Community Group Membership

What is an eligible community & voluntary group?

Community & Voluntary groups that are eligible to apply to join KLP will have the following characteristics and observe the following principles:-

  • Be at least six months in operation and be open to members who share its goals[1].
  • Be active- particularly in the 6 month period before apply to join. Evidence may be asked for to support this claim[2].
  • Support the KLP ethos of community—led development.
  • Be non-profit[3].
  • Not be affiliated to political parties.
  • Not be a single-issue ‘or pressure group’ formed to address or lobby on an immediate or short-term issue.
  • Only one group or branch of a national organisation active in the county may become a member[4].
  • Pay the annual membership fee set by the Board of Directors: €5 for membership per community/ voluntary groups

[1] Open membership means that the Group is not a ‘closed club’: all who meet share vision of the group and adhere to normal (legal) standards of behaviour should be free to join.

[2] Active community groups should have an agreed vision or work plan. They should have at least 4 members, have held a meeting in the last 12 months at which officers (chairperson, secretary, etc.) are elected.

[3] Groups may make profits- but these must be retained or distributed to the work of the group or to other community and voluntary non-profit causes. They cannot be shared by the members for personal benefit.

[4] Where such a body wants to become a Member of KLP, a single nominee may apply to join on behalf of all the branches or groups in the county.

 

What are the benefits of being a Member?

All Members will all have the following rights and privileges:

  • Attendance at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Company.
  • A copy of the annual financial statements and accounts of the company.
  • Regular e-zines (electronic magazines) throughout the year reporting news of KLP’s work.
  • Access to KLP’s various workshops and seminars aimed at informing rural stakeholders on issues of interest.

In addition, Community Group and Small Business members will be accorded the following rights and privileges:

  • The right at each AGM to elect some of the directors holding the Community seats on the Board.
  • The right to be a candidate for election to the Board at the AGM.
  • The opportunity to propose and approve some selections on to the KLP’s Project Evaluation Committee
  • In 2019 each Member is entitled to one vote at the AGM or at any Extraordinary General Meetings (EGM) which the Company may call.
  • Voting on the selection of Directors will occur in a special meeting of the KLP Community Advisory Council comprised of Members from the Community & Voluntary, Business and Individual groupings between 7 weeks and 1 week before the scheduled AGM.
  • In subsequent years- the Board may decide to set different voting rights based on the number of members a community group has to an upper limit of three [3] votes per group.
  • Business and Individuals will only be entitled to one vote per Member.
  • Community Groups and Businesses will be permitted to nominate a delegate or proxy to vote of its behalf. Individuals are without vote- and thus cannot delegate proxies.
  • Individual persons will only be permitted to act as the representative or proxy of one community group, business or individual at any election at AGM or EGM.

 

Voting

  • In 2019 each Member is entitled to one vote at the AGM or at any Extraordinary General Meetings (EGM) which the Company may call.
  • Voting on the selection of Directors will occur in a special meeting of the KLP Community Advisory Council comprised of Members from the Community & Voluntary, Business and Individual groupings between 7 weeks and 1 week before the scheduled AGM.
  • In subsequent years- the Board may decide to set different voting rights based on the number of members a community group has to an upper limit of three [3] votes per group.
  • Business and Individuals will only be entitled to one vote per Member.
  • Community Groups and Businesses will be permitted to nominate a delegate or proxy to vote of its behalf. Individuals are without vote- and thus cannot delegate proxies.
  • Individual persons will only be permitted to act as the representative or proxy of one community group, business or individual at any election at AGM or EGM.

 

 

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