CSI Constitution

CSI – Central Scotland Interfaith

The forum to promote inter faith encounter in Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling.

Registered as a Scottish Charity under Scottish Charity No SC041399

Constitution

Name

The name of the organisation will be “CSI – Central Scotland Interfaith” (hereinafter referred to as “the Group”)

Object

The object of the Group is to provide the people of Central Scotland who are members of religious communities with a forum for dialogue to facilitate the building of bridges of understanding together and in furtherance thereof the Group will seek:-
a)    To promote good relations and respect between people of different religious communities in Central Scotland.
b)    To foster friendship trust and mutual understanding between peoples of all religions and to improve communication links between the religious communities.
c)    To liaise with social and civic organisations in order to receive their concerns, and to disseminate information to members of the Group on their behalf as appropriate
d)    To associate with the national and local statutory authorities, religious and belief communities, voluntary organisations and inhabitants of the Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling Council areas as appropriate
e)    To encourage social activity and disseminate information about interfaith activities to people of all ages in the local communities
f)    To consult and to co-operate in religious, racial and social issues and other matters of material concern and speak out when appropriate.
g)    To promote projects, meetings and events whereby religious communities can inform people of all ages in the local communities about their beliefs and traditions.
h)    To work together against prejudice of all kinds and to seek solutions to problems experienced by local religious communities in the practice of their religion and beliefs.
i)    To raise funds by means, and for charitable causes, agreed by the Group.

Powers

In pursuance of the foregoing object (but not further or otherwise) the committee shall have the power to:-
a)    Engage and pay fees to professional and technical advisers/consultants to assist in the work of the Group.
b)    Bring together in conference and work in liaison with representatives of voluntary organisations, government departments, local and other statutory authorities and individuals.
c)    Take out membership of, assist financially, and/or assist otherwise such organisations as are engaged on the furtherance of all or any of the objects of the Group.
d)    Promote and carry out or assist in promoting and carrying out research, experimental work, surveys and investigations and where considered appropriate publish the results.
e)    In participation with others, arrange and provide for or join in arranging and providing for the holding of exhibitions, meetings, lectures, classes, seminars and training courses.
f)    Collect and disseminate information on all matters affecting the object and exchange information with other bodies having similar object whether in this country or overseas.
g)    To charge the public such fees and expenses as the committee shall see fit in respect of the education, training provided hereunder.
h)    Cause to be written and printed or otherwise reproduced and circulated free of charge or for payment, such papers, books, periodicals, pamphlets or other documents, films or recorded tapes (whether audio or video or both) as shall further the object.
i)    Raise funds and invite and receive contributions from any body, persons or person whomsoever by way of subscription and otherwise, being mindful of the object of the Group.
j)    Invest and re-invest the moneys of the Group not immediately required for the said objectives in or upon such investments, securities or property as may be thought fit, and perform all the necessary acts of administration relating to the funds and assets of the Group, subject nevertheless to such conditions (if any) as may for the time being be imposed or required by the law relating to investments by trustees.
k)    Enter into contracts on behalf of the Group.
l)    Authorise the execution of all Deeds and Instruments necessary or expedient for any of the foregoing purpose or for more effectually vesting in the Group any property and funds belonging to the Group or under its administration.
m)    Do all such other lawful things as are necessary for or incidental or conducive to the attainment of the object and
n)    Delegate powers to carry out such of the foregoing activities, as they deem consistent with the aims of the Group.

Membership

Membership will be open to individuals and groups who are committed to the objectives of the Group.  Members will be required to pay a membership fee as detailed in the standing orders.

Administration

he Group will be based in Scotland and governed by the law of Scotland.

The Committee

The committee will be elected at the AGM and will be comprised of
Convener
Vice Convener
Secretary
Treasurer
plus up to three other members as described in the standing orders.

To provide wide representation of religious communities, there shall be no more than two members of the same faith or religion as members of the committee at the same time. Committee members shall serve for a period of two years.  One half of the members will stand down each year and will be eligible for re-election.  In the first election only the convener and treasurer will be elected for two years, and the vice convener and secretary for one year.

The committee shall have power to adopt standing orders for the Group. Such standing orders which will be consistent and complementary to the terms of the constitution, shall come into operation immediately, but if considered necessary, shall be subject to review.

In the event of any resignations between AGMs, the committee has the power to co-opt a replacement until the AGM following.

Meetings

Committee Meetings shall be held at least three times per annum in each calendar year.  A quorum for the meetings shall be a majority of the committee members.  In the absence of a quorum within ½ hr the meeting shall be adjourned to a place and time determined by the members of the committee present.  The members present shall be a quorum at such an adjourned meeting.

Proceedings for each meeting shall be minuted.

The Annual General Meeting will be held within 15 months of the previous AGM.  Membership will be given at least 21days notice of the date and venue of the meeting through publication to members whose details are contained within the distribution list held on behalf of the Group by the Secretary.  A quorum for general meetings shall be eight people.

A Special General Meeting shall be called at the direction of the Group or upon request of no less than two thirds of the committee.  No less than 28 days notice of the agenda shall be given.

Accounts

The Treasurer shall keep proper accounting records and prepare an Annual Report and Statements of Account each fiscal year.  These shall be subject to independent examination and approval.  A copy shall be sent to the Inland Revenue and the Office of the Scottish Charities’ Regulator (OSCR) on request.

Assets

None of the Group’s assets may be distributed or otherwise applied (on being wound up or at any other time) except to further its charitable purposes.

Charitable Purpose

The expression “charitable purpose” shall mean a charitable purpose under section 7 of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 which is also regarded as a charitable purpose in relation to the application of the Taxes Acts.

Amendments to the Constitution

Amendments to the constitution may be proposed at the Annual General Meeting, or at a Special General Meeting, called for that purpose.  Any such proposals to alter the constitution must be delivered to the Convener or Secretary not less than 28 days before the meeting at which they are to be considered.

No amendment shall be made which would have the effect of causing the Group to cease to be a recognised body.

Termination

Should the Group be reduced at any time to an amount which, in the opinion of the committee, is such that the object shall fail or otherwise be incapable of fulfilment or if for any other reason the committee shall consider it expedient that it be wound up, then the Group shall be dissolved.  In the event of the dissolution of the Group, any assets remaining after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the Group, but shall be given or transferred to the Scottish Inter Faith Council (SC022486)  or to another organisation having objects similar to those of the Group.

Adoption

This constitution was adopted at the inaugural general meeting of the Group held at Falkirk on December 12, 2009, and amended at a special general meeting held at Bridge of Allan on March 28, 2010.