Endeavour United Soccer Club

Endeavour United Soccer Club

Endeavour United

Soccer Club

Incorporated

Constitution

2009

1 Objects of Club 1

1.1 Objects 1

1.2 Alteration of objects and Constitution 1

2 Income and payments 1

2.1 Application of income 1

2.2 No dividends, bonus or profit to be paid to Members 1

2.3 Payments in good faith 2

3 Membership 2

3.1 Ongoing Membership 2

3.2 Members 2

3.3 Duration of membership 2

3.4 Members admitted to membership 3

3.5 Admission of Members 3

3.6 Ceasing to be a Member 3

3.7 No claim against the Club 4

3.8 Limited liability 4

3.9 Members subscriptions 4

3.10 Register of Members 4

4 General meetings 4

4.1 Annual general meeting 4

4.2 Power to convene general meeting 4

4.3 Notice of general meeting 4

4.4 Directors entitled to attend general meetings 4

4.5 Non-receipt of notice 5

5 Proceedings at general meetings 5

5.1 Number for a quorum 5

5.2 Requirement for a quorum 5

5.3 Quorum and time 5

5.4 Adjourned meeting 5

5.5 President to preside over general meetings 5

5.6 Conduct of general meetings 5

5.7 Adjournment of general meeting 6

5.8 Notice of adjourned meeting 6

5.9 Questions decided by majority 6

5.10 Equality of votes casting vote for chairman 6

5.11 Declaration of results 7

5.12 Poll 7

5.13 Objection to voting qualification 7

5.14 Chairman to determine any poll dispute 7

6 Votes of Members 7

6.1 Votes on show of hands 7

6.2 Votes on a poll 8

6.3 Proxy voting 8

7 FFA and FFV 8

7.1 Constitution 8

7.2 Enforcement of rules 9

7.3 Disputes 9

8 Patrons and Life Members 10

8.1 Appointment and removal of Patrons 10

8.2 Rights of Patrons 10

8.3 Eligibility for Life Membership 10

8.4 Nomination requirements 10

8.5 Admission to Life Membership 10

8.6 Rights of Life Members 11

9 Directors 11

9.1 Number of Directors 11

9.2 Elections 11

9.3 Term of office 12

9.4 Maximum term of office 12

9.5 Casual vacancy 12

9.6 Remuneration of Directors 12

9.7 Vacation of office 12

9.8 Directors to be bound by Club, FFV and FFA Rules 13

10 Powers and duties of Directors 13

10.1 Directors to manage Club 13

10.2 Minutes 13

10.3 Signing Cheques and other negotiable instruments 13

11 Proceedings of Directors 13

11.1 Directors meetings 13

11.2 Questions decided by majority 14

11.3 Chairman’s casting vote 14

11.4 Quorum 14

11.5 Effect of vacancy 14

11.6 Director attending and voting by proxy 14

11.7 Convening meetings 14

11.8 President to preside at Directors’ meeting 14

11.9 Committees 14

11.10 Powers delegated to Committees 14

11.11 Committee meetings 15

11.12 Circulating resolutions 15

11.13 Validity of acts of Directors 15

12 Public Officer 15

12.1 Appointment of Public Officer 15

12.2 Suspension and removal of Public Officer 15

12.3 Powers, duties and authorities of Public Officer 15

13 By-laws 15

13.1 Making and amending By-laws 15

13.2 Effect of By-law 16

14 Seals 16

14.1 Safe custody of common seals 16

14.2 Use of common seal 16

15 Funds 16

15.1 Source of Funds 16

15.2 Funds management 16

16 Inspection of records 17

16.1 Inspection by Members 17

16.2 Right of a Member to inspect 17

16.3 Custody of documents 17

17 Service of documents 17

17.1 Document includes notice 17

17.2 Methods of service 17

17.3 Methods of service on the Club 17

17.4 Post 18

17.5 Fax or electronic transmission 18

18 Indemnity 18

18.1 Indemnity of officers 18

18.2 Insurance 18

19 Winding up 19

19.1 Contributions of Members on winding up 19

19.2 Excess property on winding up 19

20 Accounts 19

21 Disciplining of members 19

21.1 Introduction 19

21.2 Judiciary Panel 20

21.3 Proceedings 20

21.4 Penalties 22

21.5 Effect of Penalty 22

22 Definitions and interpretation 23

22.1 Definitions 23

22.2 Interpretation 24

22.3 Corporations Act 25

22.4 Headings 25

22.5 “Include” etc 25

22.6 Powers 25

APPENDIX 1 – APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP OF Endeavour United Soccer Club 26

APPENDIX 2 – FORM OF APPOINTMENT OF PROXY - (For use at a directors' meeting only) 27

1 Objects of Club

1.1 Objects

The objects for which the Club is established are to:

(a) be the member Club of FFA and to comply with the constitution and

by-laws of FFA and FFV;

(b) prevent infringement of the constitution and by-laws of FFA and FFV

and protect Football from abuse;

(c) foster friendly relations among the officials and players of Football by

encouraging Football games;

(d) prevent racial, religious, gender or political discrimination or distinction

among Football players;

(e) promote, provide for, regulate and ensure effective management of

Football competitions, tournaments and games under the control of or

authorised by the Club;

(f) co-operate with FFA, FFV and other bodies in the promotion and

development of, or otherwise in relation to, Football, the Statutes and

Regulations and the Laws of the Game;

(g) facilitate the provision and maintenance of grounds, playing fields,

materials, equipment and other facilities for Football; and

(h) act in the best interests of the Club and Football.

