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Wilson Association Constitution and Bylaws

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Whereas, the Supreme Architect of the Universe in His divine wisdom created us social and dependent beings and ordained that we should be subdivided into families, being the more socially and closely connected and bound together by the kindred ties of love and affection. Therefore we have organized ourselves into a society to be known as the Wilson Association, the object of which shall be the cementing of ourselves and our descendants into a closer relationship and to perpetuate the love and remembrance of the dear ones who have gone before, and agree to be governed by the following Constitution and By-Laws.


Article I.

We are to be known as the Wilson Association.

Article II.

We are to meet annually on the last Thursday in June at 10 o'clock A.M. In the Park at Olcott Beach, Niagara County, State of New York. [Changed to second Sunday in July at Krueger Park, Wilson, Niagara County, NY.]

Article III.

The officers shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer, Statistician, and an executive board, all of which shall be elected by ballot at each annual meeting for the term of one year. [Officers changed to President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, and Historian.]

Article IV.

Sec. 1. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings and appoint all committees not otherwise provided for.

Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of the Vice-President to counsel with and assist the President and to occupy the chair in case of his absence; also to be ex-officio member of the executive board.

Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of the Recording Secretary to enter all names of descendants into a book to be provided by the Executive Board, receive all money paid into the association, keep an account thereof and pay it over to the treasurer taking his receipt therefor, perform all other duties that may properly come under his jurisdiction, and turn over all books and papers to his successor in office.

Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of the Corresponding Secretary to conduct the correspondence, issue notices, remind such as may be deemed proper of the time and place of meeting, and in a general way to influence a full attendance at the meetings.

Sec. 5. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to receive all money paid into the association from the hands of the Secretaries, keep an account of the same and pay it over as directed by the president and the executive board.

Sec. 6. It shall be the duty of the Statistician to prepare and keep a list of all of the descendants of the Wilson families, collect all of the connecting chains in their ancestry and note all incidents and facts that have occurred in the past as well as those that shall take place in the future.

Sec. 7. The Executive Board shall do the business of the Association, suggest any change in the Constitution and By-Laws, fill all vacancies and promote at all times the interest and success of the association.

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Article I.

The annual meeting shall be called the Reunion of the Wilson Families.

Article II.

From 10 to 12:30 will be given to social hand-shaking and introducing those that have not formerly associated together; 12:30-1:30 dinner; 1:30-3:30 business and entertainment; 3:30-5:30 social chat; 5:30-6:30 supper; after supper join hands and sing “Auld Langsyne.”

Article III.

The committees appointed by the president shall consist of a table committee, a reception committee, a transportation committee, a committee on program, a committee on music and a press committee.

Article IV.

Anyone connected with the Wilson Families by marriage shall be considered a member of the Association and the Recording Secretary shall place the name on the membership roll.

Article V.

No one shall hold an elective office except a direct descendant of the Wilson Families.

Article VI.

It is expected that each and every person who has learned to write will sign his or her name to the membership roll, but if they have not signed they are nevertheless members by right of the Association and shall be so treated.

Article VII.

After roll call at each meeting the President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer and Statistician shall make a full report of their doings and findings during the past year.

Article VIII.

The Corresponding Secretary shall be refunded all money paid out in conducting the correspondence.

Article IX.

Sec. 1. The Table Committee shall have full supervision of all refreshments, direct how they shall be acquired and select such other assistance as they may deem necessary.

Sec. 2. The Reception Committee shall have charge of the social part of the reunion. “The whole thing” between the hours of 10 and 12:30, also between 1:30 and 5:30 P.M.

Sec. 3. In consideration of the fact that those living near by are not taxed by time and expense as others living at a distance, the Transportation Committee shall see to and arrange for the transportation and good fellowship of those residing at a greater distance while in the immediate vicinity.

Sec. 4. The Committee on Program shall arrange and see to getting the talent and direct the order of the exercises which are to follow the calling of the roll and other miscellaneous business.

Sec. 5. The Committee on Music shall arrange for singing and any other music which they may select; also see that some one is familiar with and can join in singing “Auld Landsyne” on separation at the close of the day.

Sec. 6. The Press Committee shall look after all printing, such as reports of the meetings, notices of meetings, circulars and any other printing that is desired by any other committee or officer.

Article X.

The President shall have supervision of all officers and committees and endeavor to have the association run with equal regularity, and may appoint a toastmaster to assist in carrying out the program.

Article XI.

If any moneys are needed to defray expenses a collection shall be taken up after dinner.

Article XII.

This Constitution and By-Laws may be altered or amended by a two-thirds vote at any regular meeting upon recommendation of the Executive Board.

Adopted June 27, 1907.

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