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WelMac Constitution

Amended: September 2009


1. The name of the group shall be the "Wellington Macintosh Society Incorporated".


2. The objects of the group shall be:

(a) To exchange and disseminate information among the members concerning the computer arts and sciences.

(b) To publish books, newsletters, magazines and periodicals for the benefit and education of the members and general public.

(c) To conduct and sponsor seminars, lectures and courses relating to the computer arts and sciences.

(d) To provide technical assistance to members of the group.

(e) To seek privileges and discounts for members.


3. In the interpretation of this constitution (unless the context requires a different construction):

"Group" shall mean the Wellington Macintosh Society Incorporated;

Committee” shall mean the Management Committee of the Group as specified in Clause 13 (b) hereof.

Words importing the singular shall include the plural and vice versa, words referring to one gender shall include all genders, and words importing persons shall include corporations.


4. A patron may be appointed at a general meeting, and shall hold office for a period of one calendar year.


5. (a) Membership of the group shall be open to those who support the group's objects and who pay the appropriate subscription as provided in clause 8 hereof.

(b) There shall be the following categories of membership:

(i) Individual members;

(ii) Student members, being persons engaged in full time studies either at school, or at a tertiary institution;

(iii) Family members, being families which include one or more persons 18 years of age or over;

(iv) Corporate members, being companies, firms, clubs, societies, and other
organisations, whether or not incorporated in law.

(v) Honorary members, being persons 18 years of age or over nominated by any
member and approved by the management committee on an annual basis.

(vi) Life Members Any member of not less than ten years membership who has rendered outstanding services to the group may be elected as a Life Member. Every proposal for a Life Membership shall first be considered by the Committee and if approved by it, submitted to a ballot at a General Meeting. A three fourths majority of those members present and entitled to vote thereon shall be necessary to effect such election. A Life Member shall not be liable for payment of any annual subscription.

Application for membership

6. An applicant for membership shall apply to the management committee which may admit or refuse to admit any such applicant.

Cessation of membership

7. Persons or organisations shall cease to be members:

(a) on resignation in writing;

(b) on failing to pay the appropriate subscription within one month of the due date in accordance with Clause 8 (d);

(c) if, in the opinion of the management committee, they are no longer suitable for membership. Any member whose membership is terminated under this sub clause shall have a right of appeal to a General Meeting provided notice of such appeal is given to the Secretary in writing within seven days of being advised of the reason/s for termination. The Secretary shall forthwith call a special meeting in accordance with Rule 11 (c) (i).


8. (a) The annual subscriptions payable by the various categories of members shall be those set by resolution of the annual general meeting.

(b) No subscription shall be paid by an honorary life member or by an honorary member for the financial year for which such membership is approved.

(c) The Subscription year shall run for twelve calendar months from the date of a member's formal admission to the group under Rule 6.

(d) If the annual subscription of any member and any other moneys owing to the Group shall remain unpaid after one month from due date, the Member shall be deemed to be unfinancial and shall not thereafter, unless the Committee shall otherwise determine in special circumstances, be entitled to participate in any activities of the group or exercise any other privileges of membership until all such moneys shall have been paid.

Financial year

9. The financial year of the group shall commence on the 1st day of January and conclude on the 31st day of December in each year.

Financial statements

10. Every year a financial statement shall be prepared in accordance with appropriate accounting practice showing all the receipts and expenditure of the group since the preceding year's financial statement and a general statement of the funds and effects and liabilities and assets of the group. Every such statement shall be signed by the president and treasurer and laid before an annual meeting.

General meetings

11. (a) There shall be an annual general meeting of the group to be held not later than the 31st day of March in each year and the management committee shall give members 7 clear days' notice of such meeting.

(b) The business of the annual general meeting shall include:

(i) The confirmation of the minutes of the previous annual general meeting, and any matters arising.

(ii) The presentation and consideration of the annual report and annual accounts of the group (which shall be forwarded to members with the notice of the meeting), and any matters arising.

(iii) The election of the officers of the group and other members of the management committee.

(c) (i) A special general meeting, at which only the business for which the meeting is covened shall be dealt with, shall be held at such time as the management committee may determine or within 21 days of receiving a requisition for such meeting signed by 20 members or 50% of financial membership, whichever is lesser, to discuss any particular matter that may arise during the year.

(c) (ii) Members shall be given 7 clear days notice of general meetings and of the business to be discussed.

Procedure at general meetings

12. (a) In order of precedence, the president, vice president or another financial member of the group elected by the meeting shall be the chairman of the general meetings.

(b) Ten financial members being entitled to exercise a vote pursuant to clause 12(d) hereof shall constitute a quorum at any general meeting.

(c) Except for the election of Life Members pursuant to Clause 5 (b) (iv) and constitutional amendments pursuant to clause 16 hereof, all resolutions proposed at general meetings shall be decided by a simple majority of those members present and entitle to vote pursuant to clause 12(d) hereof, and in the event of an equality of votes the chairman of the meeting shall have a casting vote.

