Initially drafted by Professor Glenn Gilbert, a founding member.
2.Any person may become a regular member by payment of dues.
3.Any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in the regular academic year as a candidate for a degree in a recognized college or university may become a student member without payment of dues. Student membership in the Society requires that the individual submit a verification of student status.
4. Any individual or institution may subscribe to the publications of the Society.
5. All regular SPCL members must subscribe to the Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages; the subscription fee includes the annual dues established by the Executive Council. Students who do not wish to subscribe to JPCL may become members at no charge by sending an electronic request for membership to the Executive Secretary, who will then add their name to the SPCL mailing list.
6. Any individual member who has paid dues for twenty years and who has retired from the regular exercise of the profession may, by vote of the Executive Council, be eligible for reduced dues without losing any of the rights of membership.
7. Only members may vote and hold office in the Society. A person need not be a member of the Society in order to submit to the Editor of JPCL items for publication consideration. However, only members may offer to the Program Committee papers for oral presentation at meetings of the Society.
MEETINGS OF THE SOCIETY
2. The President shall serve for two years. The President shall preside at the meetings of the Society and Executive Council, shall appoint such nonelective committees as may be required, and shall present an annual report to the Society, which shall be issued to all members in good standing.
3. The Vice-President shall serve two years and shall perform the functions of the President in the latter’s absence. The Vice President shall succeed to the presidency at the end of the meeting which concludes the President’s term of office.
2. The Executive Council shall convene at the time of the annual Business Meeting and at such other times as may be desirable and convenient. No member of the Executive Council may be represented by a proxy. Five members shall constitute a quorum. The Executive Council shall have power to take any action that the Society itself could take, but all its acts must be reported to the Society via electronic mail or at the next Business Meeting. The meetings of the Executive Council shall be open for observation, but without the right to speak or vote, to any member of the Society. The Executive Secretary may ask the Executive Council to vote upon specific questions by electronic mail and shall do so at the request of any other member of the Council. If a majority of the Council votes for or against any measure thus submitted, that vote shall be decisive.
3. The Executive Council shall direct the activities of the Society within the general policies determined by the membership.
4. Any elective position that falls vacant between Business Meetings shall be filled at the next Business Meeting.
2. The Executive Secretary shall be the chief fiscal officer. The Executive Secretary will prepare an annual financial report for the annual meeting. An electronic copy of this report is to be sent to members of the Executive Council at least 10 days prior to the Business Meeting.
2. The Nominating Committee will provide nominees for the Society’s elective offices. These are Vice President/President-Elect and members-at-large of the Executive Council. Not less than 60 days before the Business Meeting the Nominating Committee shall report to the President its nominees. Within 30 days of receiving this report the President shall inform the Society membership by electronic mail of the Committee’s nominations. Elections shall occur during the Business Meeting. Additional nominations from the floor may be made at that time.
The Executive Secretary shall have the responsibility of sending out calls for papers and for setting deadlines for the receipt of abstracts. For a meeting of the Society, the Executive Committee shall evaluate abstracts, and the President shall have the responsibility of tabulating these evaluations and, on the basis of them, determining which papers will be accepted for presentation at the meeting. The President shall be responsible for constructing the meeting schedule.
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