GOBA Rules

THE GREAT OUSE BOATING ASSOCIATION LIMITED

The Great Ouse Boating Association Ltd is registered as a society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. Registered Number 22120R

Rules (as amended by Resolution dated 14th April 1991, 25th April 1999, 25th April 2004, 27th April 2008, 17th April 2011 and 14th. October 2012)


NAME, OBJECTS, AND REGISTERED OFFICE

  1. The name of the Society shall be the Great Ouse Boating Association Limited (hereinafter referred to as “the Association”).
  2. The objects of the Association shall be carried on for the benefit of the community and shall be:-
    (a) To promote and encourage boating on the rivers Great Ouse, Cam, Lark, Little Ouse, Wissey and associated navigable waterways.
    (b) To forward the interests of all who use these waters for boating.
    (c) To promote the right use of these waterways and to provide a means of discussion of common problems and all matters of interest to such boat users.
    (d) To gather and disseminate information concerning these waterways.
    (e) To maintain liaison with all statutory bodies controlling these waterways.
    (f) To co-operate with other bodies, both local and national, having similar aims.
  3. The Association shall have power to do all things necessary or expedient for the fulfilment of its objects.
  4. The Association shall not trade for profit.
  5. The registered office of the Association shall be at The Old Police Station, Priory Road, St Ives, Cambridgeshire PE27 5BB. Notice in the form prescribed by Treasury regulations of any change in the situation of the registered office shall be sent by the Secretary to the Registrar of Friendly Societies within fourteen days thereon.
  6. The registered name of the Association shall be kept painted or affixed in a conspicuous position in letters easily legible on the outside of every office or place in which the business of the Association is carried on, and the registered name of the Association shall be engraved in legible characters on its seal, and shall be mentioned in legible characters in all business letters of the Association, notices, advertisement and other official publications of the Association, and in bills of exchange, promissory notes, endorsements, cheques and orders for money or goods purporting to be signed by or on behalf of the Association, and in bills, invoices, receipts and letters of credit of the Association.

MEMBERSHIP

  1. Any person, collection of persons, firm or company that is in agreement with the objects of the Association and is willing to be subject to these Rules shall be eligible for membership.
  2. The Association shall consist of all persons or Corporate bodies whose names are appended to these Rules, and such other persons who satisfying the aforementioned conditions the Committee of Management admit. A member shall hold one share only in the Association.
  3. An applicant for membership shall forward by mail or electronic means to the registered office or to such other office of the Association as shall appear in the form of application for membership together with such application his first year’s subscription and the joining fee (the proper proportion thereof being applied to the purchase of the appropriate share or shares) in such sum as shall have been fixed pursuant to Rule 12
    hereof. If his application is approved by the Committee the name of the applicant and the other necessary particulars shall be entered in the Register of Members and 1 share in the Association shall be issued to the applicant. A member who is a nominee of an unincorporated body shall have entered against his name in the register of members the name of the unincorporated body by whom he has been nominated.
  4. A member shall cease to be a member if
    (a) he dies; or
    (b) in the case of a body corporate ceases to be a body corporate; or
    (c) is expelled; or
    (d) resigns from the Association; or
    (e) in the case of the nominee of an unincorporated body, transfers his share to another nominee; or
    (f) his membership ceases by reason of any other of these Rules.
  5. (a) A member who changes his registered address shall notify the Secretary or other officer of the Association within seven days of such change.
    (b) A member shall be taken to have due notice of every meeting or other matter of which notice is required by these Rules to be given, on notice thereof being sent to the registered address of such member.

The proceedings of any meeting of the Association shall not be invalidated only by reason of the Association’s accidental omission in giving notice to a member.


12.
(a) The annual subscription and joining fee payable shall subject to the maxima hereinafter provided be determined by the Committee at a meeting held not later than the 31st August in any year, to come into operation on the 1st January immediately following.
The subscriptions, when so determined, shall remain in operation until subsequently altered in the manner set out above.
(b) For the purposes only of ascertaining the subscription to be paid by a Member membership shall be divided into the classes specified in Appendix 11 and a member shall only be admitted to the class of membership for which that member is qualified and the subscription maxima before referred to shall be the figure set against the respective membership classes.
(c) Subscriptions shall be payable in advance on the 1st January. Any member whose annual subscription shall be unpaid on the 31st December shall cease to be a member of the Association but shall remain liable for all monies due from him or her to the Association.
(d) Any member desiring to resign from the Association shall give to the Secretary in writing one month’s notice prior to 1st January and unless such notice be given he or she shall be liable to pay his or her subscription for the ensuing year.
13.
(a) The Liability of members is limited.
(b) Where a Corporate Company or Association is a member its share shall be registered in its name but it must appoint a representative who shall be entitled to exercise at any general meeting of the Association all such rights and powers as the body corporate appointing man could exercise if it were an individual person. A body of persons shall appoint a nominee in whose name the share shall be registered.


