Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(April 11, 1908)
By-laws of big Film Service Association, p. 8
S BY-LAWS OF BIG FILM SERVICE ASSOCIATION IIE great contest between rival moving picture itteests it this country as- d ire cted genseral attenstion to thse vary- ing phases of the struggle and each move of the contlestants is swatchod wilt interest by all who are affiliated weith the industry. At the meeting of the Film Service Asso- ciation at Buffalo, the by-laws of that or- ganization were adopted, but their nature was kept a close secret. Secretary Dwight Macdonald forwarded a copy thereof to THE SHOW WOR LD last week and they are published herewith for the first time in any newspaper. The by-lawrs which follow, show the scope of the association, and their pe- rusal and study will be of advantage to every moving picture man in the country. ARTICLE 1. SECTION 1. The name of this Associa- tioni Sall be the Film Sereica Association. SECTION 2. This Association is orgatn- ized for the purpose f promting and safe- g uardiisg tise interests of tisa filis-renting concerns of the United States, of their cus- tonsers t ie exhibitors, and of that portion of thea public Iv iiel patronizes moving pic- ture shows. ARTICLE 2. Membership. SECTION 1. Any individual, partner- ship or corporation conducting a legitimate lism-renting busitss its te United States is eligible to a rseosbershils its this Asso- ciation for each and every separate film- renting exchange owned or maintained by each individual, partnership or corporation. SECTION 2. For the purpose of mem- bership in this Association, a "legitimate film-renting business" shall be one equipped to do a self-sustaining film-renting busi- ness independent of any other office or concern, that purchases new film for rent- ing purposes to the average amount of at least $1,200.00 per month. SECTION 3. Any eligible individual, parnership or corporation desiring to be- come a member of this Association shall sign a swritten application for membership, stating the name and office address of the applicant, the names of the partners, the names of the officers or directors, if a cor- poration, and the name of the person who wtill represent the tsemsbership in the Asso- ciation in the case of a partnership or cor- poration, that in how many, if any, moving picture shows the aplicant is int-rested, oither directly or indirectly, and the names under which they are operated, and wheth- er the applicant will, if elected'to member- ship, give a Pledge not to rent film to any person or persons whom the applicant knows to be re-renting it. SECTION 4. If any member fail to pay to the Treasurer the annual dues, or any part thereof, any special assessment or at- seasoiseis, swithtin ten days fro n the date on shics they are due, the Treasurer shall notify the Executive Committee who shall thereupon declare such member suspended. The Executive Committee shall reinstate such suspended member at any time with- in thirty days of his suspension provided that all money due the Association by such suspended member shall be Paid before the application for reinstatement is considered. SECTION 5. If, subsequent to election, the business of anly member be conducted in known opposition to the Durposes of this Association, as set forth in these By- Laws, or if, subsequent to election, the member shall not comply with the requirements of membership, as expressed by these By-Laws, the Executive Com- mittee shall, after receiving a complaint as to the conduct of such member, make an investigation thereof and give such member a hearing and if after such in- vestigation, four members of the Executive Committee shall vote that the investigation is untfavorable to the member, then a trintatd report of such insvestigations, giviing the full facts in the case, shall be, lre- pared and mailed to each member of the Association. Upon receiving this report, each memnber of the Association shall mail a ballot prepared and furnished wtith suei report, in favor of, or against, the perma- nent suspensioi or expulsion of such meni- her, aitc tire-thtirds of the inbers afte Association signifying in this manner that they favor the permanient suspetision. c r ex- pulsion, shall sutpend or expsel Sucs isseiss1- her, otherwse else charges sisal1 be droipped and the member exonerated. ARTICLE 3. Meetings of the Association. SECTION 1. Ts e reguslar aisnual msteet- log of this Associationi shall be held ott the second Saturday in December of each year at the hour of 11 A. M. at such lace as shall hsave been designated byt'e pialre- vious annual meeting. The Executive Com- mittee shall cause notices thereof, stating the time and place, to be mailed to each member of the Association by registered mail at least three weeks lin advanc of such annual meeting. SECTION 2. Special nitetings of the As- .sociation may be called by a majority vote of the Executive Committee. wyho shall cause notices thereof to be mailed by reg- istered mail to each member at least two weeks prior to the date of the meeting, such notices to state the time and place of holding the meeting and the turpos' or purposes for which it