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The Constitution

Article I—Name

This association shall be called the Madison Literary Club.


Article II—Membership

The Club shall be composed of persons of acknowledged

literary taste.


Article III—Object

The object of the Club shall be to bring such persons together for the purpose of social enjoyment and the promotion, as far as may be, of the interests of literature in Madison, Wisconsin.


Article IV—Officers

The officers of the Club shall be a President, a First Vice-President, a Second Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and two other individuals who serve at-large. These officers constitute the Executive Committee of the Club.

Each year the Executive Committee shall present a slate of officers to the membership for their approval. Any member may suggest a nomination to the Executive Committee.


Officers shall be elected by majority vote at the December meeting of the Club for terms to run January 1-December 31 of the following year.


The President, First Vice-President, and the Second Vice-President shall serve in their positions for one year. The Secretary, Treasurer, and at-large members may serve longer terms if re-elected.


Individuals agreeing to stand for election as Second Vice-President must agree to stand for election as First Vice-President in the following year, and to stand for election as President in the subsequent year.


Article V—Election of Members

Members shall be elected by a vote of three-fourths of all the members responding. No new member shall be admitted except on recommendation of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall endeavor to admit no more than two new members in any one month.


Article VI—Annual Membership Dues

The dues shall be set at the December meeting and are payable by the following January 15. Failure to pay dues by March 15 shall be regarded as a withdrawal from membership.


Article VII—Meetings

The regular meeting shall be held on the second Monday evening of each month, except during January, June, July and August. The Executive Committee may call special meetings.


Article VIII—Presentations

The presentations of the Club shall be under the direction of the Executive Committee.


Article IX—Invited Guests

Each member may bring up to three invited guests to any meeting, space permitting.


Article X—Amendments

This Constitution and the Rules and Traditions may be amended at any regular meeting, the amendments having been proposed in writing at the previous meeting; and any of the articles may be suspended at any meeting by unanimous consent of the members present.

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