Constitution of OSULA

Constitution of The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Los Angeles

Article I – Name

The name of this organization is The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Los Angeles (hereafter the “Club”).

Article II – Purpose

The Club is formed to promote the advancement of the best interests of The Ohio State University and The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc. (hereinafter the “Association”) by providing fellowship and the furtherance of professional relationships among alumni, friends, and former students of The Ohio State University (hereafter the “University”). It shall be an integral part of the Association, the official alumni organization of the University. The Club will also promote and support the mission of the Association.

Article III – Membership and Dues

Section 1: All persons who hold degrees awarded by the University including associate, bachelor, graduate, professional and/or honorary degrees, or are medical resident graduates of the University, are eligible for membership in the Club, may serve as an officer and on the Board of Directors and can vote on matters of the Club.

Section 2: All persons who were in good standing as dues paying members as of July 1, 2012 as either Life Members or Annual Members of the Association, but do not hold a degree from the University, are eligible to hold office, may serve as committee members, and are eligible to vote on matters of the Club as determined by the Board of Directors.

Section 3: Other individuals, who by their interest and activity have distinguished themselves by their work for the Club, may be entitled to honorary membership by special action of the Board of Directors of the Club. Honorary members may not hold office. The Board of Directors shall determine if honorary members are allowed to vote on matters of the Club.

Section 4: Such non-alumni who express an interest in membership in the Club may be granted associate membership in the Club. Associate members may not hold office. The Board of Directors shall determine if associate members are allowed to vote on matters of the Club.

Section 5: The Board of Directors may establish Dues.

Section 6: Membership in good standing is defines as having membership dues paid for the current year. 2

Article IV – Officers

Section 1: The officers of the Club shall consist of at least a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer, all of whom must be Active Members in the Association.

Section 2: The duties of the officers shall be such as are generally exercised by such officers, and such as may be assigned to them respectively by the Board of Directors of the Club from time to time.

Article V – Duties of Officers

Section 1 – President: The president shall preside at all meetings of the Club, shall serve as the chairperson of the Board of Directors and an ex office member of all committees, shall become familiar with alumni club resources and shall attend or assign designee to necessary training workshops. The president shall have the authority to appoint any member of the Board of Directors to a position as officer In the event there is an open officer position during the pendency of the officer’s term,

Section 2 – Vice President or President-Elect: The vice president or president-elect shall assist the president. In the absence or disability of the president, or at his or her request, the vice president or president-elect shall perform the duties of the president. If the office of president became vacant, he or she shall become president for the unexpired term.

Section 3 – Secretary: The secretary shall have the custody of the names and addresses of the alumni in the area provided by the Association and shall record all changes, immediately notifying the Association of any additions or corrections to the list. The Club shall not release the list for political, commercial or personal gain. The Association, subject to the constitution of the Association, shall make release of the list only on approval. Any person(s) in violation of this policy shall be subject to expulsion from office by the Board of Directors of the Association. The secretary shall arrange to send out notices of regular or special meetings of the Club and shall send reports of all meetings and activities of the Club to the Association. He or she shall assist the president of the Club.

Section 4 – Treasurer: The treasurer shall supervise all receipts and expenditures of Club funds. If dues are changed, he or she shall collect and disburse them subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of the Club. As requested, the treasurer shall complete and submit annual financial forms to the Association. Additionally, he or she shall complete and submit any documents that may be required by the Internal Revenue Service. He or she shall assist the president of the Club. 3

Article VI – Board of Directors

Section 1: The Board of Directors, all of whom must be Active members of the Association, may consist of:

  1. The above-named officers;
  2. The chairpersons of the standing committee as defined by Article VIII;
  3. As many additional members as the Club may choose to elect;
  4. The president of the Association, or his or her designee as an ex officio member, without a vote; and,
  5. A student representative selected by the board to serve as an ex officio voting member.

Section 2: The Board of Directors shall have full power to fill a vacancy of the Board of Directors.

Section 3: The governance of the Club and the direction of the activities shall be vested in the Board of Directors.

Section 4: A meeting of the Board of Directors must be called by the president of the Club upon written request of three members of the Board of Directors.

Section 5: The Board of Directors shall hold at least two meetings a year and others at the discretion of the president.

Article VII – Membership Meetings

Section 1: At least one member meeting must be held each year. Failure to comply with this provision shall make the Club charter subject to revocation by the Association.

Section 2: There shall be such other meetings each year as the president, with the approval of the Board of Directors, deems desirable.

Section 3: The president of the Club must call a meeting upon the meeting of ten members of the Club. Upon failure of the president to call such a meeting within ten days of such request, the meeting may be called by any other officer or member of the Board of Directors, or by the ten petitioning members. In such instance, the president of the Association or designee shall be notified, and shall send due notice of the time, place and purpose of the meeting to all members of the Club.

Section 4: Where is this constitution fails to provide authority for procure, Robert’s Rules of Order shall be used. 4

Article VIII – Committees

Section 1: The president of the Club shall appoint the following committees with the approval of the Board of Directors:

  1. Meetings & Programs: It shall be the function of this committee to organize the meetings of the Club; plan the program; obtain the publicity for them; and to arrange notification by mail, electronic means or phone to the Club.
  2. Membership: It shall be the duty of this committee to check the names of those eligible for membership with the Club and to use all means possible to encourage non-members to do their share in furthering the interests of the university by joining the Club. This committee shall work closely with the secretary in maintain an accurate list of the names and addresses of the alumni, former students and other supporters of the Association and University in the Club area. The committee will also encourage alumni to become Active Members of the Association whenever possible.
  3. Student Recruitment & Scholarships: This committee shall serve as the communication link between the Director of Student Recruitment and the Club. The committee shall become familiar with alumni student recruitment resources, Admissions Office brochures, and attend necessary training workshops and update sessions. It shall be the duty of the committee to distribute scholarship applications, literature and entrance forms to local high schools and outstanding students ready for college. The committee shall be responsible for screening applicants for Club scholarships and selecting Club scholarship award winners.

Section 2: The president of the Club, with approval of the Board of Directors, shall appoint such additional committees as in the president’s judgment the interest of the Club may require, and may prescribe the duties of such committees.

Article IX – Elections

Members of the Board of Directors shall be elected by a majority vote each year at the annual member meeting and shall hold office until their successors have been qualified and elected. Elections will be held at the annual meeting to replace board members whose terms have expired as defined in the Club bylaws. 5

Article X – Bylaws

The Club is permitted to establish bylaws at any regular board meeting of the Club, a quorum being present, by a two-third vote of all board members present, provided that notice of such proposed bylaws shall be provided via mail, electronic means or phone to each board member at least ten days before such meeting. No amendment or addition to the bylaws can be made which is not in harmony with the Club constitution or is contrary to the constitution of the Association.

Article XI – Adoption

This constitution shall be officially adopted upon its approval by a majority vote of the members of the Club in attendance at any regular or special meeting of the Club. It shall take effect upon the granting of the charter by the Board of Directors of the Association authorizing its functioning as an official alumni club of the University.

Article XII – Amendments

This constitution may be amended by a majority vote of the total votes case in a manner decided upon by the Board of Directors of the Club. No amendments shall take effect until duly approved by the Board of the Directors of the Association.

–March 29, 2015