Thespian Troupe #6172
CONSTITUTION

Adopted May 25, 2001

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Article I. Name and Purpose
Section 1. This organization shall be called Troupe #6172 of the International Thespian Society, a branch of the Educational Theatre Association.

Section 2. The purpose of this troupe shall be the advancement of standards of excellence in the theatre. More specifically, the troupe shall encourage students to attain a better mastery of the theatre arts.

Section 3. The organization forbids secrecy; membership is given as recognition for meritorious work in the theatre arts.


Article II. Membership
Section 1. All nominees for active membership shall be regularly enrolled as students of Wesley Chapel High School.

Section 2. All active members must have demonstrated continued commitment to Drama and have earned a minimum of ten (10) points, i.e. 100 hours of superior work. Also, active members must be enrolled in grades 9-12.

Section 3. Final authority concerning membership requirements shall be vested in the troupe sponsor.

Section 4. Honorary membership may be granted to adults for extraordinary and worthy assistance in the promotion of the theatre in the school and the community.


Article III. Officers
Section 1. Wesley Chapel High School Troupe #6172 shall elect officers once a year in the last full month of the school term at a regular business meeting.

Section 2. Requirements for all elected officers are as follows: Each student must be an active member of the troupe for at least one school year, and at the time of election must be enrolled in grades 10 or 11.

Section 3. If not an elected officer, a Stage Manager will be appointed by the theatre director/sponsor and will serve during the current production.

Section 4. The elected officers are to have the following duties :

a. President - The leader of the Thespians. The President is the representative of the Troupe, and shall always strive to ensure that the Thespians are a respected and well-regarded group to other students, parents, faculty, and community members. The President will seek to unite, not to divide, and will treat all Thespians with equal respect. The President will coordinate District and State competitions. Along with other Thespians, the President will innovate new ideas, and set an example for the rest of the troupe through hard work, follow-through, and dedication.

b. Vice President - The Vice President will lead the Thespians in the President's absence. The Vice President will coordinate new member invitations.

c. Secretary - The Secretary will take notes at all meetings, and submit them to the sponsor. He/she will also coordinate fundraisers, and send notes of thanks to donors and business partners.

Section 5. The duties of the sponsor will be to oversee all troupe activities, to be the final authority in selection of new members and to be the guide and inspiration of the group.


Article IV. Meetings and Attendance
Section 1. Meetings shall be held as needed, at least once a month.

Section 2. Special meetings may be called by the sponsor, any officer, or by a quorum.

Section 3. A quorum shall be 50% of the active membership and must include two officers.

Section 4. Any member who is absent four meetings per school year, four rehearsals during a current production, unless they have an excuse considered valid by the sponsor or who does not participate in a current production, which would earn one or more points, shall be dropped from active membership. Any member who causes deliberate dissension, which would disrupt the workings of any production or business meetings, shall be dropped from active membership by a vote of two thirds of the membership with the consent of the sponsor. Any member requesting readmittance after suspension must have the consent of the sponsor and two-thirds of the membership.


Article V. Dues, etc.
Section 1. There shall be no dues for the troupe except as provided by the International Thespian Society Board of Trustees, unless determined by a two-thirds vote of the membership at the regularly yearly election.

Section 2. Members shall be expected to pay their way to any event which requires a fee, including but not limited to, competitions. The troupe may choose to run a fundraiser to either reduce or eliminate member's fees, in which case the fundraiser money shall be applied equally to all Thespians participating in the event requiring a fee.


Article VI. Amendments
Section 1. All amendments to this constitution must have the vote of two-thirds of the troupe membership. This constitution and its amendments shall be subject to change according to any or all requirements of the International Thespian Society.


Bylaws
Article I. Attendance
Section 1. Late arrival to or leaving early from meetings or rehearsal without a reason considered valid by the theatre director/sponsor will be demerited. Two such offenses will be counted as an absence.

Section 2. Any after-school meetings, including a current rehearsal schedule will be posted on the door to the Drama room. Posting of such meetings shall be the sponsor's responsibility.

Section 3. Irregular attendance indicates a lack of interest; therefore any member absent four meetings per school year without a written excuse submitted to the Secretary or sponsor the day of, or after the scheduled meetings shall be automatically suspended from the active roll or membership.

Section 4. Attendance shall be considered in the point award system.

Section 5. Absences shall accumulate for only one school year at a time.


Article II. Inductions
Section 1. Inductions shall be held once each year, or as often as deemed necessary by the sponsor.

Section 2. The time and place of induction as well as the form will be determined by the sponsor.

Section 3. The Vice President will be held responsible for the training of the speakers of the induction ceremony, must schedule and rehearse said speakers, as well as take care of the preparation of the stage and induction properties.


Article III. Troupe Activities
Section 1. The troupe is not a secret organization, so faculty and students interested in theatre, as well as honorary members and alumni, shall be invited to its meetings.

Section 2. The troupe shall sponsor at least one "Good Neighbor" program a year for the purpose of establishing good relationships with nearby dramatic groups.

Section 3. The troupe shall cooperate with all other departments and clubs in the school in helping them with their programs in any way it can.


Article IV. Point Award System
Section 1. The theatre director/sponsor will determine the exact number of points to be awarded in all theatrical and non-theatrical participation.

Section 2. Points will be awarded as suggested by the point system of the International Thespian Society.


Article V. Elections
Section 1. Officers shall be elected at a business meeting in the month of May for the coming fall term

Section 2. Nominations for officers are to be made by a committee, meeting with the sponsor, with additional nominations being permitted from the floor. Officers will be elected by a majority vote.

Section 3. Voting will be done by secret ballot.

Section 4. All elections after May, 2001 shall be open only to returning (non-graduating) inducted members.


AMENDMENTS

Amendment I.  September, 2004.  Passed UNANIMOUSLY.

All current members must continue to earn at least five (5) Thespian points each school year to remain active Thespians.  Any Thespian earning fewer than five (5) Thespian points will be placed on the Inactive Roster, and must earn ten (10) Thespian points to be moved back on the Active Roster.  Only 12th grade graduating Thespians on the Active Roster will be considered to graduate with Thespian Honors.

Amendment II.  April, 2008.  Passed UNANIMOUSLY.

To decide voting election ties, in the event that a run-off election still results in a tie vote.

In the event of a run-off election, the outgoing Executive Council and Sponsor shall be called together to discuss the tied run-off candidates and their abilities.  The Executive Council will make their recommendations to the Sponsor.  In the event of a tie run-off vote, the Sponsor shall cast an additional deciding vote, using his or her best judgment, considering the advice of the outgoing Council.  All vote counts will be kept secret, and tallied together by the Sponsor and a graduating Thespian, preferably the Troupe President, or other Officer.