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Membership of the CIO
(1) Admission of new members
- (a) Eligibility Membership of the CIO is open to anyone who is interested in furthering its purposes, and who, by applying for membership, has indicated his, her or its agreement to become a member and acceptance of the duty of members set out in sub-clause (3) of this clause. A member may be an individual, a corporate body, or an individual or corporate body representing an organisation which is not incorporated.
- (b) Admission procedure The charity trustees:
- (i) may require applications for membership to be made in any reasonable way that they decide;
- (ii) may refuse an application for membership if they believe that it is in the best interests of the CIO for them to do so;
- (iii) shall, if they decide to refuse an application for membership, give the applicant their reasons for doing so within 21 days of the decision being taken, and give the applicant the opportunity to appeal against the refusal; and
- (iv) shall give fair consideration to any such appeal, and shall inform the applicant of their decision, but any decision to confirm refusal of the application for membership shall be final.
(2) Transfer of membership Membership of the CIO cannot be transferred to anyone else except in the case of an individual or corporate body representing an organisation which is not incorporated, whose membership may be transferred by the unincorporated organisation to a new representative. Such transfer of membership does not take effect until the CIO has received written notification of the transfer.
(3) Duty of members It is the duty of each member of the CIO to exercise his or her powers as a member of the CIO in the way he or she decides in good faith would be most likely to further the purposes of the CIO.
(4) Termination of membership
- (a) Membership of the CIO comes to an end if:
- (i) the member dies, or, in the case of an organisation (or the representative of an organisation) that organisation ceases to exist; or
- (ii) the member sends a notice of resignation to the charity trustees; or
- (iii) any sum of money owed by the member to the CIO is not paid in full within three months of its falling due; or
- (iv) the charity trustees decide that it is in the best interests of the CIO that the member in question should be removed from membership, and pass a resolution to that effect.
- (b) Before the charity trustees take any decision to remove someone from membership of the CIO they must:
- (i) inform the member of the reasons why it is proposed to remove him, her or it from membership;
- (ii) give the member at least 21 clear days notice in which to make representations to the charity trustees as to why he, she or it should not be removed from membership;
- (iii) at a duly constituted meeting of the charity trustees, consider whether or not the member should be removed from membership;
- (iv) consider at that meeting any representations which the member makes as to why the member should not be removed; and
- (v) allow the member, and/or the member’s representative, to make those representations in person at that meeting, if the member so chooses.
(5) Membership fees The CIO may require members to pay reasonable membership fees to the CIO.