About Macon State
SAAB is a culturally sensitive organization that aims to increase the number of African American and Latino males who graduate from college by creating a positive peer community. Since 1990 SAAB has grown to more than 100 chapters on campuses throughout the United States, with a national office housed at the University of Toledo. SAAB is recognized as a national leader and movement organized to set the standard for organizational excellence. The Macon State SAAB chapter is seeking Recognized Student Organization (RSO) status. All students are encouraged to participate. SAAB is a part of the University System of Georgia African American Male initiative.
Macon State College students Christopher Jean, Xavier Cross, Desmond Hopkins, Trashond Royal, Andrew Hill and Ryan Jackson with Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe (center) at the Student African American Brotherhood meeting, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009 in the Professional Sciences Center.
The following Macon State students attended the Student African American Brotherhood Leadership Meeting Nov. 16, 2009, in SLC-109: (front row left to right) Kevin M. Eutsay, Darren A.L. Oliver, Anthony Brown, Desmond Hopkins, Kody Patrick, (back rowleft to right) Kenny Jordan, Kwabena B. Opoku-Fianko, Andrew Hill and Exzavious Heard.
ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION
ARTICLE I NAME AND PURPOSE
Name of proposed student organization:
Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB)
The purpose/mission statement of this organization is:
SAAB is a culturally sensitive organization that aims to increase the number of African American and Latino males who graduate from college by creating a positive peer community. SAAB is recognized as a national leader and movement organized to set the standard for organizational excellence. The goals of S.A.A.B., are for all African American and Latino males on college campuses to take full advantage of their academic years and to better understand and practice their full responsibilities, rights, and privileges as citizens of this country. Additionally, S.A.A.B. works in the community with younger African American and Latino males in need of guidance and direction. One of our objectives is that all S.A.A.B. members will be role models for each other as well as for other African American and Latino males in the community. Also, it is our hope that S.A.A.B. members will be well prepared to enter the work force of professionals and be among the best competing for a meaningful place in their communities and in our society. To achieve these goals and objectives, S.A.A.B. will provide educational and cultural activities for its members and others.
ARTICLE II MEMBERSHIP
SAAB membership will be composed primarily of African American and Latino males students, who are enrolled as students at Macon State College and strive for academic excellence and make a commitment to plan and implement programs that are germane to the group and benefit themselves, their respective institutions, and the community at large. Membership will be open to all individuals representing many different social and economic backgrounds, a wide spectrum of academic majors, varying levels of academic achievement, and different amounts of campus involvement.
Are there any fees, dues, or other requirements for membership?
ARTICLE III OFFICERS
There are fifteen (15) critical student leaders and an advisory council of 5 professional advisors. The basic core structure of the chapter will consist of six (6) functional and working committees addressing the following areas: 1) Academics; 2) Personal Development; 3) Service learning; 4) spiritual enrichment/social; 5) Financial Affairs; 6) Membership/Public Relations. Each committee will be headed by student leaders who serve as chair and co-chair (total 12 leaders). There is also a President, Vice President and Recording Secretary of each chapter (total 3 leaders) to round off the 15 required leaders in a chapter.
The Duties of the officers shall be but are not limited to the following:
What is the time and manner of officer election?
Officer elections will be held the first week in November of every year and officers will be held for a full calendar year, and shall be assigned by self vocal self nomination and approved by the members of the academic advisory council.
POWERS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
Section 1: Quorum and Voting
The Executive Board is the governing body of the Student African American Brotherhood organization. Decisions of this body shall be reached and become policy upon a majority vote of Board members present provided that a quorum exists. To have a quorum, three-fourths (3/4) of the Board of Executive Leaders must be present.
Section 2: Veto
In all matters, the power of veto (for revision and resubmission only) is at the pleasure of the Advisor, Chairman, Vice Chairman and Recording Secretary, with proviso that these three officers are unanimously agreed on the issues. A veto may be overridden by a 3/4-majority vote of the membership of the Executive Board.
Section 3: Executive Session
The Executive Board shall meet with the Advisor at a time agreed upon by at least three-fourths (3/4) of the eligible board members. In executive session the Executive Board may discuss and take action on only the following: personnel selection and appointments, fiscal matters, revocation of membership, no member of the Board shall be excluded from attendance.
COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD OF EXECUTIVE LEADERS
The membership of the Executive Board shall consist of the Executive Director/Advisor, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Recording Secretary and Committee Chairpersons.
Is there any extra-curricular affiliation (for example, a national, state, or local organization)?
Yes. SAAB is comprised of more than 100 chapters on campuses throughout the United States. The SAAB national office is housed at the University of Toledo.
ARTICLE IV MEETINGS
ARTICLE V FACULTY/STAFF ADVISORS
Yolanda Petty, Kevin Johnson
ARTICLE VI REVENUE
ARTICLE VII RATIFICATION
This constitution is subject to the approval by the proposed student membership, the Macon State College Student Government Association, the Office of Student Life, and the Dean of Students.
ARTICLE VIII BY-LAWS
An electronic and paper copy of any and all By-Laws will be filed with the Office of Student Life.
Section 1: Executive Board
The Executive Board shall have the power, by a simple majority vote to refine, suspend, expel, or take other appropriate disciplinary action against any member for any activity or conduct which is detrimental or prejudicial to the general organization for violation of any provision of this Constitution or By-Laws.
Section 2: Citations
Any member cited for three (3) unexcused violations of the S.A.A.B. Code of Conduct will be automatically place on inactive status. Violations may include, but not be limited to, tardiness, missing meetings, not paying dues and dress code incompliance. Inactive members will not be permitted to do the following:
Inactive members desiring to be reinstated must submit a letter of appeal to the Membership Committee within seven (7) days of notification in writing of inactive status. Once a letter has been submitted, the Membership Committee will deliberate and make a recommendation to the Executive Board for approval within seven (7) working days of receiving the letter of appeal. The Membership Committee will notify the individual in writing within 48 hours of the Executive Board's decision.
CODE OF CONDUCT
RULES OF ORDER AND AMENDMENT PROCEDURE
Section 1: Rules of Order
Robert's Rules of Order (Newly Revised) shall be the authority in all questions of procedures unless otherwise stated in these articles and Bylaws.
Section 2: Amendments
These Articles of Organization and Bylaws may be amended at any time by the approval of two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the Board of Executive Leaders and shall be effective upon presentation to the Advisor
Any amendments/supplements to this constitution will then be submitted to the Office of Student Life for approval.
This constitution was endorsed by the MSC Student Government Association on November 2, 2009.
This constitution was approved by the Office of Student Life on November 4, 2009.
This constitution was approved by the Dean of Students on November 9, 2009.
Copy of Constitution on file in the Office of Student Life.
SAAB students and faculty and staff advisors at Orientation Meeting at Macon State, Sept. 23, 2009.
Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe speaks at the SAAB Orientation Meeting, Sept. 23, 2009.
President – Darren A.L. Oliver
Vice President – Kenneth N. Jordan
Recording Secretary – Andrew D. Hill
Chair, Academic Committee – Martellis J. Curtis
Chair, Personal Development Committee – Kwabena B. Opoku-Fianko
Chair, Service Learning Committee – Trashond Q. Royal
Chair, Spiritual-Enrichment Social Committee – Kody R. Patrick
Chair, Financial Affairs Committee – Robert Spaulding
Chair, Membership/Public Relations Committee – Kevin M. Eutsay