1.2 Alteration of objects and Constitution

Subject to rule 7.1, an addition, amendment or alteration of the objects in

rule 1.1 or of any other rule contained in this Constitution must be approved

by Special Resolution.

2 Income and payments

2.1 Application of income

All the Club’s profits (if any), other income and property, however derived,

must be applied only to promote its objects.

2.2 No dividends, bonus or profit to be paid to Members

None of the Club’s profits or other income or property may be transferred to

the Members, directly or indirectly, by any means.

2.3 Payments in good faith

Subject to rule 9.6, rule 2.2 does not prevent the payment in good faith to an

officer or Member, to a firm of which an officer or Member is a partner or to a

Club of which an officer or Member is a director or shareholder:

(a) of remuneration for services to the Club;

(b) for goods supplied to the Club in the ordinary course of business;

(c) of interest on money borrowed from them by the Club at a rate not

exceeding the rate fixed for the purposes of this rule 2.3 by the Club in

general meeting; or

(d) of reasonable rent for premises let by them to the Club.

3 Membership

3.1 Ongoing Membership

Those persons who were members of the Club immediately prior to the

approval of this Constitution shall continue to be Members of the Club in

accordance with rule 3.2.

3.2 Members

The Members of the Club shall consist of:

(a) Life Members, who subject to this Constitution, shall have the rights set

out in rule 8.6;

(b) Ordinary Members over 18 years of age who, subject to this

Constitution, shall have the right to be present, debate and vote at

General Meetings;

(c) Social Members over 18 years of age being persons other than

Ordinary Members who are interested in promoting the Club but who

do not participate in the playing activities (including in the role of

player, coach or official) of the Club and who shall not be entitled to

be present, debate and vote at General Meetings; and

(d) Junior Members under the age of 18 years who, subject to this

Constitution, are not entitled to hold any office, but shall have the right

to be present, debate and vote at General Meetings through the

Junior Member’s parent or other legal guardian.

3.3 Duration of membership

A person admitted to membership under rule 3.2 will cease to be a Member

according to this Constitution and the By-laws.

3.4 Members admitted to membership

The Club must procure that each Member admitted to membership agrees

to be bound by and observe:

(a) This Constitution;

(b) The Laws of the Game;

(c) The Statutes and Regulations and those of the By-Laws expressed to

apply to or in relation to Members;

(d) The Statutes and Regulations and the constitutions and by-laws of FFA

and FFV as enforced from time to time;

(e) The FFV Codes of Behaviour and Rules of Competition, as amended

from time to time; and

(f) The FFA Code of Conduct, as amended from time to time.

3.5 Admission of Members

An application for membership by an individual (“applicant”) must be:

(a) in writing and submitted by the applicant or its nominated

representative and lodged with the Club; and

(b) accompanied by the appropriate fee, if any.

Before admission as a Member, an applicant must sign an application

agreeing to be bound by this Constitution, the By-laws and the Statutes and

Regulations.

The Directors are not obliged to admit any applicant to membership. Where

an application is rejected the Directors do not need to provide any reasons.

3.6 Ceasing to be a Member

Subject to clause 3.3, a person ceases to be a Member on:

(a) resignation;

(b) death;

(c) becoming bankrupt or insolvent or making an arrangement or

composition with creditors of the person’s joint or separate estate

generally;

(d) becoming of unsound mind or a person whose person or estate is

liable to be dealt with in any way under a law relating to mental

health;

(e) the termination of their membership according to this Constitution; or

(f) the expiry of the term of their membership according to rule 3.3.

3.7 No claim against the Club

No Member whose membership ceases has any claim against the Club or

the Directors for damages or otherwise.

3.8 Limited liability

Members have no liability to contribute towards the payment of the debts

and liabilities of the Club, or the costs, charges and expenses of the winding

up of the Club.

3.9 Members subscriptions

Membership fees, subscriptions or other amounts payable by Members to the

Club shall be determined by the Directors from time to time.

3.10 Register of Members

A register of Members must be kept and contain:

(a) the name and address of each Member;

(b) the date on which each Member was admitted to the Club; and

(c) if applicable, the date of, and reasons for termination of membership.

In addition to the details above, the register must be maintained in the form,

and contain such details as may be required by FFV from time to time.

The Club must provide FFV (and to FFA if requested by FFA) with a copy of its

register by 1 February and 1 August each year, certified by the Secretary to

be true and correct as at the previous 31 December and 30 June

respectively.

4 General meetings

4.1 Annual general meeting

Annual general meetings of the Club are to be held according to the Act.

4.2 Power to convene general meeting

The Directors may convene a general meeting when they think fit and must

do so if required under the Act.

4.3 Notice of general meeting

Notice of a meeting of Members must be given according to rule 17 and the

Act.

4.4 Directors entitled to attend general meetings

A Director is entitled to receive notice of and attend and speak at all general

meetings.

4.5 Non-receipt of notice

The non-receipt of a notice convening, cancelling or postponing a general

meeting by, or the accidental omission to give a notice of that kind to, a

person entitled to receive it, does not invalidate any resolution passed at the

general meeting or at a postponed meeting or the cancellation or

postponement of the meeting.

5 Proceedings at general meetings

5.1 Number for a quorum

Subject to rule 5.4, Three at your club who are Members and eligible to vote

are a quorum at a general meeting.

