The original Constitution and by-laws were drafted and approved before the Society’s electronic archive was started. The Constitution has been amended on a number of occasions (table 1). Changes are discussed at AGMs and if that does not have sufficient quorate, then confirmed by subsequent ballot of all members.
Table 1: Changes to the constitution
|Timing of change||Details of change|
|2003||Added bylaw 7: to allow Society to establish Sections|
|2010/12||Wording changes to make constitution more gender neutral
Change to wording to allow electronic ballots and communication,
Changes to allow committee to vary the annual subscription fee, and for these to be paid by direct debit
Changes to allow other Executive Officers to sign cheques in Treasurer’s absence
|2012/13||Honorary members given same rights in Society and ordinary members
Chair’s role to last for two years and become an elected post
Chair to be called president henceforth
|2014/15||Update objective of the Society
Increase number of ordinary members from 6 to 9
Formalise role and status of co-opted committee members
Make communications officer executive role for 5 year term
The full current constitution can be found at: www.socsocmed.org.uk/constitution1.htm.