Adopted March 25, 1949. As amended, February 1957, April 26, 1963, March
14, 1974, and September 20, 1985
The Ichthyologists naturally developed from the good fellowship engendered
during the planning and managing of the Annual Meeting of the American
Institute of Chemical Engineers held at Boston in 1931. They developed
a set of by-laws and a spirit unique in the annals of chemical engineering.
The present members desire to preserve this spirit of the organization
and, in addition to good fellowship among the members, to encourage active
participation in the affairs of the AIChE, of engineering in general,
and of society as a whole.
In order to effectuate these aims and to encourage and promote wider
participation by the Members in the affairs of the Ichthyologists, the
original By-Laws are revised, as follows.
The formal name of this organization shall be the Boston Section of the
American Institute of Chemical Engineers. It shall be known informally
as the Ichthyologists.
Members shall be known as Fish.
Members (of all grades) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers
(AIChE) living within a reasonable distance of Boston shall be members
of the Ichthyologists and will be sent notices of all meetings, if they
indicate a desire to receive them. They should complain if they don't.
Non-members of the AIChE acceptable to the Ichthyologists may become Fish
but may not hold elective office.
There shall be four classes of Fish: (A) Active, (I) Ichthyoid, (S) Sedentary,
and (H) Honorary.
(A) Active members shall be limited to AIChE members who pay Ichthyologists
(I) Ichthyoid membership shall be limited to those who pay Ichthyologists
dues to the Shark but who are not members of the AIChE. Ichthyoid members
shall be urged to become members of the AIChE within some reasonable period
of time, such as two years.
(S) Sedentary Fish need not pay dues but may receive notices if interested
and may attend meetings occasionally if they desire.
(H) Fish shall automatically achieve Honorary membership upon buying one
round of refreshments for all Fish present at any regular meeting. Honorary
membership shall lapse after six months.
In these By-Laws no inference is made to sex in the spirit of expediency
(See Appendix I). After all, both fish genders* are essential to the preservation
of all species of finny life.
*Reference: American Scientist, Volume 72, p. 128ff.
Meetings shall be held occasionally as determined by the Executive Committee.
Five or six meetings each year shall be considered par.
The order of business shall be varied to avoid monotony at all costs.
A quorum shall consist of those present and in their right minds but shall
in no case be less than thirty members.
Article IV-OFFICERS AND THEIR DUTIES
The officers of the Ichthyologists shall be the Kingfish (chairman), the
Mackerel (vice- chairman), the Smelt (secretary and assistant treasurer),
and the Shark (treasurer).
The Kingfish may not succeed himself in office. He shall be responsible
for dragging members from the preliminary meeting room to the table before
the food is cold. He shall stop all arguments before the speaker is presented
(and afterwards if he deems it necessary). In general, he shall run the
The Mackerel may not succeed himself in office since (in general) it is
hoped and expected that he will have learned enough to be Kingfish. His
main duty shall be to introduce the speakers at meetings.
The Smelt shall be encouraged to succeed himself in office a reasonable
number of times (at least once) provided only that he be closely enough
related to the Sucker family. He shall keep such records as deemed absolutely
necessary, report meetings to "Chemical Engineering Progress,"
mail notices and (as assistant treasurer) collect dues. He may pay a reasonable
amount for stenographic assistance in such work and be reimbursed by the
Shark. He shall turn all monies over to the Shark for hoarding. By virtue
of his title as assistant treasurer he shall be empowered to draw checks,
if the Shark is not available. At the end of each year, he shall, with
the cooperation of the Shark, make a brief report to the Secretary of
the AIChE covering the past year's activities and reporting the names
of new officers.
The Shark shall preferably serve for at least two years, shall maintain
a bank account, and shall draw checks for payment of justified charges.
He will be expected to object to all requests for payment at least once.
He shall be responsible for all financial records and shall be custodian
of all funds. Approval of the Executive Committee will be required for
payments other than those concerned with regular meetings or those specifically
provided for in these By-Laws.
The Executive Committee shall consist of the four officers, the Flounder
(Program Chairman), and the Chief Xiphias (the immediate past Kingfish),
if he survives. Its duty is to advise anyone who will accept advice. Such
decisions as have to be made will be its responsibility.