is called. Such special meetings shall be called by the Ex- ecutive Committee on a demand, made in writing, of any forty members. SECTION 3. A quorum at all meetings shall consist of a majority of the member- ship. to be represented in person or by proxy, but less than a majority may ad- journ the meeting to a future date. SECTION 4. At all meetings of the As- sociation each member siall be entitled to cast one vote for every membership, i person or by proxy. but no member shall be represented in the meeting by more than one Pet-ton enitllad to v'ote. SECTION e. T e anntal meeting shall elect a President, a Vice-Prosident, a Treas- urer, and two members of the Executive Committee, all of whom shall serve for one year or until their successors are elect- ed and qualified unless sooner resigned or r eunved. SECTION 6. The election of the Presi- dent, Vice-President, Treasurer, and mem- bers of the Executive Committee, shall be by separate ballot for each, and the can- didates receiving a plurality shall be de- clared elected. SECTION 7. The regular order of busi- ness shall be: 1. Roll call and examination of creden- tials. 2. Reading of the minutes of the preced- ing meeting. 3. Reports of Committees, 4. Election of members. 5. Unfinished business. 6. N te business. 7. Adjournment. ARTICLE 4. Executive Committee and Officers. SECTION 1. The Executive Committee siall consist of the officers of this Assoe a- Iis, cx-officio and of tseo addielotul meins- bers to be elected at the annual meeting of the Association, all of vhom shall be members of this Association. SECTION 2. No member, either direct- ly or indirectly engaged in the manufac- ture, inporting or jobbing of ren or in- terested in any itay, either directly or in- directly, in any concern so engaged, shall be eligible to election as a member of the Executive Committee or as an officer of this Association. Any officer of the Association or iemsber of the Executive Committee who shall become so engaged, subsequent to his election and during his term of office, shall resign ont becoming so engaged, and his be- coming so engaged shall operate as a res- ignation. SECTION 3. Any vacancy caused by the death, resignation or removal of any officer or micmsber of the Executive Committee may be filled for the unexpired term by the Executive Committee. SECTION 4. No ollicer or member of the Executive Committee shall receive any salary or compensation for his services, ex- cept as hereinafter provided, but the neces- sary and actual traveling expenses of the members of the Committee in attending meetings of committee or in traveling oi other business of the Association shall be paid after being approved by vote of the Executive Committee. SECTION 5. Any officer or member of the Executive Committee may be removed from oflice at any time by a vote of four of the Executive Committee itn person or by two-thirds vote of the Association in person at any regular or special mseeting of the Association. Any officer vho shall be suspended or expelled as a membei of tie Association immnediately becoms disqoahi- lied as an oflicer and is removed by notice from the Executive Committee. SECTION 6. The Executive Committee shall ex-rcise general supervision and di- rection over all the affairs of the Associa- tion, shall have the power to employ and fix the compensation of such subordinate oflicers, clerks or employees as it may deem necssary to transact the business of the Association, and shall have the power to engage counsel, furnish and maintain of- fices, and incur all other expenses that it may deem needful to the ielfare of the Association and the furtherance of the ob- jects for which it is formed. SECTION 7. It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to from time to time investigate any matters ihich may arise that it may deem prejudicial to the wel- fare of the business and the good of the members of the Association, and it shall hsave the post-ar to msakte else necessary cx- ienitsret for such inquiries and insestiga- tions, and to take action thereon if it dells immediate action necessary. SECTION S. The Executive Committee niay at any time, by unanimous vote of the Committee, make such special assessment or assessments on tie members of this As- sociation asoitt nay de-o m ecessary to prsp erly carry eut the policy aisd purposts of the Association, but not to exceed $100 for earls msetsber in any tear, SECTION 9. Tie Executive Cosmmittee Shsall hi resliois rcgularly pasted Olle recorded in the minutes of their meeting, designate the bank or banks in which the Treasurer shall deposit the funds of the Associatio, sues bank or baniks to be na- tionsal hots. All expendittures authorized by the Executive Committee shall be paid Pt c1 ck signed by the Treasurer and cout- tertigred by else President, SECTION 10. It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to have the books and accounts of the Treasurer audited somi-annually. SECTION 11. Regular meetings of the Executive Committee shall be held without notice imumediately following the adjourn- ment of all meetings of the Association at such places as the majority of the Execu- tive Committee