SHARE CAPITAL


14.
(a) The share capital of the Association shall consist of shares of the nominal value of 5 pence each issued to members of the Association upon admission to membership.
(b) Shares shall be neither withdrawable nor except as provided in this Rule transferable, shall carry no right to interest, dividend or bonus, and shall be forfeited and cancelled on cessation of membership from whatever cause and the amount paid up thereon shall become the property of the Association. A share held by the nominee of an unincorporated body shall be transferable in such manner as the Committee may from time to time determine.
(c) The Association shall be entitled to treat the registered holder of any share as the absolute owner thereof, and accordingly shall not, except as ordered by a Court of competent jurisdiction or as by statute required, be bound to recognise any equitable or other claim to or interest in such share on the part of any other person.


BORROWING POWERS


15.
(a) the Association shall have power to borrow money for the purposes of the Association provided that the amount for the time being remaining undischarged of moneys borrowed shall not exceed £100,000.
(b) In the case of a loan from the Association’s bankers or on a mortgage the Association may pay such rate of interest from time to time as may be negotiated by the Association but in the case of loans from any other source the Association shall not pay interest at a rate exceeding one per cent per annum above the Barclays Bank plc rate for the time being or 5% whichever is the higher.
(c) The Association shall not receive money on deposit.


GENERAL MEETINGS

  1. At least 14 days’ notice of every annual and Special General Meeting shall be sent by the Secretary to every member of the Association at his registered address.
  2. An Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than the 31st May in each year. The functions of the Annual General Meeting shall be:-
    (a) To elect the Officers and Committee for the ensuing year and to fix the remuneration (if any) of the Officers and Servants.
    (b) To receive a Report on the activities of the Association for the past year.
    (c) To receive the statement of the accounts of the Association for the last preceding financial year.
    (d) To either approve an accounts examiner or to appoint an auditor
    (e) To consider matters brought before it by the Committee.
    (f) To transact any other general business of the Association included in the notice convening the meeting.
  3. No business shall be transacted at any Annual or Special General Meeting of the Association unless a quorum of Members is present at the time when the Meeting proceeds to business. A quorum shall be 20 members.
  4. A Special General Meeting of the Association may be called at any time on instructions of the Committee and must be called by the Honorary Secretary on receipt of a request to do so signed by not less than twenty members entitled to vote.
  5. At all general meetings of the Association the elected Chairman shall preside or if he is not present those members present shall elect a member of the Committee present to be Chairman for the occasion.

VOTES OF MEMBERS

  1. Every question at all general meetings of the Association shall be decided on a show of hands, when each member present shall have one vote only. Subject to any special direction contained in any Rule of the Association or Act of Parliament all questions shall be determined by a majority of votes.
  2. In case of an equality of votes at any general meeting the Chairman shall have a casting vote in addition to his ordinary vote. In case of any dispute as to the admission of any the Chairman of the meeting shall determine the same.
  3. Votes may be given personally or by proxy. The instrument appointing a proxy shall by in writing under the hand of the appointer or of his attorney duly authorised in writing. No person shall be appointed a proxy who is not the wife or husband of the appointer or a member of the Association.
  4. The instrument appointing a proxy shall be in the form given in the Appendix to these Rules, and shall be deposited with the Chairman or Secretary prior to the meeting at which the person named in such instrument is authorised to vote, and in default the instrument of proxy shall not be treated as valid. Any question as to the admission or validity of a proxy shall be determined by the Chairman, whose decision shall be final.

DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY

  1. (a) The Secretary shall be appointed annually by the Association in General Meeting. The person so appointed shall perform all the duties of the Secretary required under the Act and shall summon and (unless unavoidably prevented from so doing) attend all the meetings of the Association.
    (b) Subject to the other provisions of these Rules and, in particular, paragraph 34 hereof the Secretary shall:-
    (i) Summon and attend all meetings of the Association Committee; he shall record correctly the names of the officers there present and shall keep the Minutes thereof in such form as the Committee direct.
    (ii) He or the Treasurer shall receive proposals for admission the Association, and the Secretary shall hand over to the Treasurer all monies received by him.
    (iii) He or the Treasurer shall keep the register of members; he or the Treasurer shall prepare and send all returns required to by made to the Registrar. He or the Chairman or Treasurer shall have charge of the Seal of the Association.
    (c) The Secretary shall in all things act in the discharge of his duties under the direction of the committee or management and shall produce or give up all books documents andproperties of the Association in his possession whenever required to do so by a resolution of the committee or of the Association.

DUTIES OF TREASURER

  1. (i) The Treasurer shall be appointed annually by the Association in General Meeting and shall perform the following duties:-
    (a) He shall receive all contributions, and other payments due to the Association from the members and other persons, and pay over the amount so received as the Committee direct; he shall pay all demands when ordered to do so by the Committee.
    (b) He shall not pay any money without the authority of a Minute of a Committee Meeting.
    (c) He shall keep all the books of account referred to in Rule 31.
    (d) He shall produce or give up all books, documents, moneys and property of the Association in his possession when required so to do by a resolution of the Committee or the Association, and render a full and clear account at each account examination or audit, and whenever required by a resolution of the Committee of the Association.
    (e) The Treasurer shall in all things act in the discharge of his duties under the direction of the Committee.

THE CHAIRMAN

  1. (2)
    (a) The Chairman shall be appointed annually by the Association in general meeting. No person shall act as Chairman for more than three consecutive years.
    (b) The Chairman shall have such powers and duties as are vested in him by the Committee.

BANKING

  1. The Association shall have a banking account into which all monies received on account of the Association shall be immediately paid. The Association may also have Savings Accounts for the long term deposit of funds. The Association may use Electronic (Online) Banking for all transactions subject to the following restriction. No account of the Association amounting to £6000 and upwards shall be paid except by
    cheque on the Association’s bankers signed by two committee members. For this purpose Committee members shall include officers.

MINUTES, SEAL, REGISTERS AND BOOKS

  1. Minutes of every general meeting and of every meeting of the Committee shall be kept and such minutes shall be read at the next of such meetings respectively and signed by the Chairman of the meeting at which they are so read. All minutes so signed shall be conclusive evidence of any fact stated therein.
  2. The Association shall have a seal which shall be kept in the custody of the Secretary and shall be used only under the authority of a resolution of the Committee, an the affixing of the seal shall be attested by the signature of a Committeeman and the counter–signature of the secretary for the time being.
  3. The Association shall keep at its registered office:-
    (a) A register of members in which the Secretary or Treasurer shall enter the following
    particulars:-
    (i) The names and addresses of the members.
    (ii) A statement of the share held by each member and the amount paid therefore:
    (iii) A statement of other property in the Association whether in loans or loan stock held by each member.
    (iv) The date at which each person was entered in the register as a member, and the date at which the person ceased to be a member.
    (v) The names and addresses of the officers of the Association with the offices held by them respectively and the dates on which they assumed office.
    (b) A duplicate register of members in which the Secretary or Treasurer shall enter all the particulars in the original register of members other than those mentioned in paragraph
    (a)(ii) and (iii) of this Rule. The inclusion or omission of the name of any person from the original register of members shall, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, be conclusive that such person is or is not a member of this Association.
    (c) A register in which the Secretary or Treasurer shall enter such particulars of all mortgages and charges on loan of the Association as the Committee direct.
  4. The Association shall keep proper books of account with respect to its transactions and to its assets and liabilities in accordance with Sections 1 and 2 of the Friendly and Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1968. These may be kept electronically
  5. The Association shall establish and maintain a satisfactory system of control of its books of account, its cash holdings and all its receipts and remittances.

COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT

  1. (a) The Association shall have a Committee of Management (in these Rules called “the Committee”) only members of the Association shall be Committeemen.
    (b) The Committee shall consist of not more than fifteen committee men and the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
    (c) The Committee may at any time (but subject to Rule 39) co-opt members of the Association to serve on the Committee until the next Annual General Meeting within the limit provided by clause (b) of this Rule.
    (d) In regulation of business generally:
    (i) In the absence of the Chairman at any meeting of the Committee the Vice Chairman shall take the chair and, if is also absent, the members of the Committee then present shall elect on of their number to be Chairman for that occasion.
    (ii) In the case of an equality of votes the Chairman of that meeting shall have a casting vote.
  1. As soon as possible after every Annual General Meeting of the Association the Committee:-
    (a) From their own number shall elect a Vice-Chairman.
    (b) May if they so wish elect from their own number a secretary or secretaries with the following responsibilities:
    (i) To summon and attend all meetings of the Committee and thereat record correctly the names of the officers there present and keep minutes thereof in such form as the Committee direct.
    (ii) Receive proposals for admission to the Association and when so doing shall hand over to the Treasurer all monies received by him.
    (iii) To keep and maintain the Register of Members.
    (iv) To carry out on behalf of the Committee such correspondence as may by necessary for the proper operation of the Association and the Committee.
    (c) The person or persons so charged with the aforementioned responsibilities (if any) shall perform those responsibilities in lieu of the Secretary appointed pursuant to paragraph 25 hereof but at the direction of the Committee of Management and not of such Secretary and shall , if required, so to do by a resolution of the Committee or of the Association produce or give up all books documents and property of the Association in his or their possession when so required.
  2. At each Annual General Meeting the Committee shall retire but shall be eligible for re-election to the Committee.
  3. A nomination for Committee man or officer must be in writing and received by the Secretary not later than two days before the general meeting at which he is to stand for election and state clearly the full name and address of every member nominated and be signed by the member who nominates him by a seconder and by the member
    nominated signifying his willingness to act as a Committeeman or officer. If with the retiring Committeemen willing to stand for re election there are no more nominations than vacancies, the members nominated together with the said Committeemen shall be deemed to be elected to the Committee.
  4. A Committeeman or officer shall be deemed to have vacated his office if he becomes bankrupt, or compounds with his creditors, or is convicted of an offence including fraud, or ceases to be a member or absents himself from four consecutive meetings of the Committee without special leave of absence. Any Committeeman or officer who is interested personally or as a member of a firm, director of a company, or officer of a bank or building society or in any other way whatsoever in any contract, arrangement or other transaction about to be discussed by the Committee shall disclose his interest and shall not (unless requested to do so by other members of the Committee) vote upon the matter under discussion, or remain during its discussion of such matter and if by
    inadvertence he does so remain and vote, his vote shall not be counted. Any Committee member or officer so interested shall not be accountable for any profit he may receive from such transaction, but shall vacate his office either for a period or permanently if requested so to do by the remaining members of the Committee, at a special meeting thereof convened to consider such request. Any act done in good faith by a Committeeman or officer whose office is vacated as aforesaid shall be valid unless prior to the doing of such act written notice has been served upon the Committee and an entry has been made in the Committee’s minute book stating that such Committeeman has ceased to be a member of the Committee.
  5. A Committeeman or officer may be removed from office at any time by a resolution carried by two thirds of the votes given thereon at a Special General Meeting which may thereupon proceed to fill his place by a resolution carried by a majority of the votes given thereon.
  6. If and so long as the number of members of the Committee is reduced below the number fixed as a quorum of the Committee, the continuing members may act in that capacity for the purpose only of summoning a general meeting of the Association which shall be empowered to appoint such number of Committeemen as is required to fill all the vacancies.
  7. Committee meetings shall be summoned in writing on not less than seven days notice each member of the Committee at his last address recorded in the Register of Members provided that accidental omission to give notice shall not invalidate the proceedings of the Committee meeting. Four members of the Committee shall form a quorum. A
    meeting of the Committee at which a quorum is present shall be competent to exercise all the authority for the time being invested by the Association in the Committee generally.
  8. A special meeting of the Committee may be called by the Chairman, or by two Committeemen, specifying the business to be transacted thereat.
  9. A resolution in writing signed by all the members of the Committee shall be valid as if it had been passed at a meeting of the Committee duly called and constituted.

