On Monday, October 6, 2008, the members of the Eastern Section of the Seismological Society of America who were in attendance at its annual scientific meeting in Kingston, Canada, voted unanimously in support of motions to adopt a modern set of bylaws and become incorporated in the State of California as a nonprofit organization. Together with a formal affiliation agreement with the Seismological Society of America (SSA), this marked the beginning of a new chapter in the relationship between the Eastern Section and its parent organization. Unlike for-profit corporations, there is no particular advantage of one state over another for...

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