American Society of Primatologists
ARTICLE 1. Dues and Donations
Annual dues shall be set by the Board of Directors except that
members who are students or are retired shall pay one-half the
amount of regular dues. The Society shall also be empowered
to accept donations from individuals and institutions, provided
that all such funds are used exclusively for the educational and
scientific purposes of the Society in accordance with the
provisions and prohibitions set forth in the Society's
Constitution and Bylaws.
ARTICLE 2. Duties of the Officers
Section 1. President
- Preside over Business Meetings of the Society.
- Preside over meetings of the Executive Committee.
- Serve as chairperson of the Board of Directors.
- Appoint standing and ad hoc committees of the Society and the
Society Historian with the advice and consent of the Board of
- Appoint temporary officers when necessary with the advice and
consent of the Board of Directors.
- Assume overall concern for the affairs of the Society and for
Section 2. President Elect
- Assume the duties of the President in the latter's absence or
inability to serve.
- Serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
- Serve as a member of the Executive Committee.
- Assist the President in carrying on the affairs of the
Section 3. Executive Secretary
- Be responsible for arrangement of meetings of the Executive
- Be responsible for arrangement of business meetings of the
Society and for recording the minutes of such meetings.
- Serve on the Board of Directors of the Society and be
responsible for recording the minutes of meetings of the Board.
- Serve on the Executive Committee of the Society and be
responsible for recording the minutes of meetings of the
- Maintain correspondence with committee chairpersons.
- Appoint and maintain correspondence with Liaisons of the
- Be responsible for informing the membership of the Society
about the affairs of the Society.
- Be responsible for informing the Board of Directors and the
Executive Committee of the interests of the membership as
communicated to the Secretary by members.
Section 4. Treasurer
- Collect dues and contributions to the Society and be in charge
of all funds.
- Prepare the Annual Report of the Society as required to
maintain the nonprofit status of the Society.
- Prepare the Annual Budget of the Society with the assistance
of the Membership and Finance Committee and serve as chairperson
of that committee.
- Submit the Annual Budget to the Board of Directors for
- Serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
- Serve as a member of the Executive Committee and present a
financial statement of the Society to the Executive Committee as
of December 31 each year.
- Coordinate fund-raising efforts of the Society.
- Disburse funds of the Society on requisition from the
appropriate officers as specifically set forth in the approved
Section 5. Immediate Past President
- Serve as member of the Board of Directors
- Serve as member of the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE 3. Composition and Duties of the Board of Directors
Section 1. Composition
The Board of Directors of the Society shall consist of the
officers, President, President-Elect, Executive Secretary,
Treasurer, and the Immediate Past President.
Section 2. Duties
- Assume legal and financial responsibility for the nonprofit
corporation American Society of Primatologists established under
the nonprofit laws RCW24.03 of the State of Washington.
- Guarantee the not-for-profit status of the Society.
- Approve or disapprove of appointment of committee members,
temporary officers and the Society Historian
- Adjust the amount of annual dues within reasonable limits as
necessary to support the business and affairs of the Society.
- In the event of dissolution of the Society the Board of
Directors shall pay or make provision of payment from the funds
of the Society all the liabilities of the Society and shall
dispose of all the assets of the Society in accordance with
ARTICLE 15 of the Constitution of the Society.
- Assume the obligations and responsibilities for determining
the official policies of the society.
ARTICLE 4. Composition and Duties of the Executive Committee
Section 1. Composition
The Executive Committee of the Society shall consist of the Board
of Directors and the Chairs of the Standing Committees of the
Society (Membership and Finance, Publications, Research and
Development, Conservation, Education, Program, and Awards and
Section 2. Duties
- Advise the officers of the Society.
- Assume the obligations and responsibilities of implementing
the official policies of the Society.
- Propose and accept proposals for amending the Constitution of
- Propose additional Bylaws in accordance with ARTICLE 11 of the
- Invite appropriate societies to exchange representatives.
- Set the time and place for meetings of the Society.
- Meet at the time of the Society's meetings, when possible, prior
to the Business Meetings.
- Perform other duties as specified in the Constitution or
Bylaws of the Society or as necessary to the furtherance of the
ARTICLE 5. Duties of the Committees
Section 1. Membership and Finance Committee
- Assist the Treasurer in the preparation of the Annual Budget.
- Assist the Treasurer in coordinating fund-raising efforts of
- Advise the Treasurer on the financial affairs of the Society.
- Shall include the Treasurer of the Society as Chairperson in
addition to the other members appointed by the President.
