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Welwyn Garden City FC

Home of the "Citizens" - Established 1921

The BP Mitchell Stadium, Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL7 1TA

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WELWYN GARDEN CITY FOOTBALL AND SOCIAL CLUB

 

RULES

 

Club Name and Location

 

1) The name of the club shall be Welwyn Garden City Football and Social Club, hereinafter referred to as “the Club”.

 

2) The Clubroom and headquarters of the Club shall be at Herns Way, Welwyn Garden City, or at such other address as the Club may determine at a General Meeting.

 

Objects

 

3) The objects of the Club shall be to maintain and strengthen the bonds between the Club and the community of Welwyn Garden City by promoting, encouraging and furthering the game of Association Football as a recreational, family and sporting activity and focus for community involvement for the benefit of members and the public; to establish and maintain a Club for the accommodation of members and their guests; to provide a clubhouse and other conveniences; and generally to afford to members and their guests all the usual privileges, advantages, conveniences and accommodation of a Club.

 

4) The Club shall be a member’s Club affiliated to the Hertfordshire Football

 

Association and such other parties as the Committee shall decide and shall

 

consist of Family and Individual members together with such Honorary, Life, Associate, Retired, Temporary and Corporate members as are hereinafter conditioned.

 

5) The Club will not discriminate against any person or in any way treat any person unfavourable on grounds of: race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability. Neither will such discrimination be permitted or tolerated within any Club activities.

 

Membership

 

6) There shall be eight categories of Club membership:

 

i) Individual Member

 

ii) Family Member

 

iii) Associate Member

 

iv) Retired Member

 

v) Honorary Member

 

vi) Life Member

 

vii) Temporary Member

 

viii) Corporate Member

 

i) Individual Members shall be entitled to full use of the Club facilities. After twelve months membership from their most recent date of entry into membership of the Club, Individual Members will be eligible to hold office on the Management Committee and shall have a vote at a General meeting. The annual subscription for Individual members shall be such a sum as the Management Committee shall from time to time determine.

 

ii) Family membership shall be available to allow membership to a person and his/her spouse/partner and their children under the age of 18. Family members shall be entitled to the full use of the Club facilities, except where there are age limits specified by Law. After twelve months membership from their most recent date of entry into membership of the Club, Family members shall have two votes at a General Meeting (provided both the member and his/her partner/spouse are in attendance at the meeting) and will be eligible to hold office on the Management Committee. The annual subscription for Family members shall be such a sum as the Management Committee shall from time to time determine.

 

iii) Associate membership shall be available upon application to, and at the discretion of, the Management Committee. Associate members shall be entitled to all the privileges of membership except that they shall not be entitled to vote at a General Meeting, nor shall they be eligible to hold office on the Management Committee. The annual subscription for Associate members shall be such a sum as the Management Committee shall from time to time determine. Visiting Clubs shall be deemed Associate members for the day of their visit.

 

iv) Any member, upon reaching retirement, may, upon application to, and subject to the approval of, the Management Committee, transfer to Retired membership. Retired members shall not be required to pay any entrance fee or subscription and shall be entitled to the full use of the Club facilities. Retired members shall not be entitled to vote at a General Meeting, nor shall they be eligible to hold office on the Management Committee. A member must join as either an Individual or Family member and shall not be eligible to apply for Retired membership until two full years membership of the Club has been completed, from their most recent date of entry into membership of the Club.

 

v) The Management Committee may at its discretion recommend to a General Meeting applications for Honorary membership. Honorary Members may only be elected by a General Meeting. Honorary

 

Members shall not be liable to pay any entrance fee or subscription. They shall be entitled to all the privileges of Club membership but shall not be eligible to vote at a General Meeting nor shall they be eligible to hold office on the Management Committee. There shall not be any more that ten honorary members of the Club at any one time.

 

vi) The Management Committee may, at its discretion, recommend to a General Meeting applications for Life membership in relation to members who, in the opinion of the Management Committee, have given meritorious service to the Club. Life members may only be elected by a General Meeting. Life members shall be entitled to all the privileges of Club membership and shall be eligible to hold office on the Management Committee and be eligible to vote at a General Meeting of the Club. Life Members shall not be required to pay any entrance. The annual subscription for Life members shall be such a sum as the Management Committee shall from time to time determine.

