Constitution for ACTING HOPE

1. NAME

      1.1  The organization hereby constituted will be called ACTING HOPE.

 

      1.2  Its shortened name will be AH (hereinafter referred to as the organization).

 

    1.3  BODY CORPORATE

The organization shall:

  • Exist in its own right, separately from its members.
  • Continue to exist even when its membership changes and there are different office bearers.
  • Be able to own property and other possessions.
  • Be able to sue and be sued in its own name.

2. OBJECTIVES

      2.1 The organization’s main objectives are to provide support based activities/lessons/workshops to women and children from rural areas in the community and to women and children from disadvantaged schools and backgrounds in South Africa, empowering them through Acting Hope’s program, HOPE JOURNEY,  giving them survival tools to equip them for life’s experiences and demands.

2.2 The organization’s secondary objective will be to provide opportunities for women and youth from rural and disadvantaged areas in South Africa to take part in various workshops/lessons/activities through HOPE JOURNEY program focusing on empowering and supporting the growth of body, soul and mind. All activities/lessons/workshops will improve/enrich/empower these three areas.

3. INCOME AND PROPERTY

      3.1  The organization will keep a record of everything it owns.

3.2  The organization may not give any of its money or property to its members or office bearers. The only time it can do this is when it pays for work that a member or office bearer has done for the organization. The payment must be a reasonable amount for the work that has been done.

3.3  A member of the organization can only get money back from the organization for expenses that she or he has paid for or on behalf of the organization.

3.4  Members or office bearers of the organization do not have rights over things that belong to the organization.

4. MEMBERSHIP AND GENERAL MEETINGS

      4.1 If a person wants to become a member of the organization, she or he will have to ask the   organization’s management committee. The management committee has the right to say no.

4.2 Members of the organization must attend its annual general meetings. At the annual general meeting members exercise their right to determine the policy of the organization.

4.3 No elected member may be removed from office unless he/she has been afforded an opportunity to state his/her case personally to the body proposing the removal of that elected member.

A member of the Organization or an office-bearer shall have the right to appeal to an independent body of three (3) persons agreed upon by the Representative Organization. The decision of that independent body shall be final.

4.4 The Organization has perpetual succession and legal existence independent of its members who shall not be responsible for any of its liabilities and who shall have no right to any of its assets, solely by virtue of their being members or office-bearers.

Circumstances and manner in which office-bearers may be removed from office; provision for appeals against such removal, procedures for such appeals the body to which such appeals can be made.

4.5 An elected member may be removed from office, if:

  • he/she infringes any of the provisions of the Constitution;
  • he/she acts in a manner which is detrimental to the interest of the Organization.

4.6 The members and officers of the Organization are not personally liable for any of its obligations and debts

5. MANAGEMENT

5.1  A management committee will manage the organization. The management committee will be made up of not less than 2 members. They are the office bearers of the organization.

5.2  Office bearers will serve for one year but they can stand for re-election for another term in office after that. They can stand for re-election again and again as long as their services are needed and they are ready to give their services.

5.3  If a member of the management committee does not attend three management committee meetings in a row, without having applied for and obtaining leave of absence from the management committee, then the management committee will find a new member to take that person’s place.

5.4 The management committee will meet at least once a month. More than half of members     need to be at the meeting to make decisions that are allowed to be carried forward. This constitutes a quorum.

5.5  Minutes will be taken at every meeting to record the management committee’s decisions. The minutes of each meeting will be given to management committee members at least two weeks before the next meeting. The minutes shall be confirmed as a true record of proceedings, by the next meeting of the management committee, and shall thereafter be signed by the chairperson.

5.6  The organization has the right to form sub-committees. The decisions that sub-committees take must be given to the management committee. The management committee must decide whether to agree to them or not at its next meeting. This meeting should take place soon after the sub-committee’s meeting. By agreeing to decisions the management committee ratifies them. All members of the organization have to abide by decisions that are taken by the management committee. The SUB-COMMITTEES for Acting Hope would include a Committee for the Volunteers and for Acting Green focusing on Green projects throughout the term. The other divisions of Acting Hope would be included under the general committee.

6. POWERS OF THE ORGINISATION

The management committee may take on the power and authority that it believes it needs to be able to achieve the objectives that are stated in point number 2 of this constitution. Its activities must abide by the law.

6.1  The management committee has the power and authority to raise funds or to invite and receive contributions.

6.2  The management committee does, however, have the power to buy, hire or exchange for any property that it needs to achieve its objectives.

