The Book of Procrastination

Written by Jeffrey Huber, Executive Secretary

Table of Contents

Article One: The Procrastinator’s Creed

  1. I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.
  2. I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or find excuses.
  3. I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.
  4. I shall meet all of my deadlines directly in proportion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect to receive from missing them.
  5. I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.
  6. I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.
  7. I shall never forget that the probability of a miracle, though infinitesmally small, is not exactly zero.
  8. If at first I don't succeed, there is always next year.
  9. I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.
  10. I shall always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, when I get around to it.
  11. I obey the law of inverse excuses which demands that the greater the task to be done, the more insignificant the work that must be done prior to beginning the greater task.
  12. I know that the work cycle is not plan/start/finish, but is wait/plan/plan.
  13. I will never put off until tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.

Article Two: Purpose of the Book of Procrastination

The Purpose of the Book of Procrastination is to govern the members of the Procrastinators Society and the Society itself. It also explains the processes, procedures, laws, and suggestions of the Procrastinators Society. All members of the Procrastinators Society must abide and obey these writings. The consequences of disobedience will also be explained in the Book.

Article Three: The Governing Bodies and Members of the Society

Section 3.1: The Societal Council

Section 3.1.1

The Societal Council consists of four members: the President, the Chief Financial Officer, the Secretary General, and the Chief of Security. The Power of the Societal Council is absolute and any decision is made by it is law.

Section 3.1.2

The Societal Council has the following responsibilities:

  1. Create new rules, laws, etc. to strengthen, or increase the power of the Societal Council.
  2. Regulate the Procrastination of its members.
  3. Enforce and obey the Book of Procrastination.
  4. Set the pay/income of any member who receives an income from the Society.

Section 3.1.3

The Societal Council also has the following rights:

  1. Dismiss any member of the Society
  2. To postpone meetings without risking the termination of their offices.
  3. To make, alter, and enforce the Book of Procrastination to the fullest extent they see fit.
  4. Do basically whatever they want with the society.

Section 3.1.4

All meetings of the Societal Council are to be arranged by the Executive Secretary.

Section 3.1.5

After the approval of the Book of Procrastination, all additions or deletions must be approved by the Societal Council. It will then be edited by the Executive Secretary and a new edition will be printed.

Section 3.2: The President

Section 3.2.1

The President has the following responsibilities:

  1. Officially inaugurate and swear in all members of the Societal Council.
  2. He is Commander-in-Chief of the Military forces of the Society.
  3. Approve or reject all members entering the Society. He does not, however, need to approve the transferring of a person from one department to another, or the transferring of a person within a department.

Section 3.2.2

The President has the following rights:

  1. Send the Vice President as his official representative.
  2. Veto any policy that passes through the Societal Council. (See Section 6.1)

Section 3.3: The Chief Financial Officer

Section 3.3.1

The Chief Financial Officer has the following responsibilities:

  1. To create new ways of making money and to keep track of that money.
  2. To Keep track of all financial transactions of the Society.
  3. Create ways to spend the money of the Society.
  4. To pay all members of the Society that receive and income from the Society.

Section 3.3.2

The CFO has the following privileges and rights:

  1. To dismiss any member within the Department of Financial Affairs, in accordance with Dismissal Policy, which is discussed in (Section 4.1, Dismissal Policies)
  2. To organize the DFA in any way he likes.

Section 3.3.3

The CFO does not have the following rights:

  1. To set the pay of any member of the Society.
  2. To create any law he wishes. Attempts at abuse of power will be addressed in (Section ___, Abuse of Power or Attempts).

Section 3.4: The Chief of Security

Section 3.4.1

The Chief of Security is in charge of the Security of the members of the Procrastinators Society.

Section 3.4.2

The Chief of Security has the following responsibilities:

  1. Command the security force of the Society
  2. Protect the Society from harm.
  3. Protect the President, the Executive Secretary, the Chief Financial Officer, and himself.
  4. He is also in charge of protecting any other member that the Societal Council deems important enough to need additional protection.
  5. Enforce the laws and rules set down by the Societal Council.