 

vii) Temporary membership shall be available at the discretion of the Management Committee for a period not exceeding more than 28 days in any twelve month period. The subscription for Temporary members shall be such a sum as the Management Committee shall from time to time determine. Temporary members shall be entitled to all the privileges of Club membership but shall not be eligible to vote at a General Meeting nor shall they be eligible to hold office on the Management Committee. In the event that a Temporary member transfers to Individual or Family membership, the member’s date of entry to Club membership shall include the period of Temporary membership only if the Management Committee so decides.

 

viii) Corporate membership shall be available at the discretion of the Management Committee to any registered business. Corporate membership shall entitle all employees of the company to the full use of the Club facilities but the employees shall not be eligible to vote at a General Meeting, nor shall they be eligible to hold office on the Management Committee, nor shall they be entitled to propose or second applications for membership. Upon the application for Corporate membership being accepted, the business shall supply the Club Secretary with a full list of its employees and the benefits of membership described in this rule shall only be available to those listed, however, the Management Committee shall be entitled to exclude from membership any person listed if they are suspended under Rule 40 or have had their membership terminated under Rule 41. The annual subscription for Corporate members shall be such a sum as the Management Committee may from time to time determine and the Management Committee may vary the amount payable from

 

business to business to reflect the number employed by each business.

 

7) Every candidate for membership, excluding Corporate membership, must be proposed by one member of the Club and the proposal must be seconded by another member, both the proposer and the seconder being Family or Individual members with at least twelve months membership from their most recent date of entry into Club membership and both vouching for the candidate’s fitness for membership. The name and address of every candidate proposed for membership, together with the names of their proposer and seconder, shall, for a period of at least two clear days before such candidate’s application be considered by the Management Committee, be posted on the Club Notice Board.

 

8) No person or business shall be admitted to membership until, having been elected as provided in Rule 7, they shall have paid to the Treasurer their first annual subscription. No person or business shall be admitted to membership between the end of the Club’s Financial Year and the 1st July in any year.

 

9) No person shall be admitted to membership, or be admitted as a candidate for membership or entitled to any of the privileges of membership, without an interval of at least two clear days between their application for membership and its acceptance by the Management Committee.

 

Management Committee

 

10) The affairs of the Club, in all matters not in these rules reserved for the Club

 

in a General Meeting, shall be managed by the Management Committee of

 

the Club.

 

The Management Committee shall consist of the following:

 

i) Chair

 

ii) Vice-Chair

 

iii) Secretary

 

iv) Treasurer

 

v) Match Secretary

 

vi) Press Secretary

 

vii) Registration Secretary

 

viii) One representative for each category for which a Sub-Committee has been established by the Management Committee under Rule 18.

 

11) The Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Match Secretary, Press Secretary and Registration Secretary shall be known as the Officers of the Club. For consultation purposes only, the Chair may convene meetings of the Officers of the Club.

 

12) The duties and responsibilities of the Officers are:

 

i) Chair. The Chair shall preside at all General Meetings of the Club and meetings of the Management Committee and see that the business, at meetings and of the Club generally, is conducted in a proper manner. He or she shall be entitled to vote as a member of the Management Committee or of the Club and in the event of an equality of votes on any question shall also be entitled to a casting vote. He or she shall exercise a general supervision over the financial affairs of the Club. The Chair shall be a signatory to the Club bank account(s)

 

ii) Vice-Chair. In the temporary absence from a meeting of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall have the like powers and shall carry out all the duties of the Chair for the duration of the meeting.

 

iii) Secretary. The Secretary shall have charge of all the books of the Club and shall be responsible for the safe custody of these and all contracts, letters and other documents, or copies thereof and for whatever property of the Club that may at any time be placed in his/her charge. He or she shall attend to all the correspondence of the Club. He or she shall convene and attend all meetings of the Management Committee and all General Meetings of the Club and enter all resolutions passed at each meeting in the minute book together with a correct record of the proceedings. The Secretary shall be a signatory to the Club bank account(s).

 

iv) Treasurer. The Treasurer, shall keep proper books of accounts as will enable him/her to present at every Annual General Meeting of the Club, or at any other time if required by the Chair or the by the Management Committee, an audited report and statement concerning the finances of the Club, including a separate statement with regard to the purchase and supply of tobacco and intoxicating liquor, for the preceding financial year, or for the current financial year as the case may be, and shall present such report and statement accordingly. A copy of the Club accounts will be made available to all members who request such a copy at least seven days before the Annual General Meeting. A balance sheet shall be posted on the Club Notice Board at the same time as notification of the Annual General Meeting is posted. The Treasurer shall be a signatory to the Club bank account(s)

 

v) Match Secretary. The Match Secretary shall be responsible for all administrative duties associated with football fixtures played by the Club.

