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CONSTITUTION



AND



HOUSE RULES



OF THE



Wamsutta Club



WITH A LIST OF ITS OFFICERS
AND MEMBERS.



December, 191L



NEW BEDFORD, MASS.



WAMSUTTA CLUB.

Organized May 28, 1866.
Chartered April 4, 1889.



CLUB ROOMS, RICKETSON'S BLOCK,

From 1866 to 1880.



CLUB ROOMS. MASONIC BUILDING,

From 1880 to 1890.



CLUB HOUSE, No. 435 COUNTY STREET,

CORNER OF UNION STREET.

Opened Jan. 1. 1890.



CONTENTS.

Pages.

Officers 4-5

Constitution 7-22

Design 7

Government 7

Executive Committee 8

President, Duties of 8

Secretary, Duties of 8

Treasurer, Duties of 9

Executive Committee, Duties of 9-3 2

Auditing Committee 12

Eemoval of Officers 12

Seal 12

.Membership 13-14

Membership, Non-resident 14

Reconsideration 15

Membership, Honorary 15

Appeals 15

Resignations 15-16

Membership, Army and Navy 16

Strangers 16-17

Meetings 17

Meetings, Special 18

Meetings, Notice of 18

Order of Business 18

Resolutions in writing 19

Committees, Special 19

Meetings, who shall attend 19

Amendments 19

Dues 20

Injury to jDroperty 21

Dogs 21

Nominating Committee 21-22

House Rules 23-25

Rules Governing Admission of Members 26-27

Honorary Member 28

List of Members (Resident) 28-35

(Non-resident) 36-40

(Deceased) 41-45



OFFICERS.

President.
OTIS SEABURY COOK.

1st Vice-President. 2nd Vice-President.

ANDREW G. PIERCE, JR. ELIOT D. STETSON.

Secretary.
CLIFTON W. BARTLETT.

Treasurer.
ALFRED THORNTON.

Directors.

Term Expires January, 1912.

GEORGE H. H. ALLEN.

FREDERICK B. MACY, JOHN G. NICHOLSON,

Term Expires January, 1013.

ARTHUR E. COFFIN, THOMAS S. HATHAWAY,

FREDERIC H. TABER.

Term Expires January, 191J.

♦GEORGE M. KINGMAN, FRANCIS H. STONE,

ERNEST A. WHEATON.



♦Elected by Directors to fill vacanc.\-; term expires at next
annual meeting.



PRESIDENTS. SECRETARIES AND TREASURERS
ELECTED SINX^E 1890.



Presidents.






FRANCIS HATHAWAY,


1890-


—1895.


MORGAN ROTCH,


1896-


—1897.


CHARLES S. KELLEY,


189 8-


—1900.


WALTER S. THORNTON,


1901-


—1902.


CLARENCE A. COOK,


1903.




EDWARD T. PIERCE,


1903-


-1905.


THOMAS B. TRIPP,


1906-


-1908.


FRANCIS WOODWARD,


1909-


-1910.


OTIS SEABURY COOK,


1911.




Secretaries.






ARTHUR E. PERRY,


\ 1890-
'1 1899-


—1897.
—1900-


FRANCIS WOODWARD,


1898-


1899.


CLIFTON W. BARTLETT,


1909-


-1911.


Treasurers.






CHARLES p. RUGG,


1890-


-1896.


ALFRED THORNTON,


1896-


-1911.



-1908.



CONSTITUTION.



It is the dut}'' of every member of the Club to make
himself familiar with its laws and rules, and ignorance
thereof shall never be admissible in excuse for any breach
or neglect of the same.

I.

DESIGN OF THE CLUB.

The Wamsutta Club is established in the City of New
Bedford, Massachusetts, for the purpose of maintaining
a Club House and the promotion of social intercourse;
and no person not a member of the club shall be per-
mitted to use the Club House, except as allowed by the
Constitution.

II.

GOVERNMENT.

The officers of the Club shall be a President, a First
Vice-President, a Second Vice-President, a Secretary,
who shall be clerk of the corporation, a Treasurer, and
nine Directors. At each annual meeting three Directors
shall be elected for three years. All the other officers
shall be elected annually by ballot at the annual meeting
of the Club, and a majority of the votes shall constitute
an election. No officer of the Club, except the Secretary
and Treasurer, shall be eligible for more than three j^ears'
consecutive service in anv one capacitv.



