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based on an IAO model, submitted and approved at the AGM 1977



                     1. The name of the Association shall be the Darlington & District Organists’ and Choirmasters’ Association.

                      2. The objects of the Association shall be to advance the education of the public in the study of the art of music with special reference to liturgical and organ music.
                     To facilitate the achievement of such objects, the Association may arrange and present:

                 i) Public lectures, discussions and debates on this subject;

                 ii) Public demonstrations of instruments;

                 iii) Public demonstrations of music for organs and voices;

                 iv) Open competitions for playing, singing and composition of liturgical and organ music;

                 v) Public meetings to facilitate the exchange of information and views with other organisations and persons concerned with the composition, interpretation,
                 presentation, teaching or publication of liturgical or organ music.

                    The Association may also do such other lawful things as are necessary or desirable for the attainment of the objects.

                                3. Membership of the Association shall be open without restriction to any member of the public who is interested in organ, choral or any other kind of music.
                    Membership shall become effective on payment of the first year’s annual subscription.

                     4. The proceedings of the Association shall be open to members of the public (not being members of the Association) on payment of such fee as the Association
                    shall from time to time determine.

                     5. Each member shall pay a minimum annual subscription to such an amount as shall from time to time be determined at a General Meeting of the Association.
                    This subscription shall fall due at the date of the AGM in each year; any members joining late in any year shall pay a reduced subscription of such amount as
                    the Association shall determine for the period up to the AGM following.

                     6. Any member whose subscription has not been paid by January 1st following the date on which it fell due, having been given due notice, shall cease to be a
                    member of the Association, although upon payment of all arrears, any such member may be deemed to be re-instated.

                     7. On payment of such supplementary amount as the Association shall from time to time determine, one additional person from the full member’s family shall
                    be entitled to associate or “family” membership.

                     8. Persons who are under the age of 18 or who are full-time students may be admitted to membership of the Association on payment of such a reduced rate as
                    the Association may determine. Any member so accepted shall pay the full annual subscription for the year in which he or she attains the age of 18 or ceases
                    to be a full-time student.

                     9. The Committee are empowered to elect Honorary Life Members who shall still be eligible to serve as officers or Committee members in the normal way.

                     10. The business of the Association, including the arrangement of the annual Programme, shall be controlled by a Committee which shall consist of a President,
                    the immediate past-President, a President-elect, the Honorary Secretary, the Honorary Treasurer (all ex-officio), and 5 ordinary members, who shall be elected
                    by the members at the Annual General Meeting.

                - at any meeting of the Committee 4 shall form a quorum;

                - any vacancy on the Committee occurring during the year may be filled by the Committee electing another member of the Association to act until the next

                - the Committee shall have power to deal with any matter that may arise which is not covered by these rules.

                    11. The annual election of officers shall take place at a General Meeting to be held in June or July of each year, and convened after not less than 21 days’ notice.
                        - the members of the Association shall at their Annual General Meeting elect one of their number to act as President for the ensuing year, and another to
                        act as President-elect and to follow the President in that office. The President shall normally retire at the end of the year on the elction of his/her successor
                        and shall not be eligible for re-election for the space of one year;

                - the Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer are both eligible for re-election and as such shall be elected annually;

                - an Honorary Auditor shall also be elected annually.

                     12. There shall be not less than one ordinary meeting of the Association during each quarter of the year, but normally meetings will be held each month from
                    September through to the AGM at the end of the season.

                     13. The income or property of the Association shall be applied solely to the promotion of the objects in paragraph 2 and no payment or transfer of any part of such
                    income or property shall be made to or for the benefit of any member of the Association, provided that nothing shall prohibit any payment in good faith by the
                    Association of reasonable and proper renumeration to any member for any services rendered to the Association, or to any of its officers of out of pocket expenses.

                     14. If upon the winding up or dissolution of the Association there remains, after the the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever, the
                    same shall not be paid to nor distributed among the members of the Association, but shall be given or transferred to some other charitable institution having
                    objects similar to the objects of the Association.

                     15. This Constitution shall not be materially altered nor added to except by Resolution at a General Meeting of which normal notice shall have been given, and
                    no alteration shall be made which would cause the Association to cease to be a charity at law.

                     16. Any member of the Association is entitled to demand and receive a copy of this Constitution.

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