Central Piedmont Historical Association (CPHA) Constitution


Central Piedmont Historical Association (CPHA) Constitution

Article I: Name

The organization shall be called the Central Piedmont Historical Association (CPHA).

Article II: Purpose

The purpose of the CPHA is to learn, share and experience history together. The CPHA aims to:

1. Make history fun, relevant and exciting

2. Foster professional and academic opportunities in history

3. Organize field trips, movies, presentations, events and service to the community

4. Promote civic engagement about historical topics

Article III: Membership

1. Membership of the CPHA is open to all Central Piedmont Community College students.

2. The Secretary shall record the names of members of the CPHA.

3. There are no dues for membership in the CPHA.

4. Members of the CPHA should follow the student code of conduct at CPCC.

5. The CPHA is committed to non-discrimination and equal opportunities in its admissions, educational programs, activities and employment regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran and shall take action necessary to ensure non-discrimination.

Article IV: Officers

The officers shall be: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

1. The officers shall be elected by a plurality of the votes cast at the annual election meeting. They shall take office on the first day of school in the fall and serve for one year.

2. All members of the CPHA are eligible to be an officer.

3. The term of office for officers shall be one year starting in the fall semester.

4. Responsibilities or Duties:

a. The President is the principal officer and is responsible for leading the CPHA and managing its activities in accordance with the policies and procedures of this Constitution.

b. The Vice President shall preside at meetings in the absence of the President, assist the President in the management of the CPHA, and perform other duties that may be assigned by the President.

c. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all CPHA meetings. Other duties of the Secretary include:

i. Maintaining the records of the CPHA.

ii. Maintaining the membership list of the CPHA

iii. Communicating with the membership of the CPHA

iv. Submission of any proposed amendment to this Constitution to the CPHA membership before a vote.

v. Perform other duties as assigned by the President.

d. The Treasurer shall maintain the CPHA's financial affairs and records. Duties of the Treasurer also shall include:

i. Perform other duties as assigned by the President.

5. Impeachment: Officers of the CPHA may be removed from office by a plurality of votes cast at a regularly constituted meeting of the CPHA membership. Notice of the impeachment must be made to the CPHA membership prior to the meeting.

6. Executive Committee: The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer comprise the Executive Committee.

7. Vacancies: Vacancies resulting from the resignation or impeachment of an officer will be filled by the holding of an ad hoc election. The election will be held at the first regular meeting following the Secretary's receipt of the resignation.

Article V. Faculty Advisor

The Faculty Advisor for the CPHA shall be a faculty member from the CPCC Behavioral & Social Sciences Division.

Article VI: Meetings

1. The meetings of the CPHA shall be conducted periodically during the spring and fall semesters and at such times as decided by the Executive Committee.

2. The number of meetings of the CPHA per term will be decided by the Executive Committee.

3. A general meeting shall be held in the spring and fall semester. At the general meeting, the Secretary and Treasurer each shall present any required reports. Also, the election of the officers shall be held.

4. Email notices of all meetings shall be distributed to all members at least one week prior to any meeting.

5. A special meeting of the CPHA can be called by any member of the Executive Committee or the Faculty Advisor.

6. A quorum consists of three members of the Executive Committee.

Article VII: Committees

1. The Executive Committee can set up sub committees for specific designated purposes and periods of time.

2. The constitution of sub committees will be designated by the Executive Committee.

Article VIII: Voting

1. A majority of votes will suffice for legislation of the CPHA to be enacted.

2. All members of the CPHA may vote for legislation for the CPHA.

Article IX: Method of Amending Constitution

1. Four weeks notice by email is required for motions to amend the Constitution of the CPHA. Motions to amend the Constitution must be made during the spring or fall semesters. All members of the CPHA may vote in a regularly constituted meeting to amend the Constitution.

2. A majority of the CPHA members and the approval of a quorum of the Executive Committee and the Faculty Advisor are required to amend the Constitution.