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Constitution of THE HILLS CRICKET CLUB
- The name of the club is The Hills Cricket Club, (hereinafter referred to as the Club).
The Club’s colours shall be Red, White and Navy Blue.
- Club Purposes
The purposes of the Club are to foster and promote participation in the sport of cricket within the community, providing facilities for playing cricket, opportunities for recreation, coaching and competition.
4.1 The Club is affiliated to Cricket Ireland through the Leinster Cricket Union
4.2 The Club is fully committed to safeguarding the well-being of its members. Every individual involved in the Club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for their rights of safety and welfare and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the Club and the guidelines contained in the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport in Ireland
- Permitted means of Advancing the Purposes
The Committee has the power to:
5.1 Acquire and provide grounds, equipment, coaching, training and playing facilities, clubhouse, transport and related facilities
5.2 Provide coaching, training and related social and other facilities
5.3 Take out insurance for club committee, employees, players, guests and third parties
5.4 Raise funds by appeals, subscriptions, charges, raffles, events and other fund-raising activities
5.5 Borrow money and give security for the same and open bank accounts
5.6 Buy or lease property and sell, let or otherwise dispose of the same provided that no disposal of The Vineyard (The Club’s ground) can be made without the prior approval of the members voting at a general meeting.
5.7 Set aside or apply funds for special purposes or as reserves
5.8 Apply for grants
5.9 Deposit or invest funds in any lawful manner
5.10 Employ and engage staff and others and provide services
5.11 Co-operate with organisations, clubs, sporting bodies, government or government-related agencies
5.12 Do all other things reasonably necessary to advance the purposes
None of the above powers may be used other than to advance the purposes consistently within the Rules below and the general law.
- Membership of the Club shall be open to anyone interested in the sport on application regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, civil status, family status, religion and membership of the Traveller Community. However, limitation of membership according to available facilities is allowable on a non-discriminatory basis.
- The Club may have different classes of membership on a non-discriminatory and fair basis.
- The levels of subscriptions will be decided by the Committee from time to time and notified to the members
- The Club will have the following classes of membership:
- Full members – playing
- Full-members – non-playing
- Student members – over 18 years of age and in full –time education
- Youth members – under the age of 18
- Honorary Life members who are nominated by the Committee on the basis of having rendered outstanding service to the Club
- Pavilion members – entitled to the use of the Club’s pavilion facilities, but will not have voting nor playing rights
- Admission for membership of the Club shall be by completion of a membership application form and granted by resolution of the Committee
- No person shall be eligible to take part in the business of the Club, vote at general meetings or be eligible for selection for any Club team unless the applicable subscription has been paid on or before a date specified by the Committee. Subscriptions become due from 1 January onwards of the current year.
- The Club Committee may refuse membership or remove it at its discretion but will not do so on a discriminatory or unfair basis. In the event of a refusal of membership, the applicant shall be entitled to make further representations in writing to the Committee within fourteen (14) days of notification of refusal. The Committee will consider the application again and its decision shall then be final
- All members will be subject to the Rules of the Club and by joining the Club will be deemed to accept these Rules, Club Regulations and Code of Conduct.
- The Club Secretary will keep a register of members
- A member may resign by giving written notice to the Club, but this withdrawal does not relieve him or her of any liabilities under Rule 6.6
6.11 Removal of a member is dealt with in Clause 12 below and can be made for good cause including conduct likely to bring the Club into disrepute
7 General Meetings
7.1 All members may attend all general meetings
7.2 All full members have 1 vote
7.3 Members must be given 14 days’ notice of all general meetings
7.4 The quorum for all general meetings is 15 members present
7.5 If a quorum is not present within 30 minutes of the start of the meeting, the meeting will be adjourned to the following week at the same time and place or such other time and place as the Committee decides. If at the adjourned meeting a quorum is not present within thirty (30) minutes after the appointed time, the members present shall constitute a quorum.
