Why change our constitution? Why a special meeting?
A special general meeting is always required to alter our constitution.
Over the years there have been legal changes to the definition of ‘auditor’. These changes mean that the wording of our constitution now requires us to employ the highest-level auditors, far beyond our needs and responsibilities. Naturally, such high-level auditors charge very high fees. We propose changing our constitution to allow our accounts to be reviewed at the appropriate level.
If this change is accepted, we will still have our accounts scrupulously examined and prepared for publication but will not have to pay such very high auditing fees. From time to time a full audit may be required, and the proposed changes also allow for this.
We wish to make these changes in 2019 so that we do not have to pay over $10,000 more than we need when our accounts are reviewed in January 2020. Please note that you can download the proposed changes and also our entire constitution as PDFs from our website (in the About Us section).
Margaret Ridland, Convenor Constitution Committee.