5.2 Requirement for a quorum

An item of business may not be transacted at a general meeting unless a

quorum is present when the meeting proceeds to consider it.

If a quorum is present at the beginning of a meeting it is taken to be present

throughout the meeting unless the chairman of the meeting (on their own

motion or at the request of a Member who is present) declares otherwise.

5.3 Quorum and time

If within 30 minutes after the time appointed for a general meeting a quorum

is not present, the meeting:

(a) if convened by, or on requisition of, Members is dissolved; and

(b) in any other case stands adjourned to the same day in the next week

and the same time and place, or to such other day, time and place as

the Directors appoint by notice to those entitled to notice of the

meeting.

5.4 Adjourned meeting

At a meeting adjourned under rule 5.3(b), Three by number of those persons

who are Members and who are present and eligible to vote are a quorum.

If a quorum is not present within 30 minutes after the time appointed for the

adjourned meeting, the meeting is dissolved.

5.5 President to preside over general meetings

The President is entitled to preside at general meetings. If a general meeting

is convened and there is no President, or the President is not present within 15

minutes after the time appointed for the holding of the meeting or is unable

or unwilling to act, the Directors shall appoint a Director to preside as

chairman for that meeting only.

5.6 Conduct of general meetings

The chairman of a general meeting:

(a) has charge of the general conduct of the meeting and of the

procedures to be adopted;

(b) may require the adoption of any procedure which is in their opinion

necessary or desirable for proper and orderly debate or discussion or

the proper and orderly casting or recording of votes; and

(c) may, having regard where necessary to the Act, terminate discussion

or debate on any matter whenever they consider it necessary or

desirable for the proper conduct of the meeting.

A decision by the chairman under this rule is final.

5.7 Adjournment of general meeting

The chairman of a general meeting may at any time during the meeting

adjourn the meeting or any business, motion, question, resolution, debate or

discussion being considered or remaining to be considered by the meeting.

The adjournment may be either to a later time at the same meeting or to an

adjourned meeting at any time and any place.

The chairman may, but need not, seek any approval for the adjournment.

Unless required by the chairman, a vote may not be taken or demanded in

respect of any adjournment.

Only unfinished business is to be transacted at a meeting resumed after an

adjournment.

5.8 Notice of adjourned meeting

It is not necessary to give any notice of an adjournment or of the business to

be transacted at any adjourned meeting unless a meeting is adjourned for

one month or more.

In that case, the same period of notice as was originally given for the

meeting must be given for the adjourned meeting.

5.9 Questions decided by majority

Subject to the requirements of the Act requiring a Special Resolution, rule 1.2,

a resolution is carried if a simple majority of the votes cast on the resolution

are in favour of it.

5.10 Equality of votes casting vote for chairman

Except on a resolution to elect a Director, if there is an equality of votes,

whether on a show of hands or on a poll, the chairman of the meeting is

entitled to a casting vote in addition to any votes to which the chairman is

otherwise entitled.

5.11 Declaration of results

At any general meeting a resolution put to the vote of the meeting must be

decided on a show of hands unless a poll is properly demanded and the

demand is not withdrawn.

A declaration by the chairman that a resolution has on a show of hands

been carried or carried unanimously, or by a particular majority, or lost, and

an entry to that effect in the minutes of the meetings of the Club, is

conclusive evidence of the fact.

Neither the chairman nor the minutes need state and it is not necessary to

prove, the number or proportion of the votes recorded for of or against the

resolution.

5.12 Poll

If a poll is properly demanded, it must be taken in the manner and at the

date and time directed by the chairman and the result of the poll is the

resolution of the meeting at which the poll was demanded.

A poll demanded on the election of a chairman or on a question of

adjournment must be taken immediately.

A demand for a poll may be withdrawn.

A demand for a poll does not prevent the meeting continuing for the

transaction of any business other than the question on which the poll has

been demanded.

5.13 Objection to voting qualification

An objection to the right of a person to attend or vote at the meeting or

adjourned meeting:

(a) may not be raised except at that meeting; and

(b) must be referred to the chairman of the meeting, whose decision is

final.

A vote not disallowed under the objection is valid for all purposes.

5.14 Chairman to determine any poll dispute

If there is a dispute as to the admission or rejection of a vote, the chairman of

the meeting must decide it and their decision made in good faith is final and

conclusive.

6 Votes of Members

6.1 Votes on show of hands

On a show of hands each Member entitled to vote under rule 3.2 and

present at a general meeting has one vote.

6.2 Votes on a poll

On a poll each Member over the age of 18 years of age present in person

has one vote and each person over the age of 18 years of age present as an

attorney or Representative of a Member whether over the age of 18 years of

age or not has one vote for that Member.

6.3 Proxy voting

Proxy voting is not permitted at meetings of the Club.

7 FFA and FFV

7.1 Constitution

The Club must:

(a) be a body corporate or incorporated association to be recognised by

FFA and/or FFV and must have the following characteristics:

(i) it organises teams to participate in competitions sanctioned by

FFV or FFA;

(ii) all members of its teams are entitled to membership;

(iii) members may vote in an election for any officeholders

(whether directly if over 18 years of age or indirectly through

the Junior Member’s parent or other legal guardian if under 18

years of age);

(iv) agrees to be bound by the Statutes and Regulations, the Laws

of the Game and those FFA or FFV rules (including the

respective constitutions) and by-laws expressed to apply to it;

and

(v) prevent infringement of the constitutions and by-laws of FFA

and FFV and protect Football from abuse;

(b) amend:

(i) this Constitution; or

(ii) the By-laws,

to promptly adopt changes in the constitutions and by-laws of FFA

and/or FFV made from time to time to the extent that they are

applicable to the Club. In this clause the reference to changes to by-

laws includes additional or replacement by-laws;

(c) not otherwise amend or vary this Constitution without the consent of

FFV and in accordance with the Act; or

(d) not otherwise amend or vary any of its By-laws without the consent of

FFV.

