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Cambridge University Supporters Group


Many people who work for or study in the university support SOS Children which is the only International Relief Agency based in Cambridge.

The Cambridge University Supporters Group for SOS Children provides volunteers who help the work of the charity by offering their time to:

Help with administration in the charity's St Andrew's St office: anything from stuffing envelopes to database admin

Help with fund-raising in Cambridge and back home: anything from maintaining a few leaflets in a public library to running a local supporters group

Help with general document editing, writing articles, web design and finding appropriate internet publicity

The Supporters Group is run by an executive committee of five people:

Senior Treasurer is Prof Nigel Peake (Emmanuel and DAMPT),
Chairman/President is Dr Andrew Cates (former fellow of Emmanuel)
Junior Treasurer is Yael Phillips (Queens) and
Secretary is Katherine Boswell (Queens)
The other committee member is James Stevens (Christs)

A Copy of the constitution follows:
1. NAME:
The name of the Society shall be The SOS Children Cambridge University Supporters' Society” hereafter referred to as “the Society”.
(1) The Society’s aims shall be to support the worldwide work of SOS Children in caring for orphaned and abandoned children worldwide.
(1) Membership of the Society shall be open to all members of the University and any others that have an interest in the work of SOS Children.
(2) The Executive Committee may expel any member whose conduct seems likely bring the Society into disrepute. Such expulsion shall be subject to confirmation at the next General Meeting of the Society.
(1) The day-to-day management of the Society’s affairs shall be in the hands of the Executive Committee, which shall normally be elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
(2) The Executive Committee shall consist of a Chairman, Secretary, and Junior Treasurer, who shall be elected by the members as in 4(1). In addition there shall a Senior Treasurer, who shall be a resident member of the Senate or other person approved by the Junior Proctor. The Senior Treasurer shall be appointed by the elected members of the Executive Committee and shall be ex officio a member of the Executive Committee.
(3) A majority or at least 50% of the elected members of the Executive Committee shall be full-time undergraduate or postgraduate students of the University.
(4) Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be chaired by the President or in his or her absence the Vice-President. If neither the President or Vice-President is present, the remaining members shall elect a chairperson for that meeting. The quorum for a meeting of the Executive Committee shall be three members and a written record of each meeting shall be kept.
(1) The Society shall hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) during each Academical year. The AGM shall be held in Cambridge during Easter Full Term. All Members, other than Honorary Members, shall be entitled to attend and vote at any General Meeting. At least fourteen days written notice shall be given to members before the AGM.
(2) The AGM shall approve Minutes of the last General Meeting and the Society’s Accounts for the preceding year, elect the Executive Committee for the year ahead and conduct such other business as is necessary.
(3) Candidates for election to office shall be proposed and seconded by two other members. Every motion at a General Meeting shall be proposed and seconded by two members. Voting shall be by secret ballot and if there are more than two candidates for a post or more than two options on a motion, voting shall be by Single Transferable Vote.
(4) An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) may be held at any time during Full Term. It shall be held in Cambridge and may be called by the Executive Committee or at the written request of at least ten members. Twenty-one days written notice shall be given to members before an EGM is held. An EGM shall have the same powers as an AGM.
(5) The President or in his or her absence the Vice-President shall take the Chair at any General Meeting. In the absence of the President and Vice-President the meeting shall elect a Chairperson for that meeting. The quorum for a General Meeting shall be five members and a written record of every General Meeting shall be kept.
(1) For reasons relating to the regulation of charities, the Society shall not maintain a banking account or hold funds. Funds received for the charity shall be immediately transferred to the charity and expenses will only be engaged on behalf of the charity with the charity's permission.
(2) It shall be the responsibility of the Junior Treasurer to ensure that monies received are properly accounted for and that the Society’s financial records are kept in good order.
(3) The Senior Treasurer shall make arrangements for the Society’s Accounts to be properly audited, either by himself or herself, or by some other person approved under University Ordinances.
(4) The Senior Treasurer shall not be liable for any financial debt or other obligation of the Society unless he or she has personally authorised such a debt in writing.
(5) For so long as the Society shall be Registered with the Junior Proctor, it shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to ensure that the Society complies with the requirements for Registration as a University Society.
The Constitution may be amended at a General Meeting.
(1) The Society may be dissolved at a General Meeting provided that at least Twenty-one days written notice of the intention to dissolve the Society has been given to the members. At least two thirds of those present and voting at the General Meeting must vote in favour of the motion for Dissolution for it to be effective.
(2) Any motion for Dissolution of the Society shall provide that assets remaining after all liabilities have been met shall be transferred either to another Registered University Society, or to the Society’s Syndicate.

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