Jamaica 4-H Clubs Act

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Published: 1966-12-01

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THE JAMAICA 4-H CLUBS ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.
3. Establishment of Board of Management.
4. Functions of the Board.
5. Regulations.
6. Appointment of committees.
7. Power to delegate.
8. Funds and resources of the Board.
9. Borrowing powers.

10. Investments.
11. Reserves.
12. Accounts and Audit.
13. Annual Reports and Estimates.
14. Appointment of officers and servants.
15. Power of Minister to give duections on policy of Board.

SCHEDULE

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Acts
23 of 1966,
42 of 1969
3rd Scb.

THE JAMAICA 4-H CLUBS ACT

[ is t December, 1966.1

1. This Act may be cited as the Jamaica 4-H Clubs Act. short title.

2. In this Act-

“Board” means the Jamaica 4-H Clubs Board of
Management established by this Act;

“chairman” means the chairman of the Board and
includes any person for the time being performing
the functions of the chairman;

“farming” includes any activities relating to agri-
culture, horticulture, forestry, apiculture, fish-
culture, fishing, the development and maintenance
of pastures, the cultivation of crops and the
keeping or breeding of livestock or poultry;

“functions” includes duties and powers;
“home-making” includes any activities relating to

cooking, baking, sewing, laundering and interior
decoration;

“member” means a member of the Board;
“vice-chairman” means the vice-chairman of the Board

and includes any person for the time being
performing the functions of the vice-chairman;

“4-H Club” means a Club which uses the figure and
letter “4-H” in its name and which has as its
object the development among children and young

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Intcrpreta-
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persons in Jamaica of an interest in rural life,
a desire to be efficient in farming and home-making
and an interest in cultural and civic activity.

Establish-

Boardof
ment of Management,

Schedule.

3.--(1) There shall be established for the purposes of
this Act a body to be called the Jamaica 4-H Clubs Board

(2) The provisions of the Schedule shall have effect
as to the constitution of the Board and otherwise in rela-
tion thereto.

ment of

Funclions

Board.
4 . 4 1 ) It shall be the duty of the Board to promote the

education and training of children and young persons with
a view t e

(a) increasing efficiency in farming and home-making;
and

(b ) stimulating interest in rural life; and
(c) encouraging cultural and civic development and

activity.

(2) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Board
shall have power, for the purpose of discharging its
functions under this Act, to do anything and to enter
into any transaction which, in the opinion of the Board,
is necessary to ensure the proper performance of its
functions.

(3) In particular and without prejudice to the
generality of the provisions of subsections (1) and (2), the
Board shall have the power-

(a) to form, or promote the formation of, 4-H Clubs
in Jamaica and to advise and assist such Clubs
in the promotion and organization of activities
which, in the opinion of the Board, are suitable
for such Clubs;

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(h) to undertake any project which, in the opinion
of the Board, aids, whether directly or indirectly,
the exercise of the Board’s powers under para-
graph (a).

make regulations-
5. The Board may, with the approval of the Minister, Regula-

(a) providing for the composition, registration, con-
trol, governance and administration of 4-H Clubs;

{b) providing for the appointment, functions and
responsibilities of Parish Advisory Councils and
an Island Advisory Council;

(c) prescribing forms for the purposes of this Act.

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6.41) The Board may appoint committees for any such Appoint-
general or special purposes with which the Board may be cornmineea.
concerned as in the opinion ,of the Board would be better
regulated and managed by means of a committee.

(2) The number of members of a committee a p
pointed under subsection (l), their functions and term of
appointment, the quorum of the committee and the area, if
any, within which the committee is to exercise authority
shall be determined by the Board.

(3) A committee appointed pursuant to this section
may include persons who are not members of the Board:

Provided that at least two-thirds of the members of any
such committee shall be members of the Board.

(4) The provisions of paragraph 13 of the Schedule
shall apply to a member of a committee who is not a
member of the Board in like manner as they apply to a 4211969
member of the Board.

(5) The validity of the proceedings of a committee
appointed pursuant to this section shall not be affected by

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any vacancy amongst the members thereof or by any defect
in the appointment of a member thereof.

7 . 4 1 ) Subject to the provisions of this Act the Board
may delegate to any member or committee of the Board
or to any of its officers or servants the power and authority
to carry out such functions as the Board may determine.

(2) Every delegation under this section shall be
revocable by the Board and no delegation shall prevent
the exercise by the Board of any function delegated.

