University of Oregon
|ARTICLE I: Name and Purpose|
|Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the "Ancient Order of Druids."
Section 2. The purpose of Druids is to carry on the beneficial work initiated by the original Druids in London, England in 1781. We are dedicated to scholarship and service within the community.
Section 3. The Ancient Order of Druids at the University of Oregon is a Junior Honor Society.
Section 4. The Ancient Order of Druids is also referred to as "Druids" and the "Order."
|ARTICLE II: Membership|
|Section 1. The membership of Druids shall consist of two classes: active and alumni. Active membership is restricted to members of the Junior class. Alumni membership shall consist of those persons not of Junior class standing but who were members of the Order at the end of their Junior year.
Section 2. The number of active members shall not exceed thirty (30).
Section 3. A candidate for membership may be elected to the Order only by a simple majority vote of the active members. Membership shall be based on: (1) character, (2) scholarship, (3) leadership, (4) service, and (5) participation in student activities.
Section 4. Applicants for membership are invited to the last meeting of the current year, invited to join for the following year, and initiated upon acceptance.
Section 5. Druids membership is open to all members of the Junior class fulfilling the requirements of Article II, Section 3. Druids membership is determined without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, different ability, national origin, marital status, veteran's status, or any other considerations not directly and substantially related to effective participation.
|ARTICLE III: Meetings|
|Section 1. Meetings shall be called by the President when needed. There shall be at least one meeting fortnightly during the regular school year. This does not include finals week of each term or vacation periods between terms. Meetings may be called during the week before finals at the President's discretion.
Section 2. A quorum shall be a majority of the active members attending a general meeting.
Section 3. Voting is restricted to active members, as defined in Article II, Section 3.
Section 4. Permission to be excused from a meeting or activity shall be determined by the Membership Chair .
Section 5. Should an active member miss two or more general meetings or activities during a term without good reason, he or she shall automatically be dropped from the Order. When a member is dropped from the Order, that memberâs name shall be stricken from all records and shall not be considered an alumni of the Order.
Section 6a. An active member who misses two or more general meetings or activities during a term, without good reason, may petition for a membership committee to be convened for adjudication of the issue.
Section 6b. A membership committee shall consist of the Membership Chair and two active members of the Order, chosen by the Membership Chair. Should the membership committee be unable to reach a decision, the issue shall be brought to a general meeting for a vote. All decisions by the membership committee or general vote shall be final.
|ARTICLE IV: Officers|
|Section 1. The officers of the Order shall consist of a President, Vice President, Membership Chair, Projects Coordinator, Treasurer, Historian, Webmaster, and Public Relations / Outreach Coordinator.
Section 2a. The President's duties shall include: presiding over meetings of the Order; coordinating planned projects; updating the duties of other officers; publicizing all meetings and events of the Order; creating publications and flyers used by the Order; providing awards and gifts for members of the Order.
Section 2b. The Vice President's duties shall include: performing the duties of the President in his or her absence; taking and distributing minutes of all general meetings of the Order; scheduling rooms for the meetings of the Order.
Section 2c. The Membership Chair's duties shall include: taking roll at all general meetings of the Order, keeping a roster of members attending events signing off on membersí tracking sheets confirming participation; presiding over the membership committee described in Article III, Section 6b; notifying members who have been dropped from the Order; coordinating the selection of new members into the Order as described in Article II, Sections 4 and 5; maintaining a roster of all active and alumni members of the Order.
Section 2d. The Projects Committeeís duties shall include: assisting the President in all projects of the Order; coordinating projects conducted under Programs Sharing; serving as the Order's liaison for all outreach projects; recruiting, coordinating, and publicizing all projects.
Section 2e. The Treasurer's duties shall include: keeping an account of dues paid by members and the Order's treasury; presenting regular financial statements to the Order; coordinating and publicizing one fund-raising project per term.
Section 2f. The Historian's duties shall include: keeping a record of all projects of the Order, including photographs and updating any changes in the Constitution and communicating these to the Webmaster for updating the online Constitution.
Section 2g. The Webmaster's duties shall include: updating, maintaining, improving, and expanding the Orderís web page.
Section 2h. The Public Relations / Outreach Coordinator duties shall include: working with other officers in publicizing Druids events, marketing efforts for campus awareness of Druids, contacting Oregon Daily Emerald with possible article stories of interest: new Druids recruiting, community service projects, fundraising events, new members, contacting the Office of Communications for new membersí names publication in hometown newspapers and campus publications.
Section 3. Nominations for officers shall be made from the floor during a meeting of new members called during the Spring Term before their Junior year. This meeting shall be called and presided over by the current President. Elections shall follow immediately after the nominations and discussions of each candidate. The current Vice President shall oversee and record the results of each election.
Section 4. Officers are required to hold regular meetings in addition to those of the general active membership. These meetings are called by the President at his or her discretion and are not subject to the regulations under Article III, Section 5.
Section 5. A vacancy in the offices shall be filled by regular nominations and elections at the first meeting following the time that the vacancy is known to be permanent.
Section 6. All officers shall remain in office until the end of the academic year in which they served.
Section 7. An officer may be recalled by a two thirds vote of the active membership attending a general meeting. A member requesting that an officer be recalled must submit a written statement to the active membership at a general meeting at least two weeks prior to the meeting at which the officer may be recalled.
Section 8. Grievances may be directed to any officer at any time and will be addressed by a meeting of all the officers. Any officer has authority to call such a meeting at his or her discretion.
|ARTICLE V: Finance|
|Section 1. The treasury shall consist of funds raised from initiation fees of the membership and from fund-raising activities of the Order.
Section 2. An initiation fee shall be paid by each new member. This fee shall be twenty-five dollars.
Section 3. No treasury funds exceeding $50 may be disbursed without the approval of the active membership at a general meeting, determined by simple majority vote. The Treasurer has authority to disburse funds not exceeding $50 to cover costs incurred by the membership in conducting business of the Order, and in order to provide refreshments at general meetings. The Treasurer must keep an updated account of each expense and report them to the membership at general meetings.
Section 4. Each active member shall pay his or her annual dues by the fifth week of the academic year, except in cases of financial harship. Failure to do so will result in an active member being dropped from the order and his or her name being stricked from all records of the order; that member shall not be considered an alumni of the Order.
|ARTICLE VI: Advisor|
|Section 1. An advisor for the University shall be maintained for the Order. The advisor does not have the voting privileges of an active member.|
|ARTICLE VII: Amendments|
|Section 1. Amendments to, or major revisions of, this Constitution may be proposed and voted on at any general meeting of the Order. Passage of amendments requires a consensus vote of the active membership. All approved amendments shall take effect immediately.|