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The Association shall be known as “THE SOCIETY OF THE ARMY OF THE Tennessee,” and shall include every officer who has served with honor in that Army.
Honorary members may be elected from those who have served with honor and distinction in any of the armies of the United States.
The object of the Society shall be to keep alive and preserve that kindly and cordial feeling which has been one of the characteristics of this Army during its career in the service, and which has given it such harmony of action, and contributed, in no small degree, to its glorious achievements in our country's cause.
The fame and glory of all the officers belonging to this Army, who have fallen either on the field of battle, or in their line of duty, shall be a sacred trust to this Society, which shall cause proper memorials of their services to be collected and preserved, and thus transmit their names with honor to posterity.
The families of all such officers who shall be in indigent circumstances will have a claim upon the generosity of the Society, and will be relieved by the voluntary contributions of its members whenever brought to their attention. In like manner, the fame and suffering families of those officers who may hereafter be stricken down by death shall be a trust in the hands of their survivors.
For the purpose of accomplishing these objects, the Society shall be organized by the annual election of a President and Vice-Presidents. The VicePresidents, to be chosen, one from each Army Corps of the old Army of the Tennessee, and a Corresponding and a Recording Secretary.
The Society shall meet once in every year, and those officers who, for any cause, are unable to attend its meeting, will be expected to write to the Corresponding Secretary of the Society, and impart such information in regard to themselves as they may desire, and which may be of interest to their brother officers. Honoring the glorious achievements of our brothers-in-arms belonging to other armies, whose services have contributed, in an equal degree, in the re-establishment of our Government, and desiring to draw closer to them in the bonds of social feeling, the President, or either of the Vice-Presidents of this Society shall be authorized to invite the attendance of any officer of the United States Army at any of our annual meetings.
AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION.
FIRST. That the first sentence of the third article of the Constitution be amended so as to read as follows:
“The Society shall be organized by the annual election of a President and six l'ice-Presidents, a Recording Secretary, a Corresponding Secretary, and a Treasurer."
SECOND. That article third of the Constitution be amended so as to read as follows:
"The number of Vice-Presidents shall be twelve, instead of one from each Corps of the Army of the Tennessee."
Third. “That each member may, subject to the appro of the President and a majority vote of the Society, at any annual meeting, designate by last will and testament, or otherwise, in writing, the relative to whom his membership shall descend, and in default of such designation, the same shall, subject to the same approval and vote, descend to his eldest son, and such membership, so descending, shall carry with it all the rights, privileges and obligations of original membership. That in case such deceased member has no son eligible to membership, and has made no designation, then his widow, if she so desire, shall be considered an honorary member, and as such shall receive our care, consideration and respect, and shall be entitled to receive notices of proposed meetings, and reports of proceedings."
Fourth. "That honorary members may be elected from those who served with honor and distinction in the Navy of the United States.
All persons applying previous to, on, or after the annual meeting in eighteen hundred and seventy (1870), for enrollment, shall pay a membership fee of ten dollars ($10); that the annual dues shall continue to be one dollar ($1), and persons applying for membership shall pay back dues; that all fees and dues are payable to the Recording Secretary, and all money received by him on account of the Society shall be transferred to the Treasurer, and that all money received as fees shall by the Treasurer be added to the Permanent Fund.
Money for ordinary expenses of the Society may be expended by the Treasurer upon the warrant of the President. All other expenditures only in pursuance of a vote of the Society.
The Treasurer will make a report to the annual meeting of all receipts and expenditures with vouchers.
The Recording Secretary shall report to the annual meeting all money received by him, and all transferred by him to the Treasurer.
The Corresponding Secretary shall report to every meeting all correspondence of general interest.
All questions and resolutions shall be decided by a majority of the members present. But amendments proposed to the Constitution shall be acted upon only at the annual meeting subsequent to the one at which they may be proposed, unless the postponement be dispensed with by a vote of two-thirds of the members present.
The order of business shall be as follows: 1. Reading of the journal of the previous meeting. 2. Appointment of committees on business and for nomination of officers. 3. Receiving reports. 4. Current business. 5. Election of officers. 6. Adjournment.
If the Society shall, at any meeting, omit to designate the time and place of the next meeting, the President shall, by due public notice, fix the time and place,