About the AGHS


Mission Statement

The mission of the American Go Honors Society (AGHS) is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop skills for the game of go, and turn in self-confidence and personal growth regardless of age, gender, location, or station. This is to develop the strength of the youth in the United States in order that they may rival the perennial powerhouses of Asian nations in go, and to establish a professional go association in the United States at one point in the future.
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Brief History of the AGHS

In 2000, a manga scanlation team brought Hikaru no Go into the English-speaking world for the first time. It became such a hit, that the team created an online go club to play with each other. But in 2002, when the manga had been completed for the first time, the members dwindled. Three high school students from different parts of North America decided to create the Sea Otters Go Club in order to promote go among youth. Their programs became so popular and the now-known American Go Honor Society was founded to help develop leadership abilities in the American youth to become the next leaders in go and the community.
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AGHS Constitution

Article I: MISSION AND PURPOSES

The mission of the American Go Honors Society (AGHS) is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop skills for the game of go, and turn in self-confidence and personal growth regardless of age, gender, location, or station. This is to develop the strength of the youth in the United States in order that they may rival the perennial powerhouses of Asian nations in go, and to establish a professional go association in the United States at one point in the future.

In order to carry out this mission, the American Go Honors Society shall:

  1. Help its individual members improve their abilities effectively through private and group tutorials and strategy sessions;
  2. Provide for its individual members’ instructions, educational materials, and opportunities as provided by the levels of the American Go Honors Society in educative manners;
  3. Encourage its individual members to aid others in playing go and establishing long-term ties to other members within the chapters;
  4. Promote leadership training for its individual members through the go community;
  5.  Coordinate with affiliated and member organizations, clubs and chapters in any way possible to achieve our mission, and;
  6. Develop a global community to join together the world go players in hopes of establishing long-lasting ties and establish friendship through the love of go.

 

Article II: MEMBERS

About the status and power of individual members and member club/chapter

 

Article III: ORGANIZATION

Basic structure mention all parts including AGA role in organization

 

Article IV: PARENT ORGANIZATION INVOLVEMENT

Section 1.  Role of the American Go Association in the AGHS

The American Go Association has provisions towards the Youth program, and the American Go Honor Society will enact all external activities on appeal towards the American Go Association. The Youth Coordinator national officer of the AGA has an honorary seat upon all meetings of the AGHS and may make suggestions as such. The role of the AGA will be limited in actual proceedings so that the high school students will gain leadership experience in order to lead themselves and others to get stronger. The AGA will have executive authority to overstep boundaries if and only if a position taken would permanently damage the nature of the American Go Honor Society or the American Go Association, and take dictatorial privileges for two days or until the conflict is resolved, whichever is first. The AGA officers may be appointed to seats in various committees provided they meet the criteria of office as well as may take a position as a Trustee for the American Go Honor Society.

Section 2.  Role of the American Go Foundation in the AGHS

The American Go Foundation has provisions towards benefiting the Youth program at large, and the American Go Honor Society will enact all external activities on appeal towards the American Go Association. The AGF has an honorary seat upon all meetings of the AGHS and may make suggestions as such. The role of the AGF will be limited in actual proceedings so that the high school students will gain leadership experience in order to lead themselves and others to get stronger. The AGF officers may be appointed to seats in various committees provided they meet the criteria of office as well as may take a position as a Trustee for the American Go Honor Society.

 

Article V: THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Section 1.  Role of the Board of Trustees

The control and oversight of this organization shall be vested in the Board of Trustees. The role of the Board of Trustees is to supervise over the Board of Directors and all aspects and organs of AGHS, but not to constitute major officiating unless in danger of the collapse of the organ in question. They will encourage and offer suggestions to all committees. The Trustees are welcome to place forward input and ideas towards the member bodies and to be received thus courteously by the committee, but is asked to allow the Directors and members of committee to take charge of committee.

Section 2. Designation and Term of Office

a.) To be considered for nomination by the Board of Directors, the applicant must meet the following criteria in order to be reviewed for the Board of Trustees Office:

  1. The applicant must be eighteen (18) years of age upon time of application;
  2. The applicant must have demonstrated a service to the go community on a local, regional, or national level for the purpose of furthering the education of the peers; and
  3. The applicant must have been put forth through nomination by a member of the Board of Directors and seconded by another and be confirmed to their position.

b.) The Board of Trustees shall consist of an odd-numbered amount of members appointed by the Board of Directors of the American Go Honors Society by a majority vote upon nomination not to exceed two hundred and seventy-five members.

c.) Members shall be appointed for a life term and are free to leave when they so choose. There is no limit to the number of renewals of membership upon this board.

d.) Members of the Board of Trustees will elect amongst themselves a Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Intelligence Officer, who will serve three-year terms in these positions. These positions can be re-elected, but are not allowed to serve more than two consecutive terms.

