The Group shall be known as "The UK Six Metre
Group", hereinafter known as "the Group".
The aims of the group will be:-
- to encourage operation on the Six Metre Band,
- to publicise and exchange information relating
this band with other users,
- to bring to the attention of appropriate official
bodies any special aspects associated with Six Metre Band
operation which merit attention.
- Membership of the group shall be open to all
persons. The Committee reserves the right, in exceptional cases, to
refuse an application for membership.
- The committee shall be empowered to expel any
member whose conduct, in the committee's opinion, is considered to be
prejudicial to the aims and interests of the Group. No member shall be
expelled without first being given the opportunity to appear before
- At its sole discretion, the committee shall be
empowered to grant to an individual Honorary Membership of the group.
Such membership shall carry all the rights of full membership but be
free from annual subscription.
- The annual subscription for membership shall be
determined from time to time by the committee.
- All subscriptions shall be due and payable on the
anniversary date. Members in arrears will be treated as
non-members until any subscription(s) due is (are) fully
- In special circumstances the committee shall
have the power to waive or reduce subscriptions payable by an
The Groups affairs shall be administered by a
committee comprised of officers and ordinary members. The
officers shall comprise a Chairman, Vice-Chairman,
Treasurer and Secretary. There shall not be more than 6
and no fewer than 4 ordinary members of committee. For a
period of one year after relinquishing office, the past
chairman shall serve as an ex-officio member of the
6) ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND ORDINARY COMMITTEE
- Officers and ordinary committee members shall
be elected annually by a postal ballot (see 6(j)).
- The term of office for both officers and
ordinary members of committee shall commence on the date of their
election and continue until the date of the next election.
- For the postal ballot, a Returning Officer who
is not a member of the group shall be nominated by the Chairman, and
the name of the Returning Officer circulated to members with ballot
papers. The decisions of the Returning Officer shall be final.
- Members wishing to stand for election as
officers or ordinary members of the group shall submit a nomination to
the Secretary no later than six weeks prior to the published date of
- A valid nomination shall bear the signatures of a proposer and a seconder, both of whom shall be fully
paid-up members of the Group. The nominee will signify
his/her willingness to stand for election and may submit
a short statement stating his/her qualifications for
- Serving officers or ordinary committee members
are not debarred from standing for re-election.
- No later than thirty days before the scheduled
date of an election, the Secretary shall send to all fully paid-up
members of the Group valid ballot papers containing details of all
those offering themselves for election.
- Members of the Group wishing to vote shall send
their completed ballot papers to the Returning Officers postmarked no
later than the due date stated on the ballot papers.
- The results of the ballot shall be announced at
the Annual General Meeting and by a statement in a group publication
circulated to all members.
- Following a postal ballot, if there remain
unfilled posts for officers or ordinary members of committee, these
posts may be filled at an Annual General Meeting by candidates being
nominated and seconded from the floor and a vote taken by a show of
hands. A simple majority shall determine the outcome.
- The committee through a vetting proceedure shall
appoint the Treasurer.
The Treasurer shall:
- maintain the Group's accounts.
- be responsible for the safe keeping of Group
funds under his/her control.
- advise the committee on all financial matters
pertaining to the activities and aims of the group.
Withdrawals of Group funds up to one hundred pounds
shall require only the signature of the Treasurer. Sums
in excess of this amount shall require the signature of
the Treasurer and one other of the group's officers.
8). ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Members shall receive notification of the date, time
and venue of an Annual General Meeting provided that not
less than 28 days prior to the scheduled date of the such
The committee shall be empowered to call an
Extraordinary General Meeting provided that not less than
28 days notice of the scheduled date of such meeting is
notified in writing to group members.
The agenda for an Annual General Meeting shall be:
Apologies for absence
Minutes of previous meeting
Result of postal ballot
Election of any officers and ordinary members of
committee to offices not filled by postal ballot
Any other business
- The committee shall meet not less than twice
annually. Any two officers of the Group or any three ordinary members
of committee may call for a committee meeting to be held provided that
28 days notice of the date of the meeting is given.
- A quorum of the Committee will be deemed to be
present if two officers and three other members of the committee are
- The Chairman will preside at all meetings at
which he/she is present.
- The Secretary shall keep Minutes of all
- All elected committee members present at
committee meetings shall be entitled to vote.
- The committee shall make all necessary
arrangements to ensure a flow of information to Group members and
shall appoint an editor for the Group's publication.
- An editor who is not an elected officer or
ordinary committee member shall be permitted to attend committee
meetings but not be entitled to vote.
The Constitution may be amended from time to time
subject to the following conditions:
- proposed amendments shall be submitted in writing
and signed by a proposer and seconder, both of whom must
be fully paid-up members of the Group.
- members will be balloted on such amendments.
- at least sixty percentage of votes cast must be in favour for any amendment to gain acceptance.
NOTE: BEACON FUND
It was considered by the committee that their powers
under both the old and the proposed new Constitutions
enabled them to fund beacons without the need to set
aside funds for this purpose, though the Group's Beacon
Fund still exists.