Standard Interact Club Constituition

ARTICLE I — Name
The name of this organization shall be the Interact Club of Agoo-PEQNHS

ARTICLE II — Purpose and Goals
The purpose of Interact is to provide opportunity for young people to work together in a world fellowship dedicated to service
and international understanding.
The goals of Interact are:
1. To recognize and develop constructive leadership and personal integrity.
2. To encourage and practice thoughtfulness of and helpfulness to others.
3. To create an awareness of the importance of home and family.
4. To build respect for the rights of others, based on recognition of the worth of each individual.
5. To emphasize acceptance of individual responsibility as the basis of personal success, community improvement,
and group achievement.
6. To develop life skills including self development, time management, and personal finances.
7. To recognize the dignity and value of all useful occupations as opportunities to serve society.
8. To provide opportunities for gaining increased knowledge and understanding of community, national, and world affairs.
9. To open avenues of personal and group action leading to the advancement of international understanding and goodwill
toward all peoples.

ARTICLE III — Sponsorship
1. The sponsor of this Interact club is the Rotary Club of which, through a committee
of not less than five Rotarians, shall exercise supervision and control over all activities, programs and policies of this
Interact club. The continued existence of this Interact club shall depend upon the continued active personal participation of
the sponsoring Rotary club. In the case of a club composed of young women only, the committee shall also include one or
more responsible women as ex officio members.
2. This club is not a part of, and neither this club nor its members have any rights or privileges with respect to, the sponsoring
Rotary club.

ARTICLE IV — Membership
1. To be eligible for membership a person must possess good character and leadership potential and (a) in a school-based club
be a student at the secondary-school or pre-university level, or be age 12 to 18; (b) in a community-based club be a young
person 12 to 18 years.
2. The membership of this club may be all male, all female, or both male and female in any ratio, at the discretion of the
sponsoring club.
3. The method of electing members of this club shall be determined by the sponsoring Rotary club in consultation with the
Interact club. The method of electing new members of a school-connected club shall have the approval of the school authorities.
4. Each member of this club shall attend at least 60% of this club’s regularly scheduled meetings.
5. Membership shall automatically terminate (a) upon removal from the community; (b) in a school-based club upon graduation
or otherwise ceasing to be a student in the last four years of school preceding the university level in the area from which
the membership is drawn or in a community-based club, not in connection with a school, upon graduation or upon reaching
the age of eighteen; (c) by termination of the club; or (d) by failure to meet attendance requirements unless excused by
the board of directors of this club for good and sufficient reason.
6. Membership may be terminated for cause as determined by this club by vote of not less than 2/3 of all the members in good
standing.

ARTICLE V — Meetings
1. The club shall meet not less than twice per month, as provided in the by-laws, at a time and place suited to the convenience
of the members, with due regard for their school obligations.
2. The board of directors shall meet as provided in the by-laws. In a community-based club, no meeting of the club or of the
board shall be deemed official unless a member of the Interact committee of the sponsoring Rotary club is in attendance.
In a school-based club, no meeting of the board shall be deemed official unless a member of the Interact committee of the
sponsoring Rotary club is in attendance.
3. Meetings of the club and of the board of directors may be cancelled during holiday or vacation periods at the discretion of
the board of directors, with the approval of the sponsoring Rotary club.
ARTICLE VI — Officers and Directors
1. The officers of this club shall be a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and such additional officer(s) as may be provided
in the by-laws.
2. The governing body of this club shall be a board of directors composed of the president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer
and additional directors whose number shall be determined by this club with the approval of the sponsoring Rotary club,
all to be elected from among the members in good standing. All decisions, policies and actions of the board and of the club
shall be subject to the authority of the sponsoring Rotary club, the provisions of this constitution, and policy established by
Rotary International.
If school-connected, this club shall be subject to the same regulations and policies established by the school authorities for
all student organizations and extracurricular activities of the school.
The board of directors shall have general control over all officers and committees and may, for good cause, declare any office
vacant. It shall constitute a board of appeals from the rulings of all officers and actions of all committees.
3. Elections of officers and directors shall be by methods compatible with local customs and procedures, but in no case shall
more than a simple majority of the members present and in good standing be required for election.
The term of office of all officers and directors shall be one year, unless a shorter term is provided in the by-laws. No provision
shall be made for a term of office shorter than one year except with the written permission of Rotary International.

