Fortieth Annual Report of the State Horticultural Society of Missouri

Fortieth Annual Report of the State Horticultural Society of Missouri

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Excerpt from Fortieth Annual Report of the State Horticultural Society of Missouri: Meetings at Springfield, June 8, 9, 10, and Moberly, Dec; 7, 8, 9, 1897

The Public Printer shall annually, under the direction of the Board, print such number of the reports of the proceedings of the Board, Society and auxiliary societies as may, in the judgment of the State Printing Commission, be justified by the appropriation made for that purpose by the General Assembly, such annual report not to contain more than 400 pages. The Secretary of the Society shall receive a salary of eight hundred dollars per annum as full compensation for his services; all other officers shall serve without compensation, except that they may receive their actual expenses in attending meetings of the Board.

Article I. This association shall be known as the Missouri State Horticultural Society. Its object shall be the promotion of horticulture in all its branches.

Art II. Any person may become a member of this Society upon the payment of one dollar, and membership shall continue upon the payment of one-dollar annually. The payment of ten dollars at any one time shall constitute a person a life member, and honorary members may be elected at any regular meeting of the Society. And any lady may become a member by giving her name to the Secretary.

Art. III. The officers of this Society shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Second Vice-President, a Secretary and a Treasurer, who shall be elected by ballot at each regular annual meeting, and whose term of office shall begin on the first day of June following their election.

Art. IV. The elective officers of this Society shall constitute an Executive Committee, at any meeting of which a majority of the members shall have power to transact business. The other duties of the officers shall be such as usually pertain to the same officers in similar organizations.

Art. V. The regular meetings of this Society shall be held annually on the first Tuesdays in December and June, except when otherwise ordered by the Executive Committee. Special meetings of the Society may be called by the Executive Committee, and meetings of the committee by the President and Secretary.

Art. VI. As soon after each regular annual meeting as possible, the president shall appoint the following standing committees, and they shall be required to give a report, in writing, under their respective heads, at the annual and semi-annual meetings of the Society, of what transpires during the year of interest to the society: Orchards, Vineyards, Stone-fruits, Small Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers, Ornamentals, Entomology, Ornithology, Botany, Nomenclature, New Fruits, Injurious Fungi, Packing and Marketing Fruit and Transportation.

Art. VII. The Treasurer shall give a bond in twice the sum he is expected to handle, executed in trust to the President of this Society (forfeiture to be made to the Society), with two or more sureties, qualifying before a notary public, of their qualifications as bondsmen, as is provided by the statute concerning securities.

Art. VIII. This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members present at any regular meeting.

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