Manchester Concord Constitution
The club will be named "Manchester Concord"
The objects of the club shall be :
a) To provide social and support facilities for the transgendered, their partners and guests, in the Manchester area.
b) To hold a regular weekly meeting at a venue in the Manchester Gay Village, or such other venue as the Club's Committee may decide.
c) To support any transgender-related activity that may be deemed appropriate by the Club's Committee.
3. Admission of Members
Only transgendered people are eligible to be full members of the club. The term 'Transgendered' shall be interpreted in its widest possible sense in relation to this provision and shall include 'cross dressers'. The Committee, at its absolute discretion, may from time to time admit others on an individual basis.
Full Membership is obtained by application, supplying 'femme name', 'femme mode' photograph and e-mail address, together with the appropriate membership fee for the year during which the application is made. Full Membership becomes effective when a reply is sent by the applicant to an e-mail addressed by the club to the applicant.
Management of the club shall be entrusted to a Committee consisting of a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and up to 5 other members, to be elected annually at an Annual General Meeting, the first such meeting and election to be held not later than March 2009.
Nominations for membership of the Committee shall be proposed and seconded by Ordinary members, and shall be made in writing to the Secretary not later than four full weeks before the date of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting. The prior consent of the nominee must have been obtained and evidenced in writing.
Only full members who attend the club meetings at least 6 times per year are eligible to be on the club Committee.
The quorum for Committee meetings will be 4, which shall include any one of the Chairperson, Secretary or Treasurer.
The Committee shall have the power at any time to fill any casual vacancies among the officers and the Committee. Any co-opted members shall only hold such office until the date of the next Annual General Meeting, when they shall be eligible for election.
5. Membership and Entrance Fees
Every full member shall pay an annual membership fee, to be determined from time to time by the Committee. In addition, an entrance fee, to be determined by the Committee, will be payable for all regular weekly meetings.
Members' spouses and partners and direct family members will be admitted free of charge to such events at the discretion of any Committee member.
Non-members will be required to pay the entrance fee applicable to non-members, to be determined by Committee. This fee will include temporary membership for that day but will not confer any voting or other full rights of membership in connection with the Annual General Meeting or be eligible for membership of the Committee.
6. Application of Profits etc
No money or property of the club shall be applied otherwise than for the benefit of the club as a whole. No member may make any profit or take any form of remuneration from the club's funds.
Full accounts of the financial affairs of the club will be prepared on an annual basis and shall be made available to all full members who request them when notice of an Annual General Meeting is given.
8. Subscription in Arrears & Resignations
If any member fails to pay their annual membership fee within by 31st January in every year, then their full membership shall be deemed to have ceased.
Any full member may resign at any time ; however they will not be eligible for any refund of membership fees already paid.
9. Annual General Meetings
An Annual General Meeting (AGM) is to held not later than March in every year, the first such meeting to be held in March 2009. At the AGM, the following business is to be conducted :
- The presentation and, if approved, the accounts of the previous financial year ending on the 31st December prior to the meeting.
- The election of officers and the Committee.
- Such other business as shall have been communicated to the Secretary.
The quorum for AGMs will be not less than 15 full members.
10. Extraordinary Meetings
An Extraordinary Meeting may be convened at any time of requested in writing to the Secretary by not less than one fifth of the club's full members, stating the reason for which the meeting is requested.
11. Notice of Meetings
AGM's and Extraordinary Meetings shall be notified to the membership by giving not less than one months' notification through publication on the club's website.
12. Expulsion of Members
The Committee shall have the power to terminate the full membership status of any member who has offended against the rules of the club or whose conduct, in the opinion of the Committee, has rendered them unfit for continued club membership. Such expulsion shall become effective on being given one week's notice in writing via e-mail by the Secretary.
13. Modification of Club Constitution.
No alteration or addition to the club's constitution shall be made except by a resolution carried by a majority of at least two thirds of full members present at an AGM.
14. Dissolution of the Club
If at any AGM or Extraordinary meeting called for the purpose a resolution is passed by a majority representing at least 51% of the full club membership, calling for the dissolution of the club, then the Committee shall arrange to cease all further club activities within one month, and shall discharge all liabilities of the club, paying any residue of club funds to another charity or group supporting the transgendered as may be decided by the Committee.
On completion of such activities, the club shall be deemed to have been dissolved.