THE CABALLERO YEARS
Caballero Constitution

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CONSTITUTION

CABALLERO MEN'S SOCIAL FRATERNITY

SAM HOUSTON STATE COLLEGE

PREAMBLE: In order to foster the better development of gentlemanly behavior, the promotion of brotherhood, refined social intercourse, and to devote our combined efforts to the betterment of our college, we hereby ordain and establish this Constitution of the Caballero Men's Social Fraternity of Sam Houston State College.

Article I. MEMBERSHIP

Section I. Only duly initiated persons will be members of this fraternity.

Section II. The membership shall not exceed fifty (50) active members.

a. If membership is at maximum, inactive members may be reinstated.

Section III. An active member is a member that has full benefit of all club privileges. To remain active, a member must:

a. Be enrolled at Sam Houston.

b. Pay all required dues.

Section IV. Members on inactive status shall forfeit all club privileges (voting, social functions, meetings).

a. To be reinstated as an active member, the inactive member must:

  1. Meet all financial obligations owed to the fraternity.

  2. Declare intention of regaining active status.

  3. Attend at least three consecutive business meetings of the fraternity, beginning with the first official business meeting after declaring intention to regain active status and settling all financial obligations owed the fraternity.

b. If an inactive member returns to the campus and does not declare his intention to regain active status during his first semester of residence, he automatically loses all claims to membership, and may re-enter the fraternity only upon a unanimous vote of confidence of the active membership.

Article II. OFFICERS

Section I. Officers of this fraternity shall be:

a. President: must have been an active member for at east two semesters, not including pledge semester.

b. First Vice President: must have been an active member for at least two semesters, not including pledge semester.

c. Second Vice President: must have been an active member for at least two semesters, not including pledge semester.

d. Secretary: must have been an active member for at least one semester, not including pledge semester.

e. Treasurer: must have been an active member for at least one semester, not including pledge semester.

f. Historian: must have been an active member for one semester.

g. Reporter: must have been an active member for one semester.

h. Corresponding secretary: must have been an active member for two semesters.

Section II. First Vice President and Second Vice President are ex-officio members of all committees.

Section III. Retiring Presidents remaining active shall automatically be declared Parliamentarian of fraternity, unless elected to another office. If the past president is no longer active, or is elected to another office, a parliamentarian shall be duly elected from the active membership, in so far that all nominees for the position must have been an active member for at least one semester.

Article III. INDUCTION OF NEW MEMBERS

Section I. To become a member of this fraternity, a student must:

a. Be enrolled at Sam Houston for not less that one semester prior to current semester.

b. Attend official rush party. A rushee not able to attend the rush party may offer a legitimate excuse to the pledge committee, but the legality of the excuse must be unanimously passed upon before any balloting can commence.

c. Be officially pledged.

d. Pay all require dues and commitments, including initiation fee, semester dues, and monthly dues.

e. A rushee must have attained a "C" average on his overall college academic record before being considered for pledgeship.

Article IV. PLEDGE PERIOD

Section I. Procedure and Selection

a. All candidates for pledgeship shall be invited to the rush party.

b. All active members that attend the rush party, and those offering a reasonable and proper excuse for not attending rush party, shall convene and elect the current pledge class.

c. Method of voting will be by secret ballot.

  1. Not more than three ballots shall be taken.

  2. A valid balloting shall constitute the voting participation of at least three-fourths majority of the active membership. If the balloting is carried out under a smaller majority, any absent active member can appeal the decision of the smaller majority within 48 hours of the meeting, and have the entire balloting declared invalid. If, at the end of 48 hours after the voting meeting, not protest to the smaller majority has been brought to the attention of the President, the balloting shall be automatically declared valid. Under a condition of a smaller majority, not official pledge invitations may be dispersed until the end of the protest period of 48 hours.

  3. First Ballot: Those rushees that receive a number of "NO" votes equal to one-half of the total number of present, eligible voters shall be eliminated from the second ballot.

  4. Second Ballot: Those rushees that receive a number of "NO" votes equal to one-fourth of the total number of present, eligible voters shall be eliminated for the third ballot.