may agree upon. SECTION 12. Special meetings of site Executive Committee may be called at any timo lay the President on five days' notice by ttelegrai or ten days' notice by regis- tered mail, iwhtich notice must state the time and place of holding such meeting. The President shall call special meetings of the Ex-cutive Committee on a written demand of any three members thereof spe- cifying the time and place. SECTION 13. A quorum of the Execu- tive Committee shall consist of the major- ity- of the memssbtrs in office but the Execu- tive Committee, by majority vote, may del- egate any nortion of its duties or powers to sub-committees to be appointed by the President. ARTICLE 5. President and Vice-President. SECTION 1. The President and Vice- President shall be elected at the regular an- nual meeting and shall perform the duties usually pertaining to their respective 0ffices. SECTIO N 2. The President shall fire- .itle at all teetings of th Association ant of the Executive Conmnittee and shall have the deciding 5oto, in case of tie, and if the 1-resident shall ho unable to act, the Vice- President shall takte his p~lae anti perform Iis dutics. SECTION 3. The President shall call the Executive Committee together when he deems it necessary and shall at all times exorcise supervision andi direction ove the business interests and affairs of the Ar sso- ciation. ARTICLE 6. Secretary. SECTION 1. The Secretary shall be select- ed by the Executive Committee by ma- jority vote on such terms as the Committee determines. Ho shall not be a membei of the Association, and he shall receivt sucli compensation for his services as the Executive Committee shall agree upon wilth him. It shall be the duty of the Secretary, in addition to the usual duties portainin6 to the oflice, to attend all meetings of the Association and to keep a record of the minutes of such meetings, which recort slia1 le correctly reduced to typeswritin1 under Iiis diirectiotn anti Subervsint, ane, ie made the permanent record of the As- sociatioti. Tils record of the mitlutes thai le submitted to fte Executive Committe, for correctiotn after the adjournment o each meeting. SECTION 2. Tise Secretary shall die- charge such other duties as pertain to hi office and as are prescribed by the Execu- tive Committee. SECTION 3. The Secretary shall mail oc deliver to the members all notices required by the By-Lawvs of the Association, and all special itotices as directed by the Executive Conmtiittee, ansd its case of his absence ot refusal to do so, then such notices may be transmitted by any person thereunto di- rected by the President. Treasurer. SECTION 1. The Treasurer shall be elected at the annual meeting and shall give a. surety company's bond to the Asso- ciation in the sum of $25,000 for the faith- ful performance of his duties and the se- curity of the funds belonging to the Asso- ciation which are entrusted to his care, such bond to be paid for by the Association. Their bond shall be approved by the Execu tive Committee before the Treasurer sial. be qualified to hold oltice. SECTION 2. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to keep full and complete ac- counts in regular form of the receipts andt disbursements of funds belonging to the Association and to deposit all money re- ceived by the Association, ol the first banking day after the receipt thereof, in its name and to its credit in such bank or. banks as the Executive Committee may designate. The Treasurer shall at each annual meeting and when called for at atit special imeeting, present a full and clear statement of the financial condition of the Association and of the receipts and expen- ditures for the period since his last pre- vious report. SECTION 3. The Treasurer shall issue and sign all chcks for tie expenditures of the Association and deliver them to the President for countersignature. SECTION 4. The Treasurer shall deliver to the Executive Committee quarterly a complete statement of the receipts and ex- penditures of the Association for the pre- ceding quarter, together with a statement of the financial condition of the Associa- tion. SECTION 5. It shall be tile duty of the Treasurer to submit the books and accounts of the Association for audit to such per- son or persons as the Executive Committee may appoint or employ for the purpose at such time and place as the Executive Com- iittee may designate. ARTICLE S. Initiation Fee and Dues. SECTION 1. The initiation fee for each norsbership in this Association shall be $5,000.00, paable to the Treasurer vith the application for membership. SECTION 2. 0 Taeannual does shall be $100.00, Ali tiet Shtall be payable to thi Treasurer quarterly in advance. SECTION 3. Special assessments may be mnado by unanimous vote of the Executive Comiiittee and shall be payable to the Treasurer swithin fifteen days after members receive notice thereof. ARTICLE 9. Asneudinent. SECTION 1. These By-Lass shall be al- tered, attsetsded, added to or repealed at atny iteeliisg of tis0 Associatiots at swhichs a dtorti is presett by a t 1o-lt1rds s-ea 1 the members pretent. ARTICLE 10. SECION 1. 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