The LEADERS READING CLUB was founded in Bo at Aladura Primary School at Musa Street in December 2015. It was formed to foster and promote life-long reading. The reading club was founded by a journalist name Amadu Sandy who sold the initiative to some university graduates and students. The Leaders Reading Club was formerly launched on the 1st January 2016 at CRC Compound in the Great Hall.
The purpose of the BOOK CLUB is to promote life-long reading, mentoring and the showing of motivational videos that helps to transform its member’s lives and the interested general public.
ARTICLE I. NAME
The name of this club shall be: THE LEADERS READING CLUB.
ARTICLE II. MOTTO
The motto of this club shall be: “Read to learn and learn to Lead” ‘Readers are leaders’. The motto represents the ability to become more educated through reading. Acquiring knowledge through reading helps individuals make better, informed choices throughout their life, it opens the door to endless possibilities. The motto is based on Francis Bacon’s quote “knowledge is power.”
ARTICLE III. LOGO
The logo shall be: Five people with joint hands standing and reading from an open-faced book with light in front of it. The five people represent: men, women, boys and others. The book represents education while the light stands for vision.
ARTICLE IV. MEMBERSHIP
Open to High School students, university students, graduates, workers, and non-workers who have passion for reading and leadership. There will be different category of membership; ordinary members, active/operational members and senior/board members. The Leaders Reading Club should have at least 5 readers at each of those categories mentioned above and at most 15 members.
ARTICLE V. OFFICERS
SECTION 1. The officers of this club shall be: The president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and public relations /marketing officer and a whip. There shall also be board of directors who will serve as advisers to the officers.
SECTION 2. At the first or last meeting of the year, the offices of president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, public relation/ marketing officer and whip will be elected. Election will be won with a majority vote of present members.
SECTION 3. Each term of office will be two years with six months’ probation period. If an officer did not perform his role well after six months without any valid written reason he or she will be formerly written a query letter.
SECTION 4. All elected officers must be actively involved in all activities and participate in book discussions and fundraising
SECTION 5. Any officer who performs their duty unsatisfactorily may be removed from office by a majority vote of all present members.
SECTION 6. The president shall be the chief executive of the club and shall preside at the meetings. The president shall plan, organize and run meetings, create agendas, appoint committee chairs, and assign members to committees. In addition, the president shall meet with the sponsor prior to regular meetings to determine items for discussion.
SECTION 7. The vice president assumes president’s duties in case of the president’s absence, resignation, or removal from office.
SECTION 8. The secretary shall take care of all correspondence and records including: recording minutes and letters, maintaining membership records, taking roll, and completing forms necessary for conducting club business.
SECTION 9. The treasurer maintains financial records and shall work with the club sponsor in keeping track of the budget for the club.
SECTION 10. The public relations and marketing officer in consultation of the other executive members and with the approval of the president shall attend and participate in club meetings, activities and events, and take photographs of such events for the club. In addition, he or she shall be responsible for the marketing of the club to the general public. He or she should own a camera or have access to one. The club is responsible for fees associated with purchasing and developing film, purchasing the book, pen and other miscellaneous supplies needed to maintain the officers doing their role well.
ARTICLE VI. SPONSOR
The sponsor of this club shall be philanthropist or organization which is passionate improving and transforming education through reading. The role of the sponsor is to facilitate funding for the book club and advice the club how to wisely use the fund and to provide guidance and direction, and assist the treasurer in keeping track of the budget.
ARTICLE VII. MONTHLY/ ANNUAL DUE
Each member will pay monthly contribution according the category they belong to Le 5000(ordinary member) 10(active/operational member) and Le 15,000(Senior / board member
ARTICLE VIII. ATTENDANCE and PARTICIPATION
SECTION 1. ATTENDANCE: Regular attendance is required for active membership. As such, members are allowed two excused absences. Additional absences will result in inactive membership. Once a member has an inactive status, the membership may remove that member by a majority vote of all present members. A new member may be invited to join when a vacancy occurs.
SECTION 2. PARTICIPATION: All members should provide input at all meetings, book discussions as well as participate in club activities, events and fundraising opportunities. All members are encouraged to read the monthly work selected and share their view(s) with the group. If a member is opposed and/or offended by a particular work, they may select another title to read and discuss. However, the book chosen must meet the book selection criteria as stated in ARTICLE XI. Section 1.
ARTICLE IX. MEETINGS
SECTION 1. At the first meeting of the year, officers will determine the day and time of regular meetings. Since all officers have to be at regular meetings, the day and time selected must meet all of the officer’s schedules. Regular meetings should be held at least twice a month, and may be scheduled more often as needed. Officers may also schedule executive sessions as needed.
SECTION 2. Book discussion date(s) and time(s) will be decided by majority vote of present members, and should be scheduled separately from regular meetings.
ARTICLE X. FUNDRAISING
Members must complete at least two fundraising activities after every three month. Funds earned will go toward books for the Reading CLUB, promotional shirts or other items, and supplies as determined by majority vote of present members.
ARTICLE XI. BOOK SELECTION
SECTION 1. Within the reading meetings, members shall determine works to read and vote for each title. Majority vote by present members will determine title selection. Books shall be purchased by members or by donations received or fundraising earned. The content of the work(s) shall not be religious or political. Selected works will represent a variety of genres (self-development books, motivational materials, inspirational movies or materials etc.) to expose members to different types of learning and leadership materials. If a series is determined as a title selection to be read, only the first book in the series will be read so that we do not limit the club to one form of genre. Members may read additional series titles on their own.
SECTION 2. If a member is opposed and/or offended by a particular work, they may select another title to read and discuss, as long as the work is not religious or political in content as directed in Article XI, Section 1.
SECTION 3. Once the books are purchased, they will be cataloged by the secretary for the BOOK CLUB to check out and read prior to any other currently enrolled member. The checkout time period is three weeks. After the club is done reading and discussing the books, the books and other materials will be reviewed to determine whether it worth using for outreach civic education activities. So that they may know how much the particular book or reading material can impact their lives.
ARTICLE XII. PROMOTION
Members are encouraged to actively promote the club by wearing club t-shirts or I D Cards, creating promotional materials such as posters, brochures, flyers, etc., word-of-mouth advertising, and other items determined by a majority vote of present members.
ARTICLE XIII. COMMITTEES
Officers may appoint committees and chairs as needed to fulfill the purpose of this organization. The sponsor will not be considered for chair or committee appointments.
ARTICLE XIV. AMMENDMENTS
This constitution may be amended at any regular or special business meeting by a majority vote of present members, providing that the revision has been read to the group prior to the vote.