Rules of the club

NORFOLK PUNT CLUB

CONSTITUTION

 

SECTION 1 – NAME AND OBJECTS

1.      The name of the Club shall be ‘The Norfolk Punt Club’ (hereinafter referred to in these rules as the Club).

2.      The objects for which the Club is formed are to promote and facilitate

(a)          community participation in the sport of yachting

(b)          to provide social and other facilities for members as may be from                time to time determined.

(c)          to preserve the traditional type of sailing punt and to encourage                  the building, improvement and sailing of them by their owners.

 

SECTION 2 – OFFICERS

3.      The Officers of the Club shall be Full or Family members of the Club and shall consist of a Commodore, a Vice-Commodore, a Rear-Commodore, an Honorary Secretary and an Honorary Treasurer. Officers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting in each year and shall hold office for one year, retiring at the termination of the Annual General Meeting in each year. All Officers of the Club shall be eligible for re-election.

 

Duties of Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Auditor etc.

4.      The Honorary Secretary or Membership Secretary shall:-

(a)          Conduct the correspondence of the Club;

(b)          Keep custody of all Club documents;

(c)          Keep full minutes of all meetings of the Club, the Committee as                  defined in S.4 and 30 and sub-committees which shall be                     confirmed and signed by the appropriate Chairman upon the                       agreement of the Committee at the next following meeting of the                the Committee.

(d)          Maintain contact with the Club’s Legal Advisor to ensure that the               Club’s affairs are managed in accordance with current law.

(e)          Maintain any such certificates or registrations, and complete any                such non-financial returns, as may be required by law.

(f)           Keep a register of Club members’ names and addresses.

5.      The Honorary Treasurer shall:-

(a)          Administer such insurance policy or policies as may be needed                    fully to protect the interests of the Club, its Officers and its                            members.

(b)          Cause such books of account to be kept as are necessary to give a               true and fair view of the state of finances of the Club.

(c)          Cause all returns as may be required by law in relation to such                     accounts to be rendered at the due time.

(d)          Prepare an Annual Balance Sheet as at 30th September in each                      year and cause such Balance Sheet (and accounts as necessary) to                be audited at least once annually and shall thereafter cause the                     same to be sent to Club members at least fourteen days before the                date of the Annual General Meeting.

6.         The Honorary Auditor shall:-

(a)          Be appointed at the Annual General Meeting in each year and                     shall be one appropriately qualified.

(b)          The Auditor shall audit the accounts of the Club when called upon              to do so and shall give such certificate of assurance as to the                accuracy of the said accounts as shall be required by law or by the              Committee;

(c)          If either unwilling or unable to act, inform the Committee who                     shall appoint a substitute to hold office until the termination of the                      next Annual General Meeting.

 

SECTION 3 – MEMBERSHIP

7.      Categories and votes of Membership

There shall be the following categories of membership with power to vote at all meetings of the Club as indicated hereunder. The rights and privileges of each category of members are as defined in the latest edition of the rules of the Club as published in the handbook.

A FULL MEMBER – being a person who, at the date of election, shall have attained the age of eighteen years shall have one vote.

JOINT MEMBER – which expression shall include one or two co-habiting adults . The Joint unit shall have one vote, exercisable by either adult.

A JUNIOR MEMBER – being a person who, at the date of election, is under the age of eighteen shall have no vote. One parent or guardian must be a Full Member.

A STUDENT MEMBER – being a person who, at the date of election, is over the age of eighteen and under the age of twenty-two. They shall have one vote.

AN HONORARY LIFE MEMBER – who shall have a vote.

AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER is a member who lives outside Norfolk and who does NOT keep their boat within a ten mile radius of the Club premises and who shall have no vote.

No member may use the Club premises, or any of the facilities of the Club until forty-eight hours have elapsed from the date of posting of notice of election.

Candidates for membership shall have no privileges whatsoever in relation to the use of the Club or premises.

8.      Membership Entrance & Subscription Fee

The rate of Entrance and Subscription fee for each category of Membership shall be proposed by the Committee to the members at the Annual General Meeting in each year. Any proposed changes shall be approved by a majority of those present and entitled to vote and shall become operative on the first day of January in the year following. The current rate of Entrance and Subscription fee shall be displayed in the Club handbook and in the Club premises.

(a)          Membership of the Club shall be open to anyone interested in the               sport of yachting on application regardless of sex, age, disability,                ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs.                 Membership may however be limited according to available                facilities on a non-discriminatory basis.

