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PART 1 – CONSTITUTION
1. The name of the Club is “Skerries Sailing Club”.
2. The Flag of the Club is the National Tricolour.
ENSIGN AND BURGEE
3. The Ensign of the Club is a Blue Flag, having at the top corner, next the mast, the National Tricolour and at the bottom corner and facing the fly, a Golden Goat’s Head. The Burgee of the Club is Yellow, with a Red Horizontal Diamond and having the Head of a Horned Goat in Black centrally placed in the Diamond and facing the fly.
4. The objects of the Club are the promotion and encouragement of sailing, motorboating, cruising and yacht and other boat racing at Skerries and elsewhere, and the promotion of other water sports and marine leisure activities for the benefit of sailing in general and the Club in particular. Subject to the agreement of its members, the Club may lease, buy, sell or develop property in furtherance of its objects.
5. The Club shall consist of Life members, Spouse members, Ordinary members, Family members, Shoreside members, Honorary members, Cadet members, Overseas and Temporary members. It shall consist of not less than fifteen Ordinary members. No person under the age of eighteen years shall be eligible for Ordinary or Shoreside membership. Otherwise Skerries Sailing Club is open to membership by all who support its objectives irrespective of gender, age, sexual orientation, family status, marital status, disability, race (ethnic origin), religion or membership of the Traveller community.
(a) Membership may be refused to any whose activities are deemed likely to endanger the welfare of the Club, disrupt its activities, or bring it into disrepute.
(b) Only persons under the age of eighteen years shall be eligible for election to Cadet membership.
(c) Full-time students over eighteen years of age who do not qualify under (b) may, at the discretion of the Committee, be admitted to Ordinary membership at a reduced subscription, on production of a valid student card.
(d) Only spouses of Life members shall be eligible for election as spouse members. Spouses of Life members shall rank as Ordinary members.
(e) Family members shall consist of a married or a common law couple or one or both parents and their children under the age of 18 years on January 1 in the year of admittance or renewal. A widowed, divorced or separated parent and his children may also qualify for family membership. The adult or adults shall be admitted as Ordinary members and the Children as Cadet members.
(f) Overseas and Temporary members shall rank the same as Shoreside members.
(g) Life members shall rank the same as Ordinary members. Life members are exempt from paying subscriptions and levies but not from other charges as the Club may impose.
6. The property of the Club shall be vested in two or more trustees, who shall be appointed by the Committee and who shall hold office until death or resignation, or unless removed from office by resolution of the Committee. They shall deal with the property of the Club as directed by resolution of the Committee.
LIABILITY OF MEMBERS
7. In the event of the Club becoming insolvent and unable to repay to the Trustees the whole or any part of a sum or sums of money for which they may have been found liable in their capacity as Trustees of the Club, the Trustees and each Trustee shall have the right to sue and recover from each member an equitable proportion of any such sum or sums. The members upon whom this liability shall devolve shall be those who were Ordinary members on the date of the holding of the Annual General Meeting immediately previous to the date on which the Club became so insolvent, or who became Ordinary members since that meeting.
PART II – CONDITIONS OF MEMBERSHIP
8. The Committee may increase all subscriptions up to the annual rate of inflation in the previous year, rounded to a convenient number. Changes in excess of this shall require the approval of members at a General Meeting. Any member having fifteen years continuous membership and having reached the State Pension age and over may retain his status as an Ordinary or Shoreside member at a reduced subscription.
(a) Subscriptions and all other fees, levies and charges, including punting, racing and parking fees, shall be payable annually and shall become due on the first day of January in respect of the year commencing on that day.
(b) Any member who has failed to pay his subscription before the 30th day of April shall cease to be a member of the Club, but the Committee in their discretion, may re- admit such a person to membership, if, before the 30th day of September of that year, he shall tender the amount due. This sub-section shall not operate to relieve any member from any liability arising under Rule 7.
9. The Entrance Fee shall be such amount as the Committee may deem expedient to impose. This fee shall not apply to those coming directly from Cadet membership.
ADMISSION OF ORDINARY, SHORESIDE AND CADET MEMBERS
10. The admission of persons to Ordinary, Shoreside and Cadet membership of the Club shall be by resolution of the Committee. Voting shall be by secret ballot.
