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Queers Against The Cuts

CONSTITUTION

 

1)    Name.

The name of the Group is Queer’s Against the Cuts, hereafter referred to as the ‘QUAC’

2)    Aim.

The aim of QUAC shall be to:

a)     To campaign and defend all jobs, services and benefit rights and oppose privatisation.

b)    To highlight the disproportionate and adverse impact of the huge reduction of public spending has on LGBTQ communities.

c)     To mobilise the LGBTQ communities against the cuts.

d)    To promote discussion of alternatives to the cuts and reconstruction of a more LGBT friendly public service

e)     To work in partnership and build alliances with others the fighting the cuts.

3)    Powers

a) In order to achieve its aim QUAC may do anything that is lawful which will help it to fulfil its aim including:

  • Raise money
  • Open bank accounts
  • Take out insurance
  • Organise courses, events and demonstrations
  • Work with other Groups and exchange information and advice with them

b) QUAC is not permitted to however:

  • Borrow money
  • Have a bank overdraft

4)    Membership.

 There shall be two types of membership:

a) Individual Membership of QUAC shall be open to anyone who:

  • supports the aims of QUAC
  • willing to abide by the rules of QUAC

b) Group Membership of QUAC shall be open to any organisation that:

  • supports the aims of QUAC
  • willing to abide by the rules of QUAC
  • Agrees to pay an annual affiliation fee as determined by resolution at the Annual General Meeting

c) The membership of any member may be terminated for good reason in best interest of the QUAC. The member concerned shall have the right to be heard by QUAC General Meeting (accompanied by a friend) before a final decision is made.

5) Officers  

a) QUAC shall be administered by three Joint Convenors and a Treasurer and rotating chairperson and minute secretary.

b) The duties of the Convenors shall be to:

• represent QUAC at functions/meetings that QUAC has been invited to and

• act as the spokesperson of QUAC when necessary.

• keep a membership list

• prepare the agenda for General Meetings of QUAC

• keep minutes of all meetings and

• collect and circulate any relevant information within QUAC.

c) The duties of the Treasurer shall be to:

• supervise the financial affairs of QUAC and

• keep proper accounts that show all monies received and paid out by QUAC.

d) At each General Meeting the chair is taken by a member of the group on a rotating basis excluding the Convenors or Treasurer.

e) At each General Meeting a member of the group shall take and write up the minutes on a rotating basis excluding the Convenors or Treasurer.

6) Finance.

a)     All monies received by or on behalf of QUAC shall be applied to further the aim of QUAC and for no other purpose.

b)    Any bank accounts opened for QUAC shall be in the name of QUAC.

c)     Any cheques issued shall be signed by the Treasurer and one of the Convenors.

d)    QUAC may pay reasonable out of pocket expenses including travel, childcare and meal costs to members as agreed at General Meeting.

e)     Bank statements shall be are available for inspection by any member of the group

f)  QUAC shall ensure that its accounts are independently examined every year

7) Annual General Meeting.

a)     QUAC shall hold an Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.) within 15 months of the previous AGM

b)    All members shall be given at least fourteen days notice of the A.G.M. and shall be entitled to attend and vote.

c) The business of the A.G.M. shall include:

  • receiving a report from the Convenors on QUAC`s activities over the year
  • receiving a report from the Treasurer on the finances of QUAC
  • electing a new Officers and
  • consider any other matter as may be decided.

d) At least four members must be present for the Annual General Meeting and any other General Meeting to take place.

9) General Meetings.

a) There shall be at least 2 General Meetings (excluding the A.G.M) each year.

b) All members shall be entitled to attend and vote.

10) Alterations to the Constitution.

Any changes to this Constitution must be agreed by at least two-thirds of those members present and voting at any General Meeting.

11) Dissolution.

QUAC may be wound up at any time if agreed by two-thirds of those members present and voting at any General Meeting. In the event of winding up any assets remaining after all debts have been paid shall be given to another Group with a similar aim.

14) Adoption of the Constitution.

This Constitution was adopted at a General Meeting of the QUAC on 16 June 2011

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