Heraldry Ireland : Araltas Éireann (Constitution / Bunreacht)

Document Sample
Heraldry Ireland : Araltas Éireann (Constitution / Bunreacht) Powered By Docstoc
					                                                                          Res: 13/09/1038


     HERALDRY IRELAND : ARALTAS ÉIREANN

           CONSTITUTION : BUNREACHT


1.   NAME
     i.     The name of the organisation is HERALDRY IRELAND or in the Irish
            Language ARALTAS ÉIREANN.
     ii.    The Business Name ‘Heraldry Ireland’ is registered with the Companies
            Registration Office on August 15th 2013 - Reg. No. 499156


2.   STATUS
     i.     The organisation is a branch of the Genealogical Society of Ireland and a
            wholly owned subsidiary of the Company.
     ii.    The organisation shall have the status of a Sub-Committee of the Board
            of Directors of the Genealogical Society of Ireland in accordance with
            Standing Order No. 4, however, the Board of Directors of the
            Genealogical Society of Ireland may alter or amend this status, from time
            to time, at its discretion.


3.   AIMS & OBJECTIVES

     i.     The organisation is concerned with Heraldry which is defined as the
            study and classification of armorial bearings, including, where
            appropriate, inherited symbols or devices called charges which may be
            displayed on a shield, or escutcheon, or banner, for the purpose of
            identifying    individuals,   families,   clans/septs,   clubs,   institutions,
            organisations, and incorporated or unincorporated bodies; the study of the
            rules, regulations, traditions and conventions appertaining to the design,
            granting and use of armorial bearings and heraldic insignia and, where
            appropriate, the tracing of genealogies associated with inherited armorial
            bearings; and the creation and development of a body of knowledge
            about heraldry, its history, development and functions.

     ii.    The organisation is established to promote an awareness, appreciation
            and knowledge of heraldry and of our heraldic heritage in Ireland and
            amongst the diaspora overseas.




                                                                                         1
                                                                          Res: 13/09/1038
     iii.    The organisation shall promote an awareness and appreciation of the
             proper use and protocols concerning the design and displaying of
             armorial bearings and heraldic insignia.
     iv.     The organisation shall promote and encourage the design and use of
             armorial bearings by individuals, families, clans, clubs, schools,
             businesses and others throughout the community.
     v.      The organisation shall, in accordance with Res: 09/11/720, establish and
             maintain a ‘Public Heraldic Register’ which shall be publicly accessible
             on-line.
     vi.     The organisation shall promote and facilitate the registration of armorial
             bearings in the ‘Public Heraldic Register’ and shall issue a ‘Certificate of
             Registration’ in accordance with such terms and conditions, including a
             fee, as may be determined, from time to time, by the Board of the
             Genealogical Society of Ireland.
     vii.    The organisation shall liaise, cooperate and, where appropriate, formulate
             and implement joint promotional activities with Vexillology Ireland.
     viii.   The organisation shall publish a biannual newsletter, occasional
             publications and maintain a website in the furtherance of its aims and
             objectives.


4.   GOVERNANCE
     i.      The organisation shall be governed and operated under such terms and
             conditions as may be determined, from time to time, by the Board of
             Directors of the Genealogical Society of Ireland.
     ii.     The rules applying to Sub-Committees of the Board of Directors of the
             Genealogical Society of Ireland as set forth in Standing Orders shall
             apply to the operation and governance of Heraldry Ireland.
     iii.    The organisation shall adhere to the corporate and public policies,
             strategies and campaigns adopted, endorsed, undertaken or facilitated by
             the Genealogical Society of Ireland.
     iv.     The governing body, constituted as a Sub-Committee of the Board of
             Directors of the Genealogical Society of Ireland, shall consist of a
             Chairperson appointed by the Board and at least four other persons
             appointed by the Board on the advice of the Chairperson and this
             governing body shall be known as the ‘Council of Heraldry Ireland’ or
             the ‘CHI’ for short.
     v.      The Honorary Herald of the Genealogical Society of Ireland as
             established by Res: 09/11/721 shall have such functions, duties and


