THE CONSTITUTION OF THE ROCHDALE LIGHT ORCHESTRA
The name of the Society shall be Rochdale Light Orchestra
The objectives of the Society shall be to promote, improve, develop and maintain public education in, and appreciation of, light music in all its aspects by the establishment of a rehearsal and performance orchestra whose members shall be available for the presentation within the Borough of Rochdale of public concerts, recitals and workshops, and in such other ways as the Society through its Committee shall determine from time to time.
The members of the Society shall be those who pay the annual and attendance subscriptions at the appropriate rate or rates as shall be determined by the Committee, all subscriptions being payable in advance.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS
The Society will welcome to membership, as defined in 3 above, and to concerts and all other public events promoted by the Society, all persons irrespective of race, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
5. OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE
5.1) The Officers of the Committee shall be a President, a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, an Honorary Secretary and an Honoray Treasurer.
5.2) a) The management fo the Society shall be in the hands of a Committee consistng of the Chairman, Vice-Chairmen, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and a maximum of five (5) other members.
b) The Officers and other Committee members shall be elected by and outof the Siociety's members at the Annual General Meeting. They shall hold office for one year and be eligible for re-election.
c) Should a vacancy arise for any Officer during the year of office, the Committee shall appoint from among its number a member to fill such a cancacy. If more than one vacancy should arise at any one time, a General Meeting shall be called to elect new Officers.
d) Should there be vacancies on the Committee following the Annual Gneral Meeting, the elected Committee shall have power to co-opt members of the Society on to the Committee up to the maximum number permitted.
e) If the Society is affiliated to the National Federation of Music Societies, the Society's representative shall be an Officer or other member of the Committee
5.3 a) SUB-COMMITTEES
The Committee shall have power to appoint from its own members such Sub-Committees as it shall consider necessary from time to time. Any such Sub-Committee will make full and regular reports to the Committee.
3 b) Sub-Committees shall have the power to co-opt members for specific rôles as deemed necessary.
6.1) All the arrangements for the Annual General Meeting and other General Meetings shall be in hands of the committee.
6.2) The Committee shall have power to appoint a Conductor, Assistant Conductor and other Officers of the Society’s Orchestra as the Committee shall from time to time deem necessary, with the Conductor’s recommendation being taken fully into account in the case of the Assistant Conductor and other Officers.
6.2a The terms of these appointments, which, in the case of the Conductor, may include reasonable remuneration, shall be agreed between the Committee and the individual persons concerned,and shall include a statement of the powers in relation to the efficient running of the Orchestra of the Conductor, Assistant Conductor and other Officers of the Society’s Orchestra as applicable in each case.
6.2b) These terms shall be reviewed annually by the parties concerned at least one month before the date of the Annual General Meeting, and a simple statement of the terms agreed made either in writing or verbally by the Chairman at the Annual General Meeting.
7.1) The Society’s Financial Year shall end on 30th June each year or on such other date as the Committee shall from time to time determine.
7.2) A bank account shall be opened in the name of the Society and cheques shall be signed by the Society.
7.3) The Society may receive donations, grants in aid and financial guarantees, and tickets for any or all of its concerts may be offered for sale to the public.
7.4) The income and property of the Society however derived shall be applied solely towards promoting the objectives of the Society as set forth above and no portion shall be paid or transferred either directly or indirectly to any member of the Society except in payment of legitimate expenses incurred on behalf of the Society.
In the event of the Society being wound up, any assets remaining upon dissolution after the payment of proper debts and liabilities shall be transferred to a charitable institution or institutions having similar objectives to those of the Society.
9. GENERAL MEETINGS
9.1 Within four (4) months of the end of the financial year the members shall be summoned to an Annual General Meeting.
9. 2 Other General Meetings may be held when considered necessary by the Chairman or by the Committee or if requested in writing addressed to the Chairman by at least twelve (12) members who shall state in such a request the business which they wish to be considered at a General Meeting.
10. AUDITED ACCOUNTS
The financial accounts shall be audited or properly scrutinised and submitted for approval to the members at the Annual General Meeting.
11. AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of the members present at an Annual or Special General Meeting, provided that fourteen (14) days' notice of the proposed amendment has been sent to all members.