MacArthur 
High School Key Club Bylaws

ARTICLE I: NAME

Section 1.

The name of this organization shall be the Key Club of MacArthur High School.


ARTICLE II: ORGANIZATION

Section 1.

Its form of organization, its ideas, and its purpose shall be similar to those of the
Downtown Kiwanis Club of Lawton, Oklahoma.

Section 2.

It shall be sponsored by, but not a part of, the Downtown Kiwanis Club of
Lawton, Oklahoma.


ARTICLE III: OBJECTS AND ACTIVITIES

Section 1.

The objects of the Key Club shall be:

1) To develop initiative and leadership.
2) To provide experience in living and working together.
3) To serve the school and community.
4) To cooperate with the school principal.
5) To prepare for useful citizenship.
6) To accept and promote the following ideals:

- To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values
      of life.
- To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
- To promote the adoption and application of higher standards in scholarship,
     sportsmanship, and social contacts.
- To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and
     serviceable citizenship.
- To provide a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render unselfish
     service, and to build better communities.
- To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high
     idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice,
     patriotism, and goodwill.

Section 2.

The activities of the Key Club shall be in accord with its Objects. They should
include those suggested by Key Club International, plus additional activities
as might be adopted by the Key Club and approved by the school principal.


ARTICLE IV: MOTTO

Section 1.

The motto of the Key Club shall be “Caring—Our Way of Life.”


ARTICLE V: MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.

Membership shall be limited to the high school students as apportioned from
the senior, junior, sophomore, and freshman classes.

Section 2.

Those scholastically eligible students, as prescribed in Section 1 of this Article,
of their respective classes interested in service, with good character and
leadership ability, shall be eligible for membership.

Section 3.

Subject to review and approval by the principal, the Board of Directors shall
have the power to suspend or expel a member for nonpayment of dues, for
nonattendance at meetings without valid excuse, for conduct unbecoming a
member, for ceasing to meet the scholastic requirements of the school, or for
failing to accomplish the contracted five (5) hours of community service each
month (excluding June and July). Each member, including officers, must
physically attend at least one entire regular meeting each month, or they will
become ineligible for convention.

Section 4.

To be eligible to attend Key Club convention, members must complete fifty (50)
hours of community service through organized club activities and participate in
at least one fundraiser that benefits the club.

Section 5.

If a member contracts to attend an activity and then fails to cancel at least 24
hours before the start of said activity or fails to attend completely, the member
will receive deductions for the full number of hours for that particular activity.


ARTICLE VI: OFFICERS

Section 1.

Officers shall be president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and editor. They
shall serve for one (1) year or until their successors are elected and qualify.
Officers are required to lead the club’s activities and to participate in a minimum
of ten (10) hours of service per month. An officer may be asked to resign his/her
office if he/she fails to perform ten (10) hours of service per month for two
consecutive months and/or failure to accumulate fifty (50) hours by October 31
and one hundred (100) hours by March 31.

Section 2.

Each officer shall be a member in good standing with dues paid, current T-shirt
purchased, and monthly service hours performed.

Section 3.

There shall be a Board of Directors, composed of the above officers,
webmaster, historian, and two representatives to be elected from each class.
The representatives will be elected no later than the third Key Club meeting after
the beginning of the school year and will represent their classes until the new
representatives are elected the following year. Each member of the Board of
Directors must attend a minimum of eight (8) board meetings per year. If this is
not met, that representative will be subject to replacement as deemed by a vote
by the club at the next regular meeting.

Section 4.

The duties of the officers shall be such as are usually performed by similar office
holders, and as outlined by Key Club International and KiwanisSponsored Youth,
Club Materials on Key Club.

Section 5.

The Board of Directors shall approve the budget, approve all bills, take counsel
with committees, discipline members, review and report to Kiwanis the
performance of the club officers and perform such other duties as shall be
referred to it by the club, in compliance with these by-laws and the requirements
of Key Club International.

Section 6.

All action by the club and the Board of Directors shall be subject to the
approval of the principal and the Kiwanis committee. The Board of
Directors shall meet at least once monthly at a time and place selected
by the Board.

Section 7.

Any general member may recommend the removal of a club officer to the Board
of Directors. The Board of Directors shall hold a meeting at which the officer in
question shall be heard (if approved, the recommendation shall be presented to
the club and voted on by 2/3 vote of the quorum). In the event any officer should
be removed from office, the officer shall be notified in writing by the secretary.

Section 8.

In the event of a resignation by an officer, that office will be brought before the
Board for suggestions in filling the position, and that recommendation will be
voted on by the membership at large, with the exception of the office of president
whereas the vice-president will assume the president’s role and the office of vice
president will be filled according to the Board’s recommendation and the club’s
decision.

Section 9.

The Faculty and Kiwanis Advisor shall serve as ex-officio members of the club
Board of Directors, retaining all rights of that membership without the right to vote.


ARTICLE VII: ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Section 1.

Election of new officers as listed above should be held no earlier than the last
regular meeting in February and no later than the first meeting in March. They
must then shadow the officer currently in that position, attend Key Club
convention for formal training, and take office in April following Key Club 
convention.

Section 2.

Election of representatives (two from each class) shall be held no later than the
third meeting following the beginning of the new school year in the fall.

Section 3.

All officers and representatives who are members in good standing shall be eligible
for re-election.


ARTICLE VIII: MEETINGS

Section 1.

The club shall hold regular weekly meetings at such time and place as shall be
determined by the club with the approval of the principal.


ARTICLE IX: COMMITTEES

Section 1.

The Committee shall be formed throughout the year as deemed necessary by
the officers and representatives, one of whom should act as the chairperson for
each committee. The duties of the committees will be determined by the focus
of the committee and will be agreed upon by the chairperson and all members
willing to serve on that committee. Some suggested committees include but are
not limited to: Membership, Publicity, Convention, Social, Governor’s Project,
District Project, etc.


ARTICLE X: ANNUAL DUES

Section 1.

Total amount dues shall be $6.50 for International dues and $5.00 for district
dues, and $0.50 for club dues (as of 2005). These amounts are subject to
change according to the amounts required for each entity.


ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS

Section 1.

Amendments to these by-laws shall be adopted by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the
members present at any regular meeting held one week or more after a regular
meeting at which the proposed amendment or amendments were read, or after
giving written notice thereof to each member one week prior to the action on
such amendment or amendments.

Section 2.

These by-laws and all amendments or additions thereto shall become effective
until they have been approved by the high school principal and by
Key Club International.