FFV must consent to any amendment to this Constitution or those By-laws

which are required by law.

7.2 Enforcement of rules

Subject to applicable law, the Club must:

(a) promulgate and comply with, and do everything within its power to

enforce compliance with, the Statutes and Regulations and the Laws

of the Game; and

(b) co-operate with FFA and FFV in all matters relating to the organisation

of competitions, the Club’s own competitions and Football in general.

7.3 Disputes

(a) This rule 7.3 applies to a Dispute.

(b) The parties to a Dispute must meet and discuss the matter in dispute,

and, if possible, resolve the Dispute within 14 days after the Dispute

comes to the attention of all of the parties.

(c) If the parties are unable to resolve the Dispute at the meeting or

meetings held in accordance with rule 8.2(b), or if a party fails to

attend such a meeting, then the parties must, within 10 days, hold a

meeting in the presence of a mediator.

(d) The mediator must be:

(i) a person chosen by agreement between the parties; or

(ii) in the absence of agreement:

(A) in the case of a Dispute between a Member and

another Member, a person appointed by the

Directors; or

(B) in the case of a Dispute between a Member and

the Club, a person appointed by FFV.

(e) A Member can be a mediator.

(f) A Member who is a party to the Dispute cannot be a mediator.

(g) The parties to a Dispute must, in good faith, attempt to settle the

Dispute by mediation.

(h) The mediator, in conducting the mediation, must:

(i) give the parties to the mediation process reasonable

opportunity to be heard; and

(ii) allow due consideration by all parties of any written statement

submitted by any party; and

(iii) ensure that natural justice is accorded to the parties to the

Dispute throughout the mediation process.

(i) The mediator must not determine the Dispute.

(j) If the mediation process does not result in the Dispute being resolved,

the parties may then seek to resolve the Dispute in accordance with

the process set out in the Grievance Procedure.

8 Patrons and Life Members

8.1 Appointment and removal of Patrons

The Directors may appoint and remove Patrons of the Club.

8.2 Rights of Patrons

Patrons are:

(a) entitled to notice of all general meetings;

(b) entitled to attend and speak at general meetings; and

(c) not entitled to vote at any general meeting.

8.3 Eligibility for Life Membership

Any Member or Director may nominate an individual for admission as a Life

Member.

8.4 Nomination requirements

A nomination under rule 8.3 must:

(a) be in writing in the form determined by the Directors from time to time;

and

(b) set out the reasons why, in the opinion of the nominator, the nominee

should be considered for Life Membership.

8.5 Admission to Life Membership

Nominations for admission to Life Membership are to be considered by the

Directors at their next meeting after the nomination is received.

In their absolute discretion, and without the need to give reasons for doing

so, the Directors may recommend the nomination, or decide not to

recommend or submit the nomination, to the next annual general meeting

for approval.

A nominee is admitted to Life Membership if:

(a) the Directors recommend that the nominee be admitted to Life

Membership; and

(b) the recommendation is approved by a majority of two-thirds of

Members present at the annual general meeting at which the

recommendation is considered.

8.6 Rights of Life Members

Unless also an Ordinary Member a Life Member:

(a) is not to be counted in a quorum under rule 5.1;

(b) has the right to remain a Life Member until they die or resign their Life

Membership or unless they are expelled from the Club;

(c) subject to any separate agreement with the Club to the contrary, has

no obligation, and may not be required, to pay any subscription or

other amount;

(d) is entitled to receive notice of general meetings;

(e) is entitled to attend and speak at general meetings; and

(f) is not entitled to vote at any general meeting.

9 Directors

9.1 Number of Directors

There are to be no more than Three Directors comprised as follows:

(a) the President;

(b) the Secretary;

(c) the Treasurer; and

(d) Two other committee members;

who must all be Ordinary Members (or the parent or other legal guardian of

a Junior Member) and who shall be elected under rule 9.2.

9.2 Elections

A Member or a Director may nominate a person for election as a Director

(including as President). A nomination must be in writing and signed by the

nominator and nominee.

If insufficient nominations are received to fill all available Director vacancies

the candidates nominated shall, subject to declaration by the chairman, be

deemed to be elected.

If the number of nominations received is equal to the number of vacancies

to be filled, the persons nominated shall, subject to declaration by the

chairman, be deemed to be elected.

If the number of nominations exceeds the number of vacancies to be filled,

voting papers shall be prepared containing the names of the candidates in

alphabetical order, for each vacancy.

Elections shall be conducted by such means as is prescribed by the Directors.

9.3 Term of office

Directors shall hold office for a term of two years and subject to this

Constitution, shall hold office from the conclusion of the Annual General

Meeting at which they were elected until the conclusion of the second

following Annual General Meeting.

9.4 Maximum term of office

Unless otherwise approved by the Members in General meeting a Director

may not serve more than three consecutive terms as a Director.