  5. Third and Final Ballot: Those rushees that receive two or more "NO" votes are automatically dropped for any consideration as a member of the current pledge class.

d. A second voting will be held on the pledge class not earlier than two days previous to the informal initiation, and not later than the preceding night of the informal initiation. A two-thirds majority of the membership in its entirety will discharge a pledge from any association with the fraternity. The procedure of voting upon the pledge class may be carried on in any manner deemed fitting and proper by the active membership. When a pledge is voted out of the current pledge class, it will be the responsibility of the pledge committee to inform the person of his elimination, not later than midnight of the night the vote was taken.

Section II. Pledge period will be observed for a minimum of two weeks. The pledge period shall commence when the pledge committee declares then the normal indoctrination period is finished.

a. Pledge period may be conducted in any manner that the membership deems fitting and proper.

b. Informal initiation must follow the end of the pledge period not later than one week, and shall not continue for over twenty-four hours.

c. Formal initiation will complete the entire pledge period ritual, and members of the current pledge class shall be officially declared active members of this fraternal organization.

Article V. FEES

Section I. All active members of this fraternity must pay all dues and financial obligations within a reasonable period, or forfeit active status in the organization. The amount of dues payment will be set by the active membership, and stated in the by-laws of the fraternity. Dues must be paid on or before the first day of the first month after the start of a new semester.

Section II. Pledges shall pay regular semester dues during pledgeship. An additional initiation fee will be charged each pledge at the end of the pledge period, and must be paid the night of the informal initiation. The amount of the initiation fee will be set by the active membership and stated in the by-laws of the fraternity. Pledges pay $5.00 initiation fee and $3.00 semester dues and monthly dues after informal initiation to include month initiated in.

Section III. If at the end of any given semester, the treasury show a deficit, active members will be access the amount of the deficit.

Article VI. ABSENCES

Section I. Any active member that fails to attend three consecutive official business meetings of the organization shall be automatically declared on inactive status until re-instated by the membership. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to report excess absences to the active membership. (See Article I, Section IV.)

Section II. Upon re-instatement of a member, a fee of not less that one dollar ($1.00) will be accessed the applicant, and the reinstatement cannot be declared valid until this fee is paid in full.

Section III. A fine of twenty-five cents ($.25) will be charged a member for each meeting absent without a legitimate excuse. This fine must be paid before the offender is admitted to the subsequent business meeting.

Section IV. Officers of this fraternity must automatically submit their resignations of absent two consecutive official business meetings. The only exceptions to this rule are in cases involving personal or family illness, acts of God, attendance of funerals and weddings.

Article VII. ENFORCEMENT

Section I. Any member that does not comply with the rules and procedures set forth in this Constitution can be removed from the roll by a two-thirds majority of the active membership in its entirety.

Article VIII. MEETINGS

Section I. All official business meetings shall be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order.}

Section II. An official business meeting of the fraternity must be held at least once during an academic week of the fall and spring semesters. The time and the place for all business meetings shall be set by the active membership and stated in the by-laws of this fraternity.

Section III. Special meetings of the fraternity may be called by the officers if deemed necessary.

Article IX. SPONSORS AND HOUSE DIRECTORS

Section I. Sponsors must be members of the Sam Houston faculty. Hose Directors must be approved by the offices of the Dean of Men.

Section II. Sponsors are to be elected by the active membership to serve for an indefinite period of time. Sponsors may be replaced by a two-thirds majority of the active membership in its entirety. The Office of the Dean of Men may be petitioned for removal of House directors.

Section III. Duties of sponsors are:

a. To advise the fraternity membership on all matters.

b. To attend meetings and social functions of the fraternity. Duties of the House Directors shall be stated by the Office of the Dean of Men.

Article X. Effectiveness

Section I. This constitution shall become effective immediately after ratification of three-fourths majority of the active membership of this fraternity in its entirety.

Article XI. Amendments

Section I. This Constitution shall be amended only in the following manner:

a. Amendments shall be introduced and discussed before the active membership at an official or legally called business meeting.

b. A Copy of the amendment must be given to all active members.

c. The copy of the amendment shall be marked "yes" or "no within a period of not less than two weeks.

d. The marked copy must be returned to the Secretary.

e. At the end of the voting period of two weeks, an amendment carried by a majority of two-thirds of the active membership in its entirety shall be declared effective immediately.

f. This procedure does not apply to the ratification of this Constitution.