8 CONSTITUTION.

III.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

The President, Vice-Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer,
and the Directors, together, shall constitute an Executive
Committee. The officers of the Club shall serve until
their successors shall have been elected and qualified.

IV.

DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT.

The President, or in his absence, the first Vice-
President, or in his absence, the second Vice-President,
shall preside at all meetings of the Club and of the
Executive Committee, and have a A^ote therein. In the
absence of the President and both Vice-Presidents at
meetings of the Club, a presiding officer shall be chosen
from the members of the Club. The President or Vice-
President shall sign all obligations of the Club, and
generally perform all duties usually incumbent upon such
office. „

DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY.

The Secretary shall keep the records of all the
meetings of the Club, and of the proceedings of the
Executive Committee, and shall have the custody of the
seal of the Corporation, and conduct the correspondence
of the Club, and perform such other duties pertaining to
his office as may be directed by the Executive Committee.
Upon the election of every member, the Secretary shall
notify him thereof, and furnish him with a copy of the
Constitution.



CONSTITUTION. 9

YI.

DUTIES OF THE TREASURER.

The Treasurer shall collect, and under the direction
of the Executive Committee disburse the funds, and
have the custody of the same. He shall countersign all
obligations of the Clul). He shall keep the accounts
of the Club in books belonging to it, which shall be
at all times open to the inspection of the Executive
Committee ; he shall report in writing, at each regular
meeting of the Executive Committee, the balance of
money on hand, and the outstanding obligations of the
Club, as far as practicable; and he shall make a full
report at the annual meeting of the Club, of the
receipts and disbursements of the year past, with such
suggestion as to the financial management of the Club
as he may deem proper. He shall turn over annually to
the Executive Committee all surplus money accumulated
from the current receipts of the year next preceding his
report, with all vouchers for money paid out during said
time ; and upon his retiring from office shall surrender
all books, papers, investments and funds belonging to the
Club, appertaining to his office. He shall give bonds for
the faithful performance of his duties when required by
the Executive Committee.

VII.

DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

The affairs of the Club shall be managed by the
Executive Committee, it being subject in all respects



10 CONSTITUTION.

(except as to expenditures) to such instructions and
limitations as may be from time to time prescribed by
the Club. It shall exercise a general superintendence
over the affairs of the Club, shall control and manage
its property, and enforce the preservation of order, and
obedience to its rules. All appropriations of the funds
of the Club shall be made by the Executive Committee
and it shall make all necessary purchases and contracts.

The Executive Committee shall have the powers r
To limit the number of members, and to fix the initiation
fee at its discretion ; to determine the compensation of
officers; to admit and expel members by ballot, three
adverse ballots excluding, or two adverse ballots exclud-
ing in case but eight members of the committee are
present, and a two-thirds vote of a meeting in favor of
expulsion, expelling; to forfeit the membership of any
member of the Club for non-payment of dues, assessments,
or any other indebtedness, or for any misconduct, and the
Executive Committee shall be the judge of what consti-
tutes misconduct ; to fill any vacancy that ma}^ occur in
any office ; to admit strangers and visitors as provided for
in Article XVIII ; to appoint, direct and dismiss all the
employes and servants of the Club ; to make rules for the
use of the club by its members, and for their conduct in
the Club House and other regulations not inconsistent
with the Constitution ; to fix and remit penalties for the
violation of the Constitution and Rules; to appoint sub-
committees; to call special meetings of the Club to
consider specific subjects, notice of such meeting to be



CONSTITUTION. 11

sent to each member by mail at least three days previous,
and the subject or subjects to be stated in the notice.

At every annual meeting it shall report its proceed-
ings, and may at any time recommend such measures as
it may deem advisable. A quorum of the Executive
Committee shall be eight, except during the months of
June, July, August, and September, when five members
shall constitute a quorum ; but there shall be no election
or expulsion of members unless at least eight members
are present. The Executive Committee shall meet at
least once in each month for the transaction of business.
The Executive Committee shall appoint a House
Committee of three members from their own number,
and may from time to time declare their duties. The
House Committee shall have control of the running
expenses of the Club, regulate prices, receive and redress
complaints, which shall in all cases be made in writing,
and have the immediate charge and superintendence of
the Club, subject, however, at all times to the direction
of the Executive Committee. The House Committee
shall have power, subject always to the control of the
Executive Committee, to engage and discharge the
servants of the Club, to make necessary purchases and
sales, and to enforce the preservation of order and
obedience to the Constitution and Rules.

