Group Constitutions
Barnard/Columbia Gospel Choir Constitution

The reason for the Barnard/Columbia Gospel Choir is to rejoice in the name of God through song as well as minister to the Columbia community. The Gospel Choir relays the message of the Gospel in performances throughout the year. This constitution operates as the administrative infrastructure for the Gospel Choir.

Article I - Name

Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Barnard/Columbia Gospel Choir, hereafter referred to as the 'Gospel Choir'.

Section 2. The officers of the Gospel Choir shall make up the Executive Board of the Gospel Choir, hereafter referred to as the 'Board'.

Article II - Purpose

Section I. The purpose of this organization shall be to praise the name of God through Gospel music.

Section 2. The Executive Board shall perform administrative duties deemed necessary to successfully carry out the Gospel Choir's purpose.

Article III - Membership

Section 1. The sole requirement of membership is regular attendance of weekly rehearsals and scheduled performances.

Section 2. Only members who are undergraduate students in Barnard College, Columbia College or the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences may vote or hold Office.

Section 3. The privileges and responsibilities of membership are participation in on campus performances and travel to off-campus invitationals.

Section 4. Membership may be revoked by the decision of the Board due to an inability to conform to the responsibility of membership.

Article IV - Meetings and Procedures

Section 1. Rehearsals are regularly held once a week and are called by the President.

Section 2. Policy decisions are made by a two-thirds vote by ballot. Formal votes become effective at the next scheduled rehearsal.

Article V - Officers

Section 1. The organization shall have the following officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and USO Representative. All of these shall be elected by a two thirds vote by ballot. Any undergraduate member in good standing for at least one semester is eligible to nominate or hold an office.

Section 2. The duties of these officers shall be:

President - oversee the Board, call weekly rehearsals, organize concerts and scheduled performances.

Vice President - assist the President in his/her responsibilities, oversee elections and serve as campus liason.

Secretary - keep track of attendance and correspondence, keep minutes of rehearsals and Board meetings, facilitate communication between membership and Board.

Treasurer - keeps all financial records, formulates budget and organizes fundraisers.

USO Representative - serves as liason between USO and the Board.

Section 3. Officers' positions are selected annually and there are no term limitations.

Article VI - Electing, Appointing, and Removing Officers

Section 1. Officers are elected by a two-thirds vote by ballot.

Section 2. Elections are to be held at the last regular rehearsal in April for the following school year. The elected positions will be effective as of May 1 of the same school year.

Section 3. The members of the Board may be impeached and removed by the membership. Grounds for this is an officer's inability to perform his/her duties. The membership must bring their concerns to the Board, who then investigates the allegations. After two weeks of probing, the case is presented to the members and a two-thirds vote by ballot is conducted as to whether the officer is to be removed.

Section 4. In the event of a mid-term vacancy of an elected officer. a two-thirds vote by ballot will be held to fill the vacancy within three weeks.

Article VII - By-Laws

Section 1. By-Laws of the organization shall be established and altered by the Board's three-fifths vote.

Section 2. By-Laws of the Board shall be established and altered by the Board's three-fifths vote.

Article VIII - Amendments to the Constitution

Any member who is eligible to vote or hold of fice can propose an amendment. Two thirds of the voting membership must be in accord for ratification of any amendment.

Article IX - Ratification

This constitution shall be established by a vote of a three-fourths majority of the membership of the organization.

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