Constitution

The Wee Binnian Walkers

 Constitution

 1.         Name            The name of the Organisation shall be The Wee Binnian Walkers.

 

2.         Aims            The aims of the Organisation shall be to promote hill walking as a healthy and leisurely pursuit and as a voluntary sport that can be enjoyed by everyone without   distinction of sex, drug race, ampoule ability or of political, malady religious or other opinion.

 

3.         Objectives            The objective of the Organisation shall be:

          i)             to provide regular walks within a 20 mile radius of Newry;

         ii)            to provide walks at all levels, including roads, tracks, hills and mountains;

         iii)           to provide opportunities for walkers to experience walks in other areas and   to meet up with other walking groups;

         iv)           to organise an annual Walking Festival which will help to further the aims of   the Organisation.

 

4.         Membership

            The Organisation shall be non-political and non-sectarian.  Membership is open to all      adults (18+) who are interested in regular walking and who accept the aims and      objectives of the Organisation.  Members will be required to pay an annual  membership fee as determined by the membership at the Annual General meeting.         The Committee have the right to refuse/rescind membership to any individual who may bring the club into disrepute.

 

5.         Committee & Officers

            The business of the Organisation shall be conducted by no more than twelve persons  elected annually at the Annual General Meeting.  The Committee shall include a  Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer and  Assistant Treasurer.  Officers shall hold their positions for no longer than 5  consecutive years.  The Committee will have power to set up sub-committees to deal  with specific interests.  Such sub-committees will be made up of members of the  Organisation, but the Committee will have the power to enlist the services of any person who will be of benefit to the Organisation for any specific purpose.  Such persons will not thereby become members of the Organisation.  Five members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum.

            Honorary Life President:  This position shall entitle the holder to free life membership of The Wee Binnian Walkers.  The position shall be non-voting and the   holder shall not be invited to, or sent minutes of meetings.  The position can only be conferred at an AGM but is not automatically filled when the holder relinquishes the  position for any reason.  The holder is entitled to self-nominate for committee membership at a later date if they so wish. 

 

 6.        Finance

             `The funds of the Organisation shall be obtained through members’ subscriptions  and by means of any other fund-raising activities as the Committee may deem acceptable or necessary.

 

7.         General Meeting

          7.1          The Annual General Meeting will be held at such a time and date as the   Committee shall determine, provided that the interval between one AGM and the next  shall not exceed 15 calendar months.  Dates will be set in advance at the AGM and  notification will be included in the current year membership package.

          7.2          The Annual General Meeting will transact the following business:

             i)          Minutes of the previous AGM;

            ii)         Chairperson’s statement;

            iii)        Secretary’s report;

            iv)        Presentation of financial accounts;

            v)         Election of Committee;

            vi)        Any other business.

             7.3       Special General Meeting

             The Chairperson of the Committee may at anytime at his/her discretion, and shall  within 21 days of receiving a written request signed by not less than 20 paid-up  members and giving reasons for the request, call a Special General meeting of the Organisation for the purpose of considering any matter which may be referred to      him/her by the Committee or for any other purpose relevant to the Organisation.

 

8.         Amendments to the Constitution

             Amendments to the Constitution may be proposed at the Annual General Meeting.  Any such proposals to alter this Constitution must be delivered to the Secretary of  the Organisation not less than 14 days before the date of the meeting at which they are first to be considered.  An alteration will require the approval of two-thirds majority of those present and voting.

 

 9.         Dissolution

             The Organisation may be dissolved at anytime by a resolution passed by two-thirds  majority of those present and voting at a Special General Meeting of the Organisation of which at least 21 days clear notice shall have been sent to all members of the Organisation.

             Such resolution may give instructions for the disposal of any assets held by or in the  name of the Organisation, provided that if any property remains after the  satisfaction of all debts and liabilities, such property shall be given or transferred to       such other institutions or institution (having objects similar to some or all of the  objects of the Organisation) as the Organisation may, with such approvals as are  necessary, determine.  Monetary funds are the property of the paid up members at the date of dissolution and will be disposed of at their discretion.

 

10. CONSERVATION

             The Club encourages and supports mountain conservation work by members and  will assist in the formation of a conservation group within the club to be known as the “Binnian Meitheal”

 

 

Amendments:

 AGM 9th April 2000

Included under Section 5. Committee and Officers:

The Vice Chairperson automatically becomes Chairperson in the following year and will retain a seat on the Committee for a further year

 AGM 13th March 2005

Included under Section 5. Committee and Officers:

Honorary Life President.  This position shall entitle the holder to free life membership of The Wee Binnian Walkers.  The position shall be non-voting and the holder shall not be invited to, or sent minutes of meetings.  The position can only be conferred at an AGM but is not automatically filled when the holder relinquishes the position for any reason.  The holder is entitled to self-nominate for committee membership at a later date if they so wish. 

 AGM 13th April 2008

Changed under Section 5. Committee and Officers:

Removed: “The Vice Chairperson automatically becomes Chairperson in the following year and will retain a seat on the Committee for a further yearReplaced with: “Officers shall hold their positions for no longer than 5 consecutive years”.  

 AGM 22nd March 2009

Included: New Section:

10. CONSERVATION

                The Club encourages and supports mountain conservation work by members and will assist in the    formation of a conservation group within the club to be known as the “Binnian Meitheal”.

 AGM 25th March 2013. 

Changed under 4. Membership:

Membership is open to all adults (16+) etc. changed to (18+) – for reasons related to child protection.