The group shall be called The GUILD OF TAXIDERMISTS (hereinafter called “The GUILD) and shall operate in the British Isles.
AIMS & OBJECTIVESTo raise and maintain the professional status and standards of taxidermy and to encourage national and international cooperation, collection and dissemination of information between all interested in taxidermy. To encourage training including discussion and demonstrations in taxidermy techniques, the circulation of exhibitions of high standard and the provision of information relating to taxidermy for the public, to promote public interest in taxidermy within the British Isles. The GUILD shall represent the interest of members to:
a) The Museum Association
MEMBERSHIPMembership of the GUILD shall be open to individuals at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
a) Personal Membership is open to any individual interested in the objects of the GUILD
SUBSCRIPTIONSubscriptions to the GUILD will be determined by the Annual General Meeting in any year and the subscriptions are due Annually. Any member whose subscriptions is twelve months in arrears will be reported to the Committee and unless the Committee decides otherwise, will be removed from membership.
There shall be at least an Annual General Meeting in any year. At any General meeting where business is to be transacted, TEN voting members shall constitute a quorum.
a)The Committee shall consist of the Officers and SIX elected members, At least two of which should be Accredited or Specialist members).
OFFICERSThe Officers of the GUILD shall consist of:- CHAIR; CHAIR ELECT; (both positions being chosen by and from the existing Committee) IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR; HONORARY SECRETARY; HONORARY TREASURER; EDITOR; MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY and LEGAL ADMINISTRATOR, all of whom must be members of The GUILD. Additionally, the office of CONFERENCE ORGANISER will be drawn from the Committee or membership as deemed necessary by the Committee on an annual basis. (This office will carry no voting rights on any other committee matter).
The CHAIR shall hold office for up to THREE years subject to a vote of approval by the other Officers and Elected members once during each year of the Chairpersons office.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.Notice of the Annual General meeting of The GUILD shall be given at least TWENTY EIGHT days prior to that meeting. Each member of the GUILD shall receive :-
An Extraordinary meeting of the GUILD shall be called with TWENTY-EIGHT days of the receipt by the Honorary Secretary, of a requisition in writing, signed by at least TWELVE members stating a reason for such a meeting. No other business may be Transacted at such a meeting.MISCONDUCT
The GUILD shall not be used for furthering commercial interests in the form of advertising except by fully paid up ACCREDITED or SPECIALIST members, subject to approval by the Committee.
SUB COMMITTEESThe Committee may appoint such sub committees for any purpose for which it may think necessary and such a Sub-Committee shall have the power to co-opt members, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee. Standing Sub-Committees may be appointed by the Committee.
ALTERATIONS TO THE CONSTITUTIONThese rules may be amended by simple majority vote at an Annual General Meeting providing the proposer and seconder of such amendments have given the details to the Honorary Secretary at least SIX weeks prior to the said Annual General meeting or Extraordinary General meeting.
WINDING UP OF THE GUILDThe GUILD may only be wound up when at least two thirds of the membership vote in favour of such resolution. If the GUILD is to be dissolved any remaining funds, after audit, may be used for such museum purposes as the Committee see fit.