The Constitution

Manchester University Mountaineering Club Constitution

 

  1. NAME

 

  • The name of the club shall be the “Manchester University Mountaineering Club”.

Hereinafter referred to as “the Club”.

 

  1. OBJECTIVES OF THE CLUB

 

  • To promote the interests of climbing and mountaineering amongst members of the Club.

 

  • To provide an opportunity for members of the club to meet and participate in climbing and mountaineering 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 and mountain environment.

 

  • To take part in the work and activities of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC)

 

  1. MEMBERSHIP OF THE CLUB

 

  • Membership of the club shall only be open to members of Manchester University and to members of the Royal Northern College of Music, hereinafter referred to as “the Membership”.

 

  • In addition to 3.1 above membership of the Club shall only be open to individuals who recognise that climbing and mountaineering 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.

 

  • In addition to 3.2 above membership of the Club shall only be open to individuals who recognise that those perceived to be in charge (i.e. the Committee, Meets organiser and Leaders) are not necessarily qualified, do not need to be qualified, are not regarded by the club nor regard themselves as ‘technical experts’ – but are amateur climbers of experience who are happy to impart their knowledge.

 

  • Club membership is not open to minors.

 

  1. MANAGEMENT OF THE CLUB

 

  • The management of the club shall be entrusted to the Club Committee, hereinafter referred to as “the Committee”.

 

  1. OFFICERS OF THE CLUB

 

  • The elected officers of the club shall be the President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the Meets Secretary, the Equipment Secretary, the Social Secretary, the Safety Officer and the Website Manager.

 

  • Voting for the election of Officers shall take place at the AGM

 

  • All officers shall be re-elected each year.

 

  • In addition the Club shall elect a maximum of five members to the honorary position of Vice President.

 

  1. COMMITTEE OF THE CLUB

 

  • The President of the Club shall normally preside at and chair all meetings of the Committee and shall be responsible for reporting to the membership at the club’s AGM.

 

  • The Committee shall be composed of the Officers of the Club, and a number of elected members from the club membership, agreed at the AGM.

 

  • The Committee shall nominate a representative or representatives of the Club to attend BMC Area Meetings and represent the views of the Membership and shall nominate a representative to attend the BMC AGM and vote on behalf of the Club.

 

  • The Club Secretary shall be responsible for all correspondence relating to Club affairs and for announcing Committee meetings, and the production and distribution of minutes from those meetings. The secretary shall also be responsible for announcing the AGM and shall give at least 30 clear days notice of such a meeting and its agenda. Items for inclusion should be submitted at least 45 days prior to the AGM. The Secretary shall keep records about the Membership of the club and shall report to the BMC and Manchester University Athletic Union (UMAU) the size of the Membership.

 

  • The Treasurer shall be responsible for the collection of subscriptions and will account for any other income and expenditure made on behalf of the club. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the payment of the membership subscription to the UMAU and to the BMC.

 

  • The Equipment Officer shall be responsible for the safe storage of club equipment and the logging of its history.

 

  • The Social Secretary shall be responsible for the organisation of social events for the club, including the Annual Dinner and Christmas Dinner.

 

  • The Safety Officer shall be responsible for the attendance of the BMC Safety and Good practise Seminar, representing the club on safety issues, maintenance of the club first aid kit and the production and distribution of route cards for use on club meets.

 

  • The Meets Secretary shall be responsible for the planning and organisation of Club meets.

 

  • The Website Manager shall be responsible for the efficient running of the website.

 

  • The Committee shall have the power to co-opt additional non-voting members

 

  • A quorum for a meeting of the committee shall be half of the elected voting members. In addition to the AGM the Committee shall hold at least four meetings each year.

 

  1. CLUB SUBSCRIPTIONS

 

  • The Committee shall have the power to set membership subscription levels for the Club on an annual basis

 

  1. RULES OF THE CLUB

 

  • The Committee shall have the power to set club rules. Such rules shall be in accordance with the articles of the Club’s Constitution the policies of the BMC and of the UMAU.

 

  • Club rules shall be included in the Club “Code of Practise”.

 

  1. AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSITUTION OF THE CLUB

 

  • This Constitution may be amended by a two thirds majority. Notice of any amendment must be delivered to the Secretary at least 45 days prior to the AGM.

 

  1. DISSOLUTION OF THE CLUB

 

10.1      The Club can be dissolved by a two thirds majority carried out in accordance with Article 9 whereupon the Committee will arrange to discharge any assets equally amongst its Members. Any liabilities at the time of dissolution shall be the joint responsibility of all Members.