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CONSTITUTION (draft)

  1. Preamble/Name

    1. The name of the Association shall be the Canadian Muslim Union, hereinafter referred to as "the Association" or "the CMU".
  2. Purpose

    1. The purpose of the Association shall be to promote the ideals and vision outlined in the Charter.
  3. Membership

    1. The membership of the Association shall consist of any person who self-identifies as a Muslim, who normally resides in Canada or has other Canadian ties, and who agrees with the CMU Statement of charter.
    2. Notwithstanding 3.1, the Board of Directors may allow any person to join who they feel brings value to the Association or bar any person whose conduct is considered abusive to other members or harmful to the CMU.
  4. Meetings

    1. There shall be an Annual Board Meeting of the Association, the business of which shall include:
      1. Annual reports of the President, the Membership Secretary, and the Chief Financial Officer; and
      2. Election of the Association's Executive.
    2. Other Meetings of the Board shall be called:
      1. as determined by the Executive, or
      2. upon the request of at least one quarter of the Board's members.
    3. Notice for all Meetings shall be mailed not less than fourteen (14) days in advance of the meeting.
    4. Quorum at a Meeting shall be a number equal to 25% of the Board members.
    5. Minutes of the meeting will be distributed electronically to members of the Association
  5. Executive

    1. The Executive shall consist of the following:
      1. President;
      2. Vice-President, who shall serve as Interim President in the event of a vacancy in the presidency;
      3. Legal Advisor;
      4. Secretary General;
      5. Membership Secretary;
      6. Chief Financial Officer;
    2. Those elected to positions on the Executive shall serve from the adjournment of the Annual Board Meeting at which they were elected until the adjournment of the following Annual Board Meeting. If the position of President is vacated, the Vice-President shall serve as interim president until the Board selects a replacement.
    3. The Executive shall meet at least three (3) times during its term of office.
    4. Members of the Executive who cannot attend a meeting of the Executive shall give notice to the President or the Secretary General in advance if possible. A member of the Executive who fails to attend three consecutive meetings without such notice shall be deemed to have resigned and shall be notified accordingly in writing.
    5. The Executive will invite those Board members who have responsibility in areas which are being are discussed at a particular meeting. Board members attending executive meetings shall have voice but no vote.
  6. Board

    1. The Board consists of the Executive as well as Directors with various responsibilities as assigned by the Board.
    2. The Board may appoint such committees, as may be necessary or desirable to carry out the functions of the Association. Each committee so appointed shall report regularly to the Board and shall include at least one member of the Board.
    3. Each member of the Board is entitled to one vote at Board meetings regardless of the number of positions held on the Board.
    4. Meetings of the Board shall be open to members of the Association. Non-Board members may participate in discussions but shall not have the right to vote.
    5. When a member leaves the Board, they will immediately turn over all materials and accounts to the Executive.
    6. When a vacancy in the Board occurs, whether through a member resigning or a new position being created, the position shall be announced to the members at least 48 hours before a decision is made. All members will be given an opportunity to apply for the position through an e-mail to the Secretary General, who will forward all applications to the Board. The Board shall choose one of the applicants to fill the position.
    7. General elections of the Board shall be held at least every 24 months. Every member in good standing is elegible to stand for election providing they have been a member of the Associaton for at least one year. Every member in good standing is entitled to vote in the election.
  7. Affirmative Action

    1. One half of the members of the Executive shall be women. Should there be an odd number of Executive members, the extra position may be occupied by a member of either sex.
  8. Funds

    1. The signing officer of the Association shall be the Chief Financial Officer and at least one other member of the Executive. No cheque or other instrument shall be issued without the signature of either the Chief Financial Officer or President.
  9. Charter

    1. The Charter may be amended at any General Meeting of the Board by unamious consent of those present and voting, provided that the text of the proposed amendment has been circulated to the Board at least fourteen (14) days in advance of the meeting.
    2. It is prefered that the Charter be amended through online discusion among the Board members by unamimous consent of those voting providing that the text of the proposed amendment is available on the Board discussion list for at least 48 hours.
  10. Amendment

    1. This Constitution may be amended at any General Meeting of the Board by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting, provided that the text of the proposed amendment has been circulated to the Board at least fourteen (14) days in advance of the meeting.
    2. It is prefered that this Constitution be amended through online discusion among the Board members by a two-thirds majority of those voting providing that the text of the proposed amendment is available on the Board discussion list for at least 48 hours.
  11. By-laws

    1. By-laws consistent with this Constitution may be adopted or amended by majority vote at any Board Meeting of the Association, provided the text of the proposed by-law or amendment has been circulated to the Board at least fourteen (14) days in advance of the meeting.
    2. It is prefered that the By-laws be amended through online discusion among the Board members by a majority of those voting providing that the text of the proposed amendment is available on the Board discussion list for at least 48 hours.
  12. Rules of Order

    1. The Association may adopt rules for the conduct of its business. Unless otherwise governed by this Constitution or duly adopted by-laws, the business of the Association shall be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order.
  13. Interpretation and Appeals

    1. On a day-to-day basis, this Constitution and its by-laws shall be interpreted by the President of the Association, or by the Vice-President in the absence of the President. Decisions of the President or Vice-President may be appealed to the Executive of the Association. Decisions of the Executive may be appealed to the Association's Board at a Board Meeting, whether or not the meeting was called for the specific purpose of hearing such an appeal.
    2. At a meeting of the Board or its Executive, this Constitution and its by-laws shall be interpreted by the President of the Association or by the chairperson in the absence of the President. Any decision of the President or the chairperson may be overturned on appeal by a majority of those present and voting.
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