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PCS Operating Rules


Operating Rules may be enacted by a simple majority vote of PCS members and do not require Chapter approval, as spelled out in Article VIII of the PCS Bylaws.

Operating rules must not conflict with the PCS Bylaws, the Loma Prieta Chapter Bylaws or the Sierra Club Bylaws.

For the PCS to function effectively, there are a number of duties and responsibilities that must be filled. To best address these needs, it is believed that those duties can be structured in a logical fashion that groups similar duties based on the overall intent of each duty. The structure that is suggested, and the overall purpose of each suggested entity, follows. This list of committees/functions is intended to be a guideline, spelled out for the sole purpose of listing the functions/duties that need to be addressed by any PCS Leadership Team. If an incoming group of officers believe they can address these functions with a slightly different structure, they may do so. As well, this is not intended to be an exclusive listing of functions, others may be added if so desired.

PCS Steering Committee

The Steering Committee consists of the elected PCS officers and the Chair of each of the standing committees (or their representative), and exists for the purpose of developing overall policies for the PCS, as well as coordinating activities amongst the different functions in order to maximize the overall impact to the organization.

PCS Mountaineering Committee

The Mountaineering Committee shall be comprised of four members, each of which is a qualified leader as well as an active leader and climber. The Chair of the Committee shall be appointed by the PCS Chair. The Vice-Chair/Scheduler shall also be a member of the committee. The other two members shall be appointed by the Mountaineering Committee Chair with the approval of the PCS Chair. The committee is responsible for determining leadership guidelines based on Sierra Club policies and safe climbing practices and promoting leadership amongst the PCS membership.

PCS Training Committee

The Training Committee can consist of as many members as needed to carry on its mission, each of which must be a qualified leader as well as an active leader and climber. The Chair of the Committee shall be appointed by the Vice Chair of the PCS. The other members shall be appointed by the Training Committee Chair with the approval of the PCS Vice Chair. The committee will plan and execute training programs to promote safe climbing and leadership practices within the PCS.

PCS Publicity Committee

The Publicity Committee is a standing committee which can consist of as many members as needed to carry on its mission. The PCS Chair appoints the PubComm Chair and the PubComm chair in turn selects the rest of the PubComm members with the approval of the PCS Chair. The goal of the PubComm is to maximize awareness of and participation in activities which further the goals of the PCS. As such, the committee is basically the outward looking arm of the PCS, which will be responsible for all PCS publicity.

PCS Social Committee

The Social Committee is a standing committee which can consist of as many members as needed to carry on its mission. The Chair of the Committee shall be appointed by the PCS Chair. The other members shall be appointed by the Social Committee Chair with the approval of the PCS Chair. The purpose of the committee is to promote participation in and member enjoyment of activities within the PCS. As such, the committee is basically the inward looking arm of the PCS, which will be responsible for member satisfaction.

Webmaster/Email Broadcast Committee

This committee consists of the Webmaster and person in charge of the PCS email broadcast list. Both positions are appointed by the PCS Chair, and may appoint other committee members as the need arises, with the approval of the PCS Chair. These persons are in charge of providing for all digital communications that are required by the club.

Scree Publication Committee

This committee consists of the Scree Editor, and other members that the Scree Editor deems necessary to carry out their mission. The Scree Editor is appointed by the PCS Chair, and the Editor may appoint other committee members, with the approval of the PCS Chair. The Scree Editor is responsible for putting together the PCS monthly newsletter and assisting with any other news-type stories or articles that might be requested by the Publicity or Social committees.

PCS Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is a temporary committee which is formed for the sole purpose of nominating a slate of candidates for new officers for the next year. The Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the PCS Chair, and announced at the October meeting. If any of the Nominating Committee members do not meet the approval of a majority of the members present, the Chair shall call for nominations from the floor to replace the disapproved Committee members.

EScree Operating Rule

This operating rule was voted into effect at the June 1995 PCS Meeting, by a margin of 27 in favor vs. 2 against.

The Peak Climbing Section newsletter shall be published in hardcopy format and in an electronic format. Electronic subscriptions will be free, but will not be subsidized by hardcopy subscriptions. People receiving only the electronic version will have to apply to the Secretary to be on the membership roster. Because of Chapter policy that trips are not advertised outside Club publications, the electronic Scree shall contain a directive that it not be posted on public news groups.

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