Chapter 2. Association Symbols; Honors and Awards

§ 2.01. Seal.

  • (a) The executive board shall provide a corporate seal, which shall depict the association flag displayed above a globe of the world tilted to give prominence to the map of North America, the whole being surmounted by the name of the association and the date of its founding, 1967, within two concentric circles.
  • (b) The corporate seal shall be kept by the secretary and used only as directed by the executive board.

§ 2.02. Flags.

  • (a) The association flag shall be composed of three triangles separated by a white inverted chevron. The hoist and fly right triangles shall be red (Pantone Matching System number 193) and the isosceles triangle between the arms of the chevron shall be dark blue (Pantone Matching System number 281). The relation of width to length of the flag shall be 2:3. The hypotenuses of the red triangles shall correspond to lines drawn respectively from the upper hoist and upper fly corners of the flag to the center point of the lower edge of the flag and shall form the outer lines of the chevron. The base of the blue triangle shall be as long as the flag is wide and its legs, forming the inner lines of the chevron, shall be parallel to the hypotenuses of the red triangles.
  • (b) The executive board may adopt flags for the officeholders as it deems appropriate.

§ 2.02A. Musical composition.

  • The association musical composition is “Winchester Fanfare.”

§ 2.03. Use of association symbols.

  • (a) No person may use the association’s corporate seal, flags, or musical composition, including use on stationery or other printed matter or in public performance, without the written permission of the executive board.**
  • (b) This section shall not prevent a member from using the association flag for personal, nonprofit reasons.

§ 2.04. Whitney Smith Fellows.

  • (a) The executive board may elect as a Whitney Smith Fellow any active member who makes an outstanding contribution to North American vexillology upon the recommendation of the awards and honors committee.
  • (b) The executive board may not elect more than one active member as a Whitney Smith Fellow in any calendar year.
  • (c) The position of Whitney Smith Fellow is an honorary position of the association and a fellow may use the postnominals “WSF.” The position of fellow does not confer any substantive right or privilege within the association.

§ 2.05. Captain William Driver Award.

  • (a) At each annual meeting, the executive board shall confer the Captain William Driver Award on the individual who presents the best paper as part of the scientific program upon the recommendation of the award judges.
  • (b) An individual may not receive the award more frequently than once every three years.
  • (c) A member of the executive board is not eligible to receive the award during the member’s term of office.
  • (d) The executive board shall adopt guidelines for the judging of papers by the award judges. The guidelines must be published before each annual meeting in Flag Research Quarterly.
  • (e) For each annual meeting, the award judges are the executive board and the three recipients who are disqualified under Subsection (b) from receiving the award at that meeting who are present at that meeting.

§ 2.06. Kevin Harrington Award.

  • (a) At each annual meeting, the executive board may confer the Kevin Harrington Award on an individual for the best article to appear in a non-vexillological publication during the preceding year upon the recommendation of the award judges.
  • (b) A member of the executive board is not eligible to receive the award during the member’s term of office.
  • (c) For each annual meeting, the award judges are the executive board and the three recipients who are disqualified under Subsection 2.05(b) from receiving the Driver Award at that meeting who are present at that meeting.

§ 2.07. John Purcell Award.

  • (a) The executive board may confer the John Purcell Award on an individual for an exemplary contribution that promotes public understanding of vexillology in North America upon the recommendation of the awards and honors committee.
  • (b) The executive board may not make more than one award under this section in any calendar year.

§ 2.08. Doreen Braverman Award.

  • (a) The executive board may confer the Doreen Braverman Award on an organizational member who has supported the Association’s mission by making a significant contribution to the vexillological community upon the recommendation of the awards and honors committee.
  • (b) The executive board may not make more than one award under this section in any calendar year.

§ 2.09. Presidential citations.

  • The president of the association may award citations to members who make significant contributions to the Association or to vexillology but whose accomplishments do not fall within the criteria for other awards to recognize the member’s distinguished achievement.

§ 2.10. Form of awards.

  • The executive board shall make suitable provision for the physical form of all awards and honors, including honorary membership. The executive board may establish an honorarium for the Driver and Harrington Awards.

§ 2.11. Nominations for certain international honors and awards.

  • The president may nominate individuals and entities for honors and awards of the Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques upon the recommendation of the awards and honors committee.

Adopted: 18 Nov 18, 1967; Last Amended: 5 Oct 2014