RULES AND CONSTITUTION
Isle of Mull Wood Turners
PURPOSE OF THE ISLE OF MULL WOOD TURNERS BRANCH OF THE AWGB
- To foster a greater awareness of the Woodturners’ Art and Craft.
- To provide a forum to encourage communication and an exchange of views amongst local woodturning enthusiasts.
- To promote the art of Woodturning amongst both Woodturners and the General Public.
- To promote membership of the AWGB
- To arrange Meetings and Exhibitions that will encourage woodturners to aim for high quality turning.
- Membership shall be open to all following payment of an Annual Subscription, which shall include the subscription to the AWGB
- Members shall be entitled to use the name of their Branch but such entitlement shall cease upon cessation of membership of the Branch. Members shall not be entitled to use the Branch or AWGB logo for any purpose.
- All paid-up members shall have the opportunity to benefit from the activities of their Branch, to attend Annual General Meetings, to vote upon the constitutional matters and to serve on the Committee of the Isle of Mull Wood Turners Branch.
- The affairs of the Branch will be managed by a Committee elected annually at an Annual General Meeting.
- The Committee shall consist of: A Chairman, an Secretary, an Treasurer and up to five Members.
- The Chairman, the Secretary and the Treasurer shall be elected by the Members of the Branch at the Annual General Meeting for a one year term of office: all are eligible for re-election for additional terms.
- The five ordinary Members of the Committee shall be elected by the Branch Members at the Annual General Meeting: all are eligible for re-election.
- The Committee shall have the power to co-opt other Members to fill vacancies that may arise in their number or to offer guidance on specific matters. Co-opted members shall have the same voting rights as an ordinary member of the Committee.
- Branch rules as laid down from time to time by the Executive of the AWGB shall apply to this Branch of the AWGB
- The Committee shall meet at intervals determined by the Branch business. Meetings shall be convened by the Secretary acting in consultation with the Chairman. A meeting may be convened at any time on the demand of three or more Committee members.
- The Chairman of the meeting shall exercise a second casting vote if any voting at a Committee meeting shall otherwise be equal.
- If the Chairman of the Branch is not present then the Committee shall elect its own Chairman from amongst its number.
- A Quorum of the Committee shall be three Members to include two Officers.
- Committee members who do not attend Committee meetings on three consecutive occasions shall, at the discretion of the Committee, be deemed to have retired from the Committee.
- The Committee shall be empowered to appoint sub-Committees to act on its behalf. The Chairman of each sub-Committee shall be a member or a co-opted member of the Committee.
- Cheques of the Branch shall only be drawn on the signatures of 2 out of the 3 Branch officers.
MEETINGS OF THE BRANCH:
- An Annual General Meeting shall be called as soon as possible after the close of the Branch’s financial year.
- The ordinary business to be transacted at each Annual General Meeting shall be:
- To receive and adopt the Chairman’s report for the year.
- To receive and adopt the Treasurers report and the statement of account covering the financial affairs of the previous year.
- To elect Chairman, Officers and Members of the Committee.
- To elect an Auditor to verify the financial status of the Branch.
- To fix the Annual Subscription for the coming year following submission of a Committee recommendation.
- Elect a member to stand for election to the Executive of the AWGB.
- Any other business that the Chairman of the AGM may seem fit.
If a vote is required this will be carried out by a paper ballot of those members who attend the Annual General Meeting. A simple majority only is required.
- Notice of the place, time and date of the Annual General Meeting shall be circulated to all paid up members not less than thirty days before the time of the meeting.
- An Extraordinary General Meeting may be called be a resolution of the Committee or on the receipt of the written request of at least five Branch members.
- Motions for the Annual General Meeting must be submitted in writing to the Secretary fourteen days before the date of the meeting.
- Nominations for all Officer appointments and for replacements for retiring ordinary members of the Committee shall be submitted in writing to the Secretary fourteen days before the time of the Annual General Meeting.
- All nominations, proposals or motions for the Annual General meeting must be signed by both Proposer and Seconder, both of whom must be paid up Branch members.
- Amendments to these rules and the constitution shall be by notice of motion, in writing, to the Secretary no later than fourteen days prior to the Annual General Meeting.