Enacted by the Pembroke College Winnie-the-Pooh Society in the first Presidency of Jennifer "Mad Jenny" Davies and the second Secretariat of Martin Seaton, and in the absence of the Lady Foundress, Helen Masters.

    Description of the Document

  1. This document and all rules and regulations herein are the constitution of the society known as the Pembroke College Winnie-the-Pooh Society.
  2. The Society

  3. The name of the Society shall be the Pembroke College Winnie-the-Pooh Society, hereinafter referred to as "the Society".
  4. The aim of the Society shall be to meet in Elevenses and General Meetings in order to preserve and disseminate the works of A. A. Milne, such meetings to be hereinafter referred to as "Meetings".
  5. Membership


  6. All undergraduates, graduates, and senior members of Pembroke College, Cambridge, shall be entitled to be members, and membership applications from these people are not subject to ratification.
  7. Applications for membership from persons resident within the precints of the University as defined by the statutes of the University of Cambridge, but not qualifying under Clause IV may be considered if supported by a member of the Committee, and shall be ratified by motion of the membership at any Meeting; the which membership, having once been ratified, shall not require subsequent ratification except in the case of rustication.
  8. Conditions

  9. Membership is awarded until the first Elevenses meeting in Novermber of the following academic year, and is contingent upon the payment of a Pooh Levy, the exact amount of which shall be as set by motion of the membership.
  10. Rustication

  11. Membership may not be revoked prematurely, but rustication may be imposed by motions at two successive Elevenses Meetings. A member who is thus rusticated shall be excluded from Meetings until the motion be revoked, or until the next Annual General Meeting, whichever be the sooner.
  12. Honorary Membership

  13. Honorary membership may be awarded by motion of the members at any Meeting and does not require renewing. No Levy is to be taken for honorary membership. A person thus awarded honorary membership shall have their name added to the list of honorary members, and may attend Meetings at any time, and shall hold the same voting rights and be vulnerable to the same sanctions as paying members.
  14. Meetings

  15. A Meeting may be opened only in the presence of at least three members of the Society, of whom one must be a member of the Committee (see clause XXXV).
  16. Elevenses Meetings

  17. Elevenses Meetings shall occur once a week during full term. A Meeting shall be deemed to be quorate in the presence of a quorum, which shall be at least 10% of the paying membership.
  18. Meetings shall be held in members' room on a voluntary basis, unless other provision has been made, and the host shall provide refreshments as they may consider to be necessary and appropriate, the expenses of which are not refundable by the Society except by motion of the members.
  19. The location of a meeting shall be decided at the previous meeting where possible.
  20. Committee Meetings

  21. The committee (see clause XXXV) may hold a meeting seperate from the rest of the society as and when it is deemed necessary (for the purposes of vetoing (see clause XXXVI), etc), such a meeting shall be deemed quorate in the presence of at least three members of the committee (see clause XXXV).
  22. Annual General Meetings

  23. An Annual General Meeting shall be held during the second quarter of the Lent Term, at such a time as may be arranged, for purposes of elections and other such requirements as may arise.
  24. The Annual General Meeting shall only be recognised as such in the event of the presence of at least 33% of the paying membership: if this condition is not fulfilled a new Annual General Meeting must be called.
  25. Extraordinary General Meetings

  26. An Extraordinary General Meeting shall be called in the event of the resignation of an officer, or on the request of two members of the Committee, or of 33% or more of the paying membership, and shall be subject to the same rules and capacities as the Annual General Meeting.
  27. Annual Garden Party

  28. The Committee (see clause XXXV) with the assistance of the membership shall be required to hold a Garden Party each year during May Week. All members paying and honourary should be invited to this.
  29. Minutes

  30. The minutes of any meeting shall be required to be read at the next constitutional meeeting open to the full membership (ie. Elevenses and General meetings).
  31. Officers of the Society

    The President

  32. There shall be an officer, called the "President", who shall be a member of the society and shall be elected in renewable terms of approximately one year in General Meeting.
  33. The duties of the President shall be to provide general guidance for the society, to preside at meetings, to liaise with Senior Members of the College concerning Society matters, to act as the point of contact between the Society and others, and to carry out such other duties as may be necessary and appropriate.
  34. The Secretary

  35. There shall be an officer, called the "Secretary", who shall be a member of the Society, and shall be elected in renewable terms of approximately one year in General Meeting.
  36. The duties of the Secretary shall be to arrange and notify members of Meetings of all sorts, to take the minutes and keep the records of the Society, to arrange freshers' events, and to carry out such duties as may be necessary and appropriate.
  37. The Secretary shall be the President's deputy.
  38. The Treasurer