(a) A candidate for membership shall be proposed by an Ordinary member and seconded by another Ordinary member, both of whom shall be personally introduced to the candidate and who must introduce the candidate to at least two members of the Committee. Candidates for Cadet membership must be proposed and seconded by two Ordinary members.
(b) The name and address of the candidate and the names of his proposer and seconder shall be given in writing to the Honorary Secretary together with the entrance fee, if applicable, and subscription.
(c) The name and address of the candidate and the names of his proposer and seconder shall be posted on the Notice Board by the Honorary Secretary for a period of not less than fourteen days before election.
(d) On the election of a candidate for admission, the candidate must serve a probationary period of twelve months before election to full membership. The Honorary Secretary shall send him notice of his election together with a copy of the rules and bye-laws of the Club then in force.
(e) Candidates who have failed to secure election shall be notified by the Honorary
Secretary accordingly and the subscription and entrance fee shall be refunded.
ADMISSION OF HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS
11. The committee shall have poser to elect as Honorary Life members any person or persons who have rendered special services to this Club or to sailing or boating generally. The number of Honorary members shall not exceed five at any one time. Honorary members shall not be entitled to take part in the management of the Club.
ADMISSION OF TEMPORARY MEMBERS
12. The Committee shall have power to elect as Temporary members persons who are members of a recognised yacht or sailing Club or other recognised sporting, athletic, social, professional or special interest Club or association. Persons admitted to the Club under this section shall be issued with such credentials as the Committee may direct. Any one person may not be so elected more than once in any one calendar month.
(a) Visitors shall be admitted to the Club only in the company of an Ordinary, Shoreside or Temporary member and in accordance with Rule 47 except where they are members of Clubs or associations which offer reciprocal visiting arrangements to members of Skerries Sailing Club or are visiting the Club to compete or assist in watersports events or are engaged in cruising.
RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES OF SHORESIDE MEMBERS
13. Shoreside members shall be entitled to the full use of the Club-house facilities and, with the following exceptions, to other rights and privileges as the Committee may decide:
(a) The rights and privileges of Ordinary members as stated in Rules 27 (a) and 28.
(b) Shoreside members shall not be entitled to compete as owners, helmsmen or crew in confined races promoted by the Club, or, if they are not members of another recognised yacht or sailing Club affiliated to the ISA or a branch of the ISAF, to compete in open races promoted by the Club.
DISCIPLINE AND REMOVAL OF MEMBERS
14. Members shall treat each other with dignity and respect. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
15. If any circumstance connected with a member and likely to endanger the welfare of the Club and breach any of its rules be brought to the notice of the Committee, it shall be in their discretion, upon giving due notice to such member, to take such action as may be necessary up to and including termination or suspension of membership.
(a) The Committee shall have power to suspend a member from the benefits of the Club’s privileges for a period not exceeding one month, on each occasion. Any member whom it is proposed to suspend shall be given at least seven days’ notice of the meeting at which his suspension is to be moved.
When it is proposed to expel a member or to suspend him for a period of more than one month, it shall be necessary to convene a Special General Meeting for that purpose. In the event of two-thirds of the members thereat voting for removal or suspension of such member, the member shall immediately be removed from membership or so suspended.
(b) The member and any witnesses that he or the Committee shall call shall be entitled to be heard by the meeting at which his suspension or expulsion is moved.
(c) Voting shall be by ballot.
(d) The operation of this rule shall not alter or affect the liability attaching on the date of expulsion to such member under Rule 7.
WITHDRAWAL FROM MEMBERSHIP
16. Members may withdraw from membership of the Club on the 30th day of September in any year by giving one month’s notice in writing to the Honorary Secretary before that date; the withdrawal shall not relieve them of any liability arising under Rule 7.
(a) No refund of entrance fee or subscription shall be made to any member in respect of any unexpired portion of the year.
(b) The resignation of any member shall not relieve him or her of any liability attaching to him on the date his resignation became operative.
