The Constitution of the MIT Circle K Club


 Article I: Name

 Section 1
 The name of This organization shall be the Circle K Club of the Massachusetts Institute of
 Technology. It shall be sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Cambridge and shall be a
 member club of Circle K International and the New England Circle K District therein, and
 shall also be known by its initials, "CKI."



 Article II: Objects

 Section 1
 The objects of This club shall be:
      To emphasize the advantages of the democratic way of life;
      To provide the opportunity for leadership training in service;
      To serve on the campus and in the community;
      To cooperate with the administrative officers of the educational institution of which
      the club is a part;
      To encourage participation in group activities;
      To promote good fellowship and high scholarship;
      To develop aggressive citizenship and the spirit of service for improvement of all
      human relationships;
      To afford useful training in the social graces and personality development; and
      To encourage and promote the following ideals:
           To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values
           of life;
           To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships;
           To promote the adoption and the application of high social, business, and
           professional standards;
           To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and
           serviceable citizenship;
           To provide through Circle K clubs a practical means to form enduring
           friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities; and
           To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high
           idealism which makes possible the increase in righteousness, justice,
           patriotism, and good will.

 Section 2
 The Vision of This club shall be:
      Circle K is the organization that holds the promise of today's college student
      becoming tomorrow's leader. It exists to meet the personal needs of the individual
      collegian through the qualities of leadership, the rewards of service, and the unique
      spirit of friendship. Circle K's potential lies in its ability to positively influence those
      in our society who are facing ultimate personal decisions, and those who will one
      day create the vision of mankind for generations to come. Circle K is the
      embodiment of those qualities necessary to shape the future, realized in the colleges
      and universities of today.

 The Vision of Circle K International is dedicated to the realization of mankind's potential.



Article III: Name and Emblem

 Section 1
 Each member in good standing of This club shall be entitled to wear the official emblem
 and insignia of Circle K International.

 Section 2
 The name, emblem, and insignia of Circle K International shall be used for only such
 purposes as shall be authorized by the Circle K International Board of Trustees, subject to
 the approval of the International Administrator. In no case shall they be used as a trade
 name or trademark, nor in a way or for a purpose that demeans or impugns the name of
 Circle K or Kiwanis.



 Article IV: Motto

 Section 1
 The motto of This club shall be "We Build," as is the motto of Circle K International.


 Article V: Club Membership in Circle K International

 Section 1
 A Circle K club may be established in an institution of higher education as described by
 the Constitution, Article VI, Section 1, upon the request of a Kiwanis club(s) which agrees
 to sponsor the proposed clubs. A petition for a charter will be made on a standard form
 provided by the Administrator of Circle K International and shall be signed by at least
 twenty (20) students eligible for membership and endorsed by an administrative officer of
 the institution in which the prospective club would exist. Each petition shall certify that the
 prospective club has adopted and complied with the provisions of the Standard Form for
 Club Bylaws, modified only as approved by the Board of Trustees of Circle K
 International and has agreed to be bound by the Constitution and Bylaws of This
 organization as adopted and amended. Upon completion of these requirements, the
 prospective club shall be issued a Charter of Membership in This organization. The
 postmarked date of the Petition of Charter shall serve as the official date of the Charter of
 Membership.

 Section 2
 During the school year each club shall hold one weekly meeting on such and at such place
 as shall be determined by the club officers. It may hold such other meetings as the officers
 or the membership may desire. In the event that unusual conditions prevent a weekly
 meeting, a club may hold a minimum of two meetings per month, with the officers meeting
 on all other weeks. The quorum necessary when voting on business shall be fifty percent
 (50%).

 Section 3
 Each club shall adopt the Standard Form for Club Bylaws, modified only as approved by
 their District Board of Officers and the Board of Trustees of Circle K International. The
 bylaws of a club may be amended by a vote at any regular meeting of the club, provided
 that written notice of such proposed amendments shall have been given to the membership
 at least two (2) weeks prior to the meeting at which they are considered. All such
 amendments must be consistent with the Constitution and Bylaws of This organization and
 shall become effective only after submission to and approval by their District Board of
 Officers and by the Board of Trustees of Circle K International.

