1) Originally Amended Upon the Merger of E.C.C.S.C. and
B.N.A. June 2, 2003
2) Amended March 2004
3) Amended September 2005
4) Amended November 14, 2017
5) Amended December 10, 2019
6) Amended December 14, 2021
7) Amended July 11, 2023
8) Amended November 14, 2023
purpose or purposes of The Buffalo Numismatic Association is to foster the
camaraderie of fellow numismatists and to educate each other in the numerous
aspects of numismatics in general. To welcome new collectors and students of
numismatics to our fraternity and share with them the knowledge that we
possess. To maintain and expand a reference center for the use of all members
in good standing. From time to time to promote a bourse and have an annual show
open to the public for the purpose of adding to the collections of the members
and the public alike. This shall be conducted as a not-for-profit venture.
Excess funds generated shall be used to expand the Association's reference
center or pay bills due. At various times, at the directors' or officers' discretion,
hold social functions for the members and their immediate families (spouses and
NAME of ORGANIZATION
The name of this organization shall be THE BUFFALO
NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION, INC.
The B.N.A. Corporation is
organized and shall be operated as a not-for-profit. It shall not have the power
to issue certificates or stock or to declare or pay dividends. No part of the
net income or net earnings of the corporation shall benefit any private
individual, firm, or corporation. No officer or member of the corporation shall
receive or be lawfully entitled to receive any financial benefits from the
operation thereof except as reasonable compensation for services. No member or
director of the corporation shall receive any salary, wages, or other
compensation of any kind for services as such member or director other than
reimbursement of actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of his/her
Dissolution of the
The dissolution process must be initiated by the Board of Directors and
approved by the general membership with a two-thirds majority vote, and
executed in accordance with New York State law.
The fiscal year for the
incorporated Association shall end annually on the last day of December. An
annual financial report will be made available to the membership at the January
meeting each year. Applicable tax forms must be filed annually.
The officers of the
Association shall consist of a Board of Directors comprised of five (5)
Directors at Large and four (4) Executive Officers. The Executive Officers will
consist of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. All
Directors at Large and Executive Officers must maintain their membership in
good standing throughout their term of office. The members of the Board of
Directors must and shall abide by the laws of the land then current and follow
the rules and regulations as set forth by the American Numismatic Association for
as long as the B.N.A. is affiliated with that organization. The Board of
Directors is responsible for the business of the Association and shall perform its
duties in a manner that is satisfactory to the membership.
ELECTION OF DIRECTORS AT LARGE AND
Directors at Large shall be
elected for a term of two (2) years.
B. Executive Officers shall be elected for a term of two
C. Nominating Period: Nominations for the Board of Directors will open on
the first day of October. A call for nominations will be made at every General
Membership Meeting until the nominating period closes. The nominating period
will close on the last day of November.
Nominating Procedure: Once the call for nominations has begun, any member
in good standing may make a nomination. Only members in good standing and
members eighteen years of age or older can be nominated. Nominations must be
made in person at a General Membership Meeting. The nominee must accept or
decline the nomination. If the nomination is accepted, a call for a second will
be made immediately. If the nomination fails to garner a second, that
nomination will be null and void. Nominations that are seconded will be
considered a candidate for that position. The Secretary will record all
nominations and the result of the subsequent call for a second.
Meeting Cancelations: If, for any reason, a General Membership Meeting is
not held during the nomination period, these items will be in effect for the
first meeting after the canceled meeting(s).
Nomination Limits: Up to three (3) nominations may be made for each of
the four (4) Executive Officer positions. The first three (3) successful
nominations will be the candidates for that office. Subsequent nominations for
that office will not be considered. Any number of nominations may be made for
the Directors at Large positions.
