Constitution

WIR SHETLAND” Constitution as adopted at the inaugural meeting on 14th October 2015.

Name

The name of the group shall be “Wir Shetland”
(hereinafter referred to as “the Group”).

Aims

The aims of the Group are:

To further the interests of Shetland: specifically, but not exhaustively;-

  • To win self-governing powers for Shetland covering all local issues and campaign for increasing them if deemed necessary by the group.
  • To secure the legal rights of Shetland residents, businesses and other organisations.
  • To develop trade, cultural links and where appropriate, mutual co-operation, between Shetland and her political and geographic neighbours.
  • To secure control of developments in and revenue from Crown Estate assets within Shetland.
  • To secure control of developments in and revenue from Shetland’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
  • To protect Shetland’s oil reserves from raiding, openly, or by “stealth”, by remote authorities.

To fulfil these aims:

  • The Group will undertake research, publicity, political lobbying and general campaigning activities.
  • The Group may register as a Political Party if deemed necessary by the Management Committee.
  • Other activities, in furtherance of the aims or for the benefit of the Group, shall also be undertaken as and when the members see fit. These may include co-operation with other groups and/or political parties.
  • Money shall be raised as necessary for achieving the aims of the Group.

As members we believe that:

  • The interests of Shetland differ markedly from Scotland and the UK.
  • The geography, history and culture of Shetland and Orkney are unique.
  • Membership of the EU is damaging for Shetland’s fishing industry and the rationale for remaining a member is weak.
  • In the absence of an autonomy deal with Scotland, Scottish independence will be damaging for Shetland.
  • Shetland therefore needs self-governing powers.

Membership

  • Membership shall be open to anyone aged 16 or above, who supports the aims and objectives of the Group. Each member is entitled to one vote.
  • Membership fees shall be set at the AGM.

Management

  • The Group shall be managed by a Management Committee comprising not less than eight and not more than twenty members, elected annually at the Annual General Meeting.
  • The management committee shall include Chairperson, Vice- Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Secretary and such other officers as deemed necessary. No person shall hold more than one of the offices of Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary.
  • The Management Committee shall have the power to co-opt as additional members such persons as, in their opinion, are able to render special service.
  • The quorum for Management Committee meetings shall be six.
  • The Management Committee shall meet at least four times a year.
  • The duties of the Management Committee shall be To :
    • Safeguard the interests of members by providing the leadership,
      guidance, policies and managing the finances of the Group.
    • Communicate effectively with Group members and encouraging them to take a full and active part in the running of their Group.
    • Devising and implementing plans for achieving Group aims and objectives.
    • Exercising with the members a general oversight and assisting in the development and extension of Group activities.
  • The Management Committee may delegate any of their powers to any sub-committee. The rules of procedure for any sub-committee shall be as prescribed by the Management Committee.
  • All office-bearers, the Management Committee and any sub-committees are ultimately responsible to the will and decision making of the Group’s members, as expressed through full membership meetings.
  • A person elected to any office shall cease to hold that office if
    he/she ceases to be a member of the Group or if he/she resigns from that office by written notice to that effect. In the event of
    resignation of an office bearer, the Management Committee shall have the power to co-opt a member to that office until the next AGM.
  • To save time, the Management Committee is specifically empowered, should they deem it necessary, to apply for Group registration as a political party, to modify the Constitution for the application  and to co-opt individuals to bear any responsibilities/carry out necessary actions, in advance of an Extraordinary General Meeting to ratify the change, providing;
    • At least 21 days notice of intention to propose the resolution must be given to members, specifying the reason for the change.
  • Membership may be withdrawn from any Group member, including post-holders and management committee members. This will be by way of a resolution passed by a majority vote of two-thirds of members present at a general meeting of members, providing the following procedures have been observed:-
    • Atleast 21 days notice of the intention to propose the resolution must be given to the member concerned, specifying the grounds for the proposed recall of position,
    • The member concerned shall be entitled to be heard on the resolution at the general meeting at which the resolution is proposed.

Finance and security

  • The Treasurer shall keep an up-to-date record of accounts which will be independently examined and presented annually to the Annual General Meeting and shall also be responsible for the paying in of money to the Group’s bank account.
  • A bank account shall be held in the name of “Wir Shetland” and
    shall have a minimum of two signatories.
  • An on-line bank/secure financial account for the purposes of receiving receipts and donations may be operated with the consent of the Management Committee.
  • Funds (apart from automatically deducted charges) may not be transferred out of any on-line bank account without the prior written consent of two office bearers. These funds must be transferred to accounts operated by the Group.
  • Current passwords and user names for all on-line financial and other secure accounts operated on behalf of the Group must be available to two additional office-bearers on an escrow basis.
  • All monies raised by or on behalf of the Group shall be applied to
    further the aims and objectives of the Group.

Meetings

  • An Annual General Meeting shall be held within 14 months of formation of the Group, and thereafter within 15 months of the previous AGM, notice of which must be advertised in a prominent local place and in a local newspaper 14 days before the meeting. The AGM will be open to anyone eligible to be a member of the Group. The following business will be covered at the AGM:
    • Chairperson’s Report
    • Treasurer’s Report
    • Election of new office bearers
    • Any other competent business
  • All questions arising at any meeting shall be decided by a majority of those members present and entitled to vote. Each Management Committee member is entitled to one vote. The Chairperson will have a second and casting vote.
  • An Extraordinary General Meeting shall be convened, as soon as possible by the Management Committee (but not more than 21 days), after receipt of a written request for such a meeting from not less than one third of Management Committee members, or not less than one third of ordinary Group members of at least three months standing.
  • All office bearers and Management Committee members shall stand down at the AGM but shall then be eligible for re-election.

Dissolution

  • If a majority of members decide, upon whatever grounds, that it is necessary and advisable to dissolve the Group it will call a meeting to discuss such a course of action. Such a meeting will require 21 days notice and shall be advertised locally and reasonable efforts made to contact members. If a majority of those present at such a meeting approve dissolution then the Management Committee will have the power to dispose of any assets held in the name of the project.
  • Any assets remaining after the satisfaction of any proper debts and liabilities shall be awarded to a local voluntary organisation or local body/bodies having aims and objects similar to those of the Group.

Alterations to Constitution

  • Any proposal to alter this constitution must be approved by a majority of the Management Committee or supported in writing by not less than six members of the Group and in this latter case delivered to the Chairperson not less than 21 days prior to the date upon which it is to be considered. The Management Committee must then call an Extraordinary or Annual General Meeting as appropriate.
  • Any resolution to alter this constitution will only be effective if
    approved by a simple majority of those members present at an Annual or Extraordinary General Meeting.