 Section 4
 Each Circle K club shall pay to Circle K International for every club member, except
 honorary members, the sum of twelve dollars ($12.00 U.S. currency) per annum, due on
 October 1 of each year. A club in good standing will be placed on delinquent status if no
 dues are received by December 1 of that same year. First time new members who join
 existing clubs between April 15 and September 30 shall pay the sum of six ($6.00 US
 currency). Members of clubs chartered or reactivated between July 15 and September 30
 shall pay the sum of twelve dollars ($12.00 US currency) for International dues and shall
 be in good standing for the remainder of the current year and the following administrative
 year.

 Section 5
 The annual dues and "Dues and Membership Form" must be submitted to Circle K
 International by December 1 to maintain the status "in good standing." This club shall also
 submit updated forms and the appropriate dues for each additional member that joins
 during the fiscal year. Similar forms are required from the Circle K district and should be
 sent at the same time the forms are sent to Circle K International.

 Section 6
 Any club more than thirty (30) days in arrears for any indebtedness to its sponsoring
 Kiwanis Club, its district, or to Circle K International, shall not be considered in good
 standing, and may have its charter or membership suspended or revoked by action of the
 Circle K International Board of Trustees, provided that notice of said indebtedness shall
 have been duly sent by the International Administrator to the president of the club in
 question. The Board of Trustees may restore such club to membership upon payment of its
 indebtedness.

 Section 7
 Any member club that fails to conform to the Constitution and Bylaws of Circle K
 International or that fails to conform to the policies for clubs established by the
 International Board of Trustees, may have its charter and membership suspended or
 revoked, or may otherwise be disciplined by action of the Board of Trustees, providing
 that a copy of the charges with a notice of the hearing thereof before the Board of Trustees
 of Circle K International shall have been sent by mail by the Administrator of Circle K
 International to the last reported president and secretary of said club at least thirty (30)
 days before said hearing shall be held. The hearing shall be held at the time of a regularly
 scheduled Board of Trustees meeting and the subject club shall be entitled to appear
 before the Board to present its case.

 Section 8
 Any member club may resign from This organization provided that all financial and other
 obligations of such club to This organization, and its sponsoring Kiwanis club, shall have
 been fulfilled. If the club is incorporated, the corporation shall have been duly dissolved,
 and upon resolution of resignation, adopted and approved by three-fourths (3/4) vote of
 the active membership of such club, the resolution shall be certified by the club's secretary
 and sent to the Administrator of Circle K International. Such resignation shall become
 effective when accepted by the Board of Trustees, and by such action of the club
 surrenders all rights to use the name, emblem, and other insignia of This organization. The
 Board of Trustees may, upon written application of such club, reinstate the club
 membership in Circle K International.

 Section 9
 Any Circle K club whose membership in Circle K International has been terminated in any
 manner shall forfeit all interest in any funds or other property and all right to the use of the
 name, emblem, or insignia of This organization.


 Article VI: Membership and Classification

 Section 1
 Membership of This club shall be of two classes, active and honorary.
 a.  Any student of good character who is officially enrolled for at least half time status,
      as defined by the institution in which a club exists, may be elected to active
      membership in said club. Membership shall become inactive when the above
      academic requirements are not met during the academic year. An academic year
      shall be defined by the institution.

      (Note: Additional requirements for membership, not inconsistent with the
      Constitution and Bylaws of Circle K International, may be adopted by a majority
      vote of the membership of This club.)

 b.  Any person, who holds membership (other than honorary) in any other Circle K
      Club, or other K-Family organizations, shall not be eligible for active membership in
      This club.
 c.  Any person not otherwise eligible for active membership who has made a significant
      contribution to the club, campus or community may be elected an honorary member
      of This club for a period of one (1) year.
 d.  Honorary members shall pay no dues and shall be entitled to all privileges of
      membership in the club with the exception of voting and holding office.
 e.  Any student of good character who is officially enrolled for at least half time status,
      as defined by Harvard University, may be elected to active membership in the MIT
      club. Membership shall become inactive when the above academic requirements are
      not met during the academic year. An academic year shall be defined by Harvard
      University.

