CONSTITITION OF ST ANDREWS BUSINESS CLUB

1. Name
The Club shall be called the “St Andrews Business Club”.

2. Objectives
The objectives of the Club shall be to further the interests of St Andrews and surrounding area by: –
a. The consideration of matters affecting the business and professional interests of the Community.
b. Promoting Trade and Business within the Town and surrounding area.
c. The Promotion of Best Practice in Business.
d. The interchange of ideas relative to Business.

3. Members
The Club shall consist of business people who, in the opinion of the Club, are of good standing in the business community and therefore eligible for membership. It shall be in the option of the Committee to decline an application for membership without giving a reason therefore.

4. Officials
The officials of the club shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Immediate Past President, Secretary and Treasurer and a Committee of not more than nine members.
The entire management of the affairs and funds of the Club shall be vested in the Committee, five of whom shall form a quorum and the Chairman shall have the casting vote. The President and Vice-President shall hold office for one year only (unless agreed by other members of the Committee in the absence of an applicant). All other office bearers and members of the Committee shall hold office for two years.

5. Applications for Membership
Application for membership shall be made in writing, signed by the candidate and addressed to the Secretary of the Club.
The election of all candidates for membership shall be vested in the Committee, but normally delegated to the Secretary of the Club.

6. Admission to Membership
a. When a candidate has been elected the Secretary shall forthwith send to them at the address given upon their application for membership a printed copy of the rules, together with a request for payment of their first Annual Subscription.
b. Upon payment of their first Subscription, an elected candidate shall become a member of the Club. If such payment were not made within one calendar month, the committee may in their discretion cancel such admission as a member.

7. Subscription
The Annual Subscription shall be determined each year by the Committee and intimated to members. It shall be payable in advance on the first day of September in each year.
After a second application for payment of a subscription, the Committee shall, in default of sufficient explanation, remove from the roll of membership the names of members whose subscriptions are in arrears at the first day of December in each year. The Club accounting year shall end on the 31st December.

8. Infringement of Rules
Should any member conduct themselves in a manner which in the opinion of the Committee brings the Club into disrepute by association, the Committee shall deal with the matter as they think fit.

9. Vacancies
Should any vacancy occur among the Officials of the Club or in the Committee during their term of office, the Committee shall have the power to fill such a vacancy.

10. Sub-Committee
The Committee may, as required, appoint from among their members such Sub-Committee, as they may consider necessary or desirable, and may depute or refer to them such powers and duties, as they deem expedient.

11. Annual General Meeting
a. The Annual General Meeting of the Club shall be held between 1st February and 30th April, and in such place as the committee shall appoint, and notice thereof shall be given to members 14 days before the date of such meeting. Any member wishing to move any resolution at the Annual General Meeting of the Club shall give notice thereof in writing to the Secretary, not less than 15 clear days before the date of such meeting. The Secretary shall then intimate any such resolution to each member at least seven days before the date of the next meeting.
b. The election of the officials and committee shall be at the Annual General Meeting. Nominations shall be delivered to the Secretary in writing seven clear days before the date of the Annual General Meeting.
c. The business to be transacted at the Annual General Meeting shall be as follows: –
1. Approval of the Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting.
2. To receive the President’s Annual Report.
3. To receive the Treasurer’s financial report including the Annual Statement of Accounts as audited for the preceding year for approval.
4. To appoint an auditor.
5. To Deal with any other competent matters of which due notice has been given in terms of clause 11(a) hereof.

12. Special General Meeting
The Secretary shall, at the request of the President, or of the Committee, or on written requisition of 12 members of the Club (stating the purpose for which General Meeting is called) convene a Special General Meeting and shall give seven clear days’ notice to each member.

13. Ordinary Meetings
Ordinary Meetings of the Club (to be referred to as ‘events’) shall be held from time to time, as the Committee decide, but not less than on at least six occasions. Members may take the opportunity to suggest topics for future events

14. Treasurer’s Duties
The Treasurer will be responsible for keeping the books and monies of the Club, accounting for all monies received and paid and having such books audited annually by the auditor appointed with the approval of the Committee. The power to operate the Bank account of the Club is vested in the Treasurer.

15. Voting
At all meetings each member shall have one vote and in the event of equality the President shall have the casting vote. All elections and decisions shall be by simple majority unless otherwise stated.

16. Alteration of Rules
Additions or alterations of the Constitution and Rules may be made at the Annual General Meeting or at any General Meeting or Special General Meeting but must be carried by the majority of not less than two-thirds of those present and voting. Any member desiring to amend, rescind or alter the Constitution and Rules shall give notice in writing to the Secretary of such intention not less than 15 clear days before the Meeting at which the member wishes the mater to be voted upon.

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