The International Susan Glaspell Society By-Laws

Article I: Name and Object

Section 1: The name of this society shall be the International Susan Glaspell Society (hereafter “the Society”).

Section 2: The purpose of the International Susan Glaspell Society (ISGS) is the recognition of Susan Glaspell as a major American dramatist and fiction writer through the ongoing publication of high-quality scholarship and critical analysis of all her works, participation in national and international conferences, performances and public readings of her plays, and the commitment to reprinting and teaching her plays, stories, and novels.

Article II: Officers

Section 1:
a. The elected officers shall be the Vice President, Membership and Finances Officer, and three Standing Members to serve on the Executive Council, all elected for three-year terms by a majority of members who vote in the election. All officers, including the President and the Vice President will be eligible for one further term of office if they so desire and if re-elected. The Vice President shall be the President designee and will assume the office of President upon completion of one or two terms as Vice President. The outgoing President will be an ex officio member of the Executive Council for one year.

b. The offices of Webmaster and Bibliographer will be volunteer positions, approved by a majority of members who vote, for a term of three years when review and re-approval is
required for continued service, and at which point other volunteers may be considered by the Executive Council and put forward to the members.  These Officers shall be responsible for the maintenance and production of the website and bibliography, and for reporting on the status of these to the Executive Council either in person at the Executive Council meeting or in writing, either on paper or electronically, thirty days prior to the meeting.

c. If any of the above offices becomes vacant, through any cause, the Executive Council shall elect an interim volunteer officer until elections can be held. He or she shall be eligible to stand for office at these elections.

d. All officers shall serve without compensation.

Section 2:
It shall be the President’s duty to formulate policies and projects, including conference and panel planning, for presentation to the Executive Council and to fulfill the obligations and purposes of the Society. In addition, the President shall entertain any proposals from Society members for meeting agendas or for projects or panels; and shall, in consultation with the Vice President, put forward the agendas for Executive Council meetings and Society business meetings via e-mail in a timely manner to all members; shall convene and preside over such meetings; and shall cause official minutes to be prepared.

Section 3:
The Vice President shall assist the President at meetings of the Society and of the Executive Council and in formulating policies and projects, including conferences and panel planning, for presentation to the Council. The Vice President shall prepare the official minutes of all Meetings which shall include a record of all motions and their disposition, together with all votes cast thereon, when recorded. Minutes of the Business Meeting shall be sent out to members by e-mail.

Section 4:
The Membership and Finances Officer shall maintain the membership of the Society; collect the dues at the established time; provide reports on finances to the President, Executive Council, and others as required; maintain the Society’s funds and distribute those funds as required for routine expenses, conference costs, and other expenses as approved by the President and Executive Council.

 Article III: Executive Council

Section 1:
The Executive Council shall be constituted as follows: the President, Vice President, Membership and Finances Officer, and three Standing Members. The Executive Council may also include one voluntary Graduate Student Representative. The immediate past President will be an ex-officio member for one year.

Section 2:
a. It shall be the duty of the Standing Members to attend Executive Council meetings and to advise and support the President and Vice President in all decisions pertaining to the Society.

b. The voluntary Graduate Student Member of the Executive Council shall be responsible for promoting the Society among graduate students.

Section 3:
It shall be the duty of the Executive Council to determine an annual Society meeting at the ALA or another national or international conference. The Executive Council shall itself hold a meeting at the designated conference prior to the general Business Meeting of the Society and may plan additional meetings as deemed necessary and whenever it is possible for all its members to coincide. Otherwise, business will be transacted by e-mail and all decisions will be posted on the website by the Webmaster and via e-mail by the President or Vice President to members as appropriate.

Section 4:
It shall be the duty of the Executive Council at the annual meeting to hear reports from all Officers, elected and voluntary; to deliberate on the proposals and plans put forward by the President and Vice President and other officers; to make decisions regarding the disposition of the finances of the Society; and to ensure that all projects embarked upon by the Society fulfill and promote the stated mission of the Society. Approval of all proposals shall be by verbal agreement or, if necessary, by majority vote of the Executive Council standing members.

Section 5:
A quorum of the Executive Council shall be four members.

Article IV: Elections

Section 1:
Only individual members in good standing shall have the right to vote or hold office in the Society.

Section 2:
Elections shall be held when due and shall be run by one Election Officer appointed for this purpose. The Election Officer will be proposed and approved by the Executive Council. The Election Officer will not be a member of the Executive Council and will not run for office.

