of the Dundee Nablus Twinning Association
as passed at AGM 13/6/05
The Association shall be called the Dundee Nablus Twinning Association
(hereinafter called the - “Association”.
2.1 To promote and foster friendship and understanding between the
people of Dundee and those of Nablus.
2.2 To encourage visits by individuals and groups to and from the
linked cities, including children and young people and the development
of personal contacts and by doing so to broaden mutual understanding of
the cultural, recreational , educational and commercial activities of
the linked cities.
2.3 To organise fund raising activities to foster the aims of the
2.4 To promote and encourage twinning projects between Dundee and
Nablus particularly of an educational and commercial nature.
2.5 To endeavour to ensure that at least one twinning project goes
ahead each year.
3.1 Membership of the Association shall be open to all persons or
organisations interested in promoting the aims of twinning between
Dundee and Nablus. There shall be three categories of
- individual membership, family membership being open to all members of
a family over the age of 18 years and corporate membership entitling
not more than two members of the organisation to the rights conferred
on individual or family members.
3.2 All members shall pay such annual subscription as shall be fixed
from time to time by the management committee. The annual
subscription for the succeeding year will fall due at the beginning of
the Association’s financial year. Any member whose
subscription is three months in arrears shall automatically cease to be
a member of the Association.
4. Management Committee
4. 1 The affairs of the Association shall be administered by a
management committee elected, from amongst the members of the
Association, at each Annual General Meeting, together with the Lord
Provost of the City of Dundee who shall be Honorary President of the
Association. The Management Committee will consist of a
of 7 and a maximum of 15 members inclusive of the Lord Provost.
4. 2 Subject to the terms of this constitution the Management Committee
shall have full authority to take any action which they consider
desirable to further the objects of the Association. The
Management Committee shall also have power to withdraw membership from
any members of the Association. Any proposal to withdraw
membership shall be dealt with at a Special Meeting of the Committee
called for that purpose and a Notice calling the meeting shall specify
the name of the member concerned. That member shall have the
right to be heard at the meeting and any motion to withdraw membership
shall only be effective if there is a two-thirds majority of those
present and voting at the meeting in favour of the motion.
4.3 Nominations for membership of the Management Committee shall be
made verbally or in writing at the Annual General Meeting.
nominee shall require to consent to the nomination verbally or in
writing before election. In the event of there being no more
nominations than there are vacancies all of the nominees shall be
declared duly elected. In the event of there being more
nominations than vacancies the members of the Committee shall be
elected by a simple show of hands at the AGM.
4.4 Members of the Management Committee shall take office at the end of
the Annual General Meeting at which they are elected and shall hold
office until the end of the Annual General Meeting next succeeding
including any adjournment thereof. They shall be eligible for
4.5 The Management shall elect from its members a Chairperson of the
Association, a vice chairperson, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer
and such other office bearers as the Management Committee may, in their
discretion, consider necessary or desirable. Any two of these
offices may, in the discretion of the Management Committee, be
combined. The Management Committee shall be entitled to
to such office bearers such powers as they may deem
The Management Committee shall have power to fill any casual vacancy in
their number [up to the number approved at the preceding Annual General
Meeting, and any member so appointed shall hold office until the end of
the Annual General next succeeding including any adjournment thereof
and shall be eligible for re-election.
4.6 The Management Committee shall have power to appoint, from the
membership of the Association, such Sub-committees as they may from
time to time decide and to determine the powers, composition and terms
of reference of any such Sub-committee. Members of the
Sub-committees shall hold office until the end of the next Annual
General Meeting and they shall be eligible for re-election.
4.7 The Management Committee shall also be entitled to co-opt to the
membership of the Management Committee or any Sub-committee such
persons whether or not members of the Association as they consider
desirable but any person so co-opted shall not be entitled to a vote in
the event of a division at any meeting of the Committee or
4.8 The Quorum of the Management Committee shall be 5 members excluding
ex officio members and for meetings of any Sub-committee shall be three
4.9 The Honorary President, the Chairman of the Management Committee,
the Honorary Secretary and the Honorary Treasurer shall be ex officio
members of all Sub-committees.
