LAS Constitution Revision 2011

NEW Directives 2012 Rev

GENERAL NOTES:

1 TITLE

1.1 The Society shall be called The Linton Angling Society, hereafter to be referred to as "the Club".

2 OBJECTS

2.1 To foster and promote the sport of Anglingat all levels, providing opportunities for recreation and competition.

3 MEMBERSHIP

3.1 The following are eligible for membership:

3.2 Membership of the Club shall consist of a limited number of members, the numbers to be at the committee’s discretion & to be open to any person
Completing a membership application form and paying the
relevant subscription/joining fee as determined by the Committee Members.
All applicants must be passed & agreed by the committee.

3.3 That subscriptions must be paid by the 15th March each year or Membership automatically ceases. Any member through extenuating circumstances, unable to pay the subscription by the due date may apply to the committee to retain a “Deferred Membership” but will not be able to fish any LAS waters until the subscription has been paid in full.

3.2 There shall be 10of classes of membership available. These are:

3.2.1 Full Member (18 to 65 years of age)

3.2.2 Joint Member (includes Spouse or Partner)

3.2.3 Life

3.2.4 Honorary

3.2.5 Senior citizen (over 65 years of age)

3.2.6 Disabled

3.2.7 Junior ‘A’ Member (From 12 to 18 years of age)

3.2.8 Junior ‘C’ Member (Under 12 years of age)

3.2.9 Non Fishing

3.2.10 Complimentary

3.2 That Life Membership be automatically conferred on any Member when, on reaching the age of 65 years, and on completion of 25 years continuous Membership.

4 EXPULSION OF MEMBERS

4.1 Members of the Club whose conduct is inappropriate or who decline to abide by any of the Rules or Bylaws may be expelled or suspended by a resolution passed at a meeting of the disciplinary subcommittee where their entrance fee and subscriptions may be forfeited. Members shall have the right to appeal in person to the management committee with regard to any decision affecting themselves, provided that notice of such appeal be submitted to the Administrator, in writing, within seven days of notification of the decision.

5 OFFICERS

5.1 The Officers of the Club shall be as follows:

President. (Honorary Non-Executive Officer)
Vice President(s). (Honorary Non-Executive Officer)
Chairperson.
Vice Chairperson
Honorary Secretary
Assistant Secretary
Treasurer. (This position can also be held by any of the above Officers)
Membership Secretary. (This position can also be held by any of the above Officers)

6 ELECTION OF OFFICERS

6.1 All Officers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Club, from, and by, the Members of the Club.

6.2 All Officers are elected for a period of FIVE years, but may be re-elected to the same office or another office the following year.

6.3 That all nominees for the post of LAS officer must have been a member for a minimum period of FIVE years & should have served as a committee member for a minimum period of ONE year. That no member may hold a similar post with any other angling organization unless it has been agreed by all other committee members & officers that it has been shown that there is not any conflict of interest.

6.3 That all Officers once elected become Honorary Members. This status they retain.

7 GENERAL COMMITTEE

7.1 The affairs of the Club shall be controlled by a General Committee comprising of the Executive Officers of the Club and 10other Members elected from, and by, the Full Members of the Club. The General Committee shall meet at agreed intervals and not less than four times per year.

7.2 Committee members shall be elected at the AGM, nominees must have been a member for a minimum period of THREE years to be eligible for election & that each committee member shall stand for re-election every THREE years. That no member may hold a similar post with any other angling organization unless it has been agreed by all other committee members & officers that it has been shown that there is not any conflict of interest.

7.2 The duties of the General Committee shall be:

7.2.1 To control the affairs of the Club on behalf of the Members.

7.2.2 To keep accurate accounts of the finances of the Club through the Treasurer. These should be available for reasonable inspection by Members and should be audited before every Annual General Meeting. The Club shall maintain a bank current account and the following Officers shall be authorised to sign Club cheques: TWO from the Chairperson; Vice Chairperson; Treasurer; Secretary and assistant Secretary.

