LASR started in the late 1980's when two students from
Laos met on the UC Berkeley campus. One day, a Lao student
wore a T-shirt with the writing"I am Lao"
written on it. A Mien student saw the writing on the
T-shirt. After getting to know one another, the idea
to form a club for all Laotian students emerged. The
exchange of ideas of these two Berkeley studentsled
to the creation of LASR, Laotian American Student Representatives.
Over the years, our group experienced growth and decline
in membership.Despite these fluctuations, we continue
to grow. Today, LASR is enjoyingits most vibrant and
active year since its inception. LASR current has over
The primary goal of LASR is to create a community
for UC Berkeley students who originated from Laos and
to establish awareness for those who are interested
in the cultures and experiences of Laotians. This community
on the UC Berkeley campus provides social and academic
support for all the memberswithin the club.
We, as Laotian American students at the University
of California at Berkeley, in order to establish an
organization that will (a) facilitate interaction among
Laotian students and those interested in the Laotian
community, (b) promote attention to Laotian culture,
and (c) enhance Laotian community awareness of higher
education, do hereby establish this constitution.
ARTICLE I: NAME OF ORGANIZATION The
name of the organization shall be Laotian American Student
Representatives at the University of California at Berkeley,
henceforth referred to as LASR.
II: MEMBERSHIP Membership in LASR is open to
all U.C. Berkeley students, regardless of race, color,
national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion,
age, or handicap. In addition, LASR will not haze according
to California State Law.
ARTICLE III: OFFICERS/ELECTIONS Section
1: Officers in LASR shall consist of the President,
Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Representative,
and Historian. Each officer shall be elected at a general
meeting near the end of the Spring semester of every
academic year. Furthermore, there shall be a Chairperson
presiding over activity committees either by volunteering
or nomination. Section 2: To be eligible to
hold the office of the Presidency and Vice-Presidency,
one must have been a registered U.C. Berkeley student
and a member of LASR for at least one year. However,
the offices of the Treasury, Secretary, Representative,
and Historian are open to any registered and dedicated
U.C. Berkeley student; this also applies to the Chairperson
of an activity committee. Section 3: Officers
shall be elected by majority votes, that is 50%+1. In
the event that no candidate receives a majority vote,
the candidate with the lowest number of votes will be
dropped from the ballot. The election shall continue
until a candidate receives the majority vote. In case
of a tie, a coin toss shall be the deciding factor.
Section 4: All officers in LASR shall hold
a term of one year; they shall commence at the beginning
of the Fall semester of the academic year. Section
5: The President shall take the responsibility
of verifying the status of the registered (active-member)
students after the first general meeting. Section
6: In the event of a vacancy in an office, an election
shall be considered in the next general meeting. However,
in the vacancy of the office of the Presidency, the
Vice-President shall assume the position. Again, election
of a Vice-President to fill the empty office shall be
considered in the next general meeting.
ARTICLE IV: DUTIES OF OFFICERS Section
1: The duties of the President shall be to preside
over special and general meetings, to serve as the chief
executive, to call meetings, to maintain relations with
other U.C. Berkeley organizations, and shall act as
executive coordinator. Section 2: The duties
of the Vice-President shall be to execute the duties
of the President in his absence, to work with the Representative,
to maintain relations with student organizations within
U.C. Berkeley and other colleges and universities, and
to serve as chief assistant to the President. Section
3: The duties of the Secretary shall be to prepare
and make public minutes for/at general meetings, to
prepare and maintain membership roster, and to assist
other officers as needed. Section 4: The duties
of the Treasurer shall be to oversee the expenditures
of LASR funds, to coordinate fundraising programs/events
with related committees, to prepare the annual budget
of LASR, and to assist other officers as needed. The
Treasurer must be one of the primary ASUC signatories.
Section 5: The duties of the Representative
shall be to represent LASR in relation to other U.C.
Berkeley student organizations or organizations from
other colleges or universities, to report any news at
the meeting between student organizations to LASR, and
to assist other officers as needed. Section 6:
The duties of the Historian shall be to compile a record
of all the activities of LASR and to assist other officers
as needed. Section 7: The duties of the Chairperson
shall be to oversee that particular committee and to
assist other officers as needed.
ARTICLE V: DUES/VOTING RIGHTS Section
1: Membership dues shall be established by a majority
consent of the members including inactive members (i.e.
non-registered U.C. Berkeley students or persons). Section
2: Only paid members have voting rights; unpaid
members shall not be allow to vote. Certain exceptions
may apply: (a) a student has difficulty obtaining financial
assistance, but has notified both the Secretary and
the Treasurer, and/or (b) has attended at least three
general meetings from previous semesters.
ARTICLE VI: MEETINGS Section 1:
There shall be three mandatory general meetings
per semester. The President with two other officers
may call special emergency meetings. Section 2:
Three officers including the President constitute a
quorum. Forty percent of the members present constitutes
a quorum at a general meeting.
ARTICLE VII: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS
All constitutional amendments must be approved by a
majority vote of the LASR voting members or a two-thirds
vote of the voting members present at a general meeting,
and the amended constitution must be filed within one
week with Student Activities and Service (SAS) and ASUC.
ARTICLE VIII: DISSOLUTION In the event
of a dissolution of LASR, all unspent funds obtain from
any organization such as the ASUC shall be returned
to that organization. All private earnings such as fundraising,
after paying for liabilities, shall be donated to non-profit
organizations to be use exclusively as a form of scholarship
for educational purposes only.
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