By-Laws of the International Raymond Carver Society
The name of this organization shall be The International Raymond Carver
Society, also referred to as the IRCS.
II. Mission Statement
The purpose of the IRCS shall be to encourage the worldwide interest in
and study of the works and life of American writer Raymond Carver
(1938-1988). The IRCS shall promote activities that lead to the
exchange of ideas and information about Carver, such as sponsoring
sessions at conferences and gathering appropriate material on the IRCS
web site. The IRCS shall work towards facilitating communication
between scholars, students, and general enthusiasts of Carver around
Membership shall be open to anyone interested in Raymond Carver and who
does not hinder the work of the IRCS as described in its Mission
Statement. Membership shall be free of charge; registration shall be
through the IRCS web site or by contacting the Executive Committee. All
members will be listed on the membership roster to be published on the
b. Membership Privileges
Members shall have free access to the IRCS web site and may request to
have relevant publications listed there; members shall, if they so
wish, be on the IRCS mailing list to receive calls for papers and other
IRCS information. Members may chair sessions hosted by the IRCS, submit
proposals for activities, and be selected for panel or roundtable
presentations. Members may also attend the annual IRCS meeting; this
meeting is to be held at the ALA convention unless another venue is
announced on the web site.
Members who have been on the roster for 12 consecutive months may
partake in nominations and vote in elections of officers and may also
be eligible for nomination.
Members may do volunteer work for the IRCS that is approved by the
Executive Committee and in line with the Mission Statement.
The Executive Committee reserves the right to turn down or cancel a
membership if a member behaves in such a way as to hinder the work of
the IRCS as described in the Mission Statement; this includes
inappropriate or offensive behavior toward other members or that
reflects negatively on the IRCS.
IV. Executive Committee and Advisory Board
a. The Executive Committee shall consist of a Director, two to four
Executive Officers, and a Bibliographer. Members of the Executive
Committe shall be chosen from at least two countries; both genders
shall also be represented. The Executive Committee shall be jointly
responsible for all administrative, secretarial, and organizational
functions of the IRCS and shall pursue these functions in accordance
with the Mission Statement.
The Director shall have the particular responsibility of leading the
Committee, presiding over the annual IRCS meeting, and dividing tasks
among the officers in a fair and functional manner. The Director is
also the official contact person of the IRCS with regard to any
affiliations the organization seeks or upholds. In the case of the
Director’s absence from, or inability to perform, any of the above
responsibilities, an Executive Officer may temporarily perform that
The Executive Committee shall appoint a Bibliographer whose task shall
be to compile and update a web site bibliography of relevant material
on the life and works of Raymond Carver and related topics. The
Bibliographer shall also, upon request, publish member publications on
the web site. In the case of an Executive Officer's absence from, or
inability to perform, any of his or her delegated responsibilities, the
Bibliographer may temporarily
perform that responsibility.
b. The Advisory Board shall consist of four to six representatives
appointed unanimously by all of the officers of the Executive Committee
or approved by a two-third majority of the IRCS members who are
eligible to vote. Representatives on the Board shall be chosen from at
least two countries and both genders. The Advisory Board members shall
assist the Executive Committee in reaching decisions pertaining to the
positive development of the IRCS with reference to its Mission
Statement; they shall be consulted especially in manners pertaining to
special interest areas of Carver studies, and may also be consulted in
the selection of participants in conference sessions (in cases where
there are more submissions than available slots) and similar
a. Elections shall be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of
b. Officers of the Executive Committee shall be elected for a four-year
period. The Executive Committee shall provide for electronic
nominations and voting in years when fewer than half of the IRCS
members can attend the meeting.
In the case of a vacancy or resignation between periods, a new election
shall be called in conjunction with the next annual meeting. This
system is intended to provide for a natural rotation of officers. If
there is no such rotation within the first two periods of the Executive
Committee, the IRCS shall propose an amendment to the By-laws providing
for rotation of officers.
c. Nominations and voting eligibility
Any member who has been on the roster for 12 consecutive months is
eligible to vote, eligible for office, and eligible to nominate other
members for office. Nominations must be signed (or sent electronically)
by at least three eligible members and submitted to the Executive
Committee by the deadline announced on the web site.
d. Waiver of section V.c.
During the first four years of the IRCS’ existence, May 2005-May 2009,
the eligibility period for voting, nominating, and sitting in office
may be shortened or waived if the Executive Committee deems this
necessary for recruitment purposes. If fewer than half of the members
on the roster at any given time have not been members for 12
consecutive months, this waiver shall also be in effect.
These By-laws may be changed or amended either by a unanimous decision
of all of the officers on the Executive Committee and the Advisory
Board, or by a two-thirds vote of the IRCS members.
These By-Laws were adopted January 31st 2007