If a Director has served three consecutive terms, they may not be elected as

a Director again until the second annual general meeting after the end of

their third term of office.

9.5 Casual vacancy

The Directors may at any time appoint a person to be a Director to fill a

casual vacancy.

A Director appointed under this rule holds office until the end of the term of

the Director in whose place they were appointed.

Service as a Director under this rule is a full term of office for the purposes of

rule 9.3.

9.6 Remuneration of Directors

A Director may not be paid for services as a Director but, with the approval

of the Directors, may be reimbursed by the Club for their reasonable

expenses when:

(a) travelling to or from meetings of the Directors, a Committee or the

Club; or

(b) otherwise engaged on the affairs of the Club.

9.7 Vacation of office

The office of a Director becomes vacant when the Director:

(a) is disqualified by the Act from being a committee member;

(b) is disqualified by the Corporations Act from being a director;

(c) becomes of unsound mind or a person whose person or estate is liable

to be dealt with in any way under a law relating to mental health;

(d) resigns office by notice in writing to the Club;

(e) is not present personally at three consecutive Directors’ meetings

without leave of absence from the Directors.

9.8 Directors to be bound by Club, FFV and FFA Rules

By accepting office, each Director agrees to be bound by and observe:

(a) This Constitution;

(b) The Statutes and Regulations and those of the By-Laws expressed to

apply to or in relation to Directors of Clubs;

(c) The Statutes and Regulations and the constitutions and by-laws of FFA

and FFV as enforced from time to time;

(d) The FFV Codes of Behaviour and Rules of Competition, as amended

from time to time; and

(e) The FFA Code of Conduct, as amended from time to time.

10 Powers and duties of Directors

10.1 Directors to manage Club

The Directors are to manage the Club’s business and may exercise those of

the Club’s powers that are not required, by the Act or by this Constitution, to

be exercised by the Club in general meeting.

10.2 Minutes

The Directors must cause minutes of meetings to be made and kept

according to the Act.

10.3 Signing Cheques and other negotiable instruments

Cheques and other negotiable instruments must be signed by at least two

Directors nominated by the Directors.

11 Proceedings of Directors

11.1 Directors meetings

The Directors may meet together for conducting business, adjourn and

otherwise regulate their meetings as they think fit. The Directors consent, by

accepting nomination as a Director, to meetings being held using any

technology that gives the Directors, as a whole, a reasonable opportunity to

participate. To avoid doubt, this includes meetings held by telephone

and/or video conferencing.

11.2 Questions decided by majority

A question arising at a Directors’ meeting is to be decided by a majority of

votes of the Directors present and entitled to vote.

11.3 Chairman’s casting vote

The chairman of the meeting has a casting vote.

11.4 Quorum

Until otherwise determined by the Directors, Three Directors (at least two of

whom are entitled to vote) present in person or by proxy is a quorum.

11.5 Effect of vacancy

The continuing Directors may act despite a vacancy in their number. If the

number of Directors is reduced below the number required for a quorum, the

remaining Directors may act only for the purpose of filling the vacancies to

the extent necessary to bring their number up to the number required for a

quorum or to convene a general meeting.

11.6 Director attending and voting by proxy

A Director may attend and vote by proxy at a Directors’ meeting if the proxy:

(a) is another Director; and

(b) has been appointed in writing signed by the appointor.

The appointment must be for a particular meeting.

11.7 Convening meetings

A Director may, and the Secretary on the request of a Director must,

convene a Directors’ meeting.

11.8 President to preside at Directors’ meeting

The President is entitled to preside at Directors’ meetings.

If the President is not present and able and willing to act within 15 minutes

after the time appointed for a meeting or has signified an intention not to be

present and able and willing to act, the Directors shall appoint a Director to

preside as chairman for that meeting only.

11.9 Committees

The Directors may delegate any of their powers to Committees consisting of

those persons they think fit, and may revoke that delegation.

11.10 Powers delegated to Committees

A Committee must exercise the powers delegated to it according to the

terms of the delegation and to any directions of the Directors.

Powers delegated to and exercised by a Committee are taken to have been

exercised by the Directors.

11.11 Committee meetings

Committee meetings are governed by the provisions of this Constitution

dealing with Directors’ meetings, as far as they are capable of application.

11.12 Circulating resolutions

The Directors may pass a resolution without a Directors’ meeting being held if

all of the Directors who are entitled to vote on the resolution sign a

document containing a statement that they are in favour of the resolution

set out in the document.

Separate copies of the document may be used for signing by Directors if the

wording of the resolution and statement is identical in each copy.

The resolution is passed when the last Director signs.

11.13 Validity of acts of Directors

Everything done at a Directors’ meeting or a Sub-Committee meeting, or by

a person acting as a Director, are valid even if it is discovered later that there

was some defect in the appointment, election or qualification of any of them

or that any of them was disqualified or had vacated office.

12 Public Officer

12.1 Appointment of Public Officer

There must be a Public Officer of the Club who:

(a) must be resident in the State; and

(b) is to be appointed by the Directors.

12.2 Suspension and removal of Public Officer

The Directors may suspend or remove a Public Officer from that office.

12.3 Powers, duties and authorities of Public Officer

A Public Officer holds office on the terms and conditions (including as to

remuneration) and with the powers, duties and authorities, as determined by

the Directors

13 By-laws

13.1 Making and amending By-laws

The Directors may from time to time make By-laws which in their opinion are

necessary or desirable for the control, administration and management of

the Club's affairs and may amend, repeal and replace those By-laws, but

only to the extent the Club can do so under rule 7.1.

