Constitution and Bylaws
of the Colorado Junior Classical League
We, the members of the Colorado Junior Classical League, in order to
promote cooperation among the member-school chapters, establish a basis for
order and to increase unity, promote friendship and encourage understanding
among the members, do hereby ordain and establish this constitution.
Name: The name of this organization shall be the Colorado Junior Classical League.
Purpose: The purpose of this organization shall be to promote a more thorough knowledge of classical life, history and literature; to impart a better understanding of the practical and cultural value of the classics; to interest other students in the classical languages and literature, government, laws, and arts; and as members of the organization, to pattern our citizenship in respect to family, school and nation after the best examples of the classical civilizations.
Authority for Operatio
in conjunction with the Bylaws and Manual of the National Junior Classical
League and Robert's Rules of Order, shall be the authority for operation of the
Colorado Junior Classical League.
Executive Board: The
Committee of the Colorado Junior and Senior Classical Leagues is responsible
for working with the Colorado Junior Classical League officers and their
sponsors. The Colorado Junior Classical League Executive Board includes the
State Chairs and the State Officers. The Executive Board shall act as an agent
through which Colorado Junior Classical League business between conventions may
be conducted. The President of the Colorado Junior Classical League shall act
Individual Membership in this organization shall be of three
kinds: member of a chapter, member-at-large, and long distance member. All
members shall be taking or shall have taken a classical language or course in
the classical humanities. Membership may be granted to others at the discretion
of the local chapter.
Local Chapters: Local chapters shall be made up of at least five
individual members who qualify and shall affiliate properly with the state and
the National Junior Classical League. These chapters shall have a qualified
Members-at-Large: Properly qualified persons who wish to become
members of the Colorado Junior Classical League but who have no local chapter
may become active members-at-large by affiliating properly with their state
organization and applying to the National Junior Classical League.
Long Distance Membership: Students who take Latin via long
distance communication, due to the lack of a local program/teacher, may become
members by applying to the Colorado Junior Classical
Good Standing: Local chapters, members-at-large and long distance
members shall be admitted to the Colorado Junior Classical League upon proper
payment of dues.
, in order to
remain in good standing and be able to sponsor a candidate for Colorado Junior
Classical League office and to vote at the Colorado Junior Classical League
Convention, each shall pay dues for the current
school year postmarked no later than .
Additional members may be added to a local chapter's roster up until 1.
and roster should be sent to the current state .
Sponsors: Local chapters must be sponsored by a Latin teacher, by
a teacher of the classical humanities, or by another adult high school
graduate. In order to attend the Colorado Junior Classical League Convention,
however, the sponsor must be willing and able to write tests, judge classical
events, and notify the state officers by the time of the Fall Forum that he/she
will be the contact person for all convention mailings.
Good standing of sponsors: A sponsor must be a member of The American
Classical League, responsible for his or her chapter's activities, and
accountable for the welfare of his or her chapter's members during any chapter
activity in which some or all may participate.
State Chairs: A candidate for Colorado Junior Classical League
chair must be a current member of The American Classical League, a Colorado sponsor of a
chapter in good standing, and a Colorado
resident. a or she
State Officers Defined: The elected officers of this organization
shall be the following: President, Vice President, Editor, Secretary,
Term of office: The term of
office for each officer shall be for one year
only, from the election at the state convention until a successor is chosen at
the next state convention.
Qualifications: To be eligible to run for elective office, a
candidate MUST have the permission of his or her parent(s) and local sponsor
(The sponsor MUST have fulfilled ARTICLE IV, Section 6 prior to granting said
permission); MUST have attended at least one Junior Classical League State
Convention; and MUST be a member of a chapter in good standing.
Officer Attendance at NJCL Convention: All state officers are
strongly encouraged to attend the National Convention during their term of
Section .Nomination Procedures:
A. Filing for Office: Any eligible person who wishes to run for Colorado Junior Classical League office may become a prospective candidate by filing the designated forms with the State Parliamentarian on or before March 1. These forms will be included in the Convention Packet; the forms shall be available after January 15 from the State Parliamentarian for all prospective candidates.
B. Changing Office: Any candidate wishing to change the office for which he is filing may do so by notifying the Parliamentarian by March 15. The original papers and signatures will be adequate although the approval of the parents and local sponsor for the change must be assured.
C. Campaign Speeches: In the 1st General Session of State Convention, campaign speech be made by candidate and shall not exceed two minutes.
Section Election Procedures:
A. Voting Procedures: Each chapter in good standing and in attendance at the Colorado Junior Classical League State Convention shall have one vote.
B. A Candidate must receive a majority of votes cast to be elected to an office. In case of a tie, all sponsors present and in good standing shall participate in a tie-breaking vote.
A. Should a vacancy occur in the office of President, the Vice President shall become President, and the duties of the former Vice President shall be absorbed by the other officers.
B. Should any vacancy occur other than in the office of president, or should a state office default in the performance of his or her duties,
Section Removal from Office:
A. Grounds for Removal: The Colorado Junior Classical League shall have the power to remove any of its officers as provided in this section. The grounds for such removal shall be the infraction of the convention rules and/or serious negligence in the discharge of the duties of that office.
B. Removal Procedures: The following procedures shall be followed in all proceedings leading to the possible expulsion of an officer and shall not exceed a 14-day time limit from the time of the resolution.
1. A resolution by the Executive Board to consider the removal of an officer can be introduced by any member of the Executive Board or by a petition bearing the signatures of the officers of at least three local chapters.
2. If said resolution to consider the removal of an officer should pass the Executive Board by a simple majority, that same officer's sponsor shall guarantee that adequate defense shall be made by the officer, by telephone, by mail, or in person, to all those who shall vote on the question of his or her removal. No vote shall be taken to remove that officer until his sponsor shall be satisfied that he has finished presenting his defense.
3. After the officer in question has finished his defense, a
two-thirds vote of the Executive Board shall be necess
to remove the officer. NO officer shall be denied proceedings aimed at his or
Bylaws: Bylaws not contrary to any provision of this Constitution may be established.
Bylaws Procedure: Bylaws may be established, amended or appealed by a majority vote. Notice of proposed change of bylaws must be given at least one general session prior to final action on said change.
ratification of the Constitution shall be by mail ballot. Each chapter will
receive a copy for approval. A ballot not returned by a chapter will be
considered an affirmative vote. A two-thirds affirmative vote will be required
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