BOAT, TRAILER AND EQUIPMENT PARKING
17. All boat, trailer or equipment parking on the Club premises or in any mooring or berthing facility controlled by the Club shall be at the permission of the Committee. The Committee may, at its discretion, refuse to allow a member to park, moor or berth a boat, trailer or equipment in the yard, or decline to renew permission to park, moor or berth for any reason, including:
(a) The member is in arrears of membership subscriptions and fees, including parking, mooring or berthing fees.
(b) The boat cannot be safely moved owing to the fact that its trailer is in disrepair or in a dangerous state.
(c) The boat, if ashore, is not parked on a trailer.
(d) The boat, trailer or equipment is in a dangerous or decrepit state.
(e) The boat, trailer or equipment is to undergo extensive repairs in situ.
(f) The Committee is of the belief that the boat, trailer or equipment is being parked for long-term storage greater than the normal parking season and / or may become an obstruction or a safety hazard.
18. It is the responsibility of each member to ensure that boats, trailers or other equipment parked in the yard are in a fit condition to be left in an area frequented by members, employees, members of the public, children and the infirm. Members parking boats in the yard must ensure that their boats, trailers or equipment are fully insured for third party and public liability at all times. It is a condition of parking boats, trailers and other equipment that, in the event of a Club member, employee or member of the public being injured as a result of any incident involving a boat, trailer or other equipment, that the owner(s) fully indemnify the Club and its officers against any successful actions claims losses or judgements against it and against any costs arising out of such actions claims losses or judgements pertaining to his boat, trailer or other equipment.
19. If at any time parking, mooring or berthing fees payable to the Club by any member, or former member, shall be three months or more in arrears:
(a) The Committee shall be entitled to move the boat, trailer or other equipment to any part of the premises or other parking, mooring or berthing facility without being liable for any loss of or damage to the boat, trailer or equipment howsoever caused.
(b) The Committee shall be entitled, upon giving three month’s notice in writing to the member or former member, at his last known address shown in the register of members, and publication of a Notice of Intent on the Club noticeboard, to dispose of the boat, trailer or equipment and to deduct any monies due to the Club (whether by way of arrears of parking, mooring or berthing fees or otherwise) from the net proceeds of sale before accounting for the balance (if any) to the member or former member.
(c) Any boat, trailer or equipment which, in the opinion of the Committee cannot be sold, may, upon such notice as aforesaid, be disposed of in any manner the Committee may think fit and the expenses recovered from the member or former member.
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PART III– GENERAL MEETINGS
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
20. A General Meeting of the Ordinary members of the Club shall be held every year and not later than the last day of March of each year for the purpose of: –
(a) Receiving the Report of the Committee and Officers.
(b) Receiving the Accounts and Balance Sheet and the Auditor’s Report thereon.
(c) Electing Officers and Committee for the ensuing year.
(d) Revising the Rules of which due notice has been given.
(e) Transacting the business of the Club.
21. The above General Meetings shall be called “Annual General Meetings”. All other
General Meetings shall be called “Special General Meetings”.
22. The Honorary Secretary shall convene a Special General Meeting at such times as directed by resolution of the Committee. He shall also convene a Special General Meeting on a requisition signed by at least twenty-five Ordinary members; such meeting shall be summoned within three weeks of receipt of the requisition, or, in default, may be convened by the requisitionists or a majority of them.
23. Fourteen days’ notice at the least, specifying the place, the day and the hour of the holding of a General Meeting, and in the case of special business the general nature of that business, shall be given to every Ordinary, Shoreside, and Honorary member save as herein otherwise provided.
(a) The notice shall be given to every such member of the Club except:
(1) those who have not supplied to the Club an address in Ireland for the purpose of receiving such notices, and
(2) those whose membership is suspended.
(b) A written notice may be given to any such member either personally, electronically or through the post. Where a notice is sent by post it shall be deemed to have been served at the expiration of three days after it was posted.
(c) The non-receipt of the notice by any such member shall not invalidate the proceedings of any General Meeting.
24. All business shall be deemed “special” that is transacted at a Special General Meeting or at an Annual General Meeting with the exception of the:
(1) reports of the Committee and Officers,
(2) Accounts and Balance Sheet and the Auditor’s Report thereon, and
(3) Elections of Officers and Committee.
