Russian Club Constitution
Article I. Name and Purpose
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Russian Club,
Section 2. The objective of the Russian Club is to promote the understanding and appreciation of Russian culture.
Article II. Adherence to College Policies
Section 1. The Club shall comply with the Mount Holyoke College honor code and all college policy specifications thereof,
Section 2. The Club shall adhere to all local, state and federal laws as specified in the Mount Holyoke College Student Handbook.
Article III. Membership
Section 1. Any person affiliated or associated with the Mount Holyoke College community (extensions to Five College Students shall also be permitted) with an interest in Russian and former Soviet Union culture may become a member,
Section 2. Members get to participate in Club activities and excursions,
Section 3. The Club does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.
Article IV. Officers
Section 1. There shall be an Executive Board which will govern the Russian Club,
Section 2. The Executive Board shall consist of the officers of the Russian Club. The officers that comprise the Club shall be the Czarina and Grand Duchess (co-chairs), the Minister of Finance (treasurer), the Minister of Propaganda (publicity), and the Minister of technology (webmistress),
Section 3. Additional positions can be created for the academic year if the Executive Board sees fit,
Section 4. The Executive Board shall introduce, approve, and implement all actions and activities necessary and proper for the functioning of the Russian Club and not inconsistent with the Constitution or Bylaws,
Section 5. The main duties and powers of the officers of the Russian Club shall be as follows:
The Czarina and Grand Duchess shall:
The Minister of Finance shall:
The Minister of Propaganda shall:
The Minister of Technology shall:
Article V. Advisor
Section I. The Advisor will by default be the head of the Russian and Eurasian studies department,
Section II. Should they decline, the Executive Board shall choose another by the head of the department’s suggestion.
Article VI. Elections of Officers
Section 1. Elections will be held in April of each academic year,
Section 2. Anyone member of the Club can choose to run for a position,
Section 3. Officers shall be elected by a majority vote and the election shall be conducted by secret ballot,
Section 4. A member of the Executive Board who is a Senior, and therefore not returning the next year, shall count the votes, in the event there is on Senior on the Executive Board someone from the Club at large can be chosen,
Section 5. Members in good standing studying abroad may run in any election,
Section 6. Only Mount Holyoke College students can be on the Executive Board.
Article VII. Impeachment
Section 1. Any officer who, during her term in office, has demonstrated disloyalty to the Russian Club, negligence, or incompetence in the performance of her prescribed Constitutional duties, or willfully impeded the Club program, may be impeached and removed from office,
Section 2. Specific charges against the impeached officer must be approved by a consensus of the Executive Board (excluding the said officer herself),
Section 3. The impeached officer will be able to defend herself against the charges,
Section 4. If a consensus is reached by the Executive Board the charges will be brought before the general body and voted on, a 2/3 vote is required to remove the officer.
Article VIII Meetings
Section 1. Regular meetings will be held at the discretion of the Czarina and Grand Duchess,
Section 2. The Executive Board shall meet at least every two weeks,
Section 3. Special meeting can also be held at the discretion of the Executive Board.
Article IX Committees
Section 1. Should the organization decide to sponsor a special event, the Executive Board shall establish a standing committee.
Article X Adoption and Amendment
Section 1. This Constitution shall be adopted by a majority vote of members at a general meeting,
Section 2. This Constitution shall be amended by a majority vote of members at a general meeting.