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Constitution of the Rhodes College Russian Club

Article I. Name of the Organization

The name of this organization shall be the Русский клуб/Russkii Club of Rhodes College.

Article II. Purposes

The purposes of this organization are as follows:

  1. to promote further understanding of the languages, culture, and peoples of the Russian Federation through discussions, presentations, and social gatherings.
  2. to strengthen the fluency of the Russian-speaking members through activities.

Article III. Membership in the Organization

Membership shall be extended to any student of Rhodes College having an interest in Russian culture. 

  1. Honorary members (including faculty and staff) will be invited after a majority vote of the club.
  2. All active members shall be required to pay dues of ten dollars per year.
  3. Members shall not miss two consecutive meetings without prior excuse from the Secretary/Minister of Finance.  Voting rights will be suspended upon the first offense; further offenses will be fined ten dollars.

Article IV. Leadership and Committees

Section 1
The faculty advisor shall be chosen from the ranks of the Rhodes College faculty.

Section 2   President
The duties of the President are as follows:

  1. shall preside over all meetings
  2. shall head the Program Committee responsible for the selection and  coordination of presentations and events
  3. shall act as liaison between the club and the Faculty Advisor

Section 3  Vice-President
The duties of the Vice-President are as follows:

  1. shall preside over meeting in the absence of the President
  2. shall head the social committee responsible for all social events of the club

Section 4   Minister of Finance/Secretary
The duties of the Minister of Finance/Secretary are as follows:

  1. shall collect dues and fines.
  2. shall head the Fund Raising Committee
  3. shall distribute funds where needed
  4. shall manage the club accounts
  5. shall be responsible for all correspondence of the club
  6. shall take the minutes of the meetings of the club and executive committee

Section 5   Minister of Propaganda
The duties of the Minister of Propaganda are as follows:

  1. shall head the Publicity Committee, responsible for notices of the club’s meetings and events.

Section 6   Committees  
The President shall call for new committees as the need arises.

Article V. Meetings

Meetings shall be held one or twice a month based on need at the designated time and place.

  1. The Executive Committee shall meet once a month and shall be responsible for preparing the budget at the first executive meeting of the year.

Article VI. Elections

  1. Elections shall be held at the second April meeting of each year.
  2. Membership to particular committees shall be voluntary with even distribution being kept in mind.  Each member shall belong to at least one committee.
  3. Honorary members shall not vote.
  4. In the event that any officer is unable to discharge his duties, a new election shall be called to fill the office.  Any of the present officers may run.
  5. A quorum for voting shall consist of two-thirds of the membership.

Article VII. Amendments

Proposed amendments must be seconded and approved by a two-thirds vote of the club and will be added upon approval by the President of the College. 

The Constitution of the Russkii Club was adopted y the membership in September, 2004.  The following people were elected as officers for the 2013-2014 school year:

President:  Cameron McGarrah

Vice-President: to be elected

Minister of Finance/Secretary: Mary Chesnut

Minister of Propaganda: to be elected

If you would like to become a member of the Russian Club, contact Cameron McGarrah at mcgcm@rhodes.edu