Our By-Laws


SECTION 1.


THE CONCORD MINUTE MEN INCORPORATED BYLAWS



ARTICLE 1. NAME

The name of this organization shall be "The Concord Minute Men Incorporated". 

SECTION 1.

ARTICLE 2. PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES

The purpose of this organization is to perpetuate the memory of the Minute Men of 1775, who would not be subject to the whims and caprices of any man or group of men.

SECTION 2.

The objectives of this organization shall be patriotic, historic, educational, and ceremonial.

a. Patriotic, historic, and educational objectives shall be maintained by a continuous interest in the early history of our Country in such manner as to be of educational value to all citizens, especially our youth, and to further encourage our youth to become responsible and useful citizens by teaching and by example.

SECTION J.

The Concord Minute Men Incorporated shall be a non-profit organization. 

SECTION 1.


ARTICLE 3. MEMBERSHIP

Those eligible for membership as musket men shall be men who have attained the age of 16 years and who live in the Town of Concord or other communities.

SECTION 2.

The membership rolls shall be closed between 1 January 1973 and 12 September 1975. This shall not apply to sons of members who attain the age of 16 years during said period of time.

ARTICLE 4. DUES

SECTION 1.

First year dues and uniform cost shall accompany all applica­ tions for membership. Thereafter annual dues shall be payable on January 1st of each year. ·Any member who is in arrears as of the end of February shall be referred by the Ensign Paymaster, by name, in writing, to the Executive Committee for appropriate action, which may include suspension or revocation of membership. 



SECTION 2.

Any member who, as of January 1st of any year, is a member of the Armed Services of the United States of America on active duty shall be exempt from the payment of dues for that year.

ARTICLE 5· OFFICERS, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, AND STANDING COW ITTEES

SECTION 1.

There shall be the following elected offices:

One Captain

One Lieutenant

One Ensign Adjutant One Ensign Paymaster One Quartermaster

One lVIusicmaster

One Sergeant Major

One Historian

Three. Executive Committee Members-at-Large



SECTION 2.

There shall be as many non-commissioned officers as may be deemed necessary by the Executive Committee, the same to be ap­ pointed by the Captain to serve only during his tenure.

SECTION J.

The Executive Committee shall consist of all duly elected to office and the immediate past Captain.

SECTION 4.

There shall be the following Standing Committees:

Education, Uniform, Budget

SECTION 1.

ARTICLE 6. ELECTIONS

Elections shall be held at the October Muster, by secret ballot, except that the Ensign Adjutant may be instructed to cast one bal­ lot for all uncontested candidates. All elected to office shall assume their duties at the November Muster.

SECTION 2. 

Nominations for offices shall be made by the Nominating Commit­ tee in accord with Article 9, Section 3J in addition, nominations for any office may be submitted by any member present at the September Muster. The term of office for all elected officials, ex­cept Executive Committee Members-at-Large, shall be twelve months. 

In the event of a vacancy in any office a temporary appointment shall be made by the Executive Committee. 

The Captain may serve any number of terms but not more than two terms consecutively. 

SECTION J.

Three Executive Committee Members-at-Large shall serve for a term of three years. The first year, one shall be elected for a one year term, one for a two year term, and one for a three year term. This section to take effect as of the next election.

SECTION 4.

No member shall hold two elective offices simultaneously.

ARTICLE 7. REQUIREMENTS FOR ELECTION TO OFFICE 

SECTION 1.

In order to be eligible for an elective office, except Captain or Lieutenant, a candidate must have been a member in good standing for at least one year.

To be eligible for the office of Captain or Lieutenant, a candi­date must have been a member in good standing for at least two con­secutive years. 

SECTION 1. 


ARTICLE 8. DUTIES OF OFFICERS AND THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Captain shall: 

a. Preside at all Musters of the Company and the Executive Committee. 
b. Appoint all committees, the Sergeant Armorer, the Par­lamtarian, a Chaplain, and all non-commissioned officers. 
c. Conduct himself as an elected presiding officer. 
d. Be the Commanding Officer in the field. 
e. With the approval of the Executive Committee, have the sole authority to authorize, or deny, participation in any public or private appearance, either individually or as a group, as official representatives of the Concord Minute Men. 
f. Present each invitation to participate in any event to the membership for a vote whenever the time permits.
g. Be responsible for having a yearly audit made of the Ensign Paymaster's record. 
h. Draw up a charge to each committee established under 

Article 9, Section 1.