Nomination Results: After the nomination period is closed, The Secretary
will publish the list of candidates in the next newsletter or communicate to
the general membership by some other means the names of all candidates. This
must be accomplished before the general membership meeting where the election
Candidate Statements: Any and all candidates, if they choose, may supply
the editor of the B.N.A. Newsletter with a brief description of themselves and
what they propose to do to improve the Association. The statement will be
limited to 500 words. The candidates, if they choose, may also present a brief
talk before the the General Membership Meeting where the elections will be held,
stating their intentions. The talk will be limited to two minutes. There will
be no questions from the membership, and the membership may not interrupt the
Voting: The voting shall be by secret ballot. Every member
in good standing present at the December General. Membership meeting may cast
one (1) vote for each of the four (4) Executive Officers and five (5) votes for
the Directors At Large. If any candidate is running unopposed, the Secretary
shall record one vote for that candidate and record it as required.
Meeting Cancellation: If, for any reason, a General Membership Meeting is
not held during December, the vote for the Board of Directors positions will be
taken at the next General Membership Meeting. If the nomination period was also
extended due to cancellation, the vote will be taken at the first General
Membership Meeting after the requirements for the nomination procedure have
been fulfilled. Nominations and voting will never occur at the same General
Election Tellers: -
Two (2) Election Tellers shall be
selected and approved by the general membership. These tellers shall count the
ballots and record the results of the election with the Secretary. The results
of the election shall be announced at the meeting and published in the B.N.A.
Newsletter or via some other means of communication to the membership.
Term of Office: The newly elected Directors at Large and/or Executive
Officers shall assume their respective offices for the Association on the first
day of January. If the vote was delayed due to meeting cancellation(s), they
shall assume their respective offices immediately. Regardless of meeting
cancellations, all terms of office expire on the last day of December.
Transition: Previous Directors at Large or Executive Officers,
upon completion of their elected terms, resignation, or removal from the Board
of Directors, shall turn over to their successors or The Board of Directors in
the event that a successor has not been designated, all B.N.A. property, funds
and associated paperwork as soon as possible.
Resignations from the Board
Any Executive Officer or Director at
Large may resign from their office at any time by providing written notice to
the Board of Directors.
Removal from the Board of
1. Any member in good standing may make a motion to
remove any Executive Officer or Director at Large from their office. Roberts
Rules of Order will be followed to consider the motion and debate it. A simple
majority is required to approve the motion so it may move on to the voting
2. There will be a minimum 30-day waiting period between
the approval of the motion for removal and the final General Membership vote
that authorizes the removal.
3. Only members in good standing and
who attend the General Membership Meeting in person will be eligible to
vote. The vote will be by secret ballot. The general membership will select and
approve two (2) members to act as Tellers to count the votes.
4. For the motion to be successful, a minimum of two-thirds
of the eligible voters must vote in favor of the removal motion.
5. If the motion is not brought to a vote within ninety
(90) days from when the motion was approved, the motion will expire and to be
considered null and void.
6. A subsequent motion for removal of the same Board of
Director member cannot be made for a minimum of 120 days after the unsuccessful
General Membership vote or the expiration of the motion.
Directors at Large Vacancy: Should a vacancy occur in any of the Directors at
Large position for any reason, the remaining four (4) Directors at Large shall,
by a minimum vote of three (3) in favor, appoint a member in good standing to
complete any unexpired term until the next scheduled election. Vacant positions
must be filled within sixty (60) days of the vacancy.
Executive Officer Vacancy: Should any vacancy occur among the four (4)
Executive Officers for any reason, the Directors at Large and the three (3)
remaining Executive Officers shall, by a minimum vote of five (5) in favor,
appoint a member in good standing to fill that office until the next scheduled
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS
Regularly Scheduled Meetings: A minimum of four (4) Board of Directors meetings
per year will be held, with a minimum of 30 days between regularly scheduled
b) Special Meetings: A Special Meeting may be called at any time by the Board of Directors.
