01.0. NAME: The Club shall be called DORRIDGE BRIDGE CLUB (hereinafter referred to as the Club).
02.0. AFFILIATION: Affiliation to the English Bridge Union or any other organisation shall be at the discretion of the Committee.
03.0. OBJECTS: The Club shall be a non-profit making Club, for the playing of competitive duplicate Bridge.
04.1. Applicants for membership will be required to submit a completed application form to the Secretary.
04.2. Admission to membership is at the discretion of the Committee.
04.3. An Approved applicant will become a member upon payment of the admission fee and the subscription for the current year or such part as the Committee may deem appropriate.
04.4. Membership is terminable at the discretion of the Committee
04.5. Honorary Life Membership may be granted, at the discretion of the Committee.
05.0. FEES & SUBSCRIPTIONS:
05.1. The admission fee shall be such amount as the Committee shall determine.
05.2. Honorary Life Members shall not be required to pay an Annual Subscription.
05.3 The Annual Subscription for other members shall be such amount as the Committee shall determine and shall become due on the first Thursday in April.
05.4. Each member of the Club and each guest and visitor shall pay table money, as determined by the Committee, on each occasion when playing at the Club.
06.0. CLUB MEETINGS: Club night will normally be held on Thursday evening, play commencing at 7.15 pm.
07.1. The Officers of the Club shall be Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
07.2. No member of the Club shall simultaneously hold the office of more than one Officer of the Club.
07.3. Each of the Officers of the Club shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Club and shall hold office until the following Annual General Meeting when they shall retire. They shall be eligible for re-election.
07.4. In the event of a vacancy arising during the year in the office of any Officer of the Club, the Committee shall co-opt a Member to fill such vacancy until the ensuing Annual General Meeting.
08.1. The affairs of the Club shall be managed by the Committee and the Committee shall have power to determine any issue arising in connection with the affairs of the Club which is not specifically provided for in this Constitution.
08.2. The Committee shall consist of the Officers and up to six other members of the Club who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall retire annually at the ensuing Annual General Meeting but shall be eligible for re-election.
08.3. The Committee may from time to time co-opt further members of the Club to serve on the Committee until the ensuing Annual General Meeting, whether to fill a vacancy arising, or as additional members, except that the total number of members of the Committee (including Officers) shall at no time exceed nine.
09.0. COMMITTEE MEETINGS:
09.1. The Committee shall meet at least 4 times a year at intervals of no longer than 4 months to deal with the business of the Club.
09.2. Five members shall form a quorum at a meeting of the Committee.
10.0. ANNUAL AUDIT: The Committee will arrange for an annual audit of the books and accounts by a member of the Club, who is not a member of the Committee.
11.0. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:
11.1. The Annual General Meeting shall be held during the month of April to elect Officers and other members of the Committee, approve the Accounts and discuss such other business appropriate to an Annual General Meeting.
11.2. One third of the membership of the Club shall constitute a quorum at an Annual General Meeting.
11.3. Notice of any other business to be discussed at the Annual General Meeting shall be given to the Secretary at least 7 days prior to the Meeting.
11.4. At least 14 days notice shall be given in writing to all members of the Club of the date, time and place of the Annual General Meeting.
11.5. Nominations for the posts of Officers or Committee Members shall be in writing and shall be signed by the proposer and seconder, both of whom shall be members of the Club, and also by the person nominated.
11.6. Nominations must be in the hands of the Secretary at least 14 days prior to the Annual General Meeting.
12.0. SPECIAL MEETING:
12.1.A A Special Meeting of the Club may be called at any time by the Committee of which seven days notice shall be given to each member.
12.2.A Special Meeting of the Club may be called by petition to the Secretary supported by at least 7 members of the Club. Unless the petition has been previously withdrawn, the Secretary shall call a Special Meeting within 14 days of receipt of such notice and at least 7 days notice shall be given to all members.
12.3. One third of the membership of the Club shall constitute a quorum at a Special Meeting.
12.4. The business at a Special Meeting shall be limited to that specified in the notice calling the meeting.
13.0. FINANCE: The Treasurer will present an audited Receipts & Payments Account and Statement of Bank & Cash Balances at the Annual General Meeting and un-audited statements of account as and when required by the Committee.
14.0. VISITORS: Attendance by Visitors will usually be welcome but is at the discretion of the Committee and may be restricted to a maximum of 3 visits in any period of 6 months.
15.0. DISSOLUTION: If, at any Special Meeting, a resolution for the dissolution of the Club, of which notice has been given, shall be passed by a majority of at least three-quarters of the members present, the Committee shall thereupon, or at such future date as shall be specified in the resolution, realise the property of the Club, and after discharge of all liabilities, shall apply the proceeds to such Charitable Society as the meeting may be resolution determine and upon completion of such application the Club shall be dissolved.
16.0. ALTERATIONS TO RULES:
16.1. No alteration to this Constitution shall be made except by resolution of two-thirds of those present at an Annual General Meeting or Special Meeting of the Club.
16.2. Notice relating to any proposed alteration of the rules shall be given in writing to the Secretary not less than 21 days before the Meeting.