CONSTITUTION


1. NAME
The group shall be called ‘Humanists of Murcia’ (herein referred to as ‘the Group’).

2. STATUS
The Group shall be an Affiliate Member of the Humanists UK (formerly the British Humanist
Association), or any other class of Membership as decided by the Committee. In addition the Group
may also join, at the Committee´s discretion, any other Humanists Group or Association whose
aims are broadly in agreement with those of Humanists UK and the Group.

3. AIMS
The Group aims to:
3.1 Make a positive contribution to Humanism locally by providing a forum for humanists
to meet, to develop their knowledge and thinking, and to develop the sense of a local
community of humanists within the wider community
3.2 Act locally to promote and increase the understanding of Humanism as a positive world
view.
3.3 Represent atheist, humanist and secularist people in the area, and provide a balance to
religious groups influence in local affairs.

4. MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS
4.1 The Group shall welcome anyone, regardless of ability, age, gender, race, or sexual
orientation, and who has an interest in atheism, humanism or secularism.
4.2 Anyone who takes part in the Group’s activities, or who signs up to one of the Group’s
lists, shall be defined as a ‘Supporter’ of the Group. Anyone who has paid the Group’s
membership fee, (see point 7.2), shall be defined as a ‘Member’ of the Group. Voting rights
at general meetings shall be reserved for Members of the Group only (see point 6). The
Group will actively encourage its members and supporters to become members or supporters
of the Humanists UK
4.3 The Group will safeguard the confidentiality of membership information, and any other
information communicated in confidence by Humanists UK or any other Associated or
Affiliated Humanists organisation.
4.4 The Group retains the right to refuse or withdraw membership from any member who
fails to support its constitution or agreement between the Group and Humanists UK, or who
brings to Group or Humanists UK or any other Affiliated or Associated Humanists
organisation, into disrepute.

5. MANAGEMENT
5.1 An executive committee (‘the Committee’) shall manage the Group and ensure that it:
5.1.1 Pursues the Group’s Aims referred to in point 3;
5.1.2 Fulfils the requirements of any agreement between the Group and Humanists
UK and any other Accociate or Affiliate organisation as referred to in point 2.
5.2 The Committee shall have ( x ) elected officers (‘the Officers’), including the following
positions below, and may co-opt up to two further members.
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5.2.1 The President, who shall act as chief executive officer, and as chair of the
Committee and any general meetings (unless otherwise delegated);
5.2.2 The Treasurer, who shall act as chief financial officer, and who shall be
responsible for ensuring that the Group fulfils its financial requirements (see point
7);
5.2.3 The Secretary, who shall act as the chief administrative officer, and service all
committee and general meetings.
5.3 The Officers shall be individually elected every year at the Annual General Meeting. The
Committee shall inform the Members at least six weeks before the AGM of the opening of
nominations for the election, and of the procedures and dates of the election processes.
5.4 The Committee shall meet at least once every three months and the Secretary shall give
the Officers at least a fortnight’s notice of forthcoming committee meetings.
5.5 The Committee will be in quorum when at least ( x ) Officers are present.
5.6 The President shall be the main contact in the Group for interactions with Humanists UK
and any other Associate or Affilaited organisation.

6. GENERAL MEETINGS
6.1 The group shall hold an Annual General Meeting (‘the AGM’) in January each year,
which will:
6.1.1 Receive the financial accounts and reports from the Committee for the period
ending the 31st December of the year preceding the AGM;
6.1.2 Elect the Officers who will serve from the day following the AGM;
6.1.3 Discuss and vote on any resolutions that have been proposed;
6.1.4 Discuss and vote on any policy or constitutional items requiring ratification.
6.2 An Exceptional General Meeting (EGM) may be convened by the Committee or by
petition to the Secretary of at least one fifth of the Members. The Secretary shall convene an
EGM within six weeks of the receipt of such a petition. Only the items stated in the notice
given to Members shall be considered at the EGM.
6.3 The Members shall be given at least six weeks’ notice of AGMs and at least a fortnight’s
notice of EGMs.
6.4 Only Members as defined in point 4.2 shall have voting-rights at general meetings.
6.5 A general meeting shall be in quorum if at least ( x ) of the Officers are present and the
number of Members present is one more than the number of Officers present.
6.6 In any dispute concerning the affairs of the Group a general meeting shall be the final
authority.

7. FINANCE
7.1 As part of any agreement with Humanists UK or any other Associate or Affiliate
organisation the Group is expected to:-
7.1.1 Maintain the financial viability of the Group;
7.1.2 Decide whether or not to have a membership fee;
7.1.3 Pay any annual fees due to Humanists UK or other Afillaited or Accociated
Humanists Organisation, on time.
7.2 There shall be an annual membership fee and a concessionary rate, both of which shall
be agreed at the AGM, based on a proposal made by the Treasurer. Any Humanists UK
members wishing to join the Group shall be made an introductory offer, equal to the
concessionary rate, for their first year’s membership.
7.3 The Group may hold events explicitly for the purpose of raising funds, either for the
Group or an appropriate charitable cause.
7.4 The income and property of the Group shall be devoted to the promotion of the Aims of
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the Group.
7.5 Any bank accounts opened for the Group shall be in the name of the Group, and shall be
in the name of at least three of the Officers (President, Treasurer and Secretary). Any
cheques issued shall be signed by at least two Officers.
7.6 The Officers may not receive payment for their services to the Group.
7.7 In the event of the Group being dissolved, all remaining funds after payment of liabilities
shall go to Humanists UK or other Humanist organisation.

8. EXTERNAL RELATIONS
8.1 The Group may not affiliate to, or publicly support, any political party.
8.2 Within the Group’s resources and capabilities, and taking into account local
circumstances, when engaging in external activities and dealing with third-parties the Group
will broadly aim to support Humanist´s UK aims.

9. AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
The constitution may be amended by a resolution passed by at least two-thirds of the Members
present at a general meeting. Notice of resolutions to change the constitution must be included in
the notice of the general meeting.

 

Amendments / Changes

27th June 2017   References to BHA changed to Humanists UK

                 January 2018     Detail changes