 1 and end on December 31.
f. Business of the Executive Committee may be conducted when a meeting, duly called, is attended by a majority of its members.
IV. There shall be an annual election of at least three persons to serve on the Executive Committee of the Society.
a. In September of each year the Secretary -Treasurer will circulate to all members of the Society a Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee, allowing at least thirty days for members to return nominations by mail. Any member nominated by at least two other members, and who, when asked by the Secretary -Treasurer, agrees to serve, if elected, shall be considered duly nominated.
b. Every third year the Secretary -Treasurer shall include with the Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee a Call for Nominations for President of the Society; any member nominated by at least two other members, and who, when asked by the Secretary -Treasurer, agrees to serve, if elected, shall be duly nominated for the position of President.
c. In November of each year an election of at least three persons to serve on the Executive Committee shall be conducted by mail ballot, each member of the Society being asked to vote for as many of the persons duly nominated as there are vacancies on the Executive Committee and, every third year, for a President. The names of the nominees will appear on the ballot in alphabetical order, followed by academic affiliation or equivalent information.
d. The ballots shall be collected and counted by the Secretary -Treasurer, except in a year when he or she is a nominee; in such a year, the counting will be conducted by the most recent former President of the Society who is not also a nominee. The duly nominated person receiving the largest number of votes for each vacant position shall be declared elected.
V. The Executive Committee shall create such special committees it deems appropriate, specifying for each: its charge, membership, and duration.
a. For each meeting of the Society there shall be a Program Committee consisting of no fewer than three members of the Society, at least one of whom shall be a member of the Executive Committee.
b. The Program Committee shall have the responsibility of reviewing papers submitted in response to a Call for Papers and for identifying persons to be invited to speak at the meeting of the Society.
c. The decisions of the Program Committee shall be made by the majority of its members.
d. In accordance with the Society's commitment to the principle of the blind reviewing of submitted papers, the Call for Papers shall specify that submissions are to be mailed to the Secretary -Treasurer.
e. The Program Committee may be supplemented by various sub-committees.
VI. Vacancies in the Executive Committee shall be filled at the next annual election, with the person elected to complete the term of the vacated position. The Executive Committee shall appoint a member to hold the position until the next election. Those so appointed are eligible to vote on all matters before the Executive Committee.
VII. The Executive Committee shall select the dates and sites for its future meetings. The selection of the site of a meeting will ordinarily take place two years in advance of the date of the meeting.
VIII. The Hume Society will hold regular and special meetings.
a. Regular meetings shall be scheduled at least once every two years.
b. Special meetings, either independent or jointly sponsored with another Society, may be authorized by the Executive Committee.
c. Time shall be set aside during each regular meeting of the Hume Society for a Business Meeting. The quorum for such a meeting is ten percent of the members of the Society. At this meeting the President and the Secretary-Treasurer shall give reports on behalf of the Executive Committee.
d. Any business of the Society may be conducted at the Business Meeting which is not in these By-Laws specifically reserved to the members or to the Executive Committee. Motions adopted at a Business Meeting by a majority of fewer than thirty percent of the members of the Society are subject to ratification by the entire membership, such ratification to be conducted by mail.
IX. The amount of annual dues shall be determined by the members of the Society.
X. Hume Studies shall be the journal of the Society.
1. Hume Studies shall serve the purposes of the Society and shall reflect the full range of interests of its members in all aspects of the thought of David Hume.
2. The Editor (or Editors) of Hume Studies shall be elected for a renewable five-year term, one year prior to the date the current Editor's term expires, by a simple majority of those holding elected positions on the Executive Committee.
3. The Editor shall be responsible for ensuring that Hume Studies meets the highest standards of scholarship and for promoting its reputation within the academic community. Immediately after being appointed, the Editor shall provide a formal statement of the editorial policy, to be approved by the Editorial Board.
4. The Editor shall supervise all matters regarding the management of Hume Studies, soliciting manuscripts, making final judgments about what papers appear in the journal, appointing employees, arranging for printing and mailing, having all the powers and obligations that generally attach to the position of editor.
5. General operating expenses of Hume Studies shall be subsidized by the home institution of the Editor. The Society shall remit part of the dues of the Society's members to the home institution of the Editor, and the Editor shall ensure that members receive subscriptions to Hume Studies. The precise financial arrangement shall be settled before an editor is appointed, but the Society shall provide no compensation for the Editor or employees of the journal.
6. The Editor and the Executive Committee shall agree on appointments for an Editorial Board of no more than 11 and no fewer than 7 persons. The members of the Board shall be appointed by the Executive Committee to staggered six-year terms; a member of the Board may be re-appointed for one additional six-year term. Neither the Editor nor any member of the Board may at the same time be a member of the Executive Committee. Members of the Editorial Board shall, when called upon, help the Editor in performing the obligations of that position. The Editorial Board shall ensure that the journal serves the needs of scholarship and the Society. It shall advise the Executive Committee in its assessment of candidates for. Editor and shall advise the Editor and the Executive Committee on any other matter regarding the well-being of the journal.
7. An Editor may be removed in mid-term only by an affirmative vote to remove by at least six of those holding elected positions on the Executive Committee.
8. The Editor shall prepare an annual report for the Executive Committee and the Editorial Board detailing the financial situation of Hume Studies, any changes in editorial principles, and any other matters that the Executive Committee or Editorial Board need to address. This report shall be due by May 1st of each year.
XI. The Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of those voting by mail ballot, provided that the amendment has been submitted in writing to the membership at least one month prior to the date of the vote.
XII. Robert's Rules of Order shall govern the meetings of the Hume Society and of its Executive Committee unless changes in the procedure are approved by a two-third's majority of those present.