SECTION 2. 

The Lieutenant shall:

a. Perform duties assigned to him by the Captain.
b. Perform all functions of the Captain in the absence of the Captain. 
c. Be responsible for the indoctrination of all new members. d. Be responsible for recruitment of new members. 

SECTION J.

In the event both the Captain and the Lieutenant are absent at any Muster, the presiding officer shall be the senior elected mem­ ber present. Seniority shall be determined by the order listed in Article 5, Section 1.

SECTION 4.

The Ensign Adjutant shall:

a. Notify all members, in writing, of the date, time, and place of all Musters.
b. Notify all members on other matters as directed by the Captain or the Executive Committee. 
c. Record minutes of all Musters and Executive Committee meetings. 
d. Have current list of members, officers, and committees available at all Musters, as well as an up-to-date copy of the Bylaws and "Demeter's Manual of Parliamentary Law and Procedure". 
e. Send a copy of the charge to each committee established under Article 9, Section 1, to all members of the com­ mittee, and to the Chairman of the Budget Committee. 
f. Keep a roster for signatures of all members in attendance at Musters. 

SECTION 5.

The Ensign Paymaster shall:
a. Be custodian of all Company funds. 
b. Collect all monies received by committee chairmen, officers, and others; and deposit same. 
c. Pay all authorized invoices after approval by the Captain, the Executive Committee, or the chairman of the committee under whose budget the expenditure was made. 
d. Make an audited financial report, in writing, to the mem­bership at the annual Muster and mail a copy of the report to every member prior to the annual Muster. Said report shall be submitted for the preceding calendar year. 
e. Conduct himself in a prudent fiscal manner. 
f. Purchase requisition of unbudgeted items over 5% of annual budget must be approved in the following manner: 
1. Requisition must be published in the next muster notice. 
2. Requisition must be voted on at the next regularly scheduled muster meeting. Simple majority to decide outcome. 

SECTION 6.

The Quartermaster shall hold the rank of Sergeant and shall:
a. Be responsible for the procurement and storage of all uniform materials and accoutrements. 
b. Provide for the distribution of all uniform materials, patterns, and instructions to members who desire uniforms. 
c. Record and retain accurate supply records of inventory as well as a list of all uniformed members and their sizes. 
d. Be responsible for the proper storage of the flags, hal­berd, and spontoons. 

SECTION·7. 

The Musicmaster shall hold the rank of Sergeant and shall:
a. Be responsible for teaching the. drummers and fifers, both in music and in drill. 
b. Be responsible for storage, maintenance, transportation, and proper use of musical instruments and related accoutre­ments belonging to the Company. 
c. With the approval of the Executive Committee, establish qualifications or standards for playing in the fife and drum section, as well as make corrections of faults and maintain discipline. 
d. Provide and train a competent Drum Major. 

SECTION 8.

The Sergeant Major shall:
a. Be responsible for teaching the authorized drill to all members. 
b. Be responsible for instructing all members in the Manual of Arms. 
c. Endeavor to correct faulty marching or handling of arms in such a constructive manner that members will be helped and encouraged to maintain a high standard of drill and marching. 

SECTION 9. 

The Historian shall hold the rank of Sergeant and shall:
a. Retain all important records and mementos and gather all facts relative to current activities and keep same in appropriate condition for future reference.
b. Encourage research into the history of the Minute Men and other events of the 1775 era. 
c. Assume responsibility for the relative accuracy, appro­priateness, and good taste of public information releases. News or other public releases shall pass through his office before release. 
d. Not dispose of documents, letters, written matter, or mementos without prior notice to and approval from the Executive Committee. None of the aforementioned shall be destroyed without being presented to him. 

SECTION 10. 

