RULES of G.A.H.S.

The current rules of the society are presented in the first part of this article. The second part contains a comparison table of the changes made to the rules at the General Meeting of the Society held at Galway on Monday 14th January 2013.

The main purpose of these 2013 alterations were to improve the representation of the Society membership on their committee by providing for more regular rotation of committee members and of the executive positions they hold, and to contribute to a regular renewal of the committee on a phased basis such as to ensure adequate continuity of the executive whilst facilitating renewal.

#The rules as effective from 2013
1The Society shall be called the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society and/or Cumann Seandálaíochta agus Staire na Gaillimhe .
2The purpose of the Society is to foster and encourage interest in and appreciation of archaeology, history and folklore, especially those of the west of Ireland and of Galway in particular. The Society pursues this end by means of lectures, an annual Journal, occasional outings, an interactive website and an occasional newsletter.
3Membership is open to everyone who subscribes to the aims of the Society and pays the annual subscription fee. The names and addresses of those desiring to become members shall be submitted to the Committee for entry in the roll of the Society.
4The Society shall consist of: - Annual [Ordinary] members of the Society: those members who, having been admitted to the Society, pay the full annual subscription in each year. Annual members may attend all meetings and functions of the Society. They shall also receive one copy of the Society’s Journal each year it is published, subject only to the proviso that they have paid the full subscription for the year in question. Annual members may introduce visitors to public meetings of the Society from time to time. - Patrons of the Society: such persons as the Committee may from time to time wish to honour may be elected Patrons by vote of the members at the Annual General Meeting, (subject to a maximum roll of 5 Patrons). Patrons shall enjoy all the benefits of ordinary membership, including one copy of the Journal each year, but are not required to pay the annual membership subscription.
5The business of the Society shall be conducted by a committee elected at the AGM by the ordinary members from among the ordinary fully paid-up members of the Society. The committee shall consist of a President, a vice-President and twelve other members.
6Members of the committee shall hold office for three years. One third of the committee (four members) shall retire in rotation every year and be eligible for re-election for a further three year period, except as provided for in the interim temporary arrangements laid out in rule 7.
7Interim temporary arrangements for the election of a new committee.At the AGM in January 2014 all members of the committee shall retire in the normal way and be eligible for re-election. The President shall be elected for a term of three years. Four members of the incoming committee shall be elected for a three year period starting in January 2014, and shall be called the class of 2014. The remaining eight persons to be elected shall be elected for a term of one year. At the AGM in 2015, the eight one-year members shall retire and be eligible for re-election. Four members shall be elected to the incoming committee for a three year period starting in January 2015, and shall be called the class of 2015. The remaining four persons to be elected shall be elected for a term of one year. At the AGM in 2016, the four one-year members shall retire and be eligible for re-election. The four members to be elected to the incoming committee shall be elected for a three year period starting in January 2016, and shall be called the class of 2016. Thereafter, each class shall retire in annual rotation and each retiring member shall be eligible for re-election for a further three-year term. Any vacancy arising in the committee by death or resignation may be filled by the co-option of another fully paid-up member of the Society. Such co-opted person will be deemed to be a member of the year class of the person whom he/she replaces and shall retire with the class in its rotation.
88. The President shall hold office for three years, after which he/she shall serve, ex officio, as vice-President for a further three years. On completion of the latter term he/she shall be eligible for re-election as a member of the committee in the normal way. The President shall chair the ordinary meetings of the Society, direct the Committee in the conduct of the Society’s business, call an Annual General Meeting in January of each year and ensure, along with the committee, that the Society functions in accordance with its aims in an orderly, timely and efficient manner.
9The vice-President shall act in place of the President in the latter’s temporary absence. The committee, as soon after the AGM as convenient, shall elect from among its members persons to act as Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, PRO, Webmaster, Editor and/or such other positions as the Committee shall determine from time to time.
10The committee shall conduct all the business of the Society including the holding of meetings (private and public) and other functions, at the times and places determined by the committee. It shall recommend the membership subscription each year for approval by the members of the Society at the AGM.
11The financial year of the Society shall be the calendar year and membership subscriptions shall be due in the month of January. For insurance and other purposes, the membership roll shall be up-dated in March each year and all subscriptions should be fully paid or standing orders in place, by then. Persons may, however, join or re-join the Society in any month of the year up to October, on payment of the appropriate annual subscription.
12Meetings of the committee shall be convened by the Secretary as business requires. Five members shall constitute a quorum for ordinary business. The committee members shall receive agendas and minutes relating to all meetings and proper records shall be maintained of all business carried out.
13The Society shall keep confidential the addresses and other information in the membership list, which is intended only for use in Society communications with the members. The Society shall meet all requirements of Irish data protection legislation.
14Any member requesting a change to any of these rules shall communicate such request to the Committee in the form of a proposal. The Committee shall consider every such proposal and, if it is approved by the committee, put it to a vote at the next AGM, due notice having been given to the members in advance. If the Committee does not approve the proposed change, it may be placed on the agenda of the next AGM on a motion of the proposer.

