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Ravensthorpe Historical Society

Constitution


1. NAME

The name of the Association shall be the Ravensthorpe Historical Society Incorporated, hereinafter referred to as the Society.

2. OBJECTIVE OF THE SOCIETY

The objects of the society shall be:

  1. to encourage the study and writing of Western Australian history
  2. to collect, classify and preserve records relating to the history of Western Australia.
  3. to print, publish, sell, distribute and circulate books, advertisements and publications of any and every kind as are calculated to promote and advance the objects and purposes of the Society.
  4. to interchange information among members of the Society and to inform the public by lectures, readings, discussion and exhibitions of historical material, to provide premises for these purposes, and to make charges, if deemed necessary for admission to such functions.
  5. to stimulate public interest in and support for the preservation of historical relics, including buildings and sites and to endeavour to acquire such relics, buildings and sites, by purchase, gift, loan or otherwise.
  6. to promote the commemoration of notable anniversaries in Western Australian history, to erect memorials to outstanding persons and events, and to erect suitable signs and notices at places of historical interest.
  7. to establish and maintain a library and a historical museum; to assist in or to encourage such projects.
  8. to promote social gatherings of members, particularly tours of historical sites.
  9. to found, subsidise or contribute to any institution, scholarship or prizes agreeable to any of the objects specified therein.
  10. to cooperate with any other bodies having similar aims.

3. POWERS

  1. to provide, maintain and manage a place of meeting, study, research and instruction.
  2. to construct, maintain and alter any houses, buildings or works necessary for the purposes of the Society.
  3. to take steps by personal, written or public appeals for the purpose of procuring contributions to the funds of the Society.
  4. to invest any monies of the society not immediately required at the discretion of the Society.

4. MEMBERSHIP

Any person in the community agreeing with the objects of this Society shall be deemed eligible. Annual subscription to be agreed upon and to be paid at or after the Annual General Meeting.

5. OFFICE BEARERS

Above shall consist of President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer and Curator.

6. ELECTION OF OFFICE BEARERS

  1. Election of office bearers shall be carried out annually at the Annual General Meeting of the Society.
  2. Casual or other vacancies to be filled by election at the first meeting following the vacancy occurring.

7. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The annual general meeting shall be held before March 30 each year. At each annual general meeting the President shall present an annual report on the year’s activities and the treasurer present an annual financial statement, properly audited.

8. MEETINGS

General meetings shall be held on the first Saturday of every month from March till December or at any other time agreed upon by the Society. The President shall exercise a casting vote should the voting on any resolution be tied.

9. QUORUM

A quorum for the annual general meeting and execution of committee meetings shall be five persons.

10. BANKING

Banking shall be conducted with an approved bank as decided upon by the Society and any two members authorised by the executive committee will have the authority to sign cheques and other financial documents.

11. DISSOLUTION

Dissolution of the society shall not be effected without the concurrence of three-fourths of the members present at a general meeting called for such purposes. In the event of a dissolution the assets of the Society shall revert to the Ravensthorpe shire Council to be used for the purpose of maintaining and keeping whole of collection within the shire.

12. CHANGES IN THE CONSTITUTION

This constitution may only be changed at the Annual General Meeting or at a special meeting called for that purpose. Voting requires at least three-fourths majority of those present.

13. COMMON SEAL

The Society shall have the common seal which shall be in the custody of the secretary. The Common Seal shall not be affixed to any document except pursuant to a resolution of the executive committee or of a general meeting and then only the presence of two of the executive committee.