Constitution of Australian Free Reformed Relief Foundation Inc
Article 1: Name
The name of the organisation is "Australian free reformed Relief Foundation inc" hereafter referred to as "the foundation."
Article 2: Basis
The basis of the foundation is the Bible, the word of God as the only rule of faith asn life as confessed in the Doctrinal Standards of the Free Reformed churches in Australia, Namely the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession of faith and the Canons of Dort.
Article 3: Aim
The aim of the foundation is to give Christian charity to any area in the world that is in need of such. This aim is based on the conviction that all that we possess is entrusted to us by God and we should be good stewards of it also to the benefit of our neighbour. From the Bible we learn that we should show generosity, charity, mercy and kindness to the poor, to thereby show our thankfulness for the great salvation that we have in Jesus Christ. Lev 19:9-10, Matt 25:31-46, 2 Cor9:6-15.
Article 4: Structure
The foundation shall consist of an executive Committee made up of at least seven members of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia. This committee shall manage the affairs of the foundation.
Article 5: Vacancies within the Executive Committee
One or more committee members shall nominate new members> If there are multiple nominations the executive Committee shall decide by secret ballot who will fill the vacancy.
Article 6: Offices Within the Executive committee
There shall be a chairman, correspondence secretary, minutes secretary, treasurer, general deputy and at least two members.
Article 7: Duties of the Chairman
The chairman shall, when present, preside at the executive meetings and sign the minutes
Article 8: the duties of the Correspondence Secretary
The Correspondence Secretary shall be responsible for the general correspondence on behalf of the foundation, compiling of an annual report, covering the Foundationís activities, filing of documents and the safe keeping of the foundationís records.
Article 9: The duties of the Minutes Secretary
The Minutes Secretary shall be responsible for the writing of the minutes of the Executive committee meetings and the issuing of the convocations for the executive committee meetings.
Article 10: Duties of the Treasurer
The treasurer shall be responsible for an updated register of donors, the receipts of all monies payable to the Foundation and preparing and having properly audited a balance sheet for each financial year.
Article 11: Duties of the General Deputy
The general deputy shall take the place of any Executive Committee members during their absence.
Article 12: Quorum and Meetings of the Executive Committee
Meetings shall be held at least every three months or as often as necessary. A quorum shall be formed when at least 2 or 3 of the executive committee members are present.
Article 13: Funds
All funds shall be received via donations, collections and special appeals. All funds shall be distributed through avenues that are reliable, honest and, where possible, Christian in character, in times of catastrophes such as floods, cyclones, earthquakes, bushfires, famines or to give financial aid to refugees, wherever they may be in the world. Such aid shall be a temporary measure to help at the times of greatest and immediate need. All the income of the Foundation shall be used solely for the promotion of its aim.
Payment for services rendered or expenses incurred on behalf of the Foundation excepted.
Article 14: Amendments
The Executive Committee shall from time to time make, repel and amend all such rules as they may consider necessary for the arrangement of the business and affairs of the foundation.
The Deputy Commissioner of Taxation (WA) will be advised of any amendments made to the Constitution.
Article 2, 3 and 15 can not be changed
Article 16: Winding up
A decision to dissolve the Foundation may be made by the Executive Committee. If on winding up or dissolution of the Foundation there remains after satisfaction of all its liabilities, any property whatsoever, such property shall be given or transferred to any organisation constituted with objects similar to those of the Foundation or in the absence of such an organisation, shall be disposed of to any charitable organisation as may be determined by the Executive Committee. The deputy Commissioner of Taxation (WA) will be advised of the date of dissolution, should this occur.
last updated 9 Sep 2008