New York Correction History Society

-- Shared Interest Groups --

& Bylaws

The draft Constitution and Bylaws document can be downloaded as an Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) file.

Section 1. The society membership shall be organized into Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) so that every member shall be listed with at least one. The enrollment form shall provide each new member with opportunity for indicating preferences among SIGs and for suggesting other SIGs. Members may belong to more than one SIG. The general secretary shall use data from membership enrollments, membership surveys, and other communications with the membership to organize the SIGs in consultation and cooperation with Agency Coordinating Counci,ls.

Section 2. Some SIGs may be specific to a particular agency while others may relate to a general subject matter or activity. Questions involving agency-specific, region or locality-specific and general subject or activity SIGs shall be worked out between the Executive Committee and the Agency Coordinating Councils applying guidelines from the Board.

Second 3. The society shall have the following standing Shared Interest Groups:

a. Restorations -- Focused on rescuing and restoring structures and large artifacts significant in correction history, such as but not limited to prisons, jails, chapels, vehicles and boats.

b. Library Collections -- Focused on collecting, cataloging, caring for, and arranging correction history records, books, manuscripts, newspapers, other historical source material, oral histories, artifacts and memorabilia, and on giving recognition to donors.

c. Historic Sites -- Focused on researching sites of former facilities significant in correction history, selecting those suitable for placement of historical markers and arranging tours of the sites.

d. Oral Histories -- Focused on developing oral history programs in which veteran current and former correction employees are interviewed and record on audio or video tape their recollections of correction-related events, practices, changes, places and personages during their careers.

e. Exhibitions -- Focused on arranging fixed and traveling exhibitions displaying items from its library collections in presentations promoting public appreciation of the role of correction professionals in the history of New York.

f. Research -- Focused on studying and researching specific aspects of correction history, including but not limited to ethnicity, gender, economic, labor, and industrial factors.

g. Publications -- Focused on

* publishing the results of the above-mentioned research studies in a periodic journal with correction history scholars included in the editorial review process;

* publishing a newsletter to members,

* publishing books, booklets, and brochures on correction history topics;

* preparing World Wide Web pages including Internet versions of the hardcopy publications listed above.

h. Museum Development -- Within the limits imposed by the Regents charter for the society, focused on developing plans for the eventual establishment of a museum devoted to New York correction history.

i. Support -- Focused on enlisting various volunteers to assist in general membership events and presentations, drawing from among those society members who do not enroll in any other Shared Interest Groups. The members of the Support Group include those who indicate on their enrollment form they support the correction history effort and would help out whenever and however they could. The Support Group shall be the default SIG into which those members who did not designate any other SIG preference shall be placed.

ARTICLE V -- Parliamentary Authority

Section 1. Robert's Rules of Order shall be the parliamentary authority used to decide issues of meeting procedure not specifically covered by the Constitution or the Bylaws.

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