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Article I

The name of the organization shall be Harvard Rhetorical Society.

Article II

The Harvard Rhetorical Society is concerned with the art of American rhetoric and will provide the Harvard Community with the opportunity to study, compose, and present speeches. Meetings and activities will be oriented around neither competition nor debate. The organization will promote a greater awareness and understanding of rhetoric in the Harvard community and beyond by hosting workshops with prominent speech writers and coaches, analyzing speeches in study groups, as well as composing and presenting speeches at weekly meetings. In short, the Harvard Rhetorical Society will allow the Harvard community to rigorously analyze and meaningfully participate n the art and science of American oratory as it exists today.

Article III

A. Membership in this organization shall be open to all students in good standing currently enrolled in Harvard College, regardless of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, or physical disability.

B. Membership shall be retained until the student severs relations with the University whether by graduation or otherwise. Membership will be retained during the vacations and recesses of the University.

C. General membership shall meet at least once a month, but preferable once a week.

D. Any member may resign at any time by filing written resignation with the President.

Article IV

The officers of the group shall be undergraduates. The following three officers comprise the Executive Committee, which shall be the administrative and decision-making body of the organization:

A. PRESIDENT. The president will be the chief executive officer of the organization and shall have general supervision and control of its activities. Specific responsibilities of the president shall include chairing executive board and general meetings, and overseeing the weekly selection and editing of speeches.

B. VICE-PRESIDENT. The vice-president shall assist the president and assume his or her duties when the president is unable to serve. Specific responsibilities of the vice-president shall include recruiting new members, planning events, and coordinating activities of (non-exec) board members.

C. TREASURER. The treasurer will have general charge of the financial affairs of the group. He or she shall initiate and execute fundraising activities, and keep accurate records of these affairs. Specific activities include applying for grants, managing the bank account, and coordinating organization-wide fundraising efforts.

D. SPEAKERS DIRECTOR, WEB / MEDIA / PUBLICATION DIRECTOR, SPEECH COMPETITION DIRECTOR, MEMBERS-AT-LARGE, etc. Various positions will be created by the executive board as it sees fit.

Article V

A. The President, Vice-President, and Treasurer, shall be elected annually by the members of the group. Elections shall be held during the month of April. The term of office shall start on the first day of summer recess and shall terminate on the last day of the following academic year.

B. Members-At-Large shall be appointed annually in April by the newly-elected President, Vice-President, and Treasurer, all of whom must approve each member-at-large.

C. Any undergraduate member of the group may be nominated for election. Nominations shall be filed in writing with the President at least two weeks before the date appointed for elections. All members shall have one vote by secret ballot. Members may vote by written proxy if necessary. The President shall be responsible for informing all members of the election date and candidates.

Article VI

A. Meetings of the group shall be held on a regular basis for the purpose of determining policy, activities, programs, and other business. Special meetings of the group may be called by the President, or any five members of the group.

B. A simply majority of the group shall constitute a quorum.

C. The President shall chair all meetings. In the President’s absence, the Vice-President shall chair.

D. Notice of regular and special meetings shall be communicated to all members of the group by the President.

E. All members shall have one vote with respect to any resolutions put forward during a meeting. Members may vote by written proxy if necessary.

Article VII

A. This constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority vote of the group.

B. Any three members of the group may propose an amendment. Proposal shall be filed in writing with the President prior to a meeting, so that the group may debate the proposal. Amendments may be voted on at regular or special meetings.

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