 

Part II

#The rules as effective from 2006The rules as effective from 2013
1This Society shall be called the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society and/or Cumann Seandálaiochta agus Staire na Gaillimhe .The Society shall be called the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society and/or Cumann Seandálaíochta agus Staire na Gaillimhe .
2The purpose of the Society shall be the study and investigation of the history, antiquities, and folklore of Connacht with special reference to the county and city of GalwayThe purpose of the Society is to foster and encourage interest in and appreciation of archaeology, history and folklore, especially those of the west of Ireland and of Galway in particular. The Society pursues this end by means of lectures, an annual Journal, occasional outings, an interactive website and an occasional newsletter.
3(a) This Society shall consist of a President, Vice-President, a Treasurer, a Secretary, a Public Relations Officer, and one or more editors of the Society’s publications, of a Committee and of annual members. (b) The committee shall consist of the Officers and of not more than eight other members, who are fully paid up members for a period of twelve months. (c) The President and the Vice-President shall be elected triennially at an Annual General Meeting of the Society. (d) The other Officers and Members of the Committee shall be elected each year at the Annual General Meeting of the Society. (e) Any vacancy arising on the Committee by death or resignation of a member may be filled by the co-option of another member of the Society. (f) Such persons as the Society may from time to time desire to honour may be elected patrons at the Annual General Meeting.Membership is open to everyone who subscribes to the aims of the Society and pays the annual subscription fee. The names and addresses of those desiring to become members shall be submitted to the Committee for entry in the roll of the Society.
4The names of persons desiring to become members of the Society shall be submitted, together with the names of their Proposers and Seconders, to the Committee, and if approved of by them, shall then be elected.The Society shall consist of: - Annual [Ordinary] members of the Society: those members who, having been admitted to the Society, pay the full annual subscription in each year. Annual members may attend all meetings and functions of the Society. They shall also receive one copy of the Society’s Journal each year it is published, subject only to the proviso that they have paid the full subscription for the year in question. Annual members may introduce visitors to public meetings of the Society from time to time. - Patrons of the Society: such persons as the Committee may from time to time wish to honour may be elected Patrons by vote of the members at the Annual General Meeting, (subject to a maximum roll of 5 Patrons). Patrons shall enjoy all the benefits of ordinary membership, including one copy of the Journal each year, but are not required to pay the annual membership subscription.
5(a) The business of the Society shall be conducted by the Officers and Committee. (b) For ordinary business five members shall constitute a quorum of the Committee.The business of the Society shall be conducted by a committee elected at the AGM by the ordinary members from among the ordinary fully paid-up members of the Society. The committee shall consist of a President, a vice-President and twelve other members.
6(a) The fund year shall be the calendar year and subscriptions shall be due during the month of January. (b) The annual subscription rate shall be recommended by the committee and approved by vote of the members meeting at an Annual General Meeting or Emergency General Meeting.Members of the committee shall hold office for three years. One third of the committee (four members) shall retire in rotation every year and be eligible for re-election for a further three year period, except as provided for in the interim temporary arrangements laid out in rule 7.
7A Journal containing the Society's transactions with other matters of interest and local notes and queries, shall, subject to Committee approval, be published periodically.Interim temporary arrangements for the election of a new committee.At the AGM in January 2014 all members of the committee shall retire in the normal way and be eligible for re-election. The President shall be elected for a term of three years. Four members of the incoming committee shall be elected for a three year period starting in January 2014, and shall be called the class of 2014. The remaining eight persons to be elected shall be elected for a term of one year. At the AGM in 2015, the eight one-year members shall retire and be eligible for re-election. Four members shall be elected to the incoming committee for a three year period starting in January 2015, and shall be called the class of 2015. The remaining four persons to be elected shall be elected for a term of one year. At the AGM in 2016, the four one-year members shall retire and be eligible for re-election. The four members to be elected to the incoming committee shall be elected for a three year period starting in January 2016, and shall be called the class of 2016. Thereafter, each class shall retire in annual rotation and each retiring member shall be eligible for re-election for a further three-year term. Any vacancy arising in the committee by death or resignation may be filled by the co-option of another fully paid-up member of the Society. Such co-opted person will be deemed to be a member of the year class of the person whom he/she replaces and shall retire with the class in its rotation.
8(a) The Society shall hold an Annual General Meeting in the month of January for the purposes of electing Officers and Committee for the ensuing year, to approve subscription rates, and to report on the business conducted in the preceding year. (b) The Society shall hold other private and public meetings and functions at such places as the Committee may from time to time decide. (c) The meetings of the Committee shall be convened by the Secretary as business may arise.8. The President shall hold office for three years, after which he/she shall serve, ex officio, as vice-President for a further three years. On completion of the latter term he/she shall be eligible for re-election as a member of the committee in the normal way. The President shall chair the ordinary meetings of the Society, direct the Committee in the conduct of the Society’s business, call an Annual General Meeting in January of each year and ensure, along with the committee, that the Society functions in accordance with its aims in an orderly, timely and efficient manner.
9Members may introduce visitors to meetings of the Society, other than the Annual General Meeting, only on such terms as the Committee may determine from time to time.The vice-President shall act in place of the President in the latter’s temporary absence. The committee, as soon after the AGM as convenient, shall elect from among its members persons to act as Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary, PRO, Webmaster, Editor and/or such other positions as the Committee shall determine from time to time.
10No member shall receive the Society's publication or remain on the roll of members who has not paid a membership subscription for the particular year. A roll of members shall be published triennially.The committee shall conduct all the business of the Society including the holding of meetings (private and public) and other functions, at the times and places determined by the committee. It shall recommend the membership subscription each year for approval by the members of the Society at the AGM.
11Any revision of the Rules of the Society be effected as follows:-Any member who may desire to amend the Rules shall embody the proposed amendment in a written communication to the Secretary. On receipt of such communication, the Secretary shall as soon as possible convene a meeting of the Committee for the consideration of such amendment. It approved by the Committee such amendment shall be put to the vote at the next Annual General Meeting of the Society; due notice having been given to members. If such amendment be not approved of by the Committee it may, on the motion of its proposer, be placed on the Agenda of the Annual General Meeting of the following year.The financial year of the Society shall be the calendar year and membership subscriptions shall be due in the month of January. For insurance and other purposes, the membership roll shall be up-dated in March each year and all subscriptions should be fully paid or standing orders in place, by then. Persons may, however, join or re-join the Society in any month of the year up to October, on payment of the appropriate annual subscription.
12n.a.Meetings of the committee shall be convened by the Secretary as business requires. Five members shall constitute a quorum for ordinary business. The committee members shall receive agendas and minutes relating to all meetings and proper records shall be maintained of all business carried out.
13n.a.The Society shall keep confidential the addresses and other information in the membership list, which is intended only for use in Society communications with the members. The Society shall meet all requirements of Irish data protection legislation.
14n.a.Any member requesting a change to any of these rules shall communicate such request to the Committee in the form of a proposal. The Committee shall consider every such proposal and, if it is approved by the committee, put it to a vote at the next AGM, due notice having been given to the members in advance. If the Committee does not approve the proposed change, it may be placed on the agenda of the next AGM on a motion of the proposer.