Constitution of Student Advocates for Hopeful Politics


Preamble

Student Advocates for Hopeful Politics is an organization dedicated to encouraging youth involvement and advocacy in current political affairs. We believe that the involvement of America's youth is crucial to the strengthening and promotion of its democracy and civil liberties. This organization is the student of President John F. Kennedy's "New Frontier" and President Ronald Reagan's "Rendezvous with Destiny." It is rooted firmly in the belief that the young generation must play an active role in the United States government by working collaboratively to develop and promote solutions to the political issues facing the nation.

President Kennedy said in his inaugural address, "We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans--born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage--and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world." President Reagan once said "You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.  We can either preserve for our children, this, the last best hope on earth, or we will sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness." We must ensure that the torch is continuously being passed back to our generation.The goal of Student Advocates for Hopeful Politics is to embrace the passing of the torch and pursue our rendezvous with destiny.

The purpose of the following documents is to explain the rules and procedures by which Student Advocates for Hopeful Politics will abide by in pursuing its goals.

Article I. The Executive

Executive power and administration shall be vested in two Presidents of Student Advocates for Hopeful Politics.

The President will be assisted by a Chief of Staff and a Secretary of Treasury.

The Presidents shall be elected by members of the organization.

The Chiefs of Staff shall be appointed by the Presidents and confirmed by members of the organization.

The Secretary of Treasury is appointed by the Presidents and confirmed by members of the organization.

The Secretary of Treasury must be confirmed by National Administration.

Before being entrusted with funding from National Organization, a chapter's Secretary of Treasury must sign the following pledge
"I,____________, do solemnly swear that throughout my duties as Secretary of Treasury for the _____________ Chapter of Student Advocates for Hopeful Politics, I will not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate among me those who do, and I will not in any way abuse the duty entrusted in me for any reason.  I understand that should I fail to abide by this I may be removed from my position, and forced to repay funds."  

The Presidents are responsible for organizing meetings, maintaining parliamentary procedure at meetings, communicating with and soliciting other channels of political involvement (other interest groups, politicians), serving as spokesperson or advocate for the organization, initiating agenda or projects, corresponding to other leadership within the organization, appointing officer vacancies, advertising for the organization, organizing and orchestrating the election process, enforcing decisions of the membership, any other duty imaginable that is not reserved to other membership of the organization, and any additional power bestowed by the membership of the organization.

Members of the Executive have equal vote in all matters and resolutions of the organization.  Except in the event of veto override or impeachment vote, in which only the Presidents are excluded.

If the Presidents agree with a decision of the membership he must sign his approval and implement the course of action intended by the approved decision.

If the Presidents disagree with a vote or resolution of the membership of the organization, he/she is authorized to veto the measure.  A presidential veto may be overridden by a unanimous vote of the membership.

Should there be any dispute between the Presidents over a measure and a veto, it must be worked out among the two before a veto or signing may be issued.

The Presidents must be involved collaboratively in every decision to be made.

The Presidential Chiefs of Staff are to be the personal assistants of the President and Vice President.  They are to assist the Presidents in all duties, take a role similar to a secretary, and act on behalf of the President and Vice President when authorized.

The Presidential Chief of Staff (one of the two) is required to keep a record of discussion, debate, and vote tallies held during meetings.  Their writings are to be filed for reference by the President and/or membership.

The Chiefs of Staff serve as President in the event of the President's absence     

In the event of an absence of the Presidents and the Chief of Staff, no meeting can be conducted.

The Secretary of Treasury is responsible for all management of funds and revenue.

The Secretary of Treasury is required to submit a report of all funding at the request of the President or majority vote of members of the organization.

Members of the executive may be impeached only by unanimous vote of the membership.

Should a member of the executive be removed by the membership, they will become part of the membership.

The Presidents will serve for one year before facing re-election.

There is no limit to the amount of time that an individual may serve as President or Vice President.

Article II. The Membership

All legislative powers shall be vested in the membership of Student Advocates for Hopeful Politics

Any active member who regularly attends meetings is considered part of the membership of Student Advocates for Hopeful Politics

All members of this branch shall receive one vote.

