World Lebanese Cultural Union Geographic Regional Council Inc. Australia & New Zealand.

The Power and duties of the President of the Geographic Regional Council for Australia and New Zealand of the World Lebanese Cultural Union:

The Power and duties of the President of the Geographic Regional Council for Australia and New Zealand of the World Lebanese Cultural Union:

  • The President is the most senior official of the World Lebanese Cultural Union in this Geographical region and is a member of the World Council and is entitled to vote at the World Congress.
  • The President, will at all times, be the sole spokesperson for and on behalf of the World Lebanese Cultural Union for Australia and New Zealand, except at elections, when all State Presidents have the right to vote.
  • The President of the Geographic-Regional Council for Australia and New Zealand, shall at all times, represent the world President in this Geographical region, unless the World President is present in person.
  • In the event of a need arising for a delegation to travel outside this Geographic Region on World Lebanese Cultural Union business/congress, then the President shall head such a delegation and lead all discussions for the benefit of the Geographic-Regional Council for Australia and New Zealand and the World Lebanese Cultural Union in general.

The President of the Geographic-Regional Council:

  • Shall be entitled to hold office for no more than two consecutive terms of two years each.
  • Shall represent the Council judicially and administratively before all public and private bodies.
  • Shall preside over sessions of the Geographic-Regional Council.
  • Shall convoke the ordinary and extraordinary sessions of the Geographic-Regional Council for Australia and New Zealand.
  • Shall implement or ensure the implementation of the decisions of the World Council and the Geographic-Regional Council, and to supervise the activities of the State and National Councils in this Geographical region.
  • Shall exercise any other powers necessary and conferred upon the President by the constitution of this Geographic-Regional Council, in order to realise the objectives of the World Lebanese Cultural Union and this Geographic-Regional Council of the World Lebanese Cultural Union.

The President has the power to delegate responsibilities to other members of the Council, and establish all necessary committees and appoint their officer.

The powers and duties of the Vice-President:

  • To replace the President in case of absence, physical impediment, resignation or death
  • To support and assist in all facets of the organisation as requested by the President.

Should the office of the President become vacant due to resignation or death then the Vice-President shall assume the responsibilities and duties of that office until the election of a new president which must take place within ninety days from the date of the President’s, resignation or death.

Duties of the Secretary:

  • To replace the Secretary-General in case of absence.
  • To assists the Secretary-General in his/her duties.

Duties of the Treasurer:

  • To collect revenues and issue receipts.
  • To pay authorized expenses.
  • To prepare annual budgets.
  • To operate bank account/s and co-sign cheques with President or Secretary-General provided cheques shall be co-signed by any two of: President, Secretary-General and Treasurer.
  • To keep proper sets of books relating to funds of the Council.
  • To present an audited annual statement and balance sheet to the Council.
  • To execute any other relative function assigned by the President of the Council.

Duties of the Secretary-General:

  • To carry out all responsibilities pertaining to this office, such as the drafting of documents, and implementation of the resolutions of the Geographic Regional Council for Australia and New Zealand.
  • To draw up the minutes of each Council meeting and to forward to each Council member such minutes, within thirty days of the relevant meeting.
  • To support and assist the President in all facets of the President’s functions and responsibilities, as the President may request.
  • To fulfill all duties assigned to him/her by the President.
  • The Secretary-General or the President of the Geographic Regional Council, shall supervise the election of this Geographical Region.
  • The GRC Secretary-General may not be removed from office by the GRC (who? What is this process?) unless he/she are found to have been negligent in their duty or to have violated the constitution of the Geographic Regional Council of Australia and New Zealand, or fails to fulfill the duties assigned to him/her. A Contract specifying the duties and obligations of the Secretary-General shall be duly signed by the President and the Secretary-General.
  • If the Secretary-General is found to have acted contrary to his obligations under this constitution, he may be removed from office by a resolution passed by a majority of the members of the Geographic-Regional Council.
  • The Secretary-General shall be appointed by the GRC of Australia & N.Z and his/her term shall conclude upon the expiry of the President of the GRC.
  • The Secretary-General of the GRC is to liaison with the WLCU World Body in relation to all matters pertaining to the GRC. (Amendment: From 1999 and onwards Secretary Generals can vote, nominate and be selected to the Executive Committee. They cannot delegate their vote; they must be present).
  • The Geographic Regional Council for Australia and New Zealand of the World Lebanese Cultural Union shall hold its Ordinary Session (General meeting) at least once each year, upon the giving by the GRC Secretary General of 30 days’ notice to the members of the GRC. A Quorum the Ordinary Session (General meeting) and at an Extraordinary General Meeting, shall consist of 75% of its members or their representatives, or in circumstances where Quorum has not been attained in the first instance, by 51% of its members at a Second Session to be held, under normal circumstances, within 30 minutes of the posted time of the first meeting.
  • The Geographic Regional Council, shall convene an Extraordinary Session upon written request of two members specifying the reasons for such a session and directing their written request to the GRC Secretary General. The President shall then, at his discretion instruct the Secretary General, to invite the Council to convene within thirty (30) days of such notice being issued.

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