(b)          Membership subscriptions will be kept at levels that will not pose                         a significant obstacle to people participating.

(c)          The Club Committee may refuse membership or, subject to Rule                 18, remove it, only for good cause such as conduct or character                likely to bring the Club or sport into disrepute. Appeal against                    refusal of membership may be made to the Committee.

9.      Members shall also make the following annual payments:-

(a)          All members shall pay the Joining Fee and their first                                    annual subscription upon election to the Club and                               thereafter on the first day of January in each year.                                        Provided that a member elected after the first day of June                   in any year shall pay half the annual subscription                                         applicable for that year and that a member elected after the                first day of September in any year shall not be required to                           pay any subscription in respect of the year of election, but                shall pay, on election, the Entrance fee and the annual                                  subscription in respect of the year following election.

(b)          The Joining Fee shall be as laid out in the Rules of the Club.

10.      Every member shall furnish the Membership Secretary with an up-to-date address which shall be recorded in the Register of Members and any    notice sent to such address as shall be deemed to have been duly     delivered.

11.       Election and retirement of members

(a)        Every candidate for membership (except Honorary Members and                Temporary Members) shall be proposed and seconded by a Full or                       Family member of the Club, both of whom must be personally                    acquainted with the candidate.

(b)       Candidates for membership without sufficient personal                                acquaintances within the Club may be proposed and seconded by                      two Committee members after an introductory meeting.

12.    Application for membership

An application for membership shall be in the form from time to time prescribed by the Committee, and shall include the name, address, and occupation of the candidate and the names of the Proposer and Seconder.

13.    Election of Members

Upon receipt of an application for membership, the Membership Secretary shall present the Candidate’s details at the next meeting of the Committee at which such application for membership shall be considered. The election of all classes of members is vested in the Committee and shall be a simple majority vote of those of the Committee.

(a)          The Committee may refuse applications only for good cause such               as conduct or character likely to bring the Club into disrepute. The                    Honorary Secretary shall inform each candidate in writing of                        the candidate’s election or non-election. He/she shall furnish an                       elected candidate with a copy of the Rules of the Club and make                 request for such payments as are necessary.

(b)          Appeal against refusal to elect may be made to the members in                    General Meeting.

14.    Payment of Fees upon Election

Upon election, a candidate shall pay, within one calendar month, such Entrance and other fees as shall be requested. In default of such payment, the election shall be void unless sufficient cause for delay be shown.

15.    One year’s temporary absence of member

A member who, for any reason, anticipates inability to use the Club or its facilities for the whole of any one year shall be excused payment of the annual subscription and other annual fees provided that notice in writing is given to the Honorary Secretary before the last day of November in the previous year. A member wishing to be re-instated during the year in question shall pay such portion of the annual subscription as the Committee shall require.

16.    Retirement of a member

A member desirous of retiring from membership shall give notice in writing to the Honorary Secretary before the last day of November and shall not then be liable to pay the subscription for the following year. Upon re-application by a past member the Committee may, at its discretion, excuse payment of an Entrance Fee.

17.    Arrears of Subscription

The Committee may cancel, without notice being given, the membership of any member whose annual subscription and other annual fees are more than three months in arrears provided that the Committee may, at its discretion, re-instate such member upon payment of arrears. No member whose annual payment is in arrears may enter any Club event or regatta or vote at any meeting.

18.    Conduct of Members

Under-taking by members to comply with rules

Every member, upon election and thereafter, is deemed to have notice of, and undertakes to comply with, the Club Rules. Any refusal or neglect to do so, or any conduct which, in the opinion of the Committee, is either unworthy of a member or otherwise injurious to the interests of the Club, shall render a member liable to disciplinary action by the Committee, which may include expulsion or non-renewal of membership.

Disciplinary action against members

PROVIDED THAT, before taking any such disciplinary action, the Committee shall call upon such member for a written explanation of the member’s conduct and shall give the member full opportunity of making explanation to the Committee, or of resigning.

A Resolution to apply any sanction shall be carried by a simple majority vote by those members of the Committee present and voting on the Resolution.

Appeal against expulsion or non-renewal of membership may be made to the members in General Meeting.

19.    Guests in the Club

Members shall enter the names of all guests in the Visitor’s Book. Not more than four guests may be introduced in any one day and the same guest may not be introduced more than four times in any calendar year.

20.    Damage to Club property

A member shall not knowingly remove, injure, destroy or damage any property of the Club and shall make restitution for the same if called upon to do so by the Committee or by the Honorary Secretary upon the instructions of the Committee.