 Section 2
 An active member of This club shall meet all minimum membership requirements as
 outlined in these bylaws and shall be entitled to all privileges of This club. The Board of
 Directors of This club shall review periodically the compliance of each member to the
 club's minimum membership requirements.

 Section 3
 Each Circle K club shall adopt criteria which will serve as minimum membership
 requirements for all members and prospective members of CKI. Criteria shall be adopted
 by majority vote of the club board of directors.

 The criteria for students seeking membership shall include:

 a.  payment of all club, district and International dues. In the event that a perspective
      member demonstrates the inability to meet the financial obligations of membership,
      special provisions shall be made by This club to cover said dues;
 b.  club meeting attendance requirements;
 c.  Circle K education seminar attendance requirements;
 d.  attendance requirements for Circle K sponsored service, personal leadership
      development, and fellowship activities;
 e.  fulfillment of any other requirements as set forth by the club, provided that these
      requirements do not violate the provisions of the Constitution and Bylaws of CKI.

 The criteria for a student to retain active membership shall include:

 a.  payment of all club, district, and International dues by December 1. In the event that
      a member demonstrates the inability to meet the financial obligations of active
      membership, special provisions shall be made by This club to cover said dues.
 b. club meeting attendance requirements;
 c. Circle K education seminar attendance requirements;
 d. attendance requirements for Circle K sponsored service, personal leadership
      development, and fellowship activities;
 e. Maintain the minimum grade point average as set forth by the institution for
      graduation;
 f.  fulfillment of any other requirements as set forth by the club, provided that these
      requirements do not violate the provisions of the Constitution and Bylaws of CKI.

 The above stated criteria shall be met within a specific time period as set forth by the club,
 not to exceed one administrative year.

 The district and Circle K International shall have the right to request changes in club
 criteria in the event it does not comply with This section.

 Section 4
 In no instance shall This club place a "maximum" limit on its membership, or have any
 special requirements for membership which may lead to discrimination based on race,
 creed, color, sex, sexual preference, ancestry, national origin, handicap, or religion.

 Section 5
 The selection (election) and discipline of active and honorary members in This club shall be
 by majority vote of the membership of This club, functioning under the rules of the
 institution and counsel of the sponsoring Kiwanis club.



 Article VII: Suspension and Termination of Membership

 Section 1
 Any active member who is thirty (30) days or more in arrears in the payment of dues
 and/or financial obligations shall, at the direction of a majority vote of the Board of
 Officers, be suspended and so notified in writing by the secretary. In the event that a
 member demonstrates the inability to meet the financial obligations of membership, special
 provisions shall be made by This club to cover said costs. Any suspended member, upon
 payment of arrears and upon making application to the Board of Officers, may be
 reinstated by majority vote of the Board of Officers within thirty (30) days of aforesaid
 written notice. In the event the member is not reinstated within thirty (30) days of aforesaid
 written notice, the member may be removed from active membership as prescribed in
 Article VII, Section 2.

 Section 2
 Any suspended member may be removed from active membership of the club by a
 two-thirds (2/3) vote of the entire active membership of the club upon a recommendation
 of a majority of the Board of Officers. The Board of Officers shall make such
 recommendation only after they have held a hearing to determine whether just cause for
 dismissal exists, and have afforded the suspended member in question the opportunity to
 be heard. In the event any suspended member should be removed from active
 membership, he/she shall be notified in writing by the secretary. Thereafter, the member
 may become an active member of the club only as provided for in Article VI, Section 1, of
 these Bylaws.

 Section 3
 The Board of Officers shall periodically assess the personal involvement and meeting
 attendance of each active member. Any active member who, without excuse, fails to meet
 the standards of attendance and participation set forth by the Board of Officers shall, using
 procedures as prescribed in Article VII, Section 2 of these Bylaws, be removed from the
 active membership of This club.

 Section 4
 Any active member who falls below the minimum scholastic standards set forth by This
 club may be placed on probation by the Board of Officers for a term not to exceed one
 full college term, and/or be removed from active membership using procedures as
 prescribed in Article VII, Section 2, of these Bylaws.

 Section 5
 Any member charged with conduct unbecoming a Circle K member which may impugn or
 reflect unfavorably on the good name of Circle K International or Kiwanis International
 can be removed from active membership using procedures as prescribed in Article VII,
 Section 2 of these Bylaws.