Section 3.4.3

The Chief of Security has the following privileges:

  1. He has the power to establish a system of Security inside the Society as he wishes. The only time he does not is if the Societal Council deems his methods unbeneficial or realistic.
  2. The right to dismiss any member from his forces, in accordance to Dismissal Policy, as described in (Section 4.1, Dismissal Policy).

Section 3.5: The Secretary General and the Executive Secretary

Section 3.5.1

The Executive Secretary also holds the position of the Secretary General, similar to how the President is also Commander-in-Chief. The Executive Secretary is the top secretary, while the Secretary General refers to his power over the Secretariat.

Section 3.5.2

He has the following responsibilities:

  1. Make sure that the Society keeps running. For example, doing necessary paper work, etc.
  2. Conduct and schedule meetings of the Societal Council and to generally run them.

Section: 3.5.3

The Executive Secretary has the following privileges and rights:

  1. He may dismiss any Secretary, in accordance with Dismissal Policy, as described in (Section 4.1, Dismissal Policy).
  2. To pass any work he chooses to undersecretaries if he doesn’t feel like doing them himself.
  3. He is the only member with the authority to classify material for entrance into the Secret Archives.
  4. He is the only member with the authority to grant permission to reproduce or print the Book of Procrastination.

Section 3.6: The Secretarial Council

Section 3.6.1

The Secretarial Council is made up of all the Secretaries, including the Secretary General. The purpose of the Secretarial Council is to inform the Secretary General of events happening in the Department of Secretarial Affairs. He will then use this information for dealing with issues within the Secretarial Council or for addressing issues with the Societal Council.

Article Four: Dismissal and Removal

Section 4.1: Dismissal Policy

Section 4.1.1

There are three circumstances of someone requesting the resignation or removal of a member:

  1. A member would like to request the resignation or removal of a member in another department.
  2. A member would like to request the resignation or removal of a member in their department.
    1. A member of a lesser position.
      1. Department Head requesting the resignation or removal.
      2. Anyone below the Department Head requesting the resignation or removal of a member below them.
    2. A member of a higher position. (this excludes a member requesting the resignation of a Department Head. Please see (Section 4.1.1, Circumstance #3).
  3. A member requesting the resignation of a Societal Council member.

Section 4.1.2

In Circumstance #1, the person must submit a Request for Resignation or a Request for Removal to the Head of the Department the person who is being requested to resign or be removed is in. (The following positions are the Heads of the Departments:

  1. Department of Secretarial Affairs: Executive Secretary
  2. Department of Financial Affairs: CFO
  3. Department of Presidential Affairs: The President
  4. Department of Security Affairs: The Chief of Security)

The head of that department will then decide what to do with him. If it is a Request for Removal, the Head of that department will either assign him to a different part of his department or will completely remove him from the Department. If he chooses to completely remove him, his application will be reviewed by the Societal Council and he will either be assigned to a different department or completely removed from the Procrastinators Society.

Section 4.1.3

In Circumstance #2aI, the Department Head can just request or remove the person in question. He does not need to submit a Request for Resignation or Removal unless he is removing him from the Department completely. Then the removee’s application will be reviewed by the Societal Council and will either be assigned to a different department or completely removed from the Procrastinators Society.

Section 4.1.4

In Circumstance #2aII, the member will submit a Request for Removal or Resignation to the Department Head. The Department Head will then follow the process as stated in (Section 4.1.3)

Section 4.1.5

In Circumstance #2b, it will follow the same procedures as stated in (Section 4.1.4). This section excludes Requests for Resignation of Department Heads.

Section 4.1.6

In Circumstance #3, a member will need to submit a Request for Resignation of Department Heads directly to the Societal Council. This will mean that the member will need to attend the meeting a present the case to the Council. He will have to justify his Request for Resignation in front of the Societal Council. Then the Department head that is being requested to resign will have a chance to defend any or all accusations made by the requestee. After that the Council will take a vote on whether to keep or to get rid of the Department Head. The person being requested to resign cannot take part in the vote. In this case, a majority rules (2 out of three). If the Societal Council decides to deny the request, the Department Head will retain his position. If the Council approves the request, the President will take any thing owned by the person that recognizes him as a member of the Society. If the President is the one who is being asked to resign, then the Executive Secretary will be the one to formally remove him.

