Club Constitution

January 2012

Club Constitution Canoe England

1. NAME

The club shall be known as Edmonton Canoe Group

2. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The aims and objectives of the Club are to:

Promote and provide facilities for the sport and recreation of canoeing
Provide coaching and competitive or recreational opportunities
Promote and provide facilities for canoeing
Ensure a duty of care to all members of the club

3. MEMBERSHIP

1) Qualification Any person who undertakes to behave in the best interest of canoeing shall be eligible for membership regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs. However, limitation of membership according to available facilities is allowable on a non-discriminatory basis.

2) Classes of Membership

Adult members – over the age of 18
Junior members – under the age of 18. Those under 18 years old will only be admitted when one or both parents / guardians are members.
Family members – the spouse and or/or children under 18 of a full member.

3) Election: Candidates for election to membership shall make a written application to the Secretary of the Club on the form provided. The power of election shall rest with the General Committee who may refuse membership on for good cause such as conduct or character likely to bring the Club or sport into disrepute. Appeal against refusal may be made to the members.

4) Restriction: A person who has been expelled from, or refused membership of the British Canoe Union shall not be eligible for membership.

5) Acceptance: The General Committee may decline to accept renewal of membership from any person, only for good cause such as conduct or character likely to bring the Club or sport into disrepute. Appeal against refusal of renewal may be made to the members.

4. ENTRANCE FEE

Each applicant for membership shall, if his/her application be accepted, pay an entrance fee, the amount of which shall be determined by the members in General meeting.

5. SUBSCRIPTION

The rates of subscription shall be determined by the members in General meeting and shall be due on election and, thereafter on or before 1st in each January.

6 CESSATION OF MEMBERSHIP

1) Any member may resign by giving one month’s notice in writing to the Secretary.

2) Any member violating any of the rules or regulations of the Club or being adjudged guilty of unsatisfactory conduct may, by resolution of the General Committee, be suspended or expelled. Appeal against suspension or expulsion may be made to the members.

3) A member shall be deemed to have resigned from the Club if, after due notice in writing he/she has not paid the annual subscription which became due on 1st January.

7 SECTIONS

1) The Club may organize various sections to cover the various activities of canoeing.

2) The affairs of each section shall be conducted by a sub-Committee of up to members of whom the Chairperson or his/her deputy shall sere on the General Committee.

8 DISQUALIFICATION FROM HOLDING OFFICE

1) Only members entitled to vote are eligible to hold office, except that a Junior Section Chairperson may be elected by the Junior members of the Club, and be entitled to vote at General Committee meetings.

2) Any member who is under the age of X years shall not be eligible for election to the General Committee of the club.

3) Any member whose main income is derived from the sale or manufacture of canoes and/or accessories, or who is disqualified as an amateur under the rules of the BCU, will not be eligible for election to the General Committee of the Club, but such a person may be co-opted without voting rights.

9 GENERAL COMMITTEE

1) The General Committee shall conduct the affairs of the Club as a whole and shall consist of a Chairperson, Honorary Secretary, Treasurer and other officers as deemed necessary. Additionally, the General Committee may co-opt no more than 4 members of the club to its number.

2) Nominations for the position of Chairperson, Hon Secretary, Hon Treasurer shall be put forward in the form of a motion under the terms of rule 13.4.

3) The General Committee shall elect a Vice-Chairperson from among its number.

4) The term of office shall be for one year, and members shall be eligible for re-election.

10 DUTIES OF THE COMMITTEE

1) Chairperson: The Chairperson will preside at all General Meetings of the Club and at all meetings of the General Committee. He or she shall be responsible for guiding the activities of the club in accordance with its rules and general policy as expressed by the majority of its members. The Chairperson shall represent or arrange for the representation.

2) Hon Secretary: The Hon Secretary will be responsible for the organisation of meetings of the General Committee and of the Club, and the recording of minutes relating to such meetings and all correspondence relating to the particular activities of the section concerned at the earliest opportunity. The Hon Secretary will receive copies of the minutes relating to the meetings of section committees.

3) Hon Treasurer: The Hon Treasurer will be responsible for the collection of all monies including subscriptions and shall keep such books of account as required by the General Meeting. He/she shall have the power to examine, after giving one weeks’ notice the books of any section, and shall report any discrepancies to the General Committee. The Hon Treasurer shall audit the books of each section annually and shall produce at the AGM balance sheets showing the financial state of each section and of the General funds accompanied by the Hon Auditors report. Cheques should have two signatures. The Treasurer must make the committee aware of any existing or potential financial or cash flow problems.

4) Trips Organiser: The Trips Organiser shall arrange a programme of canoeing events and activities.

11 GENERAL COMMITTEES

1) The General Committee is responsible for the general conduct of the Club’s business and activities

2) The General Committee shall meet at regular intervals during the year, as required by the business to be transacted.

3) Special meetings of the General Committee shall be called by the Honorary Secretary on instructions from the Chairperson, or not less than three committee members.

