INTERNATIONAL PSYCHOHISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

2018 CONSTITUTION

Enacted by a unanimous vote (32 members present voted in favor) at the 2018 IPA business meeting.

Article I

Name and Organization

The name of this organization is The International Psychohistorical Association (IPA). The International Psychohistorical Association is designated an incorporated nonprofit association created under the laws of the State of New York.  New York State ST-119 form documents exemption number 186524 (issued August 8, 1988).   The Federal Notice of New Employer Identification Number Assigned form documents Federal Employer Identification Number 133337410 (issued April 21, 1986).

Article II

Intent and Purpose

The International Psychohistorical Association (IPA) is an independent, non-profit, tax-exempt organization created in 1977 to provide an organized professional association for those actively participating in research in the academic field of psychohistory.  The IPA is headquartered in New York State in the United States of America.  The IPA is an international organization with membership open to interested parties of all national origins and academic disciplines. The IPA may engage in any and all other charitable activities permitted to an organization exempt from federal income tax under Federal Income Tax Code or corresponding future provisions of the federal tax law. To these ends, The International Psychohistorical Association may do and engage in any and all lawful activities that may be incidental or reasonably necessary to any of these purposes, and it shall have and may exercise all other powers and authority now or hereafter conferred upon incorporated/unincorporated nonprofit corporations in the State of New York.

ARTICLE III

Office and Duration

  1. The office of the International Psychohistorical Association (IPA) shall be located at the address at which the President or Secretary/Treasurer has official residence; or at such place as IPA may from time to time determine, or as the business of IPA may require.
  2. The duration of The International Psychohistorical Association shall be perpetual.
  3. The death, incapacitation, removal, or resignation of any member of the IPA shall not result in the dissolution of IPA.

Article IV

Structure and Membership

The International Psychohistorical Association (IPA) consists of individuals dedicated to the promotion of the academic field of Psychohistory, through public education, training, and scholarly research. Membership is open to anyone wishing to render support, guidance and encouragement to individuals participating in Psychohistorical research.

IPA membership fees or annual dues are required for membership.  Membership becomes effective upon the payment of annual dues in an amount set by the Leadership Council.

The International Psychohistorical Association does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religious affiliation, handicap, national origin, nationality or other personal factor.

Article V

Association Leadership

  1. The International Psychohistorical Association shall elect officers to be determined by IPA membership. Elected officers include President, Vice-President, International Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Communications Director, and Newsletter Editor.
  2. Any member in good standing may hold elected office.
  3. Election of officers will be by a majority vote of those present at the business meeting, which is held biennially at the Conference. When there is no majority, a run-off election will occur between the two top candidates.  IPA members may vote by proxy upon request.
  4. If any elected office, except President, is vacated, a replacement may be appointed by the Leadership Council. If the Presidency is vacated, the Vice-President becomes President for the rest of the term of office.
  5. Honorary Officers are nominated and approved by the Leadership Council at their discretion. The Honorary Officers will be voting members of the Leadership Council and can be any member in good standing.  They will serve for same two-year term as the elected officers.  Honorary Officers can be reappointed indefinitely.
  6. Nominations for elected officers will be presented by the Leadership Council to the membership at the bi-annual business meeting. Members seeking elected office for the first time must have two other members in good standing who will recommend each person seeking nomination and give reasons for this recommendation.  For those seeking to be President or Treasurer for the first time, three recommendations must be sent to the current President two weeks in advance of the annual Conference.  Other officers can be nominated at the Conference business meeting.
  7. Duties of Officers. These duties are enumerated; and can be altered at the discretion of a majority of the Leadership Council.  Duties of any elected office except President can also be shared by elected or honorary officers.
    1. The President: oversees overall functioning of the IPA, presides over all meetings, is a voting member of the Leadership Council, acts for the Council in emergencies when the Council cannot meet or take a vote, breaks tie votes, works collaboratively with Council members to help get tasks completed, and has a major responsibility in planning and organizing the annual Conference along with the Council. The term of the President’s office shall be two years.
    2. Vice-President: assists the president in overseeing the functioning of the IPA, presides over meetings in the President’s absence, becomes President for the remainder of the term should the President step down, serves on the Leadership Council, serves as Secretary when that officer is absent from meetings. The Vice-President’s term is two years.
    3. Treasurer: handles all financial business of the IPA including receiving dues, making funds available, signs checks, handles the organization’s bank account, may invest IPA funds in short term, guaranteed return investment with little or no risk, keeps an account of all IPA members, and income from all sources including the annual Conference, serves on the Leadership Council.  The term of office shall be for two years.
    4. Secretary: preserves the Constitution, all documents, and records of the IPA, keeps accurate record of all meetings, including the Conference business meeting, reports minutes of previous meetings, including the business meeting, serves on the Leadership Council.  The term of office shall be for two years.
    5. Newsletter Editor: in charge of publishing and distributing the Psychohistory News four times a year, works with other officers and members to achieve the newsletter’s goals, serves on the Leadership Council. The term of office shall be two years.
    6. Communications Director: responsible for public relations, keeps the IPA website up to date, expands the IPA presence in social and other media, serves on the Leadership Council. The term of office shall be two years.
    7. International Vice-President; represents the IPA in countries other than the United States, networks with those in various countries receptive to psychohistorical approaches, consults with the IPA President and the Leadership Council, and serves on the Council. The term of office shall be two years.
    8. Honorary Officers: elected for two years by the Leadership Council, serve on the Leadership Council, participate in Council meetings and give advice and counsel to the Council.

Article VI

IPA Government

  1. A Leadership Council shall be the governing body of this association; and shall consist of elected and honorary officers.  Resolutions are passed by a majority of the members present.  The Leadership Council will meet at least quarterly to conduct IPA business.  Attendance can be executed via electronic means.  A quorum will consist of a majority of the Council members. Emergency meetings may be called at any time.
  2. The IPA Business Meeting will be held every two years at the annual Conference and is chaired by the IPA President. The President and officers report about IPA activity, finances, plans for the future, and assess the status and prospects of the IPA and psychohistory. At this meeting, officers will be nominated and elected by a majority vote of those present, plus proxies if any. Members may raise questions and issues from the floor, and vote on Constitutional amendments.
  3. Parliamentary Procedure: meetings will be conducted by the IPA President or designee, motions must be seconded, approval of motions is by majority vote, Robert’s Rules of Order govern the conduct of meetings.
  4. Amending or Revising the Constitution: amendments are voted on only at the annual meeting, and ought to be proposed in advance of the conference by any member in good standing. Revisions and amendments require approval by two-thirds of those present at the business meeting.
  5. Fiscal Year shall be from January 1st to December 31st.

 

2022 AMENDMENT TO IPA CONSTITUTION (enacted by acclamation at May 20, 2022 business meeting).

The acronym for the International Psychohistorical Association shall be IPhA (no longer IPA).

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