Bylaws of The College Key

Article I.  NAME

The name of this organization shall be The College Key.

Article II.  PURPOSE

Section 1.  The purpose of this organization is to recognize outstanding Bates men and women, to encourage and to recognize student academic and extracurricular achievement; to support academics, athletics, and student life; to provide student aid including scholarships and other kinds of financial assistance, to be a resource for student internships, to support campus improvements, and to contribute to the general welfare of the College in any way that seems advisable.

Section 2.  The members shall act as key people in alumni organizations, as contact people to encourage qualified students to attend Bates, and provide other alumni services to the College in any way possible.


Section 1.  Student Members

(a)  Senior members shall be chosen from faculty and staff recommendations by the                    Committee on Undergraduate Members.

(b)  Up to 5% of the members of a class may be selected for membership as seniors.  In              addition, up to six may be selected as juniors.

(c)  Selection criteria shall include:

(1)  Good academic standing

(2)  Character

(3)  Campus and community service

(4)  Leadership

(5)  Future promise

Section 2.  Alumni Members

(a)  Up to twenty (20) alumni members may be proposed each year by the Committee on  Alumni Members for election at the Annual Meeting.  Alumni who did not graduate may be considered for membership on the basis of outstanding lifetime service to the College. There is no limit on the number of alumni members in a class.

(b)  Selection criteria shall include:

(1)  Service to the College

(2)  Leadership in the community

(3)  Success in chosen field

(4)  Character

Section 3.  Honorary Members

(a)  Presidents of the College will be invited to become honorary members.  Other persons        who have rendered extraordinary service to the College may be proposed to the Annual          Meeting by the Executive Committee for election as honorary members.

(b)  The selection criteria shall be the same as for alumni members.


Section 1.  The officers of this organization shall consist of:

(a)  President

(b)  Vice President

(c)  Recording Secretary

(d)  Corresponding Secretary

(e)  Treasurer

(f)  Auditor

(g) Immediate Past President

Section 2.  A slate of officers shall be nominated by the nominating committee and presented to the membership each year at the Annual Meeting.  Additional nominations may be made from the floor.

Section 3: The persons filling the above offices, with the exception of the auditor, shall be the Executive Committee during their terms of office.

Section 4. President and Vice President shall be elected for a three year term at the Annual Meeting by vote of a majority of the members present. The Immediate Past President shall serve a one-year term.

Section 5. The Corresponding Secretary shall be a member of the Bates staff and shall serve as the primary liaison with the College.  This position is not subject to the term limits in Section 7.

Section 6.  The remaining officers shall be elected for a five year term at the Annual Meeting by a vote of a majority of the members present.

Section 7.  No individual shall serve a term on the Executive Committee longer than 10 consecutive years.

Section 8.  Duties

(a)  The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the organization.  The President is                      responsible for seeing that the officers and committees fulfill their duties in a timely manner.    The President shall preside at Annual Meetings and Executive Committee meetings; and            serve as an ex officio member of all committees.

(b)  The Vice President shall perform the duties of the President if the President is not able to    act or if the President resigns, and shall be responsible for the encouragement and                      coordination of organizational activities.

(c)  The Recording Secretary shall keep minutes of all proceedings of the organization and          record the same; notify each member, at least two weeks before its date, and where the              Annual Meeting is to be held; and perform such other duties as are customary for such an          officer.

(d)  The Corresponding Secretary shall conduct the organization’s correspondence, annually      prepare one or more newsletters for the membership, and perform all duties pertaining to        that office.

(e)  The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds belonging to the organization, and shall              disburse the same according to the directions of the Annual Meeting or the Executive                  Committee.  The Treasurer shall submit an account of receipts and disbursements during the    past year at each Annual Meeting.

(f)  The Auditor shall conduct a yearly audit of books of the organization and present a report  to the membership at the Annual Meeting.


