AMENDED AND RESTATED
CLASS OF 1959
Dated: May 28, 2010
document titled the "Constitution of the Princeton University Class of 1959”
and contained in the Class of 1959’s 25th Reunion Yearbook, having
been originally enacted as the Class Constitution at the Class of 1959’s 25th
Reunion, and subsequently, in 1985, having been superseded by the document
titled "Constitution, Princeton University, Class of 1959” (the "Class
Constitution”), adopted by the then Executive Committee of the Class of
1959 to comply with certain exempt organization criteria of the Internal
Revenue Service (which Constitution has on this date been restated and
amended), and the superseded constitution having been re-designated and adopted
by the said Executive Committee as the By-Laws of the Princeton University
Class of 1959, and the adoption of the Class Constitution and the
re-designation of the superseded constitution as the said By-Laws having been
ratified by the members of the Class of 1959, the said By-Laws are hereby
amended and restated to read as set forth below:
Name and Affiliation
This organization shall be known
as the "PRINCETON UNIVERSITY CLASS OF 1959” (the "Class”). The Class shall be a part of the Alumni
Association of Princeton University and, to maintain tax exempt status, shall
meet the Internal Revenue Service standards for being under the general
supervision and control of Princeton University.
in the Class, and the categories of such membership, shall be as stated in
Article VIII of the Class Constitution.
officers of the Class shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary,
and Treasurer, all of whom shall be Active Classmates as defined in the Class
of the officers shall hold office, if such officer is elected pursuant to
Section 4 of this Article III,
commencing on July 1 of the year of election for a term of five years
or, if earlier, until his successor is appointed or otherwise selected pursuant
to Section 3 of this Article III or Section 4 of Article IV, or, if such
officer succeeds or is appointed to office, commencing on the date of
succession or appointment for a term that ends on the earlier of July 1 of the
year of the next succeeding major Class reunion or until his successor is
appointed or otherwise selected.
the event of the death or resignation of the President, the Vice-President
shall succeed to the office of President and the remaining members of the
Executive Committee shall appoint a successor to fill the office of
Vice-President. In the event of the
death or resignation of the Vice-President, the Secretary or the Treasurer, the
remaining members of the Executive Committee shall appoint a successor to fill
of Class officers shall be conducted as follows:
Officers shall be elected at the formal Class meeting
to be held at the time of each major Class reunion.
The Executive Committee shall nominate one Active
Classmate for President, one for Vice-President, one for Secretary, and one for
Treasurer, in time so that the list of nominees is published in the 1959 Class
Notes column of the Princeton Alumni
Weekly at least once during January or February of the year of each major
Within thirty days subsequent to the date of the issue
of the Princeton Alumni Weekly in
which such list appears, fifteen or more Active Classmates may, by signing a
petition addressed to the Secretary, nominate an Active Classmate for election
to any of the aforesaid offices. The
consent to serve of any such nominee must accompany such petition, and such
petition and consent must be received by the Secretary within the said thirty
day period. Except as provided in
Section 4(f) of this Article III, no other nominations may be put forth.
At the termination of the thirty day period, and before
the formal Class meeting at which the election of officers is to be held, the
Secretary shall have published in the 1959 Class Notes column of the Princeton Alumni Weekly a list of those
persons nominated both by the Executive Committee and by petition.
For each of the offices of President, Vice-President,
Secretary and Treasurer, the nominee receiving the highest number of votes
shall be elected.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, failure to adhere
strictly to the aforesaid deadlines will not invalidate the election of
officers at the formal Class meeting, provided that notice of the nominees
proposed by the Executive Committee is reasonably given in advance of such
meeting, and further provided that nominations are accepted from the floor
during said meeting.
5. The duties
and powers of the officers shall be as follows, namely:
In general as to
To be a member of the Executive Committee.
To represent the Class on appropriate occasions.
To perform all duties attendant on each such office,
respectively, whether or not specifically set forth herein.
To serve as chief executive officer of the Class,
giving such authorizations and approvals, making such determinations, and
taking such other actions, as are appropriate to the office.
To preside at all Class meetings and meetings of the
To call meetings of the Executive Committee pursuant to
the provisions of Section 6 of Article IV, and to preside at all such meetings.
To act as an alternate for the Treasurer.
To perform all the duties of the President in the
President’s absence or incapacity.
To perform such other duties as may be delegated to him
by the President.
To keep or supervise all records of the Class.
To keep the minutes of all meetings of the Executive
Committee and of the Class.
To act as Class correspondent.
To provide regular notes for the Princeton Alumni Weekly.
To cause to be mailed, or cause to be distributed by
electronic or other means, communications to the Class at such times as may be
To appoint, at his discretion, an Assistant Secretary,
to assist in the performance of his duties.
To be the principal Class financial agent.
To be responsible for all Class assets other than
reunion funds while held by the Reunion Chairman (or by any Reunion Treasurer
appointed by the Reunion Chairman); provided,
however, that the Treasurer will not
be responsible for any Benevolence Funds (as defined below) after the Treasurer
distributes such Benevolence Funds to the appropriate recipients.
To deposit or invest such assets subject to approval of
the Executive Committee.
To sign all checks on the Class deposit account and pay
all bills of the Class.
To render detailed financial reports to the Executive
Committee and to Princeton University, as required by the Executive Committee
and Princeton University, respectively.
To raise by Class dues in accordance with Article V,
Section 1, or by other means consistent with the disbursement of such Class
dues being deductible for Federal income tax purposes, necessary funds for the
payment of the subscription to the Princeton
Alumni Weekly for each Active and Associate Classmate; the payment of dues
owed by the Class to the Alumni Council; and, in reasonable and insubstantial
amounts, payments to carry or defray the costs of Class mini-reunions, Class
receptions, Class dinners and other Class events, and payments for other
incidental Class expenses.
