University of Liverpool Humanists AGM Minutes

University of Liverpool Humanists AGM

This is a bit of a long post, but it’s all of the notes needed for the upcoming AGM. As you can see, there’s quite a few positions uncontested or without a candidate, so get in touch and make things more lively! Many of the current committee members cannot run next year, so it’s up to you (YES, YOU!) to help run the society next year.

It’s been a great couple of years- here’s to another two! See you on Tuesday.

Cheers,

Chris

P.S. – If you want a pdf, you can download one here.

Motions & Amendments:

1.      Creation of new committee positions – Daniel Newman

Section 6.3 as it is currently written:

“6.3 Committee members are to be elected as in section 7. Additional members may be elected to the committee, provided that:

6.3.1     An extra position is deemed necessary for the following year by the current committee and the new position is created prior to an AGM and voted on by the committee, or;

6.3.2     Members are informed of the need for a new position on the committee and are given a period of more than 1 week to apply for the position. The appointed candidate must receive a majority vote from the society members at an EGM.”

Proposed amendment:

The substitution of 6.3.2 with:

“6.3.2  Members are informed of the need for a new position on the committee and are given a period of more than 1 week to apply for the position. The appointed candidate must receive a majority vote from the society members at an EGM, or;”

The addition of the following after section 6.3.2

“6.3.3 The AGM or EGM moves that the creation of a new committee position is necessary.”

Rationale:

“This allows an AGM/EGM to create extra positions so that individuals who it would be desirable to have on the committee aren’t excluded due to insufficient positions being created.”

2.      Creation of new committee positions – Daniel Newman

Section 7.3 as it currently is written:

“7.3 The AGM will form the sovereign decision-making body of the society, and the following powers will be exercised at the AGM:

7.3.1     To elect members to the committee.

7.3.2     To amend the constitution

7.3.3     To dissolve the society.

7.3.4     All attendees shall have the right to speak, at the discretion of the Returning Officer.

7.3.5     All members shall have the right to vote on all AGM business.”

Proposed amendment:
The Addition of the following after section 7.3.4:

“7.3.6 To create new committee positions as decided by majority vote, to be voted on at that meeting following the procedure listed in 7.4.”

Rationale:

“This allows an AGM/EGM to create extra positions so that individuals who it would be desirable to have on the committee aren’t excluded due to insufficient positions being created.”

3.      Removing committee positions – Daniel Newman

Section 7.4.3 as it is currently written:

” 7.4.3  The positions to be voted on must be re-stated before the election proceeds. At this point, the Candidates for each position on the new Committee must be entered into the minutes.”

Proposed Amendment:

7.4.3 to be substituted with the following:

“7.4.3 The positions to be voted on must be re-stated before the election proceeds. At this point, the Candidates for each position on the new Committee must be entered into the minutes. If the committee position has been created using the powers listed in 6.6.3 and 7.3.6, the option of ‘No Candidate’ must also be included in the ballot.”

Rationale:

“To ensure future committee do not create extra positions when a smaller committee would be in the interests of the society.”

4.      Stipulating a minimum notice period for an EGM – Daniel Newman

Section 10.1 as it is currently written:

“10.1    An EGM may occur at any time during the year. An EGM should be organised by the committee, adhering to 7.1.3 and 7.2, and the powers listed in 7.3 may be enacted. If committee voting is required (such as in 6.3.2), the procedure as in 7.4.7 must be followed.”

Proposed amendment:

“10.1    An EGM may occur at any time during the year. An EGM should be organised by the committee, adhering to 7.1.3, 7.1.4 and 7.2, and the powers listed in 7.3 may be enacted. If committee voting is required (such as in 6.3.2), the procedure as in 7.4.7 must be followed.”

Rationale:

“While the election of a new committee member at an EGM currently requires more than a week’s notice, motions and amendments to the constitution can still be passed with less than this. The new potential new power of an AGM/EGM being able to create positions would also provide a way to abuse the lack of a minimum notice period for an EGM.”

