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Garstang And New Koforidua Linking Association (GANKLA) Constitution

1       NAME
1.1 The name of the Group shall be the Garstang And New Koforidua Linking 
Association (GANKLA)

2.1      The aim of the partnership agreement is to create lasting links and friendships   
 between the two towns of Garstang in the UK and New Koforidua in Ghana.

2.2   We recognise our similarities and differences and believe that close links can be developed despite the distance between us.  We believe that all people are equal regardless of wealth, status or location, nationality or belief and that the people of both Garstang and New Koforidua have much to offer each other, to improve understanding and well-being, through mutual trust and respect.

2.3            We aim to share ideas and experience, to encourage development, enrichment and prosperity and to increase awareness of both places around the world. We aim to increase understanding of fair trade issues leading to increased sales of Fairtrade products in Garstang and greater sales of Fairtrade cocoa and other commodities produced in New Koforidua. We aim to learn each other’s language history and culture, to communicate, to improve the education of our children and to prepare them for a changing world.
2.4 The agreement will be based on a willingness to share and learn from each     
   other.  It will be an equal partnership for mutual benefit.
3.1 Membership is open to any individual or organisation and the group is non-sectarian and non-political. 
 Members may be required to pay a small annual subscription as shall be
 determined by the committee from time to time.
3.2 It is hoped that a partner group will be established in New Koforidua but that this   
will have a separate constitution.
4.1 The group will have a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer elected by the
4.2 Three members of the group, including at least one committee member shall
constitute a quorum
4.3 The committee shall have the power to set up sub-committees and to co-opt
members onto the committee from time to time as deemed necessary.

5.1 Funds shall be raised through membership subscription, donations and fund
raising activities.
5.2 Grants may be applied for through funding bodies as deemed necessary by the
committee from time to time.
5.3              Funds will be lodged in the following bank account
• •                     Co-op Bank Community directplus account 
• •                     Sort Code   
• •                     Account number
5.3 The treasurer will provide a brief statement of the financial position at each
committee meeting
5.5              An annual statement of accounts will be produced at the Annual General Meeting
6.1 The date of the AGM shall be established by the committee and shall be no more
than18 months from the inception of the group or from the last AGM.
6.2              21 days notice of the date of the AGM shall be given to all members.
7.1 The group may be dissolved or amendments made to this resolution at any time by a resolution passed by a two-thirds majority at a quorate Special General Meeting (SGM).  Notice of 21 days shall be given to all members of the intention to put a dissolution resolution or an amendment resolution to a SGM.
7.2 Such resolution may give instructions for the disposal of any assets held at the
time of dissolution by the group.
Adopted on 21st April 2006
Signed  ……………………………… … … … … … … Chair
  ……………………………... … … … … … … Secretary
  ……………………………... … … … … … … Treasurer

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