7.6 The Chairperson or (in his /her absence) another member chosen by the members present will preside
7.7 Except as otherwise provided in the Club’s Regulations, every resolution shall be decided by a simple majority of the votes cast on a show of hands
7.8 Formalities in connection with general meetings (such as how to put down resolutions) shall be decided by the Committee in the Club’s Regulations and publicised to Club Members
- Annual General Meetings
The Club will hold an AGM once in every calendar year
8.1.1 The Members will elect a Committee including a President, Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary to serve until the next AGM
8.1.2 The President shall hold office for two years, and at the conclusion of his or her first year in office a President Elect shall be elected to serve as President for the two years following the term of the outgoing President. The President Elect shall serve for one year before assuming the office of President. The immediate Past President shall serve for the year following the end of his or her term as President.
8.1.3 The Treasurer will produce accounts of the Club for the latest financial year audited as the Committee shall decide
8.1.4 The Committee will present a report of the Club’s activities since the previous AGM
8.1.5 The Members will discuss and vote on any resolution and deal with any business put to the meeting
- Extraordinary General Meetings (EGM)
An EGM shall be called by the Secretary within 14 days of a request to that effect from the Committee or on the written request of not less than 15 members signed by them. Such EGM shall be held at not less than 14 days’ notice.
- The Committee
Subject to these Rules, the Committee shall have responsibility for the management of the Club, its funds, property and affairs. The Committee may make Club Regulations consistent with these Rules and will publicise these to the members-
10.2.1 The property and funds of the Club cannot be used for the direct or indirect private benefit of members other than as reasonably allowed by the Rules and all surplus income will be re-invested in the Club
10.2.2 The Club may sell and supply beverages, related sports clothing and equipment
10.2.3 The Club may indemnify the Committee and members acting properly in the course of running the Club against any liability incurred in the proper running of the Club but only to the extent of its assets
10.2.4 The Club may hire or rent out its premises to such groups or individuals as are deemed acceptable to the Committee
10.3 Composition and Powers of Committee
10.3.1 The Committee of the Club shall be composed of five (5) ex-officio members and a minimum of five ordinary Committee members.
10.3.2 The Committee may co-opt club members to serve until the next AGM
10.3.2 The Committee may delegate its functions to sub-committees but must specify the scope of their activities and powers; the extent to which they can commit the funds of the Club; its membership; its duty to report back to the Committee
10.3.3 The Committee shall have the power to appoint a Management Group comprising the President, Chairperson, Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer. The Management Group shall meet as required to deal expeditiously with any urgent business before bringing their conclusions to the full Committee for action or ratification
10.3.4 Any member may resign from the Committee or honorary office of the Club. Any member who has failed to attend four (4) consecutive meetings of the Committee without showing reasonable cause shall, at the discretion of the Committee, be deemed to have given such notice of resignation
10.3.6 A person may be removed from the Committee in accordance with Clause 6.8
10.4 Committee Meetings
10.4.1 The Committee may decide its own regulations for the conduct of meetings however, the following rules will apply:
10.4.2 At least 4 members must be present to constitute a quorum
10.4.3 Committee meetings may be held either in person or by telephone, or electronic means agreed by the Committee in which all participants may communicate
10.4.4 Ordinarily, the Chairperson will chair the meetings
10.4.5 Decisions shall be by simple majority of those voting
10.4.6 A resolution in writing signed by a minimum of 60% of the members of the Committee shall be valid without a meeting
10.4.7 The Chairperson will have a casting vote
10.4.8 The Committee shall appoint a Designated Liaison Person and a Club Welfare Officer to ensure compliance with safeguarding legislation. The Club Welfare Officer shall report to the relevant Committee meetings and the reports, together with any action taken, must be minuted.
10.5 The Minute Book
The Committee shall cause minutes to be made in proper books of; 1) all resolutions and proceedings of Committee and general meetings and 2) the names of all members present at Committee and general meetings. Every minute signed by the chairperson of the meeting to which it pertains or by the chairperson of a subsequent meeting, shall be sufficient evidence of the facts stated therein.
