Club Constitution

Dated April 2001 Amended October 2011

1. TITLE

The club shall be known as PaddlePlus, hereinafter referred to as “the Club”.

2. PURPOSE

The purposes of the Club are to promote and provide facilities for the amateur sport of canoeing and adventurous outdoor pursuits in Leicester and district and community participation in the same.

3. MEMBERSHIP

Membership of the Club shall be open to anyone interested in the sport on application 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.

The Committee will be empowered to set the scale of fees charged by the Club.

3. PROPERTY & FUNDS

4. WINDING UP

5. PRIORITY

Where there is any conflict between any of the above Rules (“key Rules”) and any other rule or rules the key Rule(s) will take priority.  Interpretation of all the Rules must be consistent with the statutory requirements for CASCs (which means Community Amateur Sports Clubs as first provided for by the Finance Act 2002.)

6. ADMINISTRATION

7. TENURE OF MEMBERSHIP OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

The Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and committee members shall be elected to hold office for a period of one year and retire at the end of this period, but are eligible for re-election for a further term of office.

8. VOTING

Voting at committee meetings shall be by simple majority. The Chairman, or in his absence the Vice-Chairman, shall have only a casting vote. In the Chairman’s presence the Vice-Chairman will be entitled to have a normal vote.

9. MEETINGS OF THE COMMITTEE

Committee members and Honorary Officers shall meet as necessary but not less than four times per year. Any four members of the committee may call a meeting of the committee.

10. ACCOUNTS

11. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

12. EXTRA-ORDINARY MEETINGS

The Honorary Secretary may convene an extraordinary Meeting at any time on the instructions of the Committee or on the receipt of a request under the signature of not less than six members. At least fourteen days notice shall be given of every Extra-ordinary meeting.

13. VOTING AT GENERAL MEETINGS

14. MANAGEMENT POWERS

The Management Committee shall have the power to deal with any business not legislated for in this Constitution.

15. RULES

The Management Committee shall be empowered to make any rule considered necessary for the running of the club provided that:

14. AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION

Amendments to the constitution shall only be made at an extraordinary meeting by the consent of two thirds of the members present entitled to vote, and provided that over 20% of such members are present. Any such proposed amendment shall be made known the following way:

15. AFFILIATION

Each case to be considered on its merits as it arises, by a meeting of the committee.

16. SOCIAL MEMBERSHIP

There will be a fee for social membership for non-active paddlers.

17. JOINING FEE

There will be a joining fee for new members and for current members who allow their membership to lapse - to be paid at the point of joining for the former and renewal (if late) for the latter.