Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society.
Proposed re-draft of constitution.
constitution was issued to all members prior to the AGM on 11 Sep 2007.
It was voted on and accepted without amendment at the 11 Sep 2007 AGM.
1) The name of the society shall be the ‘Chorley Historical and
2) The aims and objectives of the society will be ‘to promote interest
in the study of history and archaeology in the Chorley Borough area and
to encourage the research and recording of these studies’. Areas
adjoining Chorley Borough will also be studied where overlapping
historical or archaeological places/sites etc. are relevant to the
furtherance of the society aims. The Society will liaise with other
groups or organisations to further our activities.
3) The Society shall be administered by a Committee consisting of:
Up to 6 committee members:
these members will include the following responsibilities;
Ordinary members may be co-opted by the committee as necessary.
All the committee members will serve in post for a period of one year
and will be eligible for re-election at the following Annual General
Nominations for the committee are to be submitted to the Secretary up to
the evening prior to the AGM.
4) The election of the society committee shall be determined at the
Annual General Meeting by either a) a show of hands, or b) a secret
The method of voting is to be stated by the Chair prior to the vote
taking place. The person having the highest count, by show of hands or
ballot paper, will be appointed into the relevant position.
5). At Committee Meetings a Quorum shall consist of not less than 5
persons, 2 of which must be officers. Such members to include any
6) A minimum of four committee meetings will be held between the Annual
General Meetings. Additional meetings will be arranged as necessary.
7) The date of the Annual General Meeting shall be during the month of
September in each year.
The minutes of the previous AGM will be made available to all members
before commencement of the current AGM. On approval of the minutes the
Chair of the society will sign and date them as being a true record of
the previous years meeting.
8) Full meetings of the society will be held on the second Tuesday of
the month except July.
9) An extra ordinary general meeting may be called by the Chair or at
the written request of not less than 30% of the ordinary members.
10). Notification of proposed amendments or additions to the Society
Constitution must be in writing and sent to the Secretary a minimum of
21 days before an Annual General Meeting. Such proposed amendments or
additions to the Society Constitution must be carried by a majority of
two-thirds of Members present at the Annual General Meeting.
11) The annual subscription payable by members of the society is due at
the AGM. The amount to be agreed at the AGM These are currently £7.50
for adults, £10.00 for couples and half the adult fee for students
and/or junior members up to the age of 18 years.
Members will pay a fee of £1.00 per person at each meeting of the
society, visitors and none members will pay £2.00 per person
12) A Life Member can be voted in at the Annual General meeting at the
discretion of the Committee and will pay no subscriptions.
13) New members joining the society will, on payment of their
subscription, be issued with a receipt signed by the Treasurer. New
members joining the society between Annual General Meetings, will pay a
subscription proportionate to the month of joining, such as a half
subscription, or as determined by the Treasurer.
14) Cheques paid by the society will bear the signature of 2 of the
following; Treasure, Chair,or Secretary.
15) The society is to maintain its Third Party Insurance, which covers
all members of the society at meetings and other activities of the
16). The Society may be dissolved at any time by a resolution passed by
75% of the members present and voting at an Annual General Meeting of
the Society or at an extra-ordinary meeting called for that purpose. If,
upon the dissolution of the Society there remains after the settling of
all liabilities any monies or other assets whatsoever, this shall not be
paid to or distributed amongst the members or officers of the Society
but shall be given or transferred to such groups or organisations that
have similar aims and objectives.