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CAPE Charter

I. Name: The name of this association shall be the Cornell Academics & Professors Emeriti (CAPE).

II. Purposes: The purposes of this association are: firstly, to establish social and professional community among retired individuals who share the experience of being Cornellians; and secondly, to facilitate the use of their skills and knowledge in the service of the University.

III. Membership Eligibility: Persons are eligible for membership on the basis of their inclusion in any one of the following three categories:
  1. Those who have been awarded the title of Professor Emeritus by Presidential action.
  2. Those retired from the professional staff at Cornell who performed an academic function e.g., taught or researched, were librarians or extension associates, academic counselors or advisors.
  3. Those from the non-academic staff of administration or extension who have been granted emeritus status by the Cornell University Board of Trustees e.g., Director of the Budget, Emeritus; Director of Admissions, Emeritus; University Counsel, Emeritus; and so forth.
IV. Membership Procedures: Any person in the above three categories may become an officially listed member by appearing at an official meeting, signing the attendance sheet, and paying the annual dues, or by addressing a letter to the Executive Council, c/o the CAPE Office, 229 Day Hall, stating the basis of eligibility and giving a preferred address for notification.

V. Officers: The officers of the association shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary and a Treasurer, each elected for a one-year term, or until a successor is elected, with no restrictions as to re-election. Their duties shall be those that normally devolve upon organizational officers holding such titles, as prescribed by Robert's Rules of Order, latest edition.

VI. Executive Council: The Executive Council shall consist of the four officers, the immediate past president, plus six additional members, three of whom shall be elected annually for two-year terms. The Dean of the University Faculty, by virtue of that office, is an ex-officio member of the Association and of the Executive Council. In the event of a vacancy on the Executive Council, the remaining members of the Council shall select a successor who shall serve for the unexpired term. The Executive Council is to schedule general meetings of the Association, and to perform such other duties and functions as will serve the interests of the Association and of the University. The Executive Council shall normally meet four times each academic year to plan the general meetings of the Association, to review any special projects that have been proposed, planned or currently underway, and to conduct any other business that seems appropriate.

Charter - Continued

VII. Nominations and Elections: The election of officers and of three members of the Executive Council shall take place at the Fall meeting. The President shall appoint a Nominations Committee comprised of three members, two of whom shall be from the general membership and one of whom shall be a continuing member of the Executive Council, who shall serve as chairman of the Committee. Nominations may also be made from the floor. If there is more than one candidate for a position, the voting shall be by ballot. Effective January 1, 1998, the terms of officers and Executive Council members shall begin January 1 after the meeting at which they were elected.

VIII. Meetings: There shall be at least one general meeting of the Association held each academic year, preferably in the Fall in late November. The date, time and location of the meeting, and the program, are to be established by the Executive Council, and the membership notified by mail.

IX. Membership Fees (Dues): Nominal membership contributions are to be determined from time to time by the Executive Council to cover expenses of the Association.

X. Amendments: This Charter may be amended by a two-thirds vote of those members voting in person at any general meeting of the Association provided (1) that each proposed amendment shall have been first submitted to the Executive Council, (2) that the Council shall have judged the proposal to be of merit, and (3) that the members shall have been notified by mail in the call to the meeting that one or more amendments are to be considered. The notification shall include the current version of the Charter as well as the proposed changes.

XI. Records: The files of the Association, including minutes of meetings, address lists, and other relevant information having to do with the Association or its members, shall be maintained by the Secretary-Treasurer and retained in the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.

Adopted as amended by the Association of Cornell University Emeritus Professors at its organizational meeting on April 30, 1982, and amended May 12, 1983; May 5, 1987; April 25, 1989; October 10, 1989; and October 30, 1997.