 

vi) Press Secretary. The Press Secretary shall be responsible for all matters relating to the media, public relations and publicity.

 

vii) Registration Secretary. The Registration Secretary shall be responsible for the administration of the membership records; the collection of membership subscriptions and for ensuring that all applications for membership are dealt with in accordance with the rules of the Club.

 

13) Six members of the Management Committee, one of which must be the Secretary and one of which must be either the Chair or the Vice-Chair, shall constitute a quorum for a meeting of the Management Committee.

 

14) All Officers and other members of the Management Committee shall be elected at an Annual General Meeting of the Club and every two years thereafter. The terms of office of the elected Officers and other Management Committee members shall commence from the date of the Annual General Meeting at which they are elected and retiring Officers and other Management Committee members shall be eligible for re-election.

 

15) In the event of the resignation, retirement or removal from office of any Officer or other member of the Management Committee, the Management Committee may co-opt a replacement for the remainder of the term of office. The co-opted Officer or Management Committee member shall not be entitled to vote at Management Committee meetings until their appointment has been endorsed by the first General Meeting of the Club held following the co-option.

 

16) There shall be a position of President of the Club, which shall be an honorary position. The President shall be elected by a General Meeting of the Club and shall hold office until they resign, retire or are removed from office. The President shall not be entitled to attend meetings of the Management Committee unless specifically invited by the Management Committee.

 

17) All Officers and members of the Management Committee and Sub-Committees shall act in all matters in accordance with the directions of the General Meeting of the Club. Subject to directions given by the Management Committee, the Secretary may, on behalf of the Club, engage domestic staff and other Club servants as may be necessary for the efficient and economical running of the Club, and may lawfully terminate any such engagement.

 

Sub-Committees

 

18) The Management Committee may, at its discretion, establish Sub-Committees to deal with specific matters or carry out specific tasks on behalf of the Management Committee.

 

19) Membership of Sub-Committees shall be determined by the Management Committee and each Sub-Committee shall include the member of the Management Committee elected for that category by a General Meeting of the Club in accordance with Rule 10, whose duty it shall be to chair meetings

 

of the appropriate Sub-Committee and report back to the Management Committee on behalf of the Sub-Committee. All members of the Management Committee shall have ex officio membership of all Sub-Committees and shall be permitted to attend any Sub-Committee meetings.

 

Trustees

 

20) There shall be no more than four and no less than three Trustees of the Club who shall be appointed from time to time as necessary by the Club in General Meeting from among Individual, Family, Life or Honorary members who are willing to be so appointed. A Trustee shall hold office during their life, or until they shall resign by notice in writing given to the Management Committee, or until a resolution removing him/her from office shall be passed at a General Meeting of the Club by a majority comprising two-thirds of the members present and entitled to vote.

 

21) All property of the Club, including land and investments, shall be held by the

 

Trustees for the time being, in their own names so far as necessary and

 

practicable, for the use and benefit of the Club. On the death, resignation or

 

removal from office of a Trustee, the Management Committee shall take

 

steps to produce the appointment by the Club in General Meeting of a new

 

Trustee in his/her place and shall as soon as possible thereafter take all

 

lawful and practical steps to produce the vesting of all Club property in the

 

names of the Trustees as constituted after the said appointment. Club property must remain on Club premises at all times, unless otherwise decided by the Management Committee.

 

22) The Trustees shall have the power to sell, lease, mortgage, or pledge any

 

Club property for the purpose of raising or borrowing money for the benefit

 

of the Club subject to the prior formal consent of the Management Committee, but no purchaser, leasee, or mortgagee shall be concerned to enquire whether such consent has been given.

 

Subscription, Finances and Accounts

 

23) Annual subscriptions shall be payable on admittance into membership of the Club and thereafter without demand on the 1st July in every year. The Management Committee may terminate the membership of any member whose annual subscription remains unpaid on the 1st August of the same year.

 

24) All cheques issued by the Club must be signed by the Treasurer and at least one other signatory to the account.

 

Auditors

 

25) Two Auditors shall be appointed annually at the Annual General Meeting and such Auditors need not be members of the Club or qualified or a Registered Auditor as defined under the Companies Act 1985.

 

Financial Year

 

26) The financial year of the Club shall be the twelve months ending 31st March in each year.

