Constitution

Salford BSAC - Constitution

Branch Constitution and Rules:

(Updated at the Annual General Meeting held on 16th December 1997)

1. TITLE

The title of the Branch shall be "Salford Sub-Aqua Club". (British Sub-Aqua Club, Branch No. 253).

2. OBJECTS

The aims and objects of Salford Sub-Aqua Club shall be those of the British Sub-Aqua. Club and the Constitution and Rules hereinafter described and determined are supplementary to and in accordance with the Constitution and Rules of the British Sub-Aqua Club, as further described and qualified in Clauses 16 (i) (a) and 16 (iii) of the Constitution and Rules of the British Sub-Aqua Club and Clauses 8 (') and 8 (ii) hereinafter described and determined in this Constitution.

3. MEMBERSHIP

(i) Membership of the Branch is open to any person (subject to the British Sub-Aqua Club rules and the Salford Sub-Aqua Club rules as hereinafter described and determined) who shall submit an application on the official Application Form together with the appropriate subscription.

(ii) In addition to the five classes of membership as described and determined in the British Sub-Aqua Club rules, the Branch, at the discretion of the Committee, may offer "Social Membership' to any person who has been proposed and seconded by two full members, both of whom shall have held Branch membership for at least one year and who are acquainted with the applicant. A Social Member shall only be permitted to participate in the social activities of the Branch.

(iii) All applicants for membership who intend to participate in any or all of the diving activities of the Branch shall be expected to satisfy the entry requirements of the British Sub-Aqua Club, and submit a satisfactory medical fitness certificate before their application is accepted.

(iv) Junior Membership shall only be available to children of full members or at the discretion of the Branch Committee.

4. SUBSCRIPTIONS

(i) The Branch Rules and Regulations appertaining to subscriptions shall be those as described and determined in the Rules and Regulations of the British Sub-Aqua Club, but the Branch shall be permitted to determine its own domestic subscription rates as described and qualified in Clauses 16 (i) (a) and 16 (iii) (e), (f) and (g) and Clause 20 (i) (c) in the Rules and Regulations of the British Sub-Aqua Club and this Clause, number 4 in this constitution.

(ii) The current Branch Subscription Rates are as determined by the last Annual General Meeting.

(iii) The Branch Subscription Rates shall be subject to periodical review but any alteration or amendment to the rates as hereinbefore described and determined can only be made at a properly constituted General Meeting as hereinafter described and determined.

(iv) Financial year to run from 1 November to 31 October.

5. MANAGEMENT

(i) The management of Salford Sub-Aqua Club shall be undertaken by a Branch Committee which shall comprise Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Diving Officer, Training Officer and three other members, giving a total voting number of nine.

(ii) The Branch Committee shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall take office immediately after the Annual General Meeting at which they are elected and shall normally hold office until the close of the next Annual General Meeting. If any or all of these nine positions be intermediately vacated by way of voluntary resignation, dismissal by resolution of a properly constituted Special General Meeting, or for any reason whatsoever, then an election shall be held at a properly constituted Special General Meeting as hereinafter described and determined.

(iii) The three other Committee Members referred to above shall be expected to accept specific responsibilities should they be so requested.

(iv) The Branch Committee may co-opt other club members as non-voting Committee Members as it deems necessary.

6. SUB-COMMITTEES

(i) The Diving Officer may select and establish a Diving Sub-Committee consisting of Diving Officer as Chairman, Training Officer, Equipment Officer, Expeditions Officer, and Records Officer, and any other member that the Diving Officer may consider necessary.

(ii) A Social Secretary, if appointed by the Branch Committee may establish a Social Sub-Committee consisting of: Social Secretary as Chairman, the Branch secretary and any other members that the Social Secretary may consider necessary.

(iii) The Branch Committee, at its discretion, may appoint additional Sub-Committees to undertake specific duties as it deems necessary,

7. ADMINISTRATION

(i) The Branch Committee shall hold and administer for the general benefit of the Branch all funds, property, and equipment in the general ownership of the Branch.

(ii) All cheques or other orders on the Branch account shall be signed by the Treasurer and either the Chairman or Secretary.

(iii) The Branch Committee shall meet at least once every month and a quorum shall be a minimum of five members and voting shall be by simple majority.

