Changes to constitution proposed for 2021 AGM (changes highlighted in bold)
The name of the organisation shall be the British Myriapod and Isopod Group, hereinafter referred to as the Group.
The Group studies or promotes the study of the following taxa:
Myriapoda; Diplopoda (millipedes), Chilopoda (centipedes), Pauropoda (pauropods) and Symphyla (symphylans).
Isopoda; terrestrial and freshwater isopods (woodlice) and intertidal isopods.
Amphipoda; terrestrial amphipods (landhoppers).
To further the study of myriapods, isopods and other groups of soil arthropods by:
Encouraging an interest in all aspects of the study of myriapods,
terrestrialisopods and similar groups;
Promoting the study and conservation of myriapods,
terrestrialisopods and other groups;
Maintaining close co-operation and understanding between amateur and professional workers in the field;
Co-operating with non-specialists and workers in other fields of invertebrate biology and ecology;
Publication of newsletters, bulletins and such other appropriate material for members and non-members and encouraging the exchange of information on these animals by all appropriate means;
Maintaining in a suitable manner a library of publications relating to the study of these animals.
All persons, of any nationality, interested in the objectives of the Group shall be eligible for membership upon payment of such subscription as may from time to time be decided.
Corporate or group membership shall be available to other groups, societies and organisations under such terms as may be determined by the Group.
The business of the Group shall be organised by a Committee elected at the Annual General Meeting.
There shall be an Annual General Meeting open to all members.
Amending the Constitution
The constitution, or any part thereof, may be amended, suspended or repealed by a two thirds majority of those voting in a ballot, providing that at least three months notice be given to all members for such proposals.
Any member in good standing may propose, in writing, an amendment to the constitution to the Committee. Such a proposal, if approved by a majority of members of the Committee shall be submitted with a recommendation to members. A proposed change, not supported by the Committee must be submitted to members if 12 or more members resubmit it.
Voting on amendments shall be at the Annual General Meeting, unless, in the opinion of the Committee, the matter is of sufficient urgency to be submitted to postal ballot.
The Group is organised for non-profit purposes and does not contemplate pecuniary gain or profit to the members thereof.
The principal office for the transaction of business of the Group shall be determined by the Committee.
The dissolution of the group shall be decided by a two-thirds majority of those voting at a ballot at an Annual General Meeting provided three months notice has been given.
If, on dissolution of the Group, there are any assets remaining after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities, these should be paid or transferred, at the discretion of the Committee, to some other body having similar objectives to the Group.