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BY-LAWS OF THE CORPORATION
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF THE STATE OF NEW-YORK,
In Force May, 1891,
OFFICERS AND THEIR ELECTION.
The Officers of the Chamber shall be a President, two VicePresidents, a Treasurer and a Secretary, all of whom shall be chosen by ballot at the first regular meeting in May of each year.
A majority of the votes cast at each election shall be necessary in each instance to elect. The persons so elected shall take the oath or affirmation required by the Charter, and shall continue in office one year, or until their successors shall have become duly qualified to office according to the Charter.
Should any person so elected decline to serve, or resign his office, or his office become vacant by his death, the vacancy shall be filled by an election at the next regular meeting of the Chamber, held after such declination or resignation shall have been reported to the Chamber.
No person shall hold the office of President or Vice-President for more than three yearly terms, unless he shall be re-elected by a vote of three-fourths of the ballots cast at the election ; and the same vote shall be necessary for each succeeding re-election of same person to same office.
The regular meetings of the Chamber for the transaction of business shall be held in the Hall of the Chamber on the first Thursday in each month, (the summer vacation only excepted,) at half-past twelve o'clock, P. M. When the first Thursday in any month shall fall on a legal holiday, the regular monthly meeting shall be held on the Thursday following, unless otherwise ordered by a vote of the Chamber.
Special meetings may be held at such other places, and at such other times as the President, or in his absence, the Vice-Presidents, in their order, may designate, upon the written requisition of ten members ; provided that one day's notice of the time, place and object of the meeting shall have been publicly given ; and also provided, that no other business except that designated in such call and notice shall be acted upon.
MEMBERS AND THEIR ELECTION.
No person shall be admitted members of this Corporation but merchants or others residents of this or contiguous States engaged in trade or commerce, or in pursuits directly connected therewith.
All nominations for membership of the Chamber must be made in writing, together with a statement of the occupation and qualification of the candidate, and be addressed to the Executive Committee for consideration.
If the Executive Committee approve the nomination, they sball report the same to the Chamber at the first regular meeting thereafter. The candidate shall be then balloted for; and if five or more negative ballots appear, he cannot be admitted a member, nor be again proposed until after the expiration of a year from the time of such rejection.
The Chamber may expel any member for dishonorable conduct or dealings, but only after a hearing of such member at a regular meeting, and by a two-third vote of the members present. Pro. vided, that the Executive Committee shall recommend such expulsion, and that due notice be given by the Secretary of the Chamber, both to the accused member and to the Chamber at large, of the day when such hearing may be had ; and also provided, that if the accused member do not appear for such hearing, in person or by proxy, the vote may be taken on his expulsion as though he had appeared.
The Secretary of the Chamber shall furnish to each member who may apply therefor, and who shall have paid his admission or annual fees, an engraved certificate of membership, duly signed and authenticated,
Honorary members may be elected at any meeting of the Chamber, whether regular or special, on the nomination of the Executive Committee, and without ballot, unless called for. They shall be entitled to all the privileges of regular members, except the right of vote. They shall be exempt from payment of any fees whatever.
The Secretary shall furnish each honorary member, thus elected, with a certificate of membership, duly signed and authenticated.
Each member elected to the Chamber shall pay an admission fee of twenty-five dollars, which shall be in full for the calendar year in which he is elected. And each member of the Chamber shall pay annually, while he shall remain a member, a fee of twenty dollars.
The Executive Committee may, in its discretion, for reasons satisfactory to itself, remit the annual fees of any member ; and it may accept the resignation of any member, at any time, if the annual fees of such member, to the date of such resignation, shall have been paid or remitted.
If the fees of any member remain unpaid for a term of two years, the name of such defaulting member may be reported to the Chamber, and thereafter, unless otherwise ordered by the Chamber, be stricken from the rolls.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS. Of the President.—The President shall exercise a general supervision of the affairs and interests of the Chamber. When in the city, or not unavoidably absent, he shall preside at all meetings of the Chamber, regular and special. All motions of business and adjournment shall be addressed to him. He shall appoint all Special Committees, except where the Chamber shall otherwise order. He shall sign all official documents of the Chamber. He shall countersign the annual accounts of the Treasurer, when duly andited. He shall call special meetings of the Chamber, on the written requisition of not less than ten members, stating the object thereof, and shall designate the time and place at which such special meeting may be held, and direct the duo notification thereof.
Of the Vice-Presidents.—The Vice-Presidents, in the order of seniority, shall, in the absence of the President, have the same power and authority as the President, when personally present.
