Members: We need your vote!

The role of “Member” at Moniaive Initiative has very few obligations: we avoid lengthy meetings, as we know how busy you all are.  But we do sometimes ask for members’ views and comments on projects we’re working on, and we do ask that members vote on resolutions if and when they arise.  Now is one such occasion.

We are currently in the process of drafting bids to the Scottish Land Fund and the Big Lottery for funding towards our proposed Community Shop & Hub. As part of this process we have been required to carry out a Governance Review, and that process has revealed areas where we need to improve or tighten our paperwork.

One of these areas is the Constitution, which requires minor amends to make us eligible for funding from these, and other major funders.  The required amends are shown here in italics:

Clause 5 The organisation has power to do anything which is calculated to further its purposes or is conducive or incidental to doing so.   This includes the power to own land/property, to generate income and to employ staff.
Clause 11 Membership is open to any individual aged 16 or over who is a resident of Glencairn as defined by the community cou
ncil boundary.
Clause 14 The board may, at their discretion, refuse to admit any person to membership where they have reasonable grounds to believe that he/she might, if admitted to membership, act in a manner which would damage the reputation of the organisation, undermine the efficiency of its operations and/or disrupt the proper conduct of its meetings. Membership will not be refused without good cause or explanation, and may not be refused on the basis of gender, age, ethnic background, disability, caring responsibilities, sexual orientation, religious belief, or marital status
Clause 17 Minimum/maximum membership numbers

Minimum number of members shall be 20. There is no maximum number of members.

A full draft of the proposed, revised Constitution is available to view here, should you wish to review these proposed amends in context:

Moniaive Initiative Constitution Revision 6 07082017

MEMBERS will be contacted by letter / email in the next few days and asked to vote (to either accept or reject the revisions).  Please do take the time to vote, as we are unable to progress our projects until this issue is resolved.

Thanks!

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