Section 1.  Each standing committee shall have four members, three to be appointed by the Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee shall designate an officer as ex officio member of each Committee, with full voting power, unless otherwise provided. Elected committee members shall serve staggered five-year terms; the Chair shall serve for a year at a time.  The Nominating Committee annually shall propose nominees to fill any expiring or vacant terms as required. The Executive Committee shall designate one elected member of the Committee as Chair.

Section 2.  The Committee on Undergraduate Membership shall consist of four members of the organization who are also members of the College Faculty or staff, if available and qualified.  None of them are required to be an officer. They shall elect the undergraduate members. Undergraduate members elected as Juniors may be asked to serve as ex officio members of this committee in their Senior year.  If four members are not available and qualified, the nominating committee shall propose persons who are not members of the faculty or staff.

Section 3.  The Committee on Alumni Membership may present at the Annual Meeting the name of not more than twenty Alumni, to be elected into membership.

Section 4.  The Committee on Scholarships and Programs shall serve in an advisory capacity in directing the service and funding activities of the Key, subject to any instructions, conditions, or votes of the Annual Meeting, or directions of the Executive Committee.  It will monitor the choice of recipients of the College Key Scholarships, the Mabel Eaton College Key Scholarship, and such other scholarships as the organization may offer; shall recognize the recipients of the Lindholm Awards, and may propose recipients of the Distinguished Service Awards and such other awards as the organization may offer for approval by the Executive Committee.   The Treasurer shall serve as the Executive Committee member ex officio.

Section 5.  The Nominating Committee shall present nominations of officers to be elected at the Annual Meeting, as provided in the Bylaws.  The Nominating Committee may also present names for appointment to committee membership to the Executive Committee.

Section 6: The Executive Committee, consisting of the President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer and the Immediate Past President shall conduct the business of the organization between annual meetings, including authorizing expenditures of funds.

Section 7.  In the event of a tie vote in a Committee, the vote of the Chair of the Committee shall control.

Section 8.  The Executive Committee may constitute and disband ad hoc committees, and shall elect the members and chairs thereof.

Section 9.  The Executive Committee shall conduct a review of the Bylaws every three years.

Article VI. DUES

Section 1.  Membership shall be for life.  However, members (other than Life Members) whose dues are not paid for a period of two consecutive years will be notified that their membership will lapse if dues for the current year and arrears of up to two years are not paid.  Members may be reinstated upon payment of arrears, up to two years dues.

Section 2.  Annual dues shall be thirty dollars, except for Junior year electees (no dues for Senior year), and for the first five years after graduation, fifteen dollars.  The amount of dues may be changed by a majority vote of the members present at the Annual Meeting.

Section 3.  Dues shall be paid by all members until they reach their 50th Reunion, at which point they become Life Members.  Life members are not required to pay dues, but are encouraged to contribute any amount they wish.


Section 1.  The Annual Meeting shall be held yearly on the Bates campus during Alumni Weekend, unless the Executive Committee selects a different date.

Section 2.  Notice of the Annual Meeting must be given either separately or as part of a newsletter, and shall be mailed at least 15 days prior to the Annual Meeting.

Section 3.  A quorum for the Annual Meeting or any other meeting of members shall consist of 25 members.

Section 4.  The officers, and alumni members shall be elected at the Annual Meeting.

Section 5.  The Treasurer and all standing committees shall make their reports at the Annual Meeting.

Section 6.  Any decision, including any election, may be made by mail ballot or electronic means of the members, notwithstanding any other provision of these Bylaws.  The Executive Committee shall determine what issues or offices shall be voted on by mail or electronic means. An electronic or mail ballot shall be dispatched to all members at least 15 days before the Annual Meeting.  Ballots shall be counted the day of the Annual Meeting, and the results shall be announced at the Annual Meeting.

Section 7.  The Executive Committee may offer a means of remote participation (phone/webcast) for the Annual Meeting.


Section 1.  These Bylaws may be amended by vote of a majority of the members present at an Annual Meeting; or at a special meeting subject to rescission as provided in the restated articles or incorporation.

Section 2.  Notice of a proposed change in the Bylaws must be mailed to the membership at least 45 days prior to the meeting at which they are to be voted on.

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