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Membership

  1. Membership shall be open, irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, race, nationality, or political, religious or other opinion to:
    1. individuals aged eighteen years and over:
      1. who live within the area of benefit, who shall be known as Full members;
      2. who live outside the area of benefit, who shall be known as Associate members, and who may attend as observers but who shall not have the right to vote at General Meetings of the Association, PROVIDED THAT they shall have power to elect ONE of their number to represent them and vote on their behalf at General Meetings and at meetings of the General Committee.
    2. individuals aged under eighteen years, whether living within or outside the area of benefit, who shall be known as Junior members and who may be admitted to membership subject to such conditions as the General Committee may decide. They shall have the power to elect two of their number to represent them, without the right to vote, at meetings of the General Committee. Any Junior members may also attend General Meetings as observers but shall not have the right to vote.
    3. associations and organisations, whether corporate or unincorporated, (and including branches of national or international organisations) which operate solely or in part within the area of benefit, are voluntary or non?profit?distributing and which wish to support the objects of the Association, which shall be known as Affiliated Groups;
    4. the Statutory Authorities in whose administrative area the area of benefit lies.
  2. Each member organisation as set out in Clause 4 (a) (iii) and (iv) above and each Section established in accordance with Clause 6 below shall appoint one individual person being a member thereof to represent it and vote on its behalf at meetings of the General Committee and at General Meetings of the Association; and may appoint an alternate being a member thereof to replace its appointed representative as an observer at such meetings if the appointed representative is unable to attend. In the event of such individual person resigning or leaving a member organisation or Section he or she shall forthwith cease to be a representative thereof. The member organisation concerned shall have the right to appoint a new representative, informing the Secretary in writing.
  3. Individual members admitted under Clause 4 (a) (i) (a) or elected as voting representatives under Clause 4 (a) (i) (b), and representatives appointed under Clause 4 (b) above shall hereafter be referred to as `members with power to vote'.