CONSTITUTION of the ACES BRIDGE & CHESS ACADEMY
Article 1 Name and Organisation
The name of the organisation shall be "ACES BRIDGE and CHESS ACADEMY" herein also called "ACES". It shall be a non-profit organisation. Its resources are constituted by members' annual subscripions, gifts, donations, and income from competitions, tournaments and other events organized by ACES. Its funds shall be used solely and exclusively in furtherance of its beneficient purposes and no part thereof shall inure to the benefit of any private person.
Article 2 Purpose
To promote and develop the sport of duplicate bridge. To support and encourage the promotion of sports ethics and fair play. To run a bridge school where all children and students in full time education will be entitled to free lessons.
Article 3 Governance
The administration of ACES will be vested in a committee elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. The members will elect a President, a Secretary, a Treasurer plus up to two other committee members. The members of the elected committee will themselves choose a vice President from amongst their number.
Article 4 Affiliation
ACES will be affiliated to the Associacion Espanola de Bridge. The AEB is in turn affiliated to the World Bridge Federation. (WBF)
Article 5 Language.
The official languages of the Academy are English or Spanish, but texts in other languages may be accepted by the committee.
Article 6 Procedural matters.
A simple majority is required for motions to be approved at both the AGM and at committee meetings. An extraordinary general meeting can be called at the request of a minimum of 20 members. The committee shall be elected to office for a period of one year only. All outgoing officers are eligible for re-election. Members should be given 14 days notice of the date fixed for the Annual General Meeting and any Extraordinary General Meeting that may be called. Motions for those meetings must be submitted to the President no later than seven days before the meeting. The AGM will normally be held each year between November and January. The financial year will run from 1st January to 31st December.
Article 7 No smoking policy
ACES will enforce a no smoking policy at all club competitions and functions held at its registered address.
Article 8 No animals policy
ACES will enforce a “No pets or other animals” policy at all venues used for its bridge courses, competitions and other bridge related events.
Article 9 Membership
Any person of any nationality and any age may apply for membership and may be elected by the committee.
Article 10 Powers and duties of the committee.
(a) To fix subscription rates and table fees
(b) To manage Academy funds and use those funds and assets for their lawful purposes in the interests of the membership.
(c) To fix the dates, eligibility requirements and conditions for competitions, and to establish appropriate local rules and regulations pertaining to bridge competitions as authorised by the WBF.
(d) To suspend or terminate the membership of any person where appropriate.
(e) To elect / co-opt honorary officers where appropriate.
(f) To recommend any amendment to the constitution to the membership when they consider it appropriate.
(g) To constitute sub-committees from time to time. These committees shall be vested with such powers as the committee see fit. The members of such sub committees to be nominated by the President and the appointments to be confirmed by the senior committee
(h) To keep accurate records of club finances.
(i) To report to the members on any change of procedure that might affect those members.
(j) To furnish a report on the club's performance and its assets and finances at the Annual General Meeting.
Article 11 Amendments to constitution
Any changes to the constitution of the ACES BRIDGE and CHESS ACADEMY recommended by the Committee would have to be approved by the membership and would require a two thirds majority.
Article 12 Registered address
The registered address of the ACES BRIDGE and CHESS CLUB is 44 Avenue Jesus Cautivo, Los Bolliches, Malaga.
For suplementary notes regarding Article 8, see Information (consititution) page