(d) At general meetings financial members shall each have one vote except two votes may be exercised on behalf of a financial family or corporate member if two or more persons 18 years of age or over representing such a member are present.

(e) Should a financial member be unable to attend a meeting for which a previously tabled or circularised motion is to be considered, they may cast their vote in writing, and prior to the date of the said meeting.

Management committee and officers

13. (a) The Officers of the Club shall be the president; the vice president; the secretary; and the treasurer;

(b) There shall be a Management Committee comprising the Officers of the Club and five to eight other members being financial members of the group elected at the annual general meeting to hold office from the time of their election until the election of a management committee at the next succeeding annual general meeting.

(c) Candidates for election to the management committee shall be nominated and seconded by financial members present at the annual general meeting. Candidates so nominated and seconded may be elected in absentia provided they have formerly indicated in writing their acceptance of nomination.

(d) Should any of the committee resign during their term of office or fail to attend three consecutive committee meetings without furnishing satisfactory reasons for such absence he or she shall cease to be a member of the committee.

Powers, functions and procedures of the management committee

14. (a) The control of the affairs of the group shall be vested in the management committee.

(b) The secretary shall keep minutes of all general meetings and meetings of the management committee.

(c) The treasurer shall keep the accounts of the group, prepare estimates of income and expenditure for the management committee and obtain the committee's authorisation for expenditure generally or specifically.

(d) The management committee shall operate a bank account in the group's name with signatories being any two of the president, vice president, secretary or treasurer.

(e) The procedure for presiding over meetings of the management committee and for the adoption of resolutions shall be as provided for general meetings in clause 12(a) and (c) and five members of the committee shall constitute a quorum.

(f) The management committee may appoint sub-committees or, from time to time, ad hoc committees to deal with specific matters.

(g) (i) The management committee may appoint a financial member of the group to fill any vacancy on the committee.

(ii) The management committee may co-opt up to three additional financial members of the group to the committee.

(iii) Committee members appointed under clauses 14 (g) (i) and (ii) shall have all the powers and responsibilities of elected members and shall serve until the next annual general meeting.


15. Notices of all annual and special general meetings shall be given in writing or in such other manner as the committee may from time to time determine, not less than 7 days prior to the date of the meeting.


16. The group shall provide a common seal which shall be in the custody of the secretary. The seal shall not be affixed to any instrument except in pursuance of a resolution of the management committee and/or the group and in the presence of two members of the management committee one of whom must be the president, vice president, secretary or treasurer of the group

Constitutional amendments

17. This constitution may be amended by a resolution to that effect adopted at a general meeting provided that at least 7 clear days' notice of any such resolution has been given to members. No such amendment shall be valid unless and until it has been registered by the Registrar of Incorporated Societies.


18. (a) A majority of members present at a special general meeting convened for the purpose may resolve that the group be wound up from a date to be named in the resolution. Members must be given 14 clear days' notice of any such resolution.

(b) If upon such winding up there remains, after satisfaction of all debts and liabilities of the society any property whatsoever, the said property shall be applied in such of the following way or ways (and not otherwise) as the special general meeting shall resolve:

(i) By transfer to any society or trust whose objects shall include objects similar to those of the group;
(ii) By transfer or gift for such charitable purposes (including transfer to any incorporated body established for charitable purposes) as the special general meeting shall resolve;
(iii) By transfer of gift to any local body for such charitable, educational or recreational purposes as the special general meeting shall resolve and the local body shall agree to accept.

Borrowing power

19. The group may with the authority of a resolution of a special general meeting borrow money for the purpose of the group and may secure the repayment thereof on all or any of the assets of the group specified in such resolution by way of mortgage or charge thereon or otherwise howsoever or upon no security.


20. (a) Neither the group nor its officers or members shall be liable for damage caused to members' property or equipment, whether such damage is caused intentionally, negligently or in any other way, nor any economic or consequential loss resulting therefrom.

(b) The group shall not be liable for any damages arising out of any accident happening to any member of the group during the use of any of the group’s plant, apparatus, equipment, facilities or amenities, or from the occupation of any buildings belonging to the group whether financial or otherwise.

(c) Devices, arrangements of programs shown or described at group meetings may embody patents or copyright. Information is furnished without responsibility for its use and without prejudice to any such rights.

(d) All reasonable precautions are taken by the group to ensure that the advice and data given is reliable. However, the group can accept neither responsibility nor liability for it.

(e) The copying of non public domain software by members at any group meeting (or activity) is expressly prohibited.

(f) No member shall claim against the group for anything for which the group by this constitution accepts neither responsibility nor liability.


21. If a dispute arises at any time in respect of a matter which is not provided for in these rules or any doubt exists as to the interpretation of these rules or any other matter shall arise pertaining to the group, its property or interests, the same shall be determined by the management committee whose decision shall be conclusive and binding on all members unless revoked at a general meeting held not later than the next following annual general meeting.