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Updating Our Constitution

(This should wait until after we have completed the Strategic Planning.)

The main objectives of any constitution are to,
  1. Make clear the purpose and objectives of the group to our members and the public
  2. Provide a legal framework within which the organisation operates
  3. Quickly resolve any internal disputes by referring to clear rules
  4. Be an acceptable organisation for sponsors, councils and government to do business with by being properly constituted
Is there a Problem?

Our constitution has been in place since 2009 and whilst it is complete and functional it is,
  • difficult to read - I tried ... honest!
  • Has too many objectives  - about 23 overlapping major and minor objectives which could be distilled to around 5 I think.
  • Some issues around committee and BUGs could do with a rethink in view of our Statewide intentions.
Why bother?

The constitution, whilst not on the top of most peoples' reading list, represents how we operate as an organisation. The objectives need to be clear so that the work of the committee and the website can be focussed.

It is also the document that Government bodies might check out when considering Grants and proposals .... so it should to be easy to read. 

How to do it?

Fortunately Sport and Recreation Tasmania have an Example Draft Constitution we can use as a template. (attached) Translating our Constitution into this format will improve its' readability.

Someone (me at the moment) needs to review the objectives and propose an alternative for the committee to consider .....  perhaps it would look a bit like the 'What We Do' section on the website.

Finally the proposed new constitution would need the approval of our membership at a meeting organised for that purpose.

Comments, suggestions etc?

Austin Greenwood,
Jul 28, 2011, 12:25 PM
Austin Greenwood,
Jul 28, 2011, 12:29 PM