8 . 4 1 ) The funds and resources of the Board shall
consist of-

(a) such sums as may be provided annually for the
purpose in the Estimates of Revenue and
Expenditure of Jamaica;

(b ) sums borrowed by the Board pursuant to section
9 for the purpose of meeting any of its obliga-
tions or discharging any of its functions;
all other sums or property which may in any
manner become payable to, or vested in, the
Board in respect of any matter incidental to its
functions.

(2) Notwithstanding sections 10 and 11 any such
sums as are mentioned in paragraph (a) of subsection (1)
shall not be invested in securities or placed in a reserve
fund unless the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure
of Jamaica so allow.

(c)

9.-(1) Subject to the provisions of subsection (2), the
Board may borrow sums required by it for meeting any
of its obligations or discharging any of its functions.

(2) The power of the Board to borrow shall be
exercisable only with the approval of the Minister
responsible for finance as to the amount, as to the source

power to
delegate.

Funds and

Of the
Board.

resources

Borrowing
POWCIS

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of borrowing and as to the terms on which the borrowing
may be effected, and an approval given in any respect for
the purpose of this subsection may be either general or
limited to a particular borrowing or otherwise, and may
be either unconditional or subject to conditions.

(3) In this section the word “borrow” includes
obtaining advances.

10. Moneys standing to the credit of the Board may Invcst-
ments. from time to time be invested in securities approved

either generally or specifically by the Minister, and the
Board may from time to time, with the like approval, sell
any or all of such securities,

11. The Board may, with the approval of the Minister, ~pserves.
establish a reserve fund to be utilized for such purposes
as the Minister may approve.

1 2 . 4 1 ) The Board shall keep accounts of its transac- Accounts
and audit. tions to the satisfaction of the Minister and such accounts

shall be audited annually by the Auditor-General.
(2) The members, officers and servants of the Board

shall grant to the Auditor-General access to all books,
documents, cash and securities of the Board and shall
give to him on request all such information as may be
within their knowledge in relation to the operation of the
Board.

13.41) The Board shall, in each year- Annual
Reports and

(a) on or before the first day of October, submit to Estimates.
the Minister a report of its activities during the
twelve months ending on the 31st day of March
in that year, including a statement of its accounts
audited in accordance with the provisions of
section 12;

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(b) on or before the 31st day of October, submit to
the Minister for his approval Estimates of
Revenue and Expenditure for the financial year
commencing on the 1st day of April next follow-
ing.

(2) Copies of reports submitted pursuant to para-
graph (a) of subsection (1) together with the Auditor-
General's report shall be laid on the Table of the House
of Representatives and of the Senate and shall be published
in the Gazeite.

(3) The Board may, subject to such conditions as
may be imposed by the Minister, apply savings effected
or to be effected on any head of its Estimates or a surplus
of actual over estimated receipts to meet deficiencies on
any head, so, however, that the total expenditure shall not
exceed that approved by the Minister in such Estimates :

Provided that any expenditure incurred which would
have been in accordance with this subsection but for any
such condition may be subsequently approved by the
Minister upon the application of the Board if such
expenditure appears to him to have been necessarily in-
curred and thereafter, without prejudice to any right or
liability enforced prior to such approval, the observance
of such condition shall be deemed not to have been
required in relation to such expenditure.

Appoint-

semnb.

14.-(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, the
Board may appoint and employ at such remuneration and
on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit a secretary
and such other officers and servants as it thinks necessary
for the proper carrying out of the provisions of this Act.

(2) No officer or servant shall be employed by the
Board at any salary in excess of two thousand dollars per
annum unless with the prior approval of the Minister.

rnent of
officers and

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(3) The Governor-General may, subject to such
conditions as he may impose, approve of the appointment
of any officer in the service of Jamaica to any office with
the Board:

Provided that, in relation to pension, gratuity, allow-
ance and other rights as a public officer, such officer shall
be deemed to be in the service of Jamaica while so
employed.

15. The Minister may, after consultation with the Powerof

(a) directions of a general character as to the policy policyof

Ministtr to
give direc-
tions on

chairman, give to the Board-

to be followed in the performance of its functions Board
in matters appearing to him to concern the public
interest; and

(b) directions for the remedying of any serious
difficulty or failure in the successful performance
of its functions,

and the Board shall give effect to such directions.

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SCHE.DULB (Section 3)

Constitution 1. The Board shall consist of such number of persons, not being
of the
Board.
Appaint-
mcnt of
members.

Reappoint-
ment.
Chairman.

Acting
sppoint-
mentf

Resigna-
tions.

