1957 - 2012
55 YEARS AT AUBURN!
ARTICLE I: Name of Organization
This organization shall be known as the Pre-Veterinary
Medical Association (PVMA) of
ARTICLE II: Purpose
The purpose of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association of
Auburn University is to stimulate student interest in veterinary medicine,
familiarize students with the expectations associated with pre-veterinary and
veterinary education and the veterinary profession, and to build strong
friendships among pre-vet students. The Pre-Veterinary Medical Association of
Auburn University endeavors to improve scholarship and the quality of
individuals entering the
ARTICLE III: Membership
1. Membership shall be composed of any student at
ARTICLE IV: Meetings Section
1. Regular Meetings: The PVMA will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday evenings of each month or as best determined by the executive board. Section 2.Special Meetings: Special meetings will be called by the executive board whenever needed. Committee meetings will be called by the committee chairperson. Section 3. Quorum: Business will be transacted at regular and special meetings by a majority vote of members present.
ARTICLE V: Executive Board and Duties
It shall be the duty of the executive board to plan the program for all regular meetings, appoint standing committees and to serve wherever needed for the good of the PVMA. Aver's handbook on Essentials of Parliamentary Procedure and Robert's Rules of Order shall be the official reference in determining duties of officers not stated in this constitution. It shall be the duty of the Executive Board to uphold the status of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association by assuring regular attendance by its members and providing ample opportunity for enrichment for its student membership.
1. President 2. Vice-President 3. Secretary 4. Treasurer 5. Documentarian/Historian 6. Service Chair 7. Advisory Board
ARTICLE VI: Elections and Voting
Elections of officers will be held at the second to last meeting of each year. New officers shall assume their duties at the following meeting in conjunction with the outgoing board and take sole responsibility of the club after the close of the last meeting. Terms of office for all elected officers shall be for one year.
ARTICLE VII: General Organization
Section 1. Standing Committees and Duties
1. Publicity Committee: A committee composed of a chairperson and other appointed members as needed. Duties: To prepare publicity, disseminate news of the PVMA, and to encourage attendance at meetings. 2. Social Committee: A committee composed of a chairperson and other appointed members as needed. Duties: To plan social events for the organization and to buy food, snacks, and/or drinks for meetings. 3. Intramural Committee: A committee composed of a chairperson and other appointed members as needed. Duties: To plan intramural teams and games for the organization.
Section 2. Finances
1. Dues shall be fifteen dollars a year or an appropriate amount as determined by the executive board. 2. All moneys of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association shall be maintained in an account solely for the organization at a chartered bank. 3. Disbursements in excess of fifty dollars must have prior approval by a majority vote of the executive board. Disbursements in excess of one-hundred and fifty dollars must receive a majority vote of members present at a regular meeting. 4. All checks must have two signatures: one will be the treasurer and the second may be from any other member of the executive board. 5. Late fees are to be determined by the Executive Board.
Section 3. Parliamentary Procedure
Robert's Rules of Order shall be recognized as the correct form for parliamentary rules by the PVMA.
ARTICLE VIII: By-laws By laws may be adopted or changed only in the following manner: Any proposed by-law(s) must first be approved by a majority vote of the executive board. Upon approval, the proposed by-law(s) shall be brought up for a discussion and vote at a designated meeting of the PVMA. All members must be notified of this meeting and a copy of the proposed by-law(s) made available at least seven days in advance. A majority vote of the members present at said meeting is required for approval. The secret ballot shall be used.
ARTICLE IX: Methods of Amendment This constitution may be amended only in the following manner: Any proposed amendment must first be approved by a majority vote of the executive board. Upon approval, the proposed amendment shall be brought up for a discussion and vote at a designated meeting of the PVMA. All members must be notified of this meeting and a copy of the proposed amendment made available at least seven days in advance. A majority vote of the members present at said meeting is required for approval. The secret ballot shall be used. This constitution is to replace the previously approved constitution from 2000. All rules and laws of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association prior to this constitution's approval are now null and void.
ARTICLE I: Definition of Best Interest of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association
In the best interest of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association is defined as a member who exhibits active participation defined at three points a semester unless otherwise approved by the executive board. If a member does not abide by this they are considered to not be in the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association’s best interest and will be brought up for review by the executive board. E-mails will be sent to the reviewee and after three e-mails with no response and two weeks the reviewee will be considered not in the best interest. This review will consist of a meeting with two executive board members in which the member’s participation will be discussed. A course of action will follow after this meeting. If the member in question is deemed to not be in the best interest of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association their membership will be revoked. These reviews will be made in January of the year in question. The next year a member can rejoin the club.