Section 4.1.6

All requests are not asking someone to resign or quit. The request is being made to a person who has the power to remove the person being requested to resign or be removed. (Example: If a Security Minion wants a banker removed, he is requesting the CFO to remove him or force him to resign. He is not asking the banker to resign. Or if a member is requesting the resignation of the Societal Council Member, he is requesting the Societal Council to remove him. The person can, however, personally ask the person to resign or quit. Then the person being asked can choose either one. If he chooses not to then the requestee can submit a Request for Resignation or Removal.

Section 4.1.7

When a person is requested to be removed, he will be alerted. The person who will be considering the resignation or removal of a member will record the date and time that they alerted the member. The person will also be alerted on the results. Between these two times, that person cannot exercise any power granted to him by the Society. Exercising their power during these times is a crime and will be added to the person’s list of offenses or reasons for the request.

Section 4.2 The Removal of Members from the Society

Section 4.2.1

There are three circumstances of removal:

  1. Department Heads
  2. People with positions above minions, but below Department Heads.
  3. Minions.

Section 4.2.2

In circumstance #1, the Department Head will lose all powers vested in them by the Society and by the Book of Procrastination. The President will collect all things from then that have to do with the Society such as name badges or other items bestowed on them at their attainment of their position. If the President is the one who is being removed, the Executive Secretary will be the one to do the honors. Their file will be kept though for informational and historical purposes.

Section 4.2.3

In circumstance #2, they will go through the same procedure as stated in (Section 4.2.2), where applicable.

Article 5: Collections of the Society

Section 5.1: The Societal Library

Section 5.1.1

The purpose of the Societal Library is for the collection of books and other media formats that could be useful to the Procrastinators Society.

Section 5.1.2

The Library is headed and run by the Supreme Librarian. This position is held by the Executive Secretary until he appoints someone else to the job.

Section 5.1.3

The Library will recieve funds from the Societal Council, who will take the money from the Department of Financial Affairs.

Section 5.1.4

Donations can be accepted by the Library. If you are a member, you can get Societal Membership Fee deductions for that month. How much will be deducted will be decide while considering the following:

  1. The amount of material given.
  2. The monetary value of the items.
  3. Whether the item is kept or not.
  4. The value of the item to the Procrastinators Society.

Section 5.1.5

The Library accepts the following:

  • Books (any and all)
  • Other media formats such as videos, pictures, or whatever.
  • Money.

Money will not be penny for penny when calculating tax-deductions.

Section 5.1.6

All material is to be stored at a location chosen by the Supreme Librarian.

Section 5.1.7

What the Library keeps when receiving materials is up to the Supreme Librarian. Anything not added will be dealt with by the Supreme Librarian.

Section 5.1.8

In the extreme case that the Society is disbanded, all material contained in the Societal Library will be transferred to the ownership of the Supreme Librarian.

Section 5.2: The Archives

Section 5.2.1

The Archives are for the collection of documents used by or pertaining to the Procrastinators Society.

Section 5.2.2

The Archives are to be collected, maintained, and distributed at the will of the Keeper of the Archives. That position is to be held by the Executive Secretary unless he decides that he is too lazy. Then he may appoint a member to maintain them in his place.

Section 5.2.3

Items that can added to but are not restricted to: applications into the Society; meeting agendas and proceedings; revised policies; and voting results of the various councils.

Section 5.2.4

Access can be denied into the Archives by the Keeper of the Archives, even if it is not considered or labeled as classified.

Section 5.2.5

All requests for access must be submitted to the Keeper of the Archives, who can then choose to allow or deny access.

Section 5.2.6

Access approved is for the date written on the request, meaning that the request is not indefinite unless stated otherwise on the request.

