Harrogate Feminists


Constitution

We adopted our constitution on Monday, 17th January. It’s not set in stone, but it’ll do for starters.

NAME

The name of the organisation shall be Harrogate Feminists.

AIM

 The aim of the Group shall be to promote equality between women and men.

POWERS

 To further these aims the committee shall have power to:

 (a)          Obtain, collect and receive money or funds by way of contributions, donations, grants and any other lawful method towards the aims of the Group.

(b)          Associate local authorities, voluntary organisations and the residents of Harrogate and surrounding areas in a common effort to carry out the aims of the Group.

(c)          Do all such lawful things as will further the aims of the Group.

MEMBERSHIP

 (a)  Voting membership shall be open to full members. Individuals (female or male) are eligible to join if they self-identify as feminist, are over the age of 16 and have an affiliation with Harrogate or the surrounding areas in North and West Yorkshire. All members should be happy with the Aim of the Group as stated in this Constitution, but within this we welcome diversity of views and we recognise that each individual has their own set of values and ideas and should be allowed to work out their own ideas for themselves in their own time, without feeling pressured to conform to the beliefs of others.

(b)  The Management Committee shall have the power to approve or reject applications for membership or to terminate the membership of any member provided that the member shall have the right to be heard by the committee before a final decision is made.

(c)  The Management Committee shall have the power to set subscriptions at a suitable annual rate. Subscriptions will be waived in cases of financial hardship (subject to approval by the Management Committee).

(d)  Full  members are welcome to attend all meetings. However, men may be required to sit out of sessions if a women-only space is deemed appropriate by those organising the meeting.

MANAGEMENT

(a)  A Management Committee shall manage the Group.

(b)  The committee shall consist of a chair, secretary, treasurer and other voting members who may be elected or co-opted at the Annual General Meeting depending on the needs of the group.

(c)  The committee may co-opt up to a further 5 voting members who shall resign at the next Annual General Meeting.

(d)  The committee shall meet at least 6 times each year.

(e)  One third of the committee being present, or two committee members (whichever is the greater) shall enable the business of the group to be carried out.

(f)   A proper record of all meetings shall be kept. The Secretary is responsible for ensuring that this occurs.

(g)  The Chair, or appropriate delegate, will handle disputes between members or disruptive/derailing people during a meeting. In the event of a serious dispute between members, the final decision as to how to handle this will rest with the Chair, who may choose to put the matter to a vote either of the Management Committee or of all members.

GENERAL MEETINGS

(a)  An Annual General Meeting shall be held within 15 months of the date of the adoption of this constitution and each year thereafter.

(b)  Notices of the AGM shall be published three weeks beforehand on the Group’s website and a report on the Group’s financial position for the previous year will be made available at the same time.

(c)  A Special General Meeting may be called at any time at the request of the committee, or not less than one quarter of the membership. A notice explaining the place, date, time and reason shall be sent to all members three weeks beforehand.  

(d)  One third of membership or three members being present, whichever is the greater, shall enable a General Meeting to take place.

(e)  Proposals to change the constitution must be given in writing to the secretary at least 28 days before a general meeting and approved by a two thirds majority of those present and voting.

ACCOUNTS

(a)       The funds of the group including all donations, contributions and bequests, shall be paid into an account operated by the management committee.  All cheques drawn on the account must be signed by two members of the Management Committee.

(b)       The funds belonging to the group shall be applied only to further the aims/objectives of the group.

(c)        A current record of all income, funding and expenditure will be kept by the Treasurer.

DISSOLUTION

(a)  The Group may be dissolved by a resolution passed by a simple two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a Special General Meeting.

(b)  If confirmed, the committee shall distribute any assets remaining after the payment of all bills to other charitable group(s) or organisation(s) having aims similar to the Group or some other charitable purpose(s) as the Group may decide.

Signed……………………         Chair   ……………………. Date

Signed…………………….             Secretary   ……………….. Date

Signed…………………….             Treasurer   ……………….. Date


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