Delta Radio Listener’s Club (DERALIC) started by members greeting each other on air in July 2017.this prompted every member to search each other for identification. These members hail from different districts in Teso sub-region i.e. Serere, Kaberamaido, Soroti, Ngora, Kumi, AmuriaKatakwiBukedea and Pallisa. Members had their first meeting in Nakatunya under a mango tree next Amar fuel station. Members then requested Delta radio management in November, 2017 to have this club be established. Their idea was very much accepted and the club commenced. The club was officially registered with Soroti district local government on 4th April, 2018.
NAME, DOMICILE, POSTAL ADDRESS, AND AFFILIATION:Article 1 in the constitution.
The name of the club shall by this constitution be DELTA RADIO LISTENER’S CLUB herein after called DERALIC and DERALIC is a community based club, non-political and non-sectarian in nature and shall, subject to the laws of Uganda, be governed by this constitution.
DELTA RADIO LISTENER’S CLUB area of operation shall be in Uganda and its headquarters shall be in Soroti district. However, by decision of the committee, the DERALIC members may change or open branch offices in any other location in any appropriate place within radio signal, wherever is economically justifiable, provided that such a decision shall be ratified by the members at their general meeting.
REGISTERED POSTAL ADDRESS
The registered postal address of DELTA RADIO LISTENER’S CLUB shall be c/o DELTA RADIO (97.0) FM, P.O BOX 182 Soroti and the operational email address is:………………………………………………………… and telephone number include: Coordinator 0786676788, chairperson 0774524110/ 0701684358 and secretary 0788452783.
DELTA RADIO LISTENER’S CLUB shall as far as possible work and co-operate with and/or affiliate to other national and/or international organizations with similar objectives.
MOTO AND VISION: Article 2 in the constitution.
The motto of shall be For Community Unity and Development.
To empower community members for self-reliance across Teso Sub-Region.
AIM AND OBJECTIVES:Article 3 in the constitution
The aim of the club is to popularize radio services through community involvement for better livelihood.
i. To promote and support the Delta Radio in any possible way that the club sees necessary.
ii. To increaseeconomic interest among members through credit and savings activities in Teso sub-Region.
iii. To carry out charitable activities among its members and to persons/institutions that the committee will identify.
iv. To lobby for fundsfrom local government and other organizations with related objectives as such of this club.
v. To carry out health related activities and linking other organizations with such objective as for the club.
vi. To promote educational activities through life skills among members particularly for the youth and people with disabilities and women.
vii. To carry out agricultural activities to enable members have better livelihood.
CORE VALUES:Article 4 in the constitution
COMPONENTS OF ACTIVITIES OF DELTA RADIO LISTENER’S CLUB:Article 5 in the constitution
DELTA RADIO LISTENER’S CLUB shall undertake the following activities unless otherwise other activities may arise following the changing needs of the communities.
The club through its legal authority will vote/nominate a committee that will spearhead the whole team of agriculture and the following activities will be carried out:
a) To encourage improved methods of agricultural and supply expert advice.
b) To increase the quantity and improve the quality of members’ crop by better land utilization and better agronomical practices.
c) To add value and market agricultural products of members and entire community co-operatively.
d) To encourage in members a spirit of practising thrift mutual self-help and education. Livestock/Diary/Poultry
The club will carry out livestock/diary/poultry in the following ways
i. To encourage improved methods of animal husbandry and to provide expert advice.
ii. To increase quantity and improve on the quality of members’ livestock products, livestock and better agronomical methods.
iii. To sensitise on drugs, feeds, building material/requirements etc. of the members and entire community.
iv. To market and process poultry produce.
The club shall duly perform the following functions under this activity:
i) To encourage improved methods of apiculture and supply of expert advice.
ii) To increase quantity and improve on the quality of members’ apiary products, and better apiculture.
iii) To market products and bye-products from the apiary.
iv) To encourage among members the spirit of thrift, mutual self-help and through massive sensitization encourage members to adopt a system of enterprise mixed in their citrus farming methods.
The club will carry out the following:
i. Sensitization of club members on the importance of environmental conservation.
ii. Tree planting.
iii. Briquettes making/energy saving stoves.
The saving and credit objective of the club is to provide its members with the following:-
a. Savings, deposits and related services earning competitive rates of interest and minimizing financial risks on such savings.
b. Loan services at cost allowing the club to cover its costs including legal reserves; for loan losses and other required reserves.
c. Any other necessary legally authorized and economically feasible financial services demanded by its members.
3. HEALTH ACTIVITIES
The club through trained personnel (hired/staff) will carry out sensitization to the community members on common and preventable diseases for example HIV/AIDS and malaria. Sensitization will take place in such areas that the executive committee will identify.
4. EDUCATION PROGRAM
The club will play a key role in mobilizing the community members to actively participate in the education program of their children.
MEMBERSHIP, ADMISSION, AND WITHDRAWAL FROM MEMBERSHIP, RIGHTS AND LIABILITIES: chapter two article 6 and 8 in the constitution.
The following persons are eligible for club membership:-
i) A good listener of the Delta Radio.
ii) Of twelve (12) years and above provided that no member shall be eligible to be on the committee leadership until s/he attain the age of eighteen (18) years.
iii) Meeting the membership profile as defined by the executive committee.
iv) Must have paid in full his or her registration and subscription fees.
v) Has patronised the club.
vi) Any legal person, or similar association, whose membership is made up primarily of individuals who meet the legibility requirements for the club membership.
vii) New members subsequently admitted in accordance with these bye-laws.
