The Suffolk Humanist Group Constitution

  1. TITLE & AIM – The group shall be called ‘Suffolk Humanists & Secularists'. The aim of the group shall be to promote humanism and secularism, to provide humanist fellowship, and to supply humanist educational resources to schools, colleges and adult education courses in the county
  2. MEMBERSHIP – Any person who agrees with the aim/s of the group may become a member upon payment of the annual subscription, subject to the condition that the Executive Committee may terminate the membership of or refuse to admit as a member any person whose conduct they consider to be inconsistent with the aim/s of the group.
  3. OFFICERS – The officers shall be the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. These shall be elected at the annual general meeting of the group.
  4. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers and two members, to be elected at the AGM. Any vacancy for an ordinary committee member may be filled by the EC. The general business of the group shall be controlled and carried out by the EC, whose meetings shall be presided over by the Chair or Vice-Chair. It shall meet at least 3 times a year and reasonable notice shall be given to committee members.
  5. GENERAL MEETINGS – An AGM shall be held before the 1st September. It shall receive examined accounts and the report of the EC for the year. It shall elect officers of the group and members of the EC, and appoint an independent examiner. At least 21 days’ notice shall be given to all members. The secretary must receive notices of resolutions at least one month before the meeting. A Special General Meeting may be called by the EC or shall, on receipt of a request signed by at least 15% of the membership, be called by the secretary within 6 weeks of receiving such a request. At least 21 days’ notice shall be given to members. Only business on the agenda shall be discussed at Special General Meetings. The quorum for AGMs and Special General Meetings shall be 15% of the membership. In any dispute concerning the affairs of the group, a general meeting shall be the final authority.
  6. FINANCE – The income and property of the group shall be devoted to the promotion of the aim/s of the group. Officers and members of the EC may not receive payment for their services to the group, though their expenses may be reimbursed. In the event of the group having to be wound up, all funds shall go to Humanists UK, after payment of all liabilities. The annual subscription to the group shall be set by the EC.
  7. CONSTITUTION – Amendments to the constitution may only be considered at general meetings, and all members shall be informed at least 21 days in advance of the proposed motions. To be carried such motions shall require a two-thirds majority of the votes cast.
  8. ASSOCIATION – The group shall be a partner of Humanists UK.
  9. AFFILIATION - The Group shall be affiliated to National Secular Society. Affiliation to any body may be made by resolution at a general meeting.

Last amended at the 2018 AGM