Wikimedia Ghana/Proposed by-laws

This is a draft for the by-laws of the proposed Wikimedia Ghana User Group.

Chapter One – (Our Mission)Edit

Section One (About The Chapter)Edit

  1. The proposed chapter will be a non profit based in Ghana called Wikimedia Ghana.

Section Two (Our goals)Edit

  1. Wikimedia Ghana's goal is promote Wikimedia projects within Ghana.

Section Three (Our activities)Edit

  1. Wikimedia Ghana's activities will be shaped by our goals.

Chapter Two – (Membership)Edit

Section One (Membership)Edit

  1. Membership is open to anyone with a user account for any of the Wikimedia projects and has a minimum age of 12 years and supports the mission of the group.
    1. The board of directors have the right to reject any membership application within 30 days of its receipt and return to the applicant any fees submitted with the application.
    2. An applicant can also appeal when rejected to the membership as a whole at a general assembly.

Section Two (Rights of Members)Edit

  1. A member can attend the Annual Convention/General Assembly meetings – speak, propose and second during discussions.
  2. A member who fulfill requirements membership requirements can nominate and vote; however non-Ghanaians cannot vote.
  3. A member can participate in the projects and activities of the chapter.

Section Three (Responsibilities of Members)Edit

  1. A member is not obliged to attend meetings.
  2. A member who is 18 years and above is to pay an annual fee of ¢50.
    1. The rate of the fees shall be determined by the board of directors and may be changed by them at any time.
  3. A member should follow Chapter rules and by-laws.
  4. A member should not engage in anything that will harm chapter. What is harmful to the chapter will be determined on a case by case basis by board and voted on by members.
  5. A member should not defame the group or bring its name into disrepute.
  6. A member should not obstruct the working of the chapter and during meetings.

Section Four (Penalties & Termination of Membership)Edit

  1. A membership will end if the member dies, resigns, doesn't pay membership fees after a given deadline deadline or has been expelled by a vote of 2/3 of the directors.
  2. A member can terminate his/her membership by sending a written message to the secretary; with a 21 notice given.
  3. A member of the chapter can be penalized for for being in contravention of Chapter Two - Section Three responsibilities.
    1. Penalizing can either be suspension or expulsion determined on a case-by-case basis
    2. Penalizing is done by after The Board of Directors meet and confirms the penalty.
    3. If the member appeals by sending a written letter or arrange a meeting with the board, the board should revise his appeal within 30 days and confirm or revoke the penalty.
    4. The member receives a written notice stating the decision made by the board and the reasons on which they made the decision.

Chapter Three – (Meetings)Edit

Section One (Regular Meeting)Edit

  1. An Annual Convention/General Assembly should be held once in a year for members.
  2. An online meeting should be held every two months for the board and program leaders to update community on activities.

Section Two (Special Meetings)Edit

  1. Special Meetings can be held on the call of The President or when two‐thirds of members of the group want to have a meeting.

Section Three (Call for Meeting)Edit

  1. The board or person(s) acting as group secretary should inform all the members 7 days prior to meeting through email or any other mode of communication. Notification should clearly state the purpose, time, date and place of meeting.

Section Four (Minuting)Edit

  1. Minutes of all these category of meetings should be made available on Meta.

Chapter Four – (The Board of Directors)Edit

Section One (Role)Edit

  1. The Board of Directors is the executive and administrative body of the chapter.
  2. The Board of Directors can employ or appoint an officer for specific roles within the non profit, but cannot delegate an officer to fulfil the board's responsibilities.
  3. The board will be elected by vote

Section Two (Board Membership)Edit

  1. All directors should have minimum age of 18 years and legally able to sign contracts.
  2. The minimum number of Directors is three and if the number falls down for any reasons the other directors have to appoint individuals as needed to maintain the number.
  3. Director’s term shall be one year from the date of appointment and term can be renewed subject to voting by the general assembly.
  4. Any director maybe removed from the office by 2/3 votes of directors
  5. The Board shall have meetings when necessary during the year; these meetings can be called by 2/3 of board.
  6. Decisions are taken by a simple majority of the members present at the meeting, and in case of tie the president vote is decisive.
  7. All Board members should be notified by the meetings dates one week prior.
  8. The Board meetings may be held by teleconferencing or online.
  9. The Secretary should keep the minutes of these meetings and the decisions took in it together with a record of the names of persons present at the meetings.
  10. The director shall be determined on the following basis:
  11. Longstanding membership of about 2 years
  12. Active Wikimedian status
  13. Active involvement in volunteer activities in the past two years
  14. Knowledge of Wikimedia movement
  15. Does not hold any board position within the movement that is in conflict with chapter's work
  16. Should not hold membership for any affiliate operating in similar activities within Ghana