The Program Committee shall consist of the Flounder, appointed by the
Executive Committee, and any Fish that may be netted by him before the
first meeting of each year. It shall be responsible for obtaining guest
speakers and all other arrangements in connection with all meetings.
The Nominating Committee shall be appointed at the start of each year
and shall consist of the Kingfish, the immediate past Kingfish, and two
members appointed by the Kingfish, after due consultation with the membership
and approval of the Executive Committee. Objections from the floor at
any meeting based on evidence of packing the Committee will be recognized.
it shall have the duties of nominating a slate of new officers for the
following year and of nominating and supporting local members for offices
and committees in the AIChE and other organizations .
Any other necessary or unnecessary committees shall be appointed by the
Elections shall be held at the last regular meeting of each year.
The Nominating Committee shall present a complete slate of officers known
to be willing to be sentenced for the following year. Additional nominations
may be made from the floor.
There shall be no loud yelling, railroading of candidates, or other unethical
tactics. Lobbying by the Kingfish for reelection in defiance of the By-Laws
shall be frowned upon especially.
Should there be no nominations from the floor, a voice vote for a single
ballot to be cast by the Smelt shall be taken. If there is more than one
candidate for an office, election shall be by secret ballot for that office
and the Smelt can take care of the rest.
The new officers shall be installed in full tradition and panoply immediately
after the elections.
If the Kingfish quits, the Mackerel shall take over. Any other vacancies
shall be filled by appointment by the remaining members of the Executive
Committee. If they all quit, a new election shall take place automatically.
Article VII-FISCAL YEAR, MEETING YEAR, AND DUES
The fiscal year officially shall start on January 1, but unofficially
and in the hearts of all good ichthyologists everywhere and forever shall
start on October 7, which is Hervey Skinner's birthday--and Bill Flood's
The meeting year shall start sometime between May 31 and September 30.
Dues for Active members shall be set until changed by a majority vote
of the members at two consecutive regular meetings. Preferably, the Smelt
shall have included in the notice for these meetings a statement that
the vote is to be taken.
The Smelt shall notify all members once only per year of the dues and
of the fact that no further notices of meetings will be sent except upon
request. He shall keep a list of paid members. New members entering the
area during the year shall receive the same notice that other members
received at the start of the year, as well as a copy of these By-Laws.
Article VIII-RECORDS AND PUBLICATIONS
An absolute minimum of records shall be kept.
There shall be no publications other than the periodic emanations from
the Smelt and Shark.
The Constitution of the AIChE shall be the final authority in all arguments,
if it applies.
Such obligations as may be incurred shall be met.
The ichthyologists shall not have authority to act for or in the name
of the AIChE nor to incur financial obligations in the name of the AIChE.
The AIChE shall not have the authority to act for or in the name of the
Ichthyologists nor to incur financial obligations in the name of the Ichthyologists.
The officers and directors of National AIChE shall formally be known as
Council and informally as the Ictaluridae (catfishes), Big C, Big Cats,
or some other suitably flippant epithet.
Common cause with and against the Ictaluridae is expected to further the
spirit of good fellowship prevailing among the Ichthyologists and with
Whenever convenient all Fish shall maintain a watch on Boston Harbor and
inform the fish in Lexington and Concord of the approach of the Ictaluridae--one
if by Van and two if by J. C.
In order to present an image more compatible with Council, should a decree
from Council require a reply, the Kingfish, whenever possible, shall appoint
an ad hoc committee to prepare an Aquatic Impact Statement on the effect
of Council's input on the lifestyle of the Ichthyologists and to draft
a reply for interfacing with Council. Maximum utilization of computerized
data processing shall be implemented for Ichthyo-Council interfacing.
Replies to Council may but are not required to consist partly or entirely
of computer systems error messages--GIGO. The Smelt shall inform Council
that an ad hoc committee has been appointed and that an answer may be
expected within a few years.
At all times at least one Fish in the Ichthyologists is required but not
expected to understand what Section 4 of this Article means, translate
communications from Council, and, upon request from Council translate
the Ichthyologists' reply.
It is appropriate for this Article to be amended whenever these By-Laws
are amended to keep the Ictaluridae on their dorsals.