Leave.

Revocation
of appoint-
ment.
Gazetting
of appoint-
ments.

Incorpora-
tion.

less than seven, as the Minister may from time to-time determine.
2. The members of the Board shall be appointed by the Minister

by instrument in writing and, subject to the provisions of this Schedule,
shall hold office for such period, not exceeding two years, as the
Minister may direct in such instrument.

3. Every member of the Board shall be eligible for reappointment.

4. The Minister shall appoint one of the members of the Board to
he the chairman thereof and another to be vice-chairman thereof.

5. If the chairman, Vice-chairman or any other member of the Board
is absent or unable to act, the Minister m a y appoint any person to
act in the place of such chairman. vice-chairman or other member.

6. (1) Any member of the Board, other than the chairman, may zt
any time resign his office by instrument in writing addressed to the
Minister and transmitted through the chairman, and from the date
of receipt by the Minister of such instrument such member shall cease
to be a member of the Board.

(2) The chairman may at any time resign his office by instrument
in writing addressed to the Minister and such resignation shall take
effect as from the date of the receipt by the Minister of such instru-
ment.

7. The Minister may, on the application of any member, grant leave
of absence to such member.

8. The Minister may at any time revoke the appointment of any
member of the Board if he thinks it expedient SO to do.

9. The names of all members of the Board as first constituted and
every change in the membership thereof shall he published in the
Gazette.

10. (1) The Board shall be a body corporate having perpetual succes-
sion and a common seal with power to acquire hold and dispose of
land and other property of whatever kind.

(2) The seal of the Board shall be kept in the custody of the
chairman or of any officer of the Board authorized by the Board in
that behalf and shall be h e d to instruments pursuant to a resolu-
tion of the Board and in the presence of the chairman, one other
member of the Board and an officer thereof.

(3) The seal of the Board shall be authenticated by the signa-
tures of the chairman or any other member of the Board authorized
to act in that behalf and of the secretary or some other office^ author-
ized by the Board to act on the secretary’s behalf.

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(4) AU documents other than those required by law to be under
seal, made by, and all decisions of, the Board may be signified under
the hand of the chairman or any other member or officer of the Board
authorized to act in that behalf.

(5) The Board may sue and be sued in its corporate name and
may for all purposes be described by such name.

11. (1) The Board shall meet at such times as may be necessary Proiedure
or expedient for the transaction of its business and such meetings and
shall be held at such places and times and on such days as the Board meetinps.
may determine.

(2) The chairman may at any time call a special meeting uf
the Board and shall call a special meeting within seven days of
receipt of a written requisition for that purpose addressed to him by
any three members of the Board.

(3) The chairman, or in his absence the vice-chairman, shall
preside at all meetings of the Board and in the case of the absence of
both the chairman and the vice-chairman from a meeting, the mem-
bers present shall elect one of their number to preside at that meeting.

(4) The quorum of the Board shall be the minimum number
constituting a majority of the total members of the Board.

(5) The decisions of the Board shall be by a majority of votes
and, in addition to an original vote. the chairman or other member
presiding at the meeting shall have a casting vote in any case in
which the voting is equal.

(6) Minutes in proper form of each meeting of the Board shall
be kept and shall be confirmed as swn as practicable thereafter at
a subsequent meeting

(7) Subject to the foregoing provisions of this Schedule the
h a r d may regulate its own proceedings.

12. No act done or proceedings taken under the Act shall be ques- prowction
tioned on the gromd- of the

Board.
(U) of the existence of any vacancy in the membership of the

Board or any defect in the appointment of a member thereof;
or

(b) of any omission, defect or irregularity not a5ecting the merits
of the case.

13. ( I ) No action, suit, prosecution or other proceedings shall be Protenion
brought or executed personally against any member in respect of any of members
act done born fide in pursuance or execution or intended execution of ofthe
the Act. Board.

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(2) Where any member of the Board is exempt from liability
by reason only of the provisions of this paragraph, the Board shall be
liable to the extent that it would be if the member were a servant ur
an agent of the Board.

14. There shall be paid from the funds of the Board to the chairman
and other members of the Board or any member of a committee there-
of such remuneration (whether by way of honorarium, salary or fees)
and such allowances as the Minister may determine.

15. The office of chairman, vice-chairman or member of the Board
or member of any committee thereof shall not be a public office for
the purposes of Chapter V of the Constitution of Jamaica.

R ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ -
tion of
memben.

Ofice of
chairman
Ormember
not public
Office.

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