Canasta Club Constitution

Club Constitution

     Below is the constitution created for the club in order for the club to exist. Glance over it if you want; you are not required to read it.

Article I: Name

  1. Name of Organization: Canasta Club

Article II: Purpose

  1. Purpose of Organization: Canasta Club is designed to create a fun environment for those who enjoy the card game Canasta. The club both teaches the game and hosts activities during the semester including but not limited to: Canasta tournaments, other board/card games, tennis, spontaneous trips to various places, and more.
  2. Nature of Activities to Be Conducted: Activities and events will range from casual single or team games every week to competitive brackets and rankings. Members are free to choose when and where they wish to participate. All members are expected to participate in good spirit and no misbehavior will be tolerated.

Article III: Membership

  1. Membership Requirements:

    Anyone may participate in club activities. Only currently registered students, faculty and staff may be active members in a registered student organization. Only active members may vote or hold office.

    Activities of the club include but are not limited to:

    • Teaching and discussing the game and its strategies
    • Casual open meetings and games every week
    • Semesterly tournaments
    • Ladders and rankings
    • 10-Player Bomberman
    • Other Card/Board Games
    • Movie Nights
    • Tennis
    • Selling pie
  2. Membership Ranks and Titles:

    Membership ranks are assigned to all participants in the club. Ranks distinguish notable members from newcomers and novices while also maintaining a level status for the member after he or she has left.

    • Distinguished Member: Members who are recognized to have contributed a great deal to the club or participated in a significant number of activities.
    • Active Member: Members who are currently participating in the club.
    • Retired Member: Members who participated in the club but are no longer active.
  3. Anti-Hazing: We will not haze according to California State Law; we will not restrict membership based upon race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical and mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship or status as a covered veteran (special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran or any other veteran who served on active duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized).

Article IV: Officers/Elections

  1. Titles, Terms, and Duties of Officers:

    Officers form the backbone of the club and are vital to the club's success. Terms of officers continue as long as they commit to the work required. More than one person may occupy each role if needed; each person can take a specific part of the role and need not do every task. All officers are also Field Coordinators, in that they are expected to also volunteer for day-to-day operations when possible.

    Officer Positions:

    • President: The president manages the club and overall structure of its activities. The role also includes aiding other officers where/when needed and filling unassigned officer positions. The president is also the primary signatory.
    • VP of Operations: The VP of Operations plans the specifics of each meeting and event throughout the semester, such as coming up with the agenda for that day, ensuring the availability of officers to run each event, and making sure a room is available. Each date should be posted to the site calendar and then updated with the attendance accordingly. He or she does not necessarily have to attend every event but just make sure someone else does. The VP of Operations works closely with the VP of Activities when planning out events like the tournament.
    • VP of Activities: The VP of Activities plans out special events that will occur throughout the semester. The primary focus will be on running at least one tournament each semester, but the VP is more than welcome to create other activities as well (such as socials). On the side, the VP of Activities will also review submitted games for the ladder and approve them accordingly. The VP of Activities will work closely with the VP of Operations when deciding the specifics of how each event will run and with the VP of Marketing for publicizing.
    • VP of Marketing: The VP of Marketing organizes tabling/flyering, ensures the production of marketing materials, and keeps the website updated with news of the latest events. The VP need not actually table or design materials but is responsible for making sure these tasks get done; the VP will have to take up the task if no one else is available.
    • Historian: The Historian takes pictures and/or videos of activities throughout the semester and transfers them to the president. If unavailable, the Historian must make sure someone else can cover for that day.
    • Field Coordinator: The Field Coordinators are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the club, such as running meetings, teaching members to play, and tabling or flyering. All officers are also Field Coordinators; Field Coordinators just need not worry about other responsibilities like planning or delegating.
  2. Election of Cabinet: Elections are only held in the event of a dispute. Officers can be appointed or removed by a collective decision of the current cabinet at any given time, and skill-based positions are appointed on the basis of merit and work.

Article V: Meetings

  1. Member Meetings: General meetings are held about every week, usually starting with a short status update of the club and then concluding with casual games or activities. Locations may vary, but times will stay within the range of Friday evenings while lasting about one-two hours. Additional meetings can be arranged by any officer and is done so via the online events system.
  2. Officer Meetings: Cabinet meetings are held irregularly between officers and are usually requested among officers first.

Article VI: Amendments

  1. Amendments can be proposed by officers and require 2/3 of current membership to pass. Votes are conducted online via the site polling system and given a duration of one week. All amendments, additions or deletions must be filed with the Center for Student Leadership, 102 Sproul Hall. All amendments, additions or deletions must be filed with the ASUC Office of Student Affairs, 400 Eshleman Hall within one week of adoption.

Article VII: Dissolution

  1. Dissolution can only occur with the approval of all currently active members. Proposals to dissolve the club must be of a collective decision by the current cabinet. After dissolution, club funds are divided among those who worked to earn it. All unspent ASUC funds shall remain the property of ASUC, all Graduate Assembly funds shall remain the property of the Graduate Assembly. Remaining privately-obtained funds may be donated to another nonprofit organization with prior approval of the ASUC Senate Finance Committee.