The General Society is a confederation of highly autonomous State Societies, all of which conform to the General Society’s constitution and bylaws, and all maintain membership admission requirements, that is, eligibility and proof thereof as a descendant of a War of 1812 veteran. In addition State Societies may impose requirements that are not in conflict with the General Society. Some states have adopted a limit on the number of members they will accept.
- Request instructions on organizing a State Society.
- Recruit an Organizing President and Organizing Secretary/Treasurer.
- Recruit at least ten (10) men eligible for membership who are domiciled in the state to be organized. Dual memberships may be accepted after the original ten (10) members have been secured.
ARTICLE V – State Societies
Section 1 – The Board of Directors shall have the right to admit new State Societies which, upon their admission, shall have not fewer than ten (10) members who are domiciliaries of the organizing state, and may hear and determine all questions affecting the qualifications for membership in or the welfare of any State Society as may, by proper memorial, be presented by such State Society for consideration.
Section 2 – The style and title of each State Society shall be as follows:
“The Society of the War of 1812 in the (Commonwealth, State, District) of ______________”
Section 3 – The members of each State Society shall be borne upon the membership roll of the General Society.
Section 4 – The State Societies shall meet annually, on the day appointed therefore by their respective by-laws, and more often if they deem it necessary.
Section 5 – The State Societies shall choose such officers for their own government and in such manner as shall be set forth in their respective by-laws, and shall transmit within the first three months of each year to the General Society a list of the officers and such other information as may be of interest to the General Society at large. Each State Society shall regulate all matters respecting its own affairs, and shall judge the qualifications of members therein, provided always that the action of such State Society be, in all instances, in conformity with the provisions of this Constitution and By-Laws, and the officers of a State Society whose duties correspond to those of officers of the General Society shall have similar titles.