Athboy Tidy Towns Association – Constitution and Rules

January 2016

  1. The Association shall be known as Athboy Tidy Towns Development Association.
  2. The objects of the Association shall be to develop the cultural, social, industrial, commercial, environmental and tourism life of the Athboy Area.
  3. The Association shall not discriminate on grounds of gender, race, religion, or politics.
  4. Membership shall be open to all who support the objectives of the Association, who are willing to abide by the rules and who pay an annual membership fee of minimum €2.00.
  5. The Association may delegate powers to Committees.  Any Committee so formed shall, in the exercise of powers so delegated, conform to any regulations that may be imposed on it by the Association.  In turn, the Committee may appoint Sub-Committees to deal with any specific branch of its work.  Any Sub-Committee will consist of not less than two people.
  6. The Officers of the Association shall be; Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Asst. Secretary, Two Treasurers and two Executive Members, all of whom shall be members of the Association.  These officers shall be the Executive Committee.  This Committee shall undertake daily management decisions in the interest of the Association.  The Executive Committee will have a Quorum of Six.
  7. The Officers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting.
  8. No-one may preside at his/her own election.  The following procedure shall apply;  Nominations for all officers shall be made known in writing to the Secretary before the Annual General Meeting.  Two scrutineers shall be appointed from those not seeking office and they shall count the votes and report the results to the presiding Chairperson.  A candidate who has a majority of those present and voting shall be elected..  If there are more than two candidates of whom none has an overall majority, the person with the lowest number of votes shall be eliminated and another ballot shall be held.  This procedure shall continue until one candidate has a majority of those present and voting.  If any Officer vacates their position, the monthly meeting may appoint a member to hold office until the next Annual General Meeting.
  9. Any member who has held office for three consecutive years will not be eligible for election to that office until a further year has elapsed but may be eligible to any other office.
  10. The Chairperson shall ensure that the minutes are recorded, and their accuracy shall be confirmed by adoption thereof at each subsequent meeting.
  11. A meeting shall be held once a month.  Six members shall form a Quorum.  A register of attendance shall be kept by the Secretary.
  12. The Chairperson may call a special meeting when necessary, or at the request of six members.  When a special meeting is requested by members, seven clear days of notice of the meeting with a copy of the agenda, must be sent or given to every member.
  13. The Treasurer shall keep a full and accurate account of all monies received and all monies received shall be lodged to a bank account or Credit Union account.  They shall submit a financial report to the monthly meeting.  They shall also submit a written statement of the annual accounts to the Annual General meeting.
  14. The Association may authorise the Executive Committee to spend money or to make payments on behalf of the Association subject to limits which it shall determine and deem advisable from time to time.  Nothing in this rule may be construed as giving authority to the Executive committee to make payments contrary to rules 15 and 16.
  15. The Association shall not, under any circumstances, make any presentation or gift to any person or persons from its funds.
  16. Any request for a subscription or donation from another organisation must be submitted to a monthly meeting of the Association.  The members present may reject the application or adjourn for further consideration at the next monthly meeting.  No payment in full, or in part shall be made unless three fourths of those present and entitled to vote approve such payment.
  17. No articles of this constitution shall be altered, amended, or rescinded except by three fourths majority of those voting at an Annual General Meeting or E.G.M. of which seven days notice of the meeting and the proposed Constitution alteration shall have been given.
  18. No member shall be entitled to vote at any meeting, or hold office, unless they have attended at least three meetings of the Association during the previous twelve months, A.G.M. or E.G.M. not to count.
  19. No Officer, member or Committee shall issue any circular, communication or report to the Media relating to the Association, unless such circular or report has been sanctioned by the Association at its monthly meeting, or by its Executive Committee.  This does not preclude the Chairperson or Secretary from issuing any communication to the members.
  20. No member shall claim to represent the Association without the Association’s express permission.
  21. The Committee will review the Constitution & Rules and the group’s legal form every three years to ensure all items are relevant.
  22. Board members have a duty to maintain the confidentiality of group meetings & issues at all times.
  23. Generally, gifts or hospitality should not be received by board members when representing Athboy Tidy Towns. The only exception being when the gifts or hospitality are accepted as a contribution to the group as a whole (for example, as a prize contribution for a quiz night) and does not jeopardise the integrity of the group. All such contributions must be advised to the Board at the next group meeting.
  24. Occasionally, a project or event proposed by the Group may impact on an individual member’s interests or loyalties. If the member feels this may be the case, they have a responsibility to raise their possible concerns with the Board.
  25. Each Board member has duty not to damage the reputation of the group.