8. REGULATIONS

The Branch Committee may make, repeal or amend any regulations (not inconsistent with the Rules of the British Sub-Aqua Club or this Constitution) as they may consider necessary. All regulations made under this rule shall be binding upon all members of the Branch.

9. SUSPENSION

(i) Any member who is guilty of any act which is not conducive to the good and orderly running of the Branch, or who may by any misdeed bring the reputation of either the Branch or the British SubAqua Club into disrepute, may, after being given due warning in writing, of which action the Branch members have been informed, be suspended either temporarily or permanently by order of the Branch Committee. The suspended member shall have the right of appeal to a properly constituted Special General Meeting of the Branch.

(ii) Any member who is suspended under this rule shall not be entitled to any refund of subscription whatsoever.

10.ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

(i) The Annual General Meeting shall be held during the first week in December of each year at which the agenda shall include:

(a) apologies for absence;
(b) the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting and any Special General Meetings which have occurred since the last Annual General Meeting;
(c) matters arising from those minutes;
(d) reports from the Officers and the Committee's recommendation of the person who in their opinion is most suitable to be elected as Diving Officer;
(e) election of the Branch Committee;
(f) a review of the next years subscription rates with a resolution as to the rates to come into force on 1st June following the Annual General Meeting;
(g) motions of which proper notice has been given;
(h) any other business at the Chairman's discretion.

Notice in writing of the Annual General Meeting shall be sent by post or otherwise delivered to all members at least six weeks prior to the Annual General Meeting, at which a quorum shall be one-fifth of Branch membership and any resolution shall be passed by a 2-1 majority of those members present.

11. SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING

(i) Any other general meeting shall be known as a Special General Meeting and the business discussed shall be that for which it is called and no other.

(ii) A Special General Meeting shall be called within twenty-eight days of a request by either the Committee or at least one-tenth of the Branch membership, who shall notify the Secretary in writing as to the purpose of the Meeting, the notification being signed by all the members calling the Meeting.

(iii) Notice in writing of a Special General Meeting shall be sent by post or otherwise delivered to all members at least fourteen days prior to the Meeting.

A quorum at any Special General Meeting (with the specific exclusion of a Special General Meeting implementing the dissolution of the Branch as hereinafter described and determined in Clause 15) shall be one-fifth of the Branch membership and any resolution shall be passed by a 2-1 majority of those members present.

12. ALTERATIONS TO THE CONSTITUTION

Alterations, deletions or any amendment to the Branch Constitution whatsoever can only be made at a properly constituted General Meeting as hereinbefore described and determined.

13. NOMINATIONS

(i) All members proposed for election to the Committee must be fully paid-up and have held membership for at least one year, with the exception of the Chairman who shall have held Committee membership for at least one year.

(ii) Candidates proposed for election shall have a proposer and seconder, both of whom shall be fully paid-up members.

(iii) Nominations shall be submitted in writing as soon as possible, but will be acceptable up to the commencement of the appropriate General Meeting.

14. ELECTIONS AND VOTING

(i) All voting shall be by simple ballot.

(ii) Only fully paid-up members shall be permitted to vote.

(iii) In the event of two candidates receiving an equal number of votes at an election there being only one position available, then the ballot shall be re-taken insofar as it refers only to the one position available and to the two candidates.

15. DISSOLUTION

If a resolution to dissolve the Branch be passed at a properly constituted General Meeting and confirmed by a 2-1 majority in a postal ballot circulated to all members of the Branch, then the Branch shall be dissolved. All funds, property, equipment, and any other assets shall be properly disposed of by vote of the members (who shall comprise at least fifty per cent of the total accredited membership at the time of dissolution) at the General Meeting held specifically to implement the dissolution and dispose of any and all assets, the required majority being 2-1 on any resolution. If for any reason whatsoever the Meeting is invalid or no agreement is reached, then any and all assets shall be passed to the British Sub-Aqua Club. In any event, due consideration shall be given to local and National Government bodies, and any other person having an established legitimate financial interest in the Branch, over and above his or her normal membership subscription.

16. INTERPRETATION

Any question which may arise as to the interpretation of these rules shall be determined by the Branch Committee.

17. CONTINGENCIES

Any contingencies which may arise and are not covered by these rules shall be determined by the Branch Committee.