Fall 2015 Grand Semi Results

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On December 5th 2015, the society gathered to discuss amendments and elect their officers for the upcoming year. Results follow:

Congratulations to our Spring 2016 Officer Corps:

President: Ms. Asha Thanki

Vice-President: Ms. Allie Little

Corresponding Secretary: Mr. Jonathan Marrow

Membership Secretary: Ms. Rosa Cuppari

Librarian: Ms. Alex Weissman

Amanuensis: Mr. Garrett Hinck

Amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws of the Philodemic Society:

A section to be added to “Appendix 1: House Rules,” a subsection [3]: — passed

[3] “Hissing shall not be permitted except in response to extraordinarily vulgar, disrespectful, or debasing speech.

A proposed amendment to Article 2, Section 5, subsection [3] of the Constitution: — passed

From:

[3] “No one can become an honorary member of this Society — except for distinguished services rendered to this country in literature, in art, or in science, or in service to Alma Mater Georgetown.”

To:

[3] “No one can become an honorary member of this Society — except for distinguished services rendered to this country, to literature, art, or science, to the Philodemic Society, or to Alma Mater Georgetown.”

An amendment to “Appendix 2: Alma Mater” to change the first two words “Sons of” to “Hail, o”. – passed

An amendment to Article 5, Section 11 of the Constitution: The Signifer to add the following:

“The signifer shall be responsible for planning and conducting monthly community service events, with the aim of fostering closer ties between the Society and her community.”  — passed

A proposal to add to Article 5, Section 2 of the Constitution a Subsection [9] — passed

[9] “The President shall appoint a Social Chair to be promulgated by the second Debate of every semester.”

And add to Article 5 of the Constitution a Section 12: The Social Chair:

[1] “The President shall appoint the Social Chair, whose responsibility is to plan and implement social events for the Society, with the goal of promoting strong fellowship within the Society.”

[2] “The Social Chair shall have no other voting rights beyond those of a non-officer.”

Purpose: To establish a better criterion for active membership. An amendment to Article II, Section 2, Clause 11 of the Constitution from: — passed

“No one shall be an active member without signing the Membership Book and paying dues as defined by the By-Laws.”

To:

“No one shall be an active member without signing the Membership Book, attending at least three debates each semester, and paying dues as defined by the By-Laws.”

Purpose: To ensure the president does not preside over his own impeachment trial, and clarify  what happens when the presidency is vacant. — passed

An amendment to Article IV, Section 2, Subsection 3 from: “No officer shall be deprived of office for neglect of duty or failure to uphold the oath of office unless by the vote of two-thirds of the Active Members of the Society. Upon the written petition of at least one-third of the active members of the Society or upon the written petition of at least two thirds of the voting officers, the president may entertain a motion at a regularly-scheduled business meeting to deprive an officer of office by recall. At least one week’s notice of the president’s intent to entertain such a motion shall be given to all undergraduate members, both active and non-active. The President shall instruct members that their consideration of depriving an officer of office by recall may only be made on the merits of the charge that said officer neglected the duty of office or the charge that said officer failed to uphold the oath of office, or both charges. The recall of an officer will result in a permanent vacancy of that office, which shall be filled by election at the next regularly-scheduled business meeting, pursuant to Article IV, Section 1, Subsection 8.”

To:

An amendment to Article IV, Section 2, Subsection 3 from:  “No officer shall be deprived of office for neglect of duty or failure to uphold the oath of office unless by the vote of two-thirds of the Active Members of the Society. Upon the written petition of at least one-third of the active members of the Society or upon the written petition of at least two thirds of the voting officers, the president may entertain a motion at a regularly-scheduled business meeting to deprive any officer but the president of office by recall. At least one week’s notice of the president’s intent to entertain such a motion shall be given to all undergraduate members, both active and non-active. The President shall instruct members that their consideration of depriving an officer of office by recall may only be made on the merits of the charge that said officer neglected the duty of office or the charge that said officer failed to uphold the oath of office, or both charges. The recall of an officer will result in a permanent vacancy of that office, which shall be filled by election at the next regularly-scheduled business meeting, pursuant to Article IV, Section 1, Subsection 8.”

And adds the following subsection:

[2] “The president shall not be deprived of office for neglect of duty or failure to uphold the oath of office unless by the vote of two-thirds of the Active Members of the Society. Upon the written petition of at least one-third of the active members of the Society or upon the written petition of at least two thirds of the voting officers, the vice president shall have the right to take the chair at the next regularly-scheduled business meeting and may entertain a motion to deprive the president of office by recall. At least one week’s notice of the vice president’s intent to entertain such a motion shall be given to all undergraduate members, both active and non-active. The Vice President shall instruct members that their consideration of depriving the president of office by recall may only be made on the merits of the charge that said officer neglected the duty of office or the charge that said officer failed to uphold the oath of office, or both charges. The recall of the president will result in a period of sede vacante, which shall be resolved by election at the next regularly-scheduled business meeting, pursuant to Article IV, Section 1, Subsection 8. During this vacancy or any other vacancy of the Office of President, the vice president shall serve as president.”

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