Constitution and By-Laws

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Constitution and By-Laws

Revised & Adopted September, 2004


On this page you will find the recent constitution and by-laws of Portsmouth Camp Meeting. These are the guiding principles by which decisions are made.

1.The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association and shall be empowered to call the officers of the Association and/or the Executive Board into session when deemed necessary by him.

2.A Vice-President shall preside in the absence of the President.

3.The Secretary shall keep a correct record of all meetings of the Association, give proper notice of all meetings, keep a list of all members, and perform such other duties as may belong to his office.

4.The Treasurer shall receive all monies raised by the Association, disburse those monies for expenses incurred during the session of the annual camp meeting, and other such expenses as may be incurred by authorization of the Executive Board. He shall keep an accurate record of the same and make a report to the Executive Board when required by them, and to the annual meeting.

5.The Executive Board shall attend to all the business of the Association in the interim of its annual meetings. It shall meet quarterly and at such other times as deemed necessary by the presiding officer. The Executive Board shall be empowered to call special meetings of the Association.


6.The Officers of the Association shall be responsible for securing the evangelists and camp workers for the annual camp meeting.

7.The Officers of the Association shall serve without salary.

8.The annual meeting shall be held during the sessions of the camp meeting, at such day and hour as the Executive Board shall designate, notice having been properly given.

9.All Officers shall be voted on by popular secret ballot.

10.Over One-half (1/2) of paid up membership present shall constitute a quorum.

11.All promissory notes given by the Association shall be signed by both the Treasurer and the President.

12.The Executive Board shall have power to fill any vacancy that shall occur during the interim of annual meetings.

13.The Executive Board shall not permit any structure or building to be erected, removed, sold, left in estate, assigned, transferred, sub-let or added to, without the parties involved having first signed two (2) copies of the current camp lease.

14.The fees, including ground rent and service charges, shall be set and reviewed annually by the Executive Board. Taxes shall be according to the assessment made by the Town of Portsmouth.

15.All members shall pay current membership dues each year to be eligible to vote in business meetings. Those failing to pay three (3) successive years cease to be members.

16.The Trustees: The Executive Board, on behalf and benefit of the Association, shall act as trustees and shall consist of the Officers of the Association and the Members of the Advisory Committee.



This Association shall be known as the Portsmouth Camp Meeting Association.


The object of this Association shall be the holding of the annual camp meeting and such other evangelical Christian activities held in accordance with our stated purpose, namely, for the conversion of sinners, the sanctification of believers, and the promulgation of the Christian doctrines and experiences as taught in the New Testament.


We herewith unite in the basic articles of belief expressed by the National Holiness Association, which are:

1.That both the Old and New Testaments constitute the divinely inspired Word of God, inerrant in the originals, and the final authority for life and faith.

2.That there is one God, eternally existing in the Holy Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each with personality and deity.

3.That the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, manifested in the flesh through the Virgin Birth, died on Calvary for the redemption of the human family, all of whom may be saved from sin through faith in Him.

4.That Man, although created by God in His own image and likeness, fell into sin through disobedience and “so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Romans 5:12)

5.In the salvation of the human soul, including the new birth, and in subsequent work of God in the heart, a crisis wrought by faith, whereby the heart is cleansed from all sin and filled with the Holy Spirit. This gracious experience is retained by faith as expressed in a constant obedience to God’s revealed will, thus giving us perfect cleansing moment by moment (I John 1: 7-9). We stand for the Wesleyan position.

6.That the Church is the Body of Christ, that all who are united by faith to Christ are members of the same, and that, having thus become members one of another, it is our solemn and covenant duty to fellowship with one another in peace, and to love one another with a pure and fervent heart.

7.That our Lord Jesus Christ in His literal resurrection from the dead is the living guarantee of the resurrection of all human beings: the believing saved to conscious eternal joy, and the unbelieving lost to conscious eternal punishment.

8.That our Lord Jesus Christ, in fulfillment of His own promise, both angelically and apostolically attested, will personally return in power and great joy.





Any person whose life and conversation give evidence of the possession of heart purity, or is and ardent seeker desiring for the experience, may become a member of the Association by:

1.Giving affirmation to the above stated articles of faith (see Art. III).

2.Receiving a two thirds (2/3) vote of the members of the Association present and voting.

3.By signing the Constitution in the record book.

4.By the payment of annual membership dues.




The officers of the Association shall be President, two (2) Vice-Presidents, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and Assistant Treasurer, all of whom shall be elected annually.


Advisory Committee The Advisory Committee shall consist of ten members to be elected annually.


The Executive Board shall consist of the Officers of the Association and Members of the Advisory Committee. To be eligible for election, a nominee shall be an Association member for at least one (1) year prior to the annual election.


Amending the Constitution This Constitution may be amended by any annual or special meeting of the Association by a two thirds (2/3) vote of the members present and voting. Notice of such changes shall be given at a previous meeting of the Association or to the members of the Association two (2) weeks in advance, to such change being made.


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