  39. There shall be an officer, called the "Treasurer", who shall be a member of the society, and shall be elected in renewable terms of approximately one year in General Meeting.
  40. The duties of the Treasurer shall be to collect the Pooh Levy and arrange, in consultation with the President and Secretary, such matters as may concern the financial business of the society, including maintaining a list of the members of the Society, and any other duties as may be necessary and appropriate.
  41. The Under-Secretary

  42. There shall be an officer, called the "Under-Secretary", who shall be a member of the Society, and shall be elected in renewable terms of approximately one year in General Meeting.
  43. The duties of the Under-Secretary shall be to provide such assistance as the Secretary may require.
  44. The Under-Secretary shall be the Secretary's deputy.
  45. The Foreign Secretary

  46. There shall be an officer, called the "Foreign Secretary", who shall be a member of the Society and shall be elected in renewable terms of approximately one year in General Meeting.
  47. The duties of the Foreign Secretary are specifically to facilitate liaison with the College and University organisations, inter alia, and in general to carry out such duties as may be necessary and appropriate in accordance with his or her office. These shall include relations with affiliated organisations and chapters of the Society as described in Clauses LXIII and LXIV.
  48. The Foreign Secretary shall be the Under-Secretary's deputy.
  49. The Christopher Robin

  50. There shall be an officer, called the "Christopher Robin", who shall be a former officer of the society, but still a member, who shall be elected in renewable terms of approximately one year in General meeting.
  51. The Christopher Robin shall have no duties or powers, and shall not exercise a Committee veto, although he/she shall have the casting vote in matters on which the Society is divided.
  52. The Christopher Robin shall have the right of speaking first in debates.
  53. The Committee

  54. The Committee of the Society shall be composed of all the officers named in clauses XIX, XXI, XXIV, XXVI, XXIX and XXXII above.
  55. The Committee shall hold a right of majority veto, which need not be exercised in the presence of the general membership, over motions proposed and carried at Elevenses Meetings, whereafter, if the veto be contested by the membership, the aforesaid motion shall be submitted to an Extraordinary General Meeting or the Annual General Meeting, whichever be the sooner.
  56. Other Society Posts

    The James

  57. There may be, if a candidate present him/herself, an officer called the "James", who shall not be a member of the Committee, and may be voted into or out of office at any time.
  58. The duties of the James shall be to abstain from voting on any matter, to find innuendo where no others can, and to provide hunny-and-condensed-milk sandwiches once a year at a time which may be convenient to him/her.
  59. The Captain of Poohsticks

  60. There shall be an officer, called the "Captain of Poohsticks", who shall be a member of the society and shall be appointed by the society.
  61. The Captain of Poohsticks shall be ultimately responsible for the society's Poohsticks team, including but not limited to matters of coaching, competition and cake consumption.
  62. The Characters

  63. There may be, if candidates present themselves, officers representing each of the characters in the extant corpus of A.A. Milne and a narrator, the Christopher Robin being a special case of this as detailed in Clauses XXXII, XXXIII and XXXIV.
  64. The Characters shall have no duties associated with them (with the exception of Clause XLIII below.), but the holder of such a post shall have the right to read the part of their character during any reading at which they are present.
  65. The Rabbit of the society shall be required to organdise a Winnie-The-Pooh quiz to take place during the Annual Garden Party.
  66. Other posts

  67. Temporary posts may be created at any time by the Committee, or by motion of the membership, and shall remain in existence until abrogated by motion of the membership or until the requirement leading to the post's creation has elapsed.
  68. Such temporary posts may or may not entitle their holders to membership of the Committee, as is felt to be necessary and appropriate to the office, and this should be stipulated before voting on the creation of the office: however, on no account shall such a post have the right of Committee veto.
  69. Elections

  70. Candidates for election to those offices or posts of the Society which require election shall be proposed and seconded by two other members of the Society, and the proposal submitted in writing to a member of the Committee. Election shall be by simple majority, with the candidate with the higher or highest number of votes cast winning. In the event of a tie, a new vote shall be taken between the tied candidates only; in the event of a further tie selection shall be made by lot, trial by ordeal, foodfight, sumo wrestling or other selection procedure as may be chosen by those present.
  71. Election to Committee offices may only be made in General Meeting; elections for the post of James, Captain of Poohsticks (if election is deemed appropriate), the Characters or for temporary offices for which election has been deemed an appropriate method of selection may be made in any Meeting.
  72. During election the candidates (or proxy skippers if necessary) shall be required to skip once aroung the nearest court of Pembroke College or other suitable venue.
  73. Refusal of Office

