Chapter Bylaws

Adopted February 11, 2005

Amended March 6, 2016

 

1. The Southern California Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology shall include members
from the southern region of the state, extending from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, and
including the state of Hawaii.

2. The SEMSCHC Executive Board shall include a President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer,
Web Editor(s), and two Student Representatives, all elected at the annual meeting. The Vice
President shall be elected in even years, and shall become President after serving two years as
Vice President. The Treasurer shall be elected in odd years, and shall serve a term of two years.
The Web editor(s) shall serve a term of three years, with an election held the year that the previous
term ends. In the event that two co-editors are elected, each shall serve concurrently. Student
Representatives shall each serve a two-year term, staggered for election in alternate years.
Chapter officers must be members of SEM in good standing and shall provide annual reports to be
presented at the Annual Meeting and then sent to the SEM Chapter Coordinator.

3. The Secretary-Treasurer will provide minutes of the General Membership meeting and will
maintain a bank account for the Chapter. The current President of the Chapter shall be the
designated beneficiary of the Chapter's bank account.

4. Student Representatives shall be elected by student members at the annual meeting for staggered
terms of two years. The Student Representatives shall be voting members of the Executive Board, and
must be student members of SEM in good standing. If a student election is not feasible, the Chapter
President shall appoint a Student Representative for that year. Student Representatives are
encouraged to organize student activities such as proposals for panels and performances at the
annual chapter meeting.

5. The President will appoint a chapter member as the Program Chair for the annual meeting and the
Program Chair shall appoint a committee of at least four members to plan the annual meeting. The
Vice President will serve as the Ki Mantle Hood Student Prize Committee Chair and the President
shall appoint two members to the Prize Committee according to the criteria set forth in the prize
procedures (see Ki Mantle Hood Student Prize Guidelines).the Program Chair shall appoint a committee
of at least four members to plan the annual meeting. The Vice President will serve as the Ki Mantle
Hood Student Prize Committee Chair and the President shall appoint two members to the Prize Committee
according to the criteria set forth in the prize procedures (see Ki Mantle Hood Student Prize Guidelines).

6. The Local Arrangements Chair for the following year's meeting shall be selected at the annual
meeting. Alternate sites for the following year and tentative sites for future years shall also be
suggested at that time.

7. Annual meeting registration fees will be determined by the Local Arrangements Chair, in consultation
with the chapter officers. Non-student members should pay a higher registration fee than student members.

8. Presence is required at the conference to give a presentation, except for members in Hawaii
and in other exceptional circumstances.