PART III-POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
INTEREST GROUPS (SIGS)
Special Interest Groups
(SIGs) within the New York State Council for the Social
Studies provide an opportunity
through which members of similar interests can communicate, interact and meet
to discuss their common concerns, ideas, areas of teaching, study or research.
SIGs bring together these members to specifically benefit from their mutual
interests. The existence of SIGs provides a service to members in that they can
focus time and interest on specialized topics of interest. A SIG may be formed
by members of NYSCSS seeking to explore a new area or topic or to provide
interchange in an established area. NYSCSS and the SIGs are mutually
interdependent and supportive. To encourage and support the SIGs in their
efforts, NYSCSS provides SIGs with meeting time at the annual conference and an
opportunity for publicity in TIME & PLACE.
B. Formation and
Operation of a SIG
NYSCSS, through its Board
of Directors encourage and support the
development and maintenance of SIGs. The
following guidelines detail the
roles, duties and responsibilities of SIGs and their
relationship to NYSCSS.
1. Formation of a SIG
a. Petitions for the
establishment of a SIG will be received by the President
of NYSCSS. At the meeting of the Board of Directors following the receipt
petition the Board will accept or reject the recommendation based on the
· SIG must have at least 15 members who are also members
to be officially recognized. All
SIG members must be members of
· No duplication of intent, purpose or operation with
another SIG or
committee of SYSCSS may exist.
· SIGs must meet membership and fee requirements
2. Each petition to
establish a SIG must contain a title for the group and be
accompanied by a
description of the purpose of the group
3. Each petition to
establish a SIG must be accompanied by a check for
$10.00 payable to NYSCSS to offset administrative costs.
4. The SIG must assess from
each SIG member annual SIG dues of $2.00.
These due will help to defray such expenses as mailings,
assessment to NYSCSS, etc.
5. To assist in the
establishment of a SIG, NYSCSS will announce the
attempt to establish such a SIG in TIME & PLACE. The
should submit such information to TIME & PLACE Editor. NYSCSS
space as available for the SIG to conduct an organizational meeting at
annual conference of NYSCSS.
6. See Form A for Petition
for the Establishment of a NYSCSS SIG
C. Operation of a NYSCSS SIG
1. All inquiries concerning
particular SIG’s should be addressed, or will be
forwarded to the chairperson of that SIG for reply. This
requires that SIGs keep the
NYSCSS President up-to-date with regard to current
leadership of the SIG.
2. SIGs should elect, at
minimum, a chairperson and a treasurer.
3. Once formed and
recognized by NYSCSS each SIG is responsible for insuring that
its goals and activities do not conflict with the
purposes of NYSCSS.
4. All SIG membership dues
must be forwarded to the NYSCSS Treasurer who will
maintain a separate record of assets of each
SIG. Each SIG’s Treasurer should
also maintain financial records and will work
directly with the NYSCSS treasurer.
5. To remain an active
NYSCSS SIG a minimum of 15 current NYSCSS members must
also be paid members of that SIG as of January 1
6. Thirty days following
the annual Conference of NYSCSS each year each SIG must
submit a list of current members plus its annual
SIG dues of $10.00. At this time
the SIG must also submit is ANNUAL REPORT TO NYSCSS
(see appropriate form)
7. Each SIG will be
permitted meeting time at the annual conference provided that
such time is requested of the Conference Program
Chair of the 31st of October prior
to the annual Conference. SIGs may submit requests for
the presentation of a
program/workshop at the annual Conference in the same
manner in which all
programs may be submitted. Such programs will be reviewed by the
Committee in the same manner in which all other programs are selected
determined and the SIG will be notified of that decision.
D. Termination of a SIG
Since SIGs are intended to be flexible and changing
organizations, NYSCSS anticipates the occasional formation as well as the
termination of SIG’s. Any SIG which permanently discontinues operation for any
reason will forfeit any monies to its credit to the general Treasury of NYSCSS.
Terminating procedures aredescribed below:
1. The membership of a
SIG may decide to withdraw the SIG from active
status. Notification of withdrawal
should be made in writing to the NYSCSS
President and to all SIG members.
2. The membership of a
SIG may decide to merge with another active and
Notification in writing to the NYSCSS President and
respective SIG members is
3. If a SIG’s
membership falls below the required 15 members, it may be
granted a year of grace for the
purpose of stimulating new membership. If
the SIG fails to bring its membership up
to the required number, the SIG will