THE MALACOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON
Registered Charity No. 275980

RULES OF THE MALACOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON
(revised 17 May 1978, revised  25 March 1998, 19 March 2001, 28 April 2005)

I.  NAME
The Society shall be called The Malacological Society of London.

II.  OBJECTS
The objects of The Society are to advance education, research and learning for the public benefit in the study of   molluscs from both pure and applied aspects.  In furtherance of these objects, but not further or otherwise, The Society shall have the following powers:
(a)  To promote and co-ordinate meetings and symposia;
(b)  To promote and co-ordinate research both pure and applied;
(c)  To provide for the worldwide dissemination of the useful results of such research by publication of the Journal of Molluscan Studies;
(d)  To award prizes to outstanding students in the field of molluscan biology;
(e)  To award research grants to individuals which will advance the study of molluscan biology;
(f)  To do all such things as will further the objects of The Society.

III.  MEMBERSHIP
Membership will be open to all individuals who are interested in the study of molluscs, both from pure and applied aspects.
(a)  There will be Student Members, Ordinary Members and Honorary Members.  Honorary Members shall be limited to five, and shall be nominated by the Council, such nominations to be confirmed at the ensuing Annual General Meeting.
(b)  Membership applications should be submitted to The Society which shall have discretion to accept or reject applications provided that such discretion shall not be exercised unreasonably.
(c)  Members shall be entitled to receive a copy of the Journal of Molluscan Studies and the Bulletin of the Malacological Society of London together with such circulars as may be issued during their membership.

IV.  MANAGEMENT
The business of The Society shall be managed by a Council elected at Annual General Meetings of The Society.  The Council shall comprise the Honorary Officers (President, Treasurer, Secretary, Editor of the Journal, Editor of the Bulletin, Archivist, Web Manager and Awards Secretary), the immediate Past-President (ex-officio for one year), two Vice-Presidents and six Ordinary Members.  In addition, Council may co-opt up to four members on an annual basis.
     Vice-Presidents and Ordinary Members of Council are elected for three years and shall not be eligible for re-election in their respective offices for one year; the Officers of The Society shall be eligible for re-election each year, but the President shall normally serve for three years and upon retirement shall serve as a Vice-President (ex officio) for one year.
     Nominations for Council from members must be proposed and seconded and in the hands of the Secretary by December 31st.  It shall be the duty of Council to nominate members for election to the offices of President, Treasurer, Secretary, Editor of the Journal, Editor of the Bulletin, Archivist, Web Manager and Awards Secretary, and for the vacancies in the Council caused by annual retirement.  Nominations from the members and from Council shall be submitted to The Society with the notice convening the Annual General Meeting which shall be  sent to every member of The Society not less than fourteen days before the Meeting.
     In the case of a vacancy arising in any office of The Society, or in the Council, the Council shall have power to fill up such vacancy until the next Annual General Meeting.
     At Council Meetings six members shall form a quorum.

V.  FINANCE
(a)  Admission fees and annual subscriptions shall be such sums as may be determined by a Special General Meeting convened under Rule VI(c), or at the Annual General Meeting.
(b)  Subscriptions shall be due on the 1st of January in each year;  but in the case of a new member, immediately after election.  Members elected during the months of November and December, however, shall not be required to pay for the year in which they are elected.
(c)  Any member whose current subscription has not been received in full by June shall be reminded of the arrears in subscription and be informed that despatch of the Journal is suspended until the arrears are paid.  No member whose subscription is twelve months in arrears shall be entitled to any of the privileges of The Society;  and any member whose subscription is two years in arrears shall cease to be a member of The Society, unless the Council decide otherwise.
(d)  The Council shall revise and publicize the conditions of The Society’s awards and grants from time to time.
(e)  For the purpose of legal protection of the property of The Society, all funds, books and other property shall be declared vested in Council as The Society’s Trustees.
(f)  The Council shall cause to be kept Minutes of Council and Society Meetings and books of account in respect of all receipts, payments, assets and liabilities.  Accounts shall be presented to each Annual General Meeting for approval by members and such accounts shall be independently examined.

VI.  MEETINGS
(a)  Council shall each year organize a programme of Ordinary Meetings of The Society, which may include meetings held in association with similar institutions,
(b)  The Annual General Meeting shall be held at some time during the period February to April.
(c)  The Council may, when they think fit, and shall upon a Requisition signed by not less than twelve members, convene a Special General Meeting of The Society.  A notice of every Special General Meeting, stating the business, shall be sent to every Ordinary Member of The Society not less than fourteen days before such meeting or announced in the Bulletin;  no business shall be considered at such a Meeting except that for which it was specially convened.

VII.  RULES
Matters relating to the interpretation of the Rules shall be decided by the Council

VIII.  AMENDMENT
No rule shall be altered except by a majority of votes of those present at a Special General Meeting called for the purpose, or at the Annual General Meeting.  No change shall be made that would have the effect of causing The Society to cease to be a Charity in Law.

IX.  WINDING UP
If upon winding up or dissolution of The Society there remains, after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever, the same shall not be paid or distributed among the members of The Society, as such, but shall be given or transferred to some other charitable institution or institutions having objects similar to the objects of The Society and which shall prohibit the distribution of its or their income and property among its or their members, such institution or institutions to be determined by the members of The Society at or before the time of dissolution, and if so far as effect cannot be given by such provisions, then to some charitable object.