The organization of the Council is described in detail in Article IV of the By-Laws.
Election to Council is not only a distinct honor, but the steppingstone to all further elected positions within the Society. The Council considers issues of interest to its members, may initiate new committees to study those issues, and sends recommendations to the Board.
By-Law definition: As stated in By-Law Article IV.B: “The Council shall elect a secretary from past or present regular members of the Council for a term of two years. A Council Secretary may be elected to succeed himself or herself and shall, if not currently an elected member of the Council, serve as an ex officio member of the Council without vote. The Council Secretary is charged with the coordination of all Council activities and will function as liaison between the Council and the Board of Directors, in close cooperation with the secretary of the Society. [The latter is a vestigial clause; the AMS Secretary is no longer involved with the workings of Council.] The Council Secretary shall serve as an ex officio member of the Board of Directors without vote. Although the term of Council members begins at the Council meeting on Saturday, the term of the Council Secretary begins after the Business Meeting and Awards Presentation, like that of other members of the Board.
Charge: [see By-Law definition, above.] The Council Secretary also functions as liaison between student members and the official bodies of the Society.
Guidelines: The duties of the Council Secretary include:
Timetable: The Council Secretary’s term starts 1 August in odd-numbered years. Like the AMS Treasurer and Secretary, the Council Secretary may run unopposed after the first term of service.
Council meetings are chaired by the President, and, as stated in By-Law Article V.A.6, the AMS Secretary “shall also be responsible for maintaining liaison between the Board of Directors and the Council …”
This is handled by the Chapter Activities Committee (see Administrative Handbook II.C.3.c.) The form is available online.