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THE MCCARRISON SOCIETY   THE MCCARRISON SOCIETY
(draft) CONSTITUTION: 2012

 

CONSTITUTION: 1988
1. NAME and PURPOSE   1. NAME
The Society shall be named ‘The McCarrison Society for Nutrition and Health’

The Purpose of the Society is the physical and mental health of this and future generations, on the principles of the late Sir Robert McCarrison in whose honour the Society was formed. Free from economic and political pressures, we continue to assemble scientific evidence on effects of nutrition on health. By the first scientific experiments showing that the most important factor in health is nutrition, McCarrison, demonstrated the effect of nutrition on the epidemiology of disease, so becoming the founder of modern nutrition.
  The Society shall be named ‘The McCarrison Society for Nutrition and Health’
2. OBJECTS   2. OBJECTS
We work to:
 
a.      Promote health by advocating sound nutrition on the principles of the late Sir Robert McCarrison using up-to-date evidence.
 
b.      Collect and collate information and evidence from all over the world on the relationship between nutrition and health.
 
c.      Encourage and initiate further research projects in the field of nutrition.
 
d.      Urge the inclusion of nutrition as a mandatory subject in medical departments and encourage the teaching of nutrition in schools, according to Sir Robert McCarrison’s principles.
 
e.      Disseminate relevant information by appropriate electronic means, conferences, lectures, our Journal and Newsletter; by liaison with other scientific bodies, and health and environmental, agricultural and fisheries professions.
 
f.        Fund, where appropriate, the publication of books and papers and make relevant information available to the media to reach the public as well as professions.
 
g.      Provide speakers to take part in media debates intended to inform a wide audience of the importance of nutrition in maintaining good health.
 


 

