BLUG: 2003 Consitution

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Okay, it's been a month since there was any discussion about this on the ctte list, so it's time to publish our collective effort for the delectation (perhaps...) of the wider group.

Basically, it's an effort to move BLUG's administrative functions online, and enfranchises those members who're unable to attend the AGM. It's designed to be permissive and flexible, so once we get it adopted, we should never have to much around with it again.

Anyway, this is only a draft. I'd appreciate it if everyone could read it, and make suggestions as to how it can be improved.

  1. Aims and Objectives
    1. To provide a forum to discuss and gain experience of the GNU/Linux operating system.
    2. To help and educate interested parties in the usage of GNU/Linux and related software.
    3. To promote the use of Free Software as a viable alternative to proprietary techniques.
  2. Membership
    1. Membership shall be obtained by subscribing to the BLUG mailing list.
    2. All members shall be bound by this constitution.
    3. All members may vote on any motion brought before the membership by the Committee. Any such ballot shall be organised and adminstered by the committee or it's appointed representative.
    4. All members shall be eligible to vote on the composition of the Committee.
  3. Committee
    1. The Committee shall run the society on behalf of the members, pursuant to the objectives of this constitution.
    2. Committee decisions shall be decided by way of a majority vote.
    3. The quorum for all votes held by the Committee shall be three members.
    4. The Committee shall elect a Chairman from amongst it's members. The Chairman may use his casting vote when a Committee Vote is otherwise tied.
    5. The Committe may appoint members of the group to named postions (eg. Electoral Officer, Mailing List Moderator, etc.) for a term of not longer than one year. There is no limit to the number of terms that any one person may serve in such a role, however.
  4. Election of Committee
    1. The Committee shall consist of seven full members of the group.
    2. To seek election, each candidate shall either be nominated by any other member, or may volunteer.
    3. Members shall be eligible to vote or be elected to the committee if they have been full members of the society for more than one month at the date of the election. This shall be proved by checking with the mailing list subscription logs.
    4. The sitting Committee will be responsible for appointing an electoral officer who will oversee the administration for the election. This will involve checking eligability and tallying votes.
    5. The quorum for the Committee Elections shall be ten members, or 15% of the group's membership, whichever is the higher. If the quorum is not met, the current committee shall continue in their posts for a further term. If any members of the current committee have not stood for re-election, they may be deemed to have resigned, and the procedure outlined in paragraph 4.7 should be followed.
    6. The Committee shall be appointed by way of a non-stochastic Single Transferable Vote election. Votes shall be returned to the Electoral Officer by email.
    7. If any Committee member resigns during his term of office, the committee may co-opt any eligible replacemnt from the wider group membership.

Created: 2002-08-16 09:30
HTML & Spell-checked: 2003-03-21 10:25

By Rory Irvine
Created: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 10:27:56 +0000
Ammended: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 10:29:56 +0000