Human Services - Lake Land College, Mattoon Illinois

Human Services Program - Online Handbook - Constitution and Bylaws

Article I – Name

The name of this organization shall be the Human Services Club of Lake Land College, Mattoon, Illinois.

Article II – Objectives

  • To provide a means by which Human Service related students can participate in democratic government.

  • To promote good citizenship.

  • To promote good will between the faculty and students.

  • To provide a means by which Human Service related students can express their opinions.

  • To promote the general welfare of the school and community.

  • To encourage higher academic standards and provide social activities for Human Service students.

  • To encourage cooperation between fellow students and provide a channel for networking among members.

  • To promote more interest in the Human Service fields.

Article III – Source of Power

The President of Lake Land College delegates the powers exercised by the Human Service Club to the Human Service Club. The President of Lake Land College shall have the power to veto any measure proposed by the Human Service Club.

Article IV – Membership

Section I. Members must be enrolled in any of the Human Service related programs.

Section II. Honorary memberships shall be awarded to various persons at the discretion of the Human Service Club by an election of the majority of the members present.

Article V – Officers

Section I. The club officers shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasure, and Reporter.

Section II. The term of office for all officers shall be for one complete year.All officers shall be elected by ballot at the first regular meeting of the fall semester.All officers must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 based on the 4 point system during their term of office.

Section III. Any vacancy shall be filled by an election at the first business meeting after such vacancy occurs, and the successor shall assume the duties of office immediately upon election.

Section IV. The president shall preside at all the meetings of the club, call the meetings of the executive council, enforce observance of the constitution and bylaws, se that officers and chairmen perform their duties and in general supervise all affairs of the club, and appoint committees

The Vice-President shall assume the duties of the president in the absence of the latter, and assist the president with his duties.

The secretary shall keep minutes of all meetings, issue all orders and notices required, conduct all correspondence of the club, keep a permanent record of attendance and new members.

The treasurer shall receive all money due to the club keep an accurate account of all finances of the club, collect all dues and assessments, and pay all orders that they are instructed to pay.

The Reporter shall publicize the activities of the club and it's members.

Section V. The Executive Council shall consist of the officers plus the faculty advisor. This council shall have jurisdiction of all matters not especially delegated to some other committee.

Section VI. The duties of the advisor shall be (1) to have the power to veto any action or activity of the club and (2) to advise on actions of the club.

Article VI – Meetings

Section I. Meetings shall be arranged according to student schedules.

Section II. The President, the advisor, or the majority of the members may call special meetings.

Section III. The rules of "Parliamentary Procedure" Shall be used to conduct the meetings."

Section IV. A quorum shall consist of a simple majority of active members.

Article VII – Dues

The dues will be set at $2.00 per semester, payable per semester to the treasurer. Dues are non-refundable.

Article VIII – Amendments

All amendments to this constitution or bylaws shall be presented in writing at a regular meeting and two-thirds of all the club members must be present. The amendment must then be passed by a majority of the votes.


Article 1. No proxy voters will be allowed on any matter.

Article 2. No write-in votes will be accepted.

Article IX – Nominations & Elections

Section I. The nominating procedures will be as follows:A nominating committee and advisor will prepare a slate of candidates to offer at the first meeting in the fall of each year.Nominations will also be accepted from the floor.

Section II. Voting shall be done by the balloting method. The person receiving the majority of votes shall be entitled to assume the office to which they were elected immediately.

Article X – Organization

A. All grievances brought before the club shall be taken to the Executive Council.

B. All committees shall be appointed by the President or Executive Council of the Human Service Club.


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