We start the New Year on an exciting note, as we are currently finalising our application to the Scottish Land Fund for the funds with which to purchase our proposed Community Shop & Hub building.
Unfortunately we still have one issue to resolve before that application can be progressed, and that is the revision of our Constitution. We attempted to resolve this last September, but at that time were unaware of issues against a previous version of our Constitution, which we need to resolve before we can go any further.
We now therefore need to ask members to vote on the following revisions (shown here in italics):
|Constitution||Change from a one-tier to a two-tier model|
|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 council 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 number of members shall be 20. There is no maximum number of members. The board must keep a register of members, setting out
17.1 for each current member:
17.1.1 his/her full name and address; and
17.1.2 the date on which he/she was registered as a member of the organisation;
17.2 for each former member – for at least six years from the date on which he/she ceased to be a member:
17.2.1 his/her name; and
17.2.2 the date on which he/she ceased to be a member.
A full draft of the proposed, revised Constitution is available to view here, should you wish to review these proposed amends in context:
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.