LAUNCH

LAUNCH seeks a balance of social and political power at Washington and Lee that is fully representative of the campus. The organization facilitates the mentorship of potential leaders on campus who belong to groups underrepresented in Washington and Lee leadership positions and educates the community about inequalities between genders on campus and in the wider society. LAUNCH also seeks to advocate institutional and campus climate reform that will help promote harmonious female-male relationships at Washington and Lee. As a part of this effort, it will support whichever goals female students at W&L identify as important to their quality of life, social life, and academic performance at Washington and Lee.

Constitution

I. Mission

To seek a balance of social and political power at Washington and Lee that is fully representative of the campus by

a. Facilitating the mentorship of potential leaders on campus who belong to groups underrepresented in Washington and Lee leadership positions.
b. Educating the community about inequalities between genders on campus and in the wider society
c. Advocating institutional and campus climate reform that will help promote harmonious female-male relationships at Washington and Lee
d. Supporting whichever goals female students at W&L identify as important to their quality of life, social life, and academic performance at Washington and Lee

II. Membership

a. Any member of the W&L community, male or female, who wishes to promote female participation in student government and student life may join this club.
b. LAUNCH membership and officer positions are limited to undergraduate students.

III. Organization and Officers

a. President:

1. Presides over meetings
2. Schedules meetings and sends official LAUNCH e-mails
3. Positively promotes LAUNCH around campus

b. Vice President

1. Assists the President with her/his duties
2. Performs all duties in absence of the President
3. Assists the President in administrative tasks

c. Secretary/Historian

1. Records minutes of meetings and compiles "history" for LAUNCH
2. Maintains and updates member list
3. Holds record of events held

d. Treasurer

1. Maintains records of financial transactions
2. Coordinates reimbursement of members for out-of-pocket expenses
3. Creates a budget for each year
4. Applies for Executive Committee funding

e. Public Relations Officer

1. Coordinates Launch's social media
2. Creates and distribute flyers and pamphlets for LAUNCH events
3. Liaises with coalition partners and other student organizations

f. Hospitality Coordinator

1. Coordinates and schedules events
2. Arranges refreshments and makes reservations if needed
3. Writes and mails thank you notes.

IV. Elections

a. Elections will be held at the end of the fall semester, two weeks before exams
b. Officers are elected by the membership for a term of one calendar year
c. Candidates must be undergraduate Washington and Lee students
d. Candidates must receive a majority vote from the organization's members in order to be elected

1. If no one candidate receives a majority of the votes, a runoff election will be held

e. President is responsible for running the elections
f. No member may hold more than one office at a given time
g. Notice of election will be given to all members of record by the end of Thanksgiving break of the election by email message and Campus Notices

1. If elections are not scheduled by the end of Thanksgiving Break, any member may petition the president for an election.
2. If an election is not scheduled within 5 days, any two members may act as an election committee and schedule an election, acting as interim co-presidents until the election is held.

V. Impeachment of Officers

a. If an officer is not fulfilling the duties outlined in these Bylaws or is not satisfying the organization's membership, the organization may vote to impeach
b. The officer must first be given a notice of no confidence and a chance to correct the defect

1. If the defect is not corrected within two weeks impeachment may begin

a. A simple majority vote is required to initiate impeachment proceedings
b. Any two non-officer members may initiate impeachment proceedings
c.. Notice of an impeachment proceeding is to be provided to the membership by email
d. The Adviser facilitates the impeachment proceedings
e. Once all opinions have been heard, the organization may, by a two-thirds vote of the members present, remove the officer

VI. Officer Meetings

a. Meetings will be held at least once a month and as needed during the academic year
b. The president will call the meeting
c. Notice of the meeting will be sent by email to all officers

VII. General Member Meetings

a. Meetings will be held at least once a month and as needed during the academic year
b. Meetings will be called by the President
c. Meetings will be advertised by email to known members and through Campus Notices
d. Attendance

1. While attendance is not necessary to all meetings, it does grant priority for involvement in LAUNCH functions and volunteer seniority
2. Meetings are generally open to the entire Washington and Lee campus community, although particular meetings may be closed to smaller audiences depending on the project
3. Officers are expected to attend meetings unless there is a schedule conflict or absence that is not reasonably avoidable.

e. Quorum for transaction of regular business will be six members

VIII. Amendments

a. Amendments to this constitution may be made by a 2/3 vote in favor of the amendment by the present members
b. Proposed amendments may be sent to the President by any member to be added to the agenda for the next meeting, where the amendment will be offered for discussion
c. If one member seconds the motion for the amendment, it will be put to a vote, requiring a 2/3 majority to pass
d. For an amendment vote all board members must be present and at least 5 additional members