As we discussed at our last practice, we will be having our officer elections on Thursday, November 7. Normally we would have had these elections at the end of the season to get ourselves set up for the next year, but we missed our elections last year. To compensate, we will elect our new officers now and then have another election (for the 2014-2015 school year) in March to close out the current season.
To address some of your questions about what each officer does and their roles in the club, I’ve included here some excerpts from the proposed bylaws that you can also download from this site:
Section 1. President- The President should have at least two (2) years competitive experience in the sport of fencing. He/she must be a Competitive Member of the Harrison High School Fencing Club. The president must have a love of cheesecake. His/her duties include:
a) Organizing and attending meetings with the Vice President and Treasurer.
b) Organizing and attending meetings with the body of Official Members.
c) Appointing coaches.
d) Organizing tournaments and social activities.
e) The President must love cheesecake
Section 2. Vice President- The Vice President should have at least one (1) year of competitive fencing experience and be a Competitive Member of the Harrison High School Fencing Club. His/her duties include:
a) Assisting the President in running meetings.
b) Keeping records of individual member’s status.
c) Assuming duties of President if the President is unable to perform his/her said duties.
Section 3. Treasurer- The Treasurer must be a Competitive Member of the Harrison High School Fencing Club. His/her duties include:
a) Keeping records of all finances and appropriations.
b) Informing Executive Members in regards to the club budget and any purchases made since last meeting.
c) Attending Club Sports Council meetings if President or Vice President cannot attend.
Section 4. Duties of all Executive Officers
a) Writing budgets for the following semester.
b) Selecting new acquisitions. This includes equipment, membership in the United States Fencing Association (USFA), cheesecake and other refreshments at tournaments.
c) Writing proposals for Capital Fund purchases.
d) Promoting expansion and growth of the Harrison High School Fencing Club.
e) Appointing new Executive Officers (see Article IV, Section 1).
The proposed bylaws or constitution for the club are merely a suggestion. If you feel that there are elements of the bylaws that should be changed in some way, feel free to discuss this with your officers and club members. And if you are wondering, these bylaws are used by a collegiate fencing club in Wisconsin.
The following are the nominees for each officer position listed –
President: Jacob Banes, Luis Meza, Sarah Motley, David Tishmack
Vice President: Luis Meza, Nathaniel North, Alex Siler, David Tishmack
Treasurer: Jacob Ginn, Alex Mohler, Sam Schmalzried
Secretary: Jacob Ginn, Rebecca Herget, Sarah Motley, Nathaniel North
The nominees will give a one-minute presentation on why you should vote for him or her. Once the presentations are concluded, the group will then vote for officers. Please keep in mind that as your coach I have expectations from each of the officers. This will not be a cake-walk or easy ride. You will be expected to perform the duties of your office and perform them well.