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Being a member of a co-operative means you agree to abide by a set of rules. In SOMA's case, the rules have been designed specifically to assure mutual co-operation. This means that, when important issues arise, they are discussed in meetings where all of the co-op's members have been invited to attend. Every member has voting rights at Management and General Meetings and can play an equal role in the decision making process. While SOMA meetings are open to the general public, who may join in with discussions, only SOMA members may vote.
The day to day business of running the co-operative is carried out by a small group of members known as the Management Committee. The Management Committee is made up of the Executive Officers who have been elected and others who have been co-opted, or who have volunteered to work on specific projects or tasks.
Our General Meetings are normally held in the Town Hall, Oxford and are currently held bi-monthly (at two month intervals), with other meetings being arranged in between times, as required: ie; to organise travel arrangements to a Radical Routes gathering. Details, including the dates and times of our meetings are published on our web site and will also appear on our Face Book page. They are also sent to our members individually by eMail and text.
An Annual General Meeting is held in March each year. The date of the last AGM (Annual General Meeting) was Thursday 12th March 2015 and it took place in a meeting room at the Town Hall, Oxford. The next AGM will be in March 2016. For detailed information about the next AGM please contact the secretary.
Executive Officers post are renewed annually at the AGM, when the existing Executive Officers resign their posts. Nominations for these posts are submitted and a vote is taken for each executive post. Either, new officers are sworn in, or old officers are re-elected and resume their roles for a new term.