||The name of the
organization shall be Urhobo Historical Society (UHS),
hereinafter also called the Society or UHS.
Our purposes have been shaped by such rationale, as follows:
Historical Society shall
use its resources (especially
its two web sites http://www.waado.org/Contents.html and http://www.urhobo.kinsfolk.com/)
to study and promote all aspects of Urhobo history and culture,
shall be open to any person of Urhobo origin who is interested in
studying and learning about Urhobo history and culture, who supports
statement of purpose in Article I Section 2, and who pays the
annual membership fees. Membership
shall also be open to non-Urhobos who are interested in studying and
learning about Urhobo history and culture, who support the statement of
purpose in Article I Section 2, and who pay the prescribed annual
||There shall be two
categories of membership. (a) Regular members shall pay annual fees of
$50.00 per member. (b) Charter members shall pay $200.00 or more (at
their option) in the first year of membership and shall pay annual dues
at the regular amount of $50.00 or more (at their option) in subsequent years of membership.
Society shall conduct Annual
Conferences and General Meetings that provide the yearly
media and platforms for organizing the Society's activities and for
enacting and reviewing its policies by:
||The date of the
Annual Conference and General Meeting shall be in the first weekend of
November or any other date that the Annual General Meeting
approves. The venue of the Annual Conference and General Meeting shall
be decided by the Annual General Meeting of the previous year.
supreme aim of Urhobo Historical Society shall be creating a movement
that will promote the preservation of historical records and
the writing of diverse historical experiences among the Urhobo. Unlike
some of their neighbors, the Urhobo do not record their histories in
of the reigns and achievements of kings. The Urhobo story is ultimately
a record of multiplex achievements involving ordinary people who have
risen to make differences in the lives of their communities.
Recording such a history
is a much greater undertaking than that involved in chronicling the
glories of kings and the great deeds of aristocratic families that we
have inherited from the manners of imperial historiography. Imitation
of such alien European imperial methods of history-writing has led to
the diminution of the significance attached to achievements by
ordinary individuals in traditional historiography in several African
societies. To avoid such pitfalls, the methodology of Urhobo history
shall be a more decentralized undertaking. UHS shall accordingly seek
to involve all grades of people in telling and recording the Urhobo
experience. It is a story that sometimes picks up local hues reflecting
subcultures of Urhoboland. UHS will honor those who have shaped
such local communities along with others who, like the great Mukoro
Mowoe, have had a pan-Urhobo impact.
There shall be an editor of the Society's web sites. The editor
shall be appointed by the Annual General Meeting and shall be
responsible to the Editorial and Management Committee for the
operations and management of the web sites.
Size, Composition. The Editorial and
Management Committee (EMC) shall be responsible for the
day-to-day management and operations of the affairs of Urhobo
Historical Society and shall be accountable
to the Annual General Meeting. EMC shall
have up to fifteen, and no fewer than ten, members.
shall hold teleconference meetings at least once a quarter.
of at least forty percent of EMC members must be present before
business can be transacted or motions made or passed.
of the Editorial and Management Committee may serve for a term of three
years and shall be eligible for re-election to serve other terms,
Members of the Editorial and Management Committee shall be
elected by a plurality of the Annual General Meeting. The Annual
General Meeting has the authority to delegate elections of the members
to the Editorial and Management Committee.
||Officers and Duties.
There shall be four officers
of the EMC consisting of a Chair, a Deputy-Chair, Secretary, and
Treasurer. The officers shall be elected
by the EMC at the first meeting of the EMC following its composition.
The officers shall serve for a renewable term of three years.
Their duties are as follows:
Chair shall convene regularly scheduled EMC
meetings and shall preside, or arrange for other members of the EMC to
preside, at each meeting.
Deputy-Chair will chair committees on special
subjects as designated by the EMC and shall preside at EMC
meetings whenever the Chair is absent.
Secretary shall be responsible for keeping
records of EMC actions, including overseeing the taking
of minutes at all its meetings, sending out meeting announcements,
distributing copies of minutes and the agenda to each EMC
member, and assuring that corporate records are maintained.
Treasurer shall make a report at EMC meetings. Treasurer shall assist in the preparation of
the budget, help develop fundraising plans, and make financial
information available to EMC members and the public.
Bylaws may be amended when necessary by a two-thirds majority of the
Editorial and Management Committee, subject to ratification by the
Annual General Meeting. Proposed
amendments must be submitted to the Secretary for distribution to all
EMC members at least two weeks before the date on which the votes to
approve or reject them are to be taken..
Society exists to study and propagate the history and culture of a
major ethnic nationality in Nigeria's Niger Delta. It therefore expects
be in existence for a long time. However, in the unlikely event of its
dissolution, its assets shall be handled as prescribed by the
dissolution clause of its certificate of incorporation, as follows:
dissolution of the corporation, the Board of Trustees shall, after
paying or making provisions for the payment of the liabilities of the
corporation, dispose of all the assets of the corporation exclusively
for the purposes of the corporation in such manner, or to such
organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for
charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes as shall at
the time qualify as exempt organization or organizations under section
501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding
provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the
Board of Trustees shall determine. Any assests not so disposed of shall
be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the
principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for
such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said court
shall determine, which are organized exclusively for such purposes."
Approved by Annual General Meeting of Urhobo Historical Society, which held on November 2, 2003.