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OXFORD BRAZILIAN SOCIETY CONSTITUTION

CHAPTER I - AIMS AND OBJECTS

CHAPTER II - MEMBERSHIP

CHAPTER III - THE SUBSCRIPTION

CHAPTER IV - THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CLUB AND THE COMMITTEE

CHAPTER V - THE GENERAL MEETING

CHAPTER VI - THE PROPERTY

CHAPTER VII - MISCELLANEOUS

 

CHAPTER I - AIMS AND OBJECTS 

1.The aims and objects of the Society shall be as follows:
  1. to promote debate about the Brazilian reality related with social, economic, political and cultural aspects;
  2. to improve the relationship among the Brazilian community itself and among the Brazilian community, the British society and other overseas communities;
  3. to promote the articulation of the interests of Brazilian postgraduate students and researchers residing in Oxfordshire through association to adequate organisms.

CHAPTER II - MEMBERSHIP

2. Full membership must be confined to members of the University and, at the discretion of the committee (to be defined in Article 7), certain other institutions listed in the Proctors' and Assessor's Memorandum.

3.Non-University members other than those referred to in Article 2 may also be admitted, if the club wishes. The total number of non-University members shall not exceed one-fifth of the total membership.

4.The General Meeting has the discretion to dismiss any member (see Article 14).

CHAPTER III - THE SUBSCRIPTION

5.The sessional subscription shall be fixed by the Annual General Meeting preceding the session in which it is to be levied.

CHAPTER IV - THE GOVERNING BODY OF THE CLUB AND THE COMMITTEE

6.The Officers of the Society shall be:

  1. Senior Member;
  2. President;
  3. Secretary;
  4. Treasurer;
  5. Auditor.
7.The Committee of the Society is composed by its Officers.

8.All the rules concerning method of election or appointment, and duration of office of the committee are the same as those applied to the Officers.

9.The Officers shall be elected by a ballot at the General Meeting. Casual vacancies shall be fixed by a ballot at a special General Meeting.

10.The General Meeting shall appoint a member of congregation as Senior Member of the Society, who shall be an ex officio member of its Committee.

11.Annual elections for all Officers of the Society shall take place in Trinity Term each year.

12.Eligibility to any of the positions listed in Article 8 shall be confined to the full members of the Society.

13.The Committee may from time to time appoint sub-committees to undertake such tasks as it considers appropriate. 

CHAPTER V - THE GENERAL MEETING

14.The General Meeting consists of a meeting of all the members of the Society. It is the highest decision powered organism in the Society. Its attributes are:

  1. to suggest the directions to be followed by the Society;
  2. to analyse and approve the report and accounts for the past year presented by the retiring Officers for consideration;
  3. to dismiss the Officers or members of the Society;
  4. to elect the next Officers;
  5. to dissolve the Society;
  6. to amend this Constitution.
15.There shall be at least one General Meeting each year, which shall be called by the Secretary in writing. At least 72 hours notice shall be given of any General Meeting.

16.A special General Meeting may be called by the Secretary upon the instructions of the Officers or by not fewer than thirty per cent of the members in writing.

17.The quorum for General Meetings shall be fifty per cent plus one of the full members in a first calling and as many persons as present in a second calling thirty minutes later.

18.The dismissal of the Officers and amendments of this Constitution may be made by an affirmative vote of two thirds of the full members of the Society. 

CHAPTER VI - THE PROPERTY

19.The property of the Society shall be vested in the present Treasurer.

20.Bank account cheques on behalf of the Society shall be signed by both the President and the Treasurer.

21.In the event of dissolution of the Society, or if it shall have failed to meet during any period of eighteen consecutive months, the said property shall, subjected to the payment of any liabilities of the Society and of the Treasurer to indemnify him/herself against any liabilities properly incurred by him/her as Treasurer, be vested in the Oxford University Student Union. 

CHAPTER VII - MISCELLANEOUS

22.The Society shall be administered at all times in accordance with the Regulations for student clubs and societies published in the current edition of the Proctors' and Assessor's Memorandum.