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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 84

Form of Constitution of the Women's Christian Temperance Union

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Form of Constitution of the Women's Christian Temperance Union

Article I.—Name.

This organisation shall be known as "The Women's Christian Temperance Union of........."

Article II.—Object.

The object of this Union shall be to educate public sentiment up to the standard of total abstinence, train the young, save the inebriate, and secure the legal prohibition and complete banishment of the liquor traffic.

Article III.—Membership.

Any woman may become a member of this organisation by signing the Constitution, pledging herself to do all in her power for the advancement of the temperance cause, and by the payment of half-a-crown (2s. 6d.) per year into the treasury. She will also sign the following


"I hereby solemnly promise, God helping me, to abstain from all intoxicating liquors, including wine, beer, and cider, and to employ all proper means to discourage the use of and traffic in the same."

Gentlemen may become honorary members by the payment of ten shillings (10s.) a year.

Article IV.—Officers.

The officers of this organisation shall be a President, Vice-Presidents,—one from each Church when practicable,—a Secretary, (and, when necessary, an Assistant Secretary,) and Treasurer, who shall, with the Superintendents of Departments, constitute an Executive Committee.

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Article V.—Duties of Officers.

Section I.—President.

To call to order, and open the meetings.

To announce the business before the meeting, in the order in which it is to be acted upon.

To put to vote all questions which have been regularly moved and seconded, and to announce the result.

To preserve order; and to decide, when referred to, all questions in points of order or practice which may arise.

To append her signature, when necessary, to all orders and proceedings of the Union.

To have a general oversight of the Union, and, in conjunction with the Executive Committee, to plan for its best interests and the good of the cause.

To call special meetings, when deemed advisable by herself and any three members of the Union, due notice being given to all members.

Section II.—Secretary.

To keep a record of the proceedings of the meetings of the Union, and to notify the public of its meetings.

To call the roll of members when required.

To read all papers, &c., which may be required.

To notify Committees of their appointment, and of business referred to them.

To take charge of all papers and documents of the Union.

To make reports annually or quarterly, as may be required by the Union, and to conduct the correspondence of the Union.

Section III.—Treasurer.

To collect the membership dues, and to devise ways and means to increase the funds of the Union.

To hold all money collected for the use of the Union, paying bills on order of the President and Secretary, keeping an exact book account, and making a quarterly report of the same.

Section IV.—Vice-Presidents.

To preside in their order at meetings in the absence of the President, and to perform the duties of the President in case of absence on any account from her office.

To interest the women of their respective Churches in the work of the Union.

To assist the President in arranging and carrying out plans for the benefit of the Union.

Article VI.—Annual Meetings.

The Annual Meeting shall be held during the month of May, on a day designated by a vote of the Union, at which time the Officers shall be elected for the ensuing year.

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Article VII.—Amendments.

The Constitution may be altered or amended at any regular meeting of the Union, by a two-thirds vote of the members notice having been given at the previous meeting.