Constitution



 

Preamble

  Me.S.A. has emerged to primarily address pressing problems and issues affecting the Mexican/Latino community. Me.S.A. hopes that at its basic level it will raise   the importance of higher education, political and cultural awareness, and community involvement. Our format is democratic and Me.S.A. has its doors open to all   social classes, religions, genders, politics, and nationalities.


  Article I--Name

  The name of this organization shall be Mexican Students de Aztlan (Me.S.A)


  Article II--Purpose

  To represent the Mexican community at UIC. To investigate all policies and procedures affecting Mexican students/community welfare. To initiate formal   recommendations for change (in all formal institutions) in existing policies and procedures. To promote unity, creativity and understanding about the Mexican   community by implementing programs and projects. To work in conjunction with the Rafael Cintron-Ortiz Latino Cultural Center (RCOLCC),in sponsoring and   generating bilingual, cultural and educational activities that will enhance the communication, retention, and achievement of all Mexican & Latino students. Also to   take into great consideration of new ideas and encourage the expansion of the Rafael Cintron-Ortiz Latino Cultural Center. To promote communication, to   improve relations between all UIC students, faculty and administration.


  Article III--Membership

  Our field of membership is open to all interested students, faculty and staff. All students are required to pay a semester due of $7.00 or $10.00 per year, payable   to the Treasurer. An official member is one that has paid its dues and has participated on at least one Me.S.A. project. Expulsion of members (50% + 1).


  Article IV--Officers

  1. Officers of this organization shall be called:

  • President
  • Vice-president
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  2. Qualifications of officers: Officers shall have a minimum of one semester as an official member of the organization, as required by Article III, section 1, 2, and        3.

  3. Term of office: Officers shall be elected for the term of one school year.

  Duties of Officers:
  • President: shall be the chairperson of all meetings, coordinated programs, spokesperson and representative of the organization, pending membership approval on the issue or event.
  • Vice-President: shall assist the president in the coordinating and supervising of the work and overall cooperation of the officers.
  • Treasurer: shall supervise monetary funds, administrated fundraising and keep a monthly log on expenses and income to be reported during official meetings.
  • Secretary: shall keep all records, minutes and filing of all documents.


  Provisions for removal of officers:

  Shall be address in a formal meeting, followed by a general vote, in which a vote of three-fourth of the total membership will be needed for the officer to be   removed.

  Legitimate transfer of power:

  Shall take place with a vote of three-fourth of the membership.


  Article V--Elections

  Elections shall be at the end of spring semester. Registered members (these being those who had fulfilled the requirements as stated in Article III, section 1, 2, and   3) may vote. Elections shall be by tally scores. No proxy votes shall be allowed. Notice of elections shall be posted two weeks prior to election date.


  Article VI--Meetings

  General meetings shall be held a least twice a month. Special meetings shall be held for discussing main projects. These meeting will be posted and announced   with at least one week notice. A quorum shall consist of 50% of the membership attendance.


  Article VII--Advisor

  The advisor of this organization shall be a full-time faculty or academic staff member at UIC.


  Article VIII--Committees

  The committees shall be the following:

  • Special Events Mujeres and Education
  • Public Relations
  • Fund-raising
  • Mexica Newsletter
  • "Escucha Mi Grito" Conference.


  Article IX--Dues

  All students are required to pay a semester due of seven dollars, or ten dollars per academic year. Payable to the treasurer. These are local dues.


  Article X--Handling of funds

  The organization's C.O.F. account will be managed primarily by the treasurer/financial officer. The registration form will indicate to the university staff which   officers are authorized to sign what types of documents concerning funds. All money collected must be deposited into organization's C.O.F. account or official   bank account.


  Article XI--Amendments and Revisions

  Amendments will be address in meeting and then voted on by the members and officers. It will be required that 3/4 of the total membership is needed in order to   approve any changes in the constitution. The vice-president and secretary are both responsible for initiating the creation and distribution of the new and revised   document. The Campus Program staff should receive a copy of the revised document.




 

Amendments

  Amendment I (Officers-2004)


  Officers of this organization will be
  • President
  • Vice-president
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Sergeant of Arms
  • Historian

  2. Qualifications of officers: Officers shall have a minimum of one semester as an official member of the organization, as required by Article III, Section one, two,      and three.

  3. Term of office: Officers shall be elected for the term of one school year.

  Duties of Officers:
  • President: The main responsibility of the President is tht MeSA runs smoothly. This involves managing the rest of the E-board, directing and initiating projects, presiding over meetings, reporting to the E-board. The President is the voice of MeSA.
  • Vice-President: The Vice-President is the President's enforcer. The President and Vice President have the same responsibilites, they share and delegate work.
  • Treasurer: The Treasurer is responsible for keeping MeSA's budget, overseeing money to and from MeSA, recording membership, and writing up a semester report to present to Eboard.
  • Secretary: The Secretary is responsible for sending e-mails,  writing up letters,  taking down minutes at meeting,  addressing questions,  filling out paperwork,  assembling annual report log and presenting it to the Eboard.
  • Seargeant of Arms:  The Sergeant of Arms is responsible for taking attendance at both General
    and Eboard meetings, and must enforce MeSA's policies on both members and the Eboard.
  • Historian: The Historian works closely with the Secretary to record the history of MeSA. This also involves and taking pictures at events and putting them together for use on the webpage or a scrapbook.


  Provisions for removal of officers:

  Shall be address in a formal meeting, followed by a general vote, in which a vote of three-fourth of the total membership will be needed for the officer to be   removed.

  Legitimate transfer of power:

  Shall take place with a vote of three-fourth of the membership.

 

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