Constitution

MONTFORT ALUMNI
 CONSTITUTION
 NAME
 This Society shall be known as the ‘
 Montfort Alumni’ (hereinafter called the 'Alumni').
 PLACE OF BUSINESS AND MEETINGS
 2.1 Its place of business shall be at the premises of Montfort Junior School and Secondary Schools (hereinafter called “the Schools”) at “52, Hougang Avenue 8, Montfort Junior School, Singapore 538786” or such other premises as may subsequently be decided upon by the Executive Committee and approved by the Registrar of Societies. The Alumni shall carry out its activities only in places and premises, which have the prior written approval from the relevant authorities, where necessary.
 OBJECTS
 3.1 To develop a strong, active and meaningful Alumni for the benefit of all members.
 3.2 To assist and support the School in its activities, living up to its motto “AGE QUODAGIS”
 MEMBERSHIPS AND ELIGIBILITY
 4.1 There shall be four classes of members, namely,
 Ordinary Member: This shall be opened to all past students of the School who are 18 years of age and above provided always that they are not attending primary, secondary schools, centralized institutes or junior colleges. Members shall have the right to vote and hold office in the Alumni.
 Student Member: This shall be opened to current and past students who are 16 years of age and above, may join the Alumni as Student Members, if they do not qualify as Ordinary Members, provided that they shall not be required to pay any entrance or subscription fee. Student Members shall not have any vote, hold office or have any say in the management of the Alumni.
 Associate Member: This shall be opened to current VPs and current members of the Schools' management, teaching & support staff. Associate members shall not have any vote, hold office or have any say in the management of the Alumni.
 Honorary Member: This shall be confined to the current principals of the School. They shall not have any vote, hold office or have any say in the management of the Alumni.
 4.2 All applications for membership to the Alumni shall be in the prescribed form subject to the approval of the Executive Committee, who shall have power to reject such applications with-out assigning any reason therefor. Alternatively, application for memberships shall be registered online at the Alumni website, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee, who shall have power to reject such applications without assigning any reason therefore.
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 ENTRANCE FEE
 The Executive Committee may prescribe from time to time the amount of entrance fee payable by applicants for membership or waive such entrance fee.
 SUBSCRIPTION
 The Executive Committee may prescribe from time to time the subscription fee to be paid by members or waive such subscription fee.
 OFFICE BEARERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
 7.1 The management of the Alumni shall be vested in an Executive
 Committee consisting of the following:-
 A President A Vice-President
 An Hon. Secretary An Asst Secretary
 An Hon. Treasurer An Asst Treasurer
 and Seven (7) Committee Members
 7.2 The Executive Committee shall be elected annually at the Annual
 General Meeting. The tenure of office of the Executive Committee
 shall be one year. All are eligible for re-election except the
 Hon. Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer who shall not hold the post for two (2) years consecutively.
 7.3 The Executive Committee shall have power to fill casual vacancies until the next General Meeting.
 POWERS AND PROCEDURE OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
 8.1 The Executive Committee of the Alumni shall have the
 following powers:- 
 To act for and represent the Alumni in all matters.
 To carry out and execute the decisions and resolutions
 passed at a General Meeting of members.
 To manage and administer the funds of the Association.
 To accept or reject any applications for membership into
 the Alumni .
 To enforce the Rules and Regulations of the Alumni.
 To remove from office any office bearer or to expel any
 member whose conduct, in the opinion of the Executive
 Committee, is prejudical to the interests of the
 Alumni . Any member dissatisfied with any decision
 of the Executive Committee shall have the right to appeal
 to the Annual General Meeting whose decision shall be final.
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 8.2 The President shall preside at all meetings. In his absence,
 the Vice-President shall preside at the meeting. In the
 absence of the President and Vice-President, a member of the
 Executive Committee may be elected from amongst those present
 to chair the meeting.
 8.3 The Executive Committee shall meet at least once every 3 months.
 The quorum for an Executive Committee meeting shall not be less
 than half of the total number of the Executive Committee. The
 Hon. Secretary shall prepare and forward to all Committee mem- bers not later than seven days before the day fixed for the
 Executive Committee meeting an agenda.
 8.4 Questions arising at any Executive Committee Meeting shall be
 decided by a majority of votes of the members present. In the
 case of an equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a second
 and casting vote.
 8.5 A resolution in writing signed by all Executive members present
 in the Republic of Singapore shall be as valid and effectual
 as if it had been passed at a meeting of the Executive Committee duly called and constituted.
 9 DUTIES OF OFFICE BEARERS
 9.1 The duties of the Office Bearers are as follows:-
 a. The President shall preside at all General and Executive
 Committee Meetings.
 b. The Vice-President shall deputise for the President in his
 absence.
 c. The Hon. Secretary shall keep all records, except financial
 of the Alumni . He shall keep minutes of all General
 and Executive Committee Meetings and shall prepare the
 Annual Report for submission to the Annual General Meeting.
