The MacGeoghegan Family Society was founded in the late 1980's. It is registered with The Clans of Ireland Ltd. which makes it the officially recognised Geoghegan Clan in Ireland. From the time of its founding through the early 1990's the society had about 500 members and issued several newsletters. Up to the year 2000 the peak of its efforts was a grand family gathering in CastletownGeoghegan in 1992, at which we inaugurated Jack Gargan as head of the family - The MacGeoghegan. However ....
calls for the Society to promote the Family History and our two
Genealogists are hard at work recording all available data regarding
family names which are available to our members at no cost. Contact
them for help and please send them whatever pedigrees/information you
may have. John Gagin is in the process of scanning family history
documents into electronic form and making them available on Cd's so
as to preserve our history and make it available to all members. He
would be happy to scan in any documents you might be willing to loan
us and put them on CD. Eventually we expect to have this indexed and
on line. Pat Cusack is our Clan Historian and is in the process of
writing a book on the family history.
MacGEOGHEGAN FAMILY SOCIETY CONSTITUTION
The mission of the MacGeoghegan Family Society is to honor, preserve and promote the royal and ancient lineage of the MacGeoghegan Clan through scholarship, genealogical research and worldwide outreach to related and variant families to ensure and restore the spirit and vibrancy of the MacGeoghegan Clan in Ireland and abroad.
ARTICLE I - Name
The name of this Society shall be MacGeoghegan Family Society (hereinafter Society).
ARTICLE II - Objectives
A. The objectives and purposes for which this Society is organized are:
ARTICLE III - Clan Governing Board
A. The Clan Governing Board shall be composed of the Officers of the Society. The Clan Chieftain shall be an ex officio member of the Clan Governing Board and may participate in all debates but shall vote only in the event of a tie. The Clan Governing Board shall plan the work of the Society, set membership dues, and determine policies to be adopted, and transact general business. They shall make appointments to fill vacancies in office and vote on all disbursements for necessary expenses. Meetings of the Clan Governing Board shall be called at anytime by the Clan Chieftain or at the request of any member of the Governing Board and may be held in person or via the Internet A quorum of one-half of the Clan Governing Board members must vote, either in person or via the Internet, for the Governing Board to transact any business of the Society. A simple majority of the Governing Board members present once a quorum has been established is necessary for any measure to pass.
B. At any meeting held in person, Roberts Rules of Order, current edition, shall control the proceedings.
ARTICLE IV - Ownership
Each member in good standing shall have an equal share and interest in the property of the Society, and records and data compiled by the Society shall be accessible to members at whatever location (or via the Internet) the Society shall designate. In the event the Society is forced to discontinue activities because of lack of membership or finances, the records and properties of the society shall be given into the keeping of the Genealogy Section of the County West Meath Public Library, there to remain until the Society shall be reorganized. Failing reorganization, the Society shall convey all property to the County West Meath Public Library for the sole benefit of the Genealogy Section.
ARTICLE V - Clan Governing Board
A. The Governing Board of the Society shall consist of:
B. The CLAN CHIEFTAIN shall preside at all Clan gatherings and meetings of the Clan Governing Board. He or she shall appoint all officers and standing committee-chairpersons, as needed, prior to the first Clan Governing Board meeting of the year and attend these meetings as a member ex officio. He or she will appoint special committees as need arise and appoint-all delegates as needed.
The Clan Chieftain shall stand for election every five (5) years and must be a descendant of the MacGeoghegan Family, regardless of surname. Any member in good standing may nominate another member in good standing, or themselves, for chieftain. Any candidate for Clan Chieftain must submit their nomination to the Clan Scribe at least ninety (90) days prior to the election. The Clan Treasurer shall set the dates for the election period and oversee the voting process. The new Chieftain will be announced and inaugurated m West Meath, Ireland on the ancient MacGeoghegan site as history mandates.
C. The CLAN COUNSELOR shall perform the duties of the Clan Chieftain in his or her absence or inability to serve. He or she should be a licensed attorney at law-and/or solicitor, if possible.
D. The TREASURER will maintain a simple bookkeeping journal; will collect dues and all monies collected for the Society and deposit same to the credit of the Society in a bank designated by the Clan Governing Board; pay all bills and check bank balances at the end of each month, and assume responsibility for issuing membership renewal notices every October in cooperation with the Clan Scribe. The Treasurer will make out a written report monthly and will maintain accurate list of all members of the Society, the status of their dues, and names and addresses of those with whom there exists an exchange agreement. Itemized reports are to be put on file, available to members at all times.
E. The CLAN GENEALOGISTS shall be responsible for responding to all member inquiries regarding genealogical research. The Clan Genealogists shall further be responsible for maintaining the Clan database of the MacGeoghegan families; and for producing a full genealogical account of the MacGeoghegan Clan.
F. The CLAN HISTORIAN shall be responsible for collection and maintenance of all legends, folklores, and traditions of the MacGeoghegan families.
G. The CLAN SCRIBE shall attend to the production of the Societys quarterly newsletter. The Clan Scribe shall further keep the official minutes of all Governing Board meetings and maintain the Governing Boards official records. The Clan Scribe shall also work with any other Governing Board Member in the development of Society programs, new publications, notices, and/or public relations.
