1.1 The Club shall be called 'The Australian Mist Cat Club UK' and hereinafter shall be referred to as the 'Club'.
2.1 To promote in every way the ownership and general improvement in the standard, breeding of and exhibition of Australian Mists pedigree cats.
2.2 To extend the knowledge and awareness by the general public of Australian Mist cats through shows, exhibitions and advertising and through other media in which which the club may from time to time select.
2.3 To maintain a welfare fund for the rescue of Australian Mist cats that have been abandoned or are genuinely in distress.
2.4 The property and income of the Club shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the objects of the Club and no part of that property or income may be paid or otherwise distributed, directly or indirectly, to members except in good faith in the propmotion of those objectives.
3. Powers of the Committee
3.1 To approve the election of new members.
3.2 To do all such things as may be incidental to the attainment of the objectives of the Club.
3.3 To acquire, hold, deal with and dispose of any money or personal property for the use and benefit of the club for any purpose considered advantageous to the objectives of the Club.
4.1 A member of the club shall be any person who desires to be a member, who pays the prescribed membership fee and who supports the objectives of the Club.
4.2 Membership of the club shall be divide into the following categories (a) single membership (b) single associate membership (c) joint membership (i.e. two adults living at the same address) (d) junior membership.
4.3 The rights and privileges of each category of membership shall be decided by the committee from time to time providing that junior and associate members shall have no voting rights and that these rights and privileges are listed on the official Club website.
4.4 A person wishing to be a member of the Club shall apply on an official membership form and the committee shall approve or reject the membership without assigning any reason.
4.5 Junior members shall be deemed to be such if on the first day of joining, and thereafter if on the first day on which membership renewal fees are due they have not attained 16 years of age.
4.6 The secretary shall ensure that a register of members is kept, showing the name, address and category of membership of each member.
4.7 Any member wishing to resign from the Club may do so at any time by giving notice in writing to the secretary. No such resignation shall relieve the member from payment of any monies owing by him/her to the Club.
5. Conduct of Members
5.1 Any person elected to membership shall be deemed for all purposes to have agreed to be bound by the constitution of the Club and will uphold the honour of and use their better endevours to further the objectives of the Club.
5.2 The committee may expel or otherwise discipline any member who commits serious misdemeanour, providing the member has been notified in writing of the alleged offence and has been given 21 days to show just cause in writing that they should not be expelled or disciplined.
6.1 The annual susbscriptions for each category of membership shall be determined at each AGM and shall be due at the beginning of June.
6.2 Financial members shall only be deemed elegible to vote at meetings if their subscriptions are paid up to date.
6.3 A person whose subscriptions are unpaid after the due date is deemed to be an unfinancial member.
6.4 Any person whose subscription shall be unpaid for 90 days from the due date shall cease to be be a member of the Club.
6.5 Any person whose subscription is paid within 6 months of the end of the financial year shall be deemed to be a member for the following financial year.
7.1 The affairs and management of the club shall be handled by a committee consisting of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, membership secretary and up to 5 committee members, hereinafter called the 'Committee'.
7.2 The quorum at Committee meetings shall be five of the Committee.
7.3 The executive positions shall not be held by more than one person living in the same household.
7.4 The Committee shall be elected for two years at an AGM and the Committee so elected shall hold office until the next election.
7.5 A casual vacancy occurs in the office of a Committee member and that office becomes vacant if the Committee member: -
(b) Resigns by notice in writing delivered to the Chairman or secretary.
(c) is absent from more than three committee meetings in the same year, of which he/she has received notice, withought tendering an apology to the person presiding at each of those meetings or without having applied for and been granted leave of absence for each of those three meetings.
(d) Ceases to be a member of the Club.
7.6 In the event of a vacancy occuring the Committee may elect or appoint another person to hold office until the next AGM.
7.7 The committee may form sub-committees which shall be responsible to the Committee.
7.8 No office bearer, committee member or member shall act on behalf of the Club without the prior authority of the Committee.
8.1 The Annual General Meeting, hereinafter called the AGM, shall be held during the month of February in each year or as soon after the end of the financial year as the Committee considers practical.
8.2 The business of the AGM shall be to receive and consider:-
(a) The Chairman's report
(b) The Treasurer's report containing a statement of accounts for the preceeding year which shall be from 1st February to 31st January of the following year.
(d) The secretary's report
(e) Election of Office Bearers and the Committee (if applicable)
(f) Motions, notice of which should have been given to the secretary 28 days prior to the AGM.
(g) General business.
(h) Any other business.
8.3 General meetings will be held at such times and places as the Committee decide.
8.4 Every financial member shall receive not less than 28 days notice for the AGM and not less than 14 days for an Extraordinary General Meeting, hereinafter called an EGM. Notice of an EGM shall state the business to be discussed. No other business will be discussed at an EGM.
8.5 Committee meetings shall be held every four months or at such times agreed by the Committee.
9.1 The members shall discuss appointing an auditor, not being a member of the association, who shall audit the annual statement of accounts at the next AGM.
10.1 The club shall cause true accounts to be kept of the monies received and expended by it.
10.2 Every expenditure by the club must be for one or more of the purposes covered by the constitution and must be authorised at properly constituted meetings.
10.3 All Banking accounts of the Club shall be in the name of the club and the signatories of such accounts shall be determined from time to time by the Committee.
10.4 A copy of the balance sheet shall be placed before the AGM for confirmation.
11.1 Only financial members shall have the power to vote at Club meetings. No person shall have more than one vote. Voting, unless otherwise stated shall be by majority and in the case of equality of votes the Chairman or the person chairing the meeting shall have a casting vote in addition to their primary vote.
11.2 A member of the committee shall not vote in respect of any contract or proposed contract with the club in which he is interested or in respect of any matter arising therefrom and if that member does so vote, the vote shall not be counted.
11.3 Members represented by proxy or through electronic means as determined acceptable by the Committee from time to time shall be deemed to be present and eligible to vote.
12. Records of the Club
12.1 All records, books and documents of the club shall be held in the custody of the appropriate executive officer.
13. Inspection of records
13.1 A member may at any reasonable time inspect without charge, make copies of, but not remove said records, books, documents, minutes or register of members of the Club.
14.1 In the event of any contingency arising that has not been provided for by this constitution the matter shall be decided by the Committee.
14.2 Any member dissatisfied with such decisions shall have the right of appeal at a meeting of the club providing such dissatisfaction is registered in writing to the Secretary at least 28 days before the meeting.
15. Common seal and seal holders ~ to be discussed at the next AGM
16. Ammendments to the constitution.
16.1 Additions, changes or deletions to the constitution shall be affected only by the consent of seventy five percent (75%) of the members present at an AGM or EGM.
16.2 A notice of motion to amend the constitution shall be forwarded to the Secretary not less that 28 days before the meeting and all members shall be notified in writing at least 14 days prior to the meeting at which the motion is to be moved.
17.1 The Club may be dissolved by a resolution of seventy-five percent (75%) of members present at an AGM or EGM of the club.
17.2 Notice of the meeting including notice of the proposed dissolution shall be given to all members in writing not less than 28 days prior to the meeting.
17.3 If upon dissolution there shall remain, after the satisfaction of the debts and liabilities of the Club any monies, property or assets whatsoever of the Club the same shall be distributed to a charity or welfare fund which shall be voted on by the financial members of the club.
The constitution of the Australian Mist Cat Club UK as agreed by the elected Committee at the first Annual General meeting held on 24th January 2010.