21.    Exhibiting of notices

A member shall not cause any communication in whatever form to be exhibited on Club notice boards or premises without permission of the Honorary Secretary, Commodore or Officer of the Day.

22.    Settlement of Accounts

A member shall settle any indebtedness for refreshment or otherwise before leaving the Club premises, or in accordance with any byelaw relating to the settlement of such indebtedness.

23.    Suggestions

All suggestions shall be submitted to the Honorary Secretary.

24.    Complaints

Complaints of any nature relating to the management of the Club premises shall be addressed in writing to the Honorary Secretary. Under no circumstances shall an officer of the Club be personally reprimanded by a member.

25.    Members of other RYA Clubs

A member of any Club affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association (a list whereof is published by the said Association) may be authorised to use the premises of the Club by any member of the Committee of the Club. Such authorisation shall specify between which dates the said person may so use the premises.

26.    Competitors in Club races

Any person who is a competitor or crew member in any race sponsored by or on behalf of the Club is entitled to the use of the Club premises within a period of 24 hours before and after the race in which they are competing.

27.    Power to expel those admitted under rules 25 & 26 hereof

The Honorary Secretary or any other person who has received the authority of two members of the Committee, may expel, temporarily or permanently, any person who has the right to the use of the Club premises only under Rules 25 and 26.

28.    Limitation of Club liability

All references to the Club in this Rule shall mean each and every individual member of the Club from time to time.

Members are bound by the following Rule which shall also be exhibited in a prominent place within the Club premises:-

Members of the Club may use the Club premises, and any other facilities of the Club, entirely at their own risk and impliedly accept:-

(a)          The Club will not accept any liability for any damage to or loss of              property belonging to members.

(b)          The Club will not accept any liability of personal injury arising                   out of the use of the Club premises, any other facilities of the                Club either sustained by members or caused by the said members                whether or not such damage or injury could have been attributed                to or was occasioned by the neglect, default or negligence of any                  of them, the Officers, Committee, Trustees or Servants of the                Club.

29.       Membership of the Club and acceptance of this rule and the rules of the     by the member will be deemed to constitute consent to the holding of             relevant personal data for the purposes of the Data Protection Acts.

 

 

SECTION 4 – MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

30.       Constitution of Committee

The Management Committee (herein referred to as ‘the Committee) shall    consist of the Officers, ex-officio, the Punt Owners’ secretary ex-officio,             and not less than four nor more than eight Full or Family Members             elected at the Annual general Meeting each year to hold office until the             termination of the next following Annual general Meeting.

31.       Retirement of members of the Committee

At the Annual General Meeting each year two of the Full and Family         members shall retire in order of election or seniority. In the case of equal             seniority the order of retirement shall, failing agreement between the           members concerned, be determined by lot. Members retiring under the             rule shall be eligible for re-election to the Committee at that Annual             General Meeting in accordance with clause 32.

32.       Candidates for election to Committee

Candidates for election to the Committee (not being Officers of the Club)   shall be those members of the retiring Committee eligible to offer             themselves for re-election and such other full or Family members whose     nominations (duly proposed and seconded in writing by Full or Family             members of the Club) with their consent shall have been received by the     Honorary]Secretary at least twenty eight days before the date of the             Annual General Meeting in each year. Such nominations, together with       the names of the Proposer and Seconder shall be posted/emailed to the             Club members at least fourteen days prior to the date of the Annual            General Meeting.

33.       Election of Committee by ballot

If the number of candidates for election is greater than the number of           vacancies to be filled then there shall be a ballot.

34.       No contest for election

If the number of candidates for election is equal to or less than the   number of vacancies to be filled then all candidates shall be deemed to be             elected if two thirds of those present at the Annual General Meeting, and   entitled to vote, vote in favour of such election.

35.       In the event of the ballot failing to determine the members of the     Committee because of an equality of votes the candidate or candidates to    be elected from those having an equal number of votes shall be             determined by lot.

36.       Casual vacancy

If, for any reason, a casual vacancy shall occur, the Committee may co-      opt a Full or Family member to fill such a vacancy until the next             following Annual General Meeting.

37.       Retiring Commodore ex officio

A retiring Commodore shall serve as an ex officio member of the      Committee in the year immediately following his retirement.

Committee Meetings

38.       The Committee shall meet at least every two months making such   arrangements as the conduct, place of assembly and holding of such             meetings as it may wish. The Commodore or in his absence a Chairman      elected by those present shall preside.