Subject to rule 7.1, the Club in general meeting, may amend, repeal and

replace any By-law made by the Directors, but that does not affect the

validity of anything previously done by the Directors or anyone under that By-

law.

13.2 Effect of By-law

A By-law:

(a) is subject to this Constitution;

(b) must be consistent with this Constitution and the objectives stated in

FFV’s constitution, and if not, the Constitution prevails to the extent of

the inconsistency; and

(c) when in force, is binding on all Members and has the same effect as a

provision in this Constitution.

14 Seals

14.1 Safe custody of common seals

The Directors must provide for the safe custody of any seal of the Club.

14.2 Use of common seal

If the Club has a common seal or duplicate common seal:

(a) it may be used only by the authority of the Directors; and

(b) every document to which it is affixed must be signed by a Director and

be countersigned by another Director or another person appointed by

the Directors to countersign that document or a class of documents in

which that document is included.

15 Funds

15.1 Source of Funds

The funds of the Club are to be derived from fees paid by Members and any

other sources the Directors determine.

15.2 Funds management

The funds of the Club are to be used solely for the objects specified in rule 2.1

in any manner the Directors determine.

16 Inspection of records

16.1 Inspection by Members

Subject to the Act, the Directors may determine whether and to what extent,

and at what times and places and under what conditions, the accounting

records and other documents of the Club or any of them will be open for

inspection by the Members.

16.2 Right of a Member to inspect

A Member does not have the right to inspect any document of the Club

except as provided by law or authorised by the Directors or by the Club in

general meeting.

16.3 Custody of documents

Except as otherwise provided in these rules, the Secretary must keep in his or

her custody or under his or her control all books, documents and securities of

the Club.

17 Service of documents

17.1 Document includes notice

In this rule 17, document includes a notice.

17.2 Methods of service

The Club may give a document to a Member:

(a) personally; or

(b) by sending it by post to the address for the Member in the Register or

an alternative address nominated by the Member; or

(c) by sending it to a fax number or electronic address nominated by the

Member; or

(d) by posting it on the Club’s website.

17.3 Methods of service on the Club

A Member may give a document to the Club by:

(a) delivering it to the Registered Office; or

(b) sending it by post to the Registered Office; or

(c) sending it to a fax number or electronic address nominated by the

Club.

17.4 Post

A document sent by post if sent to an address:

(a) in Australia, may be sent by ordinary post; and

(b) outside Australia, must be sent by airmail,

and in either case is taken to have been received on the day after the date

of its posting.

17.5 Fax or electronic transmission

If a document is sent by fax or electronic transmission, delivery of the

document is taken to:

(a) be effected by properly addressing and transmitting the fax or

electronic transmission; and

(b) have been delivered on the day following its transmission.

18 Indemnity

18.1 Indemnity of officers

Every person who is or has been a Director or a Public Officer is entitled to be

indemnified out of the property of the Club against:

(a) every liability incurred by the person in that capacity (except a liability

for legal costs); and

(b) all legal costs incurred in defending or resisting (or otherwise in

connection with) proceedings, whether civil or criminal or of an

administrative or investigatory nature, in which the person becomes

involved because of that capacity,

unless:

(c) the Club is forbidden by statute to indemnify the person against the

liability or legal costs; or

(d) an indemnity by the Club of the person against the liability or legal

costs would, if given, be made void by statute.

18.2 Insurance

The Club may pay or agree to pay, whether directly or through an interposed

entity, a premium for a contract insuring a person who is or has been a

Director or Public Officer against liability incurred by the person in that

capacity, including a liability for legal costs, unless the:

(a) Club is forbidden by statute to pay or agree to pay the premium; or

(b) contract would, if the Club paid the premium, be made void by

statute.

19 Winding up

19.1 Contributions of Members on winding up

Each Member must contribute to the Club’s property if the Club is wound up

while they are a Member or within one year after their membership ceases.

This contribution is for:

(a) payment of the Club’s debts and liabilities contracted before their

membership ceased;

(b) the costs of winding up; and

(c) adjustment of the rights of the contributories among themselves,

and the amount is not to exceed $1.00.

19.2 Excess property on winding up

If on the winding up or dissolution of the Club, and after satisfaction of all its

debts and liabilities, any property remains, that property must be given or

transferred to another body or bodies:

(a) having objects similar to those of the Club; and

(b) whose constitution prohibits (or each of whose constitutions prohibit)

the distribution of its or their income and property among its or their

members to an extent at least as great as is imposed on the Club

under this Constitution.

That body is, or those bodies are, to be determined by the Members at or

before the time of dissolution or, failing that a determination, by a judge who

has or acquires jurisdiction in the matter.

20 Accounts

The Directors must cause the accounts of the Club to be audited as required

by the Corporations Act and in compliance with the Act.

21 Disciplining of members

21.1 Introduction

This rule sets out the procedure for dealing with disciplinary actions and

matters and:

(a) establishes a Judiciary Panel to hear disciplinary matters of the Club;

and

(b) sets out the procedures of that Judiciary Panel.

21.2 Judiciary Panel

The Judiciary Panel shall be convened and function as follows.

(a) The Directors may convene a Judiciary Panel of such persons, on such

terms and for such purpose(s) as is required. A member of each

Judiciary Panel appointed shall act as Judiciary Panel Secretary and

keep records of all investigations and decisions.

