The Constitution of Ahavah BBG #2289
The B’nai B’rith Girls has for its purpose:
· The spiritual, mental and physical development of Jewish Youth;
· The inculcation of a love and understanding of their Jewish cultural heritage;
· The stimulation of Responsibility as good citizens in the community in which they live, as well as the larger Jewish community;
· The encouragement of good will among the youth of all peoples, and interest in humanitarian, philanthropic and educational endeavors.
Article I, B’nai B’rith Youth Commission
The provisions of the constitutions and By-Laws of the B’nai B’rith Youth Commission and hereby made a part of hereof and whenever there is any conflict between this Constitution and By-Laws and those of the B’nai B’rith Youth Commissions as they now read, or may later be amended, such provisions of this constitution and By-Laws shall be void and of no effect and the Constitution and By-Laws of the B’nai B’rith Youth Commissions shall be supreme in any case.
Article II, Name and Status
Section 1. The name of this chapter shall be Ahavah and the Chapter Number shall be 2289 of the B’nai B’rith Girls.
Section 2. This Chapter is a member of the Washington Metropolitan (DC) Council of the B’nai B’rith Girls, Northern Region East, and the International Order of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization.
Section 3. The colors of Ahavah BBG shall be purple and white, our Candy shall be Good and plenty, our movie shall be Dirty Dancing, our song shall be Ice Ice Baby and the mascot shall be Garfield.
Article III, Membership
Section 1. Eligibility. An applicant for membership must be in 8th-12th grade.
Article IV, Fees, Dues and Assessments
Section 1. Entrance Fee. A member must register on the BBYO website (b-linked) and pay the appropriate amount of money in order to be part of the international B’nai B’rith Youth Organization.
Section 2. Regular Dues. The regular annual Dues shall be $20.00 You must pay dues in order to run or vote in any and all chapter elections. A certain amount of dues will be given on behalf of our chapter to ISF as determined by the Council.
Article V, Meetings
Section 1. Regular. Regular Chapter meetings shall be held from 7:00-8:00 PM on Monday nights, the chapter must have at least 2 meetings each month.
Section 2. Special. The N’siah may call special meetings at any time. No meeting shall happen unless there is written notice of it at least 3 days beforehand. The notice of the meeting shall state the purpose of the special meeting and no further business shall be transacted at that meeting.
Section 3. Quorum. One more than half the membership of the chapter, as determined by chapter Dues, shall constitute a quorum for meetings at which business is transacted. Quorum shall be met by the initial count of members.
Article VI, Officers
Being on board is a privilege. As a board member it expected that everyone on board attend all events and act as a role model at all BBG events and in everyday life. As a board member you are always representing the chapter and it is important to keep that in mind. (Look at Board Contract for expectations and consequences of board members and not fulfilling their duties.
Section 1. Offices - - The chapter shall have at least the following officers:
1. N’siah/ President
2. S’ganit/ Vice President
3. Aym-Ha-Chavairot/ Mit Moms
4. Sh’licha/ Jewish Educator
5. Gizborit/ Treasurer
6. Mazkirah/ Communications officer
7. Shomeret Ha-Brit/ Sunshine Girl
8. Mashgiach/ Parliamentarians
9. Zilat Tusik/ Butt Munchers
10. Madricha/ Past President
Section 2. Duties --
a. The N’siah Shall presides at and run all meetings, and shall be an unofficial member of all committees. She shall be a representative of the chapter at all council and International meetings and events. The N’siah will oversee the Executive Board, plans calendar with S’ganit, send out chapter communications every Sunday, and is friendly and welcoming to all members.
b. The S’ganit shall assume the duties of the N’siah in her absence. She shall oversee all programming and non-programming chairwomen. She is responsible for the coordination and quality of all chapter programs and chairwomen. She is also responsible for finding locations for all meetings/programs and making sure Thank You notes are made for families who have hosted us.
c. The Aym-Ha-Chavairot shall Conduct member-in-training classes and orient new members in the principles, traditions, history ands folds of BBG. She is responsible for the recruitment of new members and the retention of Current members. In charge of inducting their mits. These duties can be altered depending upon the result of a meeting of the N’siah, S’ganit, Madricha, and Advisor who shall determine membership limit and rile of the Mit moms.
