MOUNT MERRION BRIDGE CLUB
CONSTITUTION & RULES
The Club shall be known as Mount Merrion Bridge Club.
The objective of the club shall be the playing and promotion of Bridge under the rules, guidance and objectives of the C.B.A.I. and will be fully registered as a Club with the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland.
Membership shall be open to both ladies and gentlemen. Each candidate for membership must be proposed and seconded by two members of the club and the nomination given in writing to the Hon. Secretary. The Committee, after considering objections, if any, by any member of the committee, to such candidate, may proceed with the election which must be by majority vote of the committee. Membership then becomes effective on payment of Annual Subscription.
Members who have not paid their Annual Subscription by 1st December in any year will be deemed to have lapsed their membership and must re-apply for election.
The Club welcomes visitors playing with members, subject to such frequency limitations as the Committee shall from time to time apply. Table money must be paid, but they are not eligible to play on competition nights listed on our calendar, but the Committee may derogate from this rule if they feel circumstances warrant.
The Committee may at it`s discretion apply a more liberal visitor policy in the summer months.
In the event of any member acting in such a manner as to bring the club into disrepute or to disrupt the smooth running of the club or the enjoyment of other members, the committee shall have the right to reprimand such a member, and to warn them as to their future conduct. This may be done verbally or in writing. If the said member should continue to so act, the committee, if they obtain the majority approval of the Trustees, shall cancel such person’s membership and refund their Annual Subscription for that year.
(A) ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
The care of and responsibility for the proper administration of the Mount Merrion Bridge Club shall be vested in the Management Committee. They shall interpret and administer this Constitution and the playing rules of bridge as laid down by the C.B.A.I., and carry out the objectives of the club at all times.
The club shall appoint 3 Trustees. There shall be no restriction on Trustees holding any office in the Management Committee. Trustees shall be elected for a five-year period (such period for the initial Trustees to run from June 2013) and may resign at any time. The remaining Trustees shall have the right to co-opt any member as a replacement. At the end of the five year term a new election must take place.
The main responsibility of the Trustees shall be the safeguarding of the assets of the club. In this regard:-
- decisions on disposal of assets of the club shall be the responsibility of the Committee, but shall require the approval of the Trustees
- the Trustees can not themselves act to dispose of assets other than on the proposal of the Committee
- Trustee decisions shall be made on a majority basis
Competitions as laid down by the C.B.A.I.
The income and property of the club shall be applied solely towards the promotion of its main objective as set forth in this Constitution. No portion of the club’s income and property shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever by way of profit, to the members of the club. No Officer shall be appointed to any office of the club paid by salary or fees, or receive any remuneration or any other benefit in money or money’s worth from the club in respect of such office. However, nothing shall prevent any payment in good faith by the club of:
D. EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING
The committee may call an Extraordinary General Meeting at any time and must call one at the request, in writing, of one-third of the members of the club.
Notice of the date fixed for the meeting shall be displayed on the Club Notice Board for two weeks preceding the Annual General Meeting. Nominations and Resolutions must be displayed on the Notice Board before the start of the AGM. A quorum of at least 20% of members must be present at any AGM or EGM.
If upon the winding up or dissolution of the club there remains, after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever, it shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the club. Instead, such property shall be given or transferred to some other institution or institutions having main objectives similar to the main objects of the club. The institution or institutions to which the property is to be given or transferred shall prohibit the distribution of its or their income and property among its or their members to an extent at least as great as is imposed on the club under or by virtue of Clause 4 (D) above. Members of the club shall select the relevant institution or institutions at or before the time of dissolution, and if and so far as effect cannot be given to such provisions, then the property shall be given or transferred to some charitable object.
Note:: the clauses shown in italics are required to be included to maintain a Club`s tax exemption status.
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