By Simon Cole, Chair.
The General Meeting on 17 of March was a good learning experience. Successful amendments were noted in the April NewsLETS, along with some that weren’t. Since then, Elizabeth Shaw has offered some sage advice based on her experience on the subcommittee that last looked at updating the constitution many years ago. We on the MC learnt that there was a real need to workshop suggested changes with interested members in advance, so that they can come to the next round well versed in the ins and outs, as well as feel more vested in them.
Why another round? Some of the rejected amendments were misunderstood and others have since been proposed that, in the MC’s opinion are of such merit and importance that they warrant consideration. For example, a definition of membership for voting purposes – pointed out by Liz Stanhope. There was only one amendment properly approved at the last General Meeting. It costs $25+ to amend the constitution with the Office of Fair Trade, so in order to save paying that fee twice, we have held off on it. In any case that particular change (in 3 Objects) has been incorporated into an overhaul of Section 3. We hope you can take an hour out of your valuable trading time at the Market Trading Days before the AGM for a presentation and Q&A of MC’s proposals. Please take a look at them on this page and come ready with your thoughts and questions. We welcome your involvement.
They will be modified as member consultation continues until August 3rd, when the deadline for notice of the AGM is required of the Secretary.
The Constitution as amended by the March 17 General Meeting can be downloaded as a pdf from the Constitution page here. Note the Constitution on the BrisLETS Constitution page (under About Us) only shows the amended name of the association for the reasons explained above. The March 17 changes included changing the name of the association to BrisLETS Community Exchange. The OFT charges about $70 to change the name. To save money, we will register all changes to the Rules at once if and after they have been completed and approved at this year’s AGM.