By-Laws of the Holden Historical Society, Inc.

Note: Changes adopted at the annual meeting, September 9, 1985, are in italics.


The name of this organization shall be THE HOLDEN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, INC.


The purpose of this Society shall be the collecting and preserving of materials and information relating to the history, people and culture of the Town of Holden and her neighboring towns so that this valuable heritage SHALL NOT BE LOST TO FUTURE GENERATIONS.


1. President — To preside at all meetings and take general charge of the Society, to appoint necessary committees. Said Committees to be approved by the Executive Council.

2. Vice-President — To stand for the President whenever necessary.

3. Secretaries

a. Recording Secretary — To keep records of the meetings of the Society and of the Executive Council.

b. Corresponding Secretary — To prepare newsletters, press releases, and other materials relating to the Society's activities.

c. Membership Secretary — To maintain current lists of the membership and to prepare materials relating to membership solicitation.

4. Treasurer — To handle the finances of the Society, pay all bills, and to sit on any fund-raising committee. Expenditures of fifty dollars ($50.00) must first be authorized by a vote of the Executive Council.

5. Historian — To be responsible for any documents acquired by the Society, subject to the jurisdiction of the Executive Council.

6. Curator — To be responsible for any other items of historical interest, subject to the jurisdiction of the Executive Council.

7. Executive Council — This Council shall be composed of the officers named above, plus seven (7) additional members, four (4) of whom shall be elected in odd years, and three (3) in even years.

The term of office shall be two (2) years. The President, Secretaries, and the seven additional Council members shall serve no more than two consecutive terms. The Vice-President, Treasurer, Historian, and Curator shall not be limited to two terms.

8. A Nominating Committee of three (3) members shall be elected at the Annual Meeting, and shall present a slate of candidates, including a Nominating Committee, at the next Annual Meeting.


Membership shall be open to all persons having an interest in the stated purpose of the Society.

At the discretion of the Executive Council, members may be dropped after two years for non-payment of dues.


The Executive Council shall recommend at the Annual Meeting a schedule of dues for the ensuing year.


The Society shall have at least four (4) meetings a year on the second Monday of the month. The May meeting shall be the Annual Meeting at which time election of officers shall take place.

Notice of all meetings shall be made in advance to all members.

The Executive Council shall meet at least quarterly, and at other times as may be deemed necessary.

ARTICLE VII Amendments

These articles may be amended at any Annual Meeting if notice of proposed changes has been made available to all members, and provided a quorum (30% of the membership) is present.

Revised, 9 September 1985

Amendments to the Articles of Organization
of the Holden Historical Society, Inc.

Note: The following amendments were adopted at a Special Meeting of the Holden Historical Society, Inc., September 22, 1987, in order to fulfill the requirements of the Internal Revenue Service as part of the Society's application for tax-exempt status:

Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation is organized exclusively for one or more of the following purposes: religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational purposes, or to foster national or international amateur sports competition (but only if no part of its activities involve the providing of facilities or equipment) or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals as specified in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code Of 1954, and shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.

No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of any member, trustee, director, officer of the corporation, or any private individual (except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to or for the corporation), and no member, trustee, officer shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the corporate assets upon dissolution of the corporation.

No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided by Internal Revenue Code section 501(h)), or participating in, or intervening in (including the publication or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

Upon the dissolution of this organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding section of any future Federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the Federal Government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose.