Ginny Weinstein's Constitution
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Ginny Weinstein BBG's handy on-line Constitution

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The Constitution of:
Ginny Weinstein BBG #1604
Modified June 1, 1999


Preamble
The Bınai Bırith Girls has for its purpose:
The spiritual, mental, and physical development of the Jewish youth;
The inclusion of a love and understanding of their Jewish cultural heritage;
The simulation of responsibility as a good citizen in the community in which they live, as well as the Jewish community;
The encouragement of goodwill among the youth of all people and interest in humanitarian, philanthropic and educational endeavors.

ARTICLE I: Bınai Bırith Youth Commission
The provisions of the Constitution and By-laws of the Bınai Bırith Youth Commission are hereby made a part hereof and whenever there is any conflict between this Constitution and By-laws and these of the Bınai Bırith Youth Commission as they now read, or may later be amended, such provisions of the Constitution and By-laws of the Bınai Bırith Youth Commission shall be supreme in every case.

ARTICLE II: Name
The name of this chapter shall be Ginny Weinstein Chapter number 1604 of the Bınai Bırith Girls with a membership equivalent to the numbers prescribed by the local Bınai Bırith Board.

ARTICLE III: Membership
Section 1: Eligibility (to be a member in BBG)
A. An applicant for membership in BBG must be:
1. An unmarried Jewish girl
2. Going into the ninth grade
B. A member may remain in the chapter until she completes her senior year in high school
Section 2: Member in Good Standing
A. A member must be considered in good standing during the previous six month period in order to:
1. Participate in any chapterıs nom period and walkdown
2. Run for chapter office
3. Transfer to another chapter
B. In order to be considered a member in good standing, a member must (During a six month period):
1. Attend all chapter meetings
2. Attend at least 50% of all official projects
3. Participate in all chapter fundraisers
4. Satisfactorily fulfill the obligations of her office, if in office in the chapter

A valid excuse may be accepted by the president or advisor for failure to meet any of the above standards

Determination of member in good standing shall be agreed upon by the president and advisor

C. A member failing to meet good standing requirements as a result of absences or failure to pay dues/fines, can be reinstated as a member in good standing by fulfilling the requirements in a later six month period. After being reinstated, she can again participate in all chapter activities (including holding office, nom and walkdown eligibility, and nom period)
D. A member failing to meet the good standing requirements of fulfilling official duties may be reinstated by fulfilling those obligations during the rest of her term in office. She is reinstated as soon as it is evident (after being informed of her failure) that she is making a reasonable attempt to fulfill those duties

If a member resigns her office or fails to perform her duties in the last three months of her term, she may be reinstated to good standing status by meting the conditions in section C of this article

E. A girl who is not a member in good standing will lose the following privileges:
1. Voting in all chapter elections
2. Eligibility to be picked up as a nom by another chapter
3. Walking down with a nom/beau at Walkdown

Section 3: Non-resident member
A girl may be a non-resident member in Ginny Weinstein, if she lives in a community in which there is no BBG chapter. She may join a chapter in another community by paying one-half chapter dues and all Regional and District dues.

Section 4: Expulsion
A. Any member that conducts herself in a manor unbecoming a member in the Bınai Bırith Youth Organization may be temporarily suspended form the chapter by the advisor
B. Should the advisor decide that expulsion may be necessary, he or she may bring the matter to the attention of the Asst. Regional Director

Section 5: Resignation
A member in good standing may resign by tendering such resignation in writing. The resignation shall be read at the next regular chapter meeting

Section 6: Transferring Chapters
All transfers must be handled through the Dallas Council Director. A letter must be given to him/her stating the reason for change in chapters. A member is eligible for transfer if she has been in the chapter for a period of six months or more. She is eligible for transfer only if she is a member in good standing

Section 7: Members-in-Training
A. Members in Training (MITs) are to be accepted in the manor prescribed by the Dallas Council
B. MIT classes are not to be less than four weeks in length nor more than 14 weeks
C. MIT Moms are required to give a report to the chapter concerning the MITsı progress, plans, and activities at each business meeting
D. No MIT shall be admitted as a fulfledged member unless she completes the following:
1. She must take the MIT examination given by the MIT Mom
2. She must attend and participate in the official induction ceremony unless a valid excuses is presented to the MIT Mom. Special individual cases will be decided upon by the advisor, president, and MIT Mom
3. She must participate in planning a project and fundraiser with the rest of the MIT class, if a project and fundraiser is planned

Section 8: Life Membership
A. Eligibility
Life membership may be taken by a Ginny Weinstein member after an active membership in the chapter and who has fulfilled all the following:
1. Be a member in good standing, not on suspension
2. Be approved and passed on by the Chapter advisors

Section 9: Suspension
A. A member shall be up for suspension for one or more of the following reasons:
1. Failure to attend three consecutive meetings or projects without giving a valid excuse to the president or advisor prior to the meeting. (If a member is expelled from a meeting, she is counted absent)
2. Failure to attend 50% of all affairs and meetings within a three month period without a valid excuse
3. Failure to pay dues
B. Procedure of Suspension
The girl in question will be notified of her suspension by the president and the advisors
1. After being suspended from the chapter, a member must go on a three meeting or three project suspension period during which time she must attend all 3 meetings and/or projects consecutively (not including sports) or present a valid excuse to the president. The president and advisors will determine the validity of the excuse. The girl, during her suspension, will not be allowed to vote; take life membership; or will be asked by the president for her resignation, if a chapter officer.
2. If a member undergoes the suspension period, after that period is terminated the member will be considered to have fulfilled all the requirements of the suspension period and the member is automatically to be in good standing

Section 10: Absence
A member is considered absent if she:
A. Does not attend a meeting or project
B. Arrives more than 30 minutes after the meeting or project has begun unless a valid excuse is given prior to the meeting or project to the president or advisor
C. Failure to remain in the meeting for at least 30 minutes without giving the president or advisor a reason for leaving the meeting
D. If asked to leave by the president, parliamentarian, or advisor (expelled from the meeting/project)

ARTICLE IV: Fees, Dues, and Assessments
Section 1: Regular Dues
A. Designated dues shall be payable at the time designated by the advisor, president, and the council
B. MITs shall pay regular chapter dues

Section 2: International and Regional Dues
The chapter members shall pay the international and regional dues at the specified and in the specified amount once yearly

Section 3: Nom Dues
A. Nom dues shall be paid at the time designated by the advisor, president, and nom chairmen before nom period begins
B. Failure to turn in Nom dues before the designated time will result in the loss of the following privileges:
1. Voting for noms
2. Walking down with a nom or beau
3. Riding a nom pick-up bus

ARTICLE V: Meetings
Section 1: Regular
A. Regular meetings may be called at any time by the president with at least 5 days notice and approval by an advisor
B. There should be 2 or more meetings a month; the time and date will be set by the president
C. There must be one advisor for a meeting
D. Girls entering the room while a motion of new business is being discussed can not vote unless they have heard the previous discussion

Section 2: Special
A. Special meetings may be called by the president at any time, or shall be called by the written request of 10 members in good standing given to an advisor prior to the meeting
B. No special meeting shall be held until notice thereof
C. There shall be notice of this meeting at least 2 days previous to the date of such meeting
D. The notice of the meeting shall state the purpose for the special meeting, and no further business shall be transacted

Section 3: Quorum
A. One more than half the membership (a majority) of the chapter shall constitute a quorum
B. Summer quorum shall consist of one-third plus a member in good standing and shall come to meeting and projects held from June 1 through August 31, inclusive.
C. An advisor has the authority to declare a quorum when one does not exist if he/she feels it is necessary.
D. Elections meeting must be attended by a regular advisor to constitute a quorum for voting.

Section 4: Voting Procedures
A. The presiding officer shall vote at the same time as all other members vote, and she shall assist in the counting of ballots.
B. Life members are not aloud to vote.
C. MITs may vote on new business after attending one regular meeting and two MIT meetings.
D. The voting procedures shall be left up to the president and advisors.
E. The beau, president and advisor may count the votes for nom pick up and beau.
F. The MIT class as a whole shall only count as three votes until they are inducted
G. Girls entering the room while a motion is being discussed may not vote on that motion

Section 5: Election Meeting
A. Officers are elected for a six month period excluding the historian (1 year)
B. Caucusing and speaking shall be left to the discretion of the president

ARTICLE VI: Officers
Section 1: Chapter Offices
A. The chapter shall have the following offices:
1. President - Nısiah
2. Vice President - Sıganit (1 and 2)
3. MIT Mom - Morah
4. Corresponding Secretary - Mazkirah
5. Recording Secretary - Katvanit
6. Treasurer - Gizborit
7. Community Service/Jewish Heritage - Shılicha
8. Newspaper Editor - Orechet
9. Counselor - Madricha
10. Scrapbook - Safranit
11. Sergeant at Arms
12. Fold Chairman of:
a. Citizenship
b. Community Service
c. Creativity
d. Jewish Heritage
e. Sisterhood
f. Recreation
13. The Chairman:
a. Dance Chairman
b. Nom Chairman
c. Sunshine
d. Beau/Advisor

Section 2: Executive Board
The executive board shall consist of the following officers:
President, Vice President (1 and 2), MIT Mom, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Editor, Community Service/Jewish Heritage, Counselor

Section 3: Qualifications
To run for office:
A. The member must be in good standing
B. To run for president, a member must have previously been on the Exec. Board
C. To run for vice president (1) a member must have previously held an Exec. Board position or have been a fold
D. To run for MIT Mom, a member must have previously held an Exec. Board position and been through a MIT period as either a MIT or an older member
E. All folds will be appointed by the Vice President (1)
F. One member will be elected to each office unless specified in their duties below