Election Candidates:

 

President:

  1. Daniel Newman

Previous roles: Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, AHS Representative.

 

Vice President:

  1. Ricki Hewitt

Experienced| Determined | Enthusiastic | Fair

My story; my record:

Hi, my name is Ricki and I’m a first year student studying Combined Honours BSc in Criminology and Psychology.

I got involved in my students’ union, like many others, by accident – but I haven’t looked back since. This year I have been a part of the Guild of Students, completely changing its democratic and representative structures. I’m running to be part of the Humanists Society because having started to get more involved in the secular community, I feel like there is a severe lack of “real student” voices driving what the movement does.

“Change and activism happens day in, day out, throughout student led activities led, by the most involved who don’t know they are the most engaged. The challenge is how we communicate our impact to the wider world; when people know our   success, our story and how integral our unions are to local communities, it will strengthen our ability to campaign and more importantly win for our members.” Ricki Hewitt.

What I can bring:

Over a period of two years, at my previous institution, Deeside College, I was elected President of the Student Voice Association, in this time I worked on several campaigns: I set up our first ever societies. I campaigned for an autonomous student-led movement, more computers in the college library, and re-wrote the Student Voice Constitution to help better serve students.

I run my own secular movement: that espouses human logic and skepticism, its focus is reducing ties between the UK Government and state religion, replacing laws based on scripture with civil laws. So I know what it’s like to be at the forefront of a society like this one – I’d like to use this experience to work alongside the President in building communication links with local schools, and work on a campaign to promote the teaching of humanism in religious education locally. I am also keen to reflect the opinions of others, especially in considering what our priorities are for the year ahead.

“Ricki puts a huge amount of effort into the extra activities that he takes on, many of which are to support others.  At Deeside College we encourage our students to perform to their highest potential, not just academically but also in other elements of their lives, Ricki is an excellent example of this.”

David Jones, Principal and CEO, Deeside College

“Ricki demonstrates dynamic social and   political awareness and is always looking to make positive changes to student life.”

Rhodri Roberts, LGBT Officer, NUS Wales

Don’t be hesitant, vote Ricki Hewitt for Vice-President!

http://www.facebook.com/mrprofhewitt

http://www.twitter.com/ricki hewitt

http://www.realism-themovement.com

“I don’t just voice the change, I make it.”

 

Secretary:

  1. Hannah Farrall

Previous roles: General Committee Position.

 

Treasurer:

No candidates.

 

Social Secretary:

No candidates.

 

General Committee Position 1:

  1. Helena Siggins

Previous roles: Interfaith Coordinator, Social Secretary.

Hello, I’m Helena (person reading this please don’t put on a silly voice). Sorry I can’t be there – I’m currently studying abroad but I will be back in September. I have been on the committee before and would really like to be part of it again, as a general committee member. In my previous role no major disasters occurred, and, contrary to popular belief, no one died. I really enjoyed being part of the society and would love to continue to help it grow and develop. Please vote for me, you know, if you want.

 

General Committee Position 2:

1. David Law

Previous roles: President of Astronomy Society, Treasurer of Physics Society, Vice President of Physics Outreach, Non-Commissioned Officer for the Royal Navy.

People should vote for me because although I’m opinionated and always willing to share that opinion, I’m also bloody good at fighting for what we are owed from the Guild! Also, I’ll bring rum to meetings! (Not all of them, though. What, do you think I’m bloody made of money?!)

David is currently in Majorca, having booked his holiday before the AGM was announced.

 

AHS Representative:

  1. Helena Siggins

Previous roles: Interfaith Coordinator, Social Secretary.

Hello, I’m Helena (person reading this please don’t put on a silly voice). Sorry I can’t be there – I’m currently studying abroad but I will be back in September. I have been on the committee before and would really like to be part of it again, as a general committee member. In my previous role no major disasters occurred, and, contrary to popular belief, no one died. I really enjoyed being part of the society and would love to continue to help it grow and develop. Please vote for me, you know, if you want.

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