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Open Phi Theta Kappa Charter Ver 1.0

from lab book October 2004

Frederick Community College Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

Robert Whetsel
FCC Community College
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
7932 Opossumtown Pike – Frederick, MD 21702


This paper outlines the process of creating an Open Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) charter for Frederick Community College (FCC). While most PTK charters are a meritocracy without transparency; the FCC chapeter was looking to create and way for general members to have more of an active role within their PTK charter. The Open PTK charter abstract is based on OpenBDS’ community structure.


That academic excellence among two-year college students may be nurtured; that opportunity may be provided for leadership training; that an intellectual climate may be promoted for an interchange of ideas and ideals; and that scholars may be imbued with desire for continuing education, we dedicate ourselves as fellows of Phi Theta Kappa. Among us membership is a privilege earned by qualifications, honor, and service. In the conduct of our activities, truth shall be our quest, diligence our staff, and achievement our purpose.

1. Mission Statement

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among Frederick Community College students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

1.2. Introduction

The purpose of (OPEN Phi Theta Kappa) shall be to facilitate Phi Theta Kappa’s movement to that of an active contributor to the Frederick Community College’s student and campus environment. (OPEN Phi Theta Kappa) is based on the FreeBSD Development model <Contributed by Satoshi Asami> used in the guidance, management, development, and distribution of open source software.

1.3. The PTK Development Model (OPEN PTK)

Contributed by Robert C. Whetsel <>.
The development of an active PTK chapter should be a very open and flexible process, PTK needs to be literally built from the contributions of it’s members. We are constantly on the lookout for new members and ideas, and those interested in becoming more closely involved with the PTK need simply contact us through the ########## office on campus <insert contact information>. Also we are in the process of making PTK users aware of activities and projects needing members to assistance.

The central project list and goals (CPLG) for PTK is maintained by the Steering Committee and freely available to all PTK members. The -WORKING and -COMPLETED CPLGs can be obtained through the ########## office on campus <insert contact information>.

1.3.1. PTK Members:

All PTK members may have input to any committee and are encouraged to do so. The largest group of contributors are the users members themselves who provide feedback and on an almost constant basis.

1.3.2. Sub-Committee:

The Sub-Committees are the people who have the active role of choosing the best course of action for the commitment on a single project or goal. They have access to the CPLG, and are thus authorized to make modifications to the PTK project by a majority vote. The best way of making submissions for review by the Sub-Committees is determined by each Sub-Committee and publicly displayed for all members.

1.3.3. Steering committee:

The Steering Committee would be equivalent to the board of directors if the PTK Project were a company. The primary task of the core team is to make sure the projects, as a whole, is in good shape and is heading in the right directions. Inviting dedicated and responsible developers to join our group of Sub-Committees is one of the functions of the Steering Committee, as is the recruitment of Steering Committee members as others move on. Some Steering Committee members also have specific areas of responsibility, meaning that they are committed to ensuring that some large portion of the system works as advertised.

1.4. Note:

All members of the Steering Committee team are volunteers when it comes to PTK development and do not benefit from the project financially, so “commitment” should also not be misconstrued as meaning “guaranteed support.” The “board of directors” analogy above is not actually very accurate, and it may be more suitable to say that these are the people who gave up their lives in favor of PTK against their better judgment!

1.5. In summary:

Our development model is organized as a loose set of concentric circles. The centralized model is designed for the convenience of the users of PTK, who are thereby provided with an easy way of tracking one central projects, not to keep potential contributors out! Our desire is to present a stable (OPEN Phi Theta Kappa) that benefits all of the members. All we ask of those who would join us as PTK members is some of the same dedication its current people have to its continued success!

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