OXFORD HUMANISTS : CONSTITUTION

1. Name and Objects
1.1 The Group shall be called Oxford Humanists.
1.2 The objects of the Group shall be:
To promote Humanism;
To enable Humanists to meet together;
To act as the local representative body of the National and International Humanist Movement.

2. Membership

2.1 Any person, who agrees with the objects of the Group, may become a full member, upon payment of the current annual subscription or, if joining after the April of that year, a pro rata proportion of the annual subscription.
2.2 The annual subscription shall be changed only at an Annual General or Extraordinary Meeting. Such subscriptions shall be payable from 1 April of that year.
2.3 Any motion calling for removal from membership shall require a secret ballot to be taken and, to be successful, this motion shall require a 2/3 majority of votes cast.

3. Use of Funds

3.1 The income and property of the Group, whencesoever derived, shall be devoted solely towards the promotion of the objects of the Group, as set forth here, and no proportion thereof shall be paid or transferred, directly or indirectly, by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever by way of profit, to the members of the Group.
3.2 In the event of the Group having to be wound up, all funds after payment of liabilities shall go to the BHA.

4. Annual and Extraordinary Meetings

4.1 Extraordinary General Meetings, of which two weeks notice (including the Agenda) shall be given by the Secretary to all members, may be called by the Committee, or by five full members submitting a request to the Secretary. In the latter case, they shall be held within eight weeks of the receipt of the request. Only business on the agenda shall be considered at Extraordinary General Meetings,
4.2 The Annual General Meeting shall take place by the end of March each year.
4.2. 1 With the notice of the said Meeting, members shall receive the Annual Report of the Committee which shall include a Financial Statement of Accounts and an invitation to submit nominations for the Committee.
4.2. 2 Nominations for the Committee may be made at the Meeting. All nominations must be seconded.
4.2. 3 Any member may propose motions at the Annual General Meeting, but all motions must be seconded.

5. Committee
5.1 The Committee shall consist of not less than four and not more than ten members, to include Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, with power to co-opt up to three members. The quorum shall be three.
5.2 The failure of a member, to attend three consecutive meetings without sending an apology to the Secretary, shall be sufficient grounds for the Committee to terminate his or her membership of the Committee.
5.3 The Officers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting.
5.4 The Committee shall have power to appoint sub-committees for specific purposes. The sub-committees shall be answerable to the Committee.

6. Voting
6.1 The Chair shall have a casting vote only.
6.2 A simple majority of votes cast shall be necessary for a motion to be passed except those relating to items 2 and 7.

7. Constitutional Amendments
7.1 Amendments may be submitted by the Committee, or by any three or more members giving four weeks notice to the Secretary and shall appear upon the agenda of an Annual General Meeting.
7.2 To be carried, motions shall require a 2/3 majority of the votes cast.

8. Affiliations
The Group shall seek affiliation to the British Humanist Association.

N.B. This document was originally created after the organisation was (re-)formed in 1987. It was re-typed by Ina Windle in June 2009, following a slight amendment to the original constitution that was passed at the 2009 AGM.