(b) The jurisdiction of a Judiciary Panel shall be limited to matters referred

to it by the Directors in accordance with the Constitution and this rule.

(c) Every referral to a Judiciary Panel shall be clear and unambiguous and

shall clearly set out the matter(s) required to be investigated or

determined by the Judiciary Panel.

(d) Upon a referral to a Judiciary Panel the Judiciary Panel Secretary shall,

as soon as practicable, appoint a time and place suitable to the

Judiciary Panel for the proceedings.

(e) A Judiciary Panel shall conduct any referral to it within such time as the

Directors direct, provided always that a concerned person may apply

for an adjournment by application in writing to the Judiciary Panel

chairperson. Such application must be received at least 2 days prior to

commencement of proceedings.

(f) A Judiciary Panel shall have power to require the attendance of any

Member or Club representative at any proceedings before it. Notice

shall be given in accordance with this rule. Where a person who is

required to attend, fails to attend without reasonable excuse, the

Judiciary Panel may draw such inferences from that failure to attend

as it considers reasonable.

(g) The quorum for a Judiciary Panel shall be determined by the Directors.

21.3 Proceedings

The proceedings of a Judiciary Panel shall be conducted as follows.

(a) Upon receipt of a referral the Judiciary Panel may request the party or

parties concerned in the referral appear before it. Such request shall

be in writing either delivered personally or in appropriate cases by post

or facsimile or email to the appropriate address or facsimile number of

the party or parties concerned. The Judiciary Panel shall inquire into,

or determine, the matters in question.

(i) A notice given by post shall be deemed to have been given on

the day following the day on which it was posted.

(ii) A notice given by facsimile or email shall be deemed to be

given upon receipt of a confirmation report confirming the

facsimile was received at the facsimile number or where the

email was not confirmed undeliverable at the email address to

which it was sent.

(b) Proceedings shall take place as soon as practicable. All parties

concerned shall be given at least 7 days notice of the proceedings by

the Judiciary Panel. The notice shall:

(i) be in writing;

(ii) state that the party or parties concerned are required to

appear and in what capacity;

(iii) state the nature of the proceedings and the matters or alleged

offence(s) the subject of investigation or determination, the

possible penalty or penalties and the date, place and time of

the hearing; and

(iv) be delivered in accordance with rule 21.3(a) above.

(c) Persons appearing before the Judiciary Panel shall be entitled to call

witnesses but must state their case in person unless the Judiciary Panel

has permitted representation through an advocate. No person

appearing before the Judiciary Panel shall be entitled to legal

representation as of right at the proceedings. The chairperson will

consider all requests for legal representation made by a party but the

decision to allow legal representation is at the sole discretion of the

chairperson. The chairperson is not required to give reasons for such

decision. The person appearing before the Judiciary Panel and his/her

witnesses shall be given a full opportunity to be heard. In his/her

absence, or in the absence of his/her witnesses, a decision may be

made by default. Before making a decision in default of appearance,

the Judiciary Panel must satisfy itself that the party concerned was

aware of the time, date and place of hearing and had been

requested to appear in accordance with this rule.

(d) The Judiciary Panel chairman shall announce the opening of the

proceedings, stating the Judiciary Panel's authority, jurisdiction,

composition and the nature and purpose(s) of the proceedings.

(e) The procedure to be followed at proceedings shall be clearly

explained by the Judiciary Panel chairman. The Judiciary Panel

chairman shall state who is entitled to be present throughout

proceedings during evidence and submissions.

(f) The matter(s) the subject of proceedings shall then be read to the

person(s) concerned. The body or person reporting the matter(s) the

subject of the proceedings shall be given the opportunity to report the

circumstances of those matter(s). The person(s) concerned will be

given the opportunity to respond to this report and present evidence

and submissions as to their view of the circumstances of those

matter(s). Any witnesses called by either the reporting body or the

person(s) concerned will be given the opportunity to give evidence or

make submissions. Witnesses may be questioned on their evidence.

Evidence and/or submissions may be tendered in writing.

(g) The Judiciary Panel will consider the evidence presented. The

Judiciary Panel may adjourn the hearing if necessary to do so. No

other person shall be present or partake in any discussion with the

Judiciary Panel at this time. If the Judiciary Panel finds an offence has

not been committed or not proved it will advise the Directors and

dismiss the charge accordingly.

(h) If the Judiciary Panel finds an offence has been committed or proved

it may impose, in its discretion, an appropriate penalty or penalties. It

may also report its findings to the Directors with such recommendations

as it considers appropriate. The Judiciary Panel chairperson will

declare the proceedings closed.

(i) If a decision cannot be given immediately after proceedings, the

relevant party or parties must be advised of the time and place at

which the decision will be given. The decision, any penalty and notice

of the person's appeal rights shall be given in writing and signed by the

Judiciary Panel chairperson.

(j) Every decision of a Judiciary Panel under this Rule shall be conveyed in

writing to the parties concerned.

21.4 Penalties

(a) Penalties which may be imposed include:

(i) a reprimand;

(ii) suspension, from such activities of the Club, including but not

only competition, on such terms and for such period as the

Judiciary Panel thinks fit;

(iii) exclusion from a particular competition, activity, event or

events;

(iv) expulsion from the Club;

(v) a fine, imposed in such manner and in such amount as the

Judiciary Panel thinks fit; or

(vi) such combination of any of the above penalties as the

Judiciary Panel thinks fit.