Section 5.2.7

Requests into the Archives are also added.

Section 5.2.8

The Archives are part of the Societal Library.

Section 5.3: The Societal Museum of the Arts

Section 5.3.1

The Societal Museum of the Arts collects all artistic materials, excluding texts. It does include, but is not entire restricted to:

  • Paintings (any kind)
  • Origami
  • Drawings (any types)
  • Sculptures

Section 5.3.2

The Societal Museum of the Arts will be headed by the Chief Curator. He will be appointed by the Secretary of Arts & Culture.

Section 5.3.3

The Societal Museum of the Arts will be under the authority of the Department of Arts & Culture.

Section 5.3.4

Donations to the Societal Museum of the Arts will be PS tax-deductible. How much is deducted will be decided by the Chief Curator based on the following:

  1. The amount of material given.
  2. The monetary value of the items given.
  3. Whether the item is kept or not.
  4. The value of the item to the Procrastinators Society.

Section 5.4: The Secret Archives

Please wait while the policy for this is written and approved of. Thank you for your patience! :)

Article 6: Special Powers

Section 6.1: Presidential Veto Power

Section 6.1.1

The President has the power to veto any bill that passes through the Societal Council.

Section 6.1.2

This veto can be overridden by a two-thirds majority. The president cannot vote for or against the veto. Also, the President cannot veto the vote for the veto.

Section 6.1.3

He cannot veto votes for his removal or limitations of his veto powers, or votes where he is excluded from the Societal Council, such as mandates against him.

Section 6.2: Secretarial Veto Power

Section 6.2.1

The Secretary General has the power to veto any bill or policy that passes through the Secretarial Council.

Section 6.2.2

This veto can be overridden by a two-thirds majority. The Secretary General cannot vote for or against the veto. Also, the Secretary General cannot veto the vote for the veto.

Article 7: Meeting Procedures for the Societal Council

Section 7.1: Societal Council Meetings

Section 7.1.1

All Societal Council meetings are to be scheduled by the Executive Secretary.

Section 7.1.2

Each meeting will have a set agenda created by the Executive Secretary. Items needing to be discussed must be sent to the Executive Secretary in advance so he can add them to the agenda.

Section 7.1.3

All decisions are made by a majority rules. The only time we need a unanimous decision is on the disbanding of the Society.

Section 7.1.4

In the event that there is a tie, the Vice President/Heir will vote, therefore creating a majority.

Section 7.1.5

All meetings will follow the following procedure:

  1. Come to the meeting.
  2. Take role call of all present members. All members must be present (members can send representatives)
  3. Quick overview of agenda.
  4. Go though agenda, following the items in order.
  5. Officially declare the meeting over.
  6. Beat it.

Article 8: Members of the Secretariat

Section 8.1: The Secretary General

Section 8.1.1

The Secretary General is the leader of the Secretariat.

Section 8.1.2

He has the power to veto any policy that passes through the Secretarial Council.

Section 8.1.3

In decisions of the Secretariat and the Secretarial Council, his word is final.

Section 8.2: The Vice Secretary General

Section 8.2.1

The Vice Secretary General is second in command and assistant to the Secretary General.

Section 8.2.2

In the event the Secretary General cannot perform his responsibilities, or he resigns or is removed, then the Vice Secretary General will take on the title of Secretary General. Because of this, the Vice Secretary General must be approved by the Societal and Secretarial Council.

Article 9: Members of the Department of Presidential Affairs

Section 9.1: The President

Section 9.1.1

The President is overall symbol and one of the main representatives of the Procrastinators Society.

Section 9.1.2

The President has the right to veto any policy that passes through the Societal Council.

Section 9.2: The Vice President

Section 9.2.1

The Vice President is the second in command and assistant to the President.
++++Section 9.2.2
In the event that the President cannot perform his responsibilities, or he resigns or is removed, then the Vice President will become and take on the title of President. Because of this, the Vice President must be approved by the Societal Council, so that succession can be quick in the rare and tragic event.