 He shall deal with all general matters and keep the members informed. Subject to the direction or approval of the Executive Committee he shall employ such staff in a temporary or permanent capacity as he may require to assist him in the discharge of his duties.
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 d. The Hon. Treasurer shall keep all funds and collect and
 disburse all monies on behalf of the Alumni and
 shall keep an account of all monetary transactions and
 shall be reponsible for their correctness. He is au-
 thorised to keep cash $500.00 for petty expenses. All
 other funds must be banked into the Alumni on banking
 account. He shall prepare financial statements for the
 Executive Committee from time to time. He shall prepare
 the Income and Expenditure account and a Balance Sheet
 for audit purposes and for submission to the Annual
 General Meeting.
 e. The Asst. Secretary shall assist the Hon. Secretary in
 the performance of the latter’s duties and in the latter’s
 absence, deputise for the Secretary.
 f. The Asst. Treasurer shall assist the Hon. Treasurer in the
 performance of the latter’s duties and in the absence of
 the Hon. Treasurer, act on his behalf.
 g. All other Committee members shall perform such duties as
 may be assigned to them by the Executive Committee.
 9.2 Any member of the Executive Committee who absents himself from three consecutive meetings of the Executive Committee without reasonable excuse shall be liable to be expelled from the Committee by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee may co-opt any member of the Alumni who is eligible to hold office to fill such casual vacancy until the next Annual General Meeting. 
 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
 10.1 The Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than the
 month of April each year at such time, date and place as shall
 be decided by the Executive Committee.
 10.2 Notice of Annual General Meeting shall be sent to all members
 by the Hon. Secretary not less than twenty-one days before the
 date fixed for the Annual General Meeting. Any proposed reso-
 lutions and/or motions for amendment of these rules shall be
 submitted to the Hon. Secretary not later than fourteen days
 before the date fixed for the Meeting. The Hon. Secretary
 shall then prepare and forward to all members not later than
 seven days before the date fixed for the Annual General Meeting
 an agenda including resolutions proposed by members and motions
 for amendment of the Association's Rules.
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 10.3 The Annual General Meeting shall be held, inter alia
 a. to receive and to consider the reports and accounts
 of the Association for the past year;
 b. to discuss and to vote on all resolutions and motions
 accepted under Rule 10.2 of the Constitution; and
 c. to hold fresh elections of office bearers.
 10.4 The quorum for the Annual General Meeting shall be one
 quarter of the total membership who are eligible to vote
 or 30 of such members, whichever is less.
 10.5 After half an hour of the time appointed for the Annual
 General Meeting there is no quorum, then the members pre-
 sent shall constitute a quorum and shall proceed with the
 business of the Annual General Meeting except for amend-
 ments to Constitution.
 10.6 Every question arising at an Annual General Meeting shall
 be decided by simple majority and in the case of an equality of votes, the Chairman at the meeting shall have a second and casting vote.
 EXTRA-ORDINARY GENERAL MEETING
 11.1 The Executive Committee may at any time for any special purpose
 call an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting and shall also do so
 upon the written request of at least ten members who are eli-
 gible to vote. Such request shall state the purpose of the
 meeting and shall be signed by all the members so requesting.
 The request shall be sent by registered post to the Office of
 the Alumni .
 11.2 The Executive Committee shall within two weeks of date of
 receipt of such a request hold an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting
 to decide on the matters specified therein.
 11.3 Notice of and agenda for an Extra-Ordinary General Meeting
 shall be forwarded by the Hon. Secretary to all members at
 least 7 days before the date fixed for the meeting.
 11.4 Subject to Rule 11.5 of this Constitution, the Rules governing
 the proceedings of Annual General Meetings shall apply to
 Extraordinary General Meetings.
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 11.5 The quorum for an Extraordinary General Meeting shall be one-quarter of the total membership 50 members eligible to vote.
 If there is no quorum after half an hour of the appointed time
 for the Extraordinary General Meeting, the meeting shall be
 dissolved and no Extraordinary General Meeting shall be
 requested for the same purpose until after a lapse of at least
 six months from the date thereof.
 11.6 Every question arising at an Extra-ordinary General Meeting
 shall be decided by simple majority and in the case of an
 equality of votes, the Chairman at the meeting shall have a
 second and casting vote.
 FUNDS
 12.1 Subject to Rule 9.1 (d) of this Constitution all funds of and payments made to the Alumni shall forthwith be deposited
 with a bank nominated by the Executive Committee.
 12.2 All cheques shall be signed by the Hon. Treasurer and
 countersigned by either the President or the Hon. Secretary.
 12.3 The President, Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer shall be
 empowered to sanction payment not exceeding $1000/- for any
 item of expenditure.