(b) During proceedings, the subject(s) of the proceedings may be

suspended, on such terms and for such period as the Judiciary Panel

thinks fit and shall remain under suspension unless the Judiciary Panel

decides otherwise.

21.5 Effect of Penalty

(a) Where a Member is suspended under this rule, all rights and privileges

of that Member shall be forfeited, either partially or completely, during

the period of suspension. In the case of complete suspension, a

Member shall also forfeit all Club rights during the currency of the

suspension.

(b) Where a Member is expelled under this rule his membership of, and

representation rights and privileges in, the Club shall be forfeited

immediately and membership shall cease.

(c) There is no right of appeal against a decision of a Judiciary Panel

under this rule.

22 Definitions and interpretation

22.1 Definitions

In this Constitution unless the contrary intention appears:

Act means the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (Vic). (Act is available

from the Consumer Affairs website www.consumer.vic.gov.au )

Club means the Endeavour United Soccer Club Incorporated.

By-law means a by-law made under this Constitution.

Constitution means this constitution as amended from time to time, and a

reference to a particular rule is a reference to an rule of this Constitution.

Corporations Act means the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).

Director means a director of the Club and includes the President.

Directors means all or some of the directors of the Club acting as a board.

Dispute means a dispute under this Constitution between:

(a) a Member and another Member; or

(b) a Member and the Club.

FFA means Football Federation Australia Limited ACN 106 478 068.

FIFA means Federation Internationale de Football Association.

FFV means Football Federation Victoria Incorporated.

Football means “Association Football” as recognised by FIFA from time to

time. To avoid doubt, at the date of incorporation of the Club or the date of

adoption of this Constitution, Football includes the games of Football, soccer

football, indoor or 5 a side (Futsal) Football and beach Football.

Grievance has the meaning given to that term in the Grievance Procedure;

Grievance Procedure means the procedures in the FFV Grievance,

Disciplinary, Tribunal By-Law, as amended from time to time.

Junior Member means a player, coach or official of the Club under rule

3.2(d).

Laws of the Game means the rules of Football referred to in the Statutes and

Regulations.

Life Member means a person admitted as such under rule 8.

Member means a member of the Club admitted to membership under rule

3.2.

Ordinary Member means a player, coach or official of the Club under rule

3.2(b).

Patron means any person of influence or support appointed by the Club as a

Patron of the Club under rule 8.1.

President means the President from time to time of the Club.

Public Officer has the meaning and functions accorded to that office as set

out in the Act.

Registered Office means the registered office of the Club from time to time.

Registrar has the meaning given to it in the Act.

Social Member means a Member under rule 3.2(c).

Special Resolution has the meaning given to it in the Act.

State means Victoria.

Statutes and Regulations means the Statutes and Regulations of FIFA in force

from time to time.

22.2 Interpretation

(a) In this Constitution:

(i) (presence of a Member) a reference to a Member present at a

general meeting means the Member present in person or by

attorney or Representative;

(ii) (annual general meeting) a reference to an annual general

meeting in a calendar year (for example, in 2006), is a reference

to the annual general meeting required to be held by the Club

in that calendar year under the Act; and

(iii) (document) a reference to a document or instrument includes

any amendments made to it from time to time and, unless the

contrary intention appears, includes a replacement.

(b) In this Constitution unless the contrary intention appears:

(i) (gender) words importing any gender include all other genders;

(ii) (person) the word “person” includes a firm, a body corporate, a

partnership, a joint venture, an unincorporated body or

association or an authority;

(iii) (successors) a reference to an organisation includes a

reference to its successors;

(iv) (singular includes plural) the singular includes the plural and

vice versa;

(v) (instruments) a reference to a law includes regulations and

instruments made under it;

(vi) (amendments to legislation) a reference to a law or a provision

of a law includes amendments, re-enactments or replacements

of that law or the provision, whether by a State or the

Commonwealth or otherwise;

(vii) (signed) where, by a provision of this Constitution, a document

including a notice is required to be signed, that requirement

may be satisfied in relation to an electronic communication of

the document in any manner permitted by law or by any State

or Commonwealth law relating to electronic transmissions or in

any other manner approved by the Directors; and

(viii) (writing) “writing” and “written” includes printing, typing and

other modes of reproducing words in a visible form including,

without limitation, any representation of words in a physical

document or in an electronic communication or form or

otherwise.

22.3 Corporations Act

In this Constitution unless the contrary intention appears an expression has, in

a provision of this Constitution that deals with a matter dealt with by a

particular provision of the Corporations Act, the same meaning as in that

provision of the Corporations Act.

22.4 Headings

Headings are inserted for convenience and do not affect the interpretation

of this Constitution.

22.5 “Include” etc

In this Constitution the words “include”, “includes”, “including” and “for

example” are not to be interpreted as words of limitation.

22.6 Powers

A power, an authority or a discretion reposed in a Director, the Directors, a

Sub-Committee, the Club in general meeting or a Member may be exercised

at any time and from time to time.

APPENDIX 1 – APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP OF ENDEAVOUR UNITED SOCCER

CLUB

I,……………………………………… , of …………..……………desire to become a

(name and occupation) (address)

member of ………………………………………………………………………

(name of Club)

In the event of my admission as a member, I agree to be bound by the rules of the

Club for the time being in force.

…………………………

Signature of Applicant

Date …………………….

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