Section 3. Meetings and Voting

The Board of Trustees may hold voting seats on the minor committees of the American Go Honor Society as accordance to the various rules of such chambers by appointment.  The Board of Trustees may also hold voting seats in major committees given that it is specified for them to do so and are recommended as such by the Board of Directors.  In addition, a majority of the Board of the Trustees will be considered a quorum.

 

Article VI: LEADERSHIP OF THE AMERICAN GO HONOR SOCIETY

Section 1. Requirements

In order to be considered for a position of leadership in the American Go Honor Society, the individual must meet the following requirements unless noted by text by section or amendment:

  1. Any member elected to an office position in the AGHS must have met their fourteenth (14th) birthday by August 1st of that school year;
  2. Be a member of the American Go Honor Society and/or the American Go Association;
  3. Be a member and in good standing with their local branch or the main offices of the American Go Honor Society;
  4. Have recommendation and support of their local peers towards leadership office at the national level; and
  5. Have held a position of office on the local level at their local branch or club or have attained the rank of shodan through an accredited system (KGS, IGS, AGA).

(Elastic Clause: Provided that there is no branch of the AGHS at the individual’s school or club, then he or she may consolidate with another local club and represent them for all American Go Honor Society activities)

Section 2. Triumvirates

Sub-Section 1. Role of the Triumvirate

The main leadership direction of the AGHS organization falls under the jurisdiction of the Triumvirate to oversee and preside over the Board of Directors. The members of the Triumvirate act as the executive branch for the American Go Honor Society and all presidings thereof.

a) Additional requirements to be a Triumvirate is to have met their sixteenth (16th) birthday.

b) Must have served previously on the Board of Directors for one year or have created/established a major regional organization for two years (such as NYHSGA, NJGA, or TGPF).

Sub-Section 2. Designation and Term of Office

There will be three (3) Directors who are elected towards the Triumvirate serving in officer positions for each school year.  The officers will each serve one-year terms, elected from a popular election from all members of the American Go Honor Society. However, if a unanimous agreement should occur from the Board of Directors that an elected Triumvirate shall not serve, he or she will be required not to accept the nomination into office. Triumvirate members may seek re-election into the Triumvirate provided that he or she attends a public, private, or parochial secondary school and the term of office not to exceed a total of five (5) years. Triumvirate members who do not seek re-election or are not re-elected in subsequent years and still meet the criteria to serve on the Board of Directors may be reimbursed their position on the Board of Directors. After completing the senior year of high school, the member is asked to step down from the Board of Directors so that the next generation of high school leaders can step up to the role to help the goal of AGHS to be kept alive.
The elections for triumvirate will take place in May for the year prior towards the term of service. Those elected begin their civil service the following first day of August. The offices shall be designated as:

a.) Proconsul (President)
(i.) The president acts as head of the Board of Directors;
(ii.) At meetings of the Board of Directors, he is in charge of calling together all members to session;
(iii.) Uses parliamentary procedure to keep meetings in base,
(iv.) Calls together makes executive decisions regarding the well-being of the national system; and
(v.) Is empowered to appoint the directors based on their wishes to the committees they wish to serve.

b.) Consul (Vice-President – Secretarial Affairs)
(i) Is second-in-command of the Board of Directors;
(ii)Works on logistics to make sure execution of club works well,
(iii) Serves as the chief officer of Ways & Means Committee and official representative to the Board of Trustees; and
(iv) Makes all formal declarations towards the club chapters.

c.) Consul (Vice-President – Financial Affairs)
(i) Organizes the financial department for AGHS;
(ii) Creates budget and follow-up reports through the year to the financial standing of the club;
(iii) Organizes fundraisers and income system for the school year; and
(iv) Makes recommendations on what the expenses should curtail in order to benefit the people

Section 3. Regional Representatives

Sub-Section 1. Role of the Board of Directors

The leadership direction of the AGHS organization falls under the jurisdiction of the Board of Directors.  The role of the Board of Directors acts as the main governing body over the American Go Honors Society in the aspects of legislature, execution, and judiciary motions.