 

Intoxicating Liquor

 

27) The supply of intoxicating liquor in the Club premises will be at the discretion

 

of the Management Committee as long as these times are within current

 

licensing legislation. Bar opening times are to be posted in the Club, these also to state the permitted drinking-up time.

 

28) There may be admitted to the Club premises persons other than members or

 

their guests, who are attending on invitation a private function being held on

 

part of the Club premises, which function was properly booked in accordance

 

with the bye laws of the Club, and subject to any conditions attached to the

 

registration certificate for the Club premises. Intoxicating liquor may be sold

 

or supplied to them by or on behalf of the Club for the consumption on the

 

Club premises, but not elsewhere. No intoxicating liquor shall be supplied to

 

any person under the age of eighteen years.

 

29) The Management Committee shall arrange the supply of intoxicating liquor by

 

the Club to members, and to other persons on the Club premises, and shall

 

secure the due observance of the provisions of the Licensing Act, 1964, and all Acts relating thereto and of any conditions attached to any registration certificate granted in respect of the Club.

 

30) No person shall be paid at the expense of the Club any commission,

 

percentage of similar payment on or with reference to purchase of intoxicating liquor by the Club; nor shall any person directly or indirectly derive any pecuniary benefit from the supply of intoxicating liquor by or on behalf of the Club to members or guests, apart from any benefit accruing to the Club as a whole.

 

General Meetings

 

31) An Annual General Meeting of the Club shall be held in every year by no later than 1st July and there shall not be more than fifteen months between any one Annual General Meeting and the next. Notice of the day and time of the Annual General Meeting shall be posted on the Club Notice Board for a period of at least twenty-one days before such day.

 

32) A General Meeting of the Club may be summoned at any time by the

 

Management Committee and shall also be so summoned immediately upon any 20 members entitled to vote delivering to the Management Committee a written request for a meeting to be convened. Such request shall give full details of the reasons for the meeting. A General Meeting shall be summoned by causing a notice thereof to be posted in the Club premises on the Club Notice Board for a period of at least 14 immediately before the day appointed for the meeting, but this period may be abridged at the discretion of the Management Committee if the urgency of the business to be discussed, in their opinion, so requires. No business other than that for which the meeting was convened may be discussed at such meetings.

 

33) Members of the Club wishing to propose additional items for inclusion in the agenda of a General Meeting, must submit these in writing to the Secretary at least fourteen days before the date of the meeting.

 

34) STANDING ORDERS FOR GENERAL MEETINGS

 

1. Time of Meetings

 

Unless otherwise decided, all meetings shall begin at {time to be inserted} and end by {time to be inserted}.

 

2. Quorum

 

20% of the members of the Club entitled to vote shall form a quorum at a General Meeting of the Club. If a quorum is not present after thirty minutes from the time appointed by the meeting to commence, the meeting shall be dissolved.

 

3. Order of Business

 

An agenda shall be prepared by the Secretary in conjunction with the Chair and shall be posted on the Club Notice Board at least seven days in advance of each meeting. No other items shall be discussed at the meeting.

 

4. Minutes

 

At the Annual General Meeting (AGM), the Secretary shall read the Minutes of the previous AGM and of any other General Meetings held in the meantime but no motion or discussion shall be allowed on the Minutes except in regard to their accuracy. After the confirmation of the Minutes, they shall be signed by the Chair and the members present shall then be at liberty to ask any questions in regard to matters arising out of them. Such questions shall be allowed for the purposes of information only and no debate on the policy outlined in the Minutes shall take place.

 

5. Discussion

 

Every member shall address the Chair when speaking. In the event of more than one member wishing to speak, the Chair shall decide who shall speak. The ruling of the Chair on any question under the Standing Orders or on points of order shall be final unless challenged by not less than four members present at the meeting and unless two-thirds of the members present and entitled to vote, vote to the contrary.

 

No member shall speak more than once on any subject before the meeting except on a point of order or explanation, except the mover of a motion under discussion, who shall have the right to reply at the close of the debate on such motion but a member having spoken on the motion may speak again on an amendment being moved.

 

A member may formally second a motion or amendment and reserve their speech until later in the discussion. No member shall speak for more than ten minutes at any one time. Members wishing to raise points of order or explanation must first obtain the permission of the Chair and must do so immediately the alleged breach has occurred.

 

6. Motions and Amendments

 

The first proposition on any particular subject shall be known as the Original Motion and all succeeding propositions on that subject shall be called amendments.