39.       Voting at Committee

Voting shall be by show of hands. In the case of equality of votes the         Commodore or Chairman (as the case may be) shall have a second and             casting vote.

40.       Quorum

Seven members personally present shall form a quorum at a meeting of       the Committee.

41.       Powers of the Committee

The Committee shall manage the affairs of the Club according to the            Rules and shall cause the funds of the Club to be applied solely to the             objects of the Club or for a benevolent or charitable purpose nominated      by General Meeting.

In particular the Committee shall ensure that the property and                    funds of the Club will not be used for the direct or indirect private             benefit of members other than as reasonably allowed by the rules                and that all surplus income or profits are re-invested in the Club.

42.       Powers to make Rules

The Committee shall make such Rules as it shall from time to time think     fit and shall cause the same to be exhibited in the Club premises, and in             the members section of the Club website for             fourteen days before the date             of implementation. Such Rules shall remain in force until approved or set           aside by a vote of a General Meeting of the Club.

43.       Appointment of sub-committees

The Committee may appoint such sub-committees as it may deem necessary and may delegate such of its powers as it may think fit upon      such terms and conditions as shall be deemed expedient and/or required   by the law. Such sub-committees shall consist of such members of the        Committee or of the Club as the Committees may think fit. Officers of the Club shall be ex officio members of all such sub-committees.

44.       Disclosure of interest to third parties

A member of the Committee, of a sub-committee or any officer of the         Club, in transacting business for the Club, shall disclose to third parties             that he/she is so acting.

45.       Limitation of Committee’s authority

The Committee, or any person or sub-committee delegated by the   Committee to act as agent for the Club or its members, shall enter into             contracts only as far as expressly authorised, or authorised by         implication, by the members. No one shall, without the express authority   of the membership in General Meeting, borrow money or incur debts on   behalf of the Club or its membership.

46.       (a)        Members’ indemnification of Committee

In pursuance of the authority vested in the Committee by                            members of the Club, members of the Committee are entitled to                         be indemnified by the members of the Club against any liabilities                 properly incurred by them or             any one of them on behalf of the               Club wherever the contract is of a duly authorised nature or                         could be assumed to be of a duly authorised nature and entered                         into on behalf of the Club.

The limit of any individual member’s indemnity in this respect                    shall be a sum equal to one year’s subscription at the then current                         rate of category of membership unless the Committee has been                    authorised to exceed such limit by a General Meeting of the Club.

(b)       Contractual Liability

The Committee shall endeavour to ensure that the following                        clause is incorporated in every contract, lease, licence or other                         agreement entered into by the Committee and/or Trustees of the                  Club, as appropriate.

“The liability of the Committee/Trustees for the performance of                 any contractual or other obligation undertaken by them on behalf                         of the Club shall be limited to the assets of the Club.”

47.       Nomination of Honorary Life Members by Committee

The Committee may nominate for election at an Annual General Meeting   such Honorary Life Members as the Committee may think fit. The total             of such Honorary Life Members shall not, however, at any time, exceed     three per cent of the total number of members.

The election of Honorary Life Members shall be put to the vote at the        Annual General Meeting each year and such Honorary Life Members             shall be duly elected if two thirds of those present, and entitled to vote,      vote in             favour of election.

SECTION 5 – TRUSTEES

48.       Number of & terms of reference

There shall be at least three Trustees of the Club who shall be appointed    from time to time as necessary by the Committee of the Club from among Full, Family or Honorary Life Members who are willing to be so     appointed.

A Trustee shall hold office until he/she shall resign by notice in writing       given to the Committee or until a resolution removing them from office             shall be passed at a meeting of the Committee by a majority comprising      two-thirds of the members present and entitled to vote.

49.       Property of Club vested in Trustees

All the 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 it is             necessary and practicable, on trust for the use and benefit of the Club. In    the event of the death, resignation, or removal from office of a Trustee,             the Committee shall nominate a new Trustee in his/her place, and shall as   soon as possible thereafter take all lawful and practicable steps to procure            the vesting of all Club property into the names of the Trustees as   constituted after such nomination. For the purpose of giving effect to any      such nomination, the Honorary Secretary for the time being is hereby         nominated as the person to appoint new Trustees of the Club within the             meaning of Section 36 of the Trustee Act 1925 and he/she shall by Deed     duly appoint the person or persons so nominated by the Committee.