Article 10: The Secretariat and its Departments

Section 10.1: The Secretariat

Section 10.1.1

The Secretariat is the department charged with the task of keeping the Society running.

Section 10.1.2

The Secretariat is run by the Secretarial Council and ruled by the Secretary General.

Section 10.1.3

The Secretariat is one of the Four Main Departments, with multiple departments under it.

Section 10.2: The Department of State

Section 10.2.1

The Department of State is responsible for the coordination of the foreign affairs of the Society.
Section 10.2.2: This includes, but is not restricted to:

  • Other schools
  • Other Societies
  • Other Organizations
  • Other groups of people
  • Non-members

Section 10.2.3

The Department of State is headed by the Secretary of State.

Section 10.2.4

The Department of State is a department under the Secretariat and under the control of the Secretarial Council and the Secretary General.

Section 10.2.5

All Ambassadors are appointed and approved by the Secretary of State, but follow Society Dismissal Policies.

Section 10.3: The Department of Arts & Culture

Section 10.3.1

The Department of Arts & Culture coordinates all artistic and cultural affairs of the Society.

Section 10.3.2

This includes, but is not restricted to:

  • The Societal Library
  • The Societal Museum
  • The Societal Symbol

Section 10.4: The Department of Health & Medicine

Section 10.4.1

The Department of Health & Medicine is in charge of coordinating all the health affairs of the Society.

Section 10.4.2

The Department of Health & Medicine is headed by the Secretary of Health & Medicine.

Section 10.4.3

The Department of Health & Medicine conducts all medical and health related research of the Society.

Section 10.4.4

The Department of Health & Medicine is responsible for coordinating and running HealthCare.

Article 11: The Department of Financial Affairs and its Departments

Section 11.1: The Department of Financial Affairs

Section 11.1.1

The DFA is responsible for maintaining our financial operations, activities, and records.

Section 11.1.2

The DFA is headed by the Chief Financial Officer.

Section 11.1.3

They must report all data when it is requested.

Section 11.1.4

All records and other documents must be submitted to the Archives unless needed by the DFA, in which permission must be granted by the Keeper of the Archives.

Section 11.1.5

The DFA is responsible for paying the members of the Society; however, they do not decide the amount each member receives.

Section 11.1.6

They are responsible for dispensing funds to the various departments and groups.

Section 11.1.7

They are in charge of collecting the Membership Fees from all the members.

Article 12: The Department of Security Affairs and its Departments

Section 12.1The Department of Security Affairs

Section 12.1.1

The Department of Security Affairs is responsible for the security of the members and the possessions of the Society.

Section 12.1.2

The DSA is headed by the Chief of Security, who is a member of the Societal Council.

Section 12.1.3

The DSA is one of the Four Main Departments, with departments under it.

Article 13: The Department of Presidential Affairs and its Departments

Section 13.1: The Department of Presidential Affairs

Section 13.1.1

The DPA contains the President, the Vice President, and the Procrastinators Societal Armed Forces.

Section 13.1.2

The DPA is headed by the President, who is a member of the Societal Council.

Article 14: The Interdepartment of Miscellaneous Activities and its Departments

Section 14.1: The Interdepartment of Miscellaneous Activities

Section 14.1.1

The IMA is the department for activities that are unable to be added to any of the Four Main Departments because of them not belonging or a disagreement by one of the Societal Council Members of who gets it.

Section 14.1.2

The IMA is under the direct control of the Societal Council, not its individual members.

Section 14.1.3

The IMA is headed by a Department Chief, who must be approved by a majority vote of the Societal Council, however, the Department Chief is not a member of the Societal Council.

Section 14.1.4

The hiring, firing, and approval of the members of the IMA is up to the Societal Council and needs majority approval.

Section 14.2: The Department of Accident Creation

Section 14.2.1

The Department of Accident Creation creates “accidents” at the request of members. These “accidents” are unbeneficial to the recipients of the “accident.”

Section 14.2.2

The Department of Accident Creation is under the Interdepartment of Miscellaneous Activities.