7.2.3 To co-opt additional members onto the Committee as the Committee feels this is necessary. Co-opted members shall be entitled to a vote on the Committee.

7.2.4 To make decisions on the basis of a simple majority vote. In the case of equal votes, the Chairperson shall be entitled to the casting vote.

7.2.5 To make or amend any rules or directives that the committee feels is necessary & in the interest of the club.

7.2.6 To set the cost of the clubs yearly subscriptions & night/guest permits rates.

7.2.7 To confirm any Honorary membership awarded on the recommendation of the
Committee.

8 GENERAL MEETINGS

8.1 The Annual General Meeting of the Club shall be held once a year. The exact date to be agreed by the committee. 21clear days written notice shall be given to Members of the Annual General Meeting by circulating a copy of the notice to every member at their home address

Members must advise the Secretary in writing of any business to be moved at the Annual General Meeting at least 14 days before a meeting. The Secretary shall circulate or give notice of the agenda for the meeting to Members not less than 14 days before the meeting.

8.2 The business of the Annual General Meeting shall be to:

8.2.1 Confirm the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting and any General Meetings held since the last Annual General Meeting.

8.2.2 Receive the audited accounts for the year from the Treasurer.

8.2.3 Receive the annual report of the Committee from the Secretary.

8.2.4 Elect an auditor.

8.2.5 Elect the Officers of the Club (i.e. President; Chairperson; Secretary; Treasurer and other General Committee Members).

8.2.6 Confirm Club subscription rates for the forthcoming year.

8.2.7 Transact such other business received in writing by the Secretary from Members 14 days prior to the meeting and included on the agenda.

8.2.8 Discus such “Any Other Business” not received in writing by the Secretary but received from Members on the floor.

8.2.9 Presentation of Club Trophies, Cups & Awards.

8.3 Special General Meetings may be convened by the General Committee, or on receipt by the Secretary of a request in writing, from not less than 10%Full Members of the Club. At least 21 days notice of the meeting shall be given.

8.4 Nomination of candidates for election of Officers shall be made in writing to the Secretary at least 14 days in advance of the Annual General Meeting date. Nominations can only be made by Full Members and must be seconded by another Full Member.

8.5 At all General Meetings, the chair will be taken by the Chairperson or, in their absence, by a deputy appointed by the Club or by Full Members attending the meeting.

8.6 Decisions made at a General Meeting shall be by a simple majority of votes from those Full Members attending the meeting. In the event of equal votes, the Chairperson shall be entitled to the casting vote.

8.7 A quorum for a General Meeting shall be 5 Full Members and 4 Officers of the Club including 2 from the Chairperson; Secretary and Treasurer.

8.8 Each Full Member of the Club shall be entitled to one vote at General Meetings.

9 ALTERATIONS TO THE CONSTITUTION

9.1 Any proposed alterations to the Club Constitution may only be considered at an Annual or Special General Meeting, convened with the required written notice of the proposal. Any alteration or amendment must be proposed by a Full Member of the Club and seconded by another Full Member. Such alterations shall be passed if supported by not less than two-thirds of those Full Members present at the meeting, assuming that a quorum has been achieved.

10 DISSOLUTION

10.1 If at any General Meeting of the Club, a resolution be passed calling for the dissolution of the Club, the Secretary shall immediately convene a Special General Meeting of the Club to be held not less than one month thereafter to discuss and vote on the resolution.

10.2 If at that Special General Meeting, the resolution is carried by at least two-thirds of the Full Members present at the meeting, the General Committee shall thereupon, or at such date as shall have been specified in the resolution, proceed to realise the assets of the Club and discharge all debts and liabilities of the Club.

10.3 After discharging all debts and liabilities of the Club, the remaining assets shall be paid or distributed amongst the Full Members of the Club on the basis of each current member receiving one unit for each continued year of his/her membership. All junior members are excluded from this rule.

Chris Knowler
(LAS Honorary Secretary) December 2011 - Revised

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