About the Society


The Society formed in May 2005 as an allied author organization of the American Literature Association (ALA). As described in our organization's Constitution, our purpose is "to offer Alcott scholars and other interested persons an opportunity to share in the study and appreciation of the life and works of a major American writer. As a non-profit organization, the Society—through such activities as annual meetings, scholarly panels, special symposia, a newsletter, and an Internet site—provides a medium of communication among Alcott scholars and expands the possibilities for Alcott studies." 

Scroll to the bottom to read our Society's Constitution and By-Laws. 

Current Officers:
Anne Phillips, President (2016-2020)
Marlowe Daly-Galeano, Secretary (2015-2019)
Melissa Pennell, Treasurer (2013-2019)

Advisory Board Members:
Wesley Mott, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2015-2018)
Beverly Lyon Clark (2016-2019)
Anne Boyd-Rioux (2017-2020)

Past Presidents:
Sandy Petrulionis (2014-2016) 
Mary Shelden (2012-2014
Daniel Shealy (2010-2012)
Larry Carlson (2008-2010)
Joel Myerson (2005-2008)  


Society officers, past and present, gather at the American Literature Association conference in 2016: from left to right: Sandy Petrulionis, Anne Phillips, Melissa Pennell, Marlowe Daly-Galeano, Joel Myerson, Daniel Shealy






During 2014 Society business meeting, outgoing President Mary Shelden
receives gift of LMA paperweight, thanking her for her service.
 
Past Presidents: Joel Myerson,  Mary Shelden, and Daniel Shealy












Daniel Shealy displays his thank you gift as outgoing president at 2013 business meeting.







Business Meeting 2013:
Secretary Anne Phillips
Former President Mary Shelden
President Sandy Petrulionis












Louisa May Alcott Society, Inc.

CONSTITUTION
Adopted 26 May 2006 and Revised 21 May 2014

I.               Name: The name of the Society is The Louisa May Alcott Society, Inc.

II.             Purpose: The Louisa May Alcott Society is organized to offer Alcott scholars and other interested persons an opportunity to share in the study and appreciation of the life and works of a major American writer. A non-profit organization, the Society—through such activities as annual meetings, scholarly panels, special symposia, a newsletter, and an Internet site—provides a medium of communication among Alcott scholars and expands the possibilities for Alcott studies. The sole purposes of the Society are educational and literary within the meaning of those terms in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or corresponding section of any future Federal tax code, and the Society shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from Federal income tax under that section. (Especially: no substantial part of the activities of the Society shall be carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation—except as otherwise provided in Internal Revenue Code section 501(h)—and it will not participate in, or intervene in (including the publication or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office; no part of the earnings of the Society shall inure to the benefit of any member or other individual—except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to or for the Society; and in any taxable year in which the Society may become a private foundation as described in IRC section 509(a), it shall distribute its income for that period at such time and manner as not to subject it to tax under IRC section 4942, and shall not (1) engage in any act of self-dealing as defined in IRC section 4941(d), (2) retain any excess business holdings as defined in IRC section 4943(c), (3) make any investments in such manner as to subject it to tax under IRC section 4944, or (4) make any taxable expenditures as defined in IRC section 4945(d) or corresponding provisions of any subsequent Federal tax laws.)

III.           Dissolution of the Society: Upon dissolution of the Society, all assets belonging to the Society after the discharge of any and all outstanding obligations shall become the property of an Alcott-related institution approved by the Officers and Advisory Board. Such institution must qualify as a tax-exempt institution under the terms of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or corresponding section of any future Federal tax code. (Especially shall no member or other individual be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the Society’s assets on dissolution of the Society).

IV.           Amendment of the Constitution: Proposed amendments shall be submitted by mail or through the society’s newsletter to the entire membership of the Society and shall require approval by two-thirds of the members returning ballots. All proposed amendments must be circulated among the entire membership at least one month prior to the ballot deadline.

BYLAWS

I.               Constitution: All aspects of the Society must be in keeping with the Constitution of the Society.

II.             Membership: One becomes a member of the Society by paying the annual dues established by the Society.

III.           Officers, Advisory Board, Nominating Committee:  Officers are a President, President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer. An Advisory Board (which serves also as an editorial board) consists of the newsletter Editor, the immediate Past-President, three elected members, and an ex officio member named by and representing the Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association.
The President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer are nominated by the Nominating Committee (with nominations also being accepted from the floor) and are elected to a two-year term by majority vote of the members present at the annual meeting. The President presides at meetings, conducts necessary business throughout the year, convenes a meeting of the Officers and Advisory Board preceding the annual meeting of the Society, and oversees the functions of the Society. The President may authorize expenditures totaling $100 or less that must be made between annual meetings. With the consent of the Officers and Advisory Board, the President can authorize expenditures totaling more than $100 when exigencies arise.
The President-Elect assists the President, shares in the program planning for annual and special meetings, presides in the President’s absence, and becomes President at the conclusion of his or her predecessor’s term. The Secretary keeps a list of members and their addresses, handles correspondence, and records minutes of all meetings. The Treasurer manages the treasury and gives an annual financial report.
Elected members of the Advisory Board are nominated by the Nominating Committee (with nominations also being accepted from the floor). Advisory Board members are elected to a three-year term by majority votes of the members present at the annual meeting, one member being elected every year to replace a member whose term is ending. The terms of elected members of the Advisory Board shall be staggered. Should terms become synchronized, the Advisory Board shall initiate action to re-establish staggered terms by varying the lengths of term in a given election as necessary. Elected Advisory Board members may be re-elected for up to two additional terms consecutive to their initial term of service. The term on the Advisory Board of the person named by and representing the Louisa May Alcott Memorial Association is renewable. The Advisory Board helps plan annual meetings, aids the Officers in carrying on the business of the Society, and serves as an editorial board for the newsletter.
The Nominating Committee is chaired by the Past-President and staffed by two additional society members selected by the Past President, in consultation with former officers and advisory board members, and approved by the current officers.  

IV.           Meetings:  The Society holds an annual meeting at a site selected during the previous year’s annual meeting.
The Society sponsors panels and special sessions at appropriate conferences and conventions. At the discretion of the Officers and Advisory Board, the Society may also sponsor and/or participate in special symposia held at locations appropriate to Alcott’s life or writings, or to Alcott studies.

V.             Newsletter: The Louisa May Alcott Society newsletter is the official publication of the Society. Published semiannually, the newsletter is financially supported by the Society. Features may include brief articles, notes and queries, an annual bibliography, announcements concerning business meetings of the Society, and other material of a brief nature related to Alcott or the Society. The Editor is selected by the Officers and Advisory board for a three-year term (renewable). The Editor may select an assistant or associate editor. Each member of the Society will receive one copy (paper or electronic) of each issue of the newsletter.

VI.           Amendment of the Bylaws: Amendments to these bylaws shall be submitted by email or mail, or through the Society’s listserve to the entire membership of the Society and shall require approval by two-thirds of the members returning ballots. All proposed amendments must be circulated among the entire membership at least one month prior to the annual meeting or the mail ballot deadline.