Sean Crudden, Hon. Treasurer - the guardian of the finances

CONSTITUTION

Mission Statement:
Cooley Environmental and Health Group which was founded in 1994 as an action group to oppose Sellafield and get it shut down. In the intervening years the Group diversified spreading its wings and as a result has become more research orientated. The Group has held Workshops in the month of January every year since 2001. Besides cancer other issues which the Group has touched on are Safety, Energy, Waste Disposal, Personal Energy, Obesity, Suicide and Mental Health. 

It is well recognised now by the Group that that environmental and health problems at local level can no longer be seen in isolation therefore a solution often needs to be sought within a global perspective. As illustrated by Chernobyl and global climate change, the effects of environmental degradation cannot be confined to any one country, they are global issues requiring a global response. Likewise our concerns about health extend to the global level as we have become a multicultural society due to the world‘s population becoming more mobile as a result of changing economic and political structures. However, this Group cannot control global processes, so our actions must begin at the local level.

The word 'Cooley' refers here not only to the Cooley Peninsula but adjoining areas in both the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland, taking in parts of Counties Louth, Armagh, Down and the Irish Sea.

Aims:
To protect and research better ways of making the environment and health better for all within the confines and boundaries of the Cooley Peninsula and world environment in general!

Objectives:
  • To develop awareness of reducing waste and pollution
  • Promote ways of solving issues of environmental & health concern
  • Preserve rights of respective members
  • Preserve the environment especially the Cooley Peninsula and surrounding areas by making the populous aware of environmental & health problems
  • Assist members in making our area a better place for healthy living
  • Allow our members at various levels both horizontal and vertical a voice in environmental protection

Membership:
The association shall be non political & non sectarian, with membership open to all citizens of Ireland both north & south. Members may be required to pay a fee as the committee shall determine from time to time.

Finance:
Funds of the association may be obtained through member’s subscriptions, grants, private and /or public donations, or any fund raising activities that the committee may deem acceptable or necessary. The funds shall be lodged in a bank account approved by the committee. The Treasurer will be responsible for managing the financial affairs of the association. The Secretary and either Chairman shall sign all cheques with the Treasurer. Annual statements of accounts must be produced at the AGM properly audited by two auditors who are not members of the executive committee elected at the AGM. Financial year the 1st of January to the 31st of December

Annual General Meeting (AGM):
The AGM will be held at such time and date the executive committee/management determine, provided that the interval between one AGM and the next does not exceed 15 calendar months and that 15 days notice shall be given to all members of the association via the press or e-mail where appropriate.

The AGM will transact the following business:
  • Minutes of the previous AGM
  • Chairperson's report for the year
  • Treasurer's report for the year
  • Election of 5 + committee members including the officers for the coming year
  • Discussion on the size of the yearly subscription (if any)
  • Any other business (AOB)

Special General Meetings (SGM):
The Secretary of the committee at any time at his/her discretion may call a meeting if what he/she thinks requires an SGM. As well, within 21 days of receiving a written request signed by not less than 6 members the Secretary shall convene a SGM.

Amendments to the Constitution:
Amendments to the Constitution may be proposed at the AGM. Any such proposals to alter this Constitution must be delivered to the Secretary of the association not less than 14 days notice before the AGM. An alteration will require the approval of a 2 third majority of all those present.

Quorum for Executive/Committee Meetings:
3 members including officers must attend for a meeting to be valid. In the event of Internet being Linkages being developed, a Committee Meeting may be undertaken on line once 3 officers are linked to the Internet Chat System for such meeting.

Dissolution:
The association may be dissolved at any time by a resolution passed by 2 thirds majority of those present and voting at a Special General Meeting (SGM) of the association of which 21 days notice shall be sent to all members of the association. Such resolution may give instructions for the disposal of assets held by or in the name of the Cooley Environmental & Health Group (CEHG), provided that if any property remains after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities such property shall be given or transferred to such other institution(s) having similar objectives of the association.