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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 22

Section XI.—Special General Meetings

Section XI.—Special General Meetings.

1.—Special General Meetings of the Fellows shall be held from time to time, as there may be occasion, for the purpose of taking special matters, relating to the business of the Society, into consideration.

2.—A week's notice, at least, of the time when, and the object for which every Special Meeting is to be holden, shall be given to every resident Fellow, whose residence is known, living within the limits of the penny post.

3.—No other business than that of which notice has been given, in the summons for convening the meeting, shall be entered upon or discussed at such meeting.

4.—A Special General Meeting shall be convened, within a reasonable time after a requisition to that effect, specifying the business for which the meeting is to be convened, and signed by the Chairman of the Council on the part of the Council, or by any five or more Fellows, shall have been delivered, addressed to one of the Secretaries at the House of the Society.

5.—In case of the death or resignation of the President, or of any Vice- page 18 President, Secretary, or Treasurer, or of any other member of the Council, in the interval between any two successive Annual General Meetings, a Special General Meeting shall be held within two months next after such death, or as near thereto as conveniently may be, for the purpose of filling up the vacancy; and the summons for such meeting, and the proceedings thereat, shall, as far as circumstances will admit, be after the manner directed for the annual general meeting.

6.—The Fellows assembled in Special General Meetings shall from time to time appoint such persons as they shall think proper to be Officers and Servants for carrying on and executing the necessary concerns of the Society; and may again remove such Officers and Servants, and restore the same, as they shall see occasion.

7.—The Fellows assembled in Special General Meetings shall have power to make and establish, from time to time, such Orders and Bye-laws as shall appear to them useful:
1°.For the Government of the Society:
2°.For defining the powers to be entrusted to, and the duties to be performed by, the Council, the President, and the other Officers of the Council:
3°.For the management of the estates, goods, lands, revenues, and business of the Society:
4°.For regulating the manner of proposing, electing, admitting, and removing the Fellows, Foreign Members, and Foreign Correspondents; and of electing or appointing, of removing and of restoring the Officers and Servants of the Society:
5°.For fixing the times and places of the meetings of the Society:
6°.For fixing the sum or sums to be paid by the Fellows towards carrying on the purposes of the Society:

—And shall have power to alter, suspend, or repeal such Orders and Bye-Laws, from time to time, and to make such new Orders and Bye-Laws in their stead as they shall think expedient; so as the same be not repugnant to the Charter, or to the laws of the realm.

8.—When it is intended to move the enactment, alteration, suspension, or repeal of any Bye-Law, written notice of such motion, signed either by the Chairman of the Council, on the part of the Council, or by five or more Fellows, must be delivered, addressed to one of the Secretaries at the House of the Society; and must be read from the Chair at two successive general meetings of the Fellows; and a special general meeting must be summoned, within a reasonable time from the last reading of such notice, for taking the motion into consideration; and in the interval between such meetings, such notice must be hung up to view in the meeting-room of the Society; and when the motion is made at such special meeting, the question, after due discussion, shall be decided by ballot; and no motion shall be made for the enactment, alteration, suspension, or repeal of any Bye-Law, nor shall any Bye-Law be enacted, altered, suspended, or repealed, but in the manner above directed.