4) Meetings of the section committees shall be called by the secretaries of the sections concerned on instruction from the Section Chairperson, or on the instructions of twenty per cent of the members of the section committee.

5) A quorum shall consist of not less than 4 members in the case of the General Committee and not less than 3 members in the case of the section Committees.

6) In the case of casual vacancy among the General Committee, the said Committee shall appoint another eligible person to act until the next AGM.

12 SECTION COMMITTEES

1) The Section Committees shall each consist of a maximum of 8 members elected by the section concerned, one of whom shall be the section Captain and/or section secretary.

2) A Section Committee may nominate other members of the section to serve the Section Committee.

3) The Secretary of each section shall keep minutes of all section meetings and be prepared to produce these if required at General Committee meetings. He/ she or she shall also be responsible for the collection of all monies relating to the section and shall submit a balance sheet showing the financial state of the section at the AGM. He/she shall also be prepared at all General Committee meetings to give a statement of the section’s finances.

4) Section Committees may draw up rules and regulations necessary for the efficient management of the section, but such rules and regulations shall not become operative until approved by the General Committee.

5) Section Committees shall meet at such intervals as are required to satisfactorily conduct the business of the Section, or upon a demand signed by not less than twenty per cent of the members of the section committee.

13. GENERAL MEETINGS

1) An Annual General Meeting shall be held in the autumn of each year. There shall be laid before the meeting a statement of accounts made up to the 31st day of the month of December immediately preceding.

2) An Extraordinary General Meeting shall be called on the instructions of a simple majority of the General Committee, or on requisition signed by not less than 10% of the members of the Club entitled to vote.

3) Not less than 21 days’ notice shall be given specifying to all Members the time and business of the General Meeting.

4) Motions for discussion at Annual General Meetings, not of origin from within the General Committee, shall be lodged with the Honorary Secretary at least 30 days preceding the AGM and signed by 3 members entitled to vote.

5) At any General Meeting a resolution put to vote of the Meeting shall be decided by a show of hands of those entitled to vote, except when more than one nomination has been received for a position on the General Committee, in which case voting will be by secret ballot.

6) At all General Meetings the Chairperson will preside or, in his/her absence a Chairperson for the meeting will be elected by the voting members present.

7) At all General Meetings not less than twenty per cent of the members of the club shall constitute a quorum.

8) Absences of Quorum: If after half an hour from the time appointed for the meeting a quorum is not present, the Meeting, if called at the request of the members, shall be dissolved. In any other case, the Meeting shall be adjourned. If anyone is not present within half an hour from the time appointed for a adjourned meeting, the members present shall be a quorum.

9) Accidental Omission: Accidental Omission to give notice of a meeting to, or the non-receipt of notice of a meeting by any member shall not be invalidate the proceedings of a meeting.

14 LIABILITY

1) The General Committee shall manage the affairs of the Club. Financial or legal liability incurred in the rightful exercise of their office shall not, however, be the personal liability of the Committee, but shall be the responsibility of the Club as a whole.

2) All members or other persons who attend club tours or meets do so at their own risk and neither the Club nor its officers can accept any liability for any loss or injury of any kind sustained at headquarters or whilst on a Club tour, meet or other activity.

15 VOTING

Only full members and family members over the age of 16 years are entitled to vote at all meetings.

16 ALTERATION OF CONSTITUTION

1) This constitution shall not be altered, amended or rescinded except by a General Meeting of the club.

2) A resolution to give effect to a change must be passed by at least 75% of the members present at the General Meeting and voting on this behalf.

17 AUDITOR

Every Annual General Meeting shall appoint an Honorary Auditor who shall at least once in every year examine the Accounts of the Club and ascertain the correctness of the income and expenditure accounts and of the balance sheet.

18 DISTRIBUTION OF PROFITS

The club may not make payment to members for participation in the sport which would contravene amateur status nor can any profit be distributed to members, but any profits earned shall be contributed to a General Fund for furthering the objects of the Club.

19 TERMINATION

The club shall not terminate except by a resolution of a Special General Meeting convened for the purpose and in such an event, any surplus assets shall be handed over to a like-minded organisation voted for by the members for use in related amateur sport. Any matter not provided for in this constitution or any question over the interpretation of it shall be dealt with by the General Committee whose decision shall be final.

20 RULES

The General Committee shall be empowered to draw up rules for the safe conduct of canoeing activities, to include the following:

1) Abide by HYMB rules whilst on the lake.

2) No Junior members may canoe alone from the clubhouse.

3) No Junior member may take a boat from the clubhouse unless a responsible adult is present.

4) All novices must wear buoyancy aids.

5) Juniors must wear buoyancy aids at all times unless exempted at the express permission of their coach on an organised race training session.

6) Juniors may not paddle without a competent adult present until they have passed their BCU 1 Star. Juniors must paddle in groups of not less than three.