 

Every motion or amendment must be moved and seconded by members actually present at the meeting and should be set forth in writing before the meeting, in accordance with Rule 41.

 

It is permissible for a member to make their speech first and conclude with a motion.

 

When an amendment is moved to an Original Motion no further amendment shall be discussed until the first amendment has been dealt with but notice of any further amendment must be given before the first amendment is put to the vote.

 

If an amendment is carried it displaces the original motion and itself becomes the motion, to which any further amendment may be moved provided it has not been covered by an amendment or motion which has already been rejected by the meeting. The final motion shall be put to the vote as the main question and if carried shall then become the resolution of the meeting. No further discussion shall be allowed once the question has been put to the Chair. No motion or amendment which has been accepted by the Chair shall be withdrawn without the unanimous consent of the meeting, nor shall any

 

addendum or rider be added to a motion which has been accepted by the Chair without such full consent.

 

7. Right of Reply.

 

The mover of the Original Motion shall, if no amendment be moved, have the right of reply at the close of the debate upon such motion. When an amendment is moved they shall be entitled to speak thereon in accordance with Standing Order number 10 and at the close of the debate on such amendment shall reply to the discussion but shall introduce no new matter. The question shall then be put to the vote immediately and under no circumstances shall any further discussion be allowed once the question has been put by the Chair. The mover of an amendment shall not be entitled to reply.

 

8. Resolutions

 

A resolution is a motion which has been carried. Resolutions cannot be rescinded by the meeting which passes them. Further, a period of one month must elapse before a resolution can be rescinded. Notice of motion is necessary if it is proposed to rescind a resolution.

 

9. Closing Debate

 

Motions for the previous question, next business or the closure may be moved and seconded only by members who have not previously spoken at any time during the debate. No speeches shall be allowed on such motions. In the event of the closure being carried, the mover of the Original Motion shall have the right to reply in accordance with Standing Order number 7 before the question is put to the meeting.

 

Should any one of the motions mentioned in this Standing Order be defeated, 30 minutes shall elapse before it can be accepted again by the Chair, unless the Chair is of the opinion that the circumstances have materially altered in the meantime.

 

10. Adjournment

 

Any member who has not already spoken during the debate may move the adjournment of the question under discussion or of the meeting but must confine their remarks to that question and must not discuss any other matter. The mover of the motion upon which the adjournment has been moved shall be allowed the right of reply on the question of the adjournment but such reply shall not prejudice their right of reply on their own motion. In the event of such motion being lost it shall not be moved again except in accordance with Standing Order number 9.

 

11. Voting

 

Voting shall be by a show of hands. The Chair shall be entitled to vote as a member of the Club and in the event of an equality of votes on any question shall also be entitled to a casting vote.

 

12. Interruption

 

If any member interrupts another while addressing the meeting, or causes disturbance at any of the meetings and refuses to obey the Chair when called to order, they shall be named by the Chair. They will thereupon be expelled from the room and shall not be allowed to enter again until an apology satisfactory to the meeting is given. No member shall leave the meeting before its conclusion without the permission of the Chair.

 

13. Suspension of Standing Orders

 

In the event of any matter of urgency, the Chair may accept a motion for the suspension of the Standing Orders. The member moving such suspension must clearly state the nature and urgency of their business, the number(s) of the Standing Orders affected and the length of time (not exceeding thirty minutes) and how long he or she wishes the suspension to last. No suspension shall take place except by a two-thirds majority vote of the members present and entitled to vote.

 

Visitors

 

35) Members may entertain and introduce guests at the Club and there shall be

 

kept at the Club premises a Visitor’s Book which both the member and their guest(s) shall sign. The member introducing a guest shall be responsible for their guest strictly observing these rules and the Club bye laws and shall not leave the Club premises before their guest.

 

36) No person whose membership of the Club has been terminated under Rule 41 or is for the time being suspended under Rule 40, or whose application for membership has at any time been rejected, shall be introduced as a guest; nor shall any member entertain on the premises more than two guests at any one time.

 

Bye Laws

 

37) The Management Committee may from time to time make, vary, and revoke

 

bye laws (not inconsistent with these rules) for the regulation of the internal affairs of the Club and the conduct of members, and the bye laws for the time being in force shall be binding on all members.

 

Conduct of Members

 

38) No betting shall be allowed in the Club. No Lottery shall be promoted by any

 

member or officer on behalf of or in any way connected with the Club or with any entertainment or event held by or in connection with the Club without the previous written authority of the Management Committee. Gaming shall be permitted in the Club, so, however, as not to contravene any of the provisions of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act, 1963, or any statutory modification thereof for the time being in force.

