THE LION SWIMMING CLUB
For People with Permanent Physical, Learning and Sensory Disabilities
LION SWIMMING CLUB CONSTITUTION
- The Club shall be called the Lion Swimming Club.
- The object of the Club shall be to instruct and teach swimming to the permanently handicapped.
- The club shall invite the Mayor of the London Borough of Greenwich to be its President during his/her term of office.
- The Committee may invite such persons as it sees fit to be Vice-presidents of the Club.
- Membership: Any person who suffers from any permanent handicap shall be eligible for membership, which shall be free. The Committee shall consider all applications for membership and decide, in each case, whether the disability is sufficient to warrant membership. A non-handicapped person may be accepted for membership if it is decided by the Committee that the applicant's services will be of value to the Club as a helper, administrator or in an advisory capacity. Any person may be proposed by an existing member for consideration by the Committee to become an associate Member. All memberships must be renewed annually.
- Whilst every care shall be taken by the Club, all prospective members shall sign an entry form containing a clause absolving the Club from any liability. The entry form of any prospective member under the age of eighteen shall be countersigned by a parent or guardian.
- The management of the Club shall be in the hands of a Committee consisting of a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and six other members who shall be elected at each Annual General Meeting by a simple majority.
- The Annual General Meeting shall be held by the end of March each year. Notice of the meeting, accompanied by an agenda, list of nominations for the Executive Committee, annual report and financial report, shall be circulated by the Secretary not less than fourteen days for the date of the meeting. Nominations and motions for consideration at the annual General Meeting shall be sent to the secretary by 31 January each year.
- The financial year shall end on 31 December.
- Voting at the Annual General Meeting or at a Special Meeting: Every member shall be entitled to one vote on each issue. Members under the age of 16 shall be entitled to one vote only through their parent or guardian. Associate members and Vice-presidents shall not be entitled to vote. The Chairman shall have a casting vote at all meetings. Any member may vote by proxy.
- Any Committee member who, without good reason, shall absent himself/herself from the Club's swimming meetings for three consecutive months shall be considered to have forfeited his or her seat on the Committee.
- The Committee shall have powers to co-opt further members to its numbers for special purposes and shall have the power to fill vacant seats on the Committee.
- The Committee shall meet at least four times per year. One of these meetings should be held within four weeks of the Annual General Meeting.
- The Secretary shall call a Special General Meeting when requested in writing by at least six members or by order of the Executive Committee and that Meeting shall be held within 21 days of receiving the request or order.
- Every member of the executive Committee shall be indemnified out of the assets of the Club against any liability incurred by him in that capacity in defending any proceedings, whether civil or criminal, in which judgment is given in his/her favour or in which he/she is acquitted or in connection with any application in which relief is granted to him/her by the Court for negligence, default, breach of duty or breach of trust in relation to the affairs of the Club.
- The executive Committee may appoint one or more subcommittees consisting of three or more embers of the Executive Committee for the purpose of making any enquiry or supervising or performing any function or duty which in the opinion of the Executive Committee would be more conveniently undertaken or carried out by a subcommittee. All acts and proceedings of any such subcommittee shall be fully and promptly reported to the Executive Committee.
- The Executive Committee shall have the right to suspend or expel any member who contravenes any of the rules of the Club or acts in any way detrimental to the Club. The member shall have the right of appeal to the Committee within 14 days of receiving notice of suspension or expulsion. If the appeal is not upheld by the Committee then there shall be a further right of appeal to the next Annual General Meeting.
- One auditor, who must not be a member of the Executive Committee, shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting.
- Subject to the following provisions of the clause the Constitution may be altered by a resolution passed by not less than two-thirds of members present and voting at a general meeting. The notice of the general meeting must include notice of the resolution and set out the terms of the alterations proposed.
- No amendments may be made to Clause 1, Clause 2, Clause 21 or this clause without the prior consent in writing of the Charity Commissioners.
- No amendment may be made which would have the effect of making the Charity cease to be a charity at law.
- The Executive Committee must promptly send to the Charity Commissioners a copy of any amendment under this clause.
- On any question of interpretation of the rules, the Executive Committee shall have the right of decision.
- If the Executive Committee decides that it is necessary or advisable to dissolve the Charity it shall call a meeting of all members of the Charity of which not less than 21 days notice (stating the terms of the resolution to be proposed) shall be given. If the proposal is confirmed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting the Executive Committee shall have the power to realise any assets held by or on behalf of the Charity. Any assets remaining after the satisfaction of any proper debts and liabilities shall be given or transferred to such other charitable institution or institutions having objects similar to the objects of the Charity as the members of the Charity may determine or, failing that, shall be applied for some other charitable purpose. A copy of the statement of accounts, or account and statement, for the final accounting period of the Charity must be sent to the Charity Commissioners.
For more info please contact: David on 020 8855 4277 or Liz on 07793 282088.
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