11.1 Bank Account
Any bank account in which any part of the Club’s funds is deposited shall be operated by the Committee and shall be in the name of the Club only. All cheques and orders for payment of money from such accounts must be signed by at least two people authorised by the Committee, including at least 1 Committee member.
11.2 Disclosure of Accounts
Annual accounts, reports and statements of account must be made available for inspection by any member and all club records may be inspected by any Committee member
12 Removal of Membership, Discipline and Appeals
12.1 Any complaints regarding the behaviour of members, guests or volunteers should be lodged in writing with the Secretary.
12.2 The procedures for taking disciplinary action against any members, including removal of membership, are dealt with under the Club’s Disciplinary Code.
- Resignation from Club, Office or Committee
13.1 Any member, by giving one month’s notice in writing to the Hon. Secretary and providing his resignation is accepted by resolution of the Committee, may resign from the Committee or honorary office of the Club.
13.2 In the case of cases of emergency, illness or other distress, resignation may be accepted by the Committee on summary notice.
14.1 Any property or assets of the Club will be vested in 2 or more trustees. The trustees shall hold the same for and on behalf of the members of the Club
14.2 The Committee shall have power by notice in writing to appoint such trustees from the membership of the Club and may remove them at any time, by resolution of the Committee
14.3 The trustees shall deal with the Club’s property and assets as directed by the Committee from time to time
14.4 The trustees shall be entitled to be indemnified out of the Club’s funds against any cost or expense properly incurred in dealing with the property or the assets
- Liability of members
In the event of the Club becoming insolvent and unable to repay to the Trustees any sum or part of a sum or sums of money for which they have been found liable in their capacity as Trustees of the Club, the Trustees severally and jointly shall have the right to sue and recover from each member an equitable proportion of any such sum or sums. The members upon whom such liability shall devolve shall be full members on the date of the holding of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) immediately previous to the date on which the Club became insolvent or who became ordinary or playing members since that date.
- Club Regulations
The Committee may make Club Regulations consistent with these Rules and will publicise these to the members
17.1 Notices to be sent out in accordance with these Rules may be sent by hand, by post or by suitable electronic means and will be treated as being received:
17.1.1 24 hours after being sent by electronic means or delivered by hand to the relevant address
17.1.2 Two clear days after being sent by post
17.2 Notice of all meetings must also be put on Club website and on the Club’s notice board
17.3 A technical defect in the giving of notice of which the members of the Committee are unaware does not invalidate decisions taken at a meeting
18.1 These Rules may be amended at a general meeting by resolution passed by two-thirds of the votes cast.
Should it become necessary at any time to dissolve the Club, a general meeting shall be convened for that purpose.
19.1 One month’s notice of such a meeting shall be given, and the resolution to be proposed shall be stated thereon.
19.2 Suspended members and members whose resignations are pending shall not be deprived of their votes.
19.3 It shall be necessary for five-sixths (5/6) of the members present and voting to decide in favour of dissolution before the resolution can be carried.
- Distribution of the assets of the Club
In the event of the dissolution of the Club, the surplus assets, if any remain after the payment of all debts and liabilities, including the costs of dissolution, shall be distributed, in value or in specie, in equal shares among the full members of the Club as on the date of the resolution for winding-up.
- 21. Indemnity of Officers
Every officer of the Club shall be indemnified by the Club against all losses, costs and expenses which any officer may incur or become liable for by reason of any contracts entered into, or any act or thing done by him or her as such officer or in any way in the discharge of the duties of such officer. The amount for which such indemnity is proved shall immediately attach as a lien on the property of the Club and shall have priority of payment as between the members and all other claims.
- Youth Cricket Section
In accordance with the Objects of the Club as stated in Rule 3 the Committee shall make provision for a youth cricket section. The membership of this section shall be restricted to persons under the age of eighteen (18) years of age on the first day of September of the current year. The affairs of the Youth Section shall be subject to such regulations and directions as may be determined by the Committee.