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CONSTITUTION

Calabasas Speech and Debate


Last Revised: February 10, 2018

Calabasas High School


Spring 2017 - 2018
Table of Contents
Preamble ....................................................................................................................................................... 1
Article I. Name and Logo ............................................................................................................................... 1
Section 1. Name ........................................................................................................................................ 1
Section 2. Logo .......................................................................................................................................... 1
Article II. Objective ........................................................................................................................................ 1
Section 1. Mission ..................................................................................................................................... 1
Section 2. Vision ........................................................................................................................................ 1
Section 2. The Leadership Team ............................................................................................................... 1
Section 3. Keys to Success......................................................................................................................... 1
Article III. Membership ................................................................................................................................. 2
Section 1. Member Persona...................................................................................................................... 2
Section 2. Eligibility ................................................................................................................................... 2
Section 3. Ineligibility ................................................................................................................................ 2
Section 4. Recognitions ............................................................................................................................. 2
Article IV. Meetings ....................................................................................................................................... 2
Section 1. General Meetings ..................................................................................................................... 2
Section 2. Tournaments ............................................................................................................................ 2
Section 3. Fundraisers ............................................................................................................................... 3
Section 4. ASB Calendar ............................................................................................................................ 3
Article V. Dues and Fundraisers .................................................................................................................... 3
Section 1. Tournament Fees ..................................................................................................................... 3
Section 2: League Membership Fees ........................................................................................................ 3
Section 3. Fundraising ............................................................................................................................... 3
Article VI. Leaders and Enumerated Duties .................................................................................................. 3
Section 1. President .................................................................................................................................. 3
Section 2. Vice President........................................................................................................................... 4
Section 3. Secretary .................................................................................................................................. 4
Section 4. Treasurer .................................................................................................................................. 4
Section 6. Advisor ..................................................................................................................................... 4
Section 7. Government and Leadership Conduct ..................................................................................... 5
Section 8. Impeachment ........................................................................................................................... 5
Article VII. Amendments ............................................................................................................................... 5
Section 1. Enumeration of Amendments .................................................................................................. 5
Ratification and Signatures ........................................................................................................................... 6
Section 1. Effective Date ........................................................................................................................... 6
Section 2. Date of Revision ....................................................................................................................... 6
Section 3. Signatures ................................................................................................................................. 6
Preamble
The members of Calabasas Speech and Debate (the Club) provide the students of Calabasas High School (CHS)
opportunities to explore competitive forensics, participate in structured discussion and opposition, and
improve and empower their public speaking flairs regardless of background, opinions. This Constitution will
aid in the guidance of the Club toward a more perfect student body.

Article I. Name and Logo


Section 1. Name
The name of the Club shall officially be “Calabasas Speech and Debate,” though it may be colloquially be
referred to as “Speech and Debate” or otherwise. The team was formerly referred to as “Calabasas Forensic
Society,” or CFS.

Section 2. Logo
A reference sheet for logos that shall officially represent the Club can be found on the next page.

Article II. Objective


Section 1. Mission
The Club instills students to speak their minds powerfully and persuasively, think critically, and develop
evidence-based ideologies. The Club fosters the enjoyment of members through the practice of friendly
competition to produce more engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders ready to serve an
increasingly global society. This Club lies on a foundation of service, integrity, and rapport.

Section 2. Vision
The Club meets and exceeds goals that other academic programs target. Members gain significant
development of resources, competitive and ethical standards, extracurricular and co-curricular opportunities,
and recognitions to foster crucial skills that will help them excel in and out of Calabasas High School.

Section 2. The Leadership Team


The purpose of the leadership positions shall be to maintain and govern the Club, and its members, funding,
meetings, and education of forensics. Team leaders shall act as role models to one another, members on the
team, and the public eye.

Section 3. Keys to Success


Communication between members, especially leaders, is a key value toward the success of the Club. All
members ought to be dedicated to themselves and to the team. Punctuality is expected always, as is
demonstrating superior sportsmanship and leadership. A large budget or number of members is not
imperative for the functionality of the Club, but a membership that supports the name and values of
Calabasas Speech and Debate is imperative for this and every goal this Club strives to achieve.

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Article III. Membership
Section 1. Member Persona
Members should dedicate considerable time to forensics, but must keep core academics a priority. All
members are expected to demonstrate good sportsmanship in the event of a victory or loss. Members should
promote forensics and share experiences with other students and parents. As possible members of the
National Speech & Debate Association, members pledge to uphold the highest standards of integrity,
humility, respect, leadership and service in the pursuit of excellence.

Section 2. Eligibility
All students attending CHS are eligible and welcome to become a member. No student shall be discriminated
against on any basis, especially that of any race, religion, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, gender expression, or association to any of these specially protected classes.

Section 3. Ineligibility
A student who demonstrates exceedingly poor sportsmanship, holds a distaste toward any other
teammates(s) beyond compatibility, or has missed five (5) consecutive meetings may be deemed ineligible,
be revoked of membership, or be expulsed from future meetings organized with or by the Club.

Section 4. Recognitions
Members of the Club will be awarded merit points as designated by the National Forensic League (NFL).
Members will need to create online accounts with the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA)
before any points can be awarded.

The Club will provide distinct and official NSDA graduation cords to members who have competed in speech
and debate during their senior year of high school. Members must be graduating from CHS to be recognized,
and may choose to opt out of this recognition if they so choose.

Article IV. Meetings


Section 1. General Meetings
There will be two meetings every week: Monday afterschool and Thursday at lunch in the CHS library/media
center. This is subject to change without notice to the ASB Club Commissioners.

Section 2. Tournaments
Tournaments will be held roughly twice a month at local high schools. State and national tournaments may
be held at colleges in other regions or states.

