Mu Alpha Theta Constitution
Paul G. Blazer High School Chapter
Article 1. Purpose
Section 1. The purpose of this organization is to promote scholarship in, and enjoyment and understanding of, mathematics among high school (or two-year college) students.
Article 2. Name
Section 1. The name of this chapter shall be the Ashland Paul G. Blazer High School chapter of Mu Alpha Theta.
Article 3. Sponsor
Section 1. The organization shall at all times have a designated sponsor(S).
Section 2. The national Secretary-Treasurer must be kept informed of the current sponsor's name and email address.
Article 4. Membership
Section 1. Members are classified as Full or Associate members.
Section 2. Full members are high school students in grades 9 through 12, whose permanent record resides at Ashland Paul G. Blazer High School, who have completed four semesters of college preparatory mathematics and have completed or are enrolled in a fifth semester of mathematics, provided that this work has been done with distinction. On the 4-point grading scale, this shall mean at least a 3.0 grade point average.
Section 3. Associate members are high school students in grades 9 through 12, whose permanent record resides at Ashland Paul G. Blazer High School, who have completed two semesters of algebra or their equivalent with distinction and who have completed, or are enrolled in, a semester of geometry or second-year algebra. Associate members do not pay the initiation fee. They are entitled to attend and be heard at meetings of the chapter, but are not entitled to vote on questions of national policy. Associate members planning to attend the National Convention or compete in national competitions must be registered with the National Office.
Section 4. Members shall demonstrate ability to work with others and to conduct independent research, and shall possess qualities of industry, initiative, and reliability. No student will be denied membership on account of race, religion, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual preference and/or physical disability.
Section 5. Selection of members shall be made by the Admissions Committee (See Article 7) composed of the sponsor and the officers of the chapter.
Section 6. Members chosen by the Admissions Committee are required to attend induction. If a member can not attend on the date of induction, they must provide a written excuse and be part of an alternate induction.
Section 7. Attendance requirements for continued membership in good standing are 4 of the listed monthly meetings. Each member should attain 10 hours of participation through meetings, fundraising, and community involvement. Certainly it is intended that all members take an active part in the chapter.
Section 8. Full Members owe an annual fee of $5.00. New Members owe an initial fee of $25 and then $5.00 each year after.
Article 5. Meetings
Section 1. The chapter shall meet regularly at a specified time that is agreeable to both the Admissions Committee and the school administration.
Section 2. Meetings are open to all interested persons.
Section 3. At regular meetings, the program shall consist of a mathematical presentation (e.g., talk, film, etc.), mathematical enrichment and recreational topics, as well as conducting any necessary chapter business.
Section 4. In all matters of conduct you are required to attend at least 4 General meetings and have 10 hrs of service credits per semester.
Article 6. Officers
Section 1. The chapter officers shall be the following: president, vice-president, secretary, and the treasurer.
Section 2. Election of officers shall take place during the final regular Spring meeting.
Section 3. The term of office is one school year.
Section 4. An officer may not hold the same office for more than one year.
Article 7. Duties of Officers
Section 1. The President shall be the chief executive officer of the chapter. He or she shall preside at all business sessions, and it shall be the duty of the president to direct the activities of the organization.
Section 2. The Vice-President shall perform the duties of the President at times when the President is absent, and shall also serve as Program Chairman
Section 3. The Secretary shall keep an accurate record of all proceedings. He or she shall, with the approval of the sponsor, certify the names of new members, forwarding these (together with initiation fees) to the national office before the initiation.
Section 4. The Treasurer shall handle all money belonging to the Chapter and shall maintain an accurate record of financial transactions.
Section 5. The officers shall serve with the sponsors as the Admissions Committee and Executive Committee, having authority to transact all routine business and to select new members of the chapter.
Article 8. Emblems
Section 1. Each member of this chapter shall be entitled to wear the Mu Alpha Theta insignia (buttons, pins, charms, shoulder patches, medallions, or t-shirts) available from the National Office. (Price lists and descriptions of items can be found online at the Mu Alpha Theta website.)
Article 9. Constitution
Section 1. Concurrence of two-thirds of the full members shall be required to accept this constitution.
Section 2. Any amendment to this constitution must be presented by a Full member in the form of a motion during a business meeting. It must then be placed on the table until the following meeting, at which time it will become effective provided it is passed by a two-thirds majority of the Full members.
Section 3. The local chapter constitution must not violate any stipulation of the national constitution.
Section 4. By-laws may be adopted to amplify the constitution and to take care of details.