This information relates to the University of Massachusetts Shotokan club as of 2007.

Constitution: University of Massachusetts Shotokan Karate Club May 2002*

Name    University of Massachusetts Shotokan Karate Club
Mission Statement    To promote the sound physical and mental development of its members through the study of Shotokan karate.
Membership    Active membership is open to all students, staff, and faculty of the University of Massachusetts, and to the general community. The majority of the clubs members must be UMass undergraduates, of which there must be ten.
Statement of Nondiscrimination   The UMass Shotokan Club does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, or disability.

President, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, health and safety officer. Candidates must be nominated by an active member. Officers will be elected during the semester by a majority vote of membership at a regularly scheduled meeting. New officers shall take office immediately following their election. Unexpected vacancies will be filled at the first regularly scheduled meeting. These offices must be held by UMass undergraduates. All club offices are completely independent of karate rank (and, therefore, the positions of senior students).

The duties of the officers are as follows:

President: To oversee club meetings and maintain contact with the Campus Activities Office. The President will hold Signature Responsibility.

Vice-President: To assist the president in the execution of his duties.

Secretary: Clerical duties, including minutes, written records, signs, notices, and club correspondences.

Treasurer: Collection, record keeping, and administration of all club monies. The Treasurer will hold Signature Responsibility.

Health and Safety Officer: To have an adequate knowledge of tournament safety rules and first aid, and to be prepared to assist club members in case of injury (which is extremely rare in karate).

Meetings    Training sessions will be scheduled regularly throughout the semester; business meetings will be called as necessary. Minutes of business meetings will be taken as necessary by the secretary.
Affiliations   International Shotokan Karate Federation, East Coast Shotokan Karate Association, and the East Coast Collegiate Karate Union.
Finances   Semester dues will be collected at the beginning of each semester. The amount of dues will be determined by the executive council. Club membership will not be denied on the basis of inability to pay dues. Expenditures include a $100 a year ECSKA fee and a $60 ECCKU fee.
Amendments    Amendments must be proposed at a regularly scheduled meeting and voted upon at the first regular meeting, following the one in which the proposal was made. The adoption of any amendments to the constitution will be made only upon the concurrence of at least two-thirds of the members present who are eligible to vote.
Quorum for Meeting    For club business to be conducted at a meeting, the number of voting eligible members present must be greater than or equal to 50% of the eligible members, plus one.
Impeachment of Officers   Officers who do not fulfill their obligations of office may be recalled upon the concurrence of two thirds of members present, who are eligible to vote, at a regularly scheduled meeting.

*Format revised for online edition 10/2/02