d. The Sh’licha shall be responsible for the Chairwomen of the Jewish Heritage, Community Service and Social Action folds. She shall educate the chapter on issues concerning Jewish Heritage, Community Service, Social Action and Israel. She shall conduct Havdallah at all programs and events and shall plan and lead a Mother Daughter Shabbat at least once every year. She shall be in charge of educating about Stand Up and Speak up according to the Internation by laws. She shall be responsible for the planning of “Ahavah Under the Stars” each spring.
e. The Gizborit shall be responsible for chapter wearable’s, fundraising, and for I$F. She shall be in constant communication with the Advisor and the N’siah to make sure that the chapter is making money and is in a good place. She shall be responsible for educating about globalization in addition to ISF.
f. The Mazkirah shall conduct all correspondence for the chapter, and send all notices by making phone calls. She shall be responsible for creating and maintaining the calling committee.
g. The Shomeret Ha-Brit shall be responsible for providing the opening and closing prayer quotes for the chapter meeting, as well as celebrating birthdays and promoting happiness with “warm and fuzzies”.
h. The Mashgiach shall be of assistance to the N’siah and S’ganit when needed in order to keep people quite at meetings and programs. They are required to pass out platforms at all elections.
i. The Zilat Tusik shall promote chapter spirit by creating chapter cheers and practicing old chapter cheers. This position can only go to an upperclassman.
j. The Madricha will act as a resource for the N’siah and will be there for all members if they have any questions. She will act as a wise and welcoming older member.
Section 3. All mits shall be restricted to only running for the following exec board positions:
2. Sunshine Girl
Section 4. All board members must have a signed copy of the board contract. They will be held up to all expectations listed in the contract. See below for full Board Contract.
Ahavah BBG #2289 Executive Board Contract
You are about to undertake a great deal of responsibility as a member of Ahavah BBG #2289 Executive board. In choosing to serve with leadership in our chapter, the expectations that are placed on you are high, and carry a lot of weight.
1. You are expected to perform your job to the best of your ability.
2. You are expected to show respect to all BBYO members, staff, and advisors at all times.
3. You are expected to be a positive role model at both BBYO events, and in your everyday lives.
4. You must meet all deadlines, complete your own work, be on time for meetings, and work well with others when problems arise.
5. You must attend all events and meetings unless it has been discussed with the N’siah at least 2 days before the event.
6. There shall be no Bullying of ANY OTHER MEMBERS IN AHAVAH
7. You are expected to sign a contract agreeing to follow these expectations.
It is important to understand that every action has a consequence, whether good or bad. Should you fail to meet these expectations, there are several courses of action that may be taken.
1. There will be a warning from the N’siah who will be keeping a close eye on the progress of said person.
2. Second time it is known that you are not fulfilling what’s expected of you, you will have to sit down with the N’siah and Advisor of the chapter. A plan will then be laid out to try to help the youth better fulfill her duties. If necessary, a schedule of meetings will be set up to insure that the youth is on the correct path to fixing the problems that are identified. These meetings will focus on helping the youth to reach her goals and grow as a leader with help and support from the people around her.
3. If after these meetings, the youth fails to make the necessary changes agreed upon, she may lose certain privileges that come with being a board member. This includes, but is not limited to: not planning an event that falls under their job description, not being permitted to receive points for her position, or other consequences to be determined at a later time.
4. If there is an occurrence with bullying the following actions should be taken.
a. Your points from the position you are holding will be taken away
b. You will not be permitted to run in the next upcoming elections
It is important that the parents are in full support of the youth taking on a leadership role in Ahavah.
· Fulfill the specific duties of the position to which you are elected to the best of your ability.
· Accept guidance from the N’siah and the Advisor.
· Attend all events and meetings.
· Set a good example for Ahavah as a role model 24/7.
· Support your teen in their leadership
· Share responsibility with your teen for ensuring that your teen attends all required events.
I, ________________ and my parent/guardian___________________, have read the information above and have gone over it carefully and thoroughly. We fully understand the duties, time commitment and expectations of the position that I have been elected to.
______________________ Teen Signature ____________________ Date
____________________ Parent Signature _________________________ Date
Compiled with love,
Yarden Sarah Arber
Fall Term 2011 N’siah
Article VII, Standing Committees
Section 1. Chairwomen shall be chosen by the S’ganit in the following folds of programming and non-programming areas after perspectives have applied.
1. Community Service
3. Jewish Heritage
4. Mind Body and Attitude (MBA)
6. Social action
Non-Programming chairs shall be determined by board officers as deemed necessary.
