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CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS.
ADOPTED JUNE 10, 1874.
Article 1.—Name and Object. This Association shall be styled the AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF HOMEOPATHY, and its object the improvement of Homeopathic therapeutics and all other departments of medical science.
Article II. - Members. The Institute shall be composed of those physicians who are already members, and of such others as may be hereafter chosen in conformity with the By-Laws.
Article III.— Officers. The officers of the Institute shall be a President, two Vice-Presidents, who shall be designated “ First” and “ Second,” according to the number of votes received by each, a General Secretary, a Provisional Secretary, a Treasurer and an Assistant Treasurer, with such other officers as shall be designated by the By-Laws, to be chosen at such time, in such manner, for such a period, and with such duties as the By-Laws shall ordain.
Article IV.-Seal. The Institute shall have and use one common seal, with a suitable device and inscription.
Article V.- Amendments. This Constitution may be altered or amended by a vote of two-' thirds of all the members present at the regular annual meeting, provided that notice of such alteration or amendment shall have been given in writing at a previous annual meeting of the Institute.
(ADOPTED JUNE 2, 1893.)
Article I.-Meetings. This Institute shall hold at least one session in each year, at such time and place as may be determined upon from time to time.
Article II.- Officers. SECTION 1. The officers shall be elected by ballot at each annual session of the Institute, and shall enter upon their respective duties the first day of January following.
SEC. 2. The officers of the Institute, viz., the President, VicePresidents, General Secretary, Provisional Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer shall constitute an Executive Committee, which shall arrange the business of the session, attend to matters of business not otherwise specially provided for, and perform such other duties as may by vote of the Institute devolve upon
Sec. 3. The General Secretary shall be paid an annual salary of five hundred dollars.
Article III.-Duties of Officers. SECTION 1. The President shall preside at the meetings of the Institute and perform the duties usually pertaining to his office, together with such others as may by vote of the Institute devolve upon him. He shall sign all certificates of membership. He shall deliver an address at the opening of each session, and make such suggestions as he may deem necessary for the Institute to take action on during the session; and he may also consider any subject relating to medical science.
Sec. 2. The Vice-Presidents in their order shall perform the duties of the President in his absence or disability.
Sec. 3. The General Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of the meetings, conduct the correspondence of the Institute, issue notices of meetings, notify members of their election, sign certificates of membership, and perform such other duties as the Institute may direct. It shall further be the duty of the Secretary to send to each Homeopathic journal published in the country, within two months after the adjournment of an annual meeting, a list of the
officers for the ensuing year and the members of its sections. He shall have printed, during the session, whenever practicable, a daily list of the members and visitors registered, which shall give the registration number, residence, and local habitation of each person, and shall provide a number sufficient to furnish a copy to each and all those in attendance. He shall be empowered to employ clerical aid necessary to the performance of this duty.
SEC. 4. The Provisional Secretary shall assist the General Secretary, and in his absence perform his duties.
Sec. 5. It shall be the special duty of the Provisional Secretary to make, or provide, stenographic reports of all scientific discussions of the Institute and of its sections, and of all debates upon the reports and papers presented by the Standing Committees. He shall send copies of these discussions or debates for revision and correction to their authors respectively, who shall be required to return them within one week after their reception, when they shall be furnished to the General Secretary for publication in the TRANSACTIONS. The compensation for such services shall be two hundred dollars per annum and the necessary expenses of his attendance at the session shall be paid by the Institute.
SEC. 6. In the absence or disability of the Provisional Secretary, his duties shall devolve upon the General Secretary.
Sec. 7. The Treasurer shall receive all money belonging to the Institute, and make all disbursements under the recommendation of the Executive Committee. He shall furnish at each annual meeting a written report of the condition of the finances.
SEC. 8. The Assistant Treasurer shall render aid to the Treasurer, and, in his absence or disability, perform his duties.
There shall be a Board of Censors, consisting of five members (three of whom shall constitute a quorum) who shall receive and examine the credentials of candidates for membership, and report to the Institute for election such as may be found properly qualified. One member of said Board shall be elected by ballot at each annual session, to serve for five years from the first day of January next succeeding said election.
Article V.- Membership. SECTION 1. Candidates for membership shall present to the Board of Censors a certificate of three members of the Institute that the applicant has pursued a regular course of medical studies according to the requirements of the existing institutions of this country, and sustains a good moral character and professional standing. Such certificate shall state when and where the applicant obtained a diploma. If found qualified, the candidate may be elected a member. No person shall be considered a member, however, before paying an admission fee of two dollars and the annual dues, which shall entitle him to a certificate of membership.
SEC. 2. No physician, graduated subsequent to the year 1891, shall be eligible to membership, unless said graduation has followed three, full, annual courses of didactic and clinical lectures of not less than six months each.
SEC. 3. Members shall pay annually the sum of five dollars towards defraying the expenses of the Institute. The TRANSACTIONS of the Institute shall be sent to those members only who have paid their dues.
SEC. 4. Members neglecting the payment of dues for three years, after proper notification from the Treasurer, shall have their names dropped from the roll of membership. Any person thus dropped shall have the privilege of reinstatement either by paying all arrearages or by applying as a new member under the existing By-Laws.
Sec. 5. The Executive Committee shall be authorized to remit, sub silentio, the dues of those who, for ten years, have been in good membership and have paid their dues during that time, provided such members are unable to continue payment of their annual dues.
Sec. 6. All members of the Institute who have maintained twentyfive consecutive years of membership shall be considered Senior Members, and be exempt from the payment of annual dues ; and the names of such members shall be printed first in the list of members, in capital letters.
Sec. 7. Any foreign physician may be elected a Corresponding Member of the Institute at any annual meeting, on recommendation of the Board of Censors, and shall have all the privileges of members, except voting and eligibility to office.
SEC. 8. The Institute may, at any annual meeting, elect as Honorary Members, not to exceed five in one year, any foreign physicians who may be judged worth from their superior attainments in medicine; provided, that the names of persons proposed for Honorary Membership shall have been presented at a previous annual meeting. Such Honorary Members shall have all the privileges of members except voting and eligibility to office.
Sec. 9. The Institute may, at any annual meeting, elect as Honorary Associate Members, not to exceed three in any one year, any