To advance public education in, and initiate, carry out or sponsor, the study of the relationship between food, nutrition and the promotion of health, following the initiative of Sir Robert McCarrison. To report the results of such study to members, and to make such results available to the public and to official and other relevant bodies.
3. POWERS   3. POWERS
In furtherance of these objects, but not otherwise, the Society shall have the following powers:   In furtherance of these objects, but not otherwise, the Society shall have the following powers:
a. The holding of public meetings, lectures and conferences.   a. The holding of public meetings, lectures and conferences.
b. The making of grants to qualified research workers.   b. The making of grants to qualified research workers.
c. The promulgation of any material suitable for any medium of communication and relevant to the Society's Purpose.   c. The promulgation of any material suitable for any medium of communication and relevant to the Society's objects.
d. The setting up of Groups, regional or otherwise, within the Society's membership, or in collaboration with other organisations, under such conditions as the Committee shall decide.   d. The setting up of Groups, regional or otherwise, within the Society's membership, or in collaboration with other organisations, under such conditions as the Committee shall decide.
4. MEMBERSHIP   4. MEMBERSHIP
Shall be open to those interested in the nutritional sciences and other human and biological sciences, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, public and community health, and dietetics. Qualifications are not required. The Committee shall have the right to refuse or discontinue membership.   Shall be open to those formally qualified in the nutritional sciences and other human and biological sciences, including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, public and community health, and dietetics. Others, not having formal qualifications, may also apply. The Committee shall have the right to refuse or discontinue membership.
5. COMMITTEE and COUNCIL   5. COMMITTEE
The business of the Society shall be conducted by a Committee, which shall comprise:
a. Members elected by the Society, and those co opted by the Committee.
b. One representative appointed or reappointed every two years by each Regional Group set up within the Society's membership, which has fulfilled conditions laid down by the Committee, subject to any decision by the Committee to vary the method of representation by Groups.
c. Subject to the Committee’s approval, members may opt into a Council, which includes all Committee members, and will be normally be kept on the electronic circulation of Committee business.
  The business of the Society shall be conducted by a Committee, which shall comprise:
a. Members elected by the Society, whose number, together with the number of Regional Group representatives, shall not exceed twelve persons, except that where the number of such representatives is in excess of three, the Committee shall have power to increase its total membership by a number equal to that excess,
b. One representative appointed or reappointed every two years by each Regional Group set up within the Society's membership, which has fulfilled conditions laid down by the Committee, subject to any decision by the Committee to vary the method of representation by Groups,
[At least five members of the Committee shall be qualified in biological or nutritional sciences.]   At least five members of the Committee shall be qualified in biological or nutritional sciences,
All members of the Committee, other than the appointed Officers and Regional Group representatives, shall serve for a period of two years. All shall be eligible for re-election.   All members of the Committee, other than the Regional Group representatives, shall be chosen by vote at the Annual General Meeting and shall serve for a period of two years (unless appointed by the Committee as an Officer). All shall be eligible for re-election.
The Committee shall include the Officers appointed under Clause 6.
 -  The Committee shall meet as required.
 -  The Committee may take decisions by a simple majority vote, provided every member has received due notice of the decision with full opportunity to have their opinion received and any vote be counted. In the event of a tie, the Chair shall have a casting vote.
 -  If any vacancy occurs among elected members (including those subsequently appointed as Officers), the Committee shall appoint a member of the Society to serve for the rest of that term of service.
 -  The total membership of the Committee, excluding any co-opted members, shall not fall below six. If membership falls below that number, the remaining members of the Committee shall confer as soon as possible to bring the number up to six by appointing a member or members of the Society.
-  The Committee shall have the right to co-opt up to three further members, and determine terms such as length of service, voting rights.
-  The Committee may set up Sub-Committees and determine their membership and terms of reference. A Sub-Committee may co-opt any member of the Society or up to two non-members for specific purposes, subject to the Chair of the Society. Sub-Committees may only make recommendations to the Committee, unless authorised by it.
  The Committee shall include the Officers appointed under Clause 6.
 -  The Committee shall meet at least once in every quarter of the calendar year.
 -  The quorum at Committee meetings shall be six. Decisions at such meetings shall, failing general agreement, be taken by a simple majority vote. In the event of a tie, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.
 -  If any vacancy occurs among elected members (including those subsequently appointed as Officers), the Committee shall appoint a member of the Society to serve for the rest of that term of service.
 -  The total membership of the Committee, excluding any co-opted members, shall not fall below six. If membership falls below that number, the remaining members of the Committee shall meet as soon as possible to bring the number up to six by appointing a member or members of the Society, and for no other purpose.
 -  The Committee may set up Sub-Committees and determine their membership and terms of reference. Any member of the Society may be co-opted by a Sub-Committee. Sub-Committees may only make recommendations to the Committee, unless otherwise authorised by it.
 -  The Committee shall have the right to co-opt up to three further members, on such terms as to length of service, voting rights and other matters as the Committee may determine.
6.     OFFICERS   6.     OFFICERS
The Officers of the Society shall consist of a Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Editors of the Newsletter and Journal promulgated by the Society. The Officers shall be appointed by the Committee from among its own number, and shall serve for three years. All shall be eligible for re-election.   The Officers of the Society shall consist of a Chairman, a Secretary, a Treasurer, and the Editors of the Newsletter and Journal promulgated by the Society. The Officers shall be appointed by the Committee from among its own number, and shall serve for three years. All shall be eligible for re-election.
Any person employed by or contracted to the Society shall report to the Secretary or such other Officer as the Committee may decide.   Any person employed by or contracted to the Society shall report to the Secretary or such other Officer as the Committee may decide.
7.      ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING   7.      ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
This is required every year by the end of August, but is advisable by the spring, after which dates become more difficult. At least twenty-one clear days' notice shall be given in writing. The Agenda shall include: reports by the Chair and Treasurer; the presentation of the audited accounts; the election of Committee members other than those appointed by Regional Groups; and the appointment of Auditors.   This shall be held every year in November, or as soon thereafter as possible. At least twenty-one clear days' notice shall be given in writing. The quorum at this meeting shall be twenty. The Agenda shall include: reports by the Chairman and Treasurer; the presentation of the audited accounts; the election of Committee members other than those appointed by the Regional Groups; and the appointment of Auditors.
The election shall be carried out by the general body of the membership and may be by postal or e-ballot. Each fully paid-up member of the Society shall have one vote. The Chair shall preside at the Annual General Meeting or, in his absence, a person nominated by the Committee to take the chair at that meeting.   The election shall be carried out by the general body of the membership and may be by postal ballot. Each fully paid-up member of the Society shall have one vote. The Chairman shall preside at the Annual General Meeting or, in his absence, a person nominated by the Committee to take the chair at that meeting.
8.     SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING   8.     SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
A Special meeting may be held for any business not required by this Constitution to be done by an Annual General Meeting. An Agenda shall be sent to all members possible with at least fourteen clear days' notice. The meeting may be called by the Committee, or can be requested by not less than one-tenth of the fully-paid tip membership, in which case it shall be called within three months of the request being received by the Secretary. The quorum at a special general meeting shall be twelve.   Such a meeting may be held to deal with any business not laid down in this Constitution as requiring to be dealt with by an Annual General Meeting. An Agenda shall be sent out with at least fourteen clear days' notice. The meeting may be called by the Committee if it thinks fit, and can also be requested by not less than one-tenth of the fully-paid tip membership, in which case it shall be called within three months of the request being received by the Secretary. The quorum at a special general meeting shall be twenty.
9.      AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION   9.      AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
A Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution can only be considered at an Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting, and subject to Clause 7 or 8 above. To be carried an amendment requires prior consent of the Charity Commissioners and a two-thirds majority vote of the Meeting.   A Resolution proposing such an amendment can only be considered at an Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting, and if proposed by the Committee or by not less than one-tenth of the fully paid-up membership; The sponsors of such an amendment shall notify the Secretary in time for the procedures laid down in Clause 7 or 8 of this Constitution to be observed; and at least twenty-one clear days' notice in writingof the meeting: and details of the proposal shall be given to members. A two-thirds majority vote shall be necessary to carry such an amendment. No amendment shall be made to the Constitution without the prior consent of the Charity Commissioners.
10.    SUBSCRIPTIONS   10.    SUBSCRIPTIONS
Subscription rates can be changed only by means of a Resolution agreed at a General Meeting. Failure to pay a subscription when due may lead to termination of membership, at the discretion of the Committee.   Subscription rates can be changed only by means of a Resolution agreed at a General Meeting. Failure to pay a subscription when due may lead to termination of membership, at the discretion of the Committee.
11.    ACCOUNTING YEAR   11.    ACCOUNTING YEAR
The financial year of the Society shall be determined by the Committee.   The financial year of the Society shall be determined by the Committee.
12.    HONORARY PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENTS   12.    HONORARY PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENTS
These may be appointed at the discretion of the Committee. They may attend Committee meetings, but shall not have voting rights. They must be people distinguished for their work on food, nutrition and health.   These may be appointed at the discretion of the Committee. They may attend Committee meetings, but shall not have voting rights. They must be people distinguished for their work on food, nutrition and health.
13.    DISSOLUTION   13.    DISSOLUTION
In the event of the Society being dissolved, any assets remaining after the payment of outstanding debts and liabilities shall be paid or transferred to the Soil Association or some other charitable institution or institutions having objects similar to those of the Society.   In the event of the Society being dissolved, any assets remaining after the payment of outstanding debts and liabilities shall be paid or transferred to the Soil Association or some other charitable institution or institutions having objects similar to those of the Society.
     

 

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