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Constitution approved be Special Meeting

Photo Credit: Kenneth Bird, Rye News

The Society unanimously voted to amend the constitution at a Special Meeting on Thursday evening, February 28. Details of the proposed changes were printed in the February Society Newsletter.

The proposed changes were put forward by Chairman David Bookless following criticism of the chaotic voting procedure at last year’s AGM where he was elected as the new Chairman following John Griffiths’ retirement.

David opened the meeting by explaining that last year’s election for the post of Chairman was the first such election the RCS had ever undertaken in its forty year history and it had demonstrated some shortcomings of the present Constitution.

The changes proposed include the introduction of a secret ballot with printed ballot papers. In addition only fully paid up members will be allowed to vote at future meetings and new members will not be able to join and participate on the day of the AGM (except that members who have a lapsed membership can rejoin by renewing on the day if their membership has lapsed within the preceding six months).

Other issues that the committee will be reviewing in the coming year include whether to allow postal or proxy voting for those members who cannot attend the AGM. In addition they will continue to debate the pros and cons of holding the AGM in the evening or at a weekend rather than during a working week day as at present.

However for this year the AGM will be held at 11am on Friday 17 May followed by the Annual Society Lunch in the Mermaid Inn.


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