The President may, when he/she deems it necessary, or the Secretary shall, at
the request in writing from three members of the Board of Directors, issue a
call for a Special Board of Directors Meeting. Five days' notice must be given
to all members of the Board of Directors before a special meeting is held. If
five days' notice is not given, the Special Board of Directors Meeting shall be
declared null and void.
Order of Business: The order of business at all Board of Directors
Meetings shall be determined by the President or, in his/her absence, the Vice
President. All business shall be conducted in accordance with Robert's Rules of
DUTIES OF DIRECTORS AT LARGE AND
It is the duty of all Directors at Large and Executive
Officers to attend a minimum of 50% of the scheduled Board of Directors meetings,
and the absence from more than two consecutive meetings is grounds for removal
from office and replacement as specified in Article IV - N.
Conflict of Interest Statement:
At the January Board of Directors meeting, or the
first meeting thereafter, in the event that the January meeting is canceled,
all Directors at Large and Executive Officers will annually review and sign a Conflict
of Interest Policy in accordance with New York State law.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
members of the Board of Directors shall:
be responsible for all
business of the Association, and their decisions shall be binding in all
The president of the Buffalo
Numismatic Association will serve as Chairperson of the Board of Directors.
attend all scheduled Board of
Directors meetings or notify the Chairperson or his or her designee if they are
unable to attend;
make decisions to the best of
their ability for the good of the Association.
for any Board of Directors
meeting, a minimum of five board members must be present to constitute a
President shall preside at all meetings, have the management of the business of
the Association, shall see that all orders and resolutions of the board are
carried into effect, and conduct all meetings according to the rules as set
forth in Roberts Rules of Parliamentary Procedure.
the absence or disability of the President, the vice president shall have all
the powers and functions of the President, and he/she shall maintain a ledger
of attendees and guests at any association functions.
The secretary shall:
attend all meetings of the
board and any other regular or special meeting of the Association;
record all votes and minutes
of all proceedings in a book to be kept for that purpose;
give or cause to be given
notice of all meetings of the Association and of special meetings of the board;
maintain a complete,
up-to-date roll of all members of the Association in good standing.
keep all the documents and
records of the Association as required in a proper and safe manner;
perform such other duties as
may be prescribed by the board, including a report on any correspondence and
reply to same as directed by the directors or officers.
Have custody of the
Association funds and securities and provide secure storage for any and all
B.N.A. holdings, including the B.N.A. medal collection and any Association
medals available for sale. (The treasurer may appoint a custodian of the Association's
medal collection at his/her discretion.)
Keep full and accurate
accounts of receipts and disbursements in the books;
Deposit all money and other
valuables in the name and to the credit of the Association in such depositories
as may be designated by the board;
Present a Financial Report at
each Board of Directors meeting covering the previous month. If more than one
month has elapsed since the previous Board of Directors meeting, the Financial
Report must cover the elapsed time through the previous month. Once approved by
the Board of Directors, the Financial Report will be recorded in the meeting
Perform such other duties as
may be prescribed by the board.
COMBINATION OF OFFICERS/DUTIES
members do not volunteer for vacancies, positions/duties may be shared until
such time as the position(s) is/are filled as per BNA By-Laws.
The membership shall be
composed of members in good standing, actively participating in Association
activities, and paying dues on schedule.
Any member may withdraw from
the Association after fulfilling all obligations to the Association and then giving
notice of such intention to the Secretary or any other officer.
Any member of the Association
may be censored, suspended, or expelled by the Board of Directors on its own
initiative or upon the written complaint of at least two members in good
standing of the Association. The written complaint must be delivered to the
Secretary or any officer. The Board of Directors will take disciplinary action
only if due cause has been adequately demonstrated. A hearing to allow the
member to respond to the accusations must be held within 60 days of the initial
complaint. Any disciplinary action shall require the affirmative vote of the simple
majority of all the members in good standing present at a General Membership Meeting
by secret ballot.
No member or official of the
Association may distribute any political literature or campaign for any
political candidate or reform while engaged in any meeting or event sponsored
by the Association.
