BYLAWS CODE OF
PURPOSE: The Dallas
Paleontological Society was founded in 1984 for the purpose of
promoting interest in and knowledge of the science of paleontology. It
was intended by the founding members that the Society would be a
network for the exchange of data between professionals and serious
amateurs in this field. The Society is organized exclusively for
educational and scientific purposes. The Dallas Paleontological Society
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
On January 12, 1985 the Constitution of the Dallas Paleontological
Society adopted. The Constitution has been amended several times since
then. Read the the current version of the
Society also established
as a set of common laws by which the Society shall function. In 2002, the
Society established a
Code of Ethics and Conduct which all members affirm to as a requirement of
ACCOMPLISHMENT: The DPS
continues to accomplish its purpose in various ways. The
Society has published seven volumes of Occasional Papers, has had two
symposiums (one of which gathered much valuable material for Volume 4),
is involved with education and outreach and with the Charles Finsley
Lecture Series brought many prominent paleontologists to speak to the
general public. Additionally, the Society established an educational
fund that is used for scholarships.
about the History of the Society.
PARTICIPATION: The rules are
simple you must be at lest 16 years old and have paid dues or are a
family member who meets the criteria. The society has a Code
of Ethics, which everyone agrees to when they join. (It is part of the
Membership Application so you have no excuse for saying you didn’t see
it.) Having a Code of Ethics is key to being a participating member. If
you really love the hobby of fossil collecting or the profession of
paleontology, following the Code in every activity that you participate
in is essential to the survival of your passion.
Participation is more than just paying dues, reading the newsletter and
attending a few meetings or field trip. Specific or great knowledge is
not as important as being able to organize and lead one or two field
trips or write about your experiences of a field trip or meeting.
Giving a talk or leading a
field trip is only a few hours of your time but will mean a great deal
to all of those who came for the event. Participation also
includes bringing some goodies to a meeting or a cold watermelon to a
field trip. Every Active Member is eligible to be an Executive Officer
or Committee Chair Person. Being an officer or chairperson does does
take a bit of your time. With the time spent, you gain personal
satisfaction in helping shape the Society and there is at least one
perk! Officers and Committee Chairs get the news first and
have first opportunity to signup for field trips and other
events. If you put in the extra work, you should get
something for it.
REWARDS: Rewards come in many
forms such as the satisfaction of communicating with others who have a
similar interest. Finding a well preserved (fill in the blank). Or,
finding something new to science and possibly getting it named after
you. Several members have had this honor.
AWARDS: and SCHOLARSHIPS: The
society has several awards for people who best represent the purpose of
Award is given to
a member who is not an officer, committee chairperson, or advisor and
is recognized for their overall contribution to the society in the past
year. The Presidents award is usually presented in December.
Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to members who are at
least 55 years of age, not a professional paleontologist and have made
a significant contribution to the science of paleontology. Any DPS
member can make nominations and the Executive Committee makes the
decision. Awarded when suitable candidates are identified.
Membership has no
specific criteria. It is presented when suitable candidates are
identified. Any DPS member can nominate a candidate and the
candidate does not have to be a current member. Selection is
made by a simple majority vote of members at a monthly general meeting.
Memorial Scholarship is presented
to one or two students (not necessarily members) attending a local
university. The scholarship is in memory of Frank Crane a dedicated
amateur paleontologist who donated a “Smithsonian class collection” to
the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science. Scholarships are awarded to
students working on advanced degrees. One person from each
university is nominated by their advisor and the Executive Committee
makes the final selection. The scholarship is based on available funds,
usually $1,000. The Executive Committee has the prerogative to split
Design award. A free
t-shirt is awarded to the person who’s graphic was chosen to be on the
next set of DPS shirts. The award is presented on an irregular basis.