[This is the text of the Constitution reflecting the 1995 version. It has a blue cover, table of contents, and six pages of eleven articles and six by-laws. It was typed in a fixed spacing font so the layout has been modified a little to suit HTML.]
Important: This is only a copy of the Constitution, not the official version.
It may not reflect recent changes, and may well contain
typographic errors. For more official wording, see the
Executive Committee members.
"No more strange cultures of strangers"
An endeavor for better international understanding today
Contents of the Constitution
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of this organization shall be the "Cosmopolitan Club of the
University of Delaware".
The purpose of this organization shall be:
welcome new international students to the
provide opportunities for foreign and domestic students to
meet one another and become involved in social
organize educational and informative programs for both
domestic and foreign students, and
promote understanding of foreign cultures on campus and
within the community.
the club's membership:
active member is one who supports the club's programs and
who has paid the $3 dues for one academic year. Those who
join the club in the Spring Semester will pay half the
dues. All students of the University are eligible for
membership. Deadline for payment of dues shall be March 31
of each year.
honorary member is one who, because of some association
with, or service to the Club, is elected to membership by
the Executive Committee, without being required to pay
dues. The honorary member shall receive the same privileges
as the active member except for the fact that he/she will
neither be eligible to vote, nor be elected to hold office.
The honorary membership shall last throughout one term at
which time it must be either renewed or discontinued by the
of members: All members shall receive membership cards upon
acquisition of membership which shall be valid for one dues
period or one full year (12 months). Members may be asked
to contribute to recreational evenings, picnics and other
club functions, whenever necessary. Special activities of
the Club may be open only to members.
members in good standing shall have the right to vote. To
vote, a member must be present at the meeting to cast
his/her ballot in person.
Executive Committee shall consist of four officers and four
chairmen of standing committees. The Executive Committee
shall be elected by the members. The faculty adviser shall
of the Executive Committee.
for all actions of the Club shall rest with the Executive
Executive Committee shall have the power to dismiss and/or
replace any member of the Committee who resigns or fails to
properly discharge his/her duties, provided that the action
is ratified by 2/3 of the active members present at the
meeting following the action of the Committee. The vote
shall be by secret ballot.
of the Executive Committee shall be open to members at the
discretion of the Committee.
officers of the Club shall be President, Vice-President,
Secretary and Treasurer.
eligible for an office, a candidate must be (a) a regular
full-time student at the University, (b) a member of the
Club, and (c) in good standing
officers shall attend all meetings of the Club and the
Executive Committee unless previously excused by the
chairperson of the Executive Committee.
President shall be the chairperson of the Executive
Committee. The Executive Committee shall represent the Club
in outside contacts. This Committee shall create or
dissolve temporary committees by appointing or dismissing
their chairpersons. The President shall represent the Club
on committees on which he/she club is asked to serve, and
he holds the right to appoint a club member to do
Vice-President shall act as direct agent for the President.
He/she shall preside at meetings in the absence of the
President and shall represent the President in times of
absence. He/she shall be an
of all temporary committees and shall be responsible for
the smooth transaction of all Club
Secretary shall handle the Club's correspondence which
shall include the mailing of notices and announcements of
the meetings to all the members. The secretary shall keep a
complete list of members with other needed pieces of
information such as addresses, majors, nationalities, etc.
He/she shall record the minutes of all meetings and shall
keep a list of the Club's activities with important details
for future reference.
Treasurer shall collect dues, keep the books and be
responsible for the financial proceedings of the Club.
He/she shall become acquainted with and follow University
rules for student treasurers. The Treasurer shall have the
right to pay bills under $10 for publicity and refreshments
at his/her own discretion. All other bills must be
presented to the Executive Committee in the form of
estimates before the purchase is made. The Treasurer shall
make the budget for reports at every Executive Committee
meeting, all business meetings, and whenever requested to
do so by the Executive Committee.
the Standing Committees:
standing committees shall be (1) The Hospitality Committee,
(2) The Intercultural Communications Committee, (3) The
Publicity Committee, and (4) The Activities Committee. Each
committee shall have members who are in good standing with
the Club. Committee members shall be chosen in May of every
year. No officer may be on a standing committee during
his/her term of office. No person shall be a member of two
standing committees simultaneously. All committee members
excluding the chairperson, must be approved by a simple
majority vote of the Executive
duties of the Standing Committees are as
Hospitality Committee shall:
as hosts at regular meetings of the
Organize programs which make the civic community more
Receive International students on their arrival to Newark
and introduce them to their host
cooperation with the appropriate Foreign Student
Association, assist new arrivals in search of
Introduce students to the University
Intercultural Communications Committee
Involve the University Community in the sound study of the
varieties of cultures and their
Encourage active joint participation of domestic and
foreign students at the University of Delaware in the
affairs of the University, the Community and the
Organize intercultural affairs in the form of picnics,
trips, lectures, panels, symposia, plays,
Publicity Committee shall:
Publicize meetings and Club functions.
articles for the University newspaper.
Sponsor the publication and the postage of a monthly
newsletter or magazine.
Activities Committee shall:
reservations for rooms or halls for meetings, and other
Organize the set up and clean up of rooms used for
Arrange refreshments for meetings, picnics and special
fully in charge of events in process.
committees shall consist of a chair, appointed by the
Executive Committee, and as many members as needed,
appointed by the chair but approved by the Executive
Committee. A committee shall last until the assigned task
is fulfilled at which time it shall be dissolved by the
regular meetings of the Club shall be held at the
discretion of the Executive Committee at least once a
month, whenever possible, throughout the year. Other
special functions may be substituted for one of these
executive meetings shall be held at least twice a month.
These meetings shall be devoted to the planning of programs
and should be attended by the persons who are presenting
the programs. The Executive Committee can summon an
emergency meeting whenever necessary.
shall be at least one business meeting per year. Other such
meetings shall be called by the Executive
elections shall be held the first week of May each year.
Announcements for candidacy to the Executive Committee
shall be received by theex
of the Committee, namely the International Student Adviser,
by the last day of March. Candidacies will be filed per
position desired. The exact date, time, and place of the
election should be announced at least one month in advance
to all the Club members. If less number of candidates than
offices to be filled have filed by the deadline,
nominations from the floor prior to the election process
during the election meeting will be accepted, but only for
positions for which no candidates have been
constitution may be amended by a 2/3 majority of the voting
members present at that meeting.
by-laws may be amended by a simple majority vote at the
1. No voting can be held unless a quorum is present. A quorum
shall be 1/4 of the voting members.
decision of the Executive Committee can be overriden by a
2/3 vote of the members present at a regular
3. The treasury of the Club is to be used for official Club
functions only. Any person who must make a purchase for the
Club must first present an estimate for the approval of the
Treasurer before payment is made. Unauthorized bills may be
made only in part at the discretion of the Executive
4. No member of the Executive Committee can be elected in
a valid reason for his absence. The reason will be conveyed
to the ex officio member
in advance. The ex officio member
will be the sole judge on the validity of the
The ex officio member
of the Executive Committee shall announce the names of the
election offices before the elections. His/her duties will
be to conduct the elections by secret ballot and announce
the results thereof.
The members of the newly-elected
Executive Committee shall begin their term on June 1
following the election at which time the previous Executive
Committee shall cease to