This organization shall be
known as the KNIFE AND FORK CLUB OF KANSAS CITY.
The purposes of this Club
are to associate together at a monthly dinner, representatives
of the various professions and business interests in Kansas
City, to listen to and engage in discussions of current events,
questions of science, sociology, economics, history, literature
and politics; to increase the acquaintance of each member of the
Club by bringing all the members together in friendly, social
intercourse; to create among its members a feeling of good fellowship
and unselfish, non-partisan public spirit that will make for the
advancement of the interests of our city, the promotion of good government,
and the improvement of the condition of its inhabitants.
SECTION I. At each
monthly dinner one or more papers shall be read or addresses
given on questions of current interest, followed by a brief
discussion by the members or others invited to speak.
SECTION II. Any male
resident of Kansas City, of good moral character, shall be
eligible to membership. Honorary members may be elected
from time to time, by a unanimous vote of the Club, upon
recommendation of the Board of Directors. The Board of
Directors may elect out-of-town persons to non-resident
SECTION III. The
officers of this club shall be a President, two Vice-Presidents,
a Secretary, a Treasurer and an Executive Committee of ten
members, one of whom shall be designated as Chairman, and such
committee together with the officers of the Club, shall constitute
the Board of Directors or Managing Board of the Club.
SECTION IV. The
President shall preside at all dinners given by the Club and at
all meetings of the Board of Directors and perform such other
duties as may be delegated to him by the Board of Directors; and
in his absence or inability to act his duties shall be performed
by the First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, or Chairman
of the Executive Committee in the order named.
SECTION V. The
Chairman of the Executive Committee shall have charge of all
arrangements for the dinners given by the Club; shall audit the
accounts of the Club and perform such other duties as may be
delegated to him by the Board of Directors.
SECTION VI. The
Secretary shall keep a faithful record of all proceedings of the
Club and the Board of Directors, and shall keep a roll of
all members of the Club and attend to the matter of sending
notices and invitations to members and guests.
SECTION VII. The
Treasurer shall keep a faithful account of all receipts and
disbursements; shall collect dues from members and pay the bills
of the Club upon approval by the Chairman of the Executive
Committee or Secretary.
SECTION VIII. The
Board of Directors shall be the managing body of the Club, and
shall, subject to the provisions of this Constitution, have full
power and authority to determine all questions relating to the
management of the Club, its business affairs, the admission of
members, the suspension of members, the time and place of
holding meetings, the speakers at the meetings, the subjects to
be discussed and matters of a similar nature.
SECTION IX. Eight
monthly dinners shall be given by the Club each year, beginning
in October and ending in May, unless the Board of Directors
shall otherwise determine. All officers shall be elected
at the May and January meetings; those elected in May shall
serve from August 1st until February 1st or until their
successors are duly elected; those elected in January shall
serve from February 1st until August 1st or until their
successors are duly elected.
SECTION X. Elections
shall be held in the following manner: At the December and
April meetings of each year the President, with the approval of
the Board of Directors, shall appoint a nominating committee of
not less than twenty-five members to report nominees for all
offices at the succeeding meeting. If the nominations so
made by the nominating committee shall be approved by the Club,
the persons so nominated shall be declared the officers of the
Club for the ensuing term. If any nominations so made
shall not be approved by the Club, then immediately an election
shall be held according to parliamentary usage, to fill the
offices for which nominations have not been approved.
SECTION XI. The
monthly meetings of the Club shall be social in character and
all business matters shall be referred to the Board of Directors
for settlement, unless there is unanimous consent to the
consideration of such matters at any dinner, or unless a special
business meeting be ordered by a majority of those present at
any regular meeting.
SECTION XII. All
applications for membership shall be placed by the Secretary
upon the waiting list, and no name shall be taken up to be acted
upon for membership without the unanimous consent of the Board
of Directors, which shall, from time to time, take as many names
from the waiting list as it deems advisable to add to the
SECTION XIII. The
constitution and by-laws of the Club may be amended, as occasion
may require, in conformity to the purposes of the Club, by the
unanimous vote of the Board of Directors at any regularly called
meeting thereof, but the acts of said board shall be subject to
revision by the Club in the manner herein provided.