Bag the Bag Constitution

Preamble

We the members of Bag the Bag, and subscribing to the regulations and policies of the University of

Georgia, establish this Constitution to govern the matters within our organization.

 

ARTICLE I: Name

The name of this organization or association is Bag the Bag

 

ARTICLE II: Purpose/Mission

The purpose/mission of Bag the Bag shall be to raise awareness about the ecological and economic dangers of single use plastic bags and other single use plastics while promoting the use of reusable alternatives as a sustainable alternative. We hope to encourage the Athens community to stop the plastic bag habit through education at schools and classes, outreach with local organizations and businesses, and advocacy through county legislation.

 

ARTICLE III: Membership

Section I

Bag the Bag membership status is acquired upon meeting the following requirements:

i. current enrollment at the University of Georgia

ii. paid student activities fee, in full

iii. attendance at a minimum of three (3) general body meetings as documented by the Secretary

iv. attendance at a minimum of two (2) events such as Bag Tally Days, service projects, canvassing

v. attendance at at least one (1) monthly river clean-up service project event per semester

vi. Members must sign up for at least one (1) of the two (2) subcommittee

vii. Members shall sign an oath limiting their plastic bag consumption.

Section II

Membership includes eligibility to vote in Board of Directors elections, special elections, and amendments to the Constitution

Section III

Bag the Bag membership status will be evaluated at the beginning of each officer term by Secretary

Section IV

The Board of Directors may, by majority vote, take disciplinary action against Bag the Bag members, including but not limited to suspension of voting privileges, letters of censure, and exclusion from Bag the Bag functions.

Section V

Membership status shall continue until graduation of the member or until the member requests a termination of membership from the Secretary. Termination of membership will immediately terminate all voting rights.

Section VI

Community Membership shall extend to alumni and local Athens Clarke County residents; Community Members may not participate in elections and voting decisions.

 

Article IV: Dues and Payment

No dues shall be required of any Bag the Bag member at any time.

 

ARTICLE V: Non-Discrimination

i. Membership and all privileges, including voting and officer positions, must be extended to all students

without regard to age, ethnicity, gender, disability, color, national origin, race, religion, sexual

orientation, or veteran status. However Religious student organizations will not be denied registration

solely because they limit membership or leadership positions to students who share the same religious beliefs.

ii. Membership and all privileges, including voting and officer positions, must be extended to all students as stated in the University of Georgia Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy. However, religious student organizations will not be denied registration solely because they limit membership or leadership positions to students who share the same religious beliefs. Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments Act of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex or handicap in most

educational programs and activities within the University.

 

ARTICLE VI: Officers

Section I: Requirements

i. All officers must be enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours at the University of Georgia and should be in good academic standing.

ii. The officers of this organization shall consist of: 5 positions.

iii. Must have at least a 2.0 GPA and a passion for plastic bag waste reduction

iv. Attend relevant CSO workshops and networking events

 

Section II: Terms

i. Terms begin in January immediately following elections

ii. Terms end following two one-on-one meetings with incoming officer

iii. Terms last one complete year

iv. There shall be no term limit for Officers

 

Section III: Elections

i. Elections shall be held the first meeting in January

ii. A silent election will be practiced

iii. In the event of a vacancy (due to impeachment, graduation, study abroad, etc.) elections shall be held at the following meeting

 

Section IV: Removal

i. Impeachment can be requested by any Executive board Member

ii. Impeachment requires agreement with three of four executive members not under review and verified by the advisor

 

Section V: Executive Director

i. Overseer of all events and activities

ii. Set agenda prior to general body and executive meetings

iii. Lead general body meetings

iv. Write up and collect Membership Bag the Bag Oath

 

Section VI: Secretary

i. Secretary will record the attendance for each meeting as well as notes

ii. Send out emails summarizing meeting minutes and upcoming events

iii. Maintain list of members

iv. Maintain website

 

Section VII: Director of Finances

i. Apply for Small Clubs Allocation and manage on campus banking

ii. Deal with money from fundraisers and events

iii. Oversee spending of organization funds

 

Section VIII: Event Coordinator

i. Plan out upcoming events for the club.

ii. Make Facebook events for meetings and events

iii. Reserve rooms for meetings and events

iv. Reserve Tate Plaza, Display Boards, and relevant materials for meetings/events.

v. Work with Director of Outreach to plan monthly service project to clean up plastic bag litter in the community

 

Section IX: Director of Outreach

i. Maintain ties with community organizations, businesses

ii. Keep records of contacted businesses, ACC representatives,

iii. Orchestrate and record signatures for petitions

iv. Make and oversee distribution of fliers and educational material

v. Work with Event Coordinator to plan monthly service project to clean up plastic bag litter in the community

 

ARTICLE VII : Meetings

This article should state the provisions for setting up a regular meeting time, any provisions to be made for calling a special meeting, and stipulations for quorum; the officer position which has the authority to call meetings should also be stated here.

 

i. Meetings shall be held bi-weekly.

ii. Officer meetings shall be held at least once a month

iii. Stipulations for quoruma quorum shall consist of six (6) voting members

iv. River cleanup service projects shall be held monthly to clean up plastic bag litter.

 

ARTICLE VIII: Amendments

Section I

This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of Bag the Bag members present at a regular meeting, pursuant to the procedures specified by this Constitution.

Section II

Each amendment shall be submitted in writing to the Board of Directors during a regularly scheduled Board meeting for approval by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. The amendment, pending approval and amendment by the Board of Directors, will be presented to the Bag the Bag membership at the next general body meeting; discussed for two Bag the Bag general body meetings; voted on at the third general body meeting after the amendment has been submitted to the Board of Directors, no less than three weeks after the amendment is submitted.

 

ARTICLE IX: Advisors

i. There shall be at least 1 faculty/staff/community member advisor who shall be the members ex-officio with no voting privileges

ii. Advisor shall have interest in Bag the Bag mission as demonstrated through academic research or community efforts.

iii. Oversee and signoff on UGA Agency Account transactions

iv. Advisor can be removed through unanimous vote of Board of Directors

 

 

ARTICLE X: Subcommittees

Section I

Subcommittees shall adhere to Bag the Bag constitution.

i. “The Bag Snaggers” shall be responsible for the distribution, collection, and maintenance of plastic bag recycling bins; Responsible for checking email and plastic bag recycling bins and emptying when they are full.

ii. The Bag Legislation Committee shall be responsible for maintaining contact with local officials, businesses, and citizens in order to connect local citizens with UGA students.

iii. Subcommittees can be formed and disbanded through majority vote of Board of Directors

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