Aotearoa Quilters received a lot of feedback on what members would like the Association to do during the consultation on winding it up. When the committee looked at this feedback we realized that there would need to be some changes made to our constitution to enable us to do this. So at this years Annual General Meeting we are proposing to make changes to the constitution so that we have the mechanism to do other things in the future. It is important to realize that we are not necessarily implementing these changes immediately but want to be able to do so if after consultation with members and the wider quilting community we should go ahead.
So the changes (highlighted in bold text) are as follows with some reasons for the change in brackets:
The committee shall consist of not less than
sevenfive and not more than ten Members from which the
office bearers shall be appointed (a possible reduction in meeting costs if fewer committee members)
ThreeRegional Representatives appointed but not on the committee representing:
i. the South Island
ii. the North Island from the town of Taupo south.
iii. the North Island north of the town of Taupo.and any other region as appointed by the committee
Shall provide a supportive and information gathering and dissemination role for the committee. ( we believe the regional representatives should be responsible for collecting information on quilters and groups in their area and providing this information for the newsletter and the website so that members can see what is happening in other parts of the country)
3. Under Interpretation – add” And any member of a Guild which has paid a capitation levy subject to Clause 5. “Guild” is a group or club to which those with an interest in patchwork and quilting and aligned crafts pay a membership fee to belong. A “Guild” will usually be a legally constituted body but may not be. (new clause to give Aotearoa Quilters the mechanism to put capitation fees in place with groups / guilds. This is in addition to the current membership structure as there would need to be consultation with the groups and there will also be people who do not belong to other groups/guilds and we would not want to preclude them from being a member)
4. Under membership the following changes to allow capitation fees (if groups/guilds were interested
- The members of the Association shall comprise the Members of the Association immediately prior to Incorporation, together with such other people as the Committee admits to Membership and any groups, clubs or guilds who apply to be affiliate members, and such individuals who pay a capitation levy to the Association through their membership to their local guild.
- Affiliate membership is open to all groups, clubs and guilds with a membership greater than one (1) which accept the objects and rules of the Association, and who apply in writing to the Membership Secretary.
5. The registered office of the Association shall be
Smart Accounting Services, 8 Richardson Street, Whakatane 3120., PO Box 224, Whakatane 3158 the address of the current treasurer ( to enable this to be kept current due to changes of committee and auditor)
6. Under Liquidation of the Association
- The Association may be liquidated at a General Meeting by the majority of Members
present,provided thirty (30) days notice of motion has been given to all Members through a special newsletter. A quorum must be present. Proxy votes will be allowed in writing by a singular postal vote (hard copy or email) submitted no later than 10 days prior to the General Meeting. Any winding up resolution must be confirmed at a second general meeting, called not less than thirty (30) days after the first meeting, to pass a resolution confirming the earlier decision to wind up the Association. At the second meeting the confirming resolution will be passed if approved by a simple majority of all valid votes cast by the Members voting in person. If the confirming resolution is lost, then the earlier resolution shall lapse. If the confirming resolution is passed, the Members shall appoint one or more liquidators to wind up the Association.
7. New clause: New Zealand Symposia. All documentation, contracts and seeding money will be held in trust by the Association to enable consistency and support for all future New Zealand Symposia. Aotearoa Quilters will pass on base documents, contracts, timetables and other information to future Symposium committees to enable them to easily deliver future Symposia. ( feedback from the wider quilting community is that this is a clear role for the Association. The committee want to put something in place in the constitution for this to happen. It is envisaged that a discussion will be held with all quilters at the Christchurch Symposium in 2017 to agree a mandate for the Association to fully undertake this role. Palmerston North and Christchurch organisation is well underway and as this is a major shift in how Symposia currently works it was thought wide consultation should be undertaken and a decision made with as many quilters present as possible. This will take time to make it happen and in the meantime the Association is working very well with both Palmerston North and Christchurch Symposium committees to have a wider presence – given we are making other changes to the constitution we thought we should incorporate this one at the same time so that the mechanism is in place if required)
All these changes will be voted on at our Annual General Meeting on July 13th 11.30am Percy Thompson Art Gallery, Stratford, Taranaki. Please provide us with your feedback by adding yor comments to this post or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org