Knypersley Bowling Club Constitution

1. The club shall be known as Knypersley Bowling Club.

2. Objectives

To promote the game of Crown Green Bowling by:
a) Participation by members in social and competitive games
b) Promoting and encouraging any person whether adult or juvenile to take part if they are so inclined.

3. Affiliation

Knypersley Bowling Club will be affiliated to:
a) The British Crown Green Bowling Association (BCGBA)
b) The Cheshire County Bowling Association (CCBA).

4. Membership

a) The club to comprise of playing and non playing members of all ages (all of whom must be or be prepared to be members of Knypersley Sports & Social Club) from whom the President, Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and other Club Officials shall be elected.

b) Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and other Club Officials to be elected at the AGM for a term of one year.

c) The President to be elected for a term of 3 years with options for nomination or re-election.

d) There will be no reduction in subscription rates for new members who join late in the season.

e) Junior membership shall end at 18 years of age.  Junior membership fee will be half full membership fee.

f) All subscriptions to be paid by the end of April in each current year.

g) In accordance with the rules of Knypersley Sports & Social Club the Bowling Club facilities shall not be available for use or hire by any other club or organisation other than for matches or competitions arranged by or sanctioned by Knypersley Bowling Club.

5. Registration and Termination of Membership

a) Any member may resign his/her membership by giving notice to the secretary.

b) The Management Committee may terminate or suspend the membership of any member or volunteer if in its opinion his/her conduct is prejudicial to the interests of the club, provided that the member or volunteer shall have the right to appeal.

6. Management Committee

a) The management of the club shall be entrusted to a General Committee comprising of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and six other elected members.

b) A quorum at any meeting of the committee shall be five persons.

c) All motions shall be decided by a bare majority of the votes of those committee members present.  In the event of equality of votes the Chairperson shall have a casting vote in addition to his/her vote as a member.

d) The General Committee shall have the power to co-opt any member of the club and to appoint Sub-Committees as far as necessary to ensure the successful management of the club.  The officers and members of the General Committee shall retire annually and be eligible for re-election.

e) The General Committee shall be responsible for the setting of all internal competition dates.

f) The General Committee shall meet monthly on the 1st Friday of the month commencing with the march meeting, and at any time outside of the bowling season, to discuss business requiring attention.

7. Annual General Meeting

a) A general meeting of the club membership (AGM) shall be held in the month of November each year.

b) The following business to be transacted at all of the AGM’s:
     i) To accept (if agreed) the minutes of the last AGM
    ii) Submission and (if acceptible) passing of the club accounts for the previous 12 months
   iii) The election of Officers and General Committee members to serve until the next AGM
   iv) Fixing for the next 12 months the levels of membership subscriptions and greenage
    v) Such other business as may have been communicated to the Honorable Secretary before the end of
        October immediately preceding the AGM.

8. Special Meetings

General meetings of the membership may be called additionally at any time to consider and decide matters of urgency.  Such a meeting shall be referred to as an
Extraordinary General Meeting.
An Extraordinary General Meeting may be called by a minimum of 3 General Committee members or may be called by 10 members of the club.  At least 2 weeks notice of such a meeting must be given to all members (Notice Board) and such notice must state the principal business to be transacted.

9. Finance

a) An account shall be opened in the name of Knypersley Bowling Club with a bank/building society.  All cheques must be signed by not less than two of the club signatories.

b) The financial year will be from 1st January to 31st December.

c) Management of club funds shall be the responsibility of the Committee.

d) Committee to manage the maintenance programme of the green, including necessary costs incurred, and to decide for whatever reason when the green shall be closed or considered unplayable.

e) Maximum limit for membership to be set – currently at 100.

f) Charges to be set for visitors with a member – currently at £2 per visitor.

g) All monies raised shall be for the purpose of the Club except for the payment of expenses incurred by members of the Management Committee or voluntary workers.

10. Alterations to the Constitution

a) Any proposal to alter this constitution must be given in writing to the Secretary not less than 28 days before the meeting at which it is to be considered.

b) No alterations of or additions to this constitution shall be made except by a resolution carried by at least 2/3 majority of members present at the meeting.

c) Any member joining the club shall be considered as acquiescing to this constitution and submitting to it’s restrictions and obligations.

11. Dissolution

If the Management Committee by a simple majority decides at any time that on the grounds of expenditure or otherwise, it is necessary to dissolve the club it shall call a meeting of the members with a power to vote.  If such a decision is confirmed again by a simple majority of those present and voting at such a meeting, the Management Committee shall have the power to dispose of any assets, after the settling of any debts, to a similar organisation.

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This Constitution was adopted at the Management Meeting held on: Date:_______________

Signed:______________________________ (Chairperson of the Meeting) Date:_______________

Signed:______________________________ (Secretary of the Meeting) Date:_______________

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