Members of this branch shall have the ability to exert oversight over the Executive by demanding reports of the President's decisions, records kept by the Presidential Chief of Staff, and funding reports by the Secretary of Treasury.

The membership is responsible for approving or rejecting policy initiatives proposed by the Executive, approving or rejecting ideas for events or fundraising proposed by the Executive, bring ideas to the President for policy initiatives, bring ideas to the President for events and fundraising, approve appointments of the President, certify election results, promoting the organization's initiatives, any other power bestowed upon them by the President,  and any imaginable power that is not reserved to the President.

Membership may a override a presidential veto by a unanimous vote.

Membership may bring impeachment charges against a member of the Executive by a simple majority vote.  They may remove the individual from office only by a unanimous vote.

The President may propose a member of this branch to be expelled from any meeting or event due to disorderly conduct.  The membership may either confirm or reject by a majority vote.

Any member expelled from a meeting due to disorderly conduct will be required to request re-admission into the organization, only to be granted by a majority vote.

Membership may restrict voting and speaking rights for an allotted period of time to any member removed for disorderly conduct by a majority vote.

Any majority vote of the Membership regarding a political issue sets the club's policy stance on that issue.

Members of this branch who disapprove of any decision by the President or Membership vote are allowed to publish or voice their disapproval in channels outside of meetings and events without threat of reprimand or admonition from President and other Membership.

Article III. The National Administration

The Presidents of each chapter will meet annually select ten members of the organization to serve on the Board of Directors for the Student Advocates for Hopeful Politics national organization.

The Board of Directors will have the same responsibilities and operational guidelines as outlined in Article II.

The Presidents of each chapter will also select a National Director.

The National Director will select a Deputy National Director, which must be confirmed by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

The National Director will also appoint a National Chief of Staff.

The National Director will appoint a National Secretary of Treasury, which must be confirmed by majority vote of the Board of Directors.

The Deputy National Director will pick a Deputy Chief of Staff.

The National Director, Deputy National Director, National Chief of Staff, and National Deputy Chief of Staff will have the same responsibilities and operational guidelines as outlined in Article I.

The Board of Directors and National Executive Administration (National Director, Deputy National Director, National Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff, and National Secretary of Treasury) are referred to as the National Administration.

Each chapter of Student Advocates for Hopeful Politics must appoint a correspondent to the National Administration, who will be responsible for reporting the activities of the National Administration to all members of their chapter

Each chapter will be responsible for selecting a Secretary of Treasury, which must also be confirmed by the National Administration.

Before being entrusted with funding from National Organization, a chapter's Secretary of Treasury must sign the following pledge
"I,____________, do solemnly swear that throughout my duties as Secretary of Treasury for the _____________ Chapter of Student Advocates for Hopeful Politics, I will not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate among me those who do, and I will not in any way abuse the duty entrusted in me for any reason.I understand that should I fail to abide by this I may be removed from my position, and forced to repay funds."

All spending of any organization funding must be accounted for with receipts and documentation by the chapter's Secretary of Treasury.  Such documentation must be submitted to the National Secretary of Treasury at the end of the year.

The National Secretary of Treasury must create a detailed report of all spending by the organization at the end of the year.

The National Administration is responsible for supporting, advising, and fostering the growth of all chapters of Student Advocates for Hopeful Politics.

Before a chapter can initiate a project under the name of Student Advocates for Hopeful Politics, the project must be approved by the National Administration.

The National Administration is responsible for approving or rejecting the proposed projects of all chapters of Student Advocates for Hopeful Politics.

If the National Administration does not grant approval of a proposed project of a chapter, the chapter may still proceed but is not allowed to present it as a project of Student Advocates for Hopeful Politics, or must cite that the project was not approved by National Administration.

All members of the National Administration will face re-election each year.

There are no term limits to the amount of time an individual serves in the National Administration.


Student Advocates for Hopeful Politics Treasury Pledge

I,_______________, do solemnly swear that throughout my duties as Secretary of Treasury for the _______________ Chapter of Student Advocates for Hopeful Politics, I will not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate among me those who do, and I will not in any way abuse the duty entrusted in me for any reason.  I understand that should I fail to abide by this I may be removed from my position, and forced to repay funds.

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