The name of the Society shall be the Friends of Midsummer Common (hereafter called FoMC).
The primary purpose of FoMC is to elicit support and make representations to the appropriate authorities in order to encourage the good management of Midsummer Common (taken to include Butt Green).
FoMC's specific aims are:
Membership shall be open to Cambridge citizens who are interested in furthering the objectives of FoMC. It is the policy of FoMC to welcome and treat all members and volunteers fairly and equally regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion, age or disability. The Secretary shall keep an up-to-date list of members. Every member shall pay an annual subscription to FoMC – this subscription having been agreed at the preceding Annual General Meeting.
At the Annual General Meeting, FoMC shall elect from its members a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer who shall hold office until the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting after their election but shall be eligible for re-election.
The policy and general management of the affairs of FoMC shall be directed by a Committee comprising the honorary officers and up to five other elected members. The Committee may co-opt additional members on a temporary basis. The Committee shall meet not less than three times per year under the direction of the chairperson. Four members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum. The Secretary shall take minutes and make them available to all members.
The first General Meeting of FoMC shall be held not later than January 2007, and once in each year thereafter an Annual General Meeting shall be held at such a time (not being more than 15 months after the holding of the preceding Annual General Meeting) and place as the Committee shall determine. At this annual meeting the members of the Committee shall be elected by simple majority. The Committee may convene a Special General Meeting for a specified purpose. For all such meetings, 21 days notice shall be given to the members.
The funds of FoMC shall be applied in furtherance of its objectives. All payments shall be authorised by two honorary officers and no payment shall be made to any members except for the reimbursement of reasonable out of pocket expenses. The Treasurer shall open a bank account, keep proper accounts, and prepare an annual statement which shall be examined by an independent examiner, who is reasonably believed by the Committee to have the requisite ability and practical experience, and submitted to the Annual General Meeting.
No alteration or addition to this constitution shall be made except at a General Meeting and agreed by not less that two thirds of the members present.
FoMC may be dissolved by a resolution passed by a two thirds majority of those present and voting at a Special General Meeting convened for the purpose. Such a resolution shall give instructions for the disposal of any assets held by or in the name of FoMC.
24 February 2009