POWERS OF COMMITTEE

  1. The business of the Association shall be conducted by the Committee which may exercise all such powers as may be exercised by the Association, and are not by these Rules or by statute required to be exercised by the Association in general meeting, subject nevertheless to the provisions of these Rules and any regulations not inconsistent with these Rules from time to time by the Association in general meeting.
    Any person acting in good faith and without prior notice shall not be concerned to see or inquire whether the powers of the Committee have been restricted by any regulations so made. The Committee shall in all things act for and in the name of the Association.
  2. Without prejudice to the general powers conferred on the Committee by these Rules it is hereby expressly declared that the Committee may exercise the following powers:
    (a) To purchase, sell, build upon, lease, mortgage or exchange any property or land, and to enter into any contracts and settle the terms thereof.
    (b) To compromise, settle, conduct, enforce or resist either in a Court of Law or by arbitration any suit, debt, liability or claim by or against the Association.
    (c) To determine from time to time the terms and conditions upon which the property of the Association is to be let, leased or sold, and to make, revoke and at all times enforce as it thinks fit such terms and conditions.
    (d) To appoint and remove all solicitors, architects, surveyors and employees of every description.
    (e) To pay all such expenses, including travelling expenses, as are properly incurred by any Committeeman in the execution of his duties.
    (f) To affiliate the Association in associations of similar interests.

EXAMINATION OF ACCOUNTS / AUDIT

  1. (a) The members shall vote annually as allowed by the Deregulation (Industrial and Provident Societies) Order 1966 at the Annual General Meeting to have, when necessary in law or where the membership requires, the accounts to be examined by a professionally qualified accountant, or an audit to be carried out by a registered auditor. If a full audit or a report is required a person who is a qualified auditor under Section 7 of the Friendly and Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1968 or Section 36 of the Friendly Societies Act 1974 shall be appointed.
    (b) None of the following persons shall be appointed as an account examiner or auditor for the Association.
    (i) An officer or servant of the Association.
    (ii) A person who is the partner of or in the employment of or who employs an officer or servant of the Association ; or
    (iii) A body corporate.
    (c) Save as provided in paragraph (d) of this Rule every appointment of an account examiner or auditor shall be made by resolution of a general meeting of the Association.
    (d) The Committee may appoint an account examiner or auditor to fill any casual vacancy occurring between general meetings of the Association.
    (e) An account examiner or auditor appointed to examin or audit the accounts and balance sheets of the Association for the preceding year of account (whether by a general meeting or by the Committee) shall be re-appointed as account examiner or auditor of the Association for the current year of account (whether or not any resolution expressly re-appointing him has been passed) unless:
    (i) A resolution has been passed at a general meeting of the Association appointing somebody instead of him or providing expressly that he shall not be re-appointed, or
    (ii) He has given notice to the Association in writing of his unwillingness to be re-appointed, or
    (iii) He is not a qualified accounts examiner or qualified auditor or is a person mentioned in paragraph (b) of this Rule, or
    (iv) He has ceased to act as an accounts examiner or auditor of the Association by reason of incapacity. Provided that a retiring auditor shall not be automatically re-appointed if notice of an intended resolution to appoint another person in his place has been given in accordance with paragraph (f) of this Rule and the resolution cannot be proceeded with because of the death or incapacity of that other person or because that other person is not a qualified accounts examiner or auditor or is a person mentioned in paragraph (b) of this Rule.
    (f) A resolution at a general meeting of the Association:
    (i) Appointing another person as accounts examiner or auditor in place of a retiring accounts examiner or auditor
    (ii) Providing expressly that a retiring accounts examiner or auditor shall not be re-appointed shall not be effective unless notice of the intention to move it has been given to the Association not less than twenty eight days before the meeting at which it is to be moved. On receipt by the Association of notice of such an intended resolution the Association shall forthwith send a copy of the notice to the retiring accounts examiner or auditor. If it is practicable to do so the Association shall give notice to its members of the intended resolution at the same time and in the manner as it gives notice in accordance with these Rules of the meeting at which the resolution is to be moved or, if that is not practicable, by advertisement not less than fourteen days before the said meeting in a newspaper circulating in the area in which the Association conducts its business. Where the retiring accounts examiner or auditor makes any representations in writing to the Association with respect to the intended resolution or notifies the Association that he intends to make such representations, the Association shall notify the members accordingly as required by Section 6 of the Friendly and Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1968.
  2. The accounts examiner or auditor shall in accordance with Section 9 of the Friendly and Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1968 make a report to the Association on the accounts examined by him and on the revenue account or accounts and on the balance sheet of the Association for the year of account in respect of which he is appointed.
  3. The Committee shall lay a revenue account and balance sheet incorporating the report of the account examiner thereon before each Annual General Meeting accompanied by a report by the Committee on the position of the affairs of the Association signed by the Chairman of the Committee meeting at which the report is adopted. The account shall
    be made up to such date within the period 1st September to 31st January inclusive as the Committee shall determine to be the end of the year of account.