5.1 The Annual General Meeting of the ‘association shall be
on ……….. or on such other date as may
be from time
to time agreed by the Management Committee. The Honorary
Secretary shall, 21 days prior to such date or as soon as possible
thereafter, issue to all members notice of such meeting specifying the
date, time and place and the items of business to be placed before the
meeting. At the Annual General Meeting the Management
shall submit a report of the activities of the Association and the
audited accounts for the preceding year.
5.2 An Extraordinary General Meeting shall be called by the Honorary
Secretary on the instruction of the Management Committee or on a
requisition to that effect signed by not fewer than nine members of the
Association and specifying the matter(s) to be considered at such a
meeting. An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Association
shall take place within 28 days of such an instruction being given or
such requisition being made and shall be called on not less than 21
days notice in writing which notice shall specify the matters to be
discussed at the Extraordinary General Meetings.
5.3 Meetings of the Management Committee shall be held on such dates as
may from time to time be approved by the Committee or by the
Chairperson. The Honorary Secretary shall give all members of the
Management Committee not less than seven clear days notice in writing
of the date, time and place of the meeting and of the items of business
to be considered.
5.4 The Chair at any General Meeting of the Association or the
Management Committee shall be taken by the Chairperson of the
Association whom failing by the Vice-Chairperson, whom failing by such
other member of the Management Committee as may be elected by the
members present at the meeting.
5.5 In the event of an equality of votes at any meeting the Chairperson
of the meeting shall have a casting vote as well as a deliberative vote.
5.6 The Honorary Secretary shall ensure that minutes are kept of all
the General Meetings and Committee and Sub-committee meetings of the
6.1 All monies received on behalf of the Association shall be kept in
safe custody by the Honorary Treasurer and all cheques drawn on the
Association’s account shall be signed by any two of the
Chairperson, Honorary Treasurer or Honorary Secretary.
6.2 The financial year of the Association shall be from 1st April to
31st March or such other date as set by the Management Committee.
6.3 The Honorary Treasurer shall keep proper financial accounts of the
finances of the Association and shall at the Annual General Meeting
submit audited accounts for the financial year.
6.4 An Auditor shall be appointed each year at the Annual General
6.5 The Honorary Treasurer shall open such account or accounts with a
bank or banks approved by the Management Committee as the Committee may
consider necessary or desirable.
6.6 Surplus funds from time to time may be invested by the Management
Committee at their discretion.
6.7 The Management Committee shall have no power to borrow money or to
incur a bank overdraft without the authority of the Association in
7.1 Only members present at the meeting shall be entitled to vote.
7.2 Each individual member shall be entitled to one vote and each
family or corporate member shall be entitled to two votes provided that
two members of such family or organisation are present at the meeting.
of the Constitution
A General Meeting of the Association shall have power to amend this
Constitution provided that the nature of the amendment is
specified in a notice to all members setting out the date, time and
place of the meeting, and issued not less than 21 days prior to such
date, that the amendment is approved by a majority of not less than two
thirds of the votes recorded by members present at the meeting.
9. Dissolution of the Constitution
9.1 A General Meeting of the Association shall have power to dissolve
the Association provided that the proposal to dissolve is specified in
a notice to all members setting out the date, time and place of the
meeting and issued not less than 21 days prior to that date and that
the dissolution is approved by a majority of not less than two thirds
of the votes recorded at the meeting, provided that there
be a minimum of recorded votes of not less than two thirds of all the
members of the Association at that time. A proposal to
the Association shall be submitted to a General Meeting only on a
motion by the Management Committee or in pursuance of a requisition
submitted to the Honorary Secretary signed by not less than 11 members
or by two thirds of the existing members of the Association, whichever
shall be the lesser. Members who are unable to attend such a
meeting shall be entitled to record their votes by notice bearing the
name and address of, and signed by the member posted or delivered to
the Honorary Secretary so as not (sic) to reach him (sic) not later
than the time of commencement of the meeting as specified in the notice
calling the same.
9.2 If the motion to dissolve the Association is successful the whole
funds and assets of the Association, after settlement of outstanding
obligations, shall be disposed of by the Management Committee in the
spirit of this Constitution. If this is not possible, surplus
funds will be paid to the Director of Finance of Dundee City Council
for the credit of the Common Good Fund.