Section 3:
All nominations, ballots, and election results will be conducted through e-mail. The Election Officer will: send an e-mail to members soliciting nominations; ask nominees if they are willing to serve; send final nominations on to the Executive Council and, after receiving the approval of nominees from the Executive Council, send out a ballot to members. The Election Officer will then collect the ballots, count the votes, and distribute the results of the Election to all members of the Society.

Section 4:
a. Elections for officers shall be decided by a simple majority of members who vote in the election.

b. Policy proposals by members shall be submitted in writing, either on paper or electronically, to the President of the Society at least thirty days prior to the annual meeting of the Executive Council. Policy proposals shall be debated and endorsed by the Executive Council, then submitted to the members for voting by the President via e-mail, and decided by a simple majority of members who vote on the proposed policy.

c. Proposed amendments to the By-laws must be submitted in writing, either on paper or electronically, to the President of the Society at least thirty days prior to the annual meeting of the Executive Council. Any proposed amendment must be endorsed by the Executive Council before submission by the President via e-mail to the membership for voting. A favorable vote of two-thirds of current members is required for passage of any amendments to the By-laws.

Article V: Members

Section 1:
Membership in the Society shall be open to:

a. Any person interested in the study of Susan Glaspell, her oeuvre and times, upon payment of one year’s dues;

b. Any cultural or educational non-profit organization interested in the study of Susan Glaspell, her oeuvre and times, upon the payment of one year’s institutional dues; and

c. Any Honorary Members of the Society. Honorary Members shall be elected by an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the voting members of the Executive Council and be exempt from the payment of dues.  Proposals for Honorary Members may be put forward by any member of the Society, and must be sent in writing to the President thirty days prior to the annual meeting.

Section 2:
Any member whose dues are six months in arrears shall be dropped from the rolls. Members who are so dropped may be reinstated at any time by the payment in advance of one year’s dues.

Section 3:
Only Society members may present papers at International Susan Glaspell Society sponsored panels. Any presenters who are not members and whose papers are accepted for presentation must become members of the Society prior to the conference.

Section 4:
The Membership and Finances Officer will ensure that all members pay their dues biannually, by December 31 of every other year, as follows:

Full-time faculty and non-faculty: $50

Students; unemployed and part-time faculty; retired faculty: $25

Institutional dues: $100

Dues may be adjusted by the Executive Council as deemed necessary and appropriate.

Article VI: Website and Bibliography

Section 1:
The website will continue as launched, will incorporate new material on the activities of the Society as appropriate, and will archive previous year’s activities annually. Members may request inclusion of activities, notices, publications, or photographs on the website by sending information to the Webmaster. The website shall be updated a minimum of twice annually. The current address of the website is:  http://blogs.shu.edu/glaspellsociety/

This should only be changed should the institutional host for the website be changed.

Section 2:
The Bibliography, which is already on the website, will be kept up to date by the Bibliographer, who will send the Webmaster information on new publications, both primary and secondary, at least once a year.

Article VII: Grants and Awards

Section 1:
The Society will fund a grant to defray registration costs for graduate students and underemployed Glaspell scholars presenting papers on ISGS-sponsored panels or participating in ISGS readings at the American Literature Association Conference.

Section 2:
The Society will award biannual prizes of $100 for the best published paper and $50 for the best conference paper on any aspect of Susan Glaspell’s life and works.  This award is open to nonmembers as well as ISGS members.  The awarding of all grant and prize monies is to be judged and determined by the Executive Council and will be announced at the biannual ISGS Business Meeting.  Grant requests and papers must be submitted to the Executive Council at least four weeks prior to the ALA Conference.

Section 3:
The Society will award translation prizes of $100.00 every six years. This award is meant to promote translations of Glaspell’s works (drama and fiction) into any language. This award is open to non-members as well as ISGS members. The awarding of prize monies is to be judged and determined by the Officers and Executive Council and will be announced at the biannual ISGS Business Meeting. Translated works must be submitted to the Executive Council at least four months prior to the Business Meeting and all accompanying material must be submitted in English. Submissions should meet the following criteria:

In order to be eligible for the award, the submitted work must be a full, unabridged translation of the original work; partial translations shall not be considered.

The submitted translation must demonstrate faithfulness to the original: linguistically, structurally/stylistically, and tonally.

Translations must be “readable” and “teachable”; and in case of play translations, they have to be “playable” by actors (thus, “stage worthy”).

Authors should provide information about the critical impact of the translation. In the case of translations to be staged, authors should include excerpts from reviews of the      production. In the case of translations to be published, authors should include excerpts from readers’ reports or critical receptions of the translation. These must be translated into English.

  • The ISGS Executive Council may      request an external reader who is fluent in both English and the target      language of the translation to assess the work.