Constitution

I. Membership
Upon their retirement, all faculty, staff, academic and administrative personnel (AAPs) of  Georgetown University are thereby eligible to become members of the Georgetown University Association of Retired Faculty and Staff (GUARFS). They become active members by notifying the Association’s treasurer and paying the Association’s dues.

II. Purpose
The mission of the Association is to facilitate social and professional ties among the University’s retirees and to assist Georgetown and its retirees in continuing mutually beneficial relations. The Association works with the Provost to further these aims and to reach out to the greater Georgetown community.

III. Organization
The officers of the Association are elected by the Executive Council for two-year terms. Elections take place in the spring. The officers are the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Vice-President is the President-Elect. The immediate past President serves a concluding two-year term. The officers, together with the immediate past president and the chairs of committees, constitute the Executive Council. The chairs of committees are appointed by the President in consultation with the Executive Council for two-year terms, which are renewable. The Council proposes needed by-laws for Association approval, sets Association meeting dates and agenda, and appoints nominating and other committees as necessary. In the event of a vacancy among the officers, the Council appoints an interim replacement. Members of the Council can be removed by a majority vote of the Council for violating Council norms or the mission of GUARFS.

IV. Amendments
To amend this constitution notice of proposed amendments must be given one month prior to a meeting at which the amendments are to be considered.  Amendments are approved by a majority of those voting at that meeting.

The Constitution was adopted on April 24, 2004 at a meeting of the Association.

The amendment to change the name of the Association was adopted on May 3, 2017 at a meeting of the Association. 

The amended Constitution was adopted on May 3, 2018 at a meeting of the Association.