The Anglo-Danish Society

Rules

1 OBJECTIVES OF THE SOCIETY

As a registered charity the Society is non-political, non-sectarian and non-commercial. Its objectives are:

a)    The promotion of closer understanding and friendship between the United Kingdom and Denmark by arranging or sponsoring social and cultural functions and events on a wide front; and
b)    The administration of certain charitable funds for the assistance of selected study and research projects as well as charities of Anglo-Danish interest.

2 APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP

Application for membership shall be made on the prescribed form obtainable from the Secretary and shall be signed by the candidate and a Member of the Society as proposer, or, failing that, with a suitable personal reference, the application to be submitted for consideration at the next meeting of the Council.

3 MEMBERSHIP

The annual subscription, payable on the 1st January, shall be:

Individual membership:        £ 25
Family membership (Member, spouse and children under 18):    £ 40
Corporate membership:        £ 200

The Council shall have power to elect persons who have rendered long and distinguished service to Anglo-Danish relations as Honorary Members, such Members to be exempt from payment of subscription.

Membership of the Society shall be considered terminated if subscription remains unpaid for one year.

4 THE COUNCIL

The Society’s administration shall be vested in the Council, which shall consist of not fewer than 6 and not more than 20 members, to be elected at the Annual General Meeting as vacancies arise. Casual vacancies may be filled by the Council and shall be subject to confirmation at the next Annual General Meeting. After three years, Council Members shall stand down for a year before seeking re-election. Exempted from the latter rule shall be the Society’s serving officers and ex officio members. Ex officio members of the Council are the representative of the Danish Embassy in London, the Pastor of the Danish Church in London and the Manager of the Danish KFUK in London. Five Members shall form a quorum. Resolutions shall be carried by majority vote. In the event of there being no majority vote, the Chairman may exercise a casting vote.

5 GENERAL MEETINGS

An Annual General Meeting shall be held for the election of Council Members, presentation of accounts and any other business. Members of the Society shall be entitled to submit resolutions at this meeting, provided that 14 days’ notice, setting out the terms of such resolutions, are given in writing to the Honorary Secretary. At the Annual General Meeting, 10 Members shall form a quorum. An Extraordinary General Meeting may be called whenever it is considered desirable by the Council or one is demanded by Members, such request to be signed by not fewer than five Members, setting forth in writing their reasons for wanting such a meeting. At an Extraordinary General Meeting 15 Members shall form a quorum. Notice of a General Meeting shall be circulated to all Members at least seven clear days before the date of the Meeting

6 CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN

At its first meeting following the Annual General Meeting, the Council shall, before beginning any other business, elect a Chairman and Vice-Chairman from their midst for the ensuing year.

7 OFFICERS

An Honorary Secretary and an Honorary Treasurer shall be appointed by the Council and shall submit themselves for re-appointment after each Annual General Meeting. The Council may appoint a Scholarship Secretary from among its members.

8 COMMITTEES

The Council shall be empowered to appoint Committees and to delegate to them such powers as may be considered desirable.

9 HONORARY PRESIDENTS

The Council shall be empowered to elect Honorary Presidents of the Society.

10  PROTECTOR OF THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME

The Council shall be empowered to appoint a Protector of the Scholarship Programme.

11 AMENDMENT OF RULES

No amendment of these rules shall be made except at a General Meeting, and notice of any proposed amendment shall be circulated to Members at least seven days before the General Meeting.

Last amended - May 2015