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Constitution
 
 
  Name
The name of the Club shall be "The Balmoral Bridge Club" hereinafter called "The Club".
  Objects
The objects of "The Club" shall be to provide facilities for the playing of Contract Bridge.
  Management
The management of "The Club" shall be vested in a general committee consisting of a chairperson, a secretary, a treasurer and up to eight other members, all of whom shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of "The Club" and shall hold office until the conclusion of the next AGM. Terms of Office for officers shall be three years for the Chairperson and up to five years for the Secretary and the Treasurer.
  Candidates for election to the general committee shall be those members of the retiring committee who offer themselves for re-election and such other members of "The Club" who have agreed to accept office if elected and whose nominations, duly proposed and seconded by members of "The Club", shall have been sent to the Secretary before the start of the AGM.
If the number of candidates for election exceeds the number of vacancies to be filled, the elections shall be by ballot of members present.
Should a casual vacancy on the general committee arise for any reason, the general committee may co-opt a member to fill the vacancy.

The Committee shall have power to deal with the funds and property of "The Club" and may draw on the funds of "The Club" to meet nay expenditure approved by the general committee. However, no single item of expenditure exceeding £500 may be entered into without the approval of the members in general meeting.

The Committee shall have the power to make such Laws and Rules,as it thinks fit in relation to the management of "The Club" property and for the organisation of "The Club" activities and competitions. The committe shall meet at least thrre times a year (including the AGM).
Four members of Committee shall form a quorum, one officer being in attendance
The secretary shall keep a minute book in which shall be entered a record of all general meetings and all meetings of the general committee.

 
  Membership
Whilst the current "Venue", Balmoral Golf Club,  continues to be the regular meeting place of "The Club", it shall be a requirement of membership of "The Club" that subscriptions must be paid and membership maintained with the Golf Club.

The committee has the power to terminate membership of any member of "The Club" for misconduct.Three warnings will be given, third warning to be in writing. A member may be summarily dismissed from membership for serious misconduct provided that the general committee is in unanimous agreement that the circumstances warrant such measures to be taken. Any member who has their membership terminated by the Committee shall have the right of appeal at the next following AGM and a special committee may be appointed to hear the appeal if the members in the AGM so agree.
  Finance
The financial year of "The Club" shall be from the 1st of Januaryto the 31st of December.

Members shall pay a table fee per session of such amount as the Committee determines, subject to ratification at the AGM. Visitors shall pay an additional amount, also to be determined at the AGM.
  General Meeting
The AGM will be held in the month of April or such other month as the Committee determines provided always that no more than 15 months shall elapse between the holding of one AGM and the next.

The AGM shall be convened and notice shall be deemed to be given to all members of "The Club", by announcements (1),at the bridge sessions, the final announcement to be made not more than 14 days prior to the date fixed for the meeting, (2), by notice in the clubhouse and (3), by notice on the website. Extraordinary General Meetings (EGM) may be called in a similar manner.
The secretary shall convene an EGM on written demand signed by 5 members giving 28 days notice to the secretary of the date of the meeting. The demand and notice of the meeting must state the business for which the meeting is called, and only that business shall be transacted.

Proceedings at any general meeting of "The Club" shall not be invalidated by failure of any member to receive notice of the meeting, notice having been duly given in accordance with the rules set out above.

Voting on any matter raised at AGMs, including the election of members of the general committee shall be by a simple majority of those present and voting on a show of hands. The chairmanís declaration of the result of such a vote shall be conclusive. However, any 5 members may demand that a secret ballot is taken the result by simple majority of those present and voting, shall supersede the outcome of a show of hands.

The quorum of any general meeting shall be 15 members of "The Club".
  General Rules

Competitions shall be held at such times and under such conditions as the Committee shall determine.

Any suggestions or complaints regarding the arrangements of "The Club" shall be submitted in writing and handed to the secretary or any member of the Committee and shall be considered at the next Committee meeting.

"The Club" accepts no responsibility whatever for the property or belongings of any member or visitor whilst on the premises of "The Club".

The Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary and members of the Committee shall not be responsible, either individually or jointly, for any liabilities incurred by "The Club". All members shall be equally responsible for any liabilities incurred during their time of membership.

Alterations, additions or amendments to these regulations and constitution cannot be made except by a resolution at an AGM.

 These regulations and constitution are proposed for adoption at the Annual General Meeting  to be held at the end of April, 2010.