baiu - constitution
The Brazilian Association at Indiana University proposes
to promote fellowship among Brazilian students and any interested party
living in Bloomington, to represent Brazil and its culture, and to help
new students adjust to the local community.
name of this student association shall be The Brazilian Association at Indiana
University, from now on referred to as B.A.I.U.
membership shall be composed of Brazilian students and their families and anyone
interested in the B.A.I.U., its purpose and activities.
There shall be four officers: President, Vice-president, Secretary and
Treasurer. (Please refer to by-laws, section 3, for duties and responsibilities
of these officers.) Term of office shall be one year commencing in January. The
officers shall be elected by the majority of votes of the members of the B.A.I.U.
In case an office is vacated, the president office will be filled by the
vice-president and any other vacancy shall be filled by a member who has been
named by the Executive Committee.
Executive Committee shall be composed of 5 members who shall be elected by the
majority of votes of the B.A.I.U. The duration of their office shall be two
years. Any vacancies shall be filled from nomination by the remaining members.
(Please refer to by-laws, section 4, for duties and responsibilities of this
regular meeting will be called by the president at the end of the calendar year
in which the officers and the Executive Committee members shall be elected.
Special meetings may be called at anytime by the president or by any five
members of the
Constitution may be amended by a two-third affirmative vote of those present and
voting members of the B.A.I.U. This amendment shall be proposed by at least ten
members and shall be submitted to the Executive Committee two months prior to
the regular meeting.
will be ratified by a two third majority vote of those present at a meeting
called for on January 14, 1989. The meeting will be called by the signers of
this Constitution who will also be presenting it to the B.A.I.U.
Membership is defined by the payment of the annual due. If a
member were to violate the stated purposes of the Constitution
(refer to the preamble of the Constitution), he/she may be
expelled by the Executive Committee with possible appeal to the
regular annual meeting.
will be assessed each year by the Executive Committee.
Duties of officers shall be:
assume the position of a chairperson.
Vice-president: will assist the president in her/his duties.
Secretary: will keep a directory of the B.A.I.U. and will be
responsible for all publicity of the association.
Treasurer: will be responsible for all financial transactions
and the collection of dues. The treasurer shall give a report at
the annual regular meeting.
Executive Committee shall be responsible for approving budgets
and establishing general policies. Three of the members of the
first Executive Committee shall serve one year only, thus
maintaining future continuity through a smooth transition of the
special Events Committee may be formed as needed by the members
of the B.A.I.U., being that a member of this committee shall be
an officer or a member of the Executive Committee.
"Robert's Rules of Order, Revised" shall be the rules of order.
Two-thirds of the members will constitute a quorum for any
meeting. If no quorum is reached at the regular time when the
meeting was called, a new meeting may be called for 30 minutes
after the time called for the first meeting. Any number of
members at this second meeting will be considered a quorum.
Honorary members and officers may be elected by two-third
majority vote of members at the regular meeting, at the request
of five or more of its members. Honorary members and honorary
officers will have all the rights of a member.
These by-laws may be amended by a majority vote of the members
at any meeting.
The Faculty Advisor
is urged to participate in all meetings of the B.A.I.U.
This Constitution, written by the ad-hoc committee named in December 3rd., 1988, during a Brazilian pot-luck dinner, was ratified by the General Assembly called for January 15, 1989.