We, the Sworn Officers of the Transit Police of New Jersey with a love of Celtic culture-its history, its societies, its arts, its music, and its peoples- do hereby constitute The Transit Police Celtic Society of New Jersey.

Article I.

1. The Society shall serve its membership and the community at large by helping individuals explore the heritage of the world's several Celtic cultures and provide charitable assistance to its membership and all other living human beings deemed worthy by the Executive Board by a vote of two thirds.

2. The official languages of the Society shall be Breton, Cornish, Irish, Manx, Scottish, Welsh, and English.

Article II.

1. a. Membership in the Society shall be open to any NJ Transit Police Officer interested in Celtic culture and shall be retained until such time as a Member shall express his or her wish to leave the Society.

b. Associate Membership in the Society shall be open to any living human being interested in Celtic culture with the sponsorship of two Members and shall be retained until such time as an Associate Member shall express his or her wish to leave the Society.

2. The Society shall have a President, who shall have general supervision and control of its meetings and activities.

3. The Society shall have a Vice-President, who shall assist the President and assume his duties if the President be unable to serve.

4. The Society shall have a Treasurer, who shall have general charge of its financial activities, and who shall keep accurate records thereof. The Treasurer, with a two third vote by the Executive Board, shall establish a yearly dues and a one-time initiation fee to be paid by all Members and Associate Members with out exception.

5. The Society shall have a Secretary, who shall keep a record of all its meetings and activities, and who shall have general charge of the Society's correspondence with other organizations.

6. The Society shall have a Chaplain, who shall act as the spiritual guidance for the membership and be appointed by the President and ratified by a two third vote of the Executive Board.

7. The President shall be competent to appoint any Member of the Society to the position of Director of some facet of the Society's activities. This Member shall then serve as Director, with duties and powers to be clearly specified by the President, until the Society's next regular election or until removed by the President.

8. The President shall be competent to establish an Association within the Society to coordinate activities concerning a particular Celtic culture. This Association shall then exist, with a purpose to be clearly specified by the President, until the Society's next regular election or until terminated by the

President. The president shall appoint a Member of the Society to the position of Director of the Association, as described above.

9. All Executive Board Members of the Society shall be sworn Officers of the NJ Transit Police. One Executive Board Member shall be elected by Associate Members to represent their interests to the Executive Board and will hold the title of “Associate Member Representative”.

10. All Members and Associate members shall be required to choose a Society name prior to reciting their oath that they shall forever be referred to as.

For example: Paddy “Lou Holtz for President” Jones

11. When a new member is accepted into the Society, he or she shall recite the following oath administered by the Secretary (or other Executive Board Member in their absence) at the first meeting they attend:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the Transit Police Celtic Society of New Jersey, and faithfully discharge the duties of Member (or Associate Member) according to the best of my ability." and "I will not divulge any information pertaining to the welfare of the society either directly or indirectly, nor will I take any action that would willfully injure or bring harm or distress to a fellow member of the society”.

12. Prior to a newly elected Executive Board Member taking office, he or she shall recite the following Oath of Office administered by the Secretary (or other Executive Board Member in their absence) at the first meeting in January after the preceding November elections:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the Transit Police Celtic Society of New Jersey, and faithfully discharge the duties of insert title of office according to the best of my ability." and "I will not divulge any information pertaining to the welfare of the society either directly or indirectly, nor will I take any action that would willfully injure or bring harm or distress to a fellow member of the society”.

Article III.

      1. a. The Executive Board of the Society shall be elected on the

      first week of November to a term which shall begin on the first day of January and will remain in effect for a period of two years.

      b. Elections shall also be held upon the ratification of this

      constitution after a term served by an appointed Executive Board of not more than one year and up to and including November 2006.

                        2.a All elections shall be held among all members of the Society and shall be determined by a majority of the vote.

Article IV.

1. A vote of two thirds of the assembly at the first meeting of the Society shall suffice to establish this constitution.

2. This constitution may be amended by a vote of three fourths of the membership of the Society present at the meeting, which the amendment is proposed.

Article V.

1. The Society shall have monthly meetings at a location designated by the Executive Board on a date and time designated on a month to month/meeting to meeting basis and not less than 2 weeks apart and no more than 6 weeks apart.

2. All meetings shall begin with, all members present, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America while standing erect with his or her right hand over their heart.

3. All meetings shall conclude with a moment of silence where the members present can invoke silent prayer or quiet contemplation for and on behalf of the welfare of the Society’s membership.

4. All meetings shall be conducted according to “Roberts Rules of Order, A Permanent Society".

Article VI.

1. The Society shall adopt the definitions pertaining to Celts and subjects surrounding said life forms set forth by the Harvard Celtic Society located on the World Wide Web at: http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~celts/definitions.html. The definitions are as follows:

Definitions:

1 A "Celt" is music-loving life-form widely dispersed throughout the universe. Being Celtic is not a matter of ancestry, national origin, or language, but rather a sincerely held state of mind binding Celts in all worlds in a fraternity of peace, song, and Guinness. If you try to tell anyone he cannot be a Celt, you are a Saxon bastard.

2 "Celticity" is the noun-form of "Celtic". If you say "Celticness", you are a Saxon bastard.

3 “Celt” or “Celtic” is pronounced “KELT” or “KEL-tic”. If you pronounce it as in the Boston “SELL-ticks” professional basketball team, you are a Saxon bastard.

4 "Cèilidh" is the Scottish Gaelic word for a musical gathering. (The Irish word is "Céilí".) It's pronounced "KAY-lee". If you spell it or pronounce it wrong, you are a Saxon bastard.

5 The "Wheel of Celticity" sweeps inexorably through the cosmos wherever Celts are gathered. It radiates outward from the Celtic nexus and defines the Celt-space, rotating eternally in a clockwise direction. If you rotate the wheel counterclockwise you are a Saxon bastard.

6 The "Celtic Nexus" is the center of the Celtic universe. Due to multi-dimensional folding, it may appear in many places at once, but always manifests itself at the center of a gathering of Celts.

7 The "Celt-space" is an arc of highly concentrated Celticity radiating out from the Celtic Nexus and eternally rotating with the Wheel of Celticity. Anyone in the Celt-space is forever transformed into a Celt. The Celt closest to the nexus picks the next song. If you pass, you are a Saxon bastard.