6.3  The management committee has the right to make by-laws for proper management, including procedure for application, approval and termination of membership.

6.4  Organisation will decide on the powers and functions of office bearers.

7. MEETINGS AND PROCEDURES

7.1  The management committee must hold at least two ordinary meetings each year.

7.2  The chairperson, or two members of the committee, can call a special meeting if they want to. But they must let the other management committee members know the date of the proposed meeting not less than 21 days before it is due to take place. They must also tell the other members of the committee which issues will be discussed at the meeting. If, however, one of the matters to be discussed is to appoint a new management committee member, then those calling the meeting must give the other committee members not less than 30 days notice.

7.3  The chairperson shall act as the chairperson of the management committee. If the chairperson does not attend a meeting, then members of the committee who are present choose which one of them will chair that meeting. This must be done before the meeting starts.

7.4  There shall be a quorum whenever such a meeting is held.

7.5  When necessary, the management committee will vote on issues. If the votes are equal on an issue, then the chairperson has either a second or a deciding vote.

7.6  Minutes of all meetings must be kept safely and always be on hand for members to consult.

7.7  If the management committee thinks it is necessary, then it can decide to set up one or more sub-committees. It may decide to do this to get some work done quickly. Or it may want a sub-committee to do an inquiry, for example. There must be at least three people on a subcommittee. The sub-committee must report back to the management committee on its activities. It should do this regularly.

8. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS

8.1  The annual general meeting must be held once every year, towards the end of the

Organization’s financial year.

8.2  The organization should deal with the following business, amongst others, at its annual general meeting:

  • Agree to the items to be discussed on the agenda.
  • Write down who is there and who has sent apologies because they cannot attend.
  • Read and confirm the previous meeting’s minutes with matters arising.
  • Chairperson’s report.
  • Treasurer’s report.
  • Changes to the constitution that members may want to make.

*Elect new office bearers.

  • General.
  • Close the meeting.

9. FINANCE

9.1  An accounting officer shall be appointed at the annual general meeting. His or her duty is to audit and check on the finances of the organization. The treasurer’s job is to control the day to day finances of the organization. The treasurer shall arrange for all funds to be put into a bank account in the name of the organization. The treasurer must also keep proper records of all the finances.

9.2  Whenever funds are taken out of the bank account, the chairperson and at least two other members of the organization must sign the withdrawal or cheque.

9.3  The financial year of the organization ends on 28 February.

9.4  The organization’s accounting records and reports must be ready and handed to the Director of Nonprofit Organisation within six months after the financial year end.

9.5  If the organization has funds that can be invested, the funds may only be invested with registered financial institutions. These institutions are listed in Section 1 of the Financial Institutions (Investment of Funds) Act, 1984. Or the organization can get securities that are listed on a licensed stock exchange as set out in the Stock Exchange Control Act, 1985. The organization can go to different banks to seek advice on the best way to look after its funds.

9.6  Provision for acquiring and controlling assets

  • The income and property of the organization will be used to promote its objectives and will not be distributed to its members or office-bearers, except as reasonable compensation for their work. As this principle applies during the life time of the organization and on its closure (dissolution), its property will be given to an organization with similar objectives

10. CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION

10.1 The constitution can be changed by a resolution. The resolution has to be agreed upon and passed by not less than two thirds of the members who are at the annual general meeting or special general meeting. Members must vote at this meeting to change the constitution.

10.2 Two thirds of the members shall be present at a meeting (“the quorum”) before a decision to change the constitution is taken. Any annual general meeting may vote upon such a notion, if the details of the changes are set out in the notice referred to in 7.3

10.3 A written notice must go out not less than fourteen (14) days before the meeting at which the changes to the constitution are going to be proposed. The notice must indicate the proposed changes to the constitution that will be discussed at the meeting.

10.4 No amendments may be made which would have the effect of making the organization cease to exist.

11. DISSOLUTION

11.1 The organization may close down if at least two-thirds of the members present and voting at a meeting convened for the purpose of considering such matter, are in favor of closing down.

11.2 When the organization closes down it has to pay off all its debts. After doing this, if there is property or money left over it should not be paid or given to members of the organization. It should be given in some way to another nonprofit organization that has similar objectives. The organization’s general meeting can decide what organization this should be.

This constitution was approved and accepted by members of ACTING HOPE

At a special (general) meeting held on 31 MAY 2012