Board of Directors shall arbitrate all disputes and conflicts among the membership.
Any decision reached by the Board of Directors shall be binding for all parties
involved without exceptions.
CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP
18 years of age and older
Regular Member and spouse at a reduced
rate over the Regular class of membership
Any member not yet reaching their
Shall enjoy the same benefits as Regular
class members free of membership dues. Any officer or director may propose a
new Honorary member. Honorary memberships must be approved by a simple majority
of all the members in good standing present at a General Membership Meeting.
Establishing Membership Dues:
The Board of Directors will establish annual membership dues. Previously established
membership dues will remain in effect until the Board of Directors votes to
change the annual membership dues amount. All memberships, except the Honorary
class, will be scheduled to expire on December 31st.
Membership renewals for the next year will be due on December 31 of the current
year. Renewals received after December 31 will be prorated on a quarterly basis,
as detailed in the "Prorated Membership Dues" chart below.
Membership dues for new members must be paid in full when the membership
application is accepted. Membership dues for new members will be prorated on a
quarterly basis, as detailed in the "Prorated Membership Dues" chart
Prorated Membership Dues
If membership renewals or new membership applications are received after
December 31, annual dues will be prorated according to the following chart:
Paid on or before March
Paid between April 1 and
Paid between July 1 and September
Paid after October 1
Member in Good Standing
A "Member in Good Standing" is defined as any member who is current
with their membership dues and is not currently censored, nor suspended, nor
expelled from the Association.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
A minimum of six (6) General
Membership meetings per year will be held with a minimum of 30 days between
meetings. A tentative schedule will be published in December for the following
b) Order of Business:
The order of business at all
General Membership Meetings shall be determined by the President or, in his/her
absence, the Vice President. All business shall be conducted in accordance with
Robert's Rules of Order.
The President, Vice President,
or Treasurer shall be required to sign all checks and withdrawals on the
Association checking account.
audit of the financial records of the previous twelve (12) months must be
presented annually at the January General Membership meeting. The auditors must
be any two (2) directors or officers, excluding the current Treasurer. The
completed audit report will be presented to the board of directors for approval.
The approved report will then be presented at the General Membership meeting.
POST OFFICE BOX
The Association will always
maintain a United States Postal Service Post Office Box registered in the
Association's name at a centrally located Post Office. This will be the
Association's official address and will be used on all forms, advertising,
letterheads, correspondence, etc. One (1) key for the Post Office Box will be
retained by the Treasurer, and one (1) key by the Secretary. At no time will a
personal Post Office Box or any other Post Office Box be used for the
Association’s business and correspondence.
BOURSES AND CONVENTIONS
1. The monthly bourses and conventions shall be held at
the dates, times, and locations set by the board. Bourse tables may not be
sublet without the consent of the bourse chairman.
2. VENDOR TABLE LOCATIONS, DEPOSITS, & TABLE FEES
a. Table fees for the Monthly Bourse shall be paid in
advance. Table fees for an annual contract must be paid on or before December
31 of the previous year. Table fees for a single show must be paid before the
show opens to the public.
b. To guarantee the same table location at the next convention
or bourse, a non-refundable deposit must be made before the current convention closes
at 3:00 P.M. Sunday. The deposit will be set by the board in consultation with
the bourse chair.
c. The unpaid balance must be paid at the bourse chairperson's
discretion, or the vendor table location will be at the convention chairperson's
d. Vendors who had a table at the Convention and would
like to be relocated will be moved at the convention chairperson's discretion.
e. All of the above will be honored unless there is a
change of venue, in which case the location will be as close to the original as
3. CONVENTION PROGRAM ADVERTISING:
a. Advertising space will be offered starting June 1st.
