Constitution

CHESTER HUMANISTS

 

 

CONSTITUTION

 

 

1.    NAME AND OBJECTS

 

The Group shall be called the CHESTER HUMANISTS

 

Its objects shall be to promote Humanist principals, to support Humanist UK campaigns, to support good causes, be involved with our local community at events such as Pride, and to provide a means for like-minded people to meet and discuss humanist issues.

 

2.     MEMBERSHIP

 

If not already a member of Humanists UK, any person who agrees with the objects of the Group will be asked to become a paying member of Humanists UK. The executive committee may refuse to admit as a member or terminate the membership of any person whose conduct is, in its opinion, inconsistent with the objects of the Group.

 

3.    HONORARY OFFICERS

 

The Honorary Officers shall be: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications and Events.

 

4.     EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

The Executive Committee shall consist of the honorary officers and up to four ordinary members each serving for one year. The Executive Committee shall administer the business of the Group and the Chair of the Executive Committee shall be the chair of the     Group.

 

The Executive Committee shall meet at least once every two months and at least fourteen days’ notice shall be given to all Committee members. A quorum shall be any three honorary officers.

 

5.    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS

 

An Annual General meeting shall be held in September of each year. At least 21 days’ notice of the meeting shall be given to all members of the Group.

 

The Annual General meeting shall:

    a.    Receive financial accounts and reports from the Executive Committee for the year         ended 31st August of that year.

 

    b.    Elect Honorary Officers of the Group and Members of the Executive Committee.

 

Nominations duly seconded, may be sent to the Secretary in advance of the meeting, or may be accepted and seconded at the meeting.

Notices of resolutions from members must be received by the Secretary at least 7 days before the meeting.

 

 

 

6.    SPECIAL GENERAL MEETINGS

 

A Special General Meeting may be convened:

 

    a.     By the Executive Committee. or

    b.     By the Secretary, on receipt of a request signed by at least six members or 15% of         the membership, if greater. Such meetings shall be convened by the Secretary             within six weeks of the request.

 

For both these types of meetings:

 

At least 21 days’ notice shall be given to all members of the Group. Only business stated on the notice convening the meeting shall be considered. T aquarium shall be ten members of the Group.

 

In any dispute concerning the affairs of the Group, a Special General meeting shall be the final authority.

 

7.    FINANCE

 

The income and property of the Group shall be devoted to the promotion of the objects of the Group. Honorary Officers and members of the Executive Committee may not receive payment for their services to the Group.

 

In the event of the Group having to be wound up, all funds after payment of liabilities, shall go to Humanists UK.

 

8.    CONSTITUTION AMMENDMENTS

 

The Constitution may be amended by a resolution passes by at least two thirds of the members present and voting at an Annual General meeting. The notice of the meeting must include notice of the resolution setting out the terms of the amendment proposed.

 

9.    AFFILIATIONS

 

The Group shall maintain its affiliation to Humanists UK. Affiliations to other bodies may be sought by resolution at a General Meeting.

 

10.    VOTING

 

Except as provided in Clause 8 above, all matters put to the vote shall be deemed be carried when supported by a simple majority of those present and voting. The Chair shall have the casting vote if necessary.

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