Constitution

1.  Name Of Organisation.
      1.  The name of the organisation shall be "TOG".

2.  Organisation Objectives.
      1.  The main objective of the organisation will be to develop an
          inclusive community interested in the pursuit of innovation in
          science, technology, modern culture, and creative arts.
      2.  In furtherance exclusively of the main objective, the
          organisation shall have the following secondary objectives:
            1.  To provide shared physical workspaces and resources
                where the community can work together or individually on
                projects.
            2.  To provide safe, inviting, and friendly environments
                where the community can meet and socialise together.
            3.  To foster the idea of knowledge sharing and continued
                education within the community, and the general public.
            4.  To promote and support the use and development of
                open technologies, standards, and ideas by the
                community, the general public, and other bodies.
            5.  To foster and work with other bodies which have similar
                or complementary objectives.

3.  Organisation Procedures.
      1.  The organisation shall be run by its members.  A limited set
          of finance, membership, and management tasks will be performed
          by a committee on behalf of the members.
      2.  The organisation will have flexible general operating
          procedures to coordinate the day-to-day running of the
          physical workspaces, the use of resources, and decision
          making processes.
      3.  All decisions of the organisation will be made by consensus,
          or if consensus cannot be reached then at a meeting by
          majority vote.  In this constitution, consensus means that all
          full members have been given the opportunity to object to a
          decision and no reasonable objections have been received.  The
          consensus making process will be defined in the general
          operating procedures.
      4.  The committee will be responsible for interpreting this
          constitution and the general operating procedures.
      5.  This constitution may only be amended at a general meeting.
      6.  All members and visitors shall refrain from actions or
          behaviour which would have a negative effect on the
          organisation.  The organisation shall not be held responsible
          or liable for any actions or behaviour of individuals
          or groups.
      7.  All members and visitors will be bound by this constitution
          and the general operating procedures.
      8.  Access by probationary members and/or visitors to any physical
          workspace or resource is at the discretion of the full members
          present at that time.

4.  Membership.
      1.  A full member will have the right to keys and be able to
          attend any physical workspaces at any time, to have a single
          vote, make use of resources, and accompany two visitors; as
          detailed in the general operating procedures.
      2.  A probationary member will be able to attend any physical
          workspaces while a full members is present, to make use of
          resources, and to accompany one visitor; as detailed in the
          general operating procedures.
      3.  New member procedure:
            *  A prospective member must agree to this constitution and
               supply a membership form to the committee along with
               nominations from two existing full members.
            *  Upon acceptance by the committee, the prospective
               member will be deemed to be a probationary member.
            *  After a three month probation period a decision will be
               made by the membership on whether a probationary member
               will be made a full member, have the probation extended,
               or be removed from the organisation.
            *  The committee can reduce or extend the required probation
               period on a case-by-case basis.
      4.  The membership fee will be paid in advance.  The form of
          payment will be, monthly by standing order or monthly in cash.
          The committee can make arrangements on the amount and form of
          payment for members with financial difficulties on a
          case-by-case basis.
      5.  The membership fee can consist of multiple rates, the rates and
          criteria for each rate will be set at a general meeting.
      6.  Any committee member can suspend any member or visitor in
          extreme circumstances.  Suspended members or visitors will be
          denied access to any physical workspaces or resources, physical 
          and virtual, until the reason for their suspension has been 
          resolved.  An alternative to a suspension would be a short term 
          timeout, with a suitable time set by the committee member.
      7.  If a member wishes to leave the organisation, written notice
          must be given to the committee.  Continued non-payment of the
          membership fee will be deemed to be the same as the receipt of
          a written notice to leave the organisation.
      8.  A general meeting will be held if a full member is to be
          removed from the organisation.
      9.  Upon leaving or being removed from the organisation all keys,
          access tokens or organisation property must be return to the
          organisation.
      10. On the adoption of this constitution all people who have paid
          dues prior to its adoption and have agreed to the constitution
          will be deemed to be full members.

5.  Committee.
      1.  The tasks of the committee shall be to coordinate the
          financial activities, maintain the membership list, coordinate
          general meetings, maintain the general operating procedures,
          and act as signatories on behalf of the organisation.
      2.  The committee shall be made up of full members and shall
          consist of:
            *  One Treasurer,
            *  One Membership Secretary,
            *  And at least three ordinary committee members.
      3.  Committee members will receive no remuneration for being
          part of the committee, other than reasonable out-of-pocket
          expenses.
      4.  The Treasurer will maintain the organisations financial
          accounts, create budgets, and be the primary bank account
          holder.
      5.  The Membership Secretary will maintain the membership list for
          the organisation, and inform members of general meetings.  An
          ordinary committee member can be co-opted by the committee to
          the Membership Secretary position if the need arises.
      6.  If a committee member resigns from the committee or leaves the
          organisation a general meeting will be called to find a
          replacement.
      7.  A general meeting will be held if a committee member is to be
          removed from the committee.
      8.  All personal information will be maintained in strict
          confidence by the committee.  Any changes or corrections
          required to this information can be made through the
          Membership Secretary.

6.  Income And Finance.
      1.  The organisation shall be non-commercial and not-for-profit.
      2.  All income will be used to achieve the organisations
          objectives.
      3.  The primary income source for the organisation will be the
          membership fee, all other sources will be secondary income.
      4.  The committee, in consultation with the membership, shall
          coordinate expenditure on the running costs of the
          organisation.
      5.  The committee, in consultation with the membership shall
          define general operating procedures for the collection and
          disbursement of small cash amounts.
      6.  Decisions on extra expenditure by the organisation will be
          made by the membership.
      7.  The signature or electronic authorisation of the Treasurer and
          another committee member will be required for all cheques or
          financial directives of the organisation.
      8.  Income, assets and surplus may not be distributed to any
          member.
      9.  Accounts shall be kept and audited annually.

7.  Use Of Organisation Resources.
      1.  The organisation will make no claim and take no responsibility
          for the projects created by members using organisation
          resources.
      2.  Members may not use organisation resources for continued
          commercial activity.

8.  General Meetings.
      1.  There shall be an Annual General Meeting (AGM) held each year.
      2.  An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) shall be convened if:
            1.  The lower of ten percent of members with full membership
                status or ten full members request one.
            2.  Or the committee requests one.
      3.  A quorum of a general meeting shall be two committee members
          and the lower of ten percent of members with full membership
          status or ten full members.
      4.  The business of the AGM shall include annual reports from the
          Treasurer and Membership Secretary, the election of a new
          committee, and the setting of the membership fee.
      5.  The business of an EGM shall be restricted to the items given
          in the notice of the general meeting.
      6.  Notice of all general meetings and the reason for the meeting
          shall be given by the committee at least two weeks prior to
          the date of the meeting.
      7.  A general meeting will be chaired by the Treasurer or other
          member of the committee, the minutes of the meeting will be
          made available after the meeting.
      8.  At a general meeting resulting in the dissolution of the
          organisation, the remaining assets and property of the
          organisation must be used to cover any outstanding expenses of
          the organisation and/or be distributed to other organisations
          with similar objectives.
      9.  At a general meeting, a vote will be passed if more then half
          of the full members present are in favour, and a vote on an
          amendment to this constitution will be passed if more then
          two thirds of the full members present are in favour.

9.  Date Of Last Revision.
      31 May 2010