Members of Pax Christi England and Wales met in London on Saturday 19 November for an Extraordinary General Meeting to discuss and vote on the changes to their constitution proposed by the constitution working group.
The working group – made up of Matt Jeziorski, Valerie Flessati, and John Dowbekin – was established after the 2020 AGM with a remit to tidy up this constitution and present their recommendations to the membership for ratification.
Some recommendations of the working group called Pax Christi back to the constitution where practice had diverged. Elsewhere the recommendations acknowledged that practice had rightly moved on and the constitution needed updating to reflect this. In other places the context in which Pax Christi operates had changed and the recommendations reflected this. There were also tweaks to clarify, correct grammar, remove ambiguity, or to reorder the presentation of the document.
In all 29 proposals were considered by the EGM and all 29 met the threshold of 75% to approve an amendment to the constitution. There were 13 members present at the meeting and another 13 voted in advance of the meeting or appointed a proxy.
During and before the EGM some good suggestions were made to improve the constitution. These ideas were for things beyond the remit of the working party’s review, but all ideas have been recorded and will be considered ahead of the next AGM.
Many thanks to Valerie, John, and Matt for undertaking this work on behalf of the membership over the past two years and to all the members who attended the EGM, voted in advance, or shared comments, ideas, or questions.