Sub-Section 2. Designation and Term of Office

a.) The Board of Directors shall be electorally elected by the school votes within their region. The schools will receive a proportional number of votes based on the number of members within their school and the degree of participation the school has within the American Go Honor Society’s activities. Any candidate who receives a third (1/3) of the overall votes on the first round is automatically inducted as a regional representative. If the total number of directors has not been reached, then a second round of voting will occur, and subsequent rounds until the number of delegates have been reached. Should more than a number of directors qualify in the same round, the exact number of votes will determine the representative to national office.

b.) Each member of the Board of Directors serves a single year term provided they are not elected to the Triumvirate and are only limited in terms of service based on their high school career. Board of Directors who become Triumvirate members, but do not seek re-election or are not re-elected in subsequent years are reimbursed their position on the Board of Directors. Those who hold senior status in high school will be asked to relinquish their seats prior to elections for the next year in order to find a new director.
Chiang Clause: Directors are free to relinquish their office without penalty or repercussion. It is the Triumvirate’s duty to appoint a replacement should a vacancy occurs. After completing the senior year of high school, the member is asked to step down from the Board of Directors so that the next generation of high school leaders can step up to the role to help the goal of AGHS to be kept alive.

c.) There will be four (4) Directors per region who are elected towards the Board of Directors serving in officer positions for each school year.  In the 2005-06 school year, the regions will consist of Western (Pacific and Mountain Time Zones), Central (Central Time Zone), and Eastern Divisions (Eastern Time Zone).
Christopherian Provisio: It is the intent of this section to be established as thus to be amended at an indefinite amount of time in the future for the sake of equal representation between states. However, at the time of legislation, not all states had members to be withheld.

Sub-Section 3. Power of the Board of Directors

a.) The Board of Directors’ role is to head the member organs of the AGHS. They represent the body of the American Go Honors Society. As the legislative head, they create the ideas in order to fulfill the club’s goals and purposes. They have agenda meetings to occur four times a year and committee meetings at the discretion of the individual organ.

b.) The Board of Directors has discretionary rights to modify the standing Constitution during the founding years of the club in order to adapt the situation towards benefiting the populace. In years subsequent, the Board of Directors will constitute the body as a whole to help accomplish the Missions and Purpose towards the American Go Association and the populace of the United States and the world.

The officers will each serve one-year terms, elected from a popular election from all members of the American Go Honor Society. The elections for triumvirate will take place in May for the year prior towards the term of service. Those elected begin their civil service the following first day of August. The offices shall be designated as:

Section 4. Committee Chairmen

Sub-Section 1. Role of the Committee Chairmen

The judicial process for legislative events falls under the jurisdiction of the respective committees. Each individual committee has a committee chairman appointed by a consensus of the Triumvirate member, providing that the nominees match the criteria designated by the committee.

Sub-Section 2. Designation and Term of Office

a.) The Triumvirate will nominate one chairman (1) per committee. The Chairman of each Committee shall be nominated by the Triumvirate at the start of each school year. If the chairman fails to put forth the effort, the Board of Directors have the authority to relegate him out of the head position and in extreme cases, may remove him from the Board of Directors in cases of peril towards the American Go Honor Society. Should an individual nominated not be from the Board of Directors, it requires an unanimous vote of the Triumvirate as well as a 2/3rd majority of the Board to install them.

b.) Each Committee Chairman serves an annual term provided they are not elected to the Triumvirate, and they may not serve as committee chairman for more than 2 consecutive terms and/or 3 terms total. After completing the senior year of high school, the member is asked to step down from the Board of Directors so that the next generation of high school leaders can step up to the role to help the goal of AGHS to be kept alive.

Sub-Section 3. Power of the Committee Chairmen

a.) The Committee Chairmen’s role is to head each committee in their responsibilities and tasks set forward by the Constitution of the American Go Honor Society. They represent the legislative body of the American Go Honors Society. As the legislative arm, they establish the ideas of the Board of Direcotrs in order to fulfill the club’s goals and purposes. They have agenda meetings to occur at minimum four times a year at the discretion of the individual organ.

b.) The Committee Chairman will appoint his committee, assuming they meet the requirements set forth by the office and a majority ratification by the Board of Directors and if the Triumvirate does not exercise unanimous veto.

The officers will each serve one-year terms, elected from a popular election from all members of the American Go Honor Society. The elections for triumvirate will take place in May for the year prior towards the term of service. Those elected begin their civil service the following first day of August.

