CREMHOG – ’N PROJEK VIR HAWELOSES:
Daar is na raming tans tussen 200 en 300 haweloses in George. In sommige kringe staan hulle beter as bosslapers bekend. Hulle nood het op ’n besondere manier ook ons nood geraak toe hulle snags op ons kerkgebou se sto
ep en selfs in ons tuine skuilplek kom soek het. Die kwynende ekonomie het hulle sonder werk, sonder inkomste en sonder heenkome gelaat. Ander is weer deur hulle gesinne verwerp en uit hulle huise gedryf as gevolg van die kroniese misbruik van drank waarin hulle verval het. Hulle voer ’n bedel bestaan. Vir baie van hulle lyk die kerkgebou na ’n veilige skuilplek en ’n laaste toevlug. Aanvanklik was George se bosslapers vir ons ’n oorlas en ’n doring in die vlees. Vir mense uit ’n ander klas en ’n ander kultuur was dit vir ons moeilik om hulle nood te begryp. Ons moes leer om hulle lief te kry, soos Jesus die gebrokenes lief het.
Toe het ons Projek Haweloses begin. Ds Ron Martin, voorheen ’n Predikant van die Congregational Kerk, het ons kom help. Hy het moeite gedoen om met die haweloses vriende te maak. So het ons begin om hulle geestelik te versorg. Baie gou het ’n nuwe “gemeente” op Ackermans se stoep in die middedorp begin groei. Ons gemeente help met die voorsiening van 20 liter sop en 10 gesmeerde brode om die ongeveer 80 mense wat Sondag oggende Ds Martin se erediens bywoon, te voed.
Ons het ’n Artikel 21 maatskappy gestig om sodoende die bestuur van fondse te vergemaklik en ’n regspersoon daar te stel wat met die plaaslike owerheid en ander nie-regeringsorganisasies kan onderhandel om eiendom te bekom waarop ons ’n veiliger skuiling teen die wind en die weer vir die haweloses kan oprig. Die naam van die maatskappy is CREMHOG. Dit is ’n afkorting vir Christian Rehabilitation Ministries for the Homeless in George.
CONSTITUTION: CHRISTIAN RELIEVE MINISTRIES FOR THE HOMELES IN GEORGE
1. Name The organisation hereby constituted will be called Christian Relieve Ministries for the Homeless in George. (The organisation).
2. Body corporate
The organisation shall:
• Exist in its own right, separately from its members.
• Continue to exist even when its membership changes and there are different office bearers.
• Be able to own property and other assets.
• Be able to sue and be sued in its own name.
3.1 To care for homeless people in the George area by servicing them in body and soul. This incorporates providing in their needs, to bring hope to them, to reveal the very best of what is left in them to themselves and to others, to try to convince them that society has not written them off, that they are worthy and have talents that can and should be explored and to try to integrate them back into society as best as is possible. 3.2 To bring the need of these people to the attention of the various denominations and congregations and others in George that are in a position to make a difference to them and to sensitize and mobilize them to what is needed. 3.3 To interact with local authorities and the private sector in order that they become and stay aware of the need of homeless people and to realize that these people are as much part of the community as anybody else. 3.4 To live the love of Christ for all his people, in this ministry.
4. Income and Property
4.1 The organisation will keep record of everything it owns. 4.2 The organisation may not grant any part of its property or other assets or income to its members or office bearers, except as compensation for work or service rendered on behalf of the organisation. Compensation should be reasonably pitched on par with the value of work or service rendered. 4.3 A member or office bearer can be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the course of work or service rendered on behalf of the organisation and requested by the organisation. 4.4 Members or office bearers have no rights over any income or asset that belong to the organisation solely by being members or office bearers.
5.1 Anybody qualifies to apply for membership of the organisation. The management has the right to approve or disapprove an application for membership. 5.2 Members of the organisation can attend the annual general meeting (AGM). At the AGM members exercise their right to determine the policy of the organisation. 5.3 There are no membership fees payable.
6.1 A management committee (MC) will manage the organisation. The MC will be made up of not less than 4 members. The members of the MC are the office bearers of the organisation. 6.2 Office bearers are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). They serve for one year but they can stand for re-election for more terms in office thereafter. The MC determines the functions to be performed by the different office bearers of the organisation. 6.3 If a member of the MC does not attend MC-meetings regularly, such a member can be replaced at the discretion of the MC. 6.4 The MC will have a minimum of 3 meetings per year. More than half the members of the MC need to be present for the MC to proceed. 6.5 Minutes will be kept at all MC meetings to record decisions taken by the MC. Minutes of a MC meeting will be distributed to the members of the MC at least 10 days prior to the next MC meeting. At the next MC meeting, minutes of the preceding MC meeting shall be approved as a true reflection of proceedings and signed to that effect by the chairperson. 6.6 The MC can appoint subcommittees when deemed necessary. Sub committees report to the MC and their recommendations need to be ratified at the first following MC meeting in order to be regarded as decisions of the MC. 6.7 All members of the organisation must abide by decisions taken by the MC.
