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ORDER OF PROCEEDINGS at the General Meeting.

A. B. moves, and C. D. seconds, that E. F. be requested to take the chair.

1. The Chairman...

2. G. H. (one of the gentlemen to be proposed as secretaries)

3. J.K. (one of the secretaries or agents of the Parent Society, if present; if not, a gentleman acquainted with the subject)

4. L. M.

5. N. O.

6. P.Q.

7. R. S...

8. The Chairman

will open the business of the meeting, by stating the object for which it is called together; and conclude by referring to the address of the Provisional Committee.

>will read the address of the Provisional Committee.

will address the meeting, on the nature, tendency, and effects of the Bible Society.

will move the Resolution No. 1


That the object and constitution of the British and Foreign Bible Society have the cordial approbation of this meeting; and that a society be now formed for the purpose of co-operating with that institution; of which the following shall be the Rules and Regulations."-[See Section II. of this Chapter : the Sixteenth Rule should be omitted, as it contains the objects of subsequent and specific motions.]

will second the Motion No. 1.

The Chairman having put the question, will move the Resolution No. 2

"That this meeting gratefully acknowledges the liberal manner in which the presidency of this society has been accepted by E. F., and that he be hereby elected President accordingly."

will second the Motion No. 2.

The mover having put the question, will acknowledge the Resolution.

9. T.U... will move the Resolution No. 3

"That this meeting acknowledges with gratitude the manner in which the following respected individuals have accepted the office of Vice-Presidents; and that they be hereby elected Vice-Presidents accordingly." [Here insert the names of those gentlemen who have accepted the office.]

If no address be prepared, the Chairman generally refers to one of the secretaries or agents of the Parent Society, who is immediately followed by the Movers of the Resolution No. 1.

10. V. W.

Order of Proceedings at the General Meeting.

11. X. Y. (one of the Vice-Presidents)

12. Z. A.

13. K. L.

14. M. N.

15. O. P.

16. Q. R.

17. S. T..

18. U.V.

19. W. X.

20. The Chairman

will second the Motion No. 3.

The Chairman having put the question, will acknowledge the Resolution on behalf of himself and colleagues.

will move the Resolution No. 4

"That B. C. be Treasurer, and D. E., F.G., and H. I. Joint-Secretaries of this institution; and that the following gentlemen be members of the Committee, with power to fill up any vacancies in their number, viz."

[Here insert the names of the gentlemen composing the Committee.]

will second the Motion No. 4.

The Chairman having put the question, will move the Resolution No. 5

"That this meeting acknowledges, with cordial satisfaction, the judicious zeal and activity manifested by the Provisional Committee, in arranging the important business of this day."

will second the Motion No. 5.

The Chairman having put the question, will move the Resolution No. 6—


That while this meeting acknowledges the obligation under which it is placed by the valuable services of the Secretaries of the Parent Society, it gladly embraces the opportunity thus afforded to congratulate the Committee of that institution on the astonishing success with which Divine Providence has blessed their exertions, and the uninterrupted harmony and union which have characterized all their proceedings."

will second the Motion No. 6.

The Chairman having put the question, will move the Resolution No. 7

"That the cordial and respectful thanks of this meeting be presented to E.F. for his attention to the business of this day, and for his conduct in the chair."

will second the Motion No. 7.

The mover having put the question, will acknowledge the Resolution; refer to the gentlemen who are placed at the doors to receive con. tributions and to enter the names of subscribers; and adjourn the meeting to the day specified in the Fourteenth Rule.

Organization of Committee.-Resolutions of First Committee Meeting.

4. The mode of establishing the society having been detailed, it is necessary to describe that internal organization of the Committee without which no extensive or permanent success can be anticipated. It has been already intimated that the Committee should meet on an early day; and it will be found advantageous if the members can be convened on the day immediately succeeding the General Meeting, and the secretaries or agents of the Parent Society be invited to attend. The secretaries should send timely notice to every member, and make the necessary preparations, by engaging a suitable room and adopting such other measures as may facilitate the proceedings.

5. The following Resolutions will be found to embrace all the business usually transacted at the First Meeting of the Committee:-they should be entered in the Rough Minute Book, in the order of their adoption, by one of the secretaries.

At the First Meeting of the Committee, held the


A. B. in the Chair,

C. D., E. F., and G. H., Visitors,


And the following Members of the Committee:
[Here insert the names of those present :]


The Chairman having read the Resolutions of the General Meeting, instant, it was RESOLVED―


1. That the following Code of By-Laws be adopted for the government of this Committee; and that the secretaries be authorised to get 100 copies printed, and to send one to each officer and member of the Committee; viz. [Here insert the By-Laws recommended in Section III. of this Chapter, or such modification of them as may be adopted.]

