The Club shall be called the Cobham-Heath Bridge Club.
The objects of the Club shall be to play, teach and promote the game of contract bridge and to provide for the social amenities of members.
The Club is a members' club and shall be managed by a committee, subject to the bye-laws of the Club, consisting of a chairman, an honorary secretary and an honorary treasurer, all of whom shall be ex-officio members and four other members. All members of the committee shall be elected annually at the annual general meeting of the Club and, subject to termination of office by resignation or otherwise, shall remain in office until their successors are elected at the annual general meeting following their election. The committee shall have power to fill any casual vacancy that may occur in the committee, to co-opt such additiional members as they think fit, and to appoint a committee member as vice-chairman. The retiring members of the committee shall be eligible for re-election. The committee shall from time to time appoint an honorary membership secretary and an honorary auditor of the Club.
4. COMMITTEE MEETINGS
The committee shall meet at such times as the committee may determine and at all meetings of the committee four members shall form a quorum. The chairman of the Club shall preside at all meetings of the Club, but if he/she shall not be present within ten minutes after the time appointed for the meeeting, or has signified his/her inability to be present for the meeting, the vice-chairman shall preside. If neither the Club chairman nor the vice-chairman is present at a committee meeting those members present shall elect one of their number to act as chairman of that meeting. Each member of the committee shall have one vote, and in the case of equality of votes the chairman of the meeting shall have a casting vote.
5. ADMISSION OF MEMBERS
Every candidate for membership shall supply his/her name and address in writing to the honorary membership secretary. Candidates for membership shall be elected by the committee at its sole discretion and in the event of an application being refused no reason need be given.
Every member shall pay an annual subscription fixed annually by the committee which shall fall due on the first day of January each year. Members elected after the thirtieth day of June in any year shall pay only one-half of the annual subscription for that year. However, no subscription will be payable by any member for any year in which the member had attained age 90 on or before the first day of January in that year. Any member who fails to pay a subscription by the thirty-first day of March in any year (or, if elected after the first day of March in any year, fails to pay a subscription within one calendar month of election) shall cease to be a member.
7. EXPULSION OF MEMBERS
The committee shall have power to expel any member who shall offend against the rules of the Club or whose conduct shall in the opinion of the committee render him/her unfit for membership of the Club. Before any such member is expelled the honorary secretary shall give the member seven days' written notice to attend a meeting of the committee and shall inform him/her of the complaints made against him/her. No member shall be expelled without first having an opportunity of appearing before the committtee to answer complaints made against him/her nor unless at least two-thirds of the committee then present vote in favour of his/her expulsion.
8. APPLICATION OF CLUB RESOURCES
No money or property of the Club nor any gain arising from the carrying on of the Club shall be applied otherwise than for the benefit of the Club as a whole or for some charitable or benevolent purpose specified by resolution of a general meeting. The foregoing shall not prevent the committee from arranging certain competitions specifically for charitable purposes nor from making occasional donations (of £50 each or less and not exceeding £200 in aggregate in any calendar year) to charity.
9. MODIFICATION OF RULES
No alteration or addition to these rules shall be made except by a resolution carried by a majority of at least two-thirds of the members present at a general meeting, the notice of which shall have contained details of the proposed alteration or addition.
Full accounts of the financial affairs of the Club duly audited by the honorary auditor shall be posted on the notice-board with the notice convening the annual general meeting.
11. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
An annual general meeting shall be held before the end of March of each year and fifteen months shall not elapse without a general meeting. At the annual general meeting the following busines shall be transacted:-
11.1 the presentation and (if accepted) the passing of the accounts for the previous financial year ended on the last day of December prior to the meeting, which accounts shall first have been audited by the honorary auditor;
11.2 the election of the officers and committee, and
11.3 any proposal for the amendment of the rules or bye-laws of the Club which has been communicated in writing to the honorary secretary not less than fourteen days before the meeting.
12. EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING
An extraordinary general meeting may be convened by the committee at any time and shall be convened within twenty-one days on the requisition of ten members of the Club. Such requisition must state the purpose for which such meeting is required.
13. NOTICE OF MEETINGS
The honorary secretary shall at least twenty-one days before any general meeting post on the notice board a notice of the meeting stating the time when and the place where it will be held and at least seven days before such meeting a notice of the business to be conducted.
14. BUSINESS AT A GENERAL MEETING
The business at a general meeting shall be limited to that provided by these rules and any further matters set out in the notice convening the meeting. The quorum at any general meeting shall be fifteen.