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YCC elects first officers

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Youth for the Community Committee members (from left) Matthew Aselage, Alexa Dispennett, Logan Downing and Aaron Aselage discuss a district boundary map presented during the organization's most recent meeting in the Brazil City Hall chambers.
Youth for the Community Committee (YCC) members furthered their legislative endeavors recently by casting secret ballots and closing bids to elect leaders.

At a meeting earlier this month, YCC founder Matthew Aselage signed a bid to run for YCC president, with Alexa Dispennett and Logan Downing following suite with bids for vice president and 5th district representative, respectively.

Each of the candidates ran uncontested and will be sworn into office Saturday, Feb. 11, at Staunton United Methodist Church.

"We will serve refreshments," Aselage said.

"It may even be a (pitch-in) dinner."

YCC members are still deciding the inauguration ceremony's exact time.

YCC began when Northview High School students said they wanted to start a club that functions like the legislative and executive branches in a democratic government, and their main mission is to provide service to the community.

In addition to electing officers and scheduling the inauguration, the committee amended its constitution language regarding inaugural ceremony paperwork.

The document will now read "President Elect" instead of "President" for the upcoming ceremony.

YCC officials said they still have 10 office positions open and will continue assigning the titles through a nomination process.

"We can nominate (committee members) not currently in a leadership position," Aselage said. "They will have to accept or decline the nomination. If they decline we have to start the process over again (for that position.)"

The committee also amended its constitution to give each officer a one-year term limit.

Meanwhile, committee members expressed they've had trouble with getting others to attend meetings because the group meets off campus, as per a school corporation policy concerning non- co-curricular club meetings on school grounds.

"Everyone either has somewhere to be after school or they don't have transportation here," Dispennett said.

Aselage agreed, "We have like four people here representing the 34 club members."

Approving the student-led organization's senate map boundary lines was the committee's first order of business.

Through ballot votes, the YCC voted unanimously in favor to accept the boundary lines on the map provided.

YCC members also passed its age group chart in a 4-0 vote.

The next YCC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 2, at 4:30 p.m., in Brazil City Hall.

The meeting agenda includes voting in house and senate leaders, constitution amendments if needed and accepting proposals regarding community service organizations.

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