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1 Welcome to the 2008 Lebanese Collegiate Network Convention!

2 Now, meet someone new! 3 minutes You may be selected to introduce them to the members a little later!

3 President's Message TOC Schedule of Events Stay Connected Sheet UMD Map Constitution By-Laws Electoral Process Nomination Forms ATT: iGive Pamphlet ATT: Conducting An Effective Meeting ATT: How to Startup a ULC ATT: How to Strengthen a ULC INFO: What to Do in DC Note Paper In Your Welcome Packet

4 Presenters: Patrick Sislian, LCN President Serge Haddad, LCN Treasurer “The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon” - George Washington

5 Preamble “We, the members of Lebanese Collegiate Network, having a vested interest in cultivating, creating, and conserving University Lebanese Clubs; and in supporting, connecting, and developing students and alumni associated with these clubs, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the Lebanese Collegiate Network.”

6 Objective The foremost purpose of LCN is to foster, connect and develop Lebanese collegiate clubs, students and alumni within the United States.

7 Constitution & Bylaws Governing documents of the Organization (creates the organization - without them LCN does not exist) No lawful action, well-intentioned person, group, or motion supersedes these documents

8 Constitution & Bylaws Constitution: –Is concise –Explains the fundamental purposes of the group –Provides the basic framework –Is rarely revised Bylaws: –Outlines procedures to conduct business –Restricted to the boundaries of the constitution –Revised in a more regular manner

9 Question 1 How many times did Patrick mention the word “dream” in his welcoming speech? a)Not enough. b)Too much. c)More than Martin Luther King. d)I wasn’t listening.

10 Article III Section 4 ONLY Student/Alumni Serving Non Political Non Religious Non Discriminatory “LCN is not affiliated with, nor does it support, or exclude any religious, political, racial or social group.”

11 Governing Structure President SecretaryTreasurer PREventsMembershipIT Vice Presidents Executive Board Legislative Branch General Membership 13 Subscribing Member ULCs Serves Elects Governing Documents Amendments Election Committee

12 University Lebanese Clubs Subscribing –ULC Pays $10 Due –ULC Abides by LCN Constitution & Bylaws –Vice President of Membership General –Not Subscribing Members –Abide by LCN Constitution & Bylaws –Not Eligible for subscribing privileges Subscribing VS. General

13 Individual Membership General –Access to a ULC database – notifications about LCN events Subscribing –Associated with a dues paying ULC –Qualifies you for discounts at events –Qualifies you to apply for awards VS.

14 Governing Structure Legislative Branch President SecretaryTreasurer PREventsMembershipIT Vice Presidents Executive Branch

15 Question 2 Which location(s) can the LCN operate in? a)Lebanon b)United States c)Zaatar w Zeit d)Cal Poly Pomona

16 University Lebanese Clubs Current Dues Paying ULCs include: University of Southern California Lebanese Club University of California, Los Angeles Lebanese Social Club University of California, Irvine Lebanese Social Club California State University, Pomona Lebanese Social Club Boston University Lebanese Club

17 University Lebanese Clubs Current Dues Paying ULCs include: Ohio State University Lebanese Student Organization California State University, Dominguez Hills Lebanese Club University of California, Berkeley Lebanese Student Association University of Maryland at College Park Lebanese Club Oakland University Lebanese Club University of California, Santa Barbara Lebanese Club Rutgers University Lebanese American Students Citrus Community College Lebanese Cedars Club

18 Executive Board President Patrick Sislian Treasurer Serge Haddad Secretary Ramzi Nasr Public Relations Diana Ayoub Membership Sevag Sislian Events Julien Chemali Information Technology Karim Khoury Vice Presidents

19 Question 3 Which board member has longer hair? a)Karim Khoury b)Diana Ayoub

20 Executive Board Cannot be a ULC President during term. Cannot hold multiple officer positions. No term limits Term begins June 1st Term ends May 31st Encouraged to form standing committees Encouraged to form ad hoc committees Annual Lessons Learned

21 Board Meetings Must follow parliamentary procedures in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order 72 hour notice for scheduled board meetings Unless emergency meetings Quorum is no less than five board members A minimum of 5 votes in favor to pass a motion

22 Constitutional Amendments President SecretaryTreasurer PREventsMembershipIT Vice Presidents Executive Legislative Branch 13 Subscribing Member ULCs Fiscal Year June 1st May 31st Convention 30 days 45 days Written Amendment Submit at a Board Meeting Board forwards to Presidents Minimum of Five Branch 2/3 vote 3 Signatures

23 Bylaws Amendments President SecretaryTreasurer PREventsMembershipIT Vice Presidents Executive Legislative Branch 13 Subscribing Member ULCs Fiscal Year June 1st May 31st Convention 30 days 45 days Written Amendment Submit at a Board Meeting Board forwards to Presidents Minimum of Five Branch 2/3 vote 3 Signatures 2/3 vote 5 YAY Votes to Approve Submit at Meeting VP of Membership submits the amendment to the ULC Presidents Failed at Board

24 Importance of Process "If in the opinion of the people the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates, but let there be no change by usurpation; for though this in one instance may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.” -- George Washington

25 Question 4 How many Legislative Branch Presidential signatures are required to initiate an amendment? a)2 b)3 c)4 d)5

26 Bylaw Articles Article XIII: Impeachment & Removal Article XI: Vacancies Article XII: Resignations

27 Constitution Article XI: Miscellaneous Provisions Section 1: Privacy Policy No part of the net earnings of the LCN shall inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. No substantial part of the activities of the LCN shall engage in propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation. The LCN shall not participate or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Section 2: Dissolution Upon dissolution of LCN, the assets remaining after the payment of the debts of LCN shall be distributed to such corporation, community chest, fund or foundation, organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary or educational purposes, or for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals, which would then qualify under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, as they now exist or as they may hereafter be amended, as the Executive Board shall have designated.

28 Question 5 How many members constitute an LCN Quorum during a board meeting? a)5.5 b)5 c)4 d)What is a quorum?

29 Parting Thought “Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” - Abraham Lincoln

30 Ceremonial Signing of the Lebanese Collegiate Network Constitution


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