BCA Constitution

(a) All monies collected for the purposes of the Association shall be held in a bank account.
(b) Outgoing cheques shall require two signatories chosen by the Executive Committee.
(c) Accounts shall be presented annually at the Annual General Meeting and shall be available for inspection by the membership.
(d) Any monies left over at the dissolution of the Association shall be donated to counselling charities by the then Executive Committee.

The quorum for a meeting of the Executive Committee shall be one-half of that Committee, and for meetings of the Association, shall be 20 members, or such other number as the members in general meeting may from time to time decide in respect of subsequent meetings.

The Association may at any time be dissolved by a resolution passed by a two-thirds’ majority of the total membership:
(a) at a Special Meeting of the Association, of which at least fourteen days notice shall have been given to all members of the Association by the Secretary or
(b) by a postal ballot in accordance with the procedure set out in paragraph 15.

Alterations to the Constitution shall receive the assent of not less than two-thirds of the Association present and voting. A resolution for the alteration of the Constitution shall be received by the secretary at least fourteen clear days before the meeting at which the resolution is to be brought forward. At least seven clear days notice in writing of such a resolution together with notice of the proposed alterations shall be given by the secretary to the membership of the Association.

(a) If the Executive Committee thinks fit, it may at any time require the voting on any resolution to be conducted by postal ballot to be held in accordance with the provisions of this paragraph.
(b) The words “ballot” or “postal ballot” mean that postal ballot taking place in accordance with the procedure set out in this paragraph in relation to the resolution in question, whether it be a resolution made under sub-paragraph (a) above or under paragraph 13.
(c) Where a postal ballot is to take place the following provisions of this paragraph shall have effect:
(i) Notices of a postal ballot shall be given not less than 21, nor more than 56 days, before the date which the Association specifies as the final date for the receipt of complete ballot papers (referred to in this paragraph as “voting day”).
(ii) Notice of a postal ballot shall be given to every member of the Association who would be entitled to vote on the resolution if the voting day for the resolution fell on the date of the notice.
(iii) Note of a postal ballot shall contain such other notices relating to the resolution and shall be accompanied by:
(A) a voting paper to be used in the ballot together with notification that the voting paper shall be returned by the voting day and the name and address of the person to whom the voting paper shall be sent; and
(B) such other documents, as would be required to be given or sent to a member in connection with notice of a meeting, had it been intended to hold the vote on the resolution at a meeting instead of by postal ballot.
(iv) Accidental omission to give notice of a postal ballot or to send any document required by sub-paragraph (f) above to accompany such notice, to any person entitled to receive it or non-receipt of such a notice or document by such a person, does not invalidate the postal ballot.
(v) Unless otherwise provided, either elsewhere in this Constitution or by resolution by a meeting, a postal ballot shall be determined by a simple majority vote.

Should the Association at any time wish to publish a journal or newsletter, the Executive Committee of the Association shall co-opt an additional officer as Editor.

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