ARTICLE VII — Activities and Projects
1. Within the limits prescribed in section 1 of Article III, this club shall be responsible for planning, organizing, financing
and conducting its own activities and shall itself supply the money, manpower and creative imagination necessary thereto,
except that in the case of joint projects or activities undertaken in cooperation with other organizations, such responsibility
shall be shared with such other organization(s).
2. The club shall undertake among its activities at least two major projects annually, one designed to serve the school or community,
the other to promote international understanding, and each shall involve all or most of the members of the club.
3. The aim of international service in Interact is to encourage and foster the advancement of international understanding,
goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of youth united in the ideal of service. The aim of community and school
service is to encourage and foster the application of the ideal of service by each Interact club member to his or her personal,
community and school life.
4. It is the responsibility of the club to raise the funds necessary to carry out its program. It shall not solicit or accept more than
occasional or incidental financial assistance from its sponsoring Rotary club, nor shall it make general solicitations from
Rotary clubs other than its sponsoring Rotary club or from other Interact clubs, nor shall it solicit financial assistance from
individuals, businesses or organizations in the community without giving something of value in return.

ARTICLE VIII — Committees
1. There shall be provided in the by-laws of this club the following standing committees: international understanding,
service, finance, club, and such other standing committees as may be deemed necessary or convenient for the administration
of the club.
2. The president, with the approval of the board, may appoint such special committees as he or she may deem necessary, citing
their duties at the time of appointment. All such special committees shall lapse upon the completion of their duties, upon
discharge by the appointing president, or with the end of his or her term of office, whichever occurs first.

ARTICLE IX — Fees and Dues
Any additional fees, dues or assessments on the membership of the club shall be nominal and shall only be for the purpose of
meeting the administrative costs of the club. Funds for activities and projects undertaken by the club shall in general be raised
apart from such fees, dues or assessments.
ARTICLE X — Acceptance of Constitution and By-Laws
Every member of this club, by his or her acceptance of membership and continuation thereof, thereby accepts the principles of
Interact as expressed in its purpose and goals and submits himself or herself to and agrees to comply with and be bound by the
constitution and by-laws of this club, and on these conditions alone is entitled to the privileges of the club. No member shall
be absolved from the observance of the constitution and by-laws on the plea that he or she has not received a copy of them.

ARTICLE XI — By-Laws
This club shall adopt the “Standard Interact Club By-Laws,” together with such amendments as are not inconsistent with this
constitution and which may be deemed necessary or convenient for the government of the club, provided that such amendments
are adopted in accordance with the amendment procedure prescribed in the “Standard Interact Club By-Laws.”
ARTICLE XII — Emblem
The emblem of Interact shall be preserved for the exclusive use and benefit of Interact members. Each member of this club
shall be entitled to wear or otherwise display the Interact emblem in a dignified and appropriate manner during the period of
his membership. He or she shall relinquish such entitlement upon termination of his or her membership or termination of this
club.

ARTICLE XIII — Duration
This Interact club shall exist so long as it continues to function in accordance with the provisions of this constitution and policy
relating to Interact established by Rotary International, or until it is terminated:
a) by this club upon its own determination and action;
b) by the sponsoring Rotary club upon withdrawal of its sponsorship; or
c) by Rotary International for failure to function in accordance with this constitution or for other cause.
Upon termination of this club, all rights and privileges relating to the Interact name and emblem shall be relinquished by the
club and by its members individually and collectively.

ARTICLE XIV — Amendments
This constitution may be amended only by action of the Board of Directors of Rotary International, and all amendments to the
“Standard Interact Club By-Laws” adopted by the Board of Directors of Rotary International shall automatically amend this
constitution.

Source: http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/654_constitution_en.pdf

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