Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop Constitution
The Association shall be known as Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop (referred to as "LFW",or “the Association”).
The Association’s objects are:
to advance education, in particular by promoting the performance, learning, and appreciation of Scottish traditional fiddle music and its contemporary development; the understanding of its links with other cultural and artistic traditions, particularly those of song and dance; and to act as a conduit for these traditions.
And in furtherance thereof the Association shall seek:
(1) to provide tutors to give group instruction to the general public on the fiddle and its associated traditions, with particular emphasis on Scottish traditional fiddle styles and on learning by ear
(2) to provide a community amenity by enabling the participation in playing Scottish traditional fiddle music as a social group activity at all levels of skill, and to develop other related cultural activities in the community
(3) to add to the artistic and cultural life of the area in a way which reclaims and enhances its heritage
(4) to seek the involvement of those who, due to financial disadvantage, geography or lack of public transport, would otherwise be denied access to such opportunities
To further the above objects, LFW may:-
(1) take out membership of such organisations as are considered to be in the interests of and compatible with the objects of the Association
(2) arrange and provide for, or join in arranging and providing for, the holding of meetings, classes and performances
(3) raise funds and invite and receive contributions from any person or persons by way of membership fees, attendance fees or otherwise
(4) do all such other lawful things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the objects.
4 Membership, General Meetings and Voting
1 Full membership of the Association will be open to everyone over the age of eighteen. Reduced financial costs will be available to those who, due to unemployment, disability or age, are unable to pay the normal dues. All these members will have the right to vote in the general meetings.
2 Junior membership shall be open to anyone under the age of 18 years who is interested in furthering the work of the Association.
3 At general meetings, all questions arising shall be decided by a simple majority of the votes cast by the members present. In the case of an equality of votes, the person taking the chair at the meeting, who will normally be the convenor, shall have a second or casting vote.
3 At such general meetings there shall be a quorum of six to validate the decisions.
4 The secretary/ treasurer shall be obliged to announce a Special General Meeting on receipt of a written request to do so, signed by at least six members.
5 The secretary/ treasurer shall ensure that minutes are kept of all General Meetings.
5 Steering Committee
1 The Steering Committee, comprised of not less than four members, shall be elected by the members at the Annual General Meeting. The Officers will be a Convenor and a Secretary/ Treasurer.
2 In the event of equality of votes on the committee, the Convenor will have a casting vote.
3 All committee members must be members of the Association, and shall hold office until the next General Meeting.
4 The committee will have the power to coopt extra members to hold office until the next general meeting, provided that such co-opted members comprise a third or less of total members of the committee.
5 The committee will meet at least three times a year.
6 Minutes will be kept of all committee meetings.
(1) All funds raised by and on behalf of the Association shall be applied to further the objects of the Association and for no other purpose; the preceding provision shall not prevent, however, payment of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred on the Association’s behalf.
(2) The secretary/ treasurer shall keep proper account of all monies received and disbursed, and shall prepare annual accounts for presentation at the AGM.
(4) The financial year will operate April to March.
(5 A bank account shall be opened in the name of the Association with such banks and/or building societies as the steering committee shall from time to time decide.
(6 The members will authorise at least two member signatories and not more than four (one of whom shall be the secretary/treasurer) to sign cheques on behalf of the Association. All cheques must be signed by two authorised signatories.
7 Alterations to The Constitution
A resolution to alter this constitution shall not be valid unless:
(a) two thirds of the votes cast in relation to the resolution at a general meeting of the Association (whether annual or special) are in favour and
(b) notice (setting out the terms of the proposed alteration) shall have been given to the members not less than 21 clear days before the meeting at which the alteration was proposed.
If the members decide by a simple majority at any time that on the ground of expense or otherwise it is necessary or advisable to dissolve the Association, it shall call a special general meeting of the Association, of which meeting not less than 21 days' notice (stating the terms of the resolution to be proposed at the meeting) shall be given.
If such decision is confirmed by a two-thirds majority of the votes cast in relation to the resolution at such meeting, the secretary/ treasurer shall be authorised to settle the debts and liabilities of the Association. Any assets remaining after the satisfaction of such debts and liabilities shall be given or transferred to such charitable organisations having objects similar to the objects of the Association as the members may determine at the special general meeting.
This Constitution was adopted on Saturday, 4th January, 2003