These are the official Bylaws of NORTANA.
Article I (Members)
- Individuals in North America in the field of Norwegian studies shall be regarded as members in good standing of NORTANA upon the payment of membership dues.
- All members in good standing shall be entitled to vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the members.
- The Secretary shall maintain an updated membership roster of NORTANA.
Article II (Officers)
Amended Dec 2010
- NORTANA shall be managed by an Executive Committee consisting of five members to be elected by the membership every three years.
- The members of the executive committee shall be elected by the membership at large for a term of three years. In the event of an interim vacancy, or of a committee member’s inability to fulfill the responsibilities of office, the committee is empowered to appoint a replacement for the unexpired portion of the term.
- The Executive Committee shall elect from its own body a president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. The Executive Committee shall appoint a Newsletter Editor who may or may not be an elected member of the Executive Committee. When the appointed Newsletter Editor is a person outside the Executive Committee, the Newsletter Editor shall become an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall appoint a Webmaster who may be an elected member of the Executive Committee or an ex-officio appointment. The Executive Committee shall appoint a Bjørn Jensen Apartment Coordinator who may be an elected member of the Executive Committee or an ex-officio appointment.
Article III (Meetings)
- Regular meetings of NORTANA will take place twice a year. Such meetings may be held in conjunction with larger meetings attended by members of NORTANA. Unless members assembled for the meetings determine otherwise, Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised shall be followed in procedural matters.
- In the event a general meeting cannot be arranged, the Executive Committee shall be responsible for conducting the necessary business of NORTANA through written communication.
Article IV (Changes in Charter or Bylaws)
- Changes in the Charter or Bylaws of the organization may be proposed by members in good standing to the Executive Committee, which will in turn submit them to the entire membership for a vote by mail ballot. Changes in the Charter or Bylaws take effect with the approval of two-thirds of the voting membership. The voting membership consists of all members in good standing who return ballots by the specified date to the specified ballot-counters.
Article V (Dissolution)
- Upon the dissolution of NORTANA, the Executive Committee shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all liabilities of NORTANA, dispose of all the assets of NORTANA in such a manner or to such an organization or organizations as determined by the Executive Committee. The recipient or recipients of the assets of NORTANA must be operated exclusively for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations by the current Internal Revenue Code.