2. That the duties of the secretaries be thus defined

D. E. to be Minute Secretary:

F. G. to be Cash Secretary: and

H. I. to be Bible Secretary:"

and that they be authorised to procure the requisite account-books, Committee notices, forms of reports, and other papers, for the use of the society.

3. That the sphere of this society be divided into the following districts; viz.

[Here specify distinctly, in numerical order, the several districts, as recommended in Observation x. Section III. of this Chapter.]

4. That the following be the respective District Committees; viz. District, No. 1.—A. B., C. D., and E. F.--and that A. B. be District Secretary.

[Here specify the other District Committees in the same manner, and nominate a secretary of each, as recommended in Observation x. Section III.]

• For a more full explanation of these duties, respectively, see Observation Ix. Section III. of this Chapter.

Resolutions adopted at the First Committee Meeting.

5. That the several District Committees be requested to commence an immediate canvas of their respective districts, for the purpose of soliciting subscriptions and donations from the inhabitants: and that the Minute Secretary furnish the secretary of each district with a book properly ruled for entering subscribers' names, and the requisite number of the address and printed papers explanatory of the design, for circulation.

6. That the several District Committtees, while engaged in fulfilling the immediate object of their appointment, endeavour to ascertain the most favourable situations for the establishment of Branch Societies and Bible Associations, and include the result in their Monthly Reports.

7. That the Minute Secretary be authorised to get 500 copies of the Rules and Regulations printed, with the names of the Officers and Committee annexed, and send twenty copies to the Secretary of each District Committee for distribution, and a copy signed by the President to the Committee of the Parent Society.

The Cash Secretary having reported that the amount collected at the General Meeting was,

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8. That the said sum of £.-:-: - be paid over to the Treasurer. 9. That the Treasurer be requested to remit to the Treasurer of the British and Foreign Bible Society the sum of £.— : -:-, on Moiety Account, and request that the acknowledgment of all remittances may be addressed to the Cash Secretary, and that the orders of the Bible Secretary may be duly recognised.

[The Names and Address of the respective Secretaries should be communicated to the Assistant Secretary and Depositary of the Parent Society.]

10. That B.A., D. C., and F. E. be a Sub-Committee to examine and report to the next meeting the most suitable place for establishing a depository, and also the name of an eligible person to act as Collector. B. A. to be Secretary to this Sub-Committee.

11. That the Bible Secretary be authorised to procure a stamp, for the purpose of marking the Bibles and Testaments issued with the designation of this society.

12. That the Minute Secretary apply to the Depositary of the Parent Society for a regular supply of 200 copies of the "Monthly Extracts of Correspondence ;" and that they be delivered, at the close of every committee meeting, to the District Committees, for distribution.

13. That H. G., K. I., and M. L. be appointed Auditors for the present year.

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14. That this Committee do adjourn to the at - o'clock precisely. [Here insert the day and hour, according to the First By-Law.]

These books should be of octavo size, and ruled according to the form recommended in page 162.

For an explanation of this account, see Chap. I. Section VI.

Duties of the Secretaries after a Committee Meeting.

6. By strict attention to order and regularity, the whole of this business may be considered and arranged at the primary meeting of the Committee; but should any difficulty arise, the immediate subject of discussion may be referred to a SubCommittee, and the General Committee should adjourn to receive their report. This is the more important, as the alteration of one part of the regulations now submitted will frequently require a corresponding alteration in others, which it will be difficult to make without deranging some important portion of the system.

Immediately after the meeting of the Committee, the Minute Secretary should send copies of the several Resolutions to the individuals whom they respectively concern, as suggested in the Ixth Observation, Section III., annexing his signature, officially, to each; and a form of the Monthly District Report (see Specimen, Section V.) to each District Secretary. The notices of the next meeting should be sent to the members, at least two or three days previous to that on which the Committee are to meet.-The Minutes of the first meeting should be transcribed into the "Fair Minute Book;" in the first page of which the names of the members should be entered, with columns to denote their attendance, as recommended in the Specimen, Section V.; and an Agenda be prepared, to lay before the Chairman at the next meeting of the Committee.

7. The regular business of the Second Meeting is embraced by the following Minutes. It will be perceived they are numbered successively after those of the first committee meeting, the last resolution of which was 14;-by this plan of continuing the numbers consecutively throughout the book, any Minute is easily referred to, and much valuable time saved. +

At every Committee Meeting, the Minutes should be first read connectively; and, when confirmed, the business arising out of each should be successively considered. It is the Chairman's duty to prevent the introduction of any other business until that immediately before the Committee is disposed of, and a Minute regularly adopted, and entered by the secretary.

• See Specimen, p. 10.

If two or three pages at the end of the Minute Book be used as an index to the Minutes, the facility of reference will be still greater.

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