THE NEW MERIDIAN
- NAME AND DEFINITION
The New Meridian organisation is a Group of Group Travel Organisers and their Business Associates (known as Partnership Members) and will be referred to as The New Meridian.
The objects of the Group:
- To come together and take Group Travel Organiser Members with the support of the Partnership Members on Familiarisation day/weekend or weeks away to showcase what their Group could do and introduce new destinations and visits.
- To provide networking opportunities for Group Travel Organisers and Partnership Members
- To assist Group Travel Organiser Members in all matters relating to organising Groups.
- To represent wherever applicable the needs of Group Travel Organisers.
Membership of the Group will be available to Group Travel Organisers all over the UK.
Membership of the Group shall consist of initially up to 100 Group Travel Organisers, 100 Profit Making Group Travel Organisers and 100 Partnership Members.
Group Travel Organiser membership will be subject to verification as ‘Active’ Group Travel Organisers by showing their latest newsletter and details of their last three tours/trips.
Any one Group may have two Group Travel Organisers to represent the Group as members.
Social Membership will be available to Group Travel Organisers who have retired from organising and will be subject to Committee approval.
The Committee has the right to refuse membership.
The New Meridian will be managed by a Committee made up of the following positions; Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and four other members. All these positions will be on an honorary basis and be voted on at the Annual General Meeting each year. The Committee can fill any vacancies that occur during the year at a meeting until the next AGM.
The Committee shall have power to appoint sub-committees and to determine their powers and terms of reference.
- RESIGNATION OR RETIREMENT
Any member of a Committee shall vacate their office if:
- They give notice of intention to resign and the resignation is accepted.
- It is deemed that an Officer of the Committee has behaved inappropriately or outside of their remit. The Committee shall have the power to request their resignation.
- ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Committee shall not later than six months after the end of each financial year convene an Annual General Meeting of the Group, of which not less than fourteen days' notice shall be given in writing to each member of the Group, and which all members of the Group shall be entitled to attend, to:
(a) Consider the Annual Report of the Committee and the Group income and expenditure accounts for the preceding financial year, a balance sheet showing the assets and liabilities at the end of that year and the auditor's certificate.
(b) Appoint the Honorary Officers.
(c) Elect the Committee.
(d) Appoint an auditor or auditors.
(e) Discuss and consider motions, notice of which shall have been given in writing to the Secretary.
(f) Vote on any proposals to amend this constitution.
- SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
The Chairman or the Secretary may at any time, and shall within 21 days of receiving a request to do so, signed by not less than one twentieth of the members of the Group with a minimum of ten members, and giving reasons for the request, call a Special General Meeting, of which fourteen days' notice shall be given. The notice of the meeting shall contain notice of the matters to be discussed and the terms of any motions which it is intended to move.
The Hon Treasurer shall keep proper financial records, shall report regularly to the Committee, and shall be responsible for the preparation annually of Group income and expenditure accounts for the preceding financial year, a balance sheet showing the assets and liabilities at the end of that year, and for their submission to the Group’s auditor.
- ALTERATIONS TO THE CONSTITUTION
This can only be done at the Annual General Meeting.