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Constitution

JEWISH ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER SUPPORT (JADDS)
CONSTITUITION (Draft)
 
1.         Objects
 
To support, advise and advocate for Jewish people, particularly children, suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and potential attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and their families and to advance the education of the public and others in the above disorders.
 
2.         Powers
           
In furtherance of the said objects but not otherwise the organisation shall have power to:
a)         arrange and provide for, either alone or with others, the holding of exhibitions, meetings, lectures, classes, seminars or training courses and all forms of recreational and other leisure time activities;
b)         collect and disseminate information on all matters relating to its objects and to exchange such information with other bodies having similar objects whether in the United Kingdom or elsewhere;
c)         write, print or publish in whatever form such papers, books, periodicals, pamphlets or other documents including films and recorded material as shall further its objects and to issue or circulate the same whether for payment or otherwise;
d)         raise funds and invite and receive donations and contributions whether by subscription or otherwise;
e)         enter into any partnership or joint venture arrangement with any other organisation formed for any of the objects;
f)          employ such persons as are necessary for the proper pursuit of the objects;
g)         insure and arrange such insurance cover and to indemnify its employees and voluntary workers from and against all such risks incurred in the course of the performance of their duties and as may be thought fit;
h)         affiliate to other organisations with similar objects as may be determined from time to time;
i)           do all other such lawful things as shall further the objects.
 
3.         Membership
 
a)         Membership of the group shall be open to any person interested in helping the charity to achieve its objects, willing to abide by the rules of the group and willing to pay any subscription agreed by the Management Group.
b)         Any member may resign their membership by giving the Secretary written notice to that effect.
c)         The Management Group may, by resolution passed at a meeting thereof, terminate or suspend the membership of any member if, in its opinion, their conduct is prejudicial to the interests and objects of the charity provided that the member shall have the right to be heard by the Management Group before a final decision is made. There shall be a right of appeal to an independent arbiter appointed by mutual agreement.
 
4.         Meetings
 
a)       Annual General Meeting
Once in each calendar year, an Annual General Meeting shall be held at such time and place as the Management Group shall determine, being not more than fifteen months after the holding of the preceding Annual General Meeting. At least 21 clear days’ notice shall be given to all members.
 
b)      The business of each Annual General Meeting shall be:
i.         to receive the Annual Report of the Management Group, which shall give an account of activities during the preceding year;
ii.       to receive the accounts for the preceding financial year;
iii.      to receive the budget for the present year;
iv.     to elect the Management Group;
v.       to consider and vote on any proposals to alter this constitution;
vi.     to consider any other business of which due notice has been given.
 
c)       Special General Meetings:
i.         A Special General Meeting may be called by the Management Committee or 5 members to discuss an urgent matter. The Secretary shall give all members fourteen days notice of any Special General Meeting together with notice of the business to be discussed.
 
5.         Management Group
 
a)    Policy and general management shall be managed by a Management Group, which shall consist of the following members:
i)      A Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary, who shall be collectively known as The Officers;
ii)     Up to 3 persons co-opted by the Management Group who shall serve on the Management Group until the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting.
b)    The Management Group shall meet not less than 3 times each calendar year.
c)    A member of the Management Group shall cease to hold office if they
i)      are absent without acceptable apologies to the Management Group from two consecutive meetings and the Management Group resolves that they shall cease to hold office;
ii)     notifies the Management Group in writing of their resignation provided that at least three members of the Management Group will remain in office when the notice of resignation is to take effect.
d)    The members present and voting at the Annual General Meeting shall elect the Officers. These elections shall be in single member seats with all those nominated standing against Re-open Nominations. This may be held by secret ballot on request of any member.
e)    If a vacancy occurs by death, resignation or other reason among the members of the Management Group, the Management Group shall have the power to fill it from among the members.
f)     All members of the Management Group shall retire from office together at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting next after the date on which they came into office but they may be re-elected or re-appointed.
g)    Each member of the Management Group shall, upon election or appointment to the Group, receive a copy of this Constitution.
 
6.         Management Group Members not to be Personally Interested
 
a) No member of the Management Group (otherwise than in their capacity as a Management Group member) shall:
i.         be interested in any contract entered into by the Management Group;
ii.       receive remuneration
except where the Management Group can demonstrate that the arrangement is in the best interests of the organisation and that the conflict of interest is transparently managed.
 
7.         Rules Of Procedure at all Meetings
           
a)   Voting
Except for amendments to this Constitution, any question arising at a General or Management Group Meeting shall be decided by a simple majority of those present and voting. No member shall exercise more than one vote, but in case of an equality of votes, the Chair shall have second or casting vote.
 
            b) Quorum
i)     General Meetings: 10 members with power to vote or one third of the members with power to vote, whichever is less, shall form a quorum at General Meetings.
ii)    Management Group meetings: One half of the members in post at that time.
iii) In the event that no quorum is present at an Annual General Meeting, or the meeting has to be abandoned, the meeting shall stand adjourned and be re-convened 14 days later, and those members with power to vote present at that meeting shall be deemed to form a quorum.
 
            c)         Minutes
            A file shall be kept by the Secretary of all General and Management Group Meetings, which shall record all proceedings and resolutions.
 
8.         Finance
 
a)       All money raised by or on behalf of the organisation shall be applied to further the objects and for no other purpose.
 
b)      A bank account shall be opened in the name of the organisation. The Management Group shall designate two or more authorised persons to sign cheques on behalf of the organisation, who shall normally be members of the Management Group. All cheques must be signed by not less than two of the authorised persons. The Management Group may impose further regulations as they may from time to time decide.
 
c)       The financial year shall end on 31st March and accounts for the year shall be prepared by 30th September.
 
9.         Dissolution
 
If the Management Group by simple majority decides at any time that on the ground of expense or otherwise it is necessary or advisable to dissolve the organisation, it shall call a meeting of all members with power to vote of which meeting not less than 21 days clear notice (stating the terms of the resolution to be proposed thereof) shall be sent to all members. If such a decision shall be confirmed by a two thirds majority of those present and voting at such a meeting, the Management Group shall have power to dispose of any assets held. Any assets remaining after the satisfaction of any proper debts and liabilities shall be given to another group with similar objects.
 
10.        Alterations to the Constitution
 
Any proposal to alter this constitution must be delivered in writing to the Secretary not less than 28 days before the date of the meeting at which it is first to be considered. Any alteration shall require the approval of a two thirds majority of members with power to vote present and voting at a General Meeting.
 
At least 14 days’ clear notice shall be sent to all members, stating the wording of the proposed alteration.