GHANAIAN ASSOCIATION OF HISPANISTS (GAH)
Asociación Ghanesa de Hispanistas
At the close of the II International Conference on Afro-Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian, and Latin American Studies (ICALLAS), held at the University of Ghana in August 2009, a group of participating Ghanaian Hispanists met to discuss the formation of an association made up of African Hispanists. The meeting was held at the Legon Hall Senior Common Room on 7 August, 2009. Present were the following:
F. Komla Aggor
Victor O. Lamptey
Moses Panford, Jr.
John Angmor Teye
The association was formed and officers elected for the first year of its operation. Komla Aggor volunteered to draft a constitution for the review and endorsement of this founding group. Following the endorsement, the President was expected to broadcast the formation of the Association internationally and to launch a membership drive. An application for a non-profit status was to be pursued promptly thereafter.
Article I - Name
The organization shall be known and called the GHANAIAN ASSOCIATION OF HISPANISTS, with the acronym GAH. The organization’s Spanish version shall be known and called Asociación GHANESA de Hispanistas (AGH).
“Association,” heretofore, shall refer to the Ghanaian Association of Hispanists / Asociación Ghanesa de Hispanistas.
Article II – Organization Type
The organization shall be formalized, legalized, and registered as a non-profit entity, with defined scholarly and academic interests.
Article III – Delineation and Meetings
d) The General Assembly shall meet once a year at a virtual location or an
international conference. The biennial ICALLAS shall be the venue of the General
Assembly every other year.
e) When necessary, additional meetings may be convened, especially in the first
few years of the existence of the Association. Such meetings may be held
virtually in March or in September.
f) The quorum at the General Assembly and any other meeting shall be one-third of
ARTICLE IV - Objectives
Article V - Membership
Open to all persons interested in the study, teaching, or promotion of Hispanic studies in Ghana. Such persons shall agree to uphold the constitution of the Association and abide by its regulations and bye-laws.
Article VI - Structure
The Association shall comprise the General Assembly and its elected officers. The official positions of the Association shall be as follows:
Sec (i) President
Sec (ii) Vice-President
Sec (iii) Secretary and Treasurer
Sec (iv) The Spanish Section Coordinator or Designate of the University of Ghana
The following members shall serve as officers for the Association’s first year (September 2009 – September 2010)
President: Dorothy Odartey-Wellington
Vice-President: Samuel Mate-Kodjo
Secretary and Treasurer: Komla Aggor
University of Ghana Liaison: Joanna Boampong
Subsequently, the term of office shall be January to December of each year.
Article VII – Qualifications for Elected Offices
To qualify for any of the elected offices of Article VI, a candidate shall be an active member for at least one year and shall have no outstanding monthly or annual dues or fees.
Article VIII - Elections and Terms
Section (i) - Elections:
(b) The outcome of all elections shall be decided by a simple majority vote.
Section (ii) - Terms:
officers shall assume office in January of the following year.
same office for a maximum of two consecutive terms only.
business, the General Assembly may vote to extend the term of serving officers for a one-time period of one-year only, after which new elections shall be held.
Article IX - Powers and Duties of Elected Officers
Section (i) - The President
Association comply fully at all times with its bye-laws and pursue its goals and objectives effectively.
b) He/She shall serve as the chief promoter of the Association internationally.
c) preside over all meetings.
Section (ii) - The Vice-President
b) He/She shall assume all the powers and duties of the President or
Secretary/Treasurer in the event that the President or the Secretary is absent
Section (iii) - The Secretary/Treasurer
Association's financial status.
appointed by the Association.
Section (iv) – The University of Ghana Liaison
promptly communicate all such information together with proper documentation to the President and the Secretary/Treasurer for the Association’s records.
Section (v) – Powers and Duties of the General Assembly
Article X - Dues and Fees
Article XI - Enactment and Repeal of Bye-Laws, Rules, and Regulations
The Ghanaian Association of Hispanists shall periodically pass laws, rules, and regulations to ensure the orderly and smooth running of the organization.
Sec (i): Said laws shall be deemed passed by a two-thirds majority vote of the General Assembly, a quorum having been formed at the time of voting via teleconference, Skype, or any such media.
Sec (ii): Similarly, a two-thirds majority vote of the General Assembly shall be deemed sufficient to repeal or amend any bye-laws, rules, and regulations.
Sec (iii): In the event of a tie in sections (i) and (ii), only the President shall cast the deciding vote by voting a second time.
Article XII - Amendments
Any part of this Constitution can be amended by a two-thirds majority vote of the
General Assembly, a quorum having been formed at the time of voting via teleconference, Skype, or any such media.
Sec (i): An Association member in good standing may request in writing to the President his or her intent to amend the Constitution.
Sec (ii): The President shall thereupon inform all members of the Association in writing before a General meeting at which a vote shall be taken after a debate of the amendment proposal.
Sec (iii): At least a quorum of the General Assembly must be present for this undertaking.
Article XIII - Non-activity
Non-active members shall lose their membership entirely when:
Article XIV - Dissolution of the Ghanaian Association of Hispanists
Sec (i): Consent
The Association shall be dissolved only upon the consent of two-thirds of the members of the Association in good standing.
Sec (ii): Distribution of Assets upon Dissolution
liabilities have been satisfied shall be distributed among members in a manner consistent with their annual obligations.
(b) All amounts or dues in arrears owed to the Association shall be paid over to the
Association by any debtor member, before distributions are made upon
distributable to any debtor member.
At a general Zoom-online meeting held on September 23, 2018, the members raised the annual dues of GAH members resident outside Ghana. The amount was increased from the current US$60.00 to US$80.00, effective January 2019. The decision, reached through a unanimous vote, felt a need for the increase. It was decided that dues levels would be reviewed every three years.
Endorsed and adopted September 2009
Revised January 2017