ARTICLE II: Executive Board Duties
The duties of the President are as follows: to preside over all meetings, to appoint special committees, to uphold the constitution, and to perform other duties, which are normally expected of the president. Presidents should also be responsible for making sure all other officers are performing their jobs.
2. Vice President
The duties of the vice president are as follows: to preside over all meetings in the absence of the president, to assume the office of president should the president need to step down or leave the club, to serve as a liaison between the committees and the executive board, and to perform other duties which are normally expected of the vice-president.
The duties of the secretary are as follows: to record and report the minutes of each meeting, to provide a copy of the minutes upon request, to keep a current list of the membership, to notify the members of meetings and to keep all records of the PVMA. The secretary will be responsible for the upkeep of the point system roster and role at every meeting. The point roster should be kept constantly updated.
The duties of the treasurer are as follows: to collect, maintain, and expend, with approval of the executive board, all moneys of the PVMA, to keep accurate records of all financial matters of the organization, and to present the financial records to the executive board and general membership on the first meeting of every month.
The duties of the documentarian/historian are as follows: to keep photo evidence of club meetings, outings, and other projects and to present a slideshow every semester of a synopsis of the year. They will also be responsible for the club's Glomerata page and the publicity boards both for Upchurch Hall and for the boards to be taken to events such as Ag Roundup and Open House.
6. Service Chair
The duties of the service chair are as follows: to plan, coordinate, and facilitate all service events and projects including Saturday service projects, Service Sundays, and special Gold Member Service Trips.
7. Faculty Advisory Board
1. The role of an advisor is to counsel with and render guidance to the officers and members of this association. They can check all Executive Board decisions. 2. Advisors that will be considered to fill the position should come forward on a volunteer basis and should not be obligated to by the Executive Board. 3. Advisors from all colleges, offering a pre-veterinary major, represented in the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association shall make up the Advisory Board. These advisors will act as liaisons to their specific college and provide useful contacts within the respective college. 4. If an advisor decides to step down they must provide notice to the Executive Board and assist in finding a replacement. 5. Advisors shall decide amongst themselves on their rotational schedule for meetings. 6. “Good Standing Clause”: To keep the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association in good standing the Advisory Board has the ability to overturn any decision made by the Executive Board by a majority rule if it is deemed that the Executive Board is acting in a manner that is detrimental to the image of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association.
ARTICLE III: Application for Executive Board
Executive board applicants must meet a minimum of 35% of the points offered to be eligible for application. Upon receipt of the application, applicants will be approved by the Executive Board for running. The same system shall be applicable to those running for chair positions, however, not committee members.
ARTICLE IV: Executive Board Transition Period
The last meeting of the year shall be a joint meeting between the new executive board and past executive board. This will give the new board a chance to see how the meetings are run. Also before the meeting a joint executive board meeting will be held to discuss ideas for the upcoming year and issues with the past year. A planning meeting should be held within the first two weeks of the new semester between the Advisory board and Executive Board to make sure the Executive Board to make sure the Executive Board plans are underway and progressing as should be expected.
ARTICLE V: Point System
1. Points are given for events throughout the semester. They can be given for participating in service events, coming to meetings, playing PVMA sports, etc. One point will be awarded for each event participated in. 2. Points will be accumulated throughout the semester to determine Gold Member Status and member status in the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association. 3. Gold Members are defined as Pre-Veterinary Medical Association members who have exceeded expectations and given priority recognition. They have collected 65% of the points offered. 4. Gold Members will be announced in January and will be determined before the start of the Spring Semester. They will be reevaluated in May before certificates are given. If they no longer qualify as a Gold Member their status will be revoked. 5. Current Gold Members will be up for reconsideration in December of each year and will have their status revoked if they no longer follow by Gold Member status qualifications.
ARTICLE VI: Awards
1. Service Award- The “Michelle Walter” Service Award will be given in May of each year to a club member(s) who has participated in community service activities with the club and contributed a positive attitude and winning spirit to the club.
2. Certificates will be given to all Gold Members in May of each year provided they have maintained their Gold Member status since January.