25. Save as herein otherwise provided fifteen Ordinary members personally present and entitled to vote at the meeting shall be a quorum.
(a) No business shall be transacted at any General Meeting unless the quorum is present at the time when the meeting first proceeds to business.
(b) If within half an hour after the time appointed for holding the meeting a quorum is not present, the meeting, if convened upon a requisition of Ordinary members, shall be dissolved; in any other case it shall stand adjourned to the same day in the next week at the same time and the same place, and if at the adjourned meeting a quorum is not present within half an hour after the time appointed, the members present shall be a quorum.
26. At all General Meetings, the chair shall be taken by the Commodore or, in his absence, by the Vice Commodore. In the absence of these officers the Ordinary members present may elect a chairman.
27. At any General Meeting of the Club a resolution put to the vote of the meeting shall be decided by a show of hands save as otherwise provided by these Rules.
(a) Every Ordinary member personally present shall have one vote on any one resolution. Suspended members and members whose resignations have been recorded by the Committee shall not, however, be entitled to vote.
(b) No proxies shall be permissible.
(c) Voting shall be by ballot if required by the Chairman or at least six members present and entitled to vote. The Chairman shall direct the manner in which the ballot shall be made.
(d) In the case of an equality of votes being cast on any question the Chairman shall be entitled to a second or casting vote.
(e) Shoreside members shall be entitled to attend and speak but shall not be entitled to vote.
PART IV – OFFICERS AND MANAGEMENT
28. The Committee shall draw up and have displayed in the Club premises a list, known as the Register of Members, which shall be revised annually. It shall include the name of:
(a) Every person who was a member of the Club at the Annual General Meeting of the preceding year.
(b) Every person who has been elected to membership of the Club since that date. Only those members whose names appear on the Register of Members and who are
Ordinary members of the Club shall be eligible for election or appointment to the
Committee or any Honorary Office of the Club.
29. The Honorary Officers of the Club shall be:
(a) The Flag Officers: Commodore, Vice-Commodore, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Sailing Secretary;
(b) The Officers: Assistant Honorary Treasurer, Assistant Honorary Sailing Secretary, Social Secretary, Chairman of the Cadet Section.
30. The committee of the Club shall be composed of not more than 12 members as follows: (a) The Honorary Officers
(b) The Former Commodore
(c) Ordinary members.
ELECTION OF COMMITTEE
31. (a) The Honorary Officers of the Club shall be elected annually by secret ballot at the Annual General Meeting
(1) The Honorary Officers shall hold office until the following Annual General Meeting, unless they resign or are removed from office by a General Meeting.
(2) The outgoing Officers shall be eligible for re-election.
(3) The Commodore elect shall have been a member of the Club for a continuous period of at least five years.
(b) The Ordinary members of the Committee shall be elected annually by secret ballot at the Annual General Meeting. Two Ordinary members shall be elected each year and shall hold office until the following Annual General Meeting unless they resign or are removed from office by a General Meeting.
(c) The names of candidates who have consented to stand for election as Honorary Officers and Ordinary Committee members, together with the names of their proposers and seconders shall be given in writing to the Honorary Secretary in time to be posted by him on the Club Notice Board at least seven days prior to the holding of the Annual General Meeting.
RESIGNATION FROM OFFICE OR COMMITTEE
32. Any member, by giving one month’s notice in writing, and providing his resignation is accepted by resolution of the Committee, may resign from the Committee or Honorary Office of the Club. Any member who has failed to attend four consecutive meetings of the Committee without showing reasonable cause shall, at the discretion of the Committee, be deemed to have given such notice.
GENERAL POWERS AND PROCEDURE OF COMMITTEE
33. The business and affairs of the Club shall be managed by the Committee and it shall have all the administrative powers necessary and in conformity with these Rules for carrying out the objects of the Club.
(a) It shall meet at least once in every calendar month to direct and transact the affairs of the Club.
(b) The Honorary Secretary shall call a meeting at any time on a requisition of any two members of the Committee.
(c) The quorum necessary for the transaction of business by the Committee shall be five members personally present.
