Irish Dance Club Constitution

College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University Constitution CSB/SJU Irish Dancers

Article I: Name and Purpose

Section 1: Name CSB/SJU Irish Dancers

Section 2: Purpose/Mission

  • To continue learning Irish Dance
  • To teach others Irish Dance
  • For Irish Dance to become more well-known
  • To represent the Irish Culture through dance
  • A place for other dancers (Irish or not) to learn and grow.

Article II: Membership

Section 1: Eligibility for Membership Open to any student on CSB/SJU.

CSB/SJU Student: Voting members

Non-students/CSB/SJU Faculty: non-voting members

Section 2: Voting Member Criteria Anyone can come to dance practice! If someone wants to perform with the CSB/SJU Irish Dancers, they must come to at least 2 practices each month.

Section 3: Removal of Members If a member who is part of the performance aspect of the club fails to come to 2 practices each month, they will be notified by email letting them know they have not been attending practice enough. If the member is missing practice because of school assignments or other school-related activities, they will get a pass. But if they are missing practice because of something non-school related, they will be asked to start coming to more practices and if they fail to do this, they will be considered for removal and asked to defend their position.

Article III: Officers

Section 1: Officer Qualifications To be an officer, a student must have previous experience in Irish Dance and/or have been dancing with CSB/SJU Irish Dancers for at least 2 years. They must be a current CSB/SJU student.

Section 2: Elected Officers

Non-Hierarchical Structure (Equal):

Margaret Sullivan

Mary Rose Costello

Michaela Peplinski

Section 3: Duties of Officers Attend each meeting (and fill in if another main contact is gone), help teach dances, create dances, look for performance opportunities and help put together performances.

Section 4: Vacancy in Office If one of the officers is gone, then the other 2 will continue the club. If they are all gone, members of the performance group will vote for new officers that have experience in Irish Dancing.

Section 5: Removal of Officers Officers will be emailed and voting will be held.

Article V: Advisor

Section 1: Selection We asked an FYS professor who is eager to learn more about Irish Culture and Dance.

Section 2: Duties

  • Attend a specified number of club/organization events
  • Challenge group members/officers to think creatively
  • Take an active part in formulating the goals of the group
  • Take an active part in facilitating the development of group goals
  • Promote group activities to other faculty/staff
  • Is welcome to attend meeting/practices, but isn’t required to

Article VI: Meetings

Section 1: Regular Meeting/Club Activities We will meet once (or twice) a week in the BAC. We will email and post on the CSB/SJU Irish Dancer Facebook group page.

Section 2: Special Meetings We would call a special meeting if there is a performance we need to practice for. These meetings will be run in much the same way, just focusing more on the performance material.

Article VII: Finances

Section 1: Co-Funding Board We will apply for CFB monies so we can have special events and travel for performances.

Article IX: Amendments

Section 1: Ratification Propose an idea and let the officers know, and we will review it.

Section 2: Submittal to Department of Student Activities and Joint Club Board Any changes made to this constitution must be submitted to the Department of Student Activities and the JCB.

Article X (The following is a required statement for all clubs and organizations) The CSB/SJU Irish Dancers admits students without regard to their race, religion, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and other activities, generally accorded or made available to members of the organization.

Article XI (The following is a required statement for all clubs and organizations) The CSB/SJU Irish Dancers considers hazing to be a degrading and destructive activity which is inconsistent with the standards of this student organization. The CSB/SJU Irish Dancers recognizes the dignity of every person and opposes all forms of hazing.

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