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Publications Board

History: AAS ByLaws Article VI, Sec. 3, Approved Jan. 1, 1979.

Members:
Chair and six members. Individuals are nominated for positions on the Board
by the Nominating Committee, in consultation with Journal editors. The Board
member is elected by the Council at the June Meeting. Written consent to
serve is required before nomination. The Board meets annually.

Obituary Committee

History: Established in 1991 with first obituaries published in BAAS Vol. 23, No. 4.

Members: One member appointed by HAD; one by the AAS President; one appointed by the AAS Executive Officer.

Terms: Two years, Jan. - Dec.

Chair: Vice-Chair of Historical Astronomy Division (HAD).

Nominating Committee

History: Established ByLaws, Article VI., Sec. 1

Members:
(From AAS ByLaws, Art. VI): Five full Members of the AAS except voting members
of the AAS Council (Sec.1(a)); two names for each vacancy nominated from
the floor at the annual business meeting (Sec.1(c).); additional nominations
may be made in writing to the Secretary signed by five AAS Members who have
not nominated any other candidate for the Committee by this method (Sec.
1(d)); elected by the membership.

Committee on Meetings

History:

Members: Three Vice-Presidents, and the Executive Officer. The President is Ex-Officio.

Term: One year, June to June, from the close of one Annual Members' Meeting to the close of the next Annual Members' Meeting.

Chair: AAS Senior Vice-President.

Charge: This committee will advise Council on the scientific content of all Society meetings. The committee will select the invited speakers, any special speakers and special sessions.

Committee on Light Pollution, Radio Interference, and Space Debris

Website: http://aas.org/light/

History: Name changed (January 1988, Austin)

Members: Appointed by the Council.

Term: Three years, June - June, from the close of one Annual Members' Meeting to the close of the next Annual Members' Meeting.

Chair: One year, June to June, from the close of one Annual Members' Meeting to the close of the next Annual Members' Meeting.

Charge: Acts as a clearinghouse for information on these topics and, whenever possible, helps those who are attempting to combat the problem.

AAS Investment Advisory Committee

History: Established June 1989, Ann Arbor.

Members: Nominated by the Appointments Committee and appointed by the Council. May be reappointed.

Terms: Three year terms, June to June, staggered, from the close of one Annual
Members' Meeting to the close of the next Annual Members' Meeting.

Chair: The AAS Treasurer.

Charge: To advise the Treasurer regarding the investment of the Society's funds, including the reserve funds for the journals.

Committee on Employment

History: Name changed to present name by Executive Committee action, June 1988 (172nd meeting, Kansas City).

Members: Appointed by Council. Select Council members appointed by President, with approval of Council, to serve as Council Liaisons in ex officio capacity.

Term: Three years, June - June, from the close of one Annual Members' Meeting to the close of the next Annual Members' Meeting.

Chair: One year.

Audit Committee

History: Established May, 2005.

Members:

Term:

Chair:

Charge: The Audit Committee reviews the results of the independent financial audit of the Society and communicates independently with the auditors as needed.  The committee provides its opinion on the audit directly to the Council at each summer meeting of the Society.  The Audit committee may be called upon for other duties by the Treasurer as needed.

Demographics Committee

History: Established 2010.

Members:

Chair:

Charge: Determine what demographic data are useful to collect and maintain about the AAS membership and prepare analysis and reports to Council on such data as necessary. The committee will help develop their strategy in consultation with the AAS Membership Director; the first step is to review what demographic data already exists in the AAS membership database and its completeness.

Membership Committee

History: Established January, 1982.

Members: Chair with three other members appointed by the President.

Term: One year, June to June, from the close of one Annual Members' Meeting to the close of the next Annual Members' Meeting.

Chair: AAS Executive Officer.

Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy

History: Established as Committee on Astronomy and Public Policy; merged with Committee on Communications to become Committee on Public Policy (June, 1982, 160th Meeting); present name adopted at 161st Meeting, Jan. 1983; committee reactivated (165th Meeting).

Members: Appointed by the AAS President with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee. Council Liaisons appointed by President, with approval of the Council; they serve ex-Officio.

Budget Committee

History: Established January, 1982.

Members: In addition to the Chair, three other members appointed by the President.

Term: One year, June to June, from the close of one Annual Members' Meeting to the close of the next Annual Members' Meeting.

Members rotate, with one term expiring each June.

Chair: AAS Treasurer.

Appointments Committee

History: Established January, 1982.

Members: Three members appointed by President, serve at the President's pleasure.

Term: One year, June to June, from the close of one Annual Members' Meeting to the close of the next Annual Members' Meeting.

Chair: AAS Secretary.

Charge: Prior to each Council meeting, this committee will prepare for Council approval a slate of nominees for the various committee vacancies that are to be filled.

Planned Giving

While the Society is very dependent on its membership dues, it also benefits, as other similar organizations do, from the generosity of its members. That generosity takes many forms, including annual contributions and gifts of many kinds.

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