Any member of the Executive Committee who shall
be absent from the stated meetings for three consecutive
months shall be held to have resigned, and his place
shall be treated as vacant. In case of a vacancy



12 CONSTITUTION.

occurring from any cause in any office of the Club, the
same shall be filled by election by the Executive
Committee for the unexpired term, or until the next
annual meeting; when, in case the office to be filled be
that of a Director, the same shall be filled for the
unexpired term by vote of the Club.

VIII.

AUDITING COMMITTEE.

An Auditing Committee shall be elected annually
and shall consist of three persons, two of whom shall
constitute a quorum. Their duties shall be to audit and
approve the accounts of the Treasurer, and to present
their report at each annual meeting.

IX.

REMOVAL OF OFFICERS.

Any officer may be removed for cause at any meeting
of the Club, upon two weeks notice.

X.

SEAL.

The Seal of the Corporation shall be as described
below.




CONSTITCTIOX. 13

XL

MEMBERSHIP.

Any person twenty-one years of age or over may
become a member of the Club upon election by the
Executive Committee, payment of the initiation fee
and a proportion of the semi-annual dues corresponding
to the unexpired portion of the current half-year (no
notice being taken of the fraction of a month), and upon
signing of the Constitution. If the payment is not made
within thirty days after notice of election shall have
been sent out. said election may be declared void by the
Executive Committee. The annual assessments shall not
exceed fifty dollars, and shall be payable in advance at
such times and in such amounts as the Executive Com-
mittee shall order.

Upon an assessment being ordered, the Treasurer
shall at once send to all members who are liable therefor,
a bill for the same, either by deliverino: at their place
of business or residence, or by mailing through the Post
Office. At the end of one month from the date of
notification the Treasurer shall send to all members,
who have not previously paid the assessment, a second
bill with notice that the same must be paid within one
month, and shall post a list of all persons who are
delinciuent on the bulletin-board in the Club House, and
keep the same there until an additional month shall
have elapsed, unless payment shall have been previously
made ; and all persons w^hose assessments have not been
paid to the Treasurer at the expiration of the second



14 CONSTITUTION.

month shall by virtue of that fact cease from that time to
be members of the Club, unless the Executive Committee
shall for good and sufficient reasons order otherwise.

The names and residences of all persons proposed
for membership, with the names of at least two members
proposing them, shall be posted in the Club House for
at least fifteen days before being voted upon by the
Executive Committee. The proceedings of the Executive
Committee upon any cpiestion of admission to membership
shall be held strictly private and confidential.

XII.

NON-RESIDENT MEMBERS.

Gentlemen not residing Avithin five miles of New
Bedford and not permanently personally engaged in
business in New Bedford, may be elected non-resident
members, in the manner prescribed for regular members,
but they shall only be required to pay one-half the regular
initiation fee, and one-half the regular annual dues, and
they shall not be allowed to vote. Any regular member
may become a non-resident member upon removal from
Club limits above stated, by vote of the Executive
Committee, but no part of the initiation fee shall be
returned. Non-resident members may become regular
members by vote of the Executive Committee, and shall
then pay one-half of the regular initiation fee, if they
have not at any time previous been regular members.
Non-resident members removing from without to within
Club, limits shall thereupon cease to be non-resident
members.



CONSTITUTION. 15

XIII.
RECONSIDERATION.

Xo candidate Avho has been rejected shall again be
I^roposed within six months. Reconsideration of a ballot
rejecting a candidate may be had, however, at the
meeting of the Executive Committee, at which such
ballot was had. but at no other time.

XIV.

HONORARY MEMBERSHIP.

The privileges of honorary membership shall be
conferred only by the two-thirds vote of the members
present at a meeting of the Club.

XV.

APPEALS.

A member having been expelled by vote of the
Executive Committee shall have the right of appeal to
the Club, and the Club may reverse the action of the
Executive Committee by a vote taken by ballot, of
three-fourths of all the members of the Club present at
any meeting.

XVI.

RESIGNATIONS.

