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Constitution

1. Name of organisation

This organisation will be known as Cascade Social Group.

2. Objectives

Social and leisure activities for single adults.

3. Ruling body

The Committee will govern the group, which will consist of the following executive officers.

Chairman

Membership secretary

Treasurer

Secretary

Website Administrator

The Chairman will have the casting vote.

4 members are required to form a quorum.

Approximately one half of Committee members will resign in rotation at every Annual General Meeting (AGM) and stand for re-election should they wish to do so.

Committee members are expected to attend Committee meetings where possible.

In the event of the unforeseen sudden departure of a committee member; a new temporary committee member to be voted in by the remaining committee members until the position is filled, for the usual term of office, at the next A.G.M.

3.1 Responsibilities of the Chairman

The role of the Chairman is twofold –

a) Planning and running meetings, being sure everything is covered and decisions are made when required, keeping order, helping the group deal with differences of opinion and conflicts, being sure everyone who wants to has a chance to speak.

b) Ensuring the organisation as a whole, set and sticks to its policies and priorities, serving as a spokesperson for the group, making essential or emergency decisions between committee meetings, helping committee members deal with difficulties.

3.2 Responsibilities of the Treasurer

Maintain a record of financial transactions.

Reconcile bank statements to the treasurer’s accounts.

Collecting and banking of membership subscriptions.

Prepare monthly financial reports and annual accounts.

3.3 Responsibilities of the Membership Secretary

To promote CASCADE, recruit and welcome new members.

To maintain a list of current members.

Any enrolment and subscription cheques to be forwarded to the treasurer.

3.4 Responsibilities of the Secretary

To produce minutes of all meetings and be the formal contact of the group.

3.5 Responsibilities of the Website Administrator

To maintain a register of members for the site and issue log-in details. To monitor the use of the site by members and to be the main point of contact with the web-site provider.

4. Financial Authority

A current account should be opened in the name of the group with the Treasurer and two other committee members as signatories. Two signatories are required for withdrawals.

A financial report will be presented at the AGM. A qualified person, approved by the committee will check and approve the accounts prior to presentation at the AGM.

5. Membership

Membership is open to all single adults. Members who join as singles will continue to be eligible should they marry or take partners.

The group operates an Equal Opportunities Policy and membership will not be refused solely on the grounds of sex, age, race, creed or disability.

Members are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner.

The Committee reserves the right to terminate membership in cases of nuisance, dishonesty etc. (The committee may request neutral members to assist in reaching a fair decision.)

The Committee reserves the right to refuse membership.

6. Membership fees.

Annual subscriptions will fall due on the 1st of April each year.

Committee members will have their membership fees paid for during the duration of their term of office.

New members joining part way through the year will pay a proportion based on the number of months remaining, including the month in which they join.

The membership fee will be reviewed annually. The membership will be notified of the proposed new annual subscription at least two months before the due date.

A record of hosting events is to be maintained by the Chairman. Reduced annual membership may be available to those members hosting two or more events.

Annual membership fees for 2017-2018 will be available to members below as follows:

For members hosting events during ‘Cascade’ year 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 the fees due 1 st April 2017 are:

  • Hosting: Zero Event £24
  • Hosting: One Event £24
  • Hosting: Two Events £15
  • Hosting: Three Events £10

7. Expenses

All committee members to be entitled to reasonable expenses incurred by them, in pursuance of their activities connected to the effective management of the group.

8. Event organisation

The general ethos of the group is one of mutual benefit and as such each member is expected to assist in arranging at least one activity per year. The exception to this will be new members in their first full year of membership.

Event hosts should place their event details directly on to the events section of the website themselves. If help is needed this should be via the Website Administrator initially, but the Administrator is not expected to place the event on the website for the member. Members should check the website first to ensure there is not a similar event on the same day before posting their event.

Hosts are not expected to be out of pocket for large deposits, and may request an advance from Cascade funds via the chairman, which should be repaid in an agreed timescale.

9. Booking arrangements

Bookings should be made direct to the host of the event, together with payment by the date required. Late applications may be refused. Where possible, cancellations will be refunded.

10. Complaints procedure

Complaints should be addressed in writing to the Secretary. (The committee may request neutral members to assist in reaching a fair decision.) The Committee’s decision is final.

11. General meetings

The group will hold an AGM each year, in addition to any other meeting in that year, and will specify the meeting as such in the notices calling it. Not more than fifteen months may elapse between the calling of one annual meeting and the next. The AGM will be held at such times and places as the Committee appoint.

Extraordinary general meetings.

The Committee may call extraordinary general meetings for a specific purpose or in response to a request from at least one tenth of the total membership.

A general meeting called in response to a request from members must be held within eight weeks of the receipt of that request.

Notice of general meetings.

All annual and extraordinary general meetings must be called by at least twenty-one clear days’ notice.

The accidental omission to give notice of a meeting to, or the non-receipt of notice of a meeting by, any person entitled to receive notice will not invalidate the proceedings at that meeting.

Proceedings at general meetings.

Every member will have one vote.

No business will be transacted at any general meeting unless a quorum is present. One tenth of the total number of members or ten persons entitled to vote whichever is the greater will constitute a quorum. If a quorum is not present within half an hour from the start time, or if during a meeting a quorum ceases to be present, the meeting will stand adjourned and be called again within fourteen days.

New committee members will be elected annually at the AGM by paper ballot. If a member cannot attend in person, they may submit an electronic/postal vote. Members who exercise their right to an electronic/postal vote will not be entitled to vote in person at the AGM. If only one person stands for the position, they will be automatically elected .

Nominations for a committee position will be accepted at the existing committee’s discretion.

When new committee members are to be elected at the AGM any individual Cascade member can only be proposed for one committee position in that year’s elections.

Changes to the constitution are to be ratified by voting at the A.G.M. or by an electronic/ postal ballot.

12. Closing down arrangements.

The group cannot be closed down without an Extraordinary General Meeting. Any remaining funds will be returned equally to members who are current at the time that the Extraordinary General Meeting is called.

13. End

Issue 14 October 2016 Amendment to fees issued 22.01.2017

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