  74. If a person elected to an office shall refuse the post or later wish to relinquish it, the candidate next in the ballot shall receive the post, or failing that a new election shall be called, and an Extraordinary General Meeting if this be necessary.
  75. Motions

  76. Motions (excepting those touching the Constitution) may be proposed at any quorate Meeting, by any member. Any other member present then has the right to second the motion.
  77. All motions proposed and seconded within a quorate meeting shall be voted on immediately by those present, and shall be carried by a majority vote.
  78. In the absence of a quorum a Meeting's motions shall only be valid for the duration of that Meeting.
  79. Constitutional Motions

  80. Motions touching the Constitution and amendments to the Constitution may only be proposed in General Meeting.
  81. Amendments to the Constitution may only be made by the approval of a majority of two thirds of those present in General Meeting, and will be recorded as additional clauses after the end of this revision of the Constitution.
  82. A temporary exemption or suspension of one or more clauses of the constitution, excepting clauses LXV, LXVI and LXVII, and this clause itself, may be proposed in any meeting, and shall require a two-thirds majority for approval; such suspensions and exemptions are valid only for the duration of that Meeting.
  83. The Lesson

  84. During each Meeting, there shall be a reading from the extant corpus of A. A. Milne, which shall immediately be followed by the benediction, "Gratias Agimus A. A. Milnei, " or alternatively, "Thanks be to A. A. Milne."
  85. On no account shall any one person be permitted to read "Lines & Squares" in a Meeting any more often than once a term.
  86. The Loyal Toast

  87. During every Annual General Meeting, a toast shall be drunk by all in tea, or whatever liquid be convenient, as follows: "A toast, to A. A. Milne, to the enduring glory of Helen Masters, our wise foundress, to Paul Smith, the first Secretary, to Monty Adkins, Composer of the Society Anthem, all the founder members, Solon the Wise, Lawgiver of the Society, and all the members past and present."
  88. The Society Anthem

  89. The anthem of the society, which should be played (though it need not be) at major events, shall be "Cottleston Pie" as set to music by Matthew "Monty" Adkins, Bard of the Society.
  90. Financial Arrangements

  91. The Society shall be financed by the Pooh Levies payable for membership, and by other Pooh Levies which may be imposed by motion of the membership or by unanimous Committee decision.
  92. Expenditure on the Society's behalf must be authorised by the Treasurer and at least one other member of the Committee, and should be reported to the membership at the next Meeting.
  93. The society may, have a bank account the signatories of which should be the President, Secretary and Treasurer.
  94. Affiliation of other Organisations

  95. The Society shall only affiliate with other organisations of the same purview. In the event of such an affiliation, precise terms of affiliation shall be determined in General Meeting.
  96. Chapters

  97. The Society may allow daughter organisations to be formed: these shall be formed using this constitution and shall be invited to send representatives to Society events. They may amend the Constitution as is required by local circumstances using the procedures outlined in Clause LIII.
  98. Ownership of the Constitutional Manuscript

  99. Given the proviso in the next article, the constitutional manuscript shall be the property of the Society in perpetuity.
  100. In the event of the dissolution of the Society, as provided for, the manuscript shall become the inalienable property of the foundress, Helen Masters, or her descendants by either male or female line, the Salic Law not applying, or, if her line has failed, the library of Pembroke College, Cambridge, which property shall not be alienated from the person or body to whom it belongs by decree or motion of any body, from either College or Society.
  101. The preceding two articles, and this article, may not be contradicted or repealed or amended by any vote of the Society or any action of any person, all other rules and regulations notwithstanding.

This is the amended constitution as passed in Extraordinary General Meeting on the 11th of the month of November in Anno Domini 2000 as detailed in the minutes of the society, during the first Presidency of Jennifer "Mad Jenny" Davies and the second Secretariat of Martin Seaton, in the absence of the Lady Foundress, Helen Masters, and in the presence of a quorate majority of the members of the society.

The original constitution and the first amendment of the constitution were written by Anthony Zachary, also known as Zak also known as Solon the Law-Giver. The second, third and fourth amendments were written by Jonathan Jarrett, Secretary. This amendment, which is the fifth amendment was written by Martin Seaton, Secretary and Owen Barritt, Foreign Secretary.

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