 

Article VII: COMMITTEES

Open Section. Role of the Committees

The Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors have Executive privileges in each of the committees. They are the overseeing administrators for the committee to make sure that the committee completes its assigned agenda through parliamentary procedure and effective communication with the participants in committee. All committees will occur through AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) or the Kiseido Go Sever (KGS) as provided it is a free service with chat room/ talking abilities – available at www.aol.com or www.gokgs.com.  Any member is welcome to participate in committees and is strongly encouraged to give feedback as to how the AGHS can be strengthened.

Section 1. Financial Board 

Sub-Section 1. Intent

As a nonprofit organization, this board will come up and execute fundraising plans and find corporate sponsorships in order to create a system so that the AGHS can provide scholarships to outstanding individuals in the AGHS program as well as fund organization activities. This program is effective January 2004.

Special Privilege (Yen Clause): The Financial Board’s jurisdiction lies outside the Board of Directors and is not subjected to the re-evaluation of minutes and activities theresuch. The Financial Board enacts its own policies independent of the legislative properties of the rest of the AGHS Board.

Sub-Section 2. Membership

  1. The head of the committee shall be a member of the Triumvirate
  2. The financial board is constituted by nine (9) members.
  3. Of the constituting members of the Financial Board, three members must be currently-serving Directors of the American Go Honor Society, two must be Trustees of the American Go Honor Society, and two must be members of the American Go Honor Society for a period of two (2) years.

Section 2. Secretariat

Keep membership log, privileges given and important records

Section 3. Ways & Means Committee

The most powerful committee in the American Go Honors Society, this handles legislation and amendments to the constitution and charter, as well as develops the constitutional rules for the AGHS and all organs that the organization functions. This committee hears reports from all other committees and changes the written statements as recommended through committee as well as they have the power to add committees to AGHS based on need. This program is effective August 2004.

Section 4. Tournament Committee

The Tournament Committee is under the jurisdiction of the head of the Committee. The headquarters and their location will be changed annually to accommodate the new head of the committee.

All Office Holders shall perform their duties in such capacity as volunteers and shall not be deemed to be employees of the AGHS. The Office Holders of the Tournament Committee will be constituted by the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, and 3 other seats on the committee.  The Office Holders each hold one (1) vote in council meetings regarding legislation towards the tournament series. However, any member of the AGHS is open to provide legislation to be considered and debated by the general public in session.  The Office Holders each hold one (1) vote in council meetings regarding legislation towards the tournament series.

Section 5. League Committee

Organize a league system of various degrees and ranks.  This section is reserved for further development as of August 2008.

Section 6. Teaching Ladder Committee

Find teachers, establish classes.  Use, work with and expand the Sabaki House system.  This section is reserved for further development as of August 2008.

Section 7. Public Relations Committee

This is the advertising campaign. You will go out and actively seek out more members into the AGHS - promoting the various organs and actively recruiting more volunteers and participants to ensure the success of the AGHS. This program is effective December 2003.

Section 8. Minor Committees and Subcommittees

a.) AGHS Governing Council (AGHS) – We are going to establish an honor society. This committee will submit regulations to join honor society to the Ways & Means committee and keep records of school and individual members as well as dues paying and handing out membership cords and other benefits as a member. Also takes charge of the entire structural system and modifies ideas to keep up-to-date. This program is effective August 2004.

b.) Western Go League (WGOL) – This is the League systems organization and staff. This is the committee that we actively invite everyone participate in. It is open to the public and we encourage everyone to participate as a teacher, student, recruiter, anything – this is the most vital organ of the entire program. We would like to establish small tutorial classes on KGS where teachers (older students, adult volunteers - Wings Online Go Club volunteers to teach several higher level classes) instruct classes from 5-10 kids and create small "leagues" within their classes to promote strength. This is to help kids who do not have any strong players in their areas to receive instruction without having to pay orbital fees for professional lessons over the internet. This program is effective September 2003 and has been concluded November 2005.

c.) RSC Cup Organizations (RSCO) - The oldest entity within the SOGC, this committee oversees the function of the national youth go team tournament – vital to promoting school clubs to exist and friendships to be made. They will essentially run, supervise, update, and handle all problems dealing with the tournament series. This program is effective June 2002.

d.) Future Endeavors Committee (FUTURE) - This group will think up new entities that the SOGC will try to bring about in future years. They will organize ideas and place submission into work as well as run trial phases to see public input and smoothness of operations. This program is effective August 2004.


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