                                                                                       2
                                                                          Res: 13/09/1038
             responsibilities in respect of Heraldry Ireland as may be determined, from
             time to time, by the Board of Directors of the Genealogical Society of
             Ireland.
     vi.     The Chairperson shall be known as the ‘Chief Executive Officer’ of
             Heraldry Ireland and shall use this appellation in the performance of
             his/her duties.
     vii.    The Board of Directors of the Genealogical Society of Ireland may
             appoint a member of the Board to liaise with the Chief Executive Officer
             and to report on heraldic matters at Board Meetings or, if the Board
             desires, it may co-opt the Chief Executive Officer to the Board to provide
             such a reporting and oversight function.
     viii.   For the avoidance of doubt, consideration of matters of public policy,
             legislation or regulation in respect of heraldry is the exclusive function of
             the Board of the Genealogical Society of Ireland.


5.   CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
     i.      The Chief Executive Officer of Heraldry Ireland shall be a honorary
             position without remuneration save with the payment of vouched out-of-
             pocket expenses as may be agreed by the Board of Directors of the
             Genealogical Society of Ireland and incurred wholly in the exercise of the
             functions and duties of the office.
     ii.     The terms, conditions and duration of office of the Chief Executive
             Officer shall be determined, from time to time, by the Board of Directors
             of the Genealogical Society of Ireland, however, continuance in office
             following the Annual General Meeting of the Genealogical Society of
             Ireland each year shall be determined at the April meeting of the Board of
             Directors of the Genealogical Society of Ireland.
     iii.    The Chief Executive Officer of Heraldry Ireland shall be responsible to
             the Board of Directors of the Genealogical Society of Ireland and shall
             prepare and deliver such reports and documents as may be required, from
             time to time, by the Board of Directors.
     iv.     The Chief Executive Officer of Heraldry Ireland shall have the right to
             present reports in person to the Board of Directors, however,
             consideration of such reports is a reserved function of the Board.
     v.      The Chief Executive Office shall ensure that in the promotion of heraldry
             and in the exercise of its heraldic functions that Heraldry Ireland shall, at
             all times and without reservation, be cognisant of the constitutional status
             and ethos of the State in relation to the use of heraldic symbols, titles of


                                                                                        3
                                                                       Res: 13/09/1038
            nobility, titles of honour, chiefly titles, honours, non-academic awards,
            incorporeal hereditaments or other non-professional designations.
     vi.    The Chief Executive Officer shall be responsible for the convening of at
            least two meetings of the Council of Heraldry Ireland in each calendar
            year and for the custody and maintenance of all records thereof in
            accordance with Standing Order No. 4.
     vii.   In order to facilitate and encourage the development of an international
            membership of the Council of Heraldry Ireland, provision may be made
            by the Board of Directors of the Genealogical Society of Ireland for the
            convening of incorporeal meetings of the Council.


6.   FUNDING
     i.     The funding of Heraldry Ireland shall be determined by the Board of
            Directors of the Genealogical Society of Ireland in consultation with the
            Chief Executive Officer of Heraldry Ireland.
     ii.    The Director of Finance of the Genealogical Society of Ireland shall have
            a direct supervisory role in the financial management of Heraldry Ireland
            and shall be responsible for the maintenance of proper financial records
            by Heraldry Ireland.
     iii.   On the advice of the Chief Executive Officer of Heraldry Ireland, the
            Board of Directors of the Genealogical Society of Ireland may establish a
            special fund raising initiative to support the attendance of the Chief
            Executive Officer at the International Congress of Genealogical &
            Heraldic Sciences and other such international events.


7.   MEMBERSHIP
     i.     Membership of Heraldry Ireland shall be open to all with an interest in
            the subject and support the aims and objectives of the organisation.
     ii.    Members shall be referred to as ‘Associates of Heraldry Ireland’ –
            hereinafter ‘associates’ who shall pay an annual subscription as
            determined by the Board of the Genealogical Society of Ireland.
     iii.   Existing members of the Genealogical Society of Ireland may become
            ‘Associates of Heraldry Ireland’ on the payment of not more than 50% of
            the annual subscription as determined in accordance with 7.ii above.
     iv.    Associates may if they so desire, adopt and use the post-nominal AHI
            during their membership of Heraldry Ireland.




