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Constitution

CONSTITUTION AND RULES

1.The name of the club shall be the "Acton Nomads Rugby Football Club"

2.The object of the Club is to provide facilities for and promote participation of the whole community in the sport of Rugby Union Football and for the social interaction of its members.

3.The Club, its officers, players and supporters commit to adhere to and abide by the laws, rules and spirit of the game of Rugby Union as specified by Cheshire RFU and the RFU.

4.All playing members of the Club, at any age groups, shall be expected to wear Club colours whilst playing matches on behalf of the Club; whether friendly, league or other. The current playing colours of the Club are: Shirts - Green and Blue ; Shorts - Blue; Socks - Blue and Green hoops. There will be an alternative strip that may be worn for colour clashes or cup competitions. Any alteration to the design or colour(s) must be agreed by the Committee.

5.The officers of the Club shall be the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Rugby and the Fixture Secretary.

6.The President shall serve for a period of 2 years, after which the post comes up for re-election once again.

7.The Club shall be managed by the officers of the club.

8.The Committee shall keep a written record of minutes of each meeting and the minutes of the meeting shall be made available by the Secretary within seven days of being approved.

9.All members of the Club are entitled to attend meetings of the Committee but not to vote or speak without leave of the Chairman and provided also that the Committee may go into closed session to deal with confidential business.

10.Membership is open to the whole community without discrimination, but any member having joined shall deem to accept the rules of the club.

11.The names of all members whose current subscription which shall be determined by the Committee, has not been paid before the 30th day of November in any year and who neglect to comply with a written request for payment within fourteen days after the same shall have been sent to them shall be posted on the Club Website, and such members shall cease to be members on the expiration of such period of time unless a reason satisfactory to the Committee shall be given for the delay.

12.The Committee may elect persons as Vice-Presidents of the Club in recognition of their service to the Club, the Rugby Football Union or the community. Vice Presidents are entitled to vote at any Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting of the Club.

13.There shall be a disciplinary sub-committee comprising of the Chairman, Discipline Officer and one other Committee member. The disciplinary committee shall have the power to expel, suspend or fine any member for good cause. Before any such decision is taken, the disciplinary committee shall give the member at least seven days written notice to attend the meeting of the disciplinary committee at which the matter is to be determined and shall inform him of the complaint(s) made against him. The decision of the disciplinary committee shall be made by majority, the Chairman not having a casting vote, and the member shall have a right to appeal to the committee, notice of which must be served in writing on the Secretary within seven days of the decision. Members of the Committee who are members of the Disciplinary Committee shall not be entitled to be present when the Committee sits at an appeal tribunal.

14.The Committee shall have the power to make bye-laws for regulating the conduct and affairs of the Club provided the same are not inconsistent with these rules. Such bye-laws shall be posted on the Club Website and shall be binding on all of the members.

15.A general meeting of the Club shall be held in every year and not later than the end of August to transact the following business:

a.To receive a report from the Management Committee;
b.To receive and, if approved, to adopt a statement of the Club's accounts to the end of the preceding year;
c. To consider any alteration to these rules;
d.To elect the Officers, Chairman and members of sub-committees and Captains and Vice-Captains.
e.To appoint an auditor or auditors.
f.To deal with any other matter pertinent to the management of the club of which not less than three days notice shall have been given by not less than five members.

Notice convening the general meeting will be published on the Club Website not later than ten days before the meeting.

16.A Special General Meeting may be convened at any time by the Committee and shall be convened by the Committee within 21 days of the receipt by the Secretary of a requisition in writing signed by not less than fifteen members specifying the object of such a meeting for any of the following purposes

a.To consider any alterations to these rules.
b.To deal with any special matter which the committee may desire to place before the members
c.To receive the resignation of the Committee or to remove any member or members thereof from office and to fill any vacancy or vacancies caused thereby.
d.To deal with any special matter which the members requiring the meeting wish to place before the club.

Notice convening a Special General Meeting shall be sent to the members not less than seven days before the meeting and shall specify the matters to be dealt with.

17.The Chairman or in his absence the Vice Chairman or in his absence, a person elected by the meeting shall preside at Committee and general meetings and shall have a casting or additional vote in the event of equality of votes.

18.In any question of interpretation of these rules, the decision of the Committee shall be final.

19.The membership shall indemnify the Committee and Officers of the Club in respect of any liability arising out of any contract entered into by the Committee or duly authorised Officer, provided such contract is not ultra vires the rules of the club, and shall similarly indemnify the Committee and any duly authorised Officers in respect of any other legal liability howsoever arising provided such liability arose during the exercise of powers vested in them by the Committee.

20.All surplus income or profits to be re-invested in the Club. No surpluses or assets will be distributed to members or third parties.

21.Upon dissolution of the Club, any remaining assets shall be given or transferred to a supported registered charity or the sport's governing body.

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