 Section 6
 a.  Any member of This club may resign his/her membership provided that all
      indebtedness to This club, to the New England district, and to Circle K International
      has been paid in full. Such resignations shall be accepted in writing by the secretary
      and shall become effective when accepted by the Board of Officers.
 b.  Membership in This club shall automatically cease on September 30 of the same
      calendar year following graduation, or when a member fails to meet enrollment,
      academic or membership requirements.

 Section 7
 Any person whose membership in This club has been terminated in any matter shall forfeit
 all interest in any funds or other property belonging to the club, and the right to use the
 Circle K name, emblem, or other insignia.



Article VIII: Officers

 Section 1
 The officers of This club shall be a president, one or more vice-presidents, a secretary,
 and a treasurer. Additional officers may be elected to the board when requested by the
 club and approved by the New England Circle K District Board of Officers. These
 officers shall constitute the Board of Officers for This club. All officers shall be active
 members in good standing with This club.

 Section 2
 Elections of officers shall be held at a regularly scheduled meeting at least two weeks prior
 to the district convention. All officers shall assume their official duties on April 1 following
 their election. If the annual district convention is held later than March 31 in any given year,
 all officers shall assume their official duties on April 15. They shall serve for one (1) year or
 until their successors are duly elected and installed. The outgoing president and secretary
 of This club shall promptly certify to the secretary/treasurer of the New England Circle K
 District and to the International Administrator the names, addresses and telephone
 numbers of the newly elected officers.

 a.  All voting shall be done by written ballot. The election of the president, vice
      president, secretary, and treasurer shall be conducted separately and using separate
      ballots. The election of the president shall be completed first and results announced
      to the body, followed by the vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Cumulative
      voting, absentee voting and voting by proxy shall not be allowed. When the number
      of candidates for any office shall exceed two (2), the following procedure shall be
      followed:
      i.
           In the event that one candidate receives a majority of those votes cast on the
           first ballot, that candidate shall be elected.
      ii.
           In the event that no one (1) candidate receives a majority of those votes cast
           on the first ballot, those two (2) candidates receiving the highest number of
           votes, whose combined total constitutes a majority of those votes cast on the
           first ballot shall appear on the final ballot. The candidate receiving the highest
           number of votes on the final ballot shall be elected.
      iii.
           In the event that no one (1) candidate receives a majority of those votes cast
           on the first ballot, and the combined total of those two highest candidates
           does not constitute a majority of those votes cast, the candidate receiving the
           lowest number of votes shall be eliminated. This procedure shall continue until
           two (2) candidates have a combined total which constitutes a majority of
           those votes cast. These two candidates shall appear on the final ballot. The
           candidate receiving the highest number of votes cast on the final ballot shall
           be elected.

 Section 3
 The duties of the officers shall be as follows:
 a.  The president shall be the executive officer of This club and shall preside over all
      meetings of the club and the Board of Officers. The president shall appoint
      committee members, with the Board of Officers' approval, and be an ex-officio
      member of all standing and special committees. The president shall present the
      views of the club to the district in relation to the club. As the official representative
      of the club, the president shall promote the growth of Circle K on the campus and
      within the community. The president shall cooperate fully with his/her sponsoring
      Kiwanis club and promote K-Family relations. He/she shall act as one of the
      delegates of the club to the district convention, and it shall be This person's
      responsibility to have This club represented at both the district and International
      convention by two voting delegates. The outgoing president, in conjunction with the
      Kiwanis and faculty advisors, shall make provisions for the training of the new
      Board of Officers prior to their installation. The president shall perform such other
      duties as usually pertain to the office of president.
 b.  The vice president, in the absence of the president, shall preside at all meetings of
      This club and of the Board of Officers, shall be directly responsible to the president
      for all committee activities, and shall chair the Steering Committee which shall be
      composed of all committee chairpersons. The vice president shall also perform such
      other duties as usually pertain to the office, or as may be assigned by the President
      of the Board of Officers.
 c.  The secretary shall record accurate minutes of the meetings; shall maintain the club's
      permanent records; shall update all addresses; shall be the official club
      correspondent; shall communicate with International, both representatives and the
      office; shall order club supplies; shall publish the club bulletin; and shall perform
      such other duties as pertain to This office or as may be assigned by the club
      president.
 d.  The treasurer shall collect and disburse member dues; shall prepare and adhere to
      an approved budget; shall maintain accurate records; shall transact business through
      a bank or school account; shall keep the Board of Officers informed of financial
      strengths and weaknesses of the club; shall have the books audited; shall
      communicate with district officers; shall file appropriate forms with the IRS if
      necessary; shall inform the sponsoring Kiwanis club of the club's financial status; and
      shall perform such other duties as pertain to This office or as may be assigned by
      the club president.