Section 2. Duties - -
a. all programming chairs must plan and organize creative programs. They can either be Ahavah only or with other chapters, they can be in the basement programs or out in the community. They shall coordinate programs that are unique and innovative. They shall also work closely with the S’ganit in order to make sure everything is running smoothly.
b. All non-programming chairs are responsible for their own duties and for staying in communication with the S’ganit. The chairs that fall under positions shall be responsible for aiding those in those positions with whatever they need assistance with. The other positions are self-explanatory.
Section 3. Special Committees shall be appointed for such purpose and at such a time as the chapter may order. Upon completion of its business the committee shall be automatically discharged.
Article VIII, Fundraising
Section 1. Money raised by the chapter from the community shall be utilized for philanthropic purposes as well as for chapter and BBYO purposes. The chapter shall decide the allocation of the funds. A certain amount shall be pledged to I$F as decided by the advisor, N’siah and Gizborit.
Section 2. Funds raised by the chapter for the personal use of the chapter shall be raised by means of an activity where adequate value is received in return for the charge.
Article IX, Elections
Section 1. Notification of the date of election and election procedures should be made a minimum of three weeks in advance,
Section 2. One must be a registered member who has paid dues in order to run or vote in the election. All chapter members present during a voting situation shall have a vote, unless they are not in the room during a speech for a position. One must have attended at least 5 chapter events during the term to vote.
Section 3. You shall not be allowed to run if you do not have your Board Contract signed by yourself and one parent.
Section 3. The N’siah shall be allowed to vote.
Section 4. A majority vote wins the election.
Section 5. Quorum. One more than half the membership of the chapter, as determined by chapter dues, shall constitute a quorum for voting situations. Quorum shall be met by the initial count of members.
Section 6. All candidates must read their speech, regardless of being unopposed.
Section 7. Politicking shall not be tolerated at any costs. Politicking can be either for yourself or someone else. It can also be politicking for you or politicking against other people. If we find out that you were politicking:
1. The first time we hear about politicking you will get 30 seconds taken off your speech. The N’siah and the Advisor will also keep a close eye on you.
2. The second time you will get a minute off of your speech.
3. The third time you will be disqualified from running in the elections.
Section 8: In order to vote in elections one must attend at least 5 chapter/council/ regional events.
1. Mits shall be an exception to this rule.
2. If you have any other extenuating circumstances please discuss with the N’siah before elections.
Section 9. PLATFORMS
1. Let it be known that top four plus Gizborit are the only positions who shall make platforms.
2.__Platforms restrictions are you are allowed one sheet front and back, one color paper, one color ink, multiple fonts and no add-ons or folding of any kind.
*****Cite the BBYO Policy Manual for further election procedures.
Article X, Lifetimes and Senior Appreciation
Section 1. Definition. It is a time in which a member of Ahavah leaves the chapter but is symbolically a part of BBG. The ceremony is a time when those receiving Life membership reflect upon their years in BBYO, which motivates and inspires younger members.
Section 2. Requirements. Any member of Ahavah BBG #2289 shall be eligible to give life if she shows that she is an active and involved member throughout her time in the chapter. At the end of first term of the graduating classes senior year, there will be an election held to determine who will be able to give honorary life. This election process would be completely anonymous and run by the current n’siah. All those members with enough points would be exempt from this election however they must participate in voting. The girls running to be accepted into lives for the current year would type up a platform containing: a letter to the chapter, a list of qualifications, and a list of the main points they feel make them worthy of being able to give life. These platforms will be in black ink on white paper, all in the same font to prevent girls voting based on appeal of the platforms. The N’siah would pick platforms in random order and read only what is on the piece of paper and pass out the platforms to those voting. Girls would determine their vote based on whether or not the candidates’ lifetime in BBYO would be beneficial to the other members’ experience. After every platform, girls will vote either yes, no, or abstain. The n’siah will then leave the room and count the votes. There must be at least a two thirds vote in order for the girl to be admitted into lifetimes. This process would continue until all platforms have been presented and votes have been placed. Once voting has finished, the lineup for that years lifetimes would be finalized. The girls who have the required points and those who have been elected in through honorary lives will have the same title: lifetime member, have the same amount of time available and there will be no difference between the way they present their lives. All lifetime members will present their past, present and future as well as the other amenities that are included in giving life. If need be, chapter convention will take place over two nights instead of one, in order to give each senior time to talk. The order of lifetimes will go as follows: girls who have been n’siah (in order of the term they served), followed by point order, and then those that are giving honorary life in random order. This order will not be revealed until the day of the convention. Senior lives will now be more accepting to all people and senior banquet will still be available to those who do not get voted in.
