CVIP Constitution and Bylaws
Article One - NAME
The name of this organization shall be Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP).
Article Two - STATUS
This organization is a non profit corporation organized under the Michigan Non-Profit Corporation Act, Section 911, Act 162, Public Acts of 1982.
Article Three - PURPOSE
The purpose of Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP) is to enhance hospitality and assistance for Michigan State University's international community (students, faculty, visitors, and their families) in cooperation with, and as a supplement to, the MSU Office for International Students and Scholars. By encouraging community involvement, CVIP seeks to increase mutual understanding and goodwill among peoples of the world.
No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, attempting to influence legislation, or participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of a candidate for public office.
Article Four - MEMBERSHIP
Membership in CVIP is open to all persons who have indicated their willingness to accept the purpose of the organization and who wish to contribute through service or gifts.
Article I - BOARD
Hereafter, the word "Board" indicates the CVIP Board. The voting members shall consist of the officers, committee and program chairpersons, and members at large. Representatives listed in Article I, Section B and C shall be ex officio members.
|Section A.||Members at large appointed by the President shall include no more than five (5) individuals.|
|Section B.||Michigan State University representatives shall be from the Office of the Dean of International Studies and Programs, Office for International Students and Scholars, Michigan Committee on Citizen Diplomacy, and other units as appropriate.|
|Section C.||Community representatives shall be invited from the A+ Haslett English Language School, Church Women United, and University Lutheran Church. Other organizations supporting CVIP programs and activities may be invited.|
Article II - OFFICERS
|Section A.||Officers shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.|
Term of Office
Powers and Duties
Article III - COMMITTEES
The Executive Committee conducts necessary business of the organization between Board meetings and shall:
The Leadership Committee identifies, trains and equips present and future CVIP leadership and shall:
|Section C.||The Finance Committee shall prepare and submit a budget for the next year and shall be composed of the Treasurer (who serves as Chairperson), President, Vice President and other appropriate persons appointed by the President.|
The Visioning Committee shall engage in forward, independent thinking with attention to relevance and practicality on matters of strategic directions, community relations, and organizational development. It shall:
The Administrative Services Committee provides membership support, public relations and office support for CVIP and shall:
Ad Hoc Committees
Article IV - CVIP PROGRAMS
|Section A.||Programs are created by the Board and may be dissolved by a two-thirds vote of the Board members present at a regular meeting, provided such amendments are submitted to the members one month in advance.|
A Program Chairperson shall:
|Section C.||The position of Program Chairperson may be shared by up to three people, all of whom must be approved by the Board.|
|Section D.||Programs are encouraged to conduct evaluations of their activities on an on-going basis.|
Article V - AFFILIATIONS
Greater Lansing Community
Article VI - FISCAL YEAR
The fiscal year shall be July 1 through June 30.
Article VII - MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES
|Section B.||Officers and Committee and Program Chairpersons shall submit a written annual report for inclusion in the CVIP Annual Report.|
Article VIII - DISSOLUTION
In the event of dissolution, all the remaining assets in the Lillian Kumata Scholarship fund and in the CVIP account in the MSU Federal Credit Union will be transferred to the Park/CVIP Endowed Scholarship Fund, a Michigan State University Development account.
Article IX - QUORUM
A quorum shall be a simple majority of official Board members present.
Article X - REVISION AND AMENDMENTS
History of Constitution and By Laws:
|Revised:||June 1969; December 1973; December 1975; January 1982; April 1988; 1990; October 1993; May 1998; December 2000; 2004; December 2007; November 2008|
(As of December 2008, to be updated annually)
Members meet with international wives on Tuesdays for an activity-centered social time. The group celebrates special days and learns from others about handicrafts, customs, and native foods. Recipes are prepared, compared, and exchanged.
Greater Lansing area "families," married or single, working or retired, are matched with MSU international students or scholars to promote cross cultural friendship. The goals are to share American life with international students and to increase American understanding of other cultures.
The Global Festival is held annually and sponsored by CVIP, International Studies and Programs, the Office for International Students and Scholars, Internationalizing Student Life, and the MSU Union Activities Board. The festival is free to the entire greater Lansing community and features international activities, exhibits, demonstrations, stage entertainment, and food. The World Gift Shop offers donated items from around the world, the proceeds of which are used to fund CVIP scholarships.
Visits to area homes are arranged once each semester for international students in the A+ Haslett English Language School. These visits introduce the students to one of a variety of American homes, in a warmly welcoming situation.
Members gather and prepare donated household goods for distribution to newly-arrived MSU international students and scholars.
CVIP Scholarships are available to international student spouses who are enrolled at MSU, have strong academic records and demonstrate need. The Scholarship Committee interviews applicants and determines recipients. The funding sources for these awards are from individual and organizational gifts and the proceeds from World Gift Shop sales at the annual Global Festival.
This Committee coordinates requests for international students and scholars to make presentations at schools and/or local community groups in the greater Lansing area. When necessary, members also arrange transportation for student speakers.
Constitution ratified December 2008
ADDENDUM revised 12-08