Andrew Smith Sept. 17, 2001, 7:09 p.m. (Message 27394)
RSCDS restructure AGM motion
Anselm has kindly agreed to my using the good services of the Strathspey server to advertise the motion which Bristol Branch is putting before the AGM of the Society in November. I hope this is not too long. Bristol Branch/Local Association proposes to amend its original motion to the following: "That Bristol Branch of the RSCDS proposes that this AGM approves the amendments (attached below) to the Draft Revised Constitution and Rules of the Society (already circulated) as will enable implementation of the following principles concerning the Management and Membership of the Society: 1 That the present management structure of the RSCDS is replaced by a Management Board and other Committees as described in the report of the General Purposes Committee presented to the Executive Council on 12 May 2001. 2 That membership of the Society may be as a Member at HQ and/or of a Branch/Local Association. 3 (a) That every fully paid up Member of the RSCDS at HQ shall have the right to vote at General Meetings, and to elect such Members to the Management Board and Standing Committees of the Society at HQ; (b) That a Branch Convention be convened annually to provide a forum for Branch members to discuss issues affecting the Branches and put forward proposals to the Management Board of the Society at HQ. 4 That all Members of the Society at HQ should pay their subscriptions direct to HQ, and all Branches/Local Associations should make an annual donation to HQ proportionate to the numbers of Branch/Local Association members which they have (exclusive of Members at HQ), the annual subscription and donation amounts to be set by the Society at HQ AGM. The philosophy which underlies our approach is to ensure that all eligible people who wish to be regarded as subscribing members of the RSCDS may be so, making payment for membership in accordance with their level of interest and/or means. The main issue is that all members will be eligible to apply for places at the Schools and purchase Society publications, recordings, accessories etc at members' discount without distinction, as they all support the Society. The principal difference will be that rights to vote for and participate in the management of the Society will only attach to those subscribing as Members of the Society at HQ. Such Members may, in addition, choose to be members of a Branch as well as HQ Members. There is some concern that Branches will feel the loss of their Branch Representatives, resulting in a lessening in the relationship between Branches and HQ. The reality of the structure now is such that the Branches are legally separate bodies. In recognition of that independence it is proposed that there is no mandatory requirement for any member of a Branch to also be a Member of the Society at HQ. In order to maintain the relationship between Branches and Society HQ it is proposed there will be a Branch Convention, which members of Branches may attend. Branch Members may also attend the Society AGM as observers, and of course Branches could raise issues of concern with the Society at any time, as licence holders. We are also looking for the original smaller Management Board with 6 elected members in addition to the Officers and Committee Convenors, rather than the 18 currently proposed by the Exec. I have not appended the proposed constitutional changes to implement the above, which form part of the motion. Anselm has offered space on the web site for a longer submission, if people are interested. I will do my best to answer any points, and would welcome your views, and some indication of, hopefully, support. Thank you for your patience. Andrew.