H. The CLAN WEBMASTER shall be responsible for the Societys presence on the World Wide Web. He or she shall create and maintain a web-presence for the Society and coordinate the Societys efforts to maximize use of the Internet to facilitate the objectives and purposes of the Society, as expressed above.
I. The CLAN MEMBERSHIP CHAIRPERSON, upon direction from the Clan Treasurer, shall be responsible for notification of annual renewals and the maintenance of an updated membership list. Additionally, he or she shall be responsible devising means and methods to increase membership within the Society through a Membership Committee.
J. The CLAN REUNION CHAIRPERSON shall organize, coordinate and work with the members of the Reunion Committee and/or Governing Board in preparation for the Clan Reunion(s). He shall establish an itinerary and make all necessary arrangements for all Clan Reunion(s). He shall also serve as the Societys Master of Ceremonies during the Clan Reunion(s). However, the Reunion Chairperson is not authorized to expend Society funds and/or bind the Society to any agreement or contract with out the express approval of the Governing Board.
K. Any additional Governing Board position, as may be deemed necessary in the future by the Clan Chieftain, shall be elected by a majority vote of the Clan Governing Board at any membership meeting.
L. Each Governing Board position, including Clan Chieftain, shall be open to any member in good standing.
M. Each Governing Board position, other than Clan Chieftain, shall be appointed by the Clan Chieftain and shall serve thereafter at the pleasure of the Clan Chieftain. There shall be no limit to the number of years an individual may serve in a given office.
N. No Governing Board member (or Society Member) may take it upon himself or herself to spend or promise monies belonging to the Family Society. All expenses to be reimbursed must first be approved by a majority vote from the Clan Governing Board. Records and receipts of all monies and expenditures are to be kept by the Clan Treasure and reported to membership at large on a yearly basis. At no time will members be paid for contributing or shipping their family materials or any costs involved in acquiring said materials.
ARTICLE VI - Membership
A. Membership within the Society shall be open to any person regardless of surname.
B. To be a member in good standing, all dues must be paid in full.
C. Becoming a member in good standing shall entitle the member to:
D. The Society reserves the right to expel any member upon a super majority vote (2/3) of the Clan Governing Board. In the event a member is expelled, a prorated refund of the individuals membership dues shall be returned within thirty (30) days.
E. Honorary membership may be conferred upon any person by the Clan Governing Board, but only upon unanimous vote.
F. Exchange agreements may be entered into with other genealogical groups, whereby there is an exchange of publications. These agreements may be made by any member of the Clan Governing Board without a vote of the Governing Board, unless a financial obligation would be incurred. In case of a financial obligation, the Clan Governing Board must approve the exchange agreement by simple majority vote.
G. A membership certificate may be requested in the name of more than one person (i.e. Mr. & Mrs. James C. MacGeoghegan). However, an individual membership will be entitled to one vote only.
ARTICLE VII - Dues
A. There shall be three (3) dues rates, dependent upon information delivery:
B. Beginning in 2001, dues payments for all active members shall become due as of January 1st.
C. A person may become a member by paying dues at any time during the calendar year. However, there shall be no pro-ration of dues for one who becomes a member after January 1st of a given year, and dues for said person shall again be due and payable as of January 1st of the next calendar year.
D. On February 1st of any calendar year in-which a member has failed to remit his or her dues, the members name will automatically be removed from the Societys mailing list.
ARTICLE VIII - Meetings
A. There shall be at least one Annual Meeting of the Clan Governing Board in July of each calendar year. In every year ending in 0 or 5, the Annual Meeting shall be held in County West Meath, Ireland, where the election and installation of the Clan Chieftain shall take place.
B. All Annual Meetings, or special meetings, shall be open to all members in good standing.
C. Any Annual Meeting or special meeting other than the Annual Meeting in a year ending in 0 or 5 need not-be held in person and may be held via the Internet
D. In addition to the Annual Meeting, a monthly meeting may be held via the Internet on the first Saturday of each month from January to December.
E. Special board meetings may be called by the Clan Chieftain, or upon the request of any officer or member in good standing. The call for a special board meeting must state the business to be transacted and no business other than the one specified shall be transacted.
ARTICLE IX - Revisions or Amendments
A. The by-laws may be revised or amended at any meeting by a majority vote of all members present and voting; the proposed revision or amendment having been submitted in writing and read to members or mailed to the members previous to the date set for the vote.
ARTICLE X - Standing Committees
A. Standing Committee Chairpersons shall report their accomplishments at the annual meeting, or as otherwise requested by the Clan Governing Board. Committee goals, objectives, and budget, if any, shall be reported at the first Clan Governing Board meeting of the new year.
B. The Society shall have the following permanent Standing Committees:
ARTICLE XI - Ex Officio Positions
A. Upon appointment by the Clan Chieftain, there shall be a CLAN DOCUMENTS RECORDER. The recorder will scan and record -electronically any and all clan documents deemed worthy of preservation and make them available to Clan members and researchers. Copies on CDs will be placed at various locations.
B. Upon appointment by the Clan Chieftain, there shall be a CLAN BARD. The Clan Bard shall produce writings and poetry for the quarterly newsletter and the Clan Reunion.
C. The Clan Chieftain shall hold the authority to further create and appoint ex officio positions as he or she sees fit.
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