CHS field trip forms will be required from members who intend to compete. These forms must be submitted
to the Advisor at least one (1) week before the date of each tournament. Any member who has failed have
his or her forms submitted to the Advisor at least three (3) days before the date of the tournament will be
dropped for that tournament and unable to compete.

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The calendar of Tri-County Forensic League (TCFL) and NSDA tournaments and meetings is available on the
Club’s website (coyoteforensics.weebly.com) and the TCFL website (trivalleysite.yolasite.com/calendar.php).

Section 3. Fundraisers
Fundraisers may be organized by the Treasurer. Fundraisers must be approved by CHS and by the leadership
team before final plans are made with any local establishment. Fundraisers can range from sponsorships,
bake sales, and joint fundraisers with other CHS clubs or teams. Members of the Club will be expected to
attend these meetings as well.

Section 4. ASB Calendar


At the end of every month, the Secretary shall post the meeting dates, times, and locations for the Club on
the ASB club presidents’ Facebook page to allow the ASB Club Commissioners to organize the Monthly Club
Calendar. If (s)he fails to do so, the Club will not be featured in the monthly calendar and will be deemed
inactive by the ASB Commissioners.

Article V. Dues and Fundraisers


Section 1. Tournament Fees
Most tournaments require entries to pay a fee prior to the first round of competition. If entry fees are
required, they will be paid for by the participating members. Fees may be offset if funds exist to do so. Cash is
preferable, but checks will be accepted if they are paid to the order of Calabasas High, have the name of the
Club on the memo line, and are given no later than one (1) week before the date of the tournament. Entry
fees do not normally exceed twenty ($20) dollars.

Section 2: League Membership Fees


League dues are required for membership to the TCFL and NFL. The Club may ask members to contribute a
small donation in order to acquire the money to do so at the discretion of the Treasurer, President, and
Advisor. League fees are approximately one hundred ($100) dollars each.

Cash is always preferred, but checks will be accepted if they are paid to the order of Calabasas High, have the
name of the Club on the memo line.

Section 3. Fundraising
Donations will be accepted throughout the school year. Cash is always preferred, but checks will be accepted
if they are paid to the order of Calabasas High, have the name of the Club on the memo line.

Refer to Article IV (§3) for more information about fundraisers.

Article VI. Leaders and Enumerated Duties


Section 1. President
The President shall act as the primary teacher of a forensic/rhetorical curriculum.

The President shall update the Club’s website at least twice monthly.

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The president shall be responsible for entering members for tournaments and competitions.

Any unenumerated duties should be assumed by the President if these duties are necessary to the proper
maintenance, government, or interest of the Club.

Section 2. Vice President


The Vice President is an extension of the presidency and is, by definition, empowered to act as a substitute
for the President.

The Vice President shall aid the President in organizing a list of Club competitors at least two (2) weeks
before the date of a tournament. The Vice President shall collect the necessary forms, applications, and
monies from competitors at least two (2) weeks before the date of a tournament.

The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President if the President is unable or unwilling to complete
his/her enumerated tasks. Refer to Section 8 for information on the impeachment process.

Section 3. Secretary
The Secretary shall be responsible to record minutes of every meeting, and ultimately maintain the flow of
meetings. The Secretary shall update the ASB commissioners of the Club’s monthly calendars.

The Vice President shall Keep the team informed of due dates and upcoming events. The Secretary shall hold
primary responsibility for social media, including, but not limited to, the Club’s accounts of Instagram,
Facebook, and Remind.

The Secretary shall assume the duties of the Vice President if the Vice President is unable or unwilling to
complete his/her enumerated tasks. Refer to Section 8 for information on the impeachment process.

Section 4. Treasurer
The Treasurer shall create channels of raising funds to offset costs imposed on the Club. The Treasurer shall
receive the payments of competing members at least one (1) week before any tournament.

The Treasurer shall be responsible for organizing the Club’s deposits and withdrawals with the CHS Student
Store. This may include maintaining a running ledger for the Club.

The Treasurer shall assume the duties of the Secretary if the Secretary is unable or unwilling to complete
his/her enumerated tasks. Refer to Section 8 for information on the impeachment process.

Section 6. Advisor
The Advisor shall oversee all Club operations and learn the duties of the President as needed.

The Advisor shall coordinate with CHS and league administration to ensure the competition for members.

The Advisor shall maintain a regular space where the Club may hold general meetings.

An auxiliary or secondary faculty member may also serve as an advisor or assistant to the advisor.

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Section 7. Government and Leadership Conduct
All members of the Cabinet shall agree to work jointly and assume any roles or duties aid in the maintenance,
government, or interest of the Club. Any leader should be comfortable to instruct and help prepare members
of the Club on specific events for competition.

Section 8. Impeachment
All leaders shall be held accountable to this Constitution and any amendments made to it. Any leader may be
impeached and/or replaced if two-thirds majority of the leadership team feels that (s)he is not fulfilling
his/her duties or requirements to the best of their ability.

Article VII. Amendments


Section 1. Enumeration of Amendments
The Club shall need two0thirds majority vote of the members in the Club to amend this Constitution. All
other Club leaders and the ASB Club Commissioners must clear all amendments before any may be
enumerated.

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Ratification and Signatures
Section 1. Effective Date
This Constitution shall take effect on Wednesday, January 7, 2018 once every leader has signed it into effect.

Section 2. Date of Revision


This Constitution shall be reviewed upon the end of the last tournament of the year. If any part of this
Constitution is revised, all leaders will be expected to review their duties and sign the revised Constitution
into effect.

Section 3. Signatures

Matthew Anderson (’18), President Date

Justin Rose (’19), Vice President Date

Bianca Badillo (’18), Secretary Date

Alex Cohen (’19), Treasurer Date

Ms. Ashley Burton, Advisor Date