Constitution and Bylaws

January 27, 1981



The name of the Society is the Calgary Numismatic Society also known as the CNS.

ARTICLE II: Objectives

The objectives of the Society are:

(a) to stimulate the hobby of numismatics in general.
(b) to encourage the growth of and interest in numismatics.
to assist in educating interested people in numismatics.

To accomplish these objectives, the Society shall be a non-profit society, and the Society will hold regular meetings, shows, and social gatherings.

ARTICLE III: Operations

The affairs of the Society shall be conducted by the "Executive Committee" which will be elected at the Annual General Meeting.

ARTICLE IV: Membership

Any person of good reputation can become a member of the Society subject to the bylaws of the Society.


(a) The bylaws are the rules and regulations by which the Society's daily affairs are administered.

(b) Any member may propose or amend bylaws by submitting them to the membership in writing at any regular meeting. A vote shall be held at the next regular meeting.

(c) Records of the bylaws in effect shall be kept separately from the Constitution to facilitate the updating and changing of such bylaws.

ARTICLE VI: Code of Ethics

The code of ethics of the Calgary Numismatic Society reads as follows:

I agree to support and be governed by the Constitution and Bylaws of the Society and such regulations and policies as may be in force from time to time.

I agree to base all my dealings on the highest plane of fairness and morality and to neither buy nor sell numismatic items of which the ownership is questionable.

I agree to take immediate steps to correct any errors I may have made.

I agree to clearly indicate and mark all numismatic items I sell, exhibit, produce, or advertise that are counterfeits, copies, restrikes, or reproductions as such.

I will represent a numismatic item as genuine only if, to the best of my knowledge and belief, it is authentic.

I agree to live up to all contracts made by me, either verbal or written.

I agree to aid members in the quest for numismatic knowledge to the best of my ability.

ARTICLE VII: Amendments to the Constitution

Proposed amendments to the constitution shall be presented in writing to the President at least sixty (60) days prior to the Annual General Meeting. Such proposed amendments shall be published to the members at least one week prior to the Annual General Meeting. To become effective the proposed amendments require a 3/4 (three quarters) majority of those eligible members present at the Annual General Meeting.

February 24, 2009



001: Members

The membership of the Society shall consist of:

(i) Regular Members
(ii) Youth Members
(iii) Honourary Life Members
(iv) Family members
(v) Corporate members


(i) Any person of good reputation, eighteen (18) years of age or over, shall be eligible to apply for Regular membership.

(ii) Any person of good reputation, under the age of eighteen (18) shall be eligible to apply for Youth membership.

(iii) Honourary Life Members shall be those persons who, for outstanding service to the Society or the science of numismatics, have been nominated by a member or members of the Executive Committee and so accepted by not less than a 3/4 (three quarters) majority of the Executive Committee.

(iv) Family Memberships are available to a husband, wife, and unmarried children under the age of eighteen (18), or a combination thereof, living at the same address.

(v) Any non-profit club, society, association, corporation, museum, library, archives, or institution of learning whose officers are of good reputation, shall be eligible to apply for a Corporate membership.

Each membership shall represent only one (1) vote except for Youth members under the age of sixteen (16) whom shall not have the right to vote. Such votes must be made in person and not by proxy or otherwise.

All memberships shall be entitled to all the privileges of the Society, except that:

(i) Family Memberships shall receive only one copy of the Society's official publications.
(ii) Members under the age of eighteen (18) and corporate members shall not be eligible to hold office.

Membership in the Calgary Numismatic Society is a privilege and not a matter or right. Such membership can be terminated when a 3/4 (three quarters) majority of the Executive Committee ascertains that the conduct of a member has been such that, in the best interest of the Society, the membership should be terminated.

In order to remain in good standing, members shall abide by the Society's code of ethics. A breach of the code of ethics shall be considered conduct detrimental to the welfare of the Society and a possible cause for action by the Executive Committee.

Application for membership shall be submitted to a member of the Executive Committee in writing. The application shall include:

(i) the applicant's name;
(ii) the applicant's address;
(iii) the applicant's occupation;
(iv) if under eighteen (18), the applicant's date of birth;
(v) the membership category applied for;
(vi) the date of application;
(vii) in case of Youth membership application, the signature of the parent or guardian agreeing to be responsible for the applicant's actions, while a member, to the age of eighteen (18).