The following point system is:
· N’siah- 5 points
· S’ganit- 4 points
· Mit mom- 3 points (1.5 points each if two people share)
· Sh’licha- 1 point
· Gizborit- 1 point
· Katvanit- 1 point
· Mazkirah- 1 point
· Safranit- 1 point (.5 point if two people share)
· Sunshine Girl- 1 point
· Parliamentarian- 1 point (.5 point of two people share)
· Butt Muncher- 1 point (.5 point of two people share)
Section 3. Senior Banquet.
1. Seniors who do not qualify to participate in the Lifetime ceremony, will be given a limited amount of time determined by the N’siah, S’ganit and Advisor(s) to address the chapter.
2. Senior Banquet can only be held during the day and cannot be a sleepover.
3. A booklet will be composed in which seniors not participating in the Lifetime ceremony will have the opportunity to reflect upon their years in BBYO. These reflections are to be unlimited.
4. The N’siah and S’ganit and the rest of board will plan any additional ceremonies in order to make this a memorable event for all.
Background. There are many seniors in Ahavah who have inspired members as well as dedicated vast amounts of time to this chapter. The Banquet shall be a time for seniors who do not meet the Lifetime requirements to be honored and address the chapter. The Banquet shall be held after Lifetimes, at a separate time, concluding spring term.
Article XI, Conventions
Sections 1. CLTI (Chapter Leadership Training Institute) is a six-fold sleepover. It is concluding the Fall Term and there is an election to decide who the coordinators are. These coordinators also head a steering committee. Each coordinator receives half a point.
Section 2. Sisterhood and spirit convention is a sleepover focused on sisterhood and spirit and bringing the chapter together. The sisterhood Programming chairs plan and coordinate this event. It is held every Fall Term.
Section 3. Ahavah Under The Stars is a convention in the Spring Term planned by the Sh’licha. This convention is all about Jewish Heritage, Community Service and Social Actions. It is a special event and you sleep outside in tents if possible.
Section 4. Chapter Convention is a six-fold convention held at the end of the Spring Term. We have elections for Coordinators for this convention. Each coordinator gets half a point for planning it. At this convention is when Lifetimes are held. The girls giving Life decide the date.
Article XII, Motions, Amendments, Ratifications, Additions
Section 1. A motion must be made, and seconded, then the N’siah calls for discussion. It is during discussion that members have the opportunity to amend the motion. Voting will be done at the same meeting. Only registered members may vote. A quorum is needed and majority wins.
Article XIII, Ahavah Experience
Section 1. Good and welfare:
a. Good and welfare is a sacred tradition that has always been in BBYO. It is when girls have a chance to open up to one another and talk about their lives. No one else is allowed to talk while they are talking.
b. In Good and welfare you can talk about anything you want but the five areas to stick to are; boys, BBYO, school, friends and Family.
c. You start it by saying, “For the good and Welfare of Ahavah BBG #2289” ……and you end with saying, “And with that I am a dam proud member of Ahavah BBG #2289 and I love (Insert N’siah’s name here)
d. Good and welfare is very serious and what is said in the room does not leave the room. If it is found out that you discussed anything said in good and welfare you will be suspended out of BBYO.
Section 2. Bullying
a. Bullying SHALL NOT BE TOLERATED WITHIN IN THE CHAPTER.
b. The consequences of Bullying for a member shall be as follows:
a. You will sit down with the N’siah and Advisor to discuss what you have done and why and they will keep a close eye on you.
b. You will not be allowed to run in any upcoming elections after a first warning.
c. See board contract for consequences of bullying for members on the Ahavah Executive Board.
Compiled by Fall Term 2014 N’siah ________________________
Fall Term 2014 Board
N’siah: ________________________ S’ganit: ________________________
(Julia Berrebi) (Elana Kellner)
Mit Moms: _____________________ ______________________
(Miriam Minsk) ( Sophie Ehrlich)
Sh’licha: _____________________ Gizborit: ________________________
(Abril Schujman) (Eden Blutstein)
Katvanit: _____________________ Mazkirah: ________________________
(Shoshana Rybeck) (Danielle Lasday)
Safranit: _______________________ _________________________
(Jamie Vinick) (Maya Arber)
Sunshine Girl: ____________________
Parliamentarians: __________________ _________________________
(Melanie Ritter) (Taylor Soroka)
Butt Munchers: ____________________ _________________________
(Danielle Kiefer) (Sara Franklin-Gillette)