Constitution and Bylaws of the Cartography Specialty Group

Article I.      Name

The name of this association shall be the Cartography
Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers
(CSG/AAG).

Article II.     Purpose

1. To encourage cartographic research;

2. To promote education in cartography and map use;

3. To promote the exchange of ideas and information about
cartography;

4. To promote interest in and correct utilization of maps
and other cartographic products by all people;

5. To promote and facilitate the cartographer's role within
the geographic discipline;

6. To promote and coordinate activities and directions with
other professional organizations involved with cartography;

7. The organization is organized exclusively for
charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes
within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal
Revenue Code.

Article III.    Membership

1. Any member of the AAG may elect membership in the CSG.

2. Any member of the CSG may hold office in CSG if duly
elected or appointed.

3. The AAG Central Office will certify membership in the
CSG each year after payment of AAG dues.

Article IV.     Officers

1. The CSG will be governed by an elected board of
directors consisting of the following seven voting members
all of whom must be members of CSG: a chairperson, a vice
chairperson, a secretary/treasurer, three directors and one
student director.

2. The Board of Direction will meet at least once each
year.  A quorum of four is necessary to conduct CSG
business.

3. The chairperson will serve for a term of one year.

a.  The chairperson will be the chief executive officer of
the CSG.

b.  The chairperson will preside over all meetings of the
Board of Direction.

c.  The chairperson will appoint the chairpersons of all
standing and ad hoc committees and be an ex officio member
of all committees.

4. The vice chairperson will be elected for a two-year
term.  The first year he/she will be vice chairperson and
the second year he/she shall become and assume the duties
of the chairperson.  The vice chairperson shall assume all
the duties and responsibilities of the chairperson in the
absence of the chairperson.

5. The secretary/treasurer will be elected for a two-year
term.

a.  The secretary/treasurer will compose minutes of each
meeting of the Board of Direction and transmit such minutes
to the members of the Board of Direction and to the AAG
Central Office within 60 days of such meeting.

b.  The secretary/treasurer shall maintain an account of
all income and expenditures of the CSG.  An annual
financial report will be presented to the Board of
Direction.

c.  The secretary/treasurer will make all required
informational reports of CSG activities to the AAG Council
and AAG Central Office.

6.  The three non-student directors will each be elected
for a two-year term.

a.  Terms will be staggered such that in years when the
secretary/treasurer is elected, one director will be
elected, and in the intervening years two directors will be
elected.

b.  Two of the director positions will be open only to
full-time employees of an institution of higher education
at the time of their election.

c.  One director position will be open only to persons not
employed by an institution of higher education at the time
of their election.

7.  One student director on the Board of Direction will be
elected each year for a one-year term.

8.  The Board of Direction for cause or emergency in the
best interests of CSG may meet and declare any position on
the Board of Direction vacant by a vote of at least five of
its members.  If a vacancy on the Board of Direction occurs
the following procedures apply:

a.  Office of chairperson vacant: the vice-chairperson
shall assume duties of the chairperson and serve the
remainder of the current term plus the second year of
his/her elected term as chairperson.

b.  Office of the vice-chairperson vacant: any member of
the Board of Direction, except the chairperson, may be
appointed by the Board of Direction to serve in the
capacity of vice-chairman until the next
regularly-scheduled election.

c.  Office of secretary/treasurer vacant:  any member of
the Board of Direction, except the chairperson and the
vice-chairperson, may be appointed to fill the unexpired
term of the secretary/treasurer.

d.  Office of director vacant:  the Board of Direction by
approval of a two-thirds majority may appoint any CSG
member to fill the unexpired term created by the vacancy.

e.  Office of student director vacant:  the Board of
Direction by approval of a two-thirds majority may appoint
any CSG student member to fill the unexpired term created
by the vacancy.

9.  The elected CSG members will assume office at the
beginning of the AAG annual meeting each year.  Their terms
of office end just prior to the beginning of the AAG annual
meeting.

Article V.      Committees

1.      There will be the following standing committees in
CSG:

a.  Awards

b.  Goals

c.  Nominations

d.  Program

2.  The Awards Committee shall consist of a chairperson and
two additional members, all appointed annually by the
chairperson of CSG.

a.  The Awards Committee shall be empowered to recommend to
the AAG Honors Committee names of CSG members for
consideration.

b.  The Awards Committee shall be empowered to select the
recipients of any awards or prizes established and/or
handled by the CSG.

3.  The Goals Committee shall consist of a chairperson and
two additional members, all appointed annually by the
chairperson of CSG.

a.  The vice-chairperson of CSG will also serve on this
committee.

b.  The Goals Committee shall annually solicit from the
membership suggestions for future activities of the CSG.

c.  The Goals Committee shall annually submit a report with
the recommendations to the Board of Direction of CSG.  Such
report will contain specific suggested long-term goals for
the CSG.

