The University of Michigan Fencing Club
The University of Michigan Fencing Club is committed to teaching the principles of the sport of fencing to all members of the university community interested in the sport. Members shall be encouraged but not required to compete in tournaments and collegiate meets.
There are no limitations placed upon joining the University of Michigan Fencing Club. The Fencing Club does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation in either its membership policies or coaching methods.
The University of Michigan Fencing Club shall have five offices which shall make up the executive committee. These offices shall be the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Publicity Officer. The officers shall be elected at the end of each school year, during the last few weeks of March. At this time, all team members who wish to run for a position shall notify the executive board of their intent. Each candidate, if so desired, may have time for a small presentation before the team. Before the vote, all candidates shall be led from the voting area. The voting shall be done by secret ballot, where each team member may vote for one candidate for each officer position or abstain. The vote for president shall be done first, followed by the vote for the vice-president, secretary, treasurer and Publicity Officer, in that order. A candidate's intent to run for office shall not infringe upon their right to vote.
Each officer may appoint an assistant as necessary. That officer is responsible for the assistants duties with the team.
The President of the Fencing Club shall be responsible for the general well-being of the team. The president shall make sure that the team remains on good terms with the University, Club Sports, the United States Fencing Association, and other fencing schools, clubs, and teams. Other responsibilities include making sure that the practices run smoothly, that the other officers are performing their duties, and resolving any problems that might arise.
The Vice President of the Fencing club is in charge of the team in absence of the President. The Vice President shall be in charge of many team projects, practices, helping to keep the members motivated, and making sure that the members show up to practice. The Vice President shall also be in charge of the administrative duties of the Armory. To effectively administer the armory, the Vice President shall be required to be trained in the repair of weapons. He shall appoint 4 individual armorers: one general armorer, and one armorer from each weapon group. These armorers shall answer directly to the Vice President and the Vice President shall be ultimately responsible for their actions to the fencing club council.
The Secretary shall be in charge of organizing and saving all important documents, press articles, letters, etc. The Secretary shall also keep track and maintain attendance, address lists, and membership roster sheets, in any form, as well as any important documents from tournaments. The Secretary shall also be in charge of the club web page and shall either administer it or delegate it as he or she sees fit.
The Treasurer is in charge of keeping track of the financial interactions of the club. The Treasurer is responsible for collecting the money from dues, sales, and team equipment orders, and for paying team expenses with money from the team account.
There shall be 4 armorers, who shall be appointed by the Vice President and ratified by the executive committee. These armorers shall be the General Armorer, who shall be known as Binky, and an armorer from each weapon group. These armorers shall be responsible for the condition and repair of all club weapons. The General Armorer shall be in charge of general repair, and each weapon armorer shall be in charge of the weapons belonging to their particular weapon group. Each armorer shall be responsible for letting the Vice President know of any parts needed to keep the Armory in good condition.
If a vacancy opens in the executive board during the school year, the executive board shall meet to appoint a new officer to the position. A majority vote in the remaining members of the board shall be needed to elect a new team member to the position. In the event of a tie, the members of the club shall elect a new club member to the position, following the policies outlined above.
In order to remove an officer from the executive board, all of the following must occur, in the order listed:
Committees are formed on a majority vote of the executive board, for the purposes expressed by the board.
Team meetings shall be held at the times designated by the officers in accordance with the times given for use of a building by Club Sports.
Dues are to be decided on each semester by the executive board.
The Constitutional by-laws can be amended by unanimous vote of the executive committee.
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