At the Annual members meeting held on the 24th March 2021, the following main changes to the constitution were unanimously approved.
Change 1 – Modernising our charitable purpose for future activities:
Amendment of Charitable Purposes to:
|The Organisation has been formed to benefit the community of Dufftown and District as defined by the Dufftown Community Council area (the “Community”), with the following purposes (the “Purposes”):
|The advancement of citizenship or community development.
|The provision of recreational facilities, or the organisation of recreational activities with the object of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended.
|The prevention or relief of poverty in the community of Dufftown and District.
|Any other purpose that may reasonably be regarded as analogous to any of the preceding purposes.
Change 2 – Broadening membership criteria:
Added Junior Members – Aged 12-15 years old.
Associate Member – e.g. Another charitable group becoming a member but without the ability to vote.
Co-opted Trustee – Gives the Trustee’s the ability to recruit specific skill sets into the board of trustees that we require to manage our expanding activities.
Change 3 – Minimum number of members:
We require a clause in our constitution to be eligible for Community Asset Transfers, the new clause reads:
|The organisation shall have not fewer than 20 members at any time; and
|In the event that the number of members falls below 20 the Board may conduct only essential business other than taking steps to ensure the admission of sufficient Ordinary Members to achieve the minimum number.
Change 4 – Specific inclusion of a Vice Chair person:
As we develop the charity, we are required to consider succession planning. We are seeking to include a specific trustee role of Vice Chairperson. The constitution already allows the trustees to self-arrange ourselves into office bearer roles e.g. Secretary, Treasurer and Two Dorenell decision panel representatives.