Constitution

    1. Name of Society.
         1. The name of the society shall be the Irish Linux Users Group
            (ILUG).

    2. Aims and Objectives.
       The aims and objectives of the society shall be as follows:
         1. To increase and promote awareness of the Linux operating
            system within both the home and corporate sectors of the
            Irish Computing industry.
         2. To provide a forum to discuss and gain experience of the
            Linux operating system.
         3. To help educate people in the usage of Linux and related
            software.
         4. To promote Irish contributions to the kernel source code
            development.

    3. Members.
         1. Full membership of the society shall be open to anyone who is
            a resident of the island of Ireland who agrees to support the
            aims of the Society.
         2. Associate membership shall be open to anyone who is not
            eligible for full membership.
         3. Membership shall be obtained by either:
              i. Subscribing to the ILUG Mailing List or
             ii. Registering with the Secretary of the Society.
            There is currently no membership fee.
         4. All members shall be bound by this constitution.

    4. Committee.
         1. The society shall have a governing committee.
         2. The committee shall run the society on behalf of the members
            and in accordance with the aims and objectives.
         3. Committee decisions shall be decided by majority voting.
         4. A quorum shall be shall be four committee members.
         5. The committee shall consist of
               o Chairperson
               o Secretary
               o Treasurer
               o Public Relations Officer
               o 4 ordinary committee members
         6. The term of office of these elected officers shall be one
            year.
         7. A person should not hold the same office for more than three
            successive years.

    5. Election of Committee.
         1. The committee members shall be democratically elected at an
            Annual or Extraordinary General Meeting.
         2. To seek election to the committee each candidate must have 2
            nominations by current members of the society.
         3. Members are only eligible to vote if they have been full
            members of the society for more than three months at the date
            of the election.

    6. Duties of Committee.
         1. The Chairperson shall be the chief officer of the society
            whose functions include chairing all meetings of the
            committee and officiating at meetings of the society. They
            shall preserve order and decorum, and shall construe and
            enforce the Constitution.
         2. The Secretary's function shall be to deal with all
            correspondence and records of the society and to notify all
            members of meeting times. They shall duly record the minutes
            of both committee and general assembly meetings. They shall
            also maintain an up to date list of society members.
         3. The Treasurer's function shall be to administer the funds of
            the society and to maintain accounts and budgets. They shall
            act as liaison with related industries and co-ordinate
            obtaining sponsorship for the society with the office of PRO.
         4. The Public Relations Officer (PRO) shall be responsible for
            the advertising of all functions of the society through all
            means possible, aided where necessary by the other members of
            the committee.
         5. The ordinary committee members shall assist the Officers in
            their roles, and shall attend all committee meetings.
         6. The committee shall endeavour to meet at least once a month.
            No remuneration shall be offered to cover the cost of
            attending meetings.

    7. Dismissal & Resignation of Committee Members.
         1. No member of the committee shall be dismissed from the office
            unless:
              1. Written notice of a resolution to seek such dismissal,
                 signed by at least 10% of the members of the society, or
                 20 members (whichever is the lower amount), is received
                 ten working days prior to a meeting at which such
                 resolution shall be debated.
              2. The resolution is passed by at least a two thirds voting
                 majority at the meeting.
         2. A committee member wishing to resign must submit a letter in
            writing declaring that intention to the secretary, who will
            immediately inform the committee as a whole. The committee
            member must remain in office for a minimum time period of two
            weeks thereafter, so that an EGM can be held to elect a
            replacement. In cases where an EGM cannot be held by said
            date the committee may co-opt a member to fill the vacant
            role.

    8. Meetings.
         1. There shall be an Annual General Meeting (AGM) held each
            year.
         2. A quorum of a meeting shall be three committee members and
            the lower of 5% of the Full Membership or 40 people.
         3. The business of the AGM shall also include an annual report
            given by the outgoing chairperson and treasurer.
         4. An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) shall be convened if
              1. 5% of the ordinary membership of the society request
                 one.
              2. A quorum of the committee request one.
              3. A vacancy on the current committee occurs and there is a
                 need to elect a replacement.
         5. Elections for the offices of the committee shall take place
            at the AGM, and at an EGM under Article 8.4.3, except in
            cases where there are no eligible candidates.
         6. The committee shall convene a General Meeting when
            appropriate.
         7. Notice of all meetings shall given to the membership at least
            ten working days prior to the date of the meeting.
         8. At a meeting any member may propose a resolution relating to
            the business of the society. The resolution shall be voted on
            by a show of hands and a declaration of the chairperson that
            the resolution is carried, unless a secret ballot is demanded
            by any two members, shall be conclusive evidence that the
            resolution has passed or failed.

    9. General.
         1. Notice of a proposal to seek an amendment to this
            constitution shall be given to members at least four working
            days prior to the meeting at which such proposal shall be
            considered. Such a proposal must receive the approval of two
            thirds of the members present at such meeting.
         2. A copy of the constitution shall be placed on the Society's
            website and be available to all members.