The NO-TIREE-ARRAY Group
1. NAME : The NO-TIREE-ARRAY (NTA) Group
2. Objective and Aims: NTA to use all reasonable means to:-
- Conserve the Isle of Tiree’s natural heritage, culture, economy and landscape value.
- Resist the proposed construction of the Tiree (Argyll) Array or any ancillary development within 35km of the island’s coastline, to accord with the recognized protocol of visual significance.
- Protect the island’s fragile environment from any detrimental impact resulting from such development.
To reach its Objective the Group shall have the following powers:-
a) To raise money to fund the campaign activities
b) To employ paid staff or recruit volunteers
c) To employ professional advisers
d) To purchase equipment
e) To design and prepare promotional materials
f) To conduct research
g) To work and co-operate with other persons and organisations in furtherance of the Objective
h) To carry out any activities, within the law, necessary to achieve the Objective
For avoidance of doubt, the Group shall not have power to borrow funds or grant any security over its assets.
a) Membership of the Group shall be open to any stakeholder, person over the age of 18 years, and organisations (where the membership is of a predominantly adult nature), who has, or which have, an interest in assisting the Group to achieve its Objective and Aims. There shall be no limit as to the number of members.
b) A single membership subscription will be payable on joining the Group in accordance with the following scale:-
- Individual £1.00
- Organisation £2.00
c) NTA encourages an unique association to its Objectives and Aims, by seeking support from those individuals and organisations who may feel that full membership may not be appropriate, but sympathise with NTA’s Objectives and Aims. We request such sympathisers to send an e mail of support to: email@example.com
d) Where it is considered membership would be detrimental to the Objective and Aims of the Group, the Management Committee shall have the power to refuse membership, or may terminate or suspend the membership of any member by resolution passed at a Committee meeting. Members shall have the right to have any such decision reviewed by the Committee at a Meeting to be convened and held as soon as practicable, at which meeting the member concerned shall be entitled to attend and make representations.
e) Any member of the Group may resign membership at any time by providing the Secretary with written notice.
f) The policy of the Group will be not to discriminate against any individual or group on grounds race, nationality, age, gender, disability, sexual preference, religious or political belief or membership of any other organisation, whether religious, social or political, but to treat all members and supporters equally within the framework of current anti-discrimination legislation and appropriate legislation which may from time to time be introduced by government. In recruiting members, the Group will strictly adhere to all relevant legislation regarding equal opportunities.
5. Management Committee (the “Committee”)
a) The Group shall be administered by a Management Committee of no less than 4 (four) people and no more than 10(ten), who must be individual members of the Group or the nominee of an organisation which is a member of the Group.
b) Members of the Committee will be elected to serve for a period of one year, but may be re-elected at the Group’s Annual General Meeting.
From their number the Committee shall appoint:
a) The Chairperson
b) The Vice-Chairperson
c) The Treasurer
d) The Secretary
e) Any additional Officers the Committee deems necessary to carry out the required activities
to fulfil the Objective and Aims of the Group.
a) The Committee shall meet at least six times a year. Meetings shall enable the Group to discuss actions and monitor progress to date, and to consider future developments. Such meetings may be held by video conferencing and/or Skype.
b) All members of the Committee shall be given, in writing, at least seven (7) days’ notice of when a meeting is to take place, unless it is deemed as an emergency.
c) Subject to a minimum of three (3) Committee members must be present in order for a meeting to take place.
d) It shall be the responsibility of the Chairperson, whom failing the Vice-Chairperson, to chair all meetings.
e) All meetings shall be minuted and minutes shall be accessible to all members of the Group.
f) The Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall take place no later than three (3) months after the end of the financial year. At least fourteen (14) days’ notice must be given, in writing or by email, to all members of the Group, before the meeting takes place. The notice will be accompanied by a copy of the annual financial report.
g) All members of the Group, including organisations, are entitled to one vote at the AGM and at any Special General Meeting.
h) Voting at meetings shall be made by a show of hands on a simple majority basis. In the case of a tied vote, the Chairperson of the meeting shall make the final decision.
i) A Special General Meeting can be called by either:-
(1) the committee giving at least fourteen (14) days’ notice, in writing or by email, to all members of the Group, of any such Special General Meeting taking place.
(2) A minimum of 4 members making a written request to the committee, accompanied by their reasons, to convene a Special General Meeting. In the event that the matter of the request cannot be deferred to the AGM, then the Committee to give at least fourteen (14) days’ notice in writing or by email, to all members of the Group, of any such Special General Meeting taking place.
a) Any money acquired by the Group, including membership subscriptions, donations, contributions, grants and bequests, shall be paid into a bank account operated by the Committee in the name of the Group.
b) All funds must be applied to the Objective of the Group and for no other purpose.
c) Bank account/s shall be opened in the name of the Group with a bank decided upon by the Committee. Any deeds, cheques or any other form of withdrawal from the bank account shall be signed by any two (2) of the authorised signatories who shall be the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson, the Treasurer and the Secretary.
d) The Treasurer shall be responsible for the income and expenditure of the Group. Official accounts shall be maintained by the Treasurer and they shall be examined annually by an independent examiner who is not a member of the Group.
e) The Treasurer shall present an income and expenditure statement at each meeting of the Committee.
f) An annual financial report shall be presented at the AGM
g) The Group’s accounting year shall run from 1 April to 31 March.
9. Alteration of the Constitution
a) Any changes to this constitution must be agreed by a majority vote at a Special General Meeting or at an AGM.
b) Any proposal to amend this constitution or to dissolve the Group must be conveyed to the Secretary in writing and be signed by at least ten current members of the Group. The Secretary and other Officers shall then decide on the date of a Special General Meeting to discuss such proposal, giving members of the Group at least twenty eight (28) days notice. Any such meeting must take place within six weeks of the date of the Secretary’s receipt of such written proposal.
The Group may be dissolved if deemed appropriate by the members in a majority vote at a Special General Meeting. Any assets or remaining funds, after debts have been paid, shall be transferred to charities at the discretion of the Committee.
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