Meetings/2009 AGM/Notice/Amendment

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Wikimedia UK Annual General Meeting

Amendment to the notice of the meeting

The Board would like to withdraw Resolution 6 ("Requiring the permission of the members to terminate the Chapter Agreement") and replace it with a more restrictive compromise resolution which addresses some of the concerns raised.

The operative text of the new Resolution 6a is:

Therefore, the Members assembled in this Annual General Meeting do hereby resolve by Special Resolution to restrict the powers of the Directors as follows: The Directors may not, except with approval of the Membership by Special Resolution, terminate the Chapters Agreement or amend it in any way such that Wiki UK Limited loses the right to the trademark Wikimedia UK

For information, the original Resolution 6 stated:

The Members assembled in this Annual General Meeting do hereby resolve by Special Resolution to restrict the powers of the Directors as follows: The Directors may not, except with approval of the Membership by Special Resolution, terminate this Chapter Agreement.

We hope this reassures members who were concerned that the resolution, as stated, meant that the Board and the Foundation could agree to amend the agreement so that it was no longer a Chapter Agreement, without requiring the consent of the membership.

If you have already voted by emailing the tellers, you may vote on this new Resolution 6a by sending the following message no later than 2pm on Friday 24th April to tellers@wikimedia.org.uk:

I, [name], of the above email address, being a member of Wikimedia UK, membership number [num] hereby appoint the Tellers (1) as my proxy to vote in my name on my behalf at the general meeting of the charity to be held on 26 April 2009 and at any adjournment thereof:
6a. Requiring the permission of the members to terminate or make certain amendments to the Chapter Agreement: [insert "For" or "Against"]
Unless otherwise instructed, the proxy [insert "may vote as they think fit or abstain" or "must abstain"] from voting.
(1) If you would like someone else to be your proxy instead, please insert their name and address here

If you have not already voted by emailing the tellers, you can send a single vote by copying and pasting the following message:

I, [name], of the above email address, being a member of Wikimedia UK, membership number [num] hereby appoint the Tellers (1) as my proxy to vote in my name on my behalf at the general meeting of the charity to be held on 26 April 2009 and at any adjournment thereof:
1. Setting the maximum number of Directors to seven: [insert "For" or "Against"]
2. Requiring the permission of the members to amend the Election Rules: [insert "For" or "Against"]
3. Appointing those people elected under the Election Rules as directors: [insert "For" or "Against"]
4. Adoption of the Membership Rules: [insert "For" or "Against"]
5. Setting the Membership fee to £12 per year and £6 for concessions: [insert "For" or "Against"]
6a. Requiring the permission of the members to terminate or make certain amendments to the Chapter Agreement: [insert "For" or "Against"]
7. Requiring the permission of the members to terminate or amend the Chapter Agreement: [insert "For" or "Against"]
Unless otherwise instructed, the proxy [insert "may vote as they think fit or abstain" or "must abstain"] from voting.
(1) If you would like someone else to be your proxy instead, please insert their name and address here

Alternatively, you may of course vote in person at the AGM itself.

Regards,



Board of Wikimedia UK 2 April 2009

Wikimedia UK is the operating name of Wiki UK Limited. Wiki UK Ltd is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England and Wales, Registered No. 6741827. The Registered Office is at 23 Cartwright Way, Nottingham, NG9 1RL, United Kingdom.