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Constitution
 
 
  Objects (Sample)
The objects of "The Club" shall be to provide facilities for the playing of Contract Bridge.
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HORNSEA DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB

RULES

1.             Name

The name of the Club shall be the’ Hornsea Duplicate Bridge Club’.

2.             Objects:

The objects of the Club shall be:-

a)              to provide its members with the facilities for the playing of Contract Bridge.

b)            to organise competitions and matches and any other social activities deemed to be desirable.

3.             Officers:

The Officers of the Club shall be the Chairman, Hon secretary and Hon. Treasurer, plus the immediate past Chairman for the year succeeding his/her term of office.

The club may elect a President who may attend the Committee Meetings in an ex-officio capacity.

4.             Committee:

a)             The management of the Club shall be vested in a committee consisting of the Officers and  three members who will be elected annually in the following manner.  Officers and members of the Committee shall be eligible for re-election. Each candidate for election as an officer of the Club or member of the Committee shall be proposed by one member and seconded by another; nominations must be made in writing and must be received by the Secretary at least seven days before the Annual General Meeting. For this purpose the Secretary shall arrange for a list to be placed on the Club notice board at least 21 days before the meeting on which the proposers and seconders will sign their names against their candidate after having received his/her prior agreement.  This list will be removed seven days before the Annual General Meeting. If any election is not contested the members nominated shall be deemed to be elected unopposed and any contested election will be determined by ballot at the Annual General Meeting.  If there are insufficient nominations to fill all the positions any vacancies will be filled at the meeting.

b)            Any Officer or member of the committee wishing to resign his office or seat on the Committee shall notify his desire in writing to the Secretary for the information of the Committee, and until such resignation shall have been accepted he shall continue to exercise the duties and retain the responsibilities of his office.

c)             The committee shall have powers to make and enforce byelaws.  Any byelaws so made shall remain in force until revoked by the Committee or by resolution of a General Meeting of the Club.

d)            At least seven clear days notice shall be given of all Committee meetings which will be summoned:-

i)              on the instructions of the Chairman.

ii)             on the request of three or more members of the Committee for the discussion of a particular matter.

e)             The quorum for a Committee meeting shall be three.

f)             The committee shall have the power to co-opt additional members to fill any casual  vacancy which may occur and to appoint sub-committees for particular purposes.

                               

5             Membership

                In the event of a member’s conduct being considered injurious to the welfare of the Club, the committee may take such action as they deem appropriate including issuing a formal warning.  After due consideration the Committee may convene a General Meeting to consider the suspension or expulsion of the Member concerned.  The vote will be taken by secret ballot and the decision of the majority present at the meeting shall be final.  The notice convening such a meeting will be sent to the last known address of each member by first class post and shall be deemed to have been duly given on the day following the day of posting.

6.             ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.

a)             The Annual General Meeting shall be held each year before 28th February.

b)            Notice convening the Annual General Meeting shall be sent to the members not less than ten days before the meeting and shall specify the matters to be dealt with.

c)             The quorum for the Annual general Meeting shall be 11.

7.             SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING.

a)             A Special General Meeting may be convened by the Committee at any time and shall be convened within 21 days from the receipt of a requisition in writing signed by not less than 10 members, specifying the object of the meeting, for any of the following purposes:-

i)              To consider and, if approved, action any duly made alteration to the rules.

ii)             To deal with any special matter which the Committee may desire to place before the members, including the expulsion or suspension of a member.

iii)            To receive the resignation of the Committee or to remove any member or members thereof from office and to fill any vacancy caused thereby.

iv)           To deal with any special matter which the members requiring the meeting may desire to place before the Club.

9.             CHAIRMAN’S CASTING VOTE.

In the event of an equality of votes at any meeting, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.

  10.        PROXIES             

A member unable to attend a General Meeting of the Club may bring forward any proposal by proxy or in writing but may not register a vote unless actually present at the time of the meeting. Any proposal made under this Rule must relate to the matter for which the meeting has been convened.

11.          GENDER.

                Throughout these Rules the masculine shall include the feminine.

12.          ALTERATION TO THE RULES.

a)             The Rules of the Club shall be amended or added to only at the Annual General Meeting or a Special General  Meeting specifically convened for that purpose.

b)            A proposed alteration of the Rules must be posted on the Club notice board at least 14 clear days before the meeting at which they are to be discussed.  Any amendment to the proposed alteration shall be made in writing to the Secretary at least seven days before the meeting.

13.          RIGHT OF ADMISSION

                The Committee shall have the right to refuse the admission of non members.

14.          APPOINTMENT OF AUDITOR.

                At the Annual General Meeting the Club will appoint an Hon. Auditor who may or may not be a member of the Committee.

                The Committee shall have the right to refuse the admission of non members.

14.          APPOINTMENT OF AUDITOR.                At the Annual General Meeting the Club will appoint an Hon. Auditor who may or may not be a member of the Committee.