Section 14.2.3

If a person would like an accident created, they must submit a Request for the Creation of an “Accident” to the Head of the DAC, who, with the help of Accident Creators, will create an “accident” for the person who is disliked or disfavored.

Section 14.2.4

Before any “accident” can be created, the application must be submitted to the Societal Council, who must approve with a majority vote. If the vote passes, the application will be marked as so and the genius plan will be executed by the Accident Creators. If the applications is rejected, either by vote or veto, then the application will be marked as so and the plan will not be executed.

Section 14.2.5

All applications must be submitted to the Archives, unless classified by the Executive Secretary, in which it will be added to the Secret Archives.

Article 15: Various Programs of the Society

Section 15.1: HealthCare

Section 15.1.1

HealthCare is to be managed by the Department of Health & Medicine, and funding it to come from the Department.

Section 15.1.2

HealthCare is to consist of whatever is decided it will consist of by the Department of Health & Medicine, unless otherwise mandated by the Secretarial or Societal Council.

Section 15.2: Membership Fees

Section 15.2.1
Membership fees are to be collected to provide resources for the Society.

Section 15.2.2

The Societal Council sets the amount to be taxed per member and can raise or lower the taxes at anytime for any reason.

Section 15.2.3

The tax can be no higher than US$7.25 a year.

Section 15.2.4

The taxes are to be collected every two months by officials from the Department of Financial Affairs, unless help is needed from the Department of Security Affairs.

Section 15.2.5

Because of possible corruption within the DFA, the Chief Financial Officer will collect the taxes of the DFA. Also, if needed, the Chief of Security will collect the money from the Department of Security Affairs members.

Section 15.2.6

The Financial and Societal Councils have the right to declare any member of the Society “tax-exempt,” or to revoke a member that status. Exceptions include the Societal Council, whose tax-exempt status cannot be revoked by a decision of any council or person.

Section 15.2.7

The Department of Financial Affairs is responsible for keeping track of all members following financial information:

  • Their tax status (tax-exempt or not)
  • How much they are taxed without deductibles.
  • Any tax deductibles.
  • The amount they owe after deductions.
  • The date all taxes are paid. Once a tax period begins, all the way until it is paid, they are to be listed as needing to pay.
  • Whether they pay on time or any other Financial Circumstances.

Section 15.2.8

The Chief Financial Officer must set a tax period. A tax period is how long after it is announced that taxes are going to be collected that members have to pay them.

Section 15.2.9

If a person fails to pay within the tax period, they will be listed as Financially wanted. After that, DFA officials will approach the person one final time. If the person pays, then “Financially Wanted” will be removed from their status, but not from their records. If the person is either not able to be reached by the DFA officials or refuses to pay, then the situation will be transferred to Unique Financial Circumstances Management. If needed, the Department of Security Affairs will be brought in.

Section 15.2.10

The Secretary of Finance will be responsible for maintaining these lists and records. Also, information such as the “Financially Wanted” list will be transferred by the Secretary of Finance to the Secretary of Security or whoever is required to receive the information.

Section 15.2.11

The Secretary of Security will send all money collected by the DSA to the Secretary of Finance, unless DFA officials are present at the DSA collection.

Section 15.2.12

Members who don’t have their taxes paid on time will have their taxes doubled for the next bimonthly period. This is the only time that the amount a person pays may exceed the yearly limit. The doubling of that period will only affect that bimonthly period unless:

  • the number of instances reach or exceed 3. Then the doubling will remain for one year.
  • the number of instances reach or exceed 10. The person will lose all power vested in them until the money is paid. Also, doubling remains permanent.
  • the person refuses to pay or reaches or exceeds 15 times. Then the Societal Council will personally review the file, and discuss possible solutions. If the person is removed, even if only from that department, he may not be rehired or transferred until the fines are paid.

Section 15.2.13

Members may pay ahead of time and not have to pay depending on the amount they give.

Section 15.2.14

Membership fees can be lowered for individual members by donating to the Societal Library or the Societal Museum of the Arts. (please see Section 5.1 and 5.3 for specifics)

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