NPPG Constitution

After multiple requests by prospective Regional Guild representatives, the National Property Preservation Guild (NPPG) does hereby present its Constitution.  Bear in mind that the formatting is quite different on the tangible document.

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CONSTITUTION OF THE

NATIONAL PROPERTY PRESERVATION GUILD

An Unincorporated Guild

Adopted on the 12th day of March 2010

1.         Name

The name of the Guild shall be the NATIONAL PROPERTY PRESERVATION GUILD (the ‘Guild’).

2.         Aims

The aim of the Guild is to inspire and encourage individuals within the property preservation … industry to become both educated and proficient in the Property Preservation Industry.  Additionally, the Guild shall take proactive steps to address nationally deteriorating rates of pay.

3.         Objects

The Guild will achieve its aims principally by informing and influencing Guild Membership, visitors, communities, businesses and governmental and non-governmental organizations to:

a)      Establish Regional Chapters of the Guild domestically and internationally;

b)      adopt a universal protocol for each and every property preservation technique;

c)      establish an educational format for both the testing of seasoned veterans of the Industry and the training of Apprentice Contractors;

d)     prepare missives to be directed to Regional Chapters as needed;

e)      increase the pay for Guild members in all aspects of property preservation; and

f)       formulate legislative agendas for circulation to municipal, county, state and federal representatives.

4.         Powers

To enable the Guild to fulfil its objects the National Property Preservation Guild has the following powers:

a)      Power to raise funds, to invite and receive contributions, provided that in raising funds the National Property Preservation Guild complies with all relevant legal requirements;

b)      Power to open and operate a bank account;

c)      Power to buy take on, lease, or exchange any property necessary for the achievement of the objects and to maintain and equip it for use;

d)     Power to sell, lease or dispose of all or any part of the property of the Guild as necessary for the pursuit of its objects, subject to any legal requirements;

e)      Power to employ staff (who may not be Members of the National Property Preservation Guild) as necessary for the proper pursuit of the objects and to accommodate per diem and special requests for Guild functions;

f)       Power to co-operate with other voluntary bodies and statutory authorities operating in furtherance of the objects or of similar purposes and to exchange information and advice with them;

g)      Power to appoint and constitute any advisory committees, sub-committees or working groups, as the National Property Preservation Guild may think fit; and

h)      Power to do any other lawful things as are necessary for the achievement of the objects.

5         Membership

a)      Membership of the Guild shall be open to individuals or organizations (“Organization Members”) interested in furthering the aims, objects and activities of the Guild.

b)      The National Property Preservation Guild may at its discretion set an annual subscription fee or may set none at its discretion.

c)      Every Member whose overall income is generated by at least twenty five percent (25%) by tangible field operations shall have one vote at General Meetings.

d)     The National Property Preservation Guild shall have the power to refuse Membership to an applicant, where it is considered such Membership would be detrimental to the aims, objects or activities of the Guild.

e)      Any Member of the Guild may resign his/her Membership and any representative of a Member organisation or section may resign such position, by giving to the Secretary of the Guild written notice to that effect.

f)       The National Property Preservation Guild may, by resolution passed at a meeting thereof, terminate or suspend the Membership of any Member, if in its opinion his/her conduct is prejudicial to the interests and objects of the Guild, PROVIDED THAT the individual Member or representative of the Member organization (as the case may be) shall have the right to be heard by a General Meeting of Members before the final decision is made.  There shall be a right of appeal to an independent arbitrator appointed by mutual agreement.

6.         National Property Preservation Guild

a)      The initial National Property Preservation Guild of the Guild from inception until the first Annual General Meeting shall be made up of the persons signing this document.  A new National Property Preservation Guild will be elected at the first Annual General Meeting in accordance with this clause and following any procedures or rules set by the National Property Preservation Guild.

b)      After the first Annual General Meeting the Guild shall have a National Property Preservation Guild of not less than five and not more than twelve individuals, consisting of:

c)      The executive officers (‘Officers’): a Chairperson, a Vice-chairperson, a Secretary and a Treasurer;

d)     Not less than one and not more than eight individuals nominated by Organization Members;

e)      Any other Members co-opted by the National Property Preservation Guild.

f)       The Officers are elected at an Annual General Meeting, and must retire from office after serving for two (02) years but they may be re-elected or re-appointed.

g)      Meetings of the National Property Preservation Guild shall occur at least four times a year and shall be convened by the Secretary or Chairperson giving National Property Preservation Guild Members at least seven days’ notice unless it is deemed an emergency meeting.

h)      The quorum for National Property Preservation Guild meetings is at least five Members of the National Property Preservation Guild.  No business of the Guild can be conducted unless a quorum is present at the start of and throughout such a meeting.

i)        Voting at National Property Preservation Guild meetings shall be by majority vote of all National Property Preservation Guild Members present and voting on the question.  If there is a tied vote the chairperson of the meeting shall have a second or casting vote.  The National Property Preservation Guild can make and modify rules (regulations or standing orders) about matters relevant to the Guild.  No rule may be made which is inconsistent with this Constitution.

