Here is the constitution and bylaws create by UDS to state its mission and charter.



The name of the organization shall be Upstate Daylily Society Inc.


Upstate Daylily Society, Inc. is a nonprofit organization and its purpose shall be to promote, encourage and foster the development and improvement of the genus Hemerocallis and the public interest therein by all suitable and appropriate means. These purposes are expressly limited so that Upstate Daylily Society, Inc. qualifies as an exempt organization under Section 501 (C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or the corresponding provision of any future U.S. Internal Revenue Law.


Any person who is actively interested in the objectives of this organization is eligible for membership in Upstate Daylily Society, Inc. Membership in the American Hemerocallis Society is encouraged. Membership in the American Hemerocallis Society makes one a member of Region 15 of the American Hemerocallis Society with all the benefits of that organization.


The fiscal year of the Upstate Daylily Society, Inc. shall be January through December.  Annual membership dues shall be $10.00 per year payable January 1.  Any new member paying dues after July 1 will pay $5.00 for the remainder of the calendar year. Members are delinquent if dues are not paid by January 31 and after being notified of delinquency by the Secretary their names shall automatically be removed from the membership roll. Dues maybe adjusted by recommendation of the Executive Board and voted upon the membership.


1. The officers of this club shall be: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Publicity Chairman.  Officers shall be elected every two years at the September meeting. Candidates for office must have been members of the club for at least one year before eligibility for election.

2. Each officer shall be elected for a term of two years but shall  be eligible to serve two terms.

3. The Executive Board shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Publicity Chairman and the immediate past President.  This board has the power to transact all necessary business of the club between meetings.

4.  Duties of Officers are as follows:

President:  Shall be the chief officer of the club and shall be charged with general supervision of the affairs of the club and shall  be ex-official member of all committees from time to time as needs  arise to expedite the work of the club.  The President is empowered  to call special meetings of the club or the executive board as may arise.
Vice President:  Shall perform the duties of the President in the absence of that officer.  The Vice President shall serve as Program Chairman.
Secretary:  Shall record and maintain minutes of the club and the board meetings.
Treasurer:  Shall be responsible for the collection of dues and other monies and payment of accounts as directed by the board.  He/she shall make reports of financial condition of the club and such other reports that the president or board may request.
Publicity Chairman:  Shall make every effort to see that the affairs of the club receive the fullest publicity.  He/she shall be responsible for writing an article for the regional newsletter, The Hem-alina, pertaining to the club.

5.  An elected official can be removed from office for non-performance or inability to perform duties. Removing will be upon the advice, following appropriate investigation, of a committee consisting of the three past Presidents of the club.

6.  A vacancy of an office, other than the President, will be filled by the current nominating committee and election at a regular meeting


Regular meeting shall be five (5) per year or more if the Society desires.  The board will decide upon location and any other meetings to be held during the year.


Working committees shall be appointed by the President and shall report to him/her and to the board.  The nominating committee shall consist of a chairman elected by the board and two members elected by the membership at the regular August meeting of the club every two years. The Maintenance Committee shall be an active committee as long as the Upstate Daylily Society, Inc. exists.


Service as an officer of the club shall be voluntary and without compensation.  Normal and necessary expenditures made by the Secretary, Treasurer, and other officers and committees on behalf of the club in the conduct of authorized projects or in the discharge of their regular duties shall be reimbursed provided such expenditures are in the budget approved by the board.


The bylaws may be amended on recommendation of the Executive Board followed by a concurring approval by a majority vote of the members present at a regular meeting of the club, or amendments may be initiated at a regular meeting of the club by a majority vote of the members present and followed by a concurring approval of the Executive Board at its next regular or specially called meeting.  In either case the effective date of the amended bylaws shall be the date of the concurring approval.


Upon dissolution of this association, the officers shall, after payment of or making provisions for the payment of all liabilities of Upstate Daylily Society, Inc., dispose of all assets of Upstate Daylily Society, Inc. to the American Hemerocallis Society which is a 501(C)(3) corporation; or if AHS is no longer in existence or is no longer a 501(C)(3) organization, then to such a 501(C)(3) organization organized exclusively for education purposes similar to those of the AHS.


Adopted: March 1994
Amended: August 1998
Amended: February 2002
Amended: October 2004
Amended: February 2011
Amended: March 2013
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