Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy

and his significance


Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Society of North America

CONSTITUTION (January 2009; revised November 2010, revised June 2015)

I. Purpose

The Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Society of North America (hereafter ERH Society) exists to promote the study and interpretation, and a wide-spread awareness and understanding, of the works (including the remarkable recorded lectures) of the great German historian and social philosopher, Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy (1888-1973), who immigrated to America in 1933 in protest against the rise of Hitler.

II. Membership and Dues

The membership of the Society shall be those persons who have an interest in the life and works of Prof. Rosenstock-Huessy. A member in good standing may vote, hold office, and participate in all of the activities of the ERH Society. The schedule of dues shall be proposed by the Executive Committee of the Society and approved by a majority vote of those present at the next business meeting of the Society. The membership of the Society is without dues.

III. Officers, Council, and Executive Committee

The officers of the ERH Society shall be President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The Council of the Society shall consist of three members. The Executive Committee shall consist of the Officers and the Council.

IV. Duties and Terms of the Officers and Council

(1) The President shall preside over the business meetings of the Society, to be held not less often than biennially; call meetings of the Executive Committee at least once annually; and in consultation with the Executive Committee appoint members of the various sub-committees required to perform the work of the Society, namely a Nominating Committee, a Program Committee, and a Local Arrangements Committee for meetings and gatherings. S/he is also empowered to name other committees as need arises.

(2) The Vice-President shall fulfill the duties of the President in the absence of the President, will chair the Program Committee, and will assist other officers as necessary. As chairperson of the Program Committee, the Vice-President is responsible for organizing a biennial or triennial summer gathering, such as a seminar, roundtable, or conference, concerning the life and work of Rosenstock-Huessy.

(3) The Secretary shall record the proceedings of the business meetings of the Society and of the meetings of the Executive Committee, and shall distribute the Minutes of such meetings within a month after their occurrence. Further, the Secretary shall maintain the membership list of the Society, and shall implement all mailings to the members as needed or as directed by the President or the Executive Committee.

(4) The Treasurer shall collect membership dues and spend the Society’s funds as authorized by the President and at least one other Officer besides the Treasurer himself. S/he shall keep an accurate accounting of the Society’s financial transactions and report annually to the membership of the Society on the state of the Society’s finances.

(5) The President with the three other officers collectively will cooperate to oversee all of the Society’s public communications, including the website, the printed newsletter, discussion groups, and so forth, and are empowered to recruit members as volunteers to perform necessary tasks, such as editing, website moderating, technical management of electronic tools, and so forth.

(6) The terms of the President and Vice-President shall be two years and are not immediately renewable in the same office, although any officer may be re-elected after an interlude of two years. The terms of the Secretary and the Treasurer shall be two years and are renewable indefinitely. The Vice-President may be elected to the presidency immediately following her or his stint as Vice-President without an interlude out of office.

(7) Council members with the Officers shall constitute the Executive Committee of the Society. The responsibility of the Council is to advise the Officers of the Society. Council members are elected for three-year terms, which are not immediately renewable, although any Council member may be re-elected after an interlude of one year. Seats on the Council will be staggered such that one new Council member is elected every year for a three-year term.

(8) The terms of elected Officers and Council members will begin on September 1.

V. Duties and Terms of Committees

(1) The Executive Committee shall consist of the four Officers and the three Council members. A meeting of the Executive Committee shall be called by the President at least once annually, but any member of the Committee may ask the President to convene the Committee at any time. A quorum shall consist of five members. Actions and policies voted on by the Executive Committee have ultimate authority over the affairs of the ERH Society.

(2) The Nominating Committee shall consist of three members appointed by the President, including the most recent past-President of the Society, who will serve as the chairperson. Nominating Committee members shall serve for two years from the date of their appointment. The Nominating Committee will canvass the membership of the Society for names of possible Officers and Council members to serve in vacant positions and shall distribute a single slate of candidates at least two months before the biennial business meeting. In addition to the slate prepared by the Nominating Committee, which should be prepared in consultation with the Executive Committee, any member may propose a candidate to serve as an Officer or on the Council by submitting that name to the Secretary at least one month before the election at the business meeting.

(3) The Program Committee shall consist of five members appointed by the President, including the Vice-President of the Society, who will serve as the chairperson. Members of the Program Committee shall serve for up to three years from the date of their appointment. The Program Committee is responsible for organizing periodic gatherings concerning the life and work of Rosenstock-Huessy, which shall be held not less often than every three years. The tenure of Committee members may terminate earlier if their mission of organizing a gathering has been accomplished.

(4) The Local Arrangements Committee shall consist of several members of the Society appointed by the Vice-President and will assist the Program Committee in dealing with the practical, on-site needs of a well-organized gathering.

VI. Periodic Gatherings

Members of the Society will gather every second year ideally, but in no case less often than every third year. In the sequence of gatherings, every other one shall be held at Dartmouth College, the so-called “home gathering”; the “away” gathering may be held at any location in the United States or Canada approved by the Executive Committee. Although electronic communication will be taken advantage of to the utmost in the distribution of materials related to the gathering, the biennial (or triennial), regular gatherings of the Society will be face-to-face, person-to-person.

VII. Business Meetings

Business meetings will be held ideally in conjunction with the biennial gathering, at which time the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, shall report to the members of the Society, and new Officers and Council members will be nominated and elected. The members present at a scheduled business meeting shall constitute a quorum for conducting any business of the Society.

VIII. Amendments

Proposed amendments to the Constitution of the ERH Society must be in writing and endorsed by three members in good standing. The President shall bring such proposals before the Executive Committee. Upon an affirmative vote of a majority of the Executive Committee (i.e., four members of the Committee), the proposed amendment shall be distributed to the membership of the Society and voted upon at the next business meeting. If the procedure is supported by five members of the Executive Committee, a proposed amendment may be distributed via e-mail and brought to a vote electronically after an interim of two months set aside for discussion. Amendments must be approved by a majority of those responding to an electronic canvass within a two-week time frame.

IX. Powers

All duties and responsibilities not specifically assigned will fall under the authority of the Executive Committee.

X. Conduct of Business

The business of the Society, with the exception of the regular gatherings, may be conducted by e-mail or telephone conferencing when authorized by five members of the Executive Committee.

XI. Devisement of Society Assets

Should the Society at any time in the future cease to exist, its assets will be transferred to the Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy Fund.

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