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BDA EGM Announcement

21 January 2012

Dear BDA Member

BDA Extraordinary General Meeting and draft BSL Strategy Discussion Meeting

We would like to give formal notice that we intend to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting on Saturday, 25 February 2012 at Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ, 1.30-5pm.

The purpose of the EGM is to confirm the members’ approval for the changes made to the Memorandum and Articles of Association at the AGM in March 2011. This relates to the addition of one clause and the clarification of another.  Members have already had the opportunity to discuss and vote on these changes but to satisfy procedural requirements with the Charity Commission, members need to confirm the vote again.

Following the short EGM we will be holding a discussion on the BDA’s draft BSL Strategy. British Sign Language is pivotal to the lives and experience of the Deaf community. Therefore we hope you will join us to share your views and opinions on this important issue.

A buffet lunch will also be provided.

BDA Extraordinary General Meeting

Saturday 25 February 2012


Arrival and Lunch

  1. Chair’s welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Re-approval of Resolutions:

3.1 Article 2B.1 will be amended to read:

Of reasonable and proper remuneration to any member, officer, trustee or servant of the Association for any services rendered to the Association in accordance with section 73A-C of the Charities Act 1993 as amended by the Charities Act 2006.

Article 23.2:

Nothing in this Memorandum and Articles of Association shall authorise an application of the property of the charity for purposes which are not charitable in accordance with section 7 Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.

Note to Members:
This has already been discussed and approved by a members vote at the AGM in March 2011, but a further vote is required to satisfy procedural requirements with the Charity Commission.

After the EGM, there will be a discussion about our draft BSL Strategy “Transforming Deaf People’s Lives”. This will give Members the opportunity to express their views, ideas and/or suggestions. There are seven key themes:

  • Campaigns
  • Curricula (Teaching BSL)
  • Accreditation & Assessment (of BSL)
  • Training of Deaf BSL teachers
  • Access (via BSL)
  • Research
  • Deaf Culture
After the draft BSL Strategy discussion, there will also be a short discussion about the BDA Logo to give members an opportunity to share their thoughts and feedback.