By Nicholas Whitt |Asst. Features Editor|
Clubs, charters and organizations are all great ways to gain friendship through ideas that you may want to pursue
To start the process of starting your own club, one must go to the Office of Student Engagement (SE), located in the San Manuel Student Union (SMSU).
They will give you a “cheat sheet” explaining the 14-step procedure to creating a club.
The first requirement is having at least five members, with three of the members being financially responsible.
These three would be the president, vice president and treasurer.
These members are also required to have a minimum 2.5 GPA and must be enrolled in at least six units, unless you are an undergraduate—then the requirement is four.
You then must obtain all contact information from the current members while also providing an on-campus advisor.
This includes their Coyote ID, mailing address, contact email and phone number.
After gathering everyone’s information, you are then instructed to register your club on Org Sync (orgsync.org).
Forms and paperwork must be filled out which are all located on this website.
When finished, await for the SE to contact you for any pending requirements.
If everything checks out, then the last step is writing the constitution.
Making your constitution can be difficult to some, with more then ten articles needed to have one that would be deemed acceptable.
The SE also has a print out or “Cheat Sheet” on what they expect to see with your constitution.
The first article you must state your purpose for the club with also having an agreement of open membership, a way to stop groups from discrimination.
The second article is to state the official name of your organization, and their must be no other group associated with the name you wish to use.
The other guidelines can be located on the printout given to you.
Once the constitution is finished, you are then to bring your constitution and a $20 charter payment to the SE, thus completing all the necessary steps.
Still, there are rules you must always follow and regulations needed to remember.
For instance, hosting events or meetings are free if hosted during school hours and as long as there is no need for any equipment.
When renting equipment, charges are placed, which are roughly $30 per hour.
If you want to rent after school hours, then it costs extra, which after talking to Scheduling and Operations Office located in SMSU, gave me an estimate of $50 an hour.
For more detailed information about prices, I would advise talking to Scheduling Coordinator Jenny Puccinelli, or one of the staff members working there.