THIS had been considered by a committee of the Council in 1913, but no action was then taken. This very important matter was again brought up at the suggestion of the Special Finance Committee appointed for the year 1928—Edward B. Mathews, Chairman, Fred. E. Wright, Joseph Stanley-Brown, R. A. F. Penrose, Jr., Waldemar Lindgren, Edward W. Berry. The matter was referred to the Council by the Secretary May 31, 1928, and the proposition was approved by correspondence.
At the Council meeting of September 22, 1928, it was voted to refer the matter to the Fellowship at the New York meeting. The argument is concisely given in the following quotation from the circular letter:
"It appears that our present organization can not handle certain financial matters with full legal authority and that it would be greatly handicapped in case the organization were called upon to handle an endowment or transfer holdings. Looking to the possibility of larger operations in the future, it seems to the Council that the time has come when full legal standing should be established. This is the whole purpose of the proposed incorporation. It will not interfere in the least with the regular operation of the Society on present lines."
The Fellowship approved the proposition for incor-portation by 439 affirmative votes out of a membership of 536.
The Committee of Incorporation appointed at the New York meeting was Charles P. Berkey, Chairman, Heinrich Ries, H. Foster Bain, J. Stanley-Brown and Henry F. Osborn. The incorporation was under
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Written in 1931 by Herman LeRoy Fairchild, and with an introduction by Joseph Stanley-Brown, this definitive history of the Geological Society of America covers the first forty-three years of the Society. It contains sections devoted to an overview of early geological research, the Society's background, key players in the Society's creation and history, and information on the Society's membership, publications, meetings, constitution, and more.