50.       Powers of Trustees

The Trustees shall in all respects act, in regard to any property of the         Club held by them, in accordance with the directions of the Committee             and shall have power to sell, lease, mortgage or pledge any Club property   so held for the purpose of raising or borrowing money for the benefit of             the Club in compliance with the Committee’s directions (which shall be      duly recorded in the Minutes of the proceedings of the Committee) but no        purchaser, lessee or mortgagee shall be concerned to enquire whether any    such direction has been given.

51.       Indemnity of Trustees from Club

The Trustees shall be effectually indemnified by the members of the Club out of the assets of the Club from and against any liability, costs,             expenses and payments whatsoever which may be properly incurred or      made by them in the exercise of their duties or relation to any property of         the Club vested in them, or in relation to any legal proceedings, or which    otherwise relate directly or indirectly to the performance of the functions             of a Trustee of the Club.

 

SECTION 6 – MEETINGS OF THE CLUB

52.       Annual General Meeting

An Annual General Meeting of the Club shall be held each year in the         month of November on a date to be fixed by the Committee. The             Honorary Secretary shall at least fourteen days before the date of such       meeting post or deliver to each member notice hereof and of the business             to be brought forward thereat.

53.       Business at Annual General Meeting

No business, except the passing of the Accounts and the election of the      Officers, Committee, Trustees and Honorary Auditors, and any business             that the Committee may order to be inserted in the notice convening the     meeting shall be discussed at such meeting unless notice thereof be given             in writing by a member entitled to vote to the [Honorary] Secretary at        least twenty eight days before the date of the Annual General Meeting.

54.       Special General Meeting

The Committee may at any time, upon giving twenty one days notice in     writing, call a Special General Meeting of the Club for any special             business, the nature of which shall be stated in the summons convening      the meeting, and the discussion at such meeting shall be confined to the             business stated in the notice sent to members.

55.       Special General Meeting upon request of members

The Committee shall call a Special General Meeting upon a written             request addressed to the Honorary Secretary by at least ten members.             The Committee shall give twenty one days notice in writing of any such     Special General Meeting. The discussion at such meeting shall be             confined to the business stated in the notice sent to members.

56.       Chairman at Meetings

At every meeting of the Club the Commodore or, in their absence, a            Chairman elected by those present shall preside.

57.       Quorum at Meetings

Fifteen members entitled to vote and personally present shall form a           quorum at any meeting of the Club.

58.       Entitlement to vote at Meetings

Only Full, Adult Family and Honorary Life members shall vote at any       meeting of the Club. Other members may attend but are not entitled to             vote.

59.       Voting at Meetings

Voting shall be by show of hands.

 

60.       Equality of Votes

In the case of an equality of votes the Chairman shall have a second or        casting vote, on any matter other than the election of members of the             Committee.

61.       Voting on Rule Change

On any resolution properly put to a meeting of the Club relating to the       creation, repeal or amendment of any Rule of the Club such Rule shall             not be created, repealed or amended except by a majority vote of at least    two-thirds of those present and entitled to vote.

Provided that no such change shall jeopardise the Club’s status as a            Community Amateur Sports Club within the meaning of the Finance             Acts, or in any event alter its objects or winding-up provisions.

 

SECTION 7 – DISSOLUTION OF THE CLUB

62.       Dissolution of the Club

If, upon the winding up or dissolution of the Club, there remains after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities any property whatsoever, the             same shall not be paid to or distributed amongst the members of the Club. The Committee shall dispose of the net assets remaining to one or more             of the following:

(i)        to another Club with similar sports purposes which is a charity                  and/or

(ii)       to another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered              CASC and/or

(iii)      to the sport’s national governing body for use by them for related               community sports.

 

SECTION 8 – RIGHTS OF MEMBERS

63.       Rights and privileges of members

The present rights and privileges of each category of membership shall be   as follows:-

A FULL MEMBER shall have the full use of all the Club facilities.

A JOINT MEMBER, his/her co-habitee shall have the full use of all the     Club facilities.

A JUNIOR MEMBER shall have the full use of all the Club facilities.

A STUDENT MEMBER shall have the full use of all the Club facilities.

AN HONORARY MEMBER shall have the full use of all the Club            facilities.

AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER shall have the full use of all the Club             facilities.

A TEMPORARY MEMBER (which expression may include members of another RYA recognised Club or organisation) shall have the full use of             the Club facilities but:-

(a)        Shall have no right to enter Club races or regattas unless                               specifically authorised by the Officer of the Day, Honorary                                     Secretary or any member of the Committee.