ANNUAL RETURNS AND BALANCE SHEETS

  1. Every year not later than 31st May the Secretary or the Treasurer shall send to the Registrar the annual return in the form prescribed by the Chief Registrar of Friendly Societies relating to its affairs for the period required by the Act to be included in the return together with: either that described in paragraphs 48(a) and 48(b) or in the case of an accounts examiner paragraph 48(c)
    (a) A copy of the report of the accounts examiner or auditor on the Association’s accounts for the period included in the return, and
    (b) A copy of each balance sheet made during that period and of the report of the accounts examiner or auditor on that balance sheet.
    (c) A copy of the accounts statement and balance sheet made during that period
  2. (a) The Association shall supply gratuitously to every member or person interested in the funds of the Association on his application a copy of the last annual return of the Association for the time being together with a copy of the report of the accounts examiner or auditor as applicable on the accounts and balance sheet contained in the return.
    (b) The Association shall keep a copy of the last balance sheet for the time being together with the report made thereon by the accounts examiner or auditor as applicable, always hung up in a conspicuous place at its registered office.

INSPECTION OF BOOKS

  1. Any member or person having an interest in the funds of the Association shall be allowed to inspect his own account in the register of members at all reasonable hours at the registered office of the Association, subject to such conditions as to the time and manner of such inspection as may be made from time to time by the general meetings of the Association.

STATUTORY APPLICATIONS TO THE REGISTRAR

51.(a) Any ten members each of whom has been a member of the Association for not less than twelve months immediately preceding the date of the application may apply to the Registrar in the form prescribed by Treasury Regulations to appoint an accountant or actuary to inspect the books of the Association and to report thereon.
(b) One tenth of the whole number of members, or if the number shall at any time exceed 1000, 100 members may apply to the Chief Registrar in the form prescribed by Treasury Regulations
(i) For the appointment of an Inspector or Inspectors to examine into the affairs of the Association and to report thereon, or
(ii) For the calling of a Special General Meeting of the Association.

INVESTMENT

  1. The Committee may invest any funds of the Association in any manner expressly authorised by the Act.

APPLICATION OF PROFITS

  1. (a) No proportion of the income or property of the Association shall be paid or transferred either directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever by way of profit to members of the Association.
    (b) Subject to Clause (c) of this Rule an Annual General Meeting may, out of the profit, set aside to reserve such sum (not exceeding the amount recommended by the Committee) as it may direct, which may be applied in or towards carrying out the objects of the Association.
    (c) Any of the profits not so applied shall be carried forward.

NOMINATION

  1. (a) A member may in accordance with the Act nominate any person or persons to whom any of his property in the Association at the time of his death shall be transferred but such nomination shall only be valid to the extent of the amount for the time being provided in the Act.
    (b) On receiving satisfactory proof of death of a member who has made a nomination, the Committee shall, in accordance with the Act, either transfer or pay the full value of the property comprised in the nomination to the person entitled thereunder.


PROCEEDINGS ON DEATH OF A MEMBER

  1. Upon a claim being made by the personal representative of a deceased member or the trustee in bankruptcy of a bankrupt member to any property in the Association belonging to the deceased or bankrupt member, the Committee shall transfer or pay such property to which the personal representative or trustee in bankruptcy has become
    entitled as the personal representative or trustee in bankruptcy may direct them.

RESIGNATION OF MEMBERS

  1. Any member who wishes to resign from the Association shall notify the Secretary in writing one month (or such lesser period as may be agreed by the Committee in writing) before such resignation is to take effect. On the effective date of his resignation such member’s share shall be forthwith cancelled and the amount paid therefore forfeited to the Association, and an entry referring to the date of resignation and the cancellation of the share shall be made by the secretary in the Register of Members.

COPIES OF RULES TO BE SUPPLIED

  1. The Secretary shall deliver a copy of the Rules of the Association to every person on on payment of a sum not exceeding £5.00.