(d) Questions arising at any meeting of the Committee shall be decided by a majority of votes of its members, except in the case of election to membership when a two-thirds majority shall be required. In the event of an equality of votes the Chairman shall be entitled to a second or casting vote.
(e) The Commodore of the Club shall be the Chairman of the Committee. If he is unwilling to act, or is not present, the Vice-Commodore shall act as Chairman. If both these members are unwilling to act, or are absent, the members present shall elect a Chairman.
(f) The Committee shall appoint a Sailing Committee for each season. This sub- committee shall have all the powers and duties of a Race Committee as set out in the Royal Yachting Association (International Yacht Racing Union) Rules, and any other powers and duties which the Committee, by resolution, shall deem necessary to allot to it. The Sailing Committee shall consist of the Vice-Commodore, the Honorary Sailing Secretary, the Honorary Officer of the Day, the Class Captains, and two other members elected by the Committee. The quorum necessary for the transaction of business by this sub-committee shall be three members personally present.
(g) The Committee shall have power to fill any vacancy arising in its number except a vacancy in the office of Commodore or Vice-Commodore. If a vacancy occurs in the office of Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer or Honorary Sailing Secretary, a successor shall be appointed to act as such officer.
ACCOUNTS AND AUDIT
34. The Committee shall have control and management of the Club’s finances.
(a) It shall cause to be kept true accounts of the:
(1) sums of money received and expended by the Club and the manner in respect of which such receipt or expenditure takes place;
(2) assets and liabilities of the Club.
(b) It shall submit the Accounts and Balance Sheet to a professional Auditor at least once in every year for audit.
(c) It shall cause a copy of the Balance Sheet and the Auditor’s Report thereon to be sent, at least seven days before the Annual General meeting, to each member entitled to receive notice of such meeting.
35. The Committee shall cause minutes to be made in proper books of:
(1) all resolutions and proceedings of Committee and General Meetings, and
(2) the names of all the members present at Committee and General Meetings. Every minute signed by the Chairman of the meeting to which the minutes relate, or by the Chairman of a subsequent meeting, shall be sufficient evidence of the facts therein stated.
Such minute books shall be numbered serially and on completion, be deposited with other Club documents for safe-keeping in a safe place
36. The Committee shall have power to appoint such sub-committees from among the members of the Club, as it may deem necessary or advisable for any purpose not in contravention of these Rules.
(a) The Commodore or Vice-Commodore and one other member of the Committee, nominated by that body, shall be ex-officio members of all sub-committees.
(b) The Commodore shall be Chairman of all sub-committees: if he is unwilling to act, or if he is not present, the sub-committee shall elect one of their number to act as Chairman.
(c) Resolutions of any sub-committee shall be treated merely as recommendations to the
(d) In respect to the composition of the Sailing Committee, sections (a) and (b) shall not apply.
37. The Committee shall have power to make such bye-laws, not inconsistent with or in contravention of the Rules of the Club, as it may deem expedient and in the interest of the Club. A bye-law shall not be enforceable until after six days’ notice of same shall have been given on the Notice Board.
PART V – GENERAL
38. Should it become necessary or advisable at any time to dissolve the Club, a General
Meeting shall be convened for that purpose.
(a) One month’s notice of such meeting shall be given, and the resolution to be proposed shall be stated thereon. Rule 23 (a) sub-sections (1) and (2) shall not apply.
(b) Suspended members and members whose resignations are pending shall not be deprived of their votes. Rule 27 (a) shall be modified accordingly.
(c) It shall be necessary for five-sixths of the members present and voting to decide in favour of dissolution, before the resolution can be carried.
DISTRIBUTION OF THE CLUB’S ASSETS
39. In the event of a dissolution of the Club the surplus Assets, if any, remaining after the payment of all debts and liabilities of the Club, including the costs of dissolution, shall be distributed, in value or in specie, in equal shares among the fully paid up Ordinary members as on the date of the resolution for winding-up.
INDEMNITY OF OFFICERS
40. Every officer of the Club shall be indemnified by the Club against, and it shall be the duty of the Committee to pay, all losses, costs and expenses which any officer may incur or become liable for, by reason of any contracts entered into, or any act or thing done by him as such officer or in any way in the discharge of his duties as such officer. The amount for which such indemnity is proved shall immediately attach as a lien on the property of the Club and shall have priority of payment as between the members and all other claims.