Chapter Five – (Annual Convention/General Assembly Meeting)Edit

  1. The Annual Convention/ general assembly shall hold between January 1st and March 31.
  2. A notice of the general meeting must be sent to all members at least 1 month before the meeting by or E-mail. The notice shall include the agenda of the meeting.
  3. The chairperson of the General Assembly shall be the President of the board or any other representation from the board.
  4. Every member has the right to submit a suggestion that should be sent to the Board of directors not later than December 31, the year before the meeting.
  5. Every member has one vote. All members have the right to attend the meeting to speak and suggest to the general assembly.
  6. Decisions of the general assembly are made through simple majority of casted votes.
  7. In the event of a voting equality, the President shall determine the outcome of the vote.

Chapter Six – (Voting)Edit

To vote:

  1. A member should have paid the membership fees.
  2. A member should be an active editor.
  3. A member should not hold membership for any affiliate operating in similar activities within Ghana.

Chapter Seven – (Officers and Duties)Edit

Section One (President)Edit

  1. The President heads the work of the Executive Board of the Group.
  2. He presides all the meetings of the Executive Committee.
  3. The President of the Association represents and acts on behalf of the Association in the legal dealings with third parties and sign all the financial documents on behalf of the Association.

Section Two (Vice President)Edit

  1. The Vice President shall perform the duties of the President when he/she is not present and exercise all the powers of the President.
  2. The Vice President shall have the powers given to him/her by the President and acts as his adviser.

Section Three (Secretary)Edit

  1. Secretary shall keep the record of all the members, committee meetings, resolutions passed in general meetings and committee meeting.
  2. Secretary shall prepare an annual report of the group.
  3. The Secretary must keep in his or her custody or under his or her control all books, documents and securities of the organization.

Section Four (Treasurer)Edit

  1. The Treasurer shall be responsible for keeping of proper accounts.
  2. The Treasurer shall receive all moneys on behalf of the Executive Committee and deposit the same in the name of the Group in the Bank.
  3. The Treasurer shall prepare the annual accounts of the Association and submit it in General Body meeting.

Section Five (Community Manager)Edit

  1. The Manager will see to the day to day running of the chapter.

Section Six (Removal)Edit

  1. These officers can be removed by simple majority if they harm the image of the group and disturb the procedure of the group.

Section Seven (Resignations)Edit

  1. Any elected or appointed officer of the Group may resign at any time by giving written notice to the President or any person acting on his behalf.

Chapter Eight – (Finances)Edit

  1. No loans shall be collected or given on behalf of the organization
  2. The chapter has the right to carry out fund raising events inside and outside its area of action
  3. The board has the right to refuse funds from certain entities without claiming reasons
  4. All funds received by the chapter shall be deposited from time to time to the credit of the chapter at such bank, credit union, or other depository institution as the Board of Directors may select, providing also that the majority of such funds shall be maintained at a depository institution in Ghana
  5. The signing officers shall be the Treasurer and any other board member for all checks, drafts, or other orders for the payment of money by the organization
  6. The chapter shall never allow its expenditures to exceed its available funds and revenue
  7. The President of the board and the treasurer’s signature legally binds the organization
  8. The financial year and year of activity is the same as the calendar year;
  9. All financial documents including checks will be kept by treasurer
  10. There will be external audits as required by our local laws

Chapter Nine – (Records)Edit

  1. A member may make a copy of any accounts, books, securities and any other relevant documents of the organization.
  2. All accounts, books, securities and any other relevant documents of the organization must be available for inspection free of charge by any member upon request, from Mondays - Fridays within 9 Am - 5 PM.

Chapter Ten – (Dissolution)Edit

  1. A 2/3 majority vote at two consecutive annual meetings of the General Assembly is required for dissolution of the association. Upon dissolution, all assets of the association will be transferred to Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

Chapter Eleven – (Amendment)Edit

  1. The bye-laws can be amended or repealed by simple majority in General meeting or special meeting.