My view is that's fine. The community have a variety of ways of
dealing with a board which goes off the rails and whilst the board
have our confidence they should be reasonably able to deal with
anything that comes along.
2008/10/3 Andrew Turvey <raturvey(a)yahoo.co.uk>uk>:
The Model Articles give the Directors the power to
refuse membership or to
revoke membership where they consider
"it is in the best interests of the charity to refuse the application" or
"that his or her membership is terminated"
(Arts 2.3(a) and 4.4 of
There are some safeguards in terms of giving the applicant/member a right to
make representations and some time limits.
In addition, the Articles give Directors the power to create a new class of
member, and the new class could have different voting rights. So
theroretically the Directors could by-pass the safeguards by simply creating
a new class (say one which had 0.001 vote each) and accepting an applicant
into that class of membership.
First, are we happy in principle that the directors should be able to refuse
or revoke membership rights. I could imagine it being used, say, for a
persistent vandal or someone who is tryign to undermine the chapter.
Second, are we happy that the directors should be able to create a new class
of members. The alternative, I guess, is to put this power in the hands of
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