Constitution

CONSTITUTION
of the
AUSTRALIAN SOCIETY FOR FRENCH STUDIES
(as amended at the AGM of 2008)

1. The name of the Association shall be the Australian Society for French Studies and its address shall be determined by the Committee, but shall remain within Australia.
2. The aims of the Association shall be:
i. to promote for the public benefit teaching and research in French studies, understood in the broadest sense;
ii. to provide such help as may prove possible towards the promotion of study in these fields;
iii. to foster the coordination of teaching and research by all appropriate means, including the organising of conferences and seminars and the maintenance of registers of teaching and research;
iv. to maintain and foster links between Australian universities or institutions and those in France and French-speaking countries, as well as with such other bodies as may be thought fit.
 
3. Membership of the Society shall be open to:
i. any interested individual, hereinafter referred to as individual members
ii. such universities, university departments, schools or other institutions or bodies which undertake teaching or research in French studies or have an in French studies, hereinafter referred to as institutional members.
 
4. The subscription rates for individual members and institutional members shall be determined by the Committee from time to time, subject to the approval of the ensuing Annual General Meeting.
5. The business of the Society shall be conducted by an Executive Committee, whose membership shall comprise:
i. a President
ii. a Vice-President
iii. a Treasurer
iv. a Secretary
v. an Editor of Publications
vi. a Research and Postgraduate Officer
vii. the immediate Past President
viii. such individual members as the Committee may co-opt from time to time for specific purposes
 
6. The Executive Committee:
i. the members of the Executive Committee shall be elected from among the currently financial individual members of the Society;
ii. shall meet at least once a year between Annual General Meetings, but its business may be conducted by correspondence. It shall have the power to adopt rules of procedure;
iii. the quorum for its meetings shall be three.
7. Elections:
i. any formal election (one Society membership, one vote) shall be conducted by a Returning Officer appointed by the Executive Committee;
ii. elections to positions on the Executive Committee shall be conducted each year at the Annual General Meeting of the Society.
 
8. Minutes of all meetings and proceedings of the Committee shall be kept by the President. The accounts shall be kept by the Treasurer and shall be presented to the Executive Committee and to the Annual General Meeting. The minutes and accounts shall be available for inspection by all members.
9. The Constitution of the Society may be amended by a simple majority of the members of the Society present at the Annual General Meeting.
10. In the event of the Society dissolving or winding up, any assets remaining after all debts and liabilities have been satisfied, shall be applied to or for some other charitable purpose or purposes, preferably a purpose connected with the first object of the Society.

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