Club Constitution

  1. NAME

This organization is and shall be called “The IUP Sailing Club.”


The mission of this organization is to involve the IUP community in recreational sailing; to allow beginners to master basic skills leading to US Sailing certification; and to provide experienced sailors the opportunity to develop racing tactics and compete in collegiate regattas.


Membership in this organization is open to all members of the IUP community without regard to race, lifestyle, color, religious creed, disability, national origin, affectional or sexual orientation, or gender. In addition, this club is open to all other I-card holders in order to incorporate alumni, family members, and current and former faculty and staff to the club’s membership.



The officers of this organization shall include the president, vice president, treasurer, educator, and property manager.


  1. Election of Officers

The officers shall be elected by a majority vote at the last meeting of each academic year, and they shall serve for one full year. Unanticipated vacancies may be filled through majority approval at a regular club meeting. All officers of the organization shall be employees or enrolled IUP students, with good academic standing as defined by the university. Nominees for the position of Educator should be responsible, skilled in sailing, and acceptable to the club advisor.


  1. Duties and Powers of Officers
    1. The president shall be an enrolled student at IUP. The president shall preside over meetings, and shall have the power to fill any vacancies that may occur.
    2. The vice-president shall record the minutes of all meetings of the organization and handle the distribution of same when appropriate. The vice-president shall assume the duties of the president in his/her absence.
    3. The treasurer shall collect and be responsible for all dues and donations. The treasurer shall maintain a budget for the organization and present an itemized account of the condition of the budget at all regularly scheduled meetings. The treasurer shall assist the president and vice-president in submitting supplemental budget requests.
    4. The recruiter shall work with other officers to advertise events, circulate posters, social media, and organize for IUP day etc.
    5. The educator shall coordinate classroom and on-the-water sailing instruction, in cooperation with other experienced members of the club and/or the advisor. The curriculum shall conform to US Sailing Small Boat education and safety standards. When possible, the educator shall possess valid US Sailing Instructor certification (including CPR and First Aid). The educator (in consultation with the advisor) may appoint highly experienced club members as “Club Instructors,” who will also be authorized to organize on-the-water learning opportunities.
    6. The property manager shall inspect the boats for safety and performance, and shall coordinate necessary repairs and inventory, secure, and establish procedures related to sailing club property (including PFDs, instructional materials, paddles, etc.). The property manager shall make recommendations regarding necessary purchases and repairs.

The membership of the organization shall select an advisor(s) from the faculty, staff, or administration of IUP. The advisor shall serve the best interests of the organization and its members, and reasonably attempt to ensure that all business conducted by the organization complies with university policies.


The organization shall have a minimum of 9 business meetings per year.


Members must attend at least one (1) meeting per academic year. Sailors who attend classroom sessions and at least (3) on-the-water sessions may ask to be tested for the US Sailing Small Boat qualifications.

Any club members may skipper boats under the supervision of club instructors. Certified club members may skipper boats with other club members at any time during the season, subject to boat availability.

Members are encouraged to participate in club fundraisers and activities throughout the year.


Violations of IUP Sailing Club rules, including but not limited to any IUP Sailing Club property abuse, may result in expulsion from the organization, subject to a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the membership. An officer’s failure to perform his/her responsibilities may be impeached, subject to a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the membership.


Student dues will be $20.00 per semester; alumni member dues shall be $40.00 per semester; faculty/staff dues shall be $150.00 annually.



Amendments to this constitution may be proposed by the members and approved by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members of the organization present at the designated meeting. Members should be notified one meeting in advance that an amendment is in question. Amendments cannot significantly change or eliminate items required for continued university recognition.


Approved by The IUP Sailing Club: 10/08/2012

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