The application for membership shall be accompanied by one year's membership fee, and, except for a Youth member, the one time administration fee.

The membership fees for the various categories shall be determined by the Executive Committee and shall be put before the membership as per Article V(b) of the Constitution of the Society.

The membership fees as of January 1, 1994 shall be:

(i) Regular member, $10.00 per year.
(ii) Youth member, $2.00 per year.
(iii) Honourary Life member, no charge.
(iv) Family membership, $14.00 per year.
(v) Corporate member, $10.00 per year.
(vi) A new member, except a Youth member, shall pay a one time fee of $6.00 for initial administrative expenses.

Any member wishing to withdraw from the membership may do so upon notice in writing to the Executive Committee.

If any member is in arrears for dues or assessments, such member shall be automatically suspended at the expiration of four (4) months from the date on which the dues or assessments are payable, and shall thereafter not be entitled to membership privileges.

To be reinstated under his/her old membership number the suspended member shall pay all arrears in fees and/or assessments at the discretion of the Executive Committee. Otherwise, the suspended member shall reapply for membership if he/she wants to be reinstated.

Upon receipt of the complete application for membership the Treasurer shall refer the name of the applicant to the membership and if no objection to admission is received within one month from date of notice, the applicant shall be admitted to the membership. In the event that an objection is received, the Executive Committee shall decide whether or not to admit the applicant to the membership based on the information it has received, and on the results of any investigation it may carry out.

002: The Executive Committee

All officers of the Executive Committee, except for the Immediate Past President and the Alberta Director of the Canadian Numismatic Association shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting.

Any member in good standing may nominate any other member in good standing for election as an officer of the Society, with the exception as stated in 001 (D).

All nominations shall be made with the consent of the candidate. Nominees who are not present at the Annual General Meeting shall submit their written consent.

The term of office for officers shall be one year. Any officer may be re-elected. An officer, either appointed or elected, may be removed from office for conduct unbecoming his position if, in the opinion of a 3/4 (three quarters) majority of the Executive Committee, such action is warranted. Any officer may also be removed from office upon a majority vote of the members in good standing, for any cause which the society may deem reasonable.

All officers shall serve without compensation.

Any vacancy occurring in an elected office, between Annual General Meetings shall be filled by the Executive Committee. Should the position of President become vacant between Annual General Meetings, such position will be assumed by a Vice-President, in order of seniority of office.

The officers of the Executive Committee shall be:

(i) President
(ii) First Vice-President
(iii) Second Vice-President
(iv) Secretary
(v) Treasurer
(vi) Immediate Past President
(vii) Three (3) Directors
The Alberta Director of the Canadian Numismatic Association shall be an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee without voting rights.

Five (5) members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum. Each member of the Executive Committee shall have one vote. All votes must be made in person and not by proxy or otherwise.

The Executive Committee shall, subject to the bylaws or directions given it by a majority vote at any meeting properly called and constituted, have full control and management of the affairs of the society.. The Executive Committee shall not have the authority to commit the Society to any course of action which would result in a financial commitment beyond the regular normal expenditures of the Society.

Special committees shall be appointed by the President or by a majority of the Executive Committee whenever it may be deemed necessary or advisable. Any special committee so established may be rescinded if deemed necessary or advisable by a majority of the Executive Committee.


(i) The President shall preside at all meetings of the Society and of the Executive Committee, and shall perform such duties as may pertain to his/her office.

(ii) The Vice-Presidents shall, in order of seniority of office, assist the President in the discharge of his/her duties upon his/her request and shall, in the absence of the President, perform duties of that officer.

(iii) The Secretary shall be responsible for the keeping of the minutes of all meetings and shall handle all correspondence relating to the Society. The Secretary shall inform the Society of all members who have resigned. The Secretary shall keep and preserve all current documents relating to the affairs of the Society and shall have custody of the seal, if any.

(iv) The Treasurer shall keep true and accurate records of all financial transactions in accordance with generally accepted accounting procedures. The Treasurer shall collect all dues and other monies payable to the Society. The Treasurer shall deposit all monies received in a finan-cial institution in the name of the Society and shall make all payments or deposits as ordered by the Executive Committee. All cheques shall be signed by two (2) designated officers of the Executive Committee. The Treasurer shall inform the Society of all applications for membership and of all new members admitted.

