Constitution

SECTION 1.
Name,

This club shall be known as Genryukan Aikido and is hereinafter referred to as the “Club”
The club is a member of the British Aikido Association (BAA) and therefore adheres to its standards and code of practice.

SECTION 2.
Objects

– To provide opportunities to practise Aikido and support the development and practise of Aikido.
– Improve the quality of practice, the depth of understanding, the spirit and etiquette on the mat, and thus promote Aikido as a high level martial art.
– To further Aikido in all its true aspects and principles
– To ensure that the club is professional in its dealings and built on a firm foundation by expanding membership through good publicity and financial viability
– To ensure its members follow the policies and regulations made by the governing body – the  BAA

SECTION 3.
Officers of the Club

The business of the Club shall normally be conducted by a Committee, which shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting to hold office for one year.
This Committee shall consist of:

  • Chairman
  • Secretary
  • Child Protection Officer

If any vacancy on the Committee occurs during the year this shall be filled by a co-option.
Any Member of the Committee who, in the opinion of the majority of the Committee (whose decision shall be final) is absent too often to fulfil their obligations as a full member of the said Committee may be asked for his or her resignation.

SECTION 4
Business Meetings of the Club

These shall normally consist of:
(a) Committee Meetings
(b) Annual General Meeting
Committee Meetings will take place as and when agreed by the Committee.

SECTION 5
Code of conduct

– The well being and safety of participants must be considered before the development of performance.
– Appropriate working relationships with participants must be developed, based upon mutual trust and respect.
– All activities must be appropriate to the age, ability and experience of participants.
– High standard of behaviour and appearance must be displayed at all times.
– Influence must never be exerted over participants to obtain personal benefit or reward.
– Rule violations, rough play or use of prohibitive substances must never be condoned.
– Participants must be encouraged to value their performance and not just results, and must be guided to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.

SECTION 6
Membership and the right to practice

Admission to membership and use of the Club’s facilities as a visitor are to be at the discretion of the Club’s Instructors, acting on behalf of the Committee and such Instructors shall have the right to refuse application for membership or use of facilities as a visitor on any reasonable grounds including but without prejudice to the generality of the same:
(a) If any person be deemed of unsuitable character or of insufficient age
(b) If insufficient Club facilities are available
This right may also be exercised in the case of members wishing to rejoin for a further term.
In addition the Committee shall have the power to suspend or expel any member for infringement of Club Rules or any other conduct whether inside or outside the Dojo which may be considered detrimental to the Club.

Any member so judged shall have the right of appeal to a meeting of the Committee and shall be entitled to appear before the Committee and present his/her case.

SECTION 7
Fees

These will be as follows:
(a) Annual Subscription (payable to the club)
(b) Mat fees (payable by both members and Visitors)
The Annual Subscription includes the cost of the yearly insurance.

The balance of the Annual subscription shall become due within one month and renewable every twelve months thereafter.
The mat fee shall be payable on each occasion of practice.
All such fees collected shall be used to finance Club activities and shall not go to the individual profit of any member of the Club.

SECTION 8
Finances

The Club is a non-profit-making organisation. The income and property of the Club shall be applied solely towards promoting the Club’s facilities and in furtherance of the Club’s goals as set forth in these Rules no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred, directly or indirectly, to the Members of the Club.
Accounts are kept by the Chairman and the Secretary. Members can request to view the accounts.
No purchase can be made without the agreement of the Chairman and Secretary. Any cheque issued by the Club must bear the signature of both the Chairman and the Secretary.

SECTION 9
Dissolution

If at any meeting of the Club, a resolution be passed calling for the dissolution of the Club. The Club secretary shall immediately convene a general meeting of the Club to be held no less than one month there after to discuss and vote on the resolution.
If at the general meeting the resolution is carried out by at least two-thirds of the member’s presents at the meeting, the committee shall thereupon, or at such date as shall have been specified in the resolution, proceed to realise the assets of the and Club discharge all debts and liabilities of the Club.
After discharging all debts and liabilities of the Club, the remaining assets shall not be paid or distributed amongst the members of the Club, but shall be given or transferred to some other voluntary organisation having objects similar to those of the Club.
SECTION 10
General

– Members will be expected to abide by the normal Dojo etiquette and all Club Rules.
– The Committee shall have no power to contract any debt in the name of the Club on any pretext whatsoever.
– This Club shall be affiliated to  British Aikido Association in accordance with the Regulations of that Association.
– Neither the Club or any of its officer shall be liable or responsible for any loss or damage to property occurring on Club premises or at any class of instruction exhibition or elsewhere (including at any class of instruction, exhibition or show).
– Any matters as they arise and which are not covered by these rules must be referred to the committee for any decision that may be necessary.
– Any additions to or alterations of this constitution may only be made by a General Meeting of the Club.

This is the democratic basis on which your Club is to be run. However, should you have any queries or dissatisfactions about the running of The Club please do not hesitate to talk them over with any member of the Committee.

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