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Revised Bylaws of the Orange Coast College Emeritus Institute (Aug. 2007)


I. Name

The name of this organization shall be the Orange Coast College Emeritus Institute.


II. Mission

The Orange Coast College Emeritus Institute was established in 2003 to insure that the spirit that has made the college unique among community colleges shall not be lost. In consultation with current college staff, we will insure continuance of this spirit through a wide variety of activities such as the following:

· preserve the culture and traditions of the college

· enhance opportunities and resources for students

· acknowledge contributions to the college and the community by members of the Emeritus Institute.

· provide advice and consultation to the college

· promote a continuing personal and professional relationship between Emeritus Institute members and other members of the college community.


III. Membership

All former employees of Orange Coast College, and their spouses, who have left District employment in good standing shall be eligible for membership. In addition, the Steering Committee may invite other people to become members. The Steering Committee may exclude any person from membership for cause.


IV. Standing Committees

The standing committees and their tasks shall be the following:


Family and Friends – Maintain global list of retirees, former employees, friends, and families who wish to lend a helping hand to Orange Coast College.


History and Heritage – Oversee the college’s archives, historical records, and collections.


Opportunities and Options – Identify opportunities for members of the Emeritus Institute to become directly involved with students, staff, and events at the college.


The Steering Committee may create new standing committees, dissolve standing committees, or change the function of any committee.


V. Steering Committee

The Steering Committee shall be composed of at least 12 members serving in that capacity as of January 1, 2007, and other members of the Emeritus Institute subsequently appointed by a majority vote of the Committee.


Anyone serving as chair of an Emeritus Institute standing committee or that person’s designee shall automatically be appointed to serve as a member of the Steering Committee.


The Steering Committee may appoint the number of members to the Committee as it thinks appropriate for efficient representation and governance of the Institute.


The term of office for a member of the Steering Committee shall be unstipulated, based upon the individual’s willingness to serve.


The Committee shall annually elect a chair whose responsibilities will include scheduling and chairing meetings of the Committee and general membership, as well as representing the Institute in its relationship with the College.


The College President or designee shall serve as a non-voting member of the Steering Committee.


The Steering Committee shall establish policies, make appointments to campus committees at the request of the College President, and approve or modify annual budgets of the Emeritus Institute.


VI. Meetings of the Steering Committee

The Chair of the Steering Committee shall convene a meeting of the Steering Committee at least once during the fall semester and once during the spring semester of each year. The Chair may call additional meetings as necessary. All meetings shall be open to the general membership of the Emeritus Institute.


VII. Quorum

The quorum of the Steering Committee shall be four (4) voting members.


VIII. Amendments

The Steering Committee may amend these Bylaws by simple majority at an open meeting of the committee for which notice has been sent to the general membership at least two weeks in advance of the meeting.