DISPUTES

  1. (a) Every dispute between the Association or an officer thereof and a member or any person aggrieved who has not for more than six months ceased to be a member, or any person claiming through such member or person aggrieved or claiming under the Rules, shall be submitted to an arbitrator appointed by the President of the Law Society and his decision shall be binding and conclusive on all parties without appeal, and shall not be removable into any Court of Law or restrainable by injunction, and application for the enforcement thereof may be made by the Association to the County Court.
    (b) The costs of the arbitration shall be borne as the arbitrator directs, and the complaining party shall, before the arbitration, deposit with the Association the sum of £10.00 to abide by the decision reached by the arbitrator.

AMENDMENT OF RULES

  1. Any Rule of the Association may be rescinded or amended, or a new Rule may be made in the manner provided in the following Rule.
  2. (a) Rules 2, 3, 4, 16, 33, 46, 53, 62 and this Rule are hereby declared to be fundamental, and shall not be amended or rescinded except by a resolution carried by three-fourths of the votes given thereon at a Special General Meeting of which notice has been given specifying the intention to propose such amendment or rescission.
    (b) Any Rule not declared to be fundamental may be rescinded or amended or a new Rule may be made by a resolution carried by a simple majority of the votes given thereon at any special meeting of which notice has been given specifying the intention to propose such rescission, amendment or new Rule.
  3. Application for every registration of every amendment of Rules shall be made to the Registrar in manner and form required by the Treasury Regulations as soon as practicable after the same has been made, and a copy shall be issued to every member and supplied with every copy of the Rules issued after the registration thereon. No amendment of Rules is valid until registered.

DISSOLUTION

  1. (a) The Association may be dissolved by the consent of three-fourths of the members testified by their signatures to an instrument of dissolution in the form provided by the Treasury Regulations, or by winding-up in manner provided by the Act.
    (b) If on the winding-up or dissolution of the Association there remains, after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever, the small shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the Association but shall be given or transferred to some other charitable institution having objects similar to the objects of the Association determined by the members of the Association at or before the time of dissolution, or if there is no such charitable institution to some other charitable object to be determined in like manner.

INTERPRETATION OF TERMS

  1. In these Rules, including this Rule, unless the subject matter or context are inconsistent therewith:
    (a) Words importing the singular or plural shall include the plural and singular respectively:
    (b) Words importing the masculine gender shall include females:
    (c) “The Act” shall mean the Industrial and Provident Societies Act, 1965 to 1975 or any Act or Acts amending or in substitution for the same and for the time being in force:
    (d) “Land” shall include buildings thereon:
    (e) “Persons claiming through a member” shall include his personal representatives and also his nominees where a nomination has been made:
    (f) “Officer” shall include the Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Association and any Committee man for the time being.
  2. Any reference to the Chief Registrar, Registrar, Central Office, Assistant Registrar or the Registry of Friendly Societies includes reference to the statutory successor carrying on the relevant function of any of them.

APPENDIX I
FORM OF INSTRUMENT
Proxy
The instrument referred to in Rule 24 shall be in the following form:-
I, __________ Of _______________, In the County of __________being a member of
The Great Ouse Boating Association Limited, hereby appoint of ___________________ as my proxy to vote for me and on my behalf at the meeting of the Association to be held on the day of 20 , and at any adjournment thereof.

As WITNESS my hand this __________ day of 20____

APPENDIX II
Upon application for membership one year’s subscription for the membership class applied for shall be payable.
The class of membership referred to at Rule 12(b) shall be as follows;

ClassQualificationMaximum SubscriptionMaximum Joining Fee
Single MemberA member who does not qualify for any other class of membership£40.00£5.00
Trade MemberA member who by way of business hires or lets motor cruisers on the river Great Ouse or its tributaries

A member who operates a commercial marina
£50.00 plus £30 per cruiser in the fleet.

£50
£5.00




£5.00
Affiliated MemberAny member (or nominee thereof) operating a Boat Club (This does not confer membership rights upon the members of the club affiliated)£50.00£5.00

Signed By ————————-Committee man

Print Ian Cox

Date 10th. Nov 2012

Signed By————————–Committee man

Print Geoffery Parrish

Date10th. Nov 2012

Signed By————————–Committee man

Print Alistair Reid

Date 11th. Nov 2012

Signed By————————–Secretary

Print Sidney J. Fisher

Date 10th. Nov 2012