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OBJECTS

1. To campaign for and promote cycling as a safe, healthy and efficient form of transport and leisure activity within Loughborough and the surrounding area.

2. To campaign to increase the safety and amenity of cycling in the area.

3. To secure whatever changes are necessary to allow cycle use to fulfil its true potential within Loughborough and the surrounding area.

4. To co-operate with other bodies campaigning for a general improvement to the environment.

RULES

5. The Group shall be known as the "Loughborough and District Cycle Users' Campaign".

6. The Group shall not be affiliated to nor accept any affiliations from any political party.

7. MEMBERSHIP

Categories : Full, Household and Affiliate.

Eligibility

Any person or organisation who upholds the objects of the group shall be eligible for membership.

Classification of Membership

i) Full members.

ii) Household members i.e. persons sharing the same mailing address who shall qualify as Full members.

iii) Affiliate members i.e. any person belonging to an affiliated organisation the aims of which are considered compatible with the objects of the Group by the Committee.

8. SUBSCRIPTIONS

a) The annual subscription shall be decided at the Annual General Meeting and shall become operative in the month following the AGM.

b)Subscriptions shall be renewable on the anniversary of the date of the previous subscription payment.

9. AFFILIATIONS

The Group shall affiliate to such other bodies sharing common objectives as may be decided at a General Meeting.

10. OFFICERS

The Officers of the Group shall be :-

Chairman or Chairwoman

Secretary

Treasurer

Publicity Officer

Newsletter Editor

Membership Secretary

Officers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. Only Full members shall be eligible for nomination. No officer shall be eligible to serve on the committee for more than three consecutive years in any one capacity.

11. COMMITTEE

a) The Committee shall consist of the Officers of the Group and three other Full members who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting.

If the number of either sex on the committee is fewer than 2 then the committee should attempt to co-opt a further 2 members to redress the balance both of whom shall be empowered to vote.

b) The Committee shall have power to co-opt Full members to fill a vacant Office, to fill a committee vacancy or for any reason as it shall see fit. Co-opted members of the committee shall not be eligible to vote until confirmed at a General Meeting.

c) At Meetings of the Committee, of which notice must have been given to all Committee members, 3 members shall constitute a quorum.

d) The Committee may appoint sub Committees with powers to co-opt when appropriate.

e) The Committee shall have power to make decisions for the benefit of the Group on matters not otherwise provided for in these rules.

f) All Committee meetings shall be open for members to observe.

12. ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE

a) Candidates for Office shall be nominated by 2 Full members.

b) Candidates for the Committee shall be nominated by 2 Full members.

c) If the number of nominations for an Office or to the Committee, duly proposed and seconded, shall exceed the number of vacancies, the election shall be by secret ballot.Tellers shall be appointed by open ballot of the meeting.

13. AUDITOR

At each Annual General Meeting a person, who may or may not be a member of the Group, but who shall not be a member of the Committee shall be elected as auditor, whose duty it shall be to audit the Group Accounts for the following year.

14. GENERAL MEETINGS

a) An annual General Meeting shall be held each year in March on a day appointed by the Committee. At least 21 days notice of such a meeting and of its Agenda shall be given.

b) The Committee may, upon giving a minimum of 7 days notice, call a General Meeting of members for any specific business the nature of which shall be stated in the convening notice.

c) The Committee shall call an Extraordinary General Meeting at the request of 10 Full Members or 20% of members dependent on whichever is smaller. Twenty-one days notice of such a meeting and its Agenda shall be given within 30 days of receiving the request.

d) The Chair at General meetings will be taken by the Chairman or Chairwoman but in his or her absence this duty will pass to the attending officers as determined by the order of the Officers in rule 7.

e) The quorum shall be 5 members or 10% of the membership, whichever is the smaller.

13. AMENDMENTS AND ADDITIONS TO THE RULES

Notice of any proposed changes to the rules intended to be proposed by any Full member at the Annual General Meeting shall be given to the Secretary in writing before the last day of January.

14. VOTING AT MEETINGS

a) Changes to the Rules shall only be effective when supported by two thirds of Full Members present.

b) All other matters put to the vote shall be deemed carried when supported by a simple majority of those present and voting.

c) The Chairman or Chairwoman shall have the casting vote if necessary.

15. FINANCE AND ASSETS

a) The financial year of the Group shall end on 31 January.

b) The Treasurer shall present an audited statement of accounts to the Annual General Meeting.

c) An account in the name of the Group shall be opened with a Bank or Building Society ,as agreed by the Committee, who shall be authorised to pay all cheques drawn upon any account or accounts for the time being kept with them by the Group when signed by any two of the duly nominated members of the Committee, one of whom must be the Chairman or Chairwoman, Secretary, Treasurer or Publicity Officer.

16. WINDING UP

In the event of the Group being wound up, any assets or funds remaining shall be passed to the Cycle Campaign Network.

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