To raise funds, by means consistent with the
disbursement of such funds being deductible for Federal income tax purposes, as
contributions to the Class Scholarship Fund, the Class Junior Faculty Fund, the
Class Fellowship Fund, and other educational or otherwise charitable funds that
may be established from time to time by the Class (such funds being designated
Any officer may resign from office at any time by
giving written notice of such resignation to the President, and the acceptance
of the resignation, unless required by its terms, shall not be necessary to
make the resignation effective.
Executive Committee shall consist of the Class officers.
set forth in the Class Constitution, the Executive Committee shall have full
management and control of the affairs of the Class, and shall have general
supervision over the conduct and business of the Class, and shall, subject to
the provisions of the Class Constitution, have full power and authority to
perform any lawful acts and to exercise any rights not otherwise limited by law
in the name of and on behalf of the Class.
3. The Executive Committee shall oversee the duties, and such
reports as the Executive Committee shall require, of the following Class
Reunion Chairman, who shall have general charge of all
Class reunions, raising necessary funds therefor, and banking and disbursing
such funds, and who may appoint, at his discretion, Active and Associate
Classmates to have specified responsibilities for each Class reunion;
Class Agent for Annual Giving, who shall have charge of
raising funds for Annual Giving and keeping records of the Class in connection
Class Historian, who shall compile such records of
individual members of the Class as are appropriate and shall write or update a
history of the Class in connection with each major Class Reunion; and
Such other agents or committees as the Executive
Committee shall deem appropriate.
4. The Executive Committee is empowered to
force the resignation of an officer by the majority vote of the other members
of the Executive Committee, provided
that such majority of other members shall have decided that such officer is not
properly discharging the duties of his office, and to appoint a successor to
any office other than the President when such office is vacated for any reason.
5. All powers and duties not otherwise specifically
delegated shall be within the jurisdiction of the Executive Committee, as shall
the interpretation of the Class Constitution and these By-Laws.
6. The Executive Committee shall hold
meetings of the Executive Committee upon the call of, and as specified by, the
President, but not less than one meeting annually. Any action required or permitted to be taken
by the Executive Committee may be taken without a meeting if the majority of
the members of the Executive Committee consent in writing or by email or other
electronic means to the adoption of a resolution authorizing the action.
7. Three members of the Executive
Committee shall constitute a quorum.
Except as otherwise specifically provided by law or these By-Laws, the
action of a majority of those present and voting at any meeting at which a
quorum is present shall constitute the action of the Executive Committee. In case of a tie vote at a meeting of the
Executive Committee, the presiding officer shall, notwithstanding having voted
once, have an additional casting vote.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, a majority of those present may adjourn
the meeting to another time, whether or not a quorum is present.
1. Annual Class dues shall be assessed by
the Treasurer on July 1 of each year in such amount as shall be fixed from time
to time by the Executive Committee, and annual requests for Benevolence Fund
contributions shall be made by the Treasurer on July 1 of each year in such
amounts as shall be fixed, and for such funds as may be established and
designated from time to time, by the Executive Committee. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the amount of
annual Class dues, and the respective amounts of the annual requests for
Benevolence Fund contributions, must be considered by the Executive Committee
in connection with each major Class reunion.
of the Treasurer and the Reunion Chairman (or any Reunion Treasurer appointed
by the Reunion Chairman) shall render an annual financial report of the
receipts and expenditures, and of the funds and investments under his control,
to the Executive Committee and to Princeton University, as required by the
Executive Committee and Princeton University, respectively. Upon request, copies of these reports shall
be made available by the Treasurer and the Reunion Chairman to any Active or
fiscal year of the Class shall terminate on June 30 of each year.
Class Meetings and
Use of Princeton University Facilities
Class shall hold a formal Class meeting at Princeton University during each
major Class reunion, at such place and at such time as the President, in
consultation with the Executive Committee and the Reunion Chairman, shall
determine. The Class may hold ad hoc Class meetings at Princeton
University during non-major Class reunions, or at other locations, at such
places and at such times as the President, in consultation with the Executive
Committee, shall determine. The Active
Classmates present at any such meeting shall constitute a quorum, and a
majority vote shall determine the passage or rejection of any measure brought
before the meeting.
Executive Committee being invested by the Class Constitution with the full
management and control of the affairs of the Class and having full power and
authority to perform any lawful acts and to exercise any rights not otherwise
limited by law in the name of and on behalf of the Class, any measure or
resolution adopted at such meetings (other than the election of Class officers
which shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Section 4 of
Article III) shall be advisory only to the Executive Committee. The foregoing notwithstanding, the Executive
Committee may, in its sole discretion, present matters to the meeting which
shall authorize or ratify actions of the Executive Committee.
waived by the Executive Committee, any measure to be presented to any such
meeting for passage or rejection not originated by the Executive Committee must
have been submitted to the Executive Committee, in a writing bearing the
signature of fifteen or more Active Classmates, at least 30 days before the
date of such meeting. Any measure which,
in the sole discretion of the Executive Committee, is determined to violate
Princeton University policy shall not be presented for consideration.
Class shall use Princeton University obtained addresses, and Princeton
University electronic communication facilities (including, but not limited to,
TigerNet), only for Class business or for humanitarian fund-raising efforts
that have been approved by the Executive Committee.
By-Laws have been enacted, amended and restated, and may be amended, or amended
and restated, from time to time, by the Executive Committee in a manner not
inconsistent with the provisions of the Class Constitution.
WHEREOF, the members of the Executive Committee listed below have approved and
enacted the foregoing Amended and Restated By-Laws as of the date first above
J. Robert Hillier Michael
Jay M. Siegel Reade
H. Ryan, Jr.