(b)       Shall have no right to introduce visitors to the Club or the                            facilities thereof.

(c)        Shall have no right to take any part in the management of the                       Club.

(d)       Is deemed to have notice of and impliedly undertakes to comply                 with the Club Rules as if he or she were a member of the Club and                  so far as the said Rules may be deemed to apply to such                              Temporary Member.

(e)        Shall be liable to be expelled from the Club premises or to be                       prohibited from using the Club facilities if, in the opinion of the                         Officer of the Day, Honorary Secretary or any member of the                     Committee, he or she shall not have reasonably complied with the                         above conditions.

64.       Control of dogs

Dogs shall be permitted on Club premises during Club and Open racing      and shall be kept under control at all times. Any complaints from a             member or members concerning a dog’s behaviour shall be addressed to       an Officer or Officer of the Day who may, if the behaviour is not bought             under control, require the owner to remove the dog from the premises.

 

SECTION 9 – PUNT OWNER’S ASSOCIATION

65.       Punt Owners’ Association Committee

a)         The Punt Owners’ Association Committee (POA) shall be              deemed to be a sub committee of the Club and its purpose               shall be to encourage and control the building, sailing,                       racing and development of the Norfolk Punt in close                         cooperation with the Club and to represent Punt Owners                 whether or not they are members of the Club.

b)         The Punt Owners’ Association (POA) shall have its own                  Rules and Procedures (POA Rules) so far as these do not                  conflict with the Rules or constitution of the Club. A              copy of any such POA Rules must be provided to the                        Honorary Secretary of the Club who shall be notified                 forthwith of any change in the POA Rules.

66.       Punt Owner

A Punt Owner is defined as any person owning or part owning a     Norfolk Punt (hereinafter called a Punt) recognised to be a boat             within the class of Norfolk Punts as defined by the POA Rules

67.       POA Committee

The POA committee shall consist of a Punt Owners Association     Chair, a Punt Owners Association Secretary (who during the             period of tenure shall be an ex officio member of the Club    Committee) and two Punt Measurers and in the event that none      of these are adult Members or Honorary Life Members of the     Club, the Club Committee shall nominate an Officer of the Club      as a member of the POA Committee who, if he or she is not a Punt Owner, shall hold a watching brief only at any meetings and    report to the Club Committee and shall not be entitled to vote on        Punt matters. These persons together shall be known as the POA   Committee and shall take office from 1st January next following             for one year.

68.       Membership

Any members of the POA Committee or any sub committee           thereto who are not Full Members or adult Family Members of       the Club shall for so long as they shall serve on the POA           Committee become Temporary Members of the Club. The granting of Temporary Membership to any member of the POA       Committee shall not oblige such member to pay any Entrance fee    or annual subscription but such Temporary members shall not be       entitled to exercise any of the rights and privileges of Club   membership and for the avoidance of doubt they shall have no   voting rights in Club meetings.

69.       Meetings.

The Punt Owners’ Secretary, or, if none, the Honorary Secretary,      shall convene Meetings of Punt Owners (POA meetings) by giving not less than fourteen days notice to each Punt Owner on             the Owners’ register, and shall convene a POA Annual General         Meeting and any Special General POA Meetings in the same    manner as provided by Section 6 of the Club Constitution      relating to the Annual General Meeting or any Special General     Meetings of the Club, (so far as relevant)  except that a           requisition need be made and signed by five Punt Owners only.             All Punts Owners whether or not Club Members shall be entitled      to attend the POA Annual General Meeting and any Special   General POA Meetings. The election, retirement and   continuation of membership of the POA Committee shall be in          accordance with provisions of Section 4 of the Club Constitution      (so far as relevant) and the voting and procedures to be followed        at such meetings shall be in accordance with the Club provisions          therein save that at POA meetings ten owners shall form a      quorum.

70.       Handicap and Technical Committee

a)         A Handicap and Technical Committee (HTC) shall be                        formed at the direction of the POA Committee to                                examine Punt handicaps, changes to boat or sail                                 measurements and any technical issues that might affect                     the Punt Class. This shall be a sub committee of the POA                      and shall meet in accordance with the Rules of the POA                   and shall report back to the POA Committee.

b)         The Punt Owners’ Association Secretary shall report to                     the Club Committee on any matters resolved by the POA                   and any subcommittees thereto.

 

 

 

 

 

This Constitution is based on the model constitution produced by the RYA

(20th January 2012) but has been amended to meet the specific requirements of the Norfolk Punt Club.