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Constitution of the College of Fellows

 Res:   12/03/894

The Board sought and received the endorsement of the Members, by way of a resolution placed before the Annual General Meeting of the Society on Tuesday March 13th 2012, to give effect to the following matters which now govern the activities, functions or duties of the College of Fellows of the Society.

This resolution cannot be amended or altered, in any manner, save without the prior consent of the Members at an Annual General Meeting or at an Extraordinary General Meeting called for that purpose.

  1. The number of Fellows shall not, at any time, exceed twenty.
  2. Nominations for membership of the College of Fellows shall be considered by the Board under any of the following headings: (a) ‘Services to Genealogy, Heraldry and Related Subjects’; (b) ‘Services to the Society’; (c) ‘Services to promotion of an awareness, appreciation and knowledge of Ireland’s genealogical or heraldic heritage’ and (d) ‘Services to education, culture and heritage through research, teaching, publication or conservation’.
  3. Nominees for membership of the College of Fellows may be existing or previous Members of the Society; professionals in the fields of genealogy or heraldry; historians, including local and social historians; professionals in the fields of education, research, conservation, heritage or cultural studies; and persons excelling in any of the above.
  4. Serving members of the Board of Directors shall be ineligible for nomination by the Board during their terms of office.
  5. Nominees of the Board for membership of the College of Fellows shall be required to receive the endorsement of College of Fellows by ballot prior to the granting of Fellowship of the Society.
  6. Membership of the College of Fellows shall be considered as ‘Life Membership’ of the Society and subject to such conditions as may be determined, from time to time, by the Board of the Society.
  7. The College of Fellows shall, as may be required from time to time, elect the President of the   Society from the list of nominees received from the Board of the Society.
  8. The President of the Society shall be ex-officio Dean of the College of Fellows and shall convene and preside at meetings of the College of Fellows.
  9. The College of Fellows shall have such functions or duties as may be determined, from time to time, by the Board of the Society.
  10. The College of Fellows may, in a manner determined by the Board, confer ‘Associate Fellowships’ in recognition for outstanding research and/or publication or achievement in the fields of genealogy, heraldry, vexillology, history, local history, social history, military history, maritime history, diaspora and migration studies, or cultural studies.

The Board placed the following resolution before the Annual General Meeting of the Society on Tuesday March 13th 2012 and it was endorsed and adopted by the Members.

‘That, this Annual General Meeting agrees to endorse Res: 12/03/894 of the Board in respect of the College of Fellows of the Society including the limit of twenty Fellows; the criteria for nomination and election to the College of Fellows; and the determination of the functions and duties of the College of Fellows and duly authorises the Board of Directors to proceed accordingly’.

Michael Merrigan, MA, FGSI
General Secretary
Genealogical Society of Ireland