(v) The Archivist shall be appointed by the President or a majority of the Executive Committee and shall keep and preserve all non-current documents and other items relating to the affairs of the Society.

Any member of the Executive Committee who is absent for three or more consecutive executive meetings without notice or cause shall be deemed to have resigned from their position until such a time as said member meets with the remaining executive committee members to discuss their absences. The remaining executive committee members shall then vote on whether or not to re-instate the member to the Executive Committee based on a simple majority of those present at the meeting.

003: Meetings

The Society shall hold an Annual General Meeting at least once every twelve months, for the election of officers and for the transaction of matters of general business concerning the Society.

The Annual General Meeting shall be called by the President, or in his/her absence, by the ranking Vice-President or by the Secretary, who shall notify all members of the time and place of the meeting. Notification of the meeting shall be given to the membership at least thirty days prior to the meeting by placing a notice in the monthly Bulletin to members or by mailing all members an announcement of the meeting.

Ten voting members shall constitute a quorum at meetings of the Society.

No votes shall be taken by proxy.

Ordinary resolutions may be passed by a simple majority vote of a quorum present at any meeting, where such resolution is properly raised.

Matters of special importance shall be classed the same as amendments to the bylaws, as Special Resolutions.

Special Resolutions shall be announced in the Society's publication prior to the meeting at which the resolution shall be brought forward.

Special Resolutions shall be passed by not less than a 3/4 (three quarters) majority of such members entitled to vote as are present in person at the meeting.

A special meeting shall be called by the President or Secretary upon receipt of a petition signed by 1/3 (one-third) of the members in good standing, setting forth the reasons for calling such meeting, which shall be by letter to the last-known address of each member, delivered in the mail eight days prior to the meeting.

The Society will strive for openness and inclusiveness in all of its activities. Attendance at all Society meetings, social functions and other sanctioned activities is open to all members of good standing. Youth members under the age of sixteen, must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

004: Audit

The books, accounts and records of the Society shall be audited at least once a year by a qualified accountant or by two members of the Society.

Audited annual reports shall be presented at the Annual General Meeting.

The books, accounts, and records of the Society may be inspected by any member at any time upon giving reason-able notice and arranging a time satisfactory to the officer or officers having charge of such books and records.

Each member of the Executive Committee shall have access to the records, books and accounts of the Society at all times.

005: Borrowing Powers

For the purpose of carrying out its objectives, the Society may under the authority of an Special Resolution, borrow money.

006: Seal

The Society may acquire a corporate seal.

The seal shall be affixed to documents or other instruments only upon resolution of the Executive Committee. Any two officers may sign such documents or other instruments.

The secretary shall have custody of the seal.

007: Awards

The Professor A.R. Prince Memorial Award shall be awarded to the Best of Show exhibit at the Society's annual major coin show, if a show is so held.

The Donald D. Paterson Award can be awarded annually to a member of the Society determined by a majority vote of the Donald D. Paterson Award Selection Committee, appointed by the President, on his or her assuming the Chair of Office. It is herein stipulated the Award shall not necessarily be presented each and every year, unless a suitable candidate in the opinion of the Committee, is available. The recipient must not have won the Award previously. The recipient must be a member in good standing of the Society and the candidate's worthiness, shall be determined based on his or her contribution to Numismatics in the City of Calgary while he or she is a member of the Society.

008: Dissolution

In the event that the Society is wound up or dissolved, the remaining assets including any and all funds held by the Society (with the exception of funds derived from gaming revenue), will be given to the Numismatic Educational Services Association (NESA), the charitable organization administered by the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association.

In the event that the Society is wound up or dissolved, funds derived from gaming revenue shall be donated to a local (Calgary or Alberta) charity or non-profit organization to be named at the time of the dissolution.

(Approved by the membership at the meeting held on February 24, 2009.)

NOTE: The Constitution and Bylaws above are provided for information only. The document has been re-formatted to fit electronic media and may differ from the official
document filed with the Alberta Government. Please contact the Calgary Numismatic Society for clarification of any of the above articles.

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