4.  The Nominations Committee will be chaired each year by
the immediate past chairperson of CSG.  The incoming
chairperson will appoint two additional members of this
committee.

a.  Nominations must be solicited from the entire
membership by written notification.

b.  At least two candidates shall be nominated for each
vacant position on the Board of Direction.

c.  The Nominations Committee will prepare a slate of
candidates for approval by the Board of Direction of the
CSG.

d.  The slate of candidates will be completed by January 1,
the ballot printed and mailed to the CSG membership of
record on January 15 each year, by January 31, the ballots
returned and counted and candidates notified of the results
at least two weeks prior to the AAG annual meetings. 
(Specific dates for each election should be established
each year by the CSG chairperson.)

e.  No member of the Nominations Committee may be a
candidate on the ballot prepared by the committee.

5.  The Program Committee shall consist of a chairperson
and two additional members, all appointed annually by the
chairperson of CSG.

a.  Two of the members of the Program Committee should be
appointed as follows: one from the geographic region of the
U.S. in which the next annual meeting of the AAG will be
held and one  from the geographic region of the U.S. in
which the following annual meeting of the AAG will be held.


b.  The Program Committee shall ensure that an adequate
number of sessions of interest to CSG members are scheduled
at each meeting of the AAG.  Special topics, workshops,
symposia, traveling exhibits, etc., of a cartographic
nature should all be coordinated by the Program Committee.

6.  From time to time, as needed, the chairperson of CSG
may establish ad hoc committees to address specific
short-term needs of CSG.

Article VI.     Dues and Fees

1.  The CSG Board of Direction may assess annual dues from
its membership. Dues must be approved by the AAG Council
and by a majority of the CSG membership.

a.  The CSG Board of Direction shall manage all dues
collected.

b.  Annual reports of income and expenditures shall be made
by the secretary/treasurer of CSG to the AAG Central
Office.

2.  The CSG Board of Direction may establish reasonable
fees for publications, workshops, symposia and other
activities.

a.  The CSG Board of Direction shall manage all fees so
collected.

b.  Annual reports of income and expenditures shall be made
by the secretary/treasurer of CSG to the AAG Central
Office.

3.  Inurement of Income.  No part of the net earnings of
the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be
distributable to, its members, trustees, officers or other
private persons except that the organization shall be
authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for
services rendered.

Article VII.    Meetings

1.  The CSG will hold at least one general membership
meeting annually, usually during the time of the AAG annual
meeting.

2. The Board of Direction will hold at least one Board
meeting annually. An annual report of the CSG activities
and finances will be submitted by April 1 each year to the
AAG Central Office.

Article VIII.   Amendments

Changes to this constitution must be approved by at least 5
votes of the Board of Direction and ratified by a letter
ballot of the CSG membership. Approval by 60% of those CSG
members voting shall be required.

Article IX.     Bylaws

Bylaws essential to the conduct of the affairs of the CSG
may be enacted by the Board of Direction.  Approval of a
Bylaw requires at least 5 positive votes of the Board of
Direction.  Such Bylaws will be in effect until the next
general membership meeting of the CSG at which time
approval must be obtained from a majority of the CSG
members in attendance.

Article X.      Operation Date

CSG will operate fiscally on a calendar year basis.  An
annual budget must be approved by the Board of Direction no
later than the AAG annual meeting date.

Article XI.     Legislative or Political Activities

No substantial part of the activities of the organization
shall be the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise
attempting to influence legislation and the organization
shall not participate in or intervene in (including the
publishing or distribution of st atements) any political
campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

Article XII.    Operational Limitations

Notwithstanding any other provisions of these articles, the
organization shall not carry on any other activities not
permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt
from Federal Income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the
Internal Revenue Code of 1 954 (or the corresponding
provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law)
or (b) by organization contributions, to which are
deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue
Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future
United States Internal Revenue Law).

Article XIII.   Dissolution Clause

Upon the dissolution of the organization, the Board of
Trustees shall, after paying or making provisions for the
payment of all of the liabilities of the organization,
dispose of all the assets of the organization exclusively
for the purpose of the organi zation in such manner, or to
such organization of organization organized and operated
exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or
scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an
exempt organization of organizations under section
501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the
corresponding provision of any future United States
Internal Revenue Law), as the Board of Trustees shall
determine.  Any such assets not so disposed of shall be
disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in
which the principal office of the organization is then
located, exclusively for such purposes or to such
organization or organizations, as said Court shall
determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for
such purposes.