Any member may withdraw from the Club after
payments of all dues, by giving written notice of his
resignation to the Secretary ; and such written resignation
shall operate as a release and assignment of all his



16 CONSTITUTION.

interest in the Club property. On the expulsion of a
nieuiber from, or the terniiiiHtion of his membership of
the Club, all his interest in the Club property shall
cease. If a resignation be not sent in prior to any
assessment, the member will be liable for that assessment.

XVII.

ARMY, NAVY^ AND REVENUE CUTTER SERVICE MEMBERS.

Any officer of the Army, Navy or Revenue Cutter
Service of the United States on duty within the New
England States m.ay be admitted to the use of the Club
in the manner provided for the election of members, upon
his paying- one-quarter of the regular annual dues for
residents every three months in advance, so long as he
may wish to continue his membership ; but he shall not
have the right of voting, and in the event of the
dissolution of the Club, he shall have no interest in its
property.

XVIII.

STRANGERS AND VISITORS.

All persons residing more than five miles from the
City of New Bedford, and having no usual place of
business within that distance, shall be considered
strangers. All other persons not members of the Club
shall be considered visitors. No person shall be intro-
duced except by first entering his name and that of the
person introducing him in a book kept for that purpose.

A member of the Club may extend the privileges
of the Clul) House for not more than seven days to



CONSTITUTION. ]7

Strangers; but no member shall be allowed to have more
than two introductions in force at any one time.

The Executive Committee or the President may,
at the request of any member, issue written invitations
to strangers residing as aforesaid for a period of thirty
days, and may renew the same at discretion.

A member shall be allowed to extend the privilege
of the Club for a day and evening to not more than two
visitors at an}- one time. A visitor so admitted shall not
again be introduced for a period of at least three months.

Any member who may avail himself of these rules
shall be held responsible for the payment of all debts or
liabilities to the Club that may be incurred by any
person introduced by him.

Members may invite gentlemen who are not members
of the Club to the reception room, and to private enter-
tainments in such rooms as may be designated for that
purpose by the Executive Committee.

XIX.

MEETINGS.

The annual meeting of the Club • shall be held at
8 o'clock p. m. on the fourth Thursday of January in
each year, for the election of officers and the transaction
of such other business as may come before it.

A quorum of one-tenth of the whole number of
members of the Club shall be requisite for the transaction
of business at anv meeting of the Club.



18 CONSTITUTION.

XX.

SPECIAL MEETINGS.

Special meetings of the Club may be called at any
time by order of the President, with the approval of
three members of the Executive Committee, and as
hereinbefore provided, and shall be called by the
Secretary whenever the President or any Vice-President
shall be thereunto requested in writing by twenty-five
members, setting forth the purpose of said meeting. At
any such special meeting no business other than that
specified in the call shall be considered.

XXI.

NOTICE OF MEETINGS.

At least three daj^s' printed or written notice of
every meeting of the Club, stating the object thereof,
shall be sent b}' mail to every member.

XXII.

ORDER OF BUSINESS.

At the meetings of the Clul) the order of business, as
far as the character and nature of the meeting may
admit, shall be as follows :

1. Reading of the minutes of the last meeting.

2. Reports of Committees.

3. Election of Officers.

4. General business.

But this order of business may be changed by a
majority of the meeting.



CONSTITUTION. ID

XXIII.

RESOLUTIONS IN WRITING.

Any motion or resolution offered for the consideration
of the Club shall, at the request of any member, be
reduced to writing before it is acted upon.

XXIV.

SPECIAL COMMITTEES.

All special committees for any purpose shall be
appointed by the presiding officer, unless otherwise
ordered.

XXV.

WHO SHALL ATTEND MEETINGS.

No person not a member of the Club shall be present
at an}^ meeting thereof, unless he shall be specially
invited by the President.

XXVI.

AMENDMENT OF CONSTITUTION.

Alterations of the Constitution, or additions to it,
may be made at an}^ meeting of the Club, provided
written notice of them, setting forth substantially the
proposed changes, shall have been filed with the Secretary,
and a copy posted on the bulletin-board at least ten days
before such meeting, the Secretary having sent notice
by mail to each member at least three days before said
meeting, when, if two-thirds of those present and voting
shall vote in favor of the proposed alteration or amend-
ment, the same shall be adopted.



20 CONSTITUTION.

XXVII.

DUES.

All dues other than dues for annual assessments.
shall be payable Avithin one week after the expiration
of the month in which they are incurred.

