A Brief History and Scope of the International SAR
The International Society of the SAR (International SAR) was created in late 1999 as an administrative construct to handle several new members (in Mexico, Australia, and Micronesia) who lived far from any existing state-level society. Someone within the SAR had to receive and review their applications, someone had to request dues annually, and someone had to provide these SAR members with communications and represent their interests so that they could be functional participants of the larger SAR.
In September 2000, a set of bylaws for the International SAR were approved by the SAR Executive Committee to provide an explicit authorization for the construct and to ensure that there would be experienced leaders. The bylaws specify that the Vice President General of the International District will be ex-officio (by virtue of his office) the President of the International SAR.
The International SAR consists of a few members spread out so widely that there is little chance for personal interaction. Consequently, a “typical” organization, constitution and bylaws, and set of program elements are not feasible.
The International SAR nurtures and trains overseas SAR members so that in the event that there are fifteen resident members within a nation, the members will be well-prepared to petition the trustees to form a state-level society. For example, the International SAR provided a framework for recruiting members in Mexico and training its officers, resulting in a successful petition in 2002 to become the Mexico SAR.
Since the International SAR is an administrative construct for a small number of members who are spread around the globe, it is not a regularly-constituted state-level society and is not entitled to a trustee, alternate trustee, or delegates at the annual SAR Congress. Members of the International SAR expect that the best interests of the International SAR will be represented by the Vice President General of the International District at trustees’ meetings and annual SAR Congress.
For further information on International SAR membership and eligibility, please refer to the International SAR annual dues form or contact the International SAR President T. Brooks Lyles, Jr..
International SAR Bylaws
(Approved by the SAR Executive Committee on September 29, 2000. The International SAR is an administrative unit and has no constitution.)
Bylaw No. 1 - Name, Status, and Objectives
The International Society of the SAR (International SAR) is a special state-level society of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and operates under the Constitution and Bylaws of the SAR. The objectives shall be the same as those specified in the national SAR Constitution.
Bylaw No. 2 - Territory and Membership
The territory of the International SAR shall consist of all territory outside of existing state societies in the International District. Membership qualifications shall be the same as those specified in the SAR Constitution, with the following restriction: only residents in the territory of the International SAR may become “primary” members of the International SAR (paying national dues through the International SAR). This restriction does not apply to becoming a dual member of the International SAR (paying national dues through another state-level society). Please see SAR Bylaw 19, Section 4, paragraph 3 and the 1999 SAR Handbook (Page 45) for fuller descriptions of primary and dual membership.
Bylaw No. 3 - Officers
Section 1. The President shall be ex officio (whoever is the incumbent officer) the Vice President General for the International District. He shall have the duties normally associated with leading an organization and shall promote productive activity of society members in their communities.
Section 2. The Secretary shall be the ex officio SAR Ambassador for International Recruiting. He or his designate(s) shall provide regular communication with the members, collect the dues, and function as registrar.
Section 3. The President may designate members of the International SAR as aides to help develop a strong recruiting effort, help prospective members complete their applications, and manage other programs of the International SAR.
Bylaw No. 4 - Fees and Dues
Section 1. Application Fee: No membership application or transfer into the International SAR shall be considered unless accompanied by a payment which is the sum of a.) the SAR application fee, b.) a $5.00 International SAR processing fee, and c.) the annual dues as defined in Section 3 below. The International SAR is required to transmit the SAR application fee and SAR dues to the SAR. Annual dues that accompany applications that are approved after October 31 will be credited toward the year that starts the following January 1.
Section 2. Supplemental Fee: No supplemental application shall be considered unless accompanied by a payment which is the sum of a.) the SAR application fee and b.) a $5.00 International SAR processing fee. The International SAR is required to transmit the SAR application fee to the SAR.
Section 3. Annual Dues: The annual dues shall be the sum of a.) the SAR annual dues and b.) $5.00 for International SAR annual dues. The International SAR is required to transmit SAR dues to the SAR. Annual dues must be paid in full by January 1 to cover the membership year for January 1 to December 31 of that year.
Section 4. Method of Payment: Fees and dues must be paid in United States Dollars (USD) by check drawn on a U.S. bank or by credit card payment
Bylaw No. 5 - Amendments
Amendments to these bylaws may be proposed by the president, the secretary, or by petition of three members of the International SAR. To be enacted the amendment requires a vote of approval by the SAR Executive Committee.