                                                                                    4
                                                                       Res: 13/09/1038
     v.     Provision may be made by the Board of Directors of Genealogical
            Society of Ireland for the establishment of an elected representation for
            associates on the Council of Heraldry Ireland.


8.   PATRONS & AWARDS
     i.     The President of the Genealogical Society of Ireland shall be ex-officio
            the Patron of Heraldry Ireland and shall exercise that function on the
            advice of the Chief Executive Officer in consultation with the
            Cathaoirleach of the Board of Directors of the Genealogical Society of
            Ireland.
     ii.    The Board of Directors of the Genealogical Society of Ireland may, on
            the advice of the Chief Executive Officer, establish a panel of
            ‘ambassadors’ of Heraldry Ireland to assist the Chief Executive Officer in
            the promotion of the aims and objectives of the organisation in Ireland
            and overseas. This panel of ‘ambassadors’ shall be honorary in function
            and composition and without remuneration of any kind whatsoever and
            this panel shall be known as the ‘International Patrons of Heraldry
            Ireland’.
     iii.   Nominations for consideration of appointment by the Board of the
            Genealogical Society of Ireland to the panel of ‘International Patrons of
            Heraldry Ireland’ shall be made in writing by the Chief Executive
            Officer and all appointments shall be made by warrant issued in the name
            of the President of the Society as Patron of Heraldry Ireland and duly
            signed by the Cathaoirleach and the Chief Executive Officer.
     iv.    Membership of the panel of ‘International Patrons of Heraldry Ireland’
            is held at the discretion of the Board of Directors of the Genealogical
            Society of Ireland and such persons may utilise the post-nominal IPHI
            accordingly.
     v.     The Honorary Herald of the Genealogical Society of Ireland shall be ex-
            officio a member of the panel of ‘International Patrons of Heraldry
            Ireland’.
     vi.    Provision many be made by the Board of Directors of the Genealogical
            Society of Ireland for the awarding by Heraldry Ireland of certificates of
            excellence or of achievement in the field of Heraldry or in the promotion
            of an awareness, appreciation and knowledge of Heraldry.




                                                                                    5
                                                                         Res: 13/09/1038
9.    ARMS & HERALDIC BANNER
      i.     Provision many be made by the Board of Directors of the Genealogical
             Society of Ireland for the commissioning of arms and heraldic banner for
             Heraldry Ireland from the International Association of Amateur Heralds.
      ii.    The use of the heraldic banner and arms of Heraldry Ireland shall be in
             accordance with procedures and protocols established by the Chief
             Executive Officer in consultation with the Council of Heraldry Ireland.


10.   AMENDMENT, REVIEW AND WINDING UP
      i.     The Board of the Genealogical Society of Ireland may, at its discretion
             and by way of ordinary resolution of the Board, amend this Constitution
             in accordance with Standing Orders and provide for a periodic review of
             its operation and general effectiveness.
      ii.    Provision many be made by the Board of Directors of the Genealogical
             Society of Ireland for the winding up of Heraldry Ireland if the Board
             considers that such action is necessary or desirable for whatever reason.
      iii.   On the winding up of Heraldry Ireland any assets remaining after the
             discharge of any debts shall be transferred to the Genealogical Society of
             Ireland and all property, records and publications shall be transferred to
             the custody of the General Secretary of the Genealogical Society of
             Ireland.


                                           ~ fin ~




      Adopted by Res: 13/09/1038 – Thursday September 5th 2013




                                                                                         6

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Stats:
views:4
posted:9/15/2013
language:Unknown
pages:6
Description: Constitution of Heraldry Ireland - a branch of the Genealogical Society of Ireland. More info: www.facebook.com/heraldry.ireland