The Executive Committee Members-at-Large shall hold the rank of Sergeant and shall:
a. Help to provide liaison between the membership and the 

Executive Committee.
b. Be assigned individually by the Captain to undertake responsibility for educational projects, public rela­tions, or retention of current members. 

SECTION 11. 

The Executive Committee shall meet prior to each regular Muster and at other times at the call of the Captain.
The Executive Committee, at their regular meeting, shall review the business to come before the whole membership. 
The Executive Committee may establish and terminate Executive 
Subcommittees which the Captain will appoint from the membership. 
Any act of any member which warrants disciplinary action shall be brought to the attention 0f and acted upon by the Executive Com­ mittee. Such action may include suspension or revocation of mem­ bership. 

SECTION 12.

The Sergeant Armorer shall:
a. Be responsible for armaments at parades. 
b. Be responsible for instructing the membership in safe use of firearms. 

SECTION 13.

The Parliamentarian shall hold the rank of Sergeant and shall:
a. Render procedural decisions when requested. SECTION 14. 

The Chaplain shall hold the rank of Sergeant and shall:
a. Perform such duties as pertain to his office. SECTION 15. 

Each elected officer and appointed committee chairman shall submit a written report of the year's activity of his office to the Ensign Adjutant prior to the installation of new officers.

ARTICLE 9. COMMITTEES

(EXCLUDING EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES AND EXECUTIVE SUBCOMMITTEES )

SECTION 1.

Committees, other than Standing Committees, shall be established as needed by a vote of the membership or by the Captain.

SECTION 2. 

The terms of committee members, including the terms of Standing Committees, shall be coterminus with the office of Captain unless previously discharged.

SECTION J.

The Nominating Committee, consisting of three members, shall be appointed by the Captain.

Their names shall be announced not later than the June Muster. 

The Nominating Committee shall report in writing, to the mem­ bership, at least two weeks prior to the September Muster, the names of the candidates for each office.

SECTION 4.

The Education Committee shall be responsible for developing programs that will meet the objectives stated in Article 2, Section 2. The Historian shall be a member of this committee. 

SECTION 5.

The Uniform Committee shall investigate, report, and recommend with respect to the uniform. On questions of authenticity and use, th,is Committee's decision shall be binding on all members.

SECTION 6.

The Budget Committee shall prepare an annual budget. The budget shall be presented to the Executive Committee at their regular meeting preceding the annual meeting.
The Budget Committee shall present the budget to the membership at the annual meeting. 
The Budget Committee shall recommend the amount of the dues and the uniform costs for the next year. 

SECTION 1. 


ARTICLE 10. MUSTERS
A regular Muster shall be held the 2nd Wednesday of each month except in the months of July and August. The February Muster shall be the Annual Muster. 

SECTION 2.

A Muster may be called by the Captain, the Executive Committee, or by petition of ten members in good standing, in writing, to the Executive Committee.

SECTION 1.


ARTICLE 11. QUORUM



A quorum shall consist of eight (8) members, in good standing, present at a duly called Muster.



ARTICLE 12. AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS

SECTION 1.

These Bylaws may be amended by two-thirds vote of the members, in good standing, present at a properly called Muster. Notice of the proposed changes shall be made in writing to the membership one month before the Muster at which the proposed Bylaw change is

to be made.









SECTION 1.


ARTICLE 13. ORDER 0F BUSINESS



The order of business at Musters shall be:



a. Muster called to order.



b. Ensign Adjutant's report. c. Ensign Paymaster's report.

d. Report of the Executive Committee. e. Other committee reports.

f. Lieutenant's report.



g. Quartermaster's report. h. Musicmaster's report.

i. Sergeant Major's report. j. Historian's report.



k. Sergeant Armorer's report.



1. Captain's report.



m. Unfinished business. n. New business.

o. Adjournment of Muster.



ARTICLE 14. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

SECTION 1.

Parliamentary authority for settling any question not covered in these Bylaws shall be "Demeter's Manual of Parliamentary Law and Procedure".












The rank held by each minute man is designated by the color of the small cockade ribbon in accordance with the following list:
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