1. AIMS - The Aims of the Scottish Borders Woodturners shall be:•To encourage, develop and support an interest in woodturning and to pass on the skills of turning by means of demonstrations, coaching and other organisations, activities which allow the sharing of experience and expertise.2. POWERS - In order to achieve its aims the Scottish Borders Woodturners has the power to:•Co-operate with other organisations and to exchange information and advice with them.•Raise funds by any lawful means other than by permanent trading.•Accept gifts either for a specific purpose connected with the Aims of the Scottish Borders Woodturners or for the general good of the Scottish Borders Woodturners.•Do anything within the law that is necessary in carrying out the Aims of the Scottish Borders Woodturners.3. MEMBERSHIP - Membership is open to anyone living in the area of benefit who wishes to support the Aims of the Scottish Borders Woodturners.•All members, other than juniors, shall pay the Annual Subscription which has been set for the year in question at the Annual General Meeting.•Any subscription set will be at a level that does not deter membership.•Subscriptions are due at the January meeting of the Scottish Borders Woodturners.•Every member has one vote at General Meetings.•The Committee shall have the right to terminate the membership of any member for good and sufficient reason, that member shall however have the right to put their case to the Committee before a decision is made.•The Committee must at all times keep a full list of members.4. COMMITTEE - The Officials of the Scottish Borders Woodturners shall be elected from the full members of the Association and shall comprise as a minimum:•1. Chairperson; 2. Secretary; 3. Treasurer•The Committee shall be collectively responsible for running the affairs of the Scottish Borders Woodturners for the benefit of the members in accordance with the Constitution.•For a Committee Meeting a quorum shall consist of five Committee Members.•The Chairperson shall have a casting vote.5. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING•There will be an Annual General Meeting of the Scottish Borders Woodturners each Year in January, or as soon as practical thereafter. At least 10 clear days' notice must be given, such notice to specify the proposed business.•The business will include the approval of an Annual Report covering the activities and finances of the Scottish Borders Woodturners, the election of Committee Members and such other business the Members may decide.6. ELECTION OF THE COMMITTEE•Election of the Officials shall take place at the Annual General Meeting.•Each post shall be subject to a member being proposed for that post by a fellow member and being seconded by another member.•An open vote shall then be taken by the membership of those in favour of each person nominated to the post. The member with the most votes will then be elected.•No person nominated or seconded by a member and then voted into office shall be allowed to nominate or second another person for office.
Scottish Borders Wood Turners Club Constitution
7. TERM OF OFFICE•All Officials shall hold office for one year.•Any person can hold office for further terms if re-elected at the Annual General Meeting through the prescribed procedure.8. ACCOUNTABILITY OF FINANCES•All expenditure shall be controlled by the Committee.•Accounts shall be kept by the Treasurer who shall bring them to every Committee Meeting and make a financial statement to the members present.•All payments made by the Scottish Borders Woodturners shall be authorised by two of the following: Chairman; Secretary or Treasurer•The Scottish Borders Woodturners' Accounts shall be made available at the Annual General Meeting, when the Treasurer shall present a report to members detailing the financial state of the Scottish Borders Woodturners.9. COMMITTEE MEETINGS•Committee Meetings shall be called by the Chairman through the Secretary and held as felt necessary for the involvement of the Committee in the running of the Scottish Borders Woodturners.10. MINUTES OF COMMITTEE MEETINGS•A written record of the business conducted at all Committee Meetings shall be kept and be available to any paid up member giving reasonable notice.11.CREATION OF SUB-COMMITTEES•The Committee may appoint a Sub-Committee, responsible to and to report via the Committee, to progress a specific issue/project if this is deemed necessary. At least one Committee Member shall be a member of the Sub-Committee.12. BALLOTING OF MEMBERS•The Committee, may, from time to time, decide that an issue warrants a decision by the whole membership, and conduct a ballot, either open or closed, to determine a course of action.13.INSURANCE•The Committee shall maintain an adequate insurance on behalf of the Association to indemnify individual members and third parties in the event of injury caused through official activities of the Scottish Borders Woodturners or through the theft of Scottish Borders Woodturners property.14. ASSOCIATION MEETINGS•Meetings shall be held on a monthly basis at a venue and a time proposed at the Annual General Meeting.•No smoking is allowed at any event, or at any meeting of the Scottish Borders Woodturners or Committee.15. PROGRAMME OF EVENTS•A Programme of Events shall be prepared for ratification at the Annual General Meeting in January for distribution to the membership on payment of the next years' subscription.16. AMENDMENTS AND DISSOLUTION OF THE SCOTTISH BORDERS WOODTURNERS•Any decision to amend the Constitution or to dissolve the Scottish Borders Woodturners shall be taken by a General Meeting. At least 10 clear days' notice must be given, such notice to specify the proposals which are to be discussed.•If a General Meeting decides to dissolve the Scottish Borders Woodturners, any assets which remain after all liabilities have been met shall be used for charitable purposes within or close to the area of benefit as agreed at the General Meeting.