Constitution of the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain
To present Virginia Woolf in her true light as a great novelist, essayist, publisher and woman of letters by the following means.
• Stimulating research into her life and works, into the life and works of her friends, family and associates, and into the era in which she lived.
• Providing opportunities for members to meet, correspond and share their enjoyment of her work, acting as a focal point for British scholars and enthusiasts alike.
• Regularly publishing a Bulletin, in which members' ideas can be exchanged and discussed.
• Informing members of relevant events and findings regarding Virginia Woolf and 'Bloomsbury' by this and other societies, and by other outside sources.
Any person in sympathy with the aims and purposes of the Society shall be eligible for membership upon payment of an annual membership fee. The amount of the individual membership fee shall be set at the Annual General Meeting. Special concessionary rates, affiliation fees for institutions and corporate bodies, rates for families and life membership fees shall also be decided, when required, at the Annual General Meeting.
The Society reserves the right to select Honorary Officers (Patrons, President and Vice-President) for endorsement at General Meetings. The Executive Officers shall consist of a Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Membership Secretary, Research & Publicity Officer, Activities Secretary, and shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting.
The Executive Council shall consist of not more than ten members, including the Officers and chair of the Bulletin editorial committee and shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. Honorary Officers and members may be selected as necessary.
The financial year shall end on 31 December and the Treasurer shall produce confirmed accounts for the previous year at the Annual General Meeting for adoption by members. The signatories to cheques shall be two from the following: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer. The Society shall appoint a responsible person to inspect and confirm the Society's Annual Accounts.
Meetings of the Executive Council shall be held once every quarter, with intermediate meetings to be held if required. The Annual General Meeting shall be held within the first six months following the previous year end. The venue and agenda of meetings shall be announced to the Members at least one month prior to such meetings. An Extraordinary General Meeting may be held at any time deemed necessary by the Executive Council and the date of such meeting shall be notified to the membership as early as possible.
No General Meeting shall proceed until twelve members are present. No Executive Council Meeting shall proceed until three members are present.
A periodic Bulletin shall be published and made available free to members of the Society. The Bulletin's editorial committee shall number no more than six, the chair to be a member of the Executive Council. Surplus copies may be made available to outside organisations or members of the public, either free or for a reasonable charge as determined by the Executive Council.
This Constitution may be amended from time to time by formal Resolution endorsed by the majority of members at an Annual General Meeting.
(Approved 3 April 2004; amended 25 March 2000 and 20 April 2002.)