Article I Name of the Organization
Article II Mission
The mission of this organization is to publish a historical journal pertaining to the city of Fort
Smith and surrounding area. The style of the publication is The Journal of the Fort Smith Historical
Society. The Society shall collect documents, photographs, and papers. The Society shall collect
audio and visual interviews for the purpose of making public history presentations. The FSHS is a
non-profit organization dedicated to community service.
Article II Membership
There shall be five (5) membership categories: (l) Regular annual; (2) Senior annual (62+); (3)
Business annual; (4) Sustaining; (5) Life. Dues for each category will be set by the Executive Board.
Article IV Governing Body
An Executive Board composed of no less than nine (9) and no more than twenty-one (21) members,
including editors, shall be the governing body with authority to transact business for and in the
name of the Fort Smith Historical Society. The Board at any regular or called meeting shall
determine the number of members of the Executive Board. The quorum at any Board meeting shall
be one more than half of the current Board membership at the beginning of the meeting.
The general membership of the Society shall elect the Executive Board at the April meeting and
those elected shall serve a three year term. In case that the Executive Board falls below nine
members before the April election or at any other time during the year deemed appropriate, the
Executive Board may appoint a member of the FSHS to complete the unexpired term of any Board
member who has resigned or otherwise terminated his/her service to the Executive Board so long as
the total number of Board members does not exceed twenty-one (21).
Article V Officers
The officers of the Executive Board and the Society shall consist of a president, a vice-president, a
treasurer, a membership secretary, a recording secretary, and a corresponding secretary.
Article VI Editors of the Journal
The editor, or editors, not to exceed three, of The Journal of the Fort Smith Historical Society are
nominated by the president of the Society and approved by a majority of the Executive Board at a
quarterly meeting in which a quorum is present. The editors serve at the pleasure of and with protection
by the Board with no specific length of term. Editors are full participating members of the Executive
Article VII Meetings
The Executive Board shall meet quarterly in the months of January, April, July, and October and
in such called meetings as the officers of the Board deem necessary. The Board will meet in such
places and times as the officers of the Board may decide. The general membership meeting of the
Society shall take place in April at which time the election for the Executive Board takes place.
Article VIII Amendments
These articles may be amended at any duly called or annual meeting of the general membership
by a two-thirds majority of members present at said meeting, provided that notice of the proposed
amendment(s) and the time and place at which the vote is to take place shall have been made no
less than ten (10) days prior to said meeting, by mail or by publication, either in a newspaper of
general circulation in the community or in The Journal of the Fort Smith Historical Society.