STATUTES





ARTICLE 1. NAME AND OFFICE.

Name: Ticos en Gainesville
Office: University of Florida, Chemistry Department, Gainesville, Florida.
Contact: Luis Madrigal (president). E-mail: lmad@chem.ufl.edu

Relation with University of Florida: Ticos en Gainesville is a non-for-profit organization, formed by Costa Rican students at UF, Costa Rican residents at Gainesville and people interested in Costa Rican culture.

ARTICLE 2. PURPOSES AND ACTIVITIES.


ARTICLE 3. MEMBERSHIPS.

The types of membership are the next ones:

Student member: Costa Rican students registered at UF.
Associated member: Costa Rican citizens living in Gainesville and any person interested in Costa Rican culture.
Honorary member: Persons distinguished by the Association because of their exceptional contributions to the organization.

ARTICLE 4. NON-DISCRIMINATING STATEMENT.

Ticos en Gainesville will not discriminate because of race, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or physical disabilities.

ARTICLE 5. MEETINGS.

Ticos en Gainesville shall hold a general meeting, ordinary and mandatory, once a year. This meeting is the General Assembly. The president of the Association and the board of directors can also ask for other extraordinary meetings as frequently as necessary.

ARTICLE 6. FINANCES

Section 1. Ticos en Gainesville will not have money or values of its own. It will not pay any money to its members, nor will distribute profits among them. No one will have special privileges in the access to merchandise or materials used in its activities.

Section 2. The monetary resources needed for the association's operation will be obtained by donations, subsidies and concessions, and by organizing non-for-profit activities.

Section 3. The administrative expenses of the association shall be covered exclusively by public donations or by means of the budget approved by the University Senate after the recommendation of its finance committee.


ARTICLE 7. OFFICERS

Ticos in Gainesville will be coordinated by its board of directors. The first board of directors was elected by public vote (by raising hands during the Association's first General Assembly).

The next boards of directors will be elected once a year, during the General Assembly. The votes will be individual and secret.

The officers required as part of the board of directors are: President, Vice president, Secretary, Treasurer and Faculty Adviser.

Any vacant office in the board of directors should be filled calling to new elections. Announcement of the vacancy and nomination for the position shall occur at the next general meeting. Elections shall take place at the general meeting subsequent to nominations.

If for any reason the office of the President becomes vacant, the Vice President shall assume the office and duties of the President.


ARTICLE 8. POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS


Section 1. Powers and duties of the Faculty Adviser.
The duty of the Faculty Adviser is to give advice to the board of directors and to the association's members in general, in order to help in the good development of Ticos en Gainesville' purposes.

The Faculty Adviser should be a UF professor interested in the diffusion of the Costa Rican culture. The selection of the Faculty Adviser will be done by the board of directors by sending a formal letter to the candidate. If the candidate accepts, his or her election has to be approved by the General Assembly.

Section 2. Powers and duties of the officers.

a) President:
b) Vice President:
c) Secretary:
d) Treasurer:

ARTICLE 9.
STATEMENT OF ADHERENCE TO UNIVERSITY RULES.

Ticos en Gainesville shall adhere to student Handbook and the student rights, responsibilities, regulations, booklets, and other laws and regulations governing the University of Florida and students.


ARTICLE 10. AMENDMENTS.

Any member may propose amendments to the constitution by submitting a written copy of said amendment(s) to any member of the executive committee. The constitution may be amended by a two-thirds vote of members present. Proposed revisions will be presented, read and discussed in a first meeting and will be voted on the second meeting.



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