Article XI-ORDERS OF THE ICHTHYOLOGISTS
The Order of Xiphias (swordfish) shall be made up of all past Kingfish
plus Ted Weaver (who suggested the idea in 1956). Members shall be entitled
to wear the insignia of the Order. Each retiring Kingfish shall be duly
received into the order at the time he relinquishes his symbol of office.
Members of the Order of Xiphias shall have the following duties and obligations
to the Ichthyologists as individuals and as a group.
(a) They shall pointedly deflate all blowfish and any other Fish who take
themselves too seriously.
(b) They shall fill empty seats at the head table in reverse order of
(c) They Shall have sole authority to award membership in other Orders
of the Ichthyologists as discussed in Section 3.
Membership in special Orders of the Ichthyologists shall be awarded by
decision of at least three members of the Order of Xiphias in recognition
of outstanding achievement or especially meritorious service by chemical
engineers to the profession and to the society in general. Appropriate
new Orders may be created on the spur of the moment.
The Archives of the Ichthyologists shall consist of the By-Laws and other
important and trivial documents and Articles pertaining to the Ichthyologists.
The Archives shall be kept by the Coelacanth (living fossil) because he
was born in the year the original by-laws were approved, or some other
Fish until lost or discarded.
The Archives may be displayed at regular and irregular meetings and at
AIChE National and Annual Meetings--especially those which the AIChE is
willing to take the chance to let the Ichthyologists host. Profits from
the sales of Ichthyologists By-Laws, Histories, and other paraphernalia
during all National meetings in Boston will be matched by National. This
is appropriate since the Tide Pool of Ichthyology is the major draw that
makes Boston meetings so popular, successful, and profitable to AIChE
Meetings shall be held on Friday whenever possible since it has always
been that way.
While guest speakers may discuss subjects related to chemical engineering.
this is by no means to be the rule and speakers should be selected for
their ability to talk on matters of general interest. Members wishing
to sit through highly technical talks may, with the blessings and the
assistance of the Executive Committee, organize symposia or lectures other
than at regular meetings.
In general, long-winded arguments on controversial issues shall not be
permitted during a meeting. Since there is ordinarily a whole weekend
ahead members may continue arguments indefinitely after the meeting is
adjourned. The Kingfish shall see to it that incipient arguments are nipped
in the bud.
Continuous effort shall be made by the members to see to it that a spirit
consonant with the name "Ichthyologists" is maintained and developed
so that good fellowship shall always prevail.
An effort is to be made to have one social evening each year at which
spouses, sweethearts, etc. shall be welcome, and for which a special effort
shall be made to drag out those members whose schedules do not permit
regular attendance at meetings.
One meeting each year, if convenient, shall entail an affinity for Old-Timers
and another for Guppies.
A round of drinks shall be the penalty for an Officer Fish who forgets
to wear his badge of office to a meeting, or for a Kingfish who forgets
to introduce a member of the Order of Xiphias present at a meeting.
Insofar as possible, notices and other emanations from the Smelt shall
be written in the same general high level of informality employed at all
These By-Laws and all future revisions thereof shall have appended thereto
a copy of the original By-Laws of 1938 to assure that future Fish will
have a basic knowledge of the spirit of the original group.
Amendments may be proposed by any member who thinks this vehicle is imperfect.
To have his proposal considered, he must inveigle a majority vote at the
meeting at which the proposal is made or forever hold his peace. If passed,
then a two-thirds vote at the subsequent meeting will be required for
final acceptance. This will give the opposition time to pack the meeting.
If he misses on this, the Fish may have one more chance to sneak through
a two-thirds vote at the following meeting. Initiative is up to the proposer,
not the Kingfish.
Upon the dissolution of the ichthyologists any assets of the Ichthyologists
remaining thereafter shall be conveyed to such organization then existent,
within or without the territory of the Ichthyologists, dedicated to the
perpetuation of objectives similar to those of the AIChE, or to the AIChE
so long as whichever organization selected by the Executive Committee
of the ichthyologists at the time of dissolution shall be exempt under
Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 as amended or
under such successor provisions of the code as may be in effect at the
time of the dissolution of the Ichthyologists.