Section 4: Duties of the Officers
A. President - Nısiah (1 person)
1. Preside at all Chapter meetings
2. Shall look over all committees
3. Shall clear dates for all meetings and projects
4. Shall correspond regularly with Regional Nısiah
5. Shall count all votes on closed ballot matters along with the advisors
6. Shall be a voting member of the executive board
7. Shall not concurrently hold any other executive board office or fold chairmanships. She may be one of the following: Dance chairman or Nom chairman
8. Shall be the Chapterıs head delegate at conventions
9. Shall be in charge of giving weekly correspondence to the corresponding secretaries, advisors, and beau
10. Shall notify members when they are no longer in good standing
11. May call and run executive board meetings in place of the Sıganit
B. Vice President - Sıganit (2 people, one for each position)
1. First Vice President
a. Shall assume the duties of the president in her absence
b. Shall be an ex-officio member of all committees
c. Shall lead all executive board meetings
d. Shall be responsible for all committee meetings in the Chatper
e. Shall pass out helpful hints booklets to the Fold Chairmen containing ideas from previous chairmen
f. Shall be in charge of the Chapterıs six-fold programming
g. Shall correspond with the Regional Sıganit
h. Shall NOT be responsible for carrying out projects
i. Shall be a resource for program ideas
j. Shall not hold another office except dance or nom chairman
k. Shall be a voting member of the executive board
2. Second Vice President
a. Shall get project information from the First Vice President and use it to make the monthly calendar
b. Shall turn these calendars in by the date set by the Dallas Council Board (currently the 20th of the month before)
c. Shall aid the First Vice President when needed
d. Shall correspond with the Regional Sıganit
C. MIT Mom - Morah (No more than 2 people)
1. Shall be in charge of training all new members (fall term)
2. Shall be responsible for chapter re-education
3. Shall not hold another exec. board office
4. Shall be in charge of all MIT duties as set by the Regional Morah (fall term)
5. Shall plan the chapter retreat
6. Shall correspond with the Regional Morah
D. Corresponding Secretary - Mazkirah (No more than 2 people)
1. Shall be responsible for distributing and updated roster every term
2. Shall make sure each member receives correspondence and shall transmit weekly correspondence to her calling committee
3. Shall correspond with the Regional Maz/Giz
E. Recording Secretary - Katvanit (1 person)
1. Shall be responsible for taking minutes at all meetings
2. Shall be prepared to present minutes to the Chapter at any meeting
3. Shall take attendance at all meetings
4. Shall correspond with the Regional Maz/Giz
5. Shall mail out a copy of the past minutes with the monthly calendar
F. Treasurer - Gizborit (1 person)
1. Shall keep the records of all chapter expenses
2. Shall make payments of all obligations upon authorization of advisors
3. Shall advise each member on their standing with regard to dues and assessments
4. Shall be in charge of doing at least one fundraiser (per term)
5. Shall correspond with the Regional Maz/Giz
G. Community Service/Jewish Heritage - Shılicha (1 person)
1. Shall promote ACT and TASC on the Chatper level
2. Shall be responsible for keeping a record of the number of community service hours the Chapter has
3. Shall work together with the Community Service, Social Action, and Jewish Heritage chairwomen to plan projects
4. Shall communicate with the Regional Shılicha
H. Newspaper Editor - Orechet (1 person)
1. Shall keep an accurate record of chapter activities in a newspaper for the chapter
2. Must send out at least 2 newspapers during her term
3. Shall correspond with the Regional Orechet
I. Dance Chairmen (No more than 4 people)
1. Shall be in charge of all the duties of the dance chairmen as stated on the Council level
J. Nom Chairmen (No more than 2 people)
1. Shall be responsible for all of the projects during Nom period
2. Shall be responsible for all of Nom period details (getting shirts and pick up buckets for the noms & beau)
K. Beau/Advisor Chairman (No more than 2 people)
1. Shall be responsible for all beau and advisor projects
2. Shall be responsible fore getting the beau shirt
L. Fold Chairmen (no more than 2 per fold)
1. Social Action Fold
a. Shall plan all cultural/citizenship programs
b. Shall aim to make better citizens of the chapter members
2. Community Service Fold
a. Shall plan projects to aid the community
b. Shall aid the Gizborit in organizing I$F Fundraisers
3. Creativity Fold
a. Shall plan creative programs to promote chapter spirit
4. Jewish Heritage Fold
a. Shall coordinate all programs concerning all Jewish holidays and education
b. Shall aim to develop a greater knowledge of the Jewish religion
c. Shall plan all projects dealing with Judaism ideas
5. Recreation Fold
a. Shall organize all social and athletic projects
b. Shall be responsible for MBA programs
c. Shall be responsible for organizing teams and practices
6. Sisterhood Fold
a. Shall plan projects to develop sisterhood and unity between chapter members
b. Shall plan at least one project with fellow BBG chapters

Section 6: Removal from Office
The subject shall be brought to the presidentıs attention. The girl in question shall present her case and the matter will be taken under consideration. Under certain circumstances, the president and advisor may remove a girl from office if there is just cause.

ARTICLE VII: Changes to the Constitution
Any changes or additions to the constitution may be made by a 2/3 majority vote of the chapter, with approval by the advisor.

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