Melbourne Linux Group Charter
ARTICLE I - TITLE
The name of this organization shall be the Melbourne Linux User
Group; hereafter referred to as the MLUG.
ARTICLE II - OBJECTIVES
The objectives of the MLUG are to:
- Provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge, techniques and
data regarding Linux and other related Open Source software.
- Provide a framework for supporting Linux operating system
installations in community venues and schools where quality help
is not always affordable.
- Provide a portal to local businesses which support
the Linux operating system.
- Provide regular, free installation help, training, and
seminars on Linux and other related Open Source software.
ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP
Membership shall be open to any interested organizations and
individuals. Eligibility for voting on the election of officers,
annual review of charter and by-laws and other matters of
interest shall be limited to current members that are actively
participating in the MLUG. Votes will be decided by a majority
of eligible members in attendance at meetings. Proxy votes
will be accepted via email to an officer or on the MLUG website
if made 24 hours before the scheduled meeting.
Dues will not be collected initially, but requests for funds
will be circulated as required from members and donations
will be accepted at events to offset costs.
These funds shall be collected and managed by the
secretary-treasurer who shall report on the status of the
MLUG account at each meeting. The account will be used to
cover the purchase of supplies and materials needed for
meetings, newsletters, seminars, social events and
web-related expenses but not necessarily limited to
those items. Expenditures of less than $50.00 will be
directed by the chairman. Any amount at or above $50.00
must be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Director's.
The membership year will begin April 1st and run through
March 30th of the following year. Membership fees paid in
February and March will be credited to the next membership
ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS
The MLUG will be governed by a Board of Director's comprised of
a chairman, a vice-chairman, a secretary-treasurer, and 4
directors elected from the general membership. The officers
will be elected and will hold office for a term of one year
beginning on the first day of the calendar year. For the purpose
of continuity in leadership, elections for board members will be
staggered to assure that at least three officers from the preceding
year continue to serve on the Board in the new calendar year.
ARTICLE V - MEETINGS
The MLUG will hold a minimum of one business meeting, which will
include at least one officer, per each calendar month. Minutes
of all meetings will be documented and distributed by the
secretary-treasurer via the mailing list and posted on the
ARTICLE VI - COMMITTEES
Standing or special purposed committees may be established as
directed by the chairman and carried by a majority of board.
ARTICLE VII - AMENDMENTS
Each proposed amendment to the charter shall be voted upon,
provided such amendment has first been endorsed by the proponent(s)
and been submitted in writing or via email prior to the meeting.
Adoption of any such proposed amendment shall require a
two-thirds majority vote of eligible members present.
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