 Section 4
 An officer may be removed for just cause from office by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the
 entire active membership of This club upon the recommendation of a majority of the Board
 of Officers. The club shall consider the dismissal of an officer only after the Board of
 Officers has held a hearing to determine whether or not just cause for dismissal exists, and
 have afforded the officer in question the opportunity to be heard. In the event any officer
 should be removed from office, the officer shall be so notified in writing by the secretary
 (or secretary/treasurer).

 Section 5
 In the event of a vacancy in the office of president, the vice- president shall succeed to the
 office. If two or more vice- presidents hold office in the club, one of them shall be elected
 to fill the vacancy by a majority vote of the entire active membership of This club at the
 next regularly scheduled meeting. In the event of a vacancy in any other office, a majority
 vote of the active membership of This club present and voting at the next regularly
 scheduled meeting shall elect a member in good standing to serve for the remainder of the
 unexpired term.

 Section 6
 No elected club officer may hold a district office or an International office in addition to
 their club office.



 Article IX: Board of Officers

 Section 1
 The Board of Officers of This club shall consist of the elected officers, the faculty advisor,
 and the Kiwanis advisor. The faculty advisor and Kiwanis advisor shall be nonvoting,
 ex-officio members of the Board of Officers.

 Section 2
 The faculty advisor shall be a member of the administrative or academic staff of the
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The faculty advisor shall be elected in consultation
 with the appropriate school officials, and approved by a majority vote of the entire active
 membership of This club present and voting at a meeting designated by the Board of
 Officers for This purpose. The faculty advisor shall serve as liaison between the club and
 school administration and help to gain approval for club activities with the proper
 authorities when necessary. The faculty advisor shall participate as much as possible in
 club activities.

 Section 3
 The well-being and strength of the Circle K club shall be the responsibility of the
 sponsoring Kiwanis club. The Kiwanis club shall provide a Kiwanis Circle K Committee
 to advise and counsel the Circle K club while it is being formed and throughout its
 existence. The chairperson of the Kiwanis Circle K Committee shall serve as Circle K
 advisor and shall be responsible to the Kiwanis club for all Circle K activities. The Kiwanis
 advisor shall participate as much as possible in club activities and encourage other
 Kiwanians to do the same.

 Section 4
 The duties of the Board of Officers shall be to manage the business and to determine the
 policies of This club; to determine the nature and content of service activities in conjunction
 with input received from the active club membership; to plan and pursue membership
 recruitment and development; to maintain an operating budget and oversee disbursements
 of funds; to counsel all committees; to discipline members; and to perform such other
 duties as deemed necessary by the club, not inconsistent with the Constitution and Bylaws
 of Circle K International.

 Section 5
 The Board of Officers of This club shall meet at least twice per month during the school
 year, and at least once during the summer term, at a time and place that it shall determine,
 and at such other times as the president or a majority of the voting members deem
 necessary.



 Article X: Committees

 Section 1
 The president shall appoint, with the approval of the Board of Officers, standing
 committees for the purpose of assisting in the development of club programs. Such
 committees may include the following:

 a.  Membership Development and Education: This committee shall devise effective
      methods of recruiting and educating members to provide the necessary manpower
      for an effective program of service. The committee shall consider all proposals for
      membership and shall submit its recommendation to the Board of Officers.
 b.  K-Familiy Relations: This committee shall work with other committees in preparing
      inter-club activities with Kiwanis and Key Club, and shall see that the membership
      of This Circle K club and its sponsoring Kiwanis club are cognizant of all areas of
      each organization thereof.
 c.  Theme and Emphasis: The committee shall plan projects and activities promoting
      and supporting the International theme and major emphasis programs as well as the
      major emphasis programs of the New England Circle K District during their
      administrative year.
 d.  Public Relations: This committee shall be responsible for informing the campus and
      local community of the club's activities and goals through the use of articles,
      photographs, local and campus newspapers, radio, television, and through meetings
      with the administration of This college/university.
 e.  Social: This committee shall plan activities which will promote fellowship and
      strengthen friendships within the club and throughout the entire K-Family.

