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Duties and Responsibilities of Honorary Members of the Corporation

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Membership
In addition to electing Members of the Corporation, the Board of Trustees may elect Honorary Members of the Corporation upon such terms and conditions that the Trustees specify.

A Member of the Corporation who has served one or more terms will be eligible to be elected an Honorary Member at the first annual meeting following his or her 75th birthday. The Board of Trustees will consider the recommendations of the Committee on the Board when electing Honorary Members.

No person, who is or was a member of the Scientific Staff of the Institution, should be elected an Honorary Member if at the time there are at least five Honorary Members who are or have been members of such Staff.

Rights and Privileges
The Honorary Members shall be entitled to attend all meetings of the Corporation and to participate in discussions and should have all the rights and privileges of the elected Members, except that the Honorary Members shall be non-voting participants and will not be counted in the determination of a quorum at meetings or in the number of Corporation Members.

Generally, an Honorary Member should retain his or her honorary status until the Honorary Member resigns.

Participation on Committees
Honorary Members will be eligible to serve on any charter committee but no more than one third of the members of a charter committee may be Honorary Members.

There will not be a limit to the number of Honorary Members eligible to serve on advisory and special committees. The Committee on the Board will develop general guidelines regarding the appropriate mix of active and Honorary Members that should serve on these committees.

Honorary Members will not be eligible for formal voting and quorum decisions by the committees.

Honorary Members may serve as chairperson on advisory and special committees but they generally will not serve as chairperson on the charter committees.

Mentoring and Orientation
Honorary Members, working with members of the Committee on the Board, may assume responsibility for introducing and mentoring newly elected Corporation Members with regard to the mission, history, policies and operating practices of the Institution.

Last updated: December 1, 2010