j)        The National Property Preservation Guild may appoint one or more sub‑committees to perform any function or duty which in the opinion of the National Property Preservation Guild would be more conveniently undertaken or carried out by a sub‑committee; any sub‑committee must always report to the National Property Preservation Guild.

k)      No Member of the National Property Preservation Guild may receive any payment of money or other material benefit (whether directly or indirectly) from the Guild, or from the property belonging to the Guild or from the services the Guild provides, except for reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses actually incurred in running the Guild.

l)        All National Property Preservation Guild Members shall be given at least seven days’ notice of a meeting unless it is deemed an emergency meeting.

m)    Minutes must be kept of the proceedings at meetings of the National Property Preservation Guild and any sub‑committee.

n)      A Member of the National Property Preservation Guild must cease to hold office if he or she:

 

  • 1)      Generates more than seventy five percent (75%) of gross income from activities other than field operations;
  • 2)      Becomes incapable by reason of mental disorder, illness or injury of managing and administering his or her own affairs;
  • 3)      Is absent without permission of the National Property Preservation Guild from all their meetings held for a period of four meetings and the National Property Preservation Guild resolves that his/her office should be vacated; or
  • 4)      Notifies to the National Property Preservation Guild of his/her wish to resign.

 

7.         General Meetings

a)      The National Property Preservation Guild shall call a General Meetings at least once each year.

b)      Only Members of the Guild can vote at a General Meeting. A quorum for transacting business is least ten Members of which no more than four are Committee Members, or one tenth of the total Membership of the Guild at the time, whichever is the greater.

c)      If a quorum is not present within half an hour from the time appointed for the meeting, or if during a meeting a quorum ceases to be present, the meeting shall stand adjourned to such time and place as the executive officers shall determine.

d)     The executive officers must reconvene the meeting and must give at least seven clear days notice of the reconvened meeting stating the date, time and place of the meeting.

e)      If no quorum is present at the reconvened meeting within 15 minutes of the time specified for the start of the meeting the Members present in person or by proxy at that time shall constitute the quorum for that meeting.

f)       People whom are not Members of the Guild are not entitled to attend General Meetings.

g)      Before any other business is transacted at a General Meeting the persons present shall appoint a chairperson of the meeting from the Members of the National Property Preservation Guild.

h)      The Secretary or other person specially appointed by the National Property Preservation Guild shall keep a full record of the business undertaken at a General Meeting.

i)        At least fourteen (14) days notice shall be given of a General Meeting and it will be suitably advertised to Members.

j)         Roberts Rule of Order shall prevail at all NPPG Meetings.

 

8.       Annual General Meetings

a)      An Annual General Meeting is a special form of General Meeting to which the clauses herein under General Meetings apply.

b)      The Annual General Meeting will be held not more than six months after the close of the previous year.

c)      The business of the Annual General Meeting shall include:

d)     Receiving a report from the Chairperson of the Guild’s activities over the  previous year.

e)      Receiving a report and presentation of the previous financial year’s accounts from the Treasurer on the finances of the Guild.

f)       Conducting elections for vacant positions as Officers of the Guild, according to requirements set out in the National Property Preservation Guild clauses herein.

 

9.         Assets and Accounts

a)      Since an Unincorporated Guild is not a legal entity, all property and assets of the Guild will be held by all the Members of the National Property Preservation Guild or by a body nominated by the National Property Preservation Guild to hold assets on behalf of the Guild.

b)      The funds of the Guild, including all donations, must be paid into bank accounts operated by the National Property Preservation Guild in the name of the Guild.  All checks drawn on the accounts must be signed by at least two Members of the National Property Preservation Guild.

c)      The funds belonging to the Guild shall be applied only in furtherance of the objects and in meeting the proper costs of administering the Guild and of managing its assets.

d)     Records shall be kept of all receipts and expenditures of the Guild, compiled by the Treasurer into an annual statement of accounts.

 

10.       Amendment of the Constitution

a)      The Constitution can be amended by a resolution passed by not less than two-thirds of the Members present and voting at a General Meeting.  The notice of the General Meeting must include notice of the alterations proposed.

b)      No amendment may be made which would have the effect of making the Guild cease to be a Guild according to the law or which would alter the objects beyond the reasonable contemplation of the Members or of people making donations to the Guild.

 

11.       Dissolution

a)      If the National Property Preservation Guild decides that it is necessary or advisable to dissolve the Guild it shall call a General Meeting of Members of the Guild, stating the terms of the resolution to be proposed.  If the proposal is confirmed by a two‑thirds majority of those present and voting, the National Property Preservation Guild shall have power to realise any assets held by or on behalf of the Guild.

b)      Any assets remaining after the satisfaction of any proper debts and liabilities shall be given or transferred to such other charitable institution or institutions having objects similar to the objects of the Guild as the Members of the Guild may determine or failing that shall be applied for some other charitable purpose.

 

 

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