CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY BALTIC SOCIETY (CUBS)

C O N S T I T U T I O N

1. The Cambridge University Baltic Society (CUBS) is a society of the University of Cambridge, acting in accordance with the University regulations and this Constitution.

2. The aims of CUBS are:

2.1. To popularise the Baltic States - Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia - among the University community by providing information, organising meetings, discussions, social events;

2.2. To help University members from the Baltic States feel at home in Cambridge.

3. Membership in CUBS is open to all members of the University (and, in exceptional cases, other people) regardless of a personís race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation or political views. There are three types of membership in the Society: active, passive and honorary. Active members are admitted by the CUBS Board on receipt of a personís application. After completing their academic stay in Cambridge, active members automatically become passive members for the rest of their life, unless they return to Cambridge. Honorary members can be admitted by the CUBS Board. The CUBS Meeting has the right to expel a member for behaviour disreputing the Society.

4. The CUBS Board is normally elected for one year at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) held each year in the month of November. There may be hustings at the AGM. Votes shall be counted by two persons chosen by the AGM who are not candidates for the Board posts. The election and count is conducted using the Single Transferable Vote System. The Board consists of President, Secretary, Treasurer and at least two more members whose functions are allocated by the Meeting. The Board may, at its discretion, co-opt additional Board members if it perceives the need, or to fill vacancies that may appear. Such changes have to be approved by the nearest Meeting. The Board is responsible for carrying out CUBS activities as well as looking over its finances.

5. A Senior Treasurer, who has to be a Senior Member of the University, is appointed by the Board to audit CUBS finances. The Senior Treasurer, although not belonging to the Board, acts in co-operation with it. The Senior Treasurer is not liable for any debt or other obligation of the Society.

6. CUBS Meetings are convened by the CUBS Board at least once per term. The Board is responsible for informing all active members in advance about the Meeting. Meetingís decisions are valid when at least half of CUBS active members take part in it. The decisions are adopted by simple majority voting, except for the election of the Board. The Meeting has the power to change or amend the CUBS Constitution, elect the CUBS Board, introduce a membership fee, as well as set the major directions of CUBS activities.

7. In the event of the CUBS folding, all remaining assets of the Society shall be paid over to the Societies Syndicate.