Laune Mountaineering Club Constitution
The name of the Club shall be Laune Mountaineering Club and its headquarters will be in Killorglin
OBJECTIVES OF THE CLUB
To promote mountaineering, hillwalking and rambling
To provide an opportunity for members of the Club to meet and participate in club activities together.
To act on behalf of and in the interests of Club members.
To promote awareness of the need to maintain access, conservation and protection of the cliff, mountain and countryside environment whilst respecting local landowners and their properties.
To take part in the work and activities of Mountaineering Ireland
To ‘Leave No Trace’ after walks, be aware of environmental issues and educate club members on these
To encourage our members to be more environmentally friendly both on the mountain and off and to follow our environmental guidelines
To ensure the safety of members and other mountaineers and to help any in need
MEMBERSHIP OF THE CLUB
Membership of the Club shall be open all irrespective of age, appearance, colour, disability, ethnic origin, gender, language, marital status, nationality, political opinion, race, religion, sexual preference or social status
Members of other Mountaineering Ireland clubs are accepted into the club as “Associate members” with a reduced membership subscription
Membership of the Club shall only be open to individuals who recognise that climbing, mountaineering and hillwalking are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Members shall be aware of and accept these risks and agree to be responsible for their own actions and involvement
Club Membership is open to people over and equal to the age of 18 years
Club Membership is open to those under the age of 18 as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult
New members shall be permitted to participate in a maximum of three (3) walks in one year before there is a requirement to become a full member
In line with Mountaineering Ireland policies, club members must respect other members and not engage in objectionable or offensive comments or actions. This includes, but is not limited to, comments or actions related to age, appearance, colour, disability, ethnic origin, gender, language, marital status, nationality, political opinion, race, religion, sexual preference, social status or other characteristics. Inappropriate actions, behaviour, comments or physical contact will not be tolerated.
The Committee shall have the right for good and sufficient reason to terminate the membership of any member provided that the member has been allowed the opportunity to be heard by the Committee before any decision is taken.
An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) can be called at the request of five (5) members
MANAGEMENT OF THE CLUB
The Management of the Club shall be entrusted to the Club Committee.
OFFICERS OF THE CLUB
The Officers of the Club will be elected at the AGM and shall be the President, the Chairperson, the Vice Chairperson, the Secretary, the Membership Secretary, the Treasurer, the Training Officer, the Children’s Officer, the Archive Officer and the Environmental Officer as well as other officers without a specific role
Each officer shall retire his/her position at the end of each year.
Officers can offer themselves up for re-election.
In the event of two persons applying for the one position a general vote of members will take place.
Voting for the election of Officers shall take place at the AGM.
The Officers of the Club shall have the power to co-opt additional members onto the Committee with full voting rights. This to be decided by simple majority at a Committee meeting.
COMMITTEE OF THE CLUB
The Committee shall be composed of the Officers of the Club.
The Committee shall nominate a representative (or representatives) of the Club to attend Mountaineering Ireland meetings and represent the views of the Membership and vote on behalf of the Club.
The Chairperson of the Club will normally preside at and chair all meetings of the Committee (or Club) and shall be responsible for reporting to the Membership at the Club's AGM.
The Vice Chairperson is subordinate to the chairperson to serve the chair in the absence of the Chairperson or when a motion is being discussed involving the Chairperson.
The Club Secretary shall be responsible for all correspondence relating to Club affairs and for announcing Committee meetings & the AGM and for keeping minutes of meetings.
The Secretary shall also be responsible for the Facebook page.
The Membership Secretary will be responsible for collecting memberships, paying membership fees to Mountaineering Ireland and keeping a record of Membership of the Club.
The Treasurer shall be responsible for the bank account and for doing the annual accounts
The Training Officer is to work with members of the club to promote awareness of all recognised Mountaineering Ireland training courses and to implement training courses throughout the year.
The Environmental Officer will be responsible for creating awareness of environmental issues and liaising with Mountaineering Ireland on environmental issues
The Heritage Officer will be in charge of all older club records
A quorum for a meeting of the Committee shall be five members. In addition to the AGM the Committee shall hold at least two meetings each year for the purposes of preparing the Hillwalking programme and conducting any other business
All decisions of the Committee shall be made by a simple majority. All the elected members of the Committee shall have one vote on every question and in the case of equality, the Chair or other member presiding at the meeting shall have a second or casting vote
The Committee shall have the power to set membership subscription levels for the Club on an annual basis. Membership is due on November 1st
RULES OF THE CLUB
The Committee shall have the power to amend Club rules. Such rules shall be in accordance with the articles of the Club's Constitution and the policies of Mountaineering Ireland.
AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE CLUB
This Constitution may be amended by a two thirds majority of those present at an AGM or EGM. Notice of any amendment must be delivered to the Secretary at least 7 days prior to the AGM or EGM.
DISSOLUTION OF THE CLUB
The Club can be dissolved by two thirds majority vote of eligible members present at a special meeting, whereupon the Committee will arrange to discharge any assets equally amongst nominated charities and groups e.g. MCI Environmental Defence Fund, Mountain Rescue etc.
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