The club shall be called BIGGAR BRIDGE CLUB, hereinafter referred to as the CLUB.
The objects of the Club shall be:
a) to provide opportunities for play and to develop and promote the game of bridge where possible.
b) to encourage new players to learn and play bridge.
c) to organise and run educational courses to encourage beginners.
d) the Club shall be a not for profit organisation.
Any bridge player shall be eligible for membership and shall upon payment of the agreed subscription, decided at the AGM, become a member of the Club.
The Club shall be affiliated to the Western District and to the Scottish Bridge Union (SBU). The Club shall be responsible for collection of the annual subscription to the SBU and shall forward this to the Membership Secretary by 30th November each year.
The annual membership fee shall be fixed at the AGM. The subscription year shall run from 1st September.
A copy of the Constitution shall be displayed in the bridge room and available from the secretary on request. This constitution shall not be altered, amended or rescinded except by members at the AGM of the Club.
EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING (EGM)
The committee may call an EGM if the membership requires being involved in decision making. An EGM may also be requested in writing by at least ten members of the membership. The object of the meeting must be stated and shall be the sole item of business. The secretary shall call the meeting within four weeks from receipt of an application.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)
An AGM shall be held by the end of March. The committee shall fix the date and time. Items for inclusion in the agenda must be in writing to the secretary at least 14 days before the meeting.
Must consist of two committee members plus ten members. In the event of no quorum, the meeting shall be postponed to a date within ten days hence.
The accounts shall be examined and submitted to the membership at the AGM for approval. Club membership shall appoint a Reporting Examiner for the ensuing year.
This committee shall consist of three Officers: a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer plus six membersí representatives. The past Chairperson shall serve on the committee for two years, following the final year as Chairperson but without voting rights. Elections shall be held every year at the AGM. The Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer may seek re-election each year for a maximum of two years; the six committee members may seek re-election each year for a maximum of three years. Anyone serving on the committee for the maximum period may not seek re-election for a further one year.
In the absence of the Chairperson the committee shall appoint, by vote, one of their number to act in his/her absence. The time and place of committee meetings shall be notified at least seven days beforehand. The committee quorum shall be three members, including at least one Officer to Chair the meeting. Voting shall be by majority vote with the Chairperson only voting in the event of a tied vote. A committee member shall not vote on any resolution concerning a matter in which he/she has a personal interest and must withdraw from the meeting while an item of that nature is being dealt with. Minutes must be recorded at all meetings.
On the recommendation of the committee, to the AGM, the distinction of Honorary Membership may be conferred in recognition of service rendered to the Club and upon agreement by the majority present.
Anyone being persistently unreasonable, discourteous or improper in their conduct may be suspended and/or asked to leave the Club. This also applies to any serious improprieties. There shall be a right of appeal in writing and the committee will make the final decision.
Upon dissolution of Biggar Bridge Club all assets should be sold where possible and all monies, after settlement of debts and expenses, should be divided among charities decided by the membership current at that time.