Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame

'Promoting fellowship and friendship among all musicians of the Wabash Valley'

By-Laws of the Hall Of Fame

Mission Statement

Recognize the accomplishments of Wabash Valley musicians by inducting them into a Hall of Fame.  For the purposes of the Hall of Fame, the Wabash Valley is defined as consisting of the Indiana counties of Vigo, Clay, Sullivan, Vermillion, Parke, Greene, Putnam and Owen, and the Illinois counties of Clark, Edgar and Crawford.

Promote an atmosphere of friendship and fellowship among all area musicians.

Execute an Annual Induction Ceremony at which musicians are awarded Certificates of Induction in the presence of their peers.

Maintain a meaningful relationship with the community as a whole.

Governing Organization


The organization shall be governed by a Board of Directors (hereafter referred to as "Board") consisting of between seven and fifteen members.

Board members (hereafter referred to as “members”) must be duly inducted members of the Hall of Fame, and must be elected to the position by the Board.  New members are eligible to begin their duties immediately after being elected and accepting the position.  Members are not subject to term limits.

Members may be removed for cause, by a majority vote of the Board.

All issues voted on by the Board will be decided by simple majority rule.  A quorum of members must be present to vote on issues.  A quorum is defined as being a minimum of 51% of the members.

If a member cannot attend a meeting, but wishes to vote on an issue to be presented at that meeting, they can cast an absentee ballot by conveying their wishes to the Chair before the meeting starts.  This should be done in writing (e-mail, for example), but when time or circumstances do not allow for this to be done, it can be done verbally, then followed up later in writing.


Board officers (hereafter referred to as “officers”) shall consist of a Chair, one or two Vice-Chairs, Secretary and Treasurer.  A member may serve in more than one office during the same term.  Officers are not subject to term limits.

Officer elections will be conducted every two years in even numbered years.  In election years, the Board will open nominations at the March Board meeting.  A slate of candidates will be developed by having members make nominations for the available offices.  The April Board meeting must be scheduled no less than 20 days after the March Board meeting, to allow members time to review the slate of candidates and suggest additions or changes.  At the April Board meeting, the slate will be finalized and the election of officers will take place.  Those elected will assume office on May 1.

Officers may be removed for cause, by a majority vote of the Board.  If an officer should resign, be removed or otherwise become unable to serve before completing their term, the Board shall elect a member to complete their term.


The Board, at its discretion, may appoint a Historian.  The Historian does not have to be a member of the Hall, and does not have voting privileges.


The Board may create and dissolve standing and ad-hoc committees as it sees fit.  Committee members are not limited to members of the Board.



Performed a minimum of 25 years
Be at least 50 years of age
Spent a portion of his or her musical career in the Wabash Valley


Musicians MUST have a completed questionnaire on file to be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame.  All submissions will be investigated.  If the investigation shows that the musician is worthy of induction, and the Board approves, the musician will be placed into the Candidate Pool.


Before each Induction Ceremony, the Board will select the candidates to be inducted from the Candidate Pool.  The number of Inductees will normally be limited to fifteen, but this number may be increased for a specific year if the Board determines that there are special circumstances warranting the increase.

At the discretion of the Board, deceased musicians who met the qualifications for induction before their passing may be inducted posthumously.  See the Band of Angels section below.


If, during the period between selection and induction, a candidate is found to be involved in, comes under investigation of, is formally charged with, or is convicted of any activity that could reflect unfavorably on the Hall,  the Board shall have the discretion of striking his or her name from the current Selected Inductees List.

If this candidate has already been sent a notification letter, the Board shall send a follow-up letter detailing the reason(s) why he or she was removed from this list.  Due to the sensitive nature of its contents, and possible repercussions, this letter shall be sent via Registered Mail.  This method of mailing provides written proof that the candidate had received and signed for it.

Once the candidate has been stricken from the list, the Board shall meet for the purpose of determining whether or not to select a replacement, and making the selection if needed.


A candidate does not become an Inductee until such time he or she is presented with an Induction Certificate at the annual Induction Ceremony.


If a selected candidate should pass after they have been notified that they will be inducted, but before they are presented with their certificate, their award shall be given posthumously to their next-of-kin at the Induction Ceremony.

Band of Angels

The Band of Angels was established to recognize musicians who are deceased.  It contains members of the Hall of Fame, and non-members whom the Board feels are worthy of recognition.  Musicians may be inducted into the Band of Angels under the following conditions:

1.  Hall of Fame members who pass away automatically become members of the Band of Angels.

2.  Non-members who met the qualifications for induction into the Hall, but were not inducted before they passed away, may be inducted into the Hall posthumously at the discretion of the Board.  This automatically qualifies them for the Band of Angels.  If the Board chooses not to induct the musician into the Hall posthumously, they may still be inducted into the Band of Angels at the discretion of the Board.   However, they will not be members of the Hall.

3.  Non-members who did NOT meet the qualifications for induction into the Hall before they passed away may be inducted into the Band of Angels at the discretion of the Board.  However, they will not be members of the Hall.