CEASSATION OF MEMBERSHIP
Membership to the club shall cease with effect from the date:-
i) A member dies.
ii) A member ceasing to hold the qualifications of membership specified in article 5 of the constitution.
iii) Being expelled/ dismissed from the club.
iv) A member has permanently lost sanity.
v) A member voluntarily withdraws from the club.
ECONOMIC RESOURCES: Article 14 in the constitution.
To meet its economic purpose, the club shall rely on economic resources such as:
a) Membership fee or entrance fees paid once by new members of Ushs10.000/=
NB: This amount shall be revised by the annual general assembly according to members from time to time.
b) Annual subscription fees to be paid yearly by every continuing member of Ushs20.000/=. And also this amount shall be subjected to renewal by annual general meeting from time to time.
c) Deposits/savings from members i.e. 10000/= this should be monthly.
d) Reserve fund.
e) External loans obtained in accordance with the Act and regulations.
f) Unconditional reserves approved by the general meeting of members.
g) Other fund established with the written authority of the executive committee such as chairperson’s basket.
h) Surplus funds resulting from the operation of the club.
i) Funds from the sales of non-trading assets which will be deposited on a specific fund account and must be used for specific purposes resolved by the members and approved by the executive committee.
j) Any funds that lack an express-condition or specified destination by the donors shall become part of the institutional capital and therefore shall remain undistributed.
MANAGEMENT OF THE CLUB: Chapter three,Article 15.
THE CLUB’S STRUCTURE
Subject to the power and responsibilities established by the bye-laws the club’s business shall be run by:-
a) The general meeting/assembly of members.
b) The committees elected by the general meeting of members.
i. Radio management (BOD).
ii. Executive committee
iii. Advisory committee
iv. Saco committee
v. Agricultural committee
vi. Health committee QUALIFICATION OF NOT BECOMING A COMMITTEE MEMBER. Article 29 in the constitution
a) S/he is not a registered member of the club, in accordance with the bye-laws of this club.
b) S/he is under eighteen (18) years.
c) S/he is discharged bankrupt, or he/ she is indebted to the club other than in accordance with the conditions laid down for the making of such loans.
d) He/ she of unsound mind.
e) He/she has been convicted in court of any offence involving dishonesty or of any offence under the Act, regulation or he/she is dismissed employee of any co-operative club.
f) He/she has been removed from the committee of such club.
g) He/she has been removed from the committee from another club or has been a member of a dissolved committee. Or he/she is a dismissed employee of a registered club.
h) He/she does not patronize the club.
i) No minimum educational or professional qualification for the committee members except for those technical persons who will be hired.
FINANCIAL YEAR, RESULTS AND APPLICATIONS OF OPERATIONS:Article 47 in the constitution.
The club’s financial and accounting period will be from 1stJanuary to 31 December of each calendar year.
BUSINESS(S) OF THE CLUB.Article 48in the constitution.
a. The club shall engage in the following business(s)
i) Production and marketing of the other agricultural products.
ii) Production and marketing of livestock products.
iii) Production and marketing of poultry products.
iv) Production and marketing of apiary/bee products.
v) Environmental conservation and production and marketing of forest products.
vi) Value addition.
vii) And savings and credit schemes.
b. The committee shall direct the level the activity that shall be attained by each member and shall accept such amount provided it is marketable, is in good condition and is delivered at the time and place directed.
c. No member of the club shall or otherwise dispose of any of his/her produce as scheduled under sub-section (a) which is in marketable condition to any company, club or person other than this club.
Any member who infringes these articles/bye-laws, shall pay to the club a sum representing 25 per cent of the price at which such produce was sold.
BOOKS, RECORDS, ACCOUNTS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS:Article 49 in the constitution.
i. The club’s transactions, methods, practices, including accounting books and record keeping, shall be carried out according to General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
ii. The club’s financial conditions and performance shall be fully and fairly disclosed.
iii. The following books and records shall be kept to date to proper and business-like manner:
a) A register of members showing the names, address and occupation of each member, the shares and deposits subscribed the date of his admission to or cessation from membership and his nominee.
b) A minute book/file for general meetings.
c) A minute book/file for committee meetings.
d) A cash book, showing details of all money received and paid out in any way whatsoever.
e) A ledger containing such accounts as is necessary for the proper record of the business.
f) A personal ledger showing transactions of each member with the club.
g) A cash account book.
h) Such other books and accounts in such form asexecutive committee may direct.
iv. When a club makes or accounts in such form as the executive committee may direct.
SCOPE AND AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION:Article 65 in the constitution.
1. This constitution shall apply to all categories of members; vis-à-vis non-members and the public at large and to all committees and sub-committees at all levels.
2. This constitution may be cited as the Delta Radio Listeners Club. LANGUAGES:Article 67 in the constitution.
i) The official language for communication at all DERALIC meeting shall be in Ateso, Kumam and English and accordingly all documents of DERALIC shall be in English.
ii) Members may transact business and communicate in the language that the majority of their audience/customers speak or best understand; provided that official records or documents thereof shall be translated in English.