 

39) No obscene or offensive language will be tolerated on Club property.

 

40) The Management Committee may suspend the membership of any member

 

whose conduct, whether on the Club premises or elsewhere, is or has been in the opinion of the Committee contrary to the interests of the Club or injurious to its reputation.

 

41) Immediately upon the suspension under Rule 40 of any member, the

 

Management Committee shall:

 

a) give notice to the suspended member at their address last notified to the Secretary under Rule 43 of their suspension, and inform them that if they so desire they may be present at a Full Management Committee Meeting.

 

b) At any such Meeting any allegations against the suspended member shall be related (in their presence if they attend) to the Meeting by a member of the Management Committee, and the suspended member shall (if they desire) be heard in answer, a reasonable adjournment to enable them to prepare their answer being allowed to.

 

c) The decision of the Club at the said Meeting or at any adjourned meeting whether to reinstate the suspended member or to terminate their membership shall be taken by vote, and shall be final and conclusive.

 

Membership Records and Club Notices

 

42) An official Club Notice Board shall be placed in a prominent area in the Clubhouse which is accessible to, and frequented by, all members of the Club and shall be maintained by the Management Committee.

 

43) Each member shall keep the Registration Secretary informed of that member’s private address, or of some other address at which communications may be addressed for them. Nevertheless, it shall not be necessary to send any notice for members generally to any member, by post or otherwise, except in the case of notice convening any General Meeting for

 

any of the purposes of Rule 46. All notices shall be posted by being fixed on the Club Notice Board and it shall be the duty of the Secretary to ensure that any such notices remains so exhibited throughout any period required in that behalf by or under these Rules.

 

Alterations to Rules

 

44) These Rules may be revoked, added to or altered by a majority comprising of

 

two-thirds or more of the members present at and entitled to vote at any General Meeting of the Club of which notice has been duly given under Rule 31 or Rule 32 specifying the intention to propose the revocation, addition, or alteration, together with full particulars thereof, provided they are submitted in writing and are in the hands of the Secretary at least fourteen days prior to the date of the said Meeting.

 

Exclusion of Liability

 

45) Neither the Club nor any officer thereof shall be liable to any member or

 

guest of a member for the loss or damage to any property occurring, from whatever cause, in or about the Club premises; nor for any injury sustained by any member or guest while on or entering or leaving the Club premises; and a notice to this effect shall at all times be displayed in a prominent position on the Club premises.

 

Dissolution

 

46) If the total number of Family and Individual members of the Club shall at any time fall below 25, or if at any time the Club shall pass in General Meeting by a majority comprising two-thirds or more of the members present and entitled to vote a resolution (in this Rule called “the first resolution”) of its intentions to dissolve, the Management Committee, or failing it, the Trustees, shall take immediate steps to convert into money all the property of the Club, with power, however, to postpone or delay the conversion of any particular property if the Club in General Meeting shall so authorise. Out of the proceeds of such conversion, the Trustees shall discharge all debts and liabilities of the Club, including the expenses of such conversion and any balance remaining in their hands shall be disposed of by them as the Club in General Meeting shall resolve, and thereupon the Club shall for all purposes be dissolved. Provided that if the Club shall not, within six months after the date of the resolution, resolve upon the disposition of any such balance, the same shall be divided equally between all persons who were members of the Club and entitled to vote at the date of the first resolution.

 

47) A copy of the notice convening any General Meeting under this Rule shall be sent by the Secretary by post to every member at his/her address last notified to the Secretary under Rule 43 not less than 14 days before the day appointed for the Meeting; but any accidental omission to send such copy or

 

the non-receipt of the same shall not invalidate any proceedings or resolution.

 

Distribution of the Rules

 

48) A copy of these rules shall be supplied to every member upon their acceptance into membership.

 

Interpretation of the Rules

 

49) The interpretation of any matter arising under these Rules shall be determined by the Management Committee. If any matter arises for determination which is not provided for in these Rules, that matter shall be referred to the Management Committee whose decision shall be final. Decisions of the Management Committee in relation to the interpretation of rules, or not provided for in these Rules, shall be published in the minutes of the Management Committee. The Management Committee may alter these Rules to deal with statutory requirements but any such alterations must be posted on the Club Notice Board within seven days of the Management Committee's decision.