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1. NameThe name of the Society shall be the National Harmonica League hereinafter referred to as the Society.
2. ObjectsThe objects of the society shall be:
Membership of the society shall be open to any person interested in furthering the objects of the society, and who has paid the annual subscription [or, in the case of promoting societies, those who pay for a season ticket] at the appropriate rate or rates as shall be determined by the Committee, all subscriptions being payable in advance.
Every member shall have one vote.
The committee has the power to terminate the membership of any individual, provided that the decision of the Committee (with the exception of (i) the individual concerned if a member of the Committee and (ii) any member of the Committee making or connected with the complaint against the individual) is unanimous both as to the termination and as to there being good reason for it, and provided that the individual concerned shall have the right to be heard by the Committee, accompanied by a friend if desired, before a final decision is made.
4. Officers and Committee
The management of the Society shall be in the hands of a Committee consisting of the following Officers, Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and not fewer than 2 and not more than 9 other members: the Officers and the other Committee members shall be elected by and out of the Society's members at the Annual General Meeting; they shall hold office until the next Annual General Meeting and be eligible for re-election. The committee are the charity trustees.
All the arrangements for the concerts and other events and the control of finance shall be in the hands of the Committee.
In furtherance of the objects but not otherwise the Committee may exercise the following powers:
7. Meetings and Proceedings of the Committee
8. Equal Opportunities
No individual shall be excluded from membership of the Society or de-barred from any official capacity on the Committee on the grounds of sex, race, colour, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability or political affiliation.9. Finance
10. Annual General MeetingWithin 7 months of the end of each financial year the members shall be summoned to an Annual General Meeting of which at least 21 days' notice in writing shall be given to all members.
The committee shall present to each AGM the report and accounts of the society for the preceding year.
Nominations for election to the committee must be made by members of the society in writing and must be in the hands of the secretary of the committee at least 14 days before the AGM. Should nominations exceed vacancies, an election shall be held.
11. Special (Extraordinary) General MeetingA Special General Meeting (also known as an Extraordinary General Meeting), of which at least 21 days' notice in writing must be given to members, may be called for by the Committee or upon written request to the Secretary signed by at least 4 members of the Society. The notice must state the business to be discussed.
12. Procedure at General Meetings
The secretary or other person specially appointed by the committee shall keep a full record of proceedings at every general meeting of the charity. There shall be a quorum when at least 10% of the members of the society at the time or 10 members, whichever is the greater, are present at any general meeting.
The financial accounts shall be audited or examined to the extent required by legislation or, if there is no such requirement, scrutinised by a person who is independent of the Committee and then submitted to the members at the Annual General Meeting.
14. Alterations to the Constitution
The constitution may be altered by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting at any General Meeting, provided that fourteen days' notice of the proposed alteration has been sent to all members and provided that nothing herein contained shall authorise any amendment which shall have the effect of the Society ceasing to be a charity.
No amendment may be made to clause 1 (the name of the charity), clause 2 (the objects), clause 9 iv) (distribution of assets), or clause 15 (dissolution), without the prior written consent of the charity commission.
The committee shall send the Charity Commission a copy of any amendment made under this clause.
In the event of the Society being wound up, any assets remaining upon dissolution after the payment of proper debts and liabilities shall be transferred to a charitable institution or institutions having similar objects to those of the Society.
Adopted Friday 24th October 2008
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