MEATH ARCHAEOLOGICAL & HISTORICAL
CONSTITUTION and RULES 2002
However, nothing shall prevent any payment in good
faith by the Society of: -
- The society shall be called "The Meath
Archaeological and Historical Society"
- The object of the Society shall be to locate,
preserve, examine, publish and illustrate the
antiquities, records and traditions connected with the
territory comprised within the boundaries of the Ancient
Kingdom of Meath, corresponding in the main with the
modern Diocese of Meath.
- In furtherance exclusively of the foregoing main
objective the Society shall have the following subsidiary
objectives; to fundraise by whatever means, and to do all
other such things necessary, in order to achieve the main
- The Society shall be non-political and non-sectarian.
- Membership shall be open to all without territorial
- A person shall become a member of the Society on being
proposed by a member, accepted by the Council and having
paid the annual subscription.
- The Council shall consist of a President, Vice-President,
Secretary, Publications Secretary, Assistant Secretary,
Public Relations Officer, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer,
Auditor, Editor and eleven other members elected at an
Annual General Meeting to take the total Council
membership to twenty. The Council may also co-opt
additional members as considered necessary to advise on,
promote or complete selected and agreed programmes. Non-members
so co-opted must become members on co-option. All co-options
are for a period of one year only, or until the next AGM
- The Council shall have the authority to transact all
business of the Society.
- Five members shall form a quorum.
- The Council be elected each year at the AGM, which
shall be held during the month of April.
- The Council shall review / determine membership
subscriptions as considered necessary.
- The Council shall hold a minimum of four meetings each
- The President, Vice-President and members of the
Council shall hold office for a period of three years, at
the end of which they must retire and shall not be
eligible for re-election in the same year.
- The Secretaries, Treasurers, P.R.O., Auditor and
Editor shall be elected annually at the AGM, and there
will be no time limit to the period during which they may
- The property of the Society shall be vested in two
trustees, i.e. the Secretary and Treasurer, holding
- The accounts of the Society shall be checked /
endorsed annually by the Auditor, presented to the AGM
and made available to any member, or the Revenue
Commissioners, on request.
- Paid-up members shall be entitled to receive annually
a copy of the Journal, Riocht Na Midhe, as published.
- The Council may arrange meetings, lectures, displays,
outings and any other function considered appropriate.
- Responsibility for all publications of the Society
shall be in the hands of the Council.
- Any additions, alterations or amendments to this
Constitution, or in its provisions, can only be made at
an AGM; be given in full on the notice of the AGM and be
approved in writing by the Revenue Commissioners.
- The income and property of the Society shall be
applied solely towards the promotion of its main
objectives as set forth in this Constitution. No portion
of the Society's income or property shall be paid or
transferred, directly or indirectly, by way of dividend,
bonus, or otherwise howsoever by way of profit to the
members of the Society. No Officer shall be appointed to
any office of the Society paid by salary or fees, or
receive any remuneration or other benefit in money, or
money's worth, from the Society.
... Reasonable and
proper remuneration to any member (not being an Officer)
for any services rendered.
... Interest at a rate not exceeding 5% per annum
on money lent to the Society by any member or officer.
... Reasonable and proper rent for premises demised
/ let by any member / officer to the Society.
... Expenses incurred by any Officer in connection
with the Society, i.e. materials supplied, work, travel
... Fees, remuneration or any other benefit in
money, or money's worth, to any Society of which an
be a member holding not more than one hundred part
of the issued capital of such Society.
The above Constitution was carried unanimously at the
Annual General Meeting of the Society, in St. Patrick's
Classical, School, Navan, on Wednesday, April 17th. 2002.
- If on the winding up or dissolution of the Society
there remains, after the satisfaction of all its debts
and liabilities, any property whatsoever, it shall not be
paid to, or distributed among the members of the Society.
Instead, such property shall be given or transferred to
some other charitable institution having main objectives
similar to the main objectives of the Society. The
institution or institutions to which the property is to
be given or transferred shall prohibit the distribution
of it's or their income and property among it's or their
members to an extent at least as great as is imposed on
the Society under or by virtue of the clauses stated in
this Constitution. Members of the Society shall select
the relevant institution or institutions at or before the
time of dissolution, and if and so far as effect cannot
be given to such provisions, then the property shall be
given to some charitable object.
JOHN GAVIN. OLIVER WARD. ANN OReilly
(President)) (Treasurer) (Secretary