Revised Constitution and Rules 2009
1. The name of the Society shall be the Lancashire Archaeological Society.
2. The objects of the Society shall be to promote and encourage interest in and the study of archaeology and history with special reference to the County of Lancashire and the surrounding areas.
- (i) Membership of the Society shall be open to any individual or corporate body interested in furthering the objects and who pays the appropriate annual subscription due in advance at the date of the Annual General Meeting
- (ii) Membership shall comprise Ordinary members, Family members, Student members, Institutional members and Honorary members. All Ordinary, Student and Institutional members shall have one vote. Each individual in Family membership shall have one vote
- (iii) Membership subscriptions shall be set from time to time at Annual General Meetings. Honorary members shall be elected for life at Annual General meetings, and shall be exempt from subscription
4. The officers of the Society shall be
- (i) Chair
- (ii) Vice – Chair
- (iii) Minutes Secretary
- (iv) Programme Secretary
- (iv) Treasurer
5. The management of the Society and the undertaking of any and all activities in furtherance of the objects shall be vested in a Committee consisting of the Officers together with five Committee members. The Committee shall meet at least three times a year, and a quorum shall comprise five Officers or Committee members. All Officers and Committee members, apart from the President if there is one, shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting, and shall be eligible for re-election, except that the Chair shall not serve for more than three consecutive years in any one term of office, after which they will normally serve as Vice-Chair for the term of office of the succeeding Chair. Committee Members or Officers not attending three consecutive Committee meetings without notice shall be deemed to have resigned. Casual vacancies on the Committee may be filled by cooption by the Committee, the period of co-option to last until the next Annual General Meeting.
6. The Society may elect a President, nominated as such in recognition of services to the
Society, and appointed by the Annual General Meeting on the recommendation of the Committee. Such a President shall be an Honorary member, and shall be a full member of the Committee but shall remain in office until his/her death or resignation, or until the Committee recommends otherwise to an Annual General Meeting.
7. The Society shall hold an Annual General Meeting before the end of February to receive Officers’ reports and accounts. Notice thereof specifying business to be transacted shall be sent 14 days beforehand in writing or electronically to all current members.
8. The funds of the Society, from subscription and other sources, shall be applied solely to the objects of the Society, the Society’s financial year shall be the same as the calendar year, and the Society’s accounts shall be examined each year by an independent examiner and certified to the Annual General Meeting.
9. Meetings of the Society shall be held at times and places appointed by the Committee for lectures, reading of papers, presentations and discussions, for members’ evenings, for visiting places of historic and archaeological interest, for social events for members, for General Meetings and for any other purpose relevant to the objects of the Society.
10. No alteration or addition to this Constitution shall be made except at the Annual General Meeting of the Society, notice of such proposed Amendments having been placed in the hands of the Secretary 28 days before that meeting, and sent to Members in accordance with Article 7, or at an Extraordinary General Meeting on the request often voting members, 14 days’ notice of such meeting being sent to all members of the Society in writing or electronically.
11. In the event of the dissolution of the Society, the assets of the Society shall be given to Institutions and Authorities best calculated by a General Meeting to further the aims and objects of the Society