Mid-Continent Space Development Conference
The name of this organization shall be the Mid-Continent Space
The purpose of the Mid-Continent Space Development Conference,
hereafter referred to as MCSDC, shall be:
To promote the development and exploration of space through a variety
of programs designed to educate and inspire.
Any one who is interested in outer space is eligible to be a member.
Young Dreamers Program Chair
These eight (8) shall constitute the Executive Board.
The President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Publicity Chair, Young
Dreamers Program Chair, Programming Chair, and Fundraising
Chair shall be elected from the MCSDC membership who have
participated in MCSDC for at least one semester. In the event that no
eligible member chooses to fill the vacancy, any voting member present
shall be eligible to hold office.
The entire election process shall occur on the second to last meeting
of MCSDC each spring semester.
Each position will be filled with seperate elections in the following
order: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Programming
Chair, Fundraising Chair, Young Dreamers Program Chair, and Publicity
Each election will follow this process:
All nominees given time to address the membership
Voting by membership
Announcements of results
Voting may be by raised hand if ALL nominees in election agree,
otherwise voting will be by written ballot
All members nominated for executive office must be present to accept
An individual may accept nominations for more than one office if not
already voted into an executive position
Nominees will have the opportunity to vote
To be President:
Nominee must have served a minimum of one year on the executive
If there are only two nominees that have at least one year of
experience on the Executive Committee, then nominations will be open to
any current member
The nominee must receive 2/3 of the vote by the members
Removal: Officers may be removed for neglect or incompetence by a
three-fourths (3/4) vote of the attending members, providing that
notice was given at the meeting prior to the meeting at which the vote
Executive Board vacancies:
In the event of a temporary vacancy or absence of the President, the
Vice-President shall assume the duties and responsibilities of the
In the case of a permanent absence of the President, the Vice-President
shall have the option of assuming the office of President. If this
option is not taken, nominations and an election shall be scheduled at
the earliest possible consecutive meetings.
Other Executive Board members
Nominations and elections shall be held at the earliest possible
In any special election, no current executive board members may be
Duties of the officers:
It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of the
MCSDC, sign all orders and other documents of the MCSDC drawn by the
Secretary or the other members, call special meetings of the MCSDC,
call and preside at the Executive Board meetings, conduct the MCSDC
Elections, and perform other duties necessary to the functioning of the
It shall be the duty of the Vice-President to assume the duties of the
President in the absence or at the request of the President.
It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to handle all finances of the
MCSDC and present financial reports to the Executive Board at each
It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep the minutes of the MCSDC
meetings and to provide a copy on the web site and by E-mail to each
member of the Executive Board. The Secretary shall also keep an
attendance record to be attached to the minutes and perform any other
duties as required by the Executive Board.
It shall be the duty of the Publicity Chair to publicize all MCSDC
meetings and sponsored events. Also responsible for providing
information about MCSDC to individuals who request information.
It shall be the duty of the Young Dreamers Program Chair to
organize and develop the Young Dreamers Program.
It shall be the duty of the Programming Chair to contact
speakers for the conference.
It shall be the duty of the Fundraising Chair to coordinate
There are four (4) Standing Committees of the MCSDC which consist of
one Executive Board member in charge and volunteers from the
membership. These committees will meet twice a month, either before or
after the MCSDC meetings.
Fundraising Committee - Fundraising Chair
This committee will make suggestions about what fund raising events the
MCSDC could hold.
Programming Committee - Programming Chair
This committee will make suggestions about which speakers will be
invited to the conference.
Young Dreamers Program Committee - Young Dreamers Program Chair
This committee will make suggestions pertaining to the development and
organization of the Young Dreamers Program.
Publicity Committee - Publicity Chair
This committee will assist the Publicity Chair in publicizing (e.g.
hang fliers) any MCSDC events.
The Executive Board shall have the following powers:
To initiate all activities of the MCSDC.
To recommend or appoint when time shortage or lack of interest for a
particular position necessitates immediate appointment or whenever
deemed necessary by the Executive Board.
When filling vacancies, to select slates of qualified candidates for
presentation to the membership.
The Executive Board may create subcommittees to assist its officers,
and may appoint people to serve on these subcommittees.
All members of the Executive Board shall be voting members of the
MCSDC, except for the President (or acting President). The President
shall have a vote only in the case of a tie.
The Advisors shall:
Be recommended by the Executive Board.
Have a term beginning Fall Semester.
Be subject to review by the membership.
The MCSDC meeting may be guided by Robert's Rules of Order-Revised,
except where they are in conflict with this constitution, and except
for current motions, not including amendments.
A meeting of the MCSDC shall have at least fifteen (5) current voting
members to conduct business. A quorum shall consist of 51% of the
current voting membership, and shall be required for authorizing
expenditures, elections, and removal of Executive Board members.
The MSCDC shall hold meetings at a time and place to be determined by
the Executive Board. The President may also call meetings as deemed
This constitution may be amended by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the
attending membership, providing that notice was given a meeting prior
to the meeting at which the vote is taken.
This constitution shall not be valid until it has been approved:
Be presented to the membership and tabled for at least one meeting.
Passed un-amended by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of the attending
members at the meeting.
If ratified, this constitution shall become effective immediately, and
all previous constitutions shall become null and void.