It shall be the duty of the Superintendent, upon
the fifteenth day of each month, to post in some
conspicuous place in the Club House, the names of all
members whose dues (other than the annual dues) are
then unpaid, together with the amount due from each
member, there to remain until paid.

And if, at the expiration of fourteen days after the
end of any month, any member shall not have paid his
dues (other than the annual dues) to the Club, he shall
receive no further credit until said dues are paid.

And at any time after the said 15th day of the
month a demand may be made for payment, either by
personal application or by registered letter, by the
Treasurer, and if said dues shall remain unpaid for a
period of thirty days after said personal application or
demand by registered letter shall have been made
therefor, then the delinquent shall by virtue of that fact
cease to be longer a member of the Club ; anyone ceasing
to be a member under the provisions of this Article shall
have no right of appeal to the Club.

The House Committee may, in its discretion, at any
time, limit or stop the credit of au}^ member of the Club.



CONSTITUTION. 21

XXVIII.

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY.

Any person who shall take away from the premises
any property whatsoever belonging to the Club shall be
obliged to replace the same, and shall also be liable to
expulsion by the Executive Committee.

In case of any destruction, defacement, or injury of
any property belonging to the Club, the person causing
it shall pay the cost of replacing or repairing the same,
unless the Executive Committee shall remit his obligation
to do so.

XXIX.

DOGS.

No dogs shall be allowed in the Club House.
XXX.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE.

At least thirty days before each annual meeting of
the Club the President shall appoint a committee of
five, none of whom shall be members of the Executive
Committee, to be known as the Nominating Committee ;
said Nominating Committee shall, ten clays at least before
each annual meeting, file with the Secretary of the
Club, whose duty it shall be forthwith to post the same on
the bulletin-board of the Club, a list of names as
candidates for the various offices which expire at the
next annual meeting.

Twenty members by written notice given to the
Secretarv at least seven davs before the meeting may



22 CONSTITUTION.

make nominations for any of the various offices. It
shall be the duty of the Secretary forthwith to post upon
the bulletin-board a list of all candidates so proposed and
the names of their nominators and to have the name
of every such candidate printed on the official ballot
under the designation of "Independent."

A copy of this list shall be mailed to each member of
the Club with the call for the annual meeting.
Such list shall be printed in the form of a ballot, with
blank spaces left for filling in names other than those
proposed by the Committee.



HOUSE RULES.



1. The Club House will be open from eight o'clock in
the moruing until twelve at night, and general service
shall be rendered during that time except as stated below ;

On Sundays no restaurant order will be received after
ten at night and no cafe order after half-past ten.

On other evenings restaurant orders will be received
until eleven o'clock and cafe orders until quarter to
twelve.

2. All charge slips for orders must be signed and no
money paid to any call boy. If members desire not to
run an account at the Club, they may. after signing, mark
each check ''cash," and have it held at the office until
the hour of closing on the day of its date, when, if it is
not taken up, the charges will be carried to accounts of
the signers.

All members are requested to adopt the credit system
instead of holding out checks for cash.

3. A register will be kept in the Club House in which
shall be recorded the names of all guests with the names
of the members introducing them.

4. No member or guest shall give any gratuity to a
servant of the Club.

5. Servants must not be sent out of the Club House
on any pretext ; but if members notify the office, mes-
sages will have prompt attention at a proper charge.



24 HOUSE RULES.

6. Books, pamphlets, periodicals, and newspapers shall
not be removed from the reading rooms.

7. The House Committee at any time may prohibit
smoking in the library or in the dining rooms.

8. The House Committee at their discretion may make
and enforce rules and regulations for the use of the
bowling alleys, billiard room, and card rooms.

9. No games of any kind shall be played in the Club
House between the hour of closing on Saturday nights
and the hour of opening on Monday mornings,

10. The House Committee at their discretion, upon
application at the office, may assign certain rooms to
those desiring to use them for private entertainments.

11. The reception room may be used by members for
interviews with non-members, but it shall not be closed.

12. Xo picture or work of art shall be placed in the
Club House without the permission of the House Com-
mittee.

13. Xo petition or other paper, except as provided in
the constitution, shall be circulated for signatures or
posted in the Club House without the written permission
of the House Committee.

14. Tliere shall be no whistling in the Club.

15. The House Committee w^ill investigate promptly
any written complaint as to the management of the Club


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