Rules of The McGuffin Group
The name of the
organisation shall be The McGuffin Group.
To advance the education
of the public in the knowledge, understanding And appreciation of the
arts, particularly the art of film and television, and Allied visual
techniques. In furtherance of the foregoing objective, but not Further
or otherwise, to promote the study and appreciation of film and Television
by means of lectures, discussions and exhibitions. A further Objective
of The McGuffin Group is to promote and preserve the former ABC / EMD
Cinema as an important cultural, architectural and historical Resource.
To promote intercultural awareness, understanding and harmony through
the showing of a wide range of films from overseas countries, in Languages
other than, and including, English. To provide an outreach service to
minority ethnic communities within the borough of Waltham Forest and
Adjoining districts, by from time to time screening films of relevance
and Interest to cinema goers within those communities.
The Organisation shall be in the hands of an Executive Committee (hereinafter
referred to as 'the Executive' or 'the Committee'), whose decisions
shall be final in all matters. Said Committee to consist of the following:
- Chairperson, Treasurer, Press Liaison Officer,
Membership Secretary, Events Co-ordination Officer, Fund Raising Officer,
Film Co-ordination Officer, Technical Advisor, Technical Assistant.
All of the above shall be empowered to take such action as is reasonable
to adequately carry out their individual Functions. Any dispute on this
matter shall be decided by A meeting of the Executive called for this
purpose only. Any person occupying any of the above positions shall
be Removed from office under the following circumstances Only:
- Upon resignation from Executive
termination of membership
- Upon an affirmative vote by not less than two-thirds
of the Executive. A meeting to consider such a course of action may
be called at the written request of not less than twenty full members.
In addition to the above, there may be appointed to the Executive Committee
one representative from the general membership, who Shall have full
speaking and voting rights at Executive Committee Meetings. This person
may be nominated and voted upon by the Membership in attendance at an
Annual General Meeting.
Committee may, if so desired, co-opt additional persons in the form
of advisors. Such persons may attend Committee meetings, but shall not
have voting rights.
- For the purposes of clarity, the 'Executive' shall
be considered to be the executive body for both The McGuffin Film &
TV Society and McGuffin Events. However, membership (Clause 6(1)) refers
only to membership of McGuffin Film & TV Society and any rights
held by the membership shall be deemed to Be held under the aegis of
Film & TV Society only. Whilst membership of McGuffin Film &
TV Society automatically includes membership of The McGuffin Group,
no member - with the exception of Executive Committee Members - shall
have rights with regard to The McGuffin Group as a whole.
- Where any Committee vacancies exist, these shall
be advertised within the general membership and appointed by the Executive.
Such appointees shall be subject to ratification at an AGM.
shall be a Sub-Committee consisting of a maximum of eight members. Five
positions of said Sub-Committee shall be: Designer, Publicity Assistant,
Events Assistant, Box Office Assistant and one Member without portfolio,
all of whom shall be appointed by The Executive Committee. Two other
positions may be filled as and when Required, and may be elected at
an AGM. All members of the Sub-Committee Shall have such powers as deemed
necessary to undertake their work. However, The Sub-Committee shall
be at all times accountable to the Executive Committee, and no decision
shall be taken contrary to Executive Committee Policy on any matter.
Members of the Sub-Committee may attend Executive Committee meetings
but shall not have voting rights. Members of the Sub- Committee shall
only be removed upon an affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Executive
The Committee shall meet at dates and times as it may deem necessary,
but shall Ideally meet at least once per month. The agenda at such meetings
shall include the following:
for absence, Business arising from previous meeting, Financial report
Events, Membership, Film Programming, and Any other business.
- The Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall usually
be held in March of each year, although it may be postponed, rescheduled
or cancelled if, in the opinion of the Committee, special circumstances
apply. The order of business at an Annual General Meeting shall be as
follows: Apologies for absence, Officers Reports, Election of Membership
Representative, Financial Reports, and Any other business. A formal
notice of an Annual General Meeting shall be given by the Chairperson
to members not less than 14 days prior to said meeting. Only Full Members
(as in 6(1)(a)) with at least 28 days continuous membership during the
preceeding 12 months shall be entitled to attend an AGM.
order or content of (a) above may be changed by a majority vote of members
present at the meeting.
- No meeting shall continue once a time period of
two hours has elapsed, unless extended for a specific time period by
a majority vote of those members present. One extension only shall be
quorum for Executive meetings shall be four. For an AGM it shall be
twelve. In the event of a non-quorate AGM, the meeting shall be cancelled
and a Special General Meeting (SGM) will be called with a quorum of
ten at least seven days after the date of the AGM. If this is inquorate,
further SGMs (with quorums of ten) may be called as Necessary. An SGM
following an inquorate AGM may be postponed, rescheduled or cancelled
if, in the opinion of the Committee, special circumstances apply.