 12.4 The financial year of the Association shall be 1 January to
 31 December of each calendar year.
 EXPENDITURE
 The Executive Committee has power to authorise the expenditure of
 a sum not exceeding $5,000/- on any item from the Alumni's funds for the Alumni 's purposes. Any expenditure in excess of this amount shall require the prior approval of the members at a General Meeting.
 14 AUDITORS
 14.1 Two members who are eligible to hold office in the Alumni
 and who are not members of the Alumni's Executive Committee
 shall be elected Hon. Auditors at each Annual General Meeting
 to serve until the next Annual General Meeting. No person shall hold office for more than two consecutive years.
 14.2 They will audit each year's account and present a report to
 the Executive Committee.
 14.3 They may also be called upon by the Executive Committee to
 audit the Alumni's accounts for any particular period
 within their tenure of office and submit a report to the
 Executive Committee.
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 AMENDMENT TO RULES
 No alterations, additions or amendments to these Rules shall be made except at a General Meeting and with the approval of not less than 2/3 of the voting members present and who are eligible to vote.
 STATEMENTS
 No member shall make any press release or public statement including the issue of circulars, letters, pamphlets or any other media, in the name of the Alumni, without the prior approval of the Committee.
 INTERPRETATION
 In the event of any question arising out of the interpretation of the Rules, the Executive Committee's interpretation shall be accepted unless reversed by a subsequent General Meeting and in the event of any question or matter arising which is not expressly provided for
 in these Rules, the Executive Committee shall have power to use its own discretions.
 EXPULSION
 18.1 If any member acts in any way which can be construed as being
 injurious to the dignity of the Alumni or contrary to
 the interests of its members, the Executive Committee shall
 consider the conduct of such member at a meeting of the
 Executive Committee, and if, after deliberation, the Executive
 Committee is of the opinion that there is sufficient evidence
 to justify a charge or charges of misconduct against such mem-
 ber, at least seven days’ notice in writing shall be given to
 such member calling upon him to attend a meeting of the
 Executive Committee for the purpose of defending himself and
 to justify or explain his conduct. Such notice shall be
 delivered to such member personally or sent by prepaid regis-
 tered post to his last known address with the Hon. Secretary.
 18.2 At such meeting of the Executive Committee the member con-
 cerned shall be informed of the charge or charges against him
 and he shall have the right to be heard in his own defence
 and may call witnesses in his defence.
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 18.3 If, after hearing such member and such witnesses as he may call in his defence, the Executive Committee is of the opi- nion, by the affirmative vote of three-fifths of the members of the Executive Committee present at the meeting, that the member concerned has been guilty of the charge or charges the Executive Committee shall call upon the member to resign, and if he does not resign, shall expel him. A member expelled from the Alumni shall forfeit all rights and privileges of membership and all rights against the Executive Committee
 and the Alumni. If the member concerned refuses to
 attend the meeting of the Executive Committee in answer to the notice calling upon him to do so, the Executive Committee may nevertheless proceed against him in his absence.
 18.4 At the conclusion of a hearing against a member on a charge
 or charges, the Executive Committee may instead suspend the
 member for a period not exceeding six months or impose some lesser penalty upon him. A suspended member shall cease to have the rights and privileges of membership and all rights against the Executive Committee and the Alumni during the period of his suspension.
 18.5 The affected members shall have right to appeal to the
 General Meeting.
 DISSOLUTION
 19.1 The Alumni shall not be dissolved, except with the approval
 of not less than 3/5 of the total membership for the time being resident in Singapore and who are eligible to vote and voting at a General Meeting convened for this purpose.
 19.2 In the event of the Alumni being dissolved as provided
 above, all debts and liabilities legally incurred on behalf
 of the Alumni shall be fully discharged, and the remaining funds shall be disposed of in the manner prescribed by the meeting.
 19.3 Notice of dissolution shall be given within 7 days of the
 dissolution to the Registrar of Societies.
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 PROHIBITIONS
 a. Gambling of any kind such as the playing of paikow or mahjong,
 whether for stakes or not, are forbidden on the Alumni's
 premises. The introduction of materials for gambling or
 opium smoking and of bad characters into the premises is
 prohibited.
 b. The funds of the Alumni shall not be used to pay the fines
 of members who have been convicted in Court nor shall they be
 used for donations, presents or any other purposes in connec- tion with any political parties or trade unions or for any
 purposes which are not for the furtherance of the objects of
 the Alumni.
 c. The Alumni shall not attempt to restrict or in any other
 manner interfere with trade or prices or engage in any Trade
 Union activity as defined in any written law relating to trade
 union activities for the time being in force in Singapore.
 d. The Alumni shall not hold any lottery, whether confined
 to its members or not, in the name of the Alumni or its
 office-bearers, Committee or members.
 e. The Alumni shall not indulge in any political activity
 or allow its funds and/or premises to be used for political
 purposes.
 f. The Alumni shall not raise funds from the public for whatever purposes without the prior approval in writing of the Head, Licensing Division, Singapore Police Force and other relevant authorities.