Constitution (2014)

  1. The Society will be known as the Abbotsford Curling Society
  2. The purpose of the Society is to encourage and enable the enjoyment of curling as a social sporting activity.
  3. The AGM of the Society shall be held annually at the conclusion of the curling season.
  4. The Committee shall consist of a President who shall act as chairman at the AGM and shall have the casting vote, and a Secretary/Treasurer, each of whom will be elected annually by the members present at the AGM.
  5. The management of the Society shall be vested in the Committee. The Committee shall use its best endeavours to consult with members of the Society, and in particular the skips, whenever such consultation appears to them to be both appropriate and practicable.
  6. The Society may retain membership of the Royal Caledonian Club as may be agreed by the AGM of the Society.
  7. The number of rinks and the composition thereof will be decided by the Committee.
  8. The nature and conduct of the competitions during the season, while being open to discussion at the AGM will be decided by the Committee.
  9. Skips and thirds will be elected in secret ballot by all members present at the AGM
  10. The annual subscription shall be set by the Committee subject to ratification at the AGM and is due on or before 30th September of each year.  The Secretary will intimate to members amounts they are required to pay to enable the Society to meet the actual or anticipated costs of other subscriptions, e.g. to the RCCC or Edinburgh Curling Club Ltd, and of ice for the season.  If by 30 September any member has failed to pay their annual subscription, together with such other sums as they have been required to pay as aforesaid, the Secretary shall give notice to the member that if the amount outstanding is not paid within 14 days of such notice their name will be reported to the Committee, who will be entitled thereafter to order the member cease to be a member of the Society.
  11. A yearly statement of financial accounts will be presented by the Treasurer at the AGM.
  12. Playing membership will be limited to 50.
  13. At any time between one AGM and another, the Committee may invite persons who are not yet members of the Society to participate in its activities and require them to pay to the Society a sum equivalent or proportionate to the annual subscription and other sums payable by members.
  14. Nomination for election to membership is at the discretion of the Committee who shall be under no obligation to give any reason for their decision.
  15. Election to membership will take place at the AGM following nomination by the Committee.
  16. All members of the Society agree to abide by the Rules of the RCCC and in particular to observe the Spirit of the Curling. If any member is shown to the satisfaction of the Committee to have breached these rules, the Committee may expel such member from membership of the Society.   They shall not do without first having given the member adequate opportunity to answer all allegations against them. The member may appeal against their expulsion, within a period of 4 weeks of their being informed of the decision, to an appeal tribunal, comprising three members of the Society who were not parties to the decision to expel. In considering any such appeal, the appeal tribunal will observe all relevant principles of natural justice and otherwise determine its own procedure.
  17. Any proposed changes to this constitution must be circulated to all members at least one month in advance of the Annual General Meeting and must be approved by a two thirds majority of the members present and voting.
  18. Any group of ten members may call for a Special General Meeting to be held within six weeks following a written request to the Secretary for such a meeting specifying the proposed agenda for such meeting..
  19. In the event of dissolution of the Society, all funds will be transferred to the RCCC for expenditure for any purpose consistent with paragraph 2 above excepting the trophies which will be returned to the donors.