Of the Treasurer.—The Treasurer shall have the charge of all moneys collected or received for the use of the Chamber. He shall disburse the same, when not otherwise provided for by these by-laws, only upon the written warrants of the Executive Committee. shall keep books of account of all receipts and disbursements, and the vouchers therefor, in the usual form, and shall produce a copy of the same, fairly stated, for the inspection of the members, at each annual meeting. Such a copy of accounts shall be duly audited by auditors appointed for the purpose by the Chamber, and be signed by them and countersigned by the President, on or before the Tuesday next preceding the annual meeting. The Treasurer shall deliver over to his successor the cash remaining in his hands, as also any certificates of stock or other securities, the property of this Chamber, together with the books of account, chest and key, and may require a receipt therefor. In the absence of the Treasurer elect, the same shall be delivered to the President.
Of the Secretary.-The Secretary shall devote himself entirely to the affairs of the Chamber. He is the custodian of the property of the Chamber, and shall bave care of the rooms, furniture, library, pictures, and of all documents and correspondence belonging to the Corporation. He shall look to the insurance of such property against fire. He shall attend all meetings, and keep a fair and correct register of all proceedings, rules and regulations of the Chamber, which shall be regularly entered in the book of minutes, after the ancient usage. He shall also attend upon and keep minutes of the proceedings of the Executive and other Standing Committees, and sball assist the Special Committees as far as in his power. He shall, under direction of the President, conduct the correspondence of the Chamber. He shall duly notify members of their election, sign all documents jointly with ihe President, and have the custody of the seal of the Chamber for their proper authentication. He shall give due notice of all meetings, both regular and special. It shall be his duty, whenever the President, or one of the Vice Presidents, shall not appear at any meeting regnlarly called, and after reasonable delay, to declare such meeting irregular, and adjourn it sine die.
He shall see to the collection of all dues from members, and regularly return the same to the Treasurer, and shall render him all required assistance in the clerical part of his duties. He shall prepare the Annual Report of the Chamber, under the general guidance of the Executive Committee.
In the absence of the Secretary, the President shall appoint one of the members to take his place for the time being.
The Standing Committees of the Chamber shall be
An Executive Committee, of which the President, two VicePresidents and Secretary shall be members ex officio.
A Committee on Finance and Currency.
Each of these Standing Committees shall consist of a Chairman and four members, and shall be elected at the regular annual May meeting, and sball continue in office until others are elected in their place. Vacancies occurring in any Committee may be filled at any regular meeting of the Chamber.
Three members of any Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
DUTIES OF STANDING COMMITTEES.
Of the Executive Committee.- The Executive Committee shall, under the direction of the Chamber, have a general control of the property and affairs of the Chamber. It shall act as an advisory committee to the Secretary, and direct the preparation of the Annual Report of the Chamber. It shall audit all bills and claims against the Corporation, and direct their payment, if approved, except bills for only salaries and rent, which shall be approved by the President, and paid upon his order, or that of one of the Vice-Presidents, in his absence. It shall fix the amount of all salaries and compensation for service. It shall consider all nominations for membership, for the Standing Committees and other clective officers of the Chamber, and report the same regularly to the Chamber. It shall have power to accept resignations and remit fees as herein before provided by Article v.
Upon coinplaint of any member for dishonorable conduct or dealings on the part of any other member, it may, in its discretion, report the complaint to the Chamber, with recommendation to expel the offending member, but not otherwise ; always provided that it give to the member complained of an opportunity for a prior hearing, either in person or by proxy, before making such report.
The Executive Committee shall hold a regular monthly meeting for consideration of nominations and audit of bills on the Tuesday next preceding the regular monthly meeting of the Chamber.
Of the Committee on the Charity Fund.—This Committee shall take charge of the moneys and securities received from Mrs. John C. GREEN, and from any other source, for the like benevolent purpose, and invest and re-invest the same from time to time, and shall have power to make distribution of the income thereof among the class intended to be benefited. The Committee shall have power to fill any vacancies that may occur in their number by death, resignation or otherwise.
OF OTHER STANDING COMMITTEES.
Their duty shall be to examine into and make report upon such subjects as may be referred 10 them by the Chamber, or they may originate and report to the Chamber such views as they may deem proper for its consideration.
They shall, respectively, keep regular minutes of their meetings and proceedings, in which the Secretary shall give them all required assisiance, and they shall make an annual written report to the Chainber at its regular annual May meeting.
OF OTHER COMMITTEES UNDER THE LAWS OF THE STATE.
The Chamber shall elect, in conformity with the laws of the State, the following named officers :
Commissioners of Pilots.-There shall be elected by ballot, to serve for two years, at a special meeting called for the purpose, three members of the Chamber to act as Commissioners of Pilots. Whenever any vacancy shall occur by deatlı, resignation or other. wise, of either of such Commissioners so elected, the vacancy shall be filled at a special meeting of the Chamber, and the term of service