Sons of the Desert Constitution

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Article 1

The Sons of the Desert is an orginization with scholarly overtones and heavily social undertones devoted to the loving study of the persons and films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

Article II

The founding members are Orson Bean , Al Kilgore , John McCabe , Chuck McCann and John Municino

Article III

The Sons of the Desert shall have the following officers and board members who will beelected at an annual meeting

Grand Sheik

Vice - Sheik [ Sheik in charge of Vice ]

Sub - Vice Vizier [ Sheik Treasurer , and in charge of sub - vice ]

Grande Vizier [ Corresponding Secretary ]

Board Members - at - large [ This number should not exceed 812 ]

Artice IV

All officers and board members - at - large shall sit at an exalted place at the annual banquet

Article V

The officers and board members - at - large shall have absolutely no authority whatsoever

Article VI

Despite his absolute lack of authority , the Grand Sheik or his deputy shall act as chairman at all meetings and will follow the standard parlimentary procedure in conducting same ,At the meetings , it is hoped that the innate dignity , sensitivity , and good taste of the members assembled will permit activities to be conducted with a lively sense of deportment and good order .

Article VII

Article VI is ridiculous

Article VIII

The annual meeting shall be conducted in the following sequence

1 Cocktails

2 Business meeting and cocktails

3 Dinner [ with cocktails ]

4 After - dinner speeches and cocktails

5 Cocktails

6 Coffee and Cocktails

7 Showing of Laurel and Hardy film

8 After film critique and cocktails

9 After - after - film critique and cocktails

10 Stan has suggested this period . In his words :"All members are requested to park their camels and hire a taxi ; the return for ' One for the desert '!

Article IX

Section ' 4 ' above shall consist in part of the following toasts :

" To Stan "

" To Babe "

" To Fin "

" To Mae Busch and Charlie Hall - who are eternally ever - popular ".

Article X

Section " 8 " above shall include the reading of scholary papers on Laurel and Hardy . Any member going over an 8 1/2 minute time limit will have his cocktails limited to fourteen

Article XI

Hopefully , and seriously , the Sons of the Desert , in the strong desire to perpetuate the spirit and genius of Laurel and Hardy , will conduct activities ultimately and always devoted to the preservation of their films and the encouragement of their showing everywhere .

Article XII

There shall be member societies in other cities called "Tents " , each of which shall derive its name from one of the films

Article XIII

Stan has suggested that members might wear a fez or blazer with an appropriate motto . He says " I hope that the motto can be blue and gray , showing two derbies with these words superimposed :'Two minds without a single thought '

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