Special General Meeting (SGM) may be held if 20 members (except as in
6(1)(b)) write to the Chairperson asking for one. The Chairperson must
call such an SGM within 21 days of receiving such a request. At an SGM
the agenda would be the same as at an AGM. New members of the Executive
Committee - as in 3(e) - may be ratified at an SGM.
The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings, and their ruling shall
be final unless formally challenged by not less than fifty percent of
the Executive Committee. Upon Such a challenge, it shall take precedence
over all other business and a vote on the Chairpersons ruling shall
be taken. If a majority of the Executive Committee vote against the
ruling, then it shall be overturned, except in such cases where this
would contravene the Constitution and Rules of The McGuffin Group. The
Chairperson shall have both a deliberative and a casting vote.
The McGuffin Group shall consist of two independent and
autonomous affiliates. Neither affiliate, nor The McGuffin Group itself,
shall be wound up except by an affirmative vote of not less than six
members of the Executive, who shall then decide upon disposal of assets.
The said affiliates shall be:
McGuffin Film & TV Society, ("The Society") who shall be responsible
for the actual programming and presentation of 35mm cinematograph films.
Such films may be obtained by the Film Co-ordination Officer (or authorised
deputy) only, and on behalf of The Executive. Membership may be offered
at the discretion of the Executive to any person over the age of 16.
Eligibility: Membership and participation in the Society shall be open
to all members of the community who are in agreement with our stated
aims and objectives, upon payment of the appropriate subscription. Equal
opportunities: McGuffin's welcomes participation by all members of the
community irrespective of nationality, physical appearance, cultural
background, age, gender, sexuality, disability and political or religious
membership shall cost £5.00 (£3.00 concessions) and shall include all
persons generally residing within any residency (not including multiple-occupancy
dwellings) whose names are notified to the Society. Membership shall
commence on the date of confirmed payment, and shall last for one calendar
year unless otherwise decided by the Executive Committee. Only one person
in each household shall have the right to vote at a General Meeting.
Such members shall be known as Full Members.
Membership shall cost £0.50 and shall be valid for twenty-four
hours from time of acceptance.
Members (except as in 6(1) (b) above) shall be entitled to sign in up
to two guests, who shall be personally known to the member. The introducing
member shall be personally responsible for the conduct of their guests
while on theatre premises and during film presentations.
shall only be granted admission to the theatre on production of a valid
membership card. No member or guest under the age of 18 shall be admitted
to the theatre when the programme includes an '18' certificated film.
shall purchase tickets for their guests. No tickets shall be sold to
- Full members shall be entitled to such additional
benefits as may be decided by the Executive on occasion.
of The McGuffin Film & TV Society shall be terminated in the following
upon non-payment of membership fees
in the opinion of two-thirds of the Executive Committee, conduct of
any member renders termination of their membership desirable. Such members
shall be informed of the decision in writing and shall have right of
appeal to an AGM or SGM with the written support of not less than ten
members (except as in 6(1) (b)). Persons removed from membership shall
not again be accepted as members unless agreed by two-thirds of the
Executive, and shall forfeit subscription fees with the exception of
advance ticket Payments.
McGuffin Film & TV Society shall be non-political (i.e. it shall
not espouse the cause of any political party).
McGuffin Film & TV Society shall not be run for the private profit
of any member. Any financial assets at the end of the year shall be
carried over and devoted to the Objectives of The McGuffin Group. No
member shall receive financial payment either directly or indirectly
for their services, other than legitimate expenses incurred in the furtherance
of McGuffin Group Objectives. Committee members deemed to hold a financial
or vested interest in any matter under review or discussion by the Committee
shall not vote or attempt to unduly influence the Committee decision
on said matter.
McGuffin Events, whose sole purpose shall be the promotion
of the McGuffin name by means generally - although not exclusively -
other than the presentation of 35mm Cinematograph films, plus the raising
of funds for the benefit of The McGuffin Film & TV Society. Such events
to be controlled and co- ordinated by the Events Co-ordination Officer
of The McGuffin Group, plus any persons appointed by said Officer.
Alterations to Rules and Constitution
Any proposal to amend or alter Clause 4 (except (e)), Clause 6 (1) or
Clause 2 only of The Constitution or Rules of The McGuffin Group shall
be permitted only at an Annual General Meeting, and must be presented
in writing to the Chairperson not less than 7 days prior to the date
of the meeting (except in such circumstances deemed an emergency by
not less than two-thirds of the Executive Committee, whereupon such
alterations shall be permitted at any time, and with immediate effect).
Two-thirds of the Executive shall vote in favour of any alteration or
amendment in order for it to take effect. Amendments or alterations
to any other clause(s) shall not be permitted except if desired by not
less than two-thirds of the full Executive.