41. Members shall pay cash for every expense incurred by them in the Club premises before leaving the premises. No person who is not a member of the Club shall order or pay for any refreshments supplied by the Club.
42. A Notice Board shall be provided in the main room of the Club-house for the purpose of posting such Notices as are required or deemed proper to be posted thereon.
43. In the interpretation of these Rules words importing the masculine gender also include the feminine gender unless the context requires otherwise.
44. In accordance with Objects of the Club as stated in Rule 4, the Committee shall make provision for a Cadet Sailing Section. Membership of this group shall be restricted to persons under the age of eighteen years on the first day of January of the current year. The affairs of the Cadet Sailing Section shall be subject to such regulations and directions as may be determined by the Committee and shall include the Sports Council code of Conduct. Cadet members shall not be entitled to attend General Meetings.
ALTERATION OF RULES
45. No alteration of, or addition to, these Rules shall be made save at an Annual General
Meeting or at a Special General Meeting duly convened.
PART VI – LICENSING REGULATIONS
46. No person under the age of 18 years will be allowed into the licensed area of the Club after 9:00 p.m. However, a child who is accompanied by his/her parent or guardian may be allowed in to the licensed area between the hours of 10:00 am and (12:30 p.m. on Sunday) and 9:00 p.m.
A child who is aged at least 15 years but under the age of 18 years and who is accompanied by his/her parent guardian may be allowed into the licensed area of the Club on the occasion of a private function at which a substantial meal is served to persons attending the function.
47. No excisable liquor shall be sold for consumption outside the premises of the Club except to members of the Club, between the hours of 8 o’clock in the morning and 10 o’clock at night.
(a) Subject to the exceptions mentioned in sub sections 2 and 3 of section 56 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act, 1927 as amended by section 6 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act, 1962, no excisable liquor shall be supplied for consumption on the Club premises to any person (other than a member of the Club lodging in the Club premises) or be consumed on the Club premises by any person (other than a member of the Club lodging in the Club premises);
(1) On any weekday before the hour of half past 10 o’clock in the morning or;
(2) On any Friday or Saturday after the hour of half past 12 o’clock in the morning on the following day or,
(3) On a Sunday (except St Patrick’s Day which falls on a Sunday) before the hour of half past 12 o’clock in the afternoon or after the hour of 11 o’clock in the evening or;
(4) On the St Patrick’s Day before the hour of half past 12 o’clock in the afternoon or half past 12 o’ clock in the morning of the following day or;
(5) On Christmas Eve and the Eve of Good Friday before the hour of half past 10 o’clock in the morning or after the hour of half past 11 o’clock in the evening or;
(6) At any time on Christmas Day or Good Friday.
Nothing contained in the registration of Clubs Acts, 1904 to 1999 or imposed only by virtue of the operation of this constitution shall operate to prohibit the supplying for consumption on the Club premises of excisable liquor to any person for the consumption of excisable liquor on those premises by any person:
(b) On any other day for one hour after the expiration of any period in respect of that day during which it is lawful for the Club by virtue of this Constitution to supply any excisable liquor for consumption on the Club premises, if in each case the excisable liquor is:
(1) Ordered by that person at the same time as a substantial meal is ordered by him.
(2) Consumed at the same time as and with the meal.
(3) Supplied and consumed in the portion of the Club premises usually set aside for the supply of meals.
(4) Paid for at the same time as the meal is paid for.
48. No member of the Committee and no manager or servant employed in the Club shall have any personal interests in the sale of excisable liquors therein or in the profits arising from such a sale.
49. The Committee may restrict Bar opening hours when it is in the interests of the Club to do so.
50. Visitors shall not be supplied with excisable liquor in the Club premises unless on the invitation of and in the company of an adult member, and the member shall, upon the admission of the visitors to the Club premises or immediately upon his being supplied with such liquor, enter his own name and the name and address of the visitor in a book which shall be kept for that purpose and which shall show the date of the visit. The number of visitors admitted in this manner is restricted to six on each occasion. However no restrictions on numbers shall apply to members of the Committee.
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