- Responsible for solicitation and recruitment of professionals
and students as new members.
- Responsible for the distribution of descriptive literature and
information of the purposes, membership dues, and benefits of the
Society to individuals and groups interested in the Society.
- Responsible for maintaining the official membership list of
- Shall perform other duties as designated in the Constitution
and Bylaws of the Society.
Section 2. Publications Committee
- Oversee and coordinate the publication activities of the
- Insure that ARTICLE 13 of the Constitution is upheld.
- Assume responsibility for direction of Editors and Editorial
Boards of publications of the Society.
- Cooperate with the Program Committee in the planning and
publication of the Proceedings of meetings of the Society.
- Perform other duties as specified in the Constitution and
Bylaws of the Society.
Section 3. Research and Development Committee
- Promote primate research in captive and field settings.
- Provide information on request on research resources and
- Develop mechanisms for recognition of outstanding research
achievements in primatology.
- Serve as liaison with other scientific societies concerned
with the use of primates in research.
Section 4. Conservation Committee
- Establish liaison between the Society, conservation groups, and
research resources development agencies.
- Provide information on status of wild populations of nonhuman
- Monitor primate trade, research demands, success of captive
breeding programs, and enactment and abuse of legislation aimed at
conservation of nonhuman primates.
- Cooperate with all other committees of the Society in the
mutual exchange of relevant information.
- Make recommendations to the Awards and Recognition Committee
the name(s) of individuals deserving of special recognition
because of their outstanding contributions to primate
conservation. There is no requirement that such an award be
limited to a citizen of the United States, a single individual nor
that such an award should be made each year.
Section 5. Education Committee
- Encourage development of educational programs in primatology.
- Promote improved instruction regarding primates.
- Provide information on employment opportunities and
- Facilitate hiring of primatologists in academic and research
- Review and promote public education regarding primates and
- Administer the Student Research Awards Program.
Section 6. Program Committee
- Plan program for meetings of the Society.
- Invite speakers and review program proposals.
- Arrange details of immediate meeting sites and delegate
- Cooperate with the other committees of the Society with regard
to publication of the program abstracts and proceedings; the
collection of dues; and the dissemination of information about
Section 7. Awards and Recognition Committee
- Administer all programs for awards and formal recognitions
conferred by the Society except the Student Research Awards which
will be administered by the Education Committee. These programs
include, but are not limited, to recognition of distinguished
primatologists, conferring of honorary memberships, necrology
reports, recognition of service, research, teaching, and unique
contributions to the Society and Primatology in general.
- Propose to the Board of Directors the name of an outstanding
primatologist to receive the Distinguished Primatologist Award.
This designation should be reserved for an individual of
international stature who has made outstanding contributions to
the field. There is no requirement that this person should be a
member of the society nor a citizen of the United States, or that
such an award be made annually.
- Establish subcommittees or act as a committee of the whole to
review the merits of individuals proposed for such awards or
- Recommend to the Board of Directors the names of individuals
selected for awards or recognition.
Section 8. Office of the Society Historian
- Be responsible for the safekeeping of the historical documents
and memorabilia of the Society.
- Assemble a chronology of significant activities of the
- Gather information about the activities of the Society its
officers and members which reflects upon the attainment of the
stated purpose of the Society.
- Create a narrative description of items a, b, and c, above.
ARTICLE 6. Meetings of the Society
Section 1. Regular Meetings
- The Society shall hold Regular Meetings no less often than
biennially (see ARTICLE 4, Section 2.f.)
- Meetings shall include presentation of invited addresses
symposia and contributed papers.
- A Business Meeting shall be held in conjunction with each
regular meeting; a quorum for the enactment of routine business
shall consist of 30 voting members in good standing. Passage of
any motion or resolution proposed at the meeting requires a
simple majority of voting members present. All motions and
resolutions not of a routine nature will be submitted to the
President in writing, preferably before the beginning of the
meeting. Any motion, whether it has passed or failed, may, on the
demand of one individual and a second, be put to a mail vote of
the membership as a whole. In this event the Executive
Secretary will solicit statements from proponents and opponents
of the motion and will submit the statements and the motion to
the voting membership no later than one month following the
meeting. A simple majority of those responding is required for
Section 2. Regional Meetings
The Society may sponsor Regional Meetings at the discretion of the
ARTICLE 7. Public Statements
Public statements about the policies of the Society shall be the
responsibility of the President. On controversial issues the
President shall seek the advice and consent of the Board
of Directors. Individual Members may not represent their personal
views as those of the Society as a whole.