Srikanth is referring to the cessation of membership as a result of
non-payment of fees. It is placed as under, from Article V, 2:
"By failing to pay annual membership fees of the Society by the end of
the third month from the start of the Fiscal Year for which said fees
were due; in such cases membership may be reinstated upon payment of
fees, in case of all members."
Srikanth interprets this to mean that once you do not pay your
membership dues by June 30 (for which Sowmyan also sent several emails
to this list, alerting on the members list as well) you are no longer
a member of the Chapter.
This has happened to me as well. I have lost membership number 52 due
to non-renewal and when I re-applied, the membership number allotted
to me was in the 280s in 2012/3. The Chapter has hence had this
practice since 2013 at least, if not earlier. Hence, once the member
pays the fees, it is treated as a fresh membership application and not
as a renewal. Also, the fresh membership application has to be
approved by the Executive Committee, which also acts as something akin
to the Membership Committee in other non-profits.
From Viswam's emails to this list, I think he has interpreted this
rule to apply that once the person pays the membership fees,
membership is considered as renewed and not as a fresh application.
EC, I would suggest that you consult your legal aide and Sowmyan on
the interpretation of this clause and also it's interpretation in
practice thus far. I would think that it is in the best interests of
the Chapter to clear this at the earliest.
On 13 September 2014 21:06, ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ)
> Dear All,
> On behalf of the EC, I would wait for at least three senior members
> (respectable to me) of this list to opine here if this mail qualifies for a
> reply here in this exact forum or not. Until then, kindly avoid believing in
> the contorted interpretations expressed in the same.
> Thank you.
> On Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 8:44 PM, Srikanth Ramakrishnan
> <rsrikant...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> To the remaining EC members,
>> This is with reference to recent changes in the chapter.
>> 1. As Viswa pointed out in the MoA, membership runs during the fiscal
>> year, ie April to March. Thereafter, a 3 month grace period is given to
>> reinstate membership. It is noted that Nikita Belavate did not renew her
>> membership as on 1st of July, hence ceasing to be a member of the chapter.
>> This was the first EC member lost. Sowmyan notified the EC of this in the
>> first week of July itself.
>> 2. On 27th August, Pranav and Moksh resigned from the EC. This was the
>> second and third EC member loss out of seven.
>> 3. An EC meeting was held on 31st August. Certain resolutions were passed
>> regarding coopting a new member and appointing new office bearers etc.
>> However a non EC member, Nikita, who ceased to be an EC member as of 1st
>> July due to non renewal of membership was allowed to participate by the
>> Chair, thus making both the meetings and resolutions illegal, null and void.
>> 4. I resigned on the 3rd of September, making it the loss of EC member
>> number 4. As per the MoA, Article VII, 1c, the board needs to have a minimum
>> quorum of 4 members to function, hence with only 3 EC members left (Jayanta,
>> Karthik, Karthik), no meeting can be held and no resolution can be passed.
>> 5. Since the chapter is now in a limbo, I suggest that the three EC
>> members now contact the Registrar of Societies, Government of Karnataka and
>> ask them to appoint an administrator to conduct the Annual General Meeting
>> and elections As Soon As Possible and run the organisation in the interim.
>> 6. WMF employees, please take note that the Chapter EC is in minority and
>> cannot take any decision at the moment.
>> P.S: I understand a few days after the renewal of membership, Nikita put
>> in a fresh application for membership. However, it was not put up to the EC
>> prior to my leaving. Since the EC is now in minority, it cannot approve hers
>> or any other new applications until elections are held. If an administrator
>> is appointed by the Registrar of Societies, the administrator would have the
>> power to approve new applications.
>> Srikanth Ramakrishnan,
>> What goes around, may not necessarily come around, it may simply bounce
>> Ab tak Chappan!
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