7. Powers of the organisation
7.1 The MC has the power and authority to take decisions in accordance with the objectives of the organisation as stated in paragraph 3 of this constitution and to carry them out. All activities and decisions taken by the MC must be in accordance with and subject to the laws of the country. 7.2 The MC has the power and authority to raise funds by whatever means it deems necessary and to invite and receive contributions in order to carry out decisions taken to promote the objectives of the organisation. 7.3 The MC has the power to buy, rent, sell or deal with any property if it deems it necessary to achieve the objectives of the organisation as stated in paragraph 3. 7.4 The MC has the power to approve or disapprove an application for membership to the organisation. 7.5 The MC has the power to decide on the functions and rolls of its office bearers. 7.6 Members or office bearers do not become personally liable for any of the obligations and liabilities of the organisation solely by virtue of their status as members or office bearers of the organisation. 8. Meetings and procedures of the MC meetings 8.1 The MC must hold at least 2 MC meetings per year. All members of the MC must be notified of MC meetings at least 10 days in advance. 8.2 The chairperson or 2 members of the MC can call a special meeting of the MC. All members of the MC must be notified of a special meeting and its purpose and agenda at least 3 weeks in advance. 8.3 The chairperson of the MC acts as chairperson of all MC meetings. Should the chairperson not be able to attend a MC meeting, the members of the MC present at that meeting choose a chairperson for that meeting from amongst them before the meeting starts. 8.4 A meeting of the MC is only official if there is a quorum present. A quorum is defined as more than half the members of the MC. 8.5 When necessary the MC will take a vote on a decision. Should there be a split vote, the chairperson will cast a deciding vote. 8.6 Minutes of MC meetings should be kept in a safe place and should always be on hand for members of the organisation to consult. 8.7 The MC may decide to appoint sub committees to carry out tasks delegated to them by the MC. A sub committee must consist of at least 2 people and it must report back to the MC as soon as possible.
9. Annual General Meeting (AGM)
An AGM must be held once a year. All members of the organisation must be invited to attend the AGM. The following matters should be dealt with at the AGM. · The agenda for the AGM should be agreed. · An attendance register and minutes for the AGM should be kept. · Minutes of the previous AGM should be read and approved. · The report of the Chairperson. · The treasurer’s report. This should include financial statements and the report of the auditor or accounting officer. · Possible changes to the constitution. · Election of office bearers. · Appointment of an auditor or accounting officer. · General discussion and issues raised by members. · Closing of the meeting.
10.1 An auditor or external accounting officer shall be appointed at the AGM. His or her duty is to audit the books and financial procedures of the organisation. 10.2 The day to day financial matters of the organisation will be dealt with by the treasurer who will be a member of the MC. The treasurer shall be responsible that all income of the organisation is paid into the bank account of the organisation. The treasurer must keep proper record of all financial matters. 10.3 The withdrawal of funds from the bank account of the organisation, must be approved in writing by at least 2 members of the MC. 10.4 The financial year of the organization runs from 1 March to the last day of February of every year. 10.5 The financial statements of the organszation for each financial year must be completed within 6 months after the end of the financial year, posted to the director of Nonprofit Organisations and approved at the next AGM. 10.6 If the organisation has funds that can be invested, the funds may only be invested with registered financial institutions. These institutions are listed in section 1 of the Financial Institutions (Investment of Funds) Act, 1984. The organisation can also obtain securities that are listed on a licensed stock exchange as set out in the Stock Exchange Control Act, 1985. The organisation will obtain advise from different banks to ensure optimal protection and investment of its funds. 10.7 The funds of the organisation may only be used to further the objectives of the organisation as stated in paragraph 3. 10.8 Office bearers are not personally responsible for any loss incurred by any person or other entity as a result of actions or omissions of office bearers acting in good faith while the office bearer is performing functions for or on behalf of the organisation.
11. Changes to the Constitution
11.1 The constitution can only be changed by a resolution supported by two thirds of the members present at an AGM or a special general meeting. Members will vote for or against any proposed change to the constitution. 11.2 Two thirds of the members need to be present at a meeting if a change in the constitution is proposed and accepted. 11.3 A written notice, explaining the proposed changes to the constitution, shall be served on all members 2 weeks in advance of a meeting where changes to the constitution will be considered. 11.4 No amendments to the constitution, which will have the effect that the organisation will cease to exist, may be considered.
12. Dissolution/Winding up
12.1 The organisation may close down if at least two thirds of the members present and voting at a meeting convened for that purpose, are in favour of closing down. 12.2 When the organisation closes down it has to pay off all its debts. After doing this, if there is money, property or other assets left over, it will not be paid or donated to members of the organisation. It will be passed on to another nonprofit organisation with similar objectives as decided by the members present at a special meeting.
CREMHOG – ’N PROJEK VIR HAWELOSES: