Hapy Society Constitution


Mission & Background

Mission Statement: To promote the study, knowledge and appreciation of Ancient Egyptian culture, primarily in the South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire area.

The Hapy Egyptology Society exists to fill a perceived gap, geographically, in the provision of opportunities for interested individuals to work together in the study of Ancient Egyptian culture. The inspiration for the Society has been the structure and functioning of the Horus Society in Wigan, where the social needs of its members are seen as integral to the academic study involved in the Society’s activities. By reducing the number of formal meetings to six in every year, it is hoped to maintain a high quality of presentation at each of the meetings.

Hapy is the name of one of the four sons of Horus. He had an association with the North and his image, a baboon, was used for one of the four canopic jars used to house the organs during the mummification process at certain stages of Egyptian culture. The Hapy jar was used to contain the lungs. It is hoped that his name will provide inspiration for the atmosphere at the meetings and the approach of its members.

Canopic Jars - Hapy and two of his brothers!

Canopic Jars - Hapy and two of his brothers!

Activities

Bust of a Queen, Possibly Hatshepsut, Mallawi Museum

Bust of a Queen, Possibly Hatshepsut, Mallawi Museum

We recognise that the study of Ancient Egypt has four distinct areas of interest:

  • The culture (art religion, fashion, architecture, civic organisation) of Ancient Egyptian civilisation;
  • The archaeological aspects of the study of Ancient Egypt;
  • The study of the language used in Ancient Egypt;
  • The history of the Nation. Activities and lectures should aim to address all four areas of interest.

Members are not expected to feel pressured into joining any particular activity but should expect to show commitment to the Society by attending most of the six lecture events (since these will inevitably incur costs for the Society and will only be feasible with good attendance).

Committee

The organising Committee shall consist of no more than eight members. Its meetings, however, shall be open to all members. Ideally the committee shall elect from its number:

  • Chair, to chair the committee meetings, construct contemporaneous minutes, and to “front” major events, except the AGM.
  • Membership Secretary, to keep an accurate list of members and to record payment of membership fees.
  • Treasurer, to keep all financial records and to manage the bank account.
  • Social Secretary, to arrange the social side of the six meetings held each year, usually a meal to accompany the lecture.
  • Publicity Secretary, to liaise with the press and to maintain an up-to-date presence on Social Media.
  • Academic Secretary, to organise and co-ordinate, usually by delegation, an appropriate programme of educational activities for members, including lectures.

Each position should be for a three year term and no member should serve for more than two terms in any one position unless no other suitable member is available. There is no time limit concerning membership of the committee.

Scene of Wildfowling, Tomb of Nakht, Luxor

Scene of Wildfowling, Tomb of Nakht, Luxor

Constitution Overview

Hieroglyphs on the wall of Tausert’s tomb, Valley of the Kings

Hieroglyphs on the wall of Tausert’s tomb, Valley of the Kings

Mission Statement

The Society’s Year.

  1. Lectures: Ideally six lectures will be organised each year. The evening will also include a meal.
  2. Activity Sessions: In the alternate months, those with no lecture, members will be encouraged to offer an activity session on a subject of their own interest. No great expertise is required, just a willingness to give some pointers and to devise some interesting activities for those attending. Topics might include: Major Egyptian gods, major archaeological sites, key pharaohs, mummification, The Book of the Dead, Cartouches, Pyramids etc.
  3. Hieroglyphs: Members will be encouraged to join one of three groups to study hieroglyphs. The groups will be pitched at three levels:
    1. Beginners: learning phonetic hieroglyphs, how hieroglyphs work
    2. Intermediate: Working together through Collier and Manley’s book to become familiar with some basic grammatical concepts.
    3. Advanced: Translating stelae/texts. Using Allen’s Middle Egyptian Grammar to deepen understanding of grammatical concepts.
    The groups will be led by one member and the courses will be co-ordinated by the Academic Secretary
  4. Annual General Meeting: This will be held in January to hear suggestions from the membership, to agree the membership fee, to hear a treasurer’s report, to respond to breaches of the constitution and to elect the committee. The meeting will be held at Low Ackworth Community centre.
  5. Membership: Membership of the Hapy Society is acquired by the payment of the annual subscription. Membership is open to adults over the age of 18. Children may attend lectures, hieroglyph classes and activity sessions if accompanied by their parents or guardians, and if the activity is appropriate to their age and ability.
  6. Constitution: The constitution can be changed only by a vote at the AGM and by a majority of two thirds or more.
  7. Location: The Lectures will take place in a centrally located venue hired specifically for the event.
  8. It is anticipated that Activity Sessions and Hieroglyph sessions will take place in members’ houses unless numbers attending are large. The venues should be clear to the whole membership so that all feel welcome in attending.