Norwegian Club Constitution
Article 1: Statement of Purpose:
Norskklubben is an organization for students interested in Norwegian and/or Nordic Studies. In cooperation with the Norwegian House and the Norwegian Department, Norskklubben organizes campus activities to promote interest in Norway and the other Nordic countries, to provide opportunities for students to use Norwegian outside class, and to encourage social interaction among students, faculty, and members of the community. Norskklubben meets from 8 to 9 pm on Sunday evenings in the Norwegian House.
Article II. Membership
Any student with an interest in Norwegian and/or Nordic Studies is eligible to be a member of Norskklubben. Each member has one vote in elections of officers or other matters pertaining to the organization.
Article III. Governing Body
A. Elections: Elections will be held during the first week of classes of fall semester. Members can nominate themselves or any other member for the positions on the Executive Board.
B. Executive Board
- Co-President (from the Norwegian Club): This co-president is elected by the members of the Norwegian Club and is responsible for leading the weekly Norwegian Club meetings and for overseeing the events on campus.
- Co-President (from the Norwegian House) This co-president is elected by the members of the Norwegian House and is responsible for leading the weekly Norwegian Club meetings and for overseeing the events in the Norwegian House.
- Secretary The secretary is elected by the members of the Norwegian Club and is responsible for writing minutes of meetings and sending them by e-mail to members and the webmaster.
- Advertising Manager The advertising manager is elected by the members of the Norwegian Club and is responsible for creating posters and flyers to publicize Norwegian events.
- Webmaster The webmaster is responsible for updating the Norwegian House and the Norwegian Club pages on the internet.
- Treasurer The treasurer is is elected by the members of the Norwegian Club and is responsible for managing the money for the organization, including collecting receipts for purchases and arranging reimbursements.
- Norwegian Native Speaker (from the Norwegian House) The Norwegian Native Speaker in the Norwegian House is selected by the Norwegian Department and is responsible for modeling the use of Norwegian language at Norwegian events.
Article IV: Recall of Officers
At anytime may any member bring up the recall of an officer who is not seen as fulfilling their duties. Procedure is as follows: majority vote on whether recall procedures should be implemented. If yes, then a warning shall be issued to the accused officer, listing three offenses that the officer has committed, and giving him/her two weeks to get up to par with the rest of the group. Then on the third week, the group will again have a majority vote on whether the recall shall proceed. If yes, then the officer has the choice of stepping down, or they may make a short defense for him/herself, after which the group would make the vote, this time 2/3 majority. If the officer does not show up for the meeting on the third week, then they will be assumed recalled. Then on the fourth week, reelection will take place for the empty office. All voting procedures for recall shall be done by secret ballot. Article V: Amendments Amendments will always be permitted, however;
A. Amendments must be on the agenda at least one week prior to the vote
B. Only eligible voting members will be able to make motions and second them.
C. Ratification requires a two-thirds majority vote by present eligible voting members on any issue.
Article VI. Evaluation of Constitution
The executive board shall reevaluate this constitution every two years, beginning with the 2005-2006 academic year.