Constitution of the Fencing Club (Effective May 1996) Article I: Name Section 1: The name of the organization is the "Fencing Club" hereafter referred to as the "club". Article II: Goals Section 1: The organization also intends to bring the rich history of the French martial art of fencing to UMR. Section 2: Additionally, the club will attempt to have a positive influence on both the campus and the community. Section 3: The purpose of the organization is to represent UMR at fencing compitions on the national level. Article III: Membership Section 1: Any UMR student may be a member. Section 2: In order to join, a person must notify the president of his/her intention and pay the dues. A person is then officially a member upon attending a practice. Section 3: A member may be dropped by a two-thirds vote of all members for abusive behavior. Article IV: Officers Section 1: The officers will consist of a Captain, a Armourer, a Secretary and a Treasurer. Section 2: All officers serve from the second meeting of the academic year to the second meeting of the following year. Section 4: An officer must be enrolled in six hours in the semester(s) they will be in elected position, and a 2.0 GPA in the prior term to being elected as per University Regulations. Section 5: Any member may nominate any member for any position. Nominations must be made at the first meeting of the academic year. Elections will be held at the second meeting. Section 5.5: Officer assumes position upon being elected. Section 6: One vote will be held for each office. Every member not running for that office may vote. Each officer will be elected by a simple plurality vote: The candidate getting the most votes for each office is elected. Section 7: a) The Captain organizes meetings and practices. He/She also collects information concerning competitions. The Captain prepares for the team's trips. b) The Armourer maintains equipment and orders new equipment. He/She also loans protective equipment to members who don't have their own. c) The Secretary keeps all club records. He/She will take attendance at every meeting. d) The Treasurer prepares the club budget. He/She provides receipts for purchased equipment and deals with Student Council's External Funding Committee. Section 8: An Executive Committee will be formed from all officers to oversee the operation of the club and represent it's presence here at UMR accordingly. Section 9: A vacancy in an officer position is filled by an election at the following regular meeting. Any member may run. Section 10: Impeachment proceedings must be initiated at a meeting. A vote of all members will be taken at the next meeting. Impeachment requires a two-thirds vote of all members. Article V: Advisor Section 1: The Club will elect an advisor. All members may vote, advisors are elected by simple plurality. Section 2: The advisor will serve a one academic year term. Article VI: Meetings Section 1: The Captain will construct a calendar of meetings between the second and third meetings. Section 2: A regular meeting is one that is defined by the calendar of meetings. Section 3: A special meeting may be called by the Captain or by ten percent of the club's membership. Anything requiring a quorum may not be a reason for a special meeting. All meetings requiring a quorum must be standard, regular meetings on the calendar. Section 4: All members must be informed of a special meeting at least three days in advance. This will be done by telephone and e-mail from the president, or a person in the ten percent, calling the special meeting. Section 5: A quorum is fifty-percent of the membership. Section 6: Robert's Rules Newly Revised will serve as the parliamentary authority. Article VII: Constitutional Amendments Section 1: Any member may propose a Constitutional amendment. Section 2: A proposed Constitutional amendment must be typewritten with all additions in italics and deletions in brackets. Section 3: All members must be notified of a proposed Constitutional amendment at least one week in advance. Section 4: A Constitutional amendment may only be voted on at a regular meeting. Section 5: A Constitutional amendment is approved by a two-thirds vote of all members. Section 6: An approved Constitutional amendment is subject to final adoption by Academic Council or their appointed representative. Article VIII: Bylaws Section 1: The club will maintain bylaws to deal with specifi regulations. Section 2: Any member may propose a change in the bylaws. Section 3: All members must be notified of a proposed bylaw change at least one week in advance. Section 4: A bylaw change may only be voted on at a regular meeting. Section 5: A bylaw change is approved by a two-thirds vote of the members present. Section 6: In case of an impeachment proceeding, all members and officers (including the impeachment candidate) will be given two weeks notice to the regular meeting where the actual vote will take place. Section 7: During an impeachment proceeding, each member is given 5 minutes (optional) to speak for or against the impeachment of the candidate. This includes the candidate. Article IX: Definitions academic year: The period of time from the first day of classes Fall semester to the last day of finals week the immediately succeeding Winter semester. member: Any person who has expressed interest in the organization to the Captain, has paid dues, and has attended one meeting. UMR: The University of Missouri-Rolla. student: Anyone who is currently enrolled in classes at UMR. abusive behavior: offensive or destructive actions that may result in harm to club equipment, club members, or anything/anyone else as judged by the executive committee.