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Review of club rules – call for submissions
During the recent AGM some concerns were raised about the current club rules (for instance, some members thought the rules should allow more flexibility about the size of the committee). Also over the past year, some committee members have suggested that the rules are in need of a general review. The club rules (which can be downloaded from the club’s website at http://tasfieldnats.weebly.com/club-rules.html) were last revised in the early 1990s.
At its April meeting the committee passed a motion to conduct a review of the club rules. We are interested to hear from any members, including committee members, who believe that the club rules should be changed or clarified. Submissions are open until the end of July. After that we intend that submissions received will be referred to a rules subcommittee which will prepare a report outlining what suggestions have been made and recommending any changes considered desirable. The subcommittee will include the current President and may include members who are not on the current committee.
Any proposed changes to the rules will be put as special resolutions to a general meeting as required under the current rules. This means that all members will receive at least 21 days notice of the proposed changes, and at least three-quarters of members present at the meeting must vote in favour of any proposed change for that change to be made. Ideally, we would like any changes that are going to be made to be in place by next year’s AGM.
We are seeking suggestions in these three categories:
* Do members believe we are legally required to add, remove or change anything? If so, please state clearly what precise sections of what laws require us to make changes and why.
* Are there any rules that members believe we should add, remove or change? If so, in each case please say not just which current rule (if any) should be changed but also how it should be changed and why. (This could be a recommended revised wording or a suggestion as to what the proposed change should achieve).
* Are there any club rules that members think are not clear enough, and would like us to clarify, without necessarily changing them?
The current club rules are closely adapted from the model rules for incorporated associations that were available when the club incorporated. Since then the model rules have changed slightly. The current version of the model rules is available for reference at http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/tas/consol_reg/airr2007530/sch1.html There is no requirement to adopt the model rules.
Submissions will be seen by the committee and the rules subcommittee, but we won’t publish them. The subcommittee’s report will be made available to members and may include quotes from, or summaries of, submissions with identifying information removed.
Submissions can be as short or as long (within reason) as you wish, and don’t have to address all the above issues. Please send submissions by email to email@example.com, post them to me at 410 Macquarie Street, South Hobart Tas 7004, or give them to me at the May, June or July meetings if I am there.
The Club Minutes are coming!
The club website will be getting a "Member Only" section which will include the Committee Minutes and Agendas to keep members better informed of Club business. Club Minutes are of course already available to Members but inclusion in a Members Only section will improve access.
If anyone has suggestions for items to be included in the Members' section, or anything concerning Club business or the web site, please notify a Committee Member.
The January Bulletin is now available.
Zoology project seeks help from Hobart residents to research mammalian backyard wildlife
Dr Anke Frank - University of Tasmania (and Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club member)
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