The Carnivorous Plant Society

The Carnivorous Plant Society is a registered Charity, founded in 1978 with the aim of bringing together all those interested in carnivorous plants, both beginners and experts. Membership is open to all individuals and institutions, both amateur and professional.

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Governing Document


Rule 1 
The Society shall be called the Carnivorous Plant Society.

Rule 2
The Society shall be affiliated to the R.H.S. and any other suitable group.

Rule 3
The objects of the Society are to advance the education of the public in the study of carnivorous plants and to promote the conservation of such plants. In furtherance of the above object but not further or otherwise the Society may:
(a) gather and disseminate particulars of cultivation;
(b) hold meetings, shows, lectures and such other activities as shall
promote the objects;
(c) raise funds and invite and receive contributions from any person or persons whatsoever by way of subscriptions and otherwise PROVIDED that the Society shall not undertake any permanent trading activities in raising funds for its primary charitable objects.

Rule 4
Membership of the Society shall be open to all persons interested in Carnivorous Plants.

Rule 5
The minimum subscription shall be £2.50 per annum, due on the 1st January. Any member joining after 1st October shall not be required to pay another subscription for the following year beginning on 1st January. A General Meeting shall have the power to raise or lower the subscription or impose an entrance fee.

Rule 6
Applications for Membership shall be sent to the secretary of the societyand the application made on the prescribed form to be returned to the Secretary accompanied by the amount of the entrance fee (if any).

Rule 7
Members more than three months in arrears with their subscription and failing to comply with a notice from the secretary within 14 days after receiving such notice, may be considered to have resigned.

Rule 8
Any member who wishes to terminate his or her membership shall give notice in writing to that effect to the secretary before 1st January of the following year.

Rule 9
A complete record of the names and addresses of members and the dates of payment of their subscriptions shall be kept by the secretary and treasurer.

Rule 10
If the conduct of any Member shall be in the opinion of the committee to be deleterious to the objects and interests of the society, the committee, having in its opinion given reasonable opportunity to the Member to furnish an explanation to it, in writing, shall be empowered to request such Member to resign, and shall have the power to suspend the Member from the privilege and membership of the Society in the meantime.  If the Member so requested shall not resign within one month after such request, the committee may thereupon and without further enquiry authorise the secretary to erase his or her name from the list of Members. All payments for entrance fee or subscription made by a member who shall be called on to resign or be expelled, shall be forfeited and the Member shall have no remedy against the Society.

Rule 11
The Officers of the Society shall consist of a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Editor. Show-secretary, Librarian and four committee members. All shall retire annually at the Annual General Meeting, but all officers shall be eligible for re-election.

Rule 12
The Annual General Meeting, notice of which shall be sent to members at least 14 days beforehand, shall be held not later than the month of May, for the following purposes:
(a) To receive the Committee's report and the Accounts for the year ended on the 31st December.
(b) To consider any alterations to the rules.
(c) To elect officers for the following year.
(d) To consider any other business.

Rule 13
Any nominations for the committee and proposals for alterations or additions to the rules of the society, shall be submitted in writing to the secretary for consideration by the Annual General Meeting, and must be sent at least 10 days before the meeting. Four members of the committee shall form a quorum.

Rule 14
Alterations to these Rules shall receive the assent of two-thirds of the members present and voting at an Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting. A resolution for the alteration of the rules must be received by the Secretary of the Society at least 21 days before the meeting at which the resolution is to be brought forward. At least 14 days' notice of such a meeting must be given by the Secretary to the membership and must include notice of the alteration proposed. Provided that no alteration to Rules 3 (objects), 15 (dissolution) or this rule, shall take effect until the approval in writing of the Charity Commissioners or other authority having charitable jurisdiction shall be obtained; and no alteration shall be made which would have the effect of causing the Society to cease to be a charity at law.

Rule 15
The Committee is empoowered to call a Special General Meeting if it so desires, and shall do so if requested in writing by at least ten members of the Society.  The Society may be dissolved by a Resolution passed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a Special General Meeting convenedfor the purpose, of which 21 days' notice shall have been given to the members. Such resolution may give instructions for the disposal of any assets held by or in the name of the Society, provided that if anyproperty remains after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities such property shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the Society but shall be given or transferred to such other charitable institution or institutions having objects similar to some or all of the objects of
the Society as the Society may with the approval of the Charity Commissioners or other authority having charitable jurisdiction determined.

Rule 16
If any question shall arise as to the applicability of these Rules, or as to any matter not covered by these Rules, it shall be decided by the Committee, whose decision shall be final.

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