Previous advertisers will be notified, and new advertisers will be solicited.
b. Prime space advertising (inside front and rear covers,
outside rear cover, and centerfold): No previous advertiser shall have the same
primary pages for any two consecutive years for fairness to all advertisers,
and no one advertiser may have more than two prime locations. The centerfold
may be used by one advertiser.
c. All advertising must be paid for at the time of
4. PRIZE DRAWINGS:
a. Any drawings or prize giveaways must be approved by
the board. This includes ticket prices, if any, prizes, and rules for the
b. For random prize drawings, the first ticket drawn will
be for the top prize, the second ticket drawn will be for the second prize,
5. COMMITTEES/CHAIRPERSONS, etc.
a. All chairperson assignments must be approved by the
Board of Directors. A maximum of two (2) people can be assigned to any
chairperson position. In the event that two people are assigned to a
chairperson position, they will both have the "Chairperson" title and
equal powers and responsibilities.
b. A meeting shall be held three months prior to both
Conventions to be attended by all committees to rectify any problems and
discuss events, etc.
c. A second meeting may be called by the Convention
Chairperson if deemed necessary at any time before the Convention.
d. Suggested Committees/Chairpersons
1. Convention Chairperson - All disputes or inquiries shall be addressed to the
2. Security (Guards)
3. Ticket (drawings) sales and drawing for prizes, free
table drawing (Sunday at 3:00 P.M.)
4. Advertising for Convention Program
5. Admissions (at entry)
6. Exhibits and award for same
7. Liaison - hall rental, food service, hotel, etc.
e. All decisions of the chairpersons shall be final and
binding during the duration of the conventions or monthly bourse.
Upon payment in full and check
clearing, vendors must be sent a copy of the contract marked paid in full along
with a map showing the Convention location.
7. COURTESY-FREE TABLES:
Free and discounted tables can
only be offered at the conventions and monthly bourses with the approval of the
PAID NUMISMATIC ADVERTISING
Association shall pay for advertising the monthly bourse and semi-annual
conventions in trade papers and local newspaper(s) as directed by the board of
directors unless a benefactor can be found.
Any member participating in
the auction must abide by the rules of the auction as approved by the board of
COMMITTEES AND CHAIRPERSONS
The directors/officers may at
various times appoint members to serve as chairpersons to oversee various tasks
or events, including but not limited to:
A. Newsletter Editor
B. Membership Chairman
D. Monthly Bourse
E. Annual Convention
G. Custodian of Reference Center
The custodian will prepare an up-to-date inventory of books, magazines and
catalogs in the B.N.A. Reference Center and make same available to members in
good standing to borrow for a period not to exceed 30 days or the next
H. Security for Annual Convention
I. Association Medal Program
Medals may be struck and sold at various times to mark events or honor members
AMENDMENTS TO BY-LAWS
and amendments to these bylaws must follow the procedure detailed below:
A. Proposed Amendments:
Any member of the Board of
Directors may propose amendments to these bylaws.
Support or Oppose by the
Board of Directors:
Before the proposed amendments
are brought to the General Membership, the Board of Directors will vote by a
simple majority to support or oppose the amendments. A vote to “oppose” the
amendments will not preclude the amendments from being brought to a vote by the
General Membership. The outcome of this vote will be made known to the General
Dissemination of Proposed
The proposed amendments will
be disseminated to the General Membership via verbal, hard copy, and/or
electronic means at least thirty (30) days before the proposed amendments are
voted on by the General Membership.
Voting by the General
After the above requirements
have been met, the proposed amendments will be brought to a vote at any
subsequent General Membership Meeting. If a successful motion for a secret
ballot is made, the General Membership will select and approve two (2) members
to act as Tellers to count the votes. Otherwise, a voice or roll call vote may
be used. Only members in good standing will be eligible to vote.
Approval of Proposed
For the amendments to be
approved, a minimum of two-thirds of the eligible voters in attendance at the
General Membership Meeting must vote in favor of approving the amendments.
If the proposed amendments are
not brought to a vote within ninety (90) days from when the amendments were
published, the amendment process will be considered null and void and must
start again from the beginning.