Governance

The General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest authority of the Jamaica Red Cross.  It meets biennially where an election procedure must take place.  However, the President and two (2) Vice Presidents shall not hold office for more than 2 consecutive terms.

The General Assembly represents the Jamaica Red Cross as a whole. It is composed of:

  1. Members of the Central Committee
  2. Executive Committee
  3. Elected representatives of Branches
  4. National Section Councils
  5. National Committees and Commission.

The General Assembly:

  1. formulates the mission and policies that govern the Jamaica Red Cross.
  2. approves the plans and budgets and the activities and financial reports
  3. determines the amount of subscriptions.
  4. ensures that the statutes and internal regulations are revised periodically, and monitors the compatibility of relevant national laws with the objectives of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
  5. elects 12 members to the Central Committee.
  6. elects the President and two Vice Presidents of the National Society.
  7. Elects the three (3) member arbitration commission.
  8. approves the Central Committee’s Report of the activities since the last General Assembly.
  9. confers the status of Honorary Member upon persons who have rendered exceptional services to the Jamaica Red Cross, upon the recommendation of the Central Committee.

Central Committee

The Jamaica Red Cross is governed and administered by a Central Committee. This is the highest Authority of the Jamaica Red Cross in the period between two General Assemblies. The term of office for its members is two (2) years.

The Central Committee is composed of:

a) Members of the Executive Committee and the Immediate Past President

b) Chairmen of the Branches

c) Ten members elected by the General Assembly

d) One youth member nominated by the Youth membership and approved by the National Youth Section Council

e) Not more than four members appointed by the different Government departments particularly interested in the work of the Red Cross.

f) Outstanding personalities (not more than three) chosen by the Central Committee for their special competencies or because of their interest in the Red Cross.

g) The total number of persons on the Central Committee shall be between 30-50.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the governing body between sessions of the Central Committee. It comprises the President, two Vice-Presidents, the Chairmen of the National Section Councils, National Committees and Commissions and no more than four other members:

a) The holders of the positions of President and Vice-Presidents of the Society shall not hold such positions for more than two consecutive two-year terms.

b) All other members of the Executive Committee are eligible for re-election without any limitation as to time.