Constitution

  1. The name of the Society is the “Argyll Bird Club”, hereinafter called “the Club”.
  2. The aims of the Club are to promote interest in, and conservation of, the birds of Argyll and their habitats.
  3. Decisions other than those affecting the Constitution may be taken by an elected committee. Nominations and voting will take place at the Annual General Meeting of the Club. Junior members under 17 years of age may not vote or nominate persons or hold committee posts. Voting is restricted to members present at the Annual General Meeting.
  4. The committee shall comprise the following: Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and a number of ordinary members. The total size of the committee shall not exceed twelve members and the Chairman holds the casting vote. At the discretion of the Annual General Meeting a member may hold more than one committee post. All committee members and office bearers retire annually but are available for re-election. Additional persons with special knowledge may be co-opted by the committee for periods up to the following Annual General Meeting. The County Bird Recorder shall have the opportunity of being an ex-officio member of the committee.
  5. Sudden vacancies on the committee shall be filled at the discretion of the committee. A person so appointed shall serve until the next election and shall be eligible to stand as a candidate at the election.
  6. The quorum for committee meetings is five (5) members.
  7. The membership of the Club is open to all interested persons or organisations. Reduced subscriptions are available to families, and members under 17 years of age. Those families holding “family membership” receive only one copy of club publications. Subscriptions fall due on January 1st.
  8. Subscription rates may be changed at the Annual General Meeting or at the discretion of the committee.
  9. A group of one third or more of the total membership may obtain an Extraordinary General Meeting on demand.
  10. The Club may affiliate to organisations which seem appropriate to the committee.
  11. The Club produces a Bird Report. There will be a programme of meetings throughout the year.
  12. In the event of the Club ceasing to exist, all funds remaining after payment of outstanding debts shall be transferred to the funds of a Scottish conservation organisation which is itself a Charity for tax purposes.

Certified as a true copy of the amended Constitution of the Argyll Bird Club adopted at the Annual General Meeting held on October 23rd 1999.