 (Note: The club is not limited to the committees specified above.)

 Section 2
 The president shall be empowered to appoint assistants, individuals, or special committees
 to help with the administrative operation of This club. All appointments shall be approved
 by the Board of Officers in consultation with the faculty advisor and/or the Kiwanis
 advisor. The president shall clearly define the responsibilities of these appointments, and
 their terms shall expire at the end of the administrative year, or at such time during the year
 when the president determines that their responsibilities have been fulfilled.



 Article XI: Revenue

 Section 1
 Each active member shall pay to This club an annual dues of $2.00. The amount of these
 dues shall be determined by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the active members of This club
 present and voting at any regularly scheduled meeting.

 Section 2
 This club shall pay to the New England Circle K District for every active member an
 annual dues of $6.00, due on October 1 of each year and considered delinquent on the
 same day International dues are delinquent, or on the days specified in the District Bylaws.
 In no case shall the district dues exceed ten dollars ($10.00 US currency) per annum per
 active member.

 Section 3
 Revenue may be derived from other sources in such a manner as may be determined by
 the Board of Officers. The MIT Circle K Club shall never sponsor or participate in any
 manner in a lottery, raffle, drawing, or game of chance for the purpose of raising funds, or
 shall employ a lottery, raffle, drawing, or game of chance in connection with any
 fundraising activity, unless This club has received the prior approval of the Circle K District
 Board of Officers and the sponsoring Kiwanis District Board of Trustees. Such approval
 so granted does not constitute official endorsement of such activities by Circle K
 International or Kiwanis International. Any lottery, raffle, drawing, or game of chance so
 approved must not contravene any laws, mores, customs or traditions of the country, state
 or province in which the Circle K club exists. The club shall not directly or indirectly
 engage in any activity which may impugn or reflect unfavorably on the good name of Circle
 K or of Kiwanis.



Article XII: Incorporations

 Section 1
 If permitted by state, provincial or national law, This club may incorporate as a nonprofit
 corporation subject to the approval of the Circle K International Board of Trustees, but
 only by the name designated on its Charter of Organization, such as the "Circle K Club of
 MIT." This club shall agree, as a condition precedent to incorporation, that it will, as an
 incorporated body, abide by these Bylaws, the Bylaws of the New England Circle K
 District, and the Constitution and Bylaws of Circle K International then in force, or
 thereafter, from time to time, amended.



 Article XIII: Parliamentary Authority

 Section 1
 The current edition of "Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised" shall be the parliamentary
 authority for all matters of procedure not specifically outlined in these Bylaws, or in the
 Bylaws of the New England Circle K District, or in the Constitution and Bylaws of Circle
 K International.



 Article XIV: Amendments

 Section 1
 These Bylaws should be reviewed annually to maintain consistency with the Standard
 Form for Club Bylaws, New England Circle K District Bylaws and the Constitution and
 Bylaws of Circle K International. Amendment procedure requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote
 at any regular meeting of This club, providing that written notice of any proposed
 amendments shall have been distributed to the active membership at least two (2) weeks
 prior to the meeting at which the proposals are to be considered. All such amendments
 must be consistent with the Bylaws of the New England Circle K District and the
 Constitution and Bylaws of Circle K International, and shall become effective only upon
 their approval by the New England Circle K District Board of Officers and the Circle K
 International Board of Trustees.



 Article XV: ASA God Clause

 Section 1
 The Circle K Club of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology agrees to abide by the
 rules and regulations of the Association of Student Activities, and its executive committee.
 This Constitution, amendments to it, and the Bylaws of This organization shall be subject to
 review by the ASA executive Committee to insure that they are in accordance with the
 aforementioned rules and regulations.

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