Constitution

CONSTITUTION AND RULES OF THE MIDAS OWNERS CLUB (March 2000)

Title –

The Midas Owners Club – hereafter referred to as ‘the Club’.

Objectives of the Club –

To:

Further – the interest in all models of Midas cars and their derivatives,
Advise and Assist – Members on matters connected with their Midas cars.
Arrange – tours, lectures, discussions, social and other meetings.
Provide – Members any other benefits and privileges possible.

Membership –

Eligibility – anyone in the UK or overseas, whether a Midas owner or not.

Categories – Honorary; Ordinary; and Family.

Honorary Members – may be elected by the committee, normally in recognition of involvement in the development or manufacture of Midas cars, and/or their service to the Club and its Members.

Family Membership – can apply to a maximum of two Ordinary Members sharing the same postal address. Attracts only a single membership subscription and an entitlement of up to two votes at the AGM..

Resignation – by notifying the Membership Secretary.

Expulsion – where circumstances dictate and as decided by a majority vote at a Committee meeting. Committee members shall be given at least seven days’ notice of the meeting, and the member concerned shall be given seven days’ notice of such a meeting and the opportunity to offer any explanation of the conduct concerned.

Subscriptions –

Due – on the 1st of January each year, and covering the period from 1st January until 31st December of the same year.

Subscription Rate – changes can only be agreed by a majority vote at the Annual General Meeting.

Non Payment – of the subscription within one month of the due date shall be notified to the member in writing by the Membership Secretary. One month thereafter, any member who has still failed to pay his/her subscription may be taken off the Membership Register. No member whose subscription is in arrears shall be eligible to vote at any General Meeting or to take part in any competitions organised by the club.

Committee –

Role – to represent the interests of Members in meeting the objectives of the Club.

Authority and Responsibility – for the business of the Club shall be vested in the Committee.

Composition – of the Committee shall be up to six members, including the Club Officers. The committee shall have the power to co-opt members as it deems necessary.

A Quorum – shall be formed by 4 members of the Committee.

Voting – each Committee member present at a meeting shall be entitled to vote.

Ballot – voting by ballot shall be used if any Committee member so demands.

Club Officers –

Chair – to lead the Committee, and to ensure that Committee Duties are allocated to best effect.

Club Secretary & Vice-Chair – to arrange for Committee Meetings and General Meetings of his/her own accord or as required by the Chair, giving at least seven days’ written notice of Committee Meeting, and issue an agenda. To co-ordinate all Club activities. To attend all meetings in person, or arrange for a deputy, and take minutes of the proceedings which shall be presented for confirmation at the following meeting. To provide Members with timely information on all Club activities. To provide any support required by the Chair and to deputise in the absence of the same.

Membership Secretary – to encourage and administer membership of the Club, including collection of subscriptions and payment to the Treasurer, maintenance of the Membership Register and provision of current membership information to other Committee members.

Treasurer – to safeguard and administer club funds; supervise banking, which shall all be in the name of the Club; make disbursements, only in the form authorised by the Committee; and arrange for Public Liability Insurance. A single signature, made only by a Club Officer, shall be required for all cheques. To provide a statement of accounts for Committee meetings, the AGM and as required by the Committee

Editor – to provide and administer Club magazines and / or newsletters as agreed by the Committee and in a timely and cost effective manner.

Election – shall be at an Annual General Meeting for a period of office of up to three years after which Club Officers will automatically have to seek re-election. Any Club Officer can retire at an Annual General Meeting, having given two months’ notice or at the Chairman’s discretion.

Nomination & Duties – Nominations for candidates for election as a Club Officer should be submitted in writing to the Club Secretary, not less than seven days before the Annual General Meeting. Exceptionally, nominations may be made at the Annual General Meeting. The Committee may permit one Club Officer to perform any of the Club Officer duties subject to confirmation at the following AGM or EGM. There is to be a minimum of four people elected to perform as Club Officers.

Annual and Other General Meetings –

Date & Time – held within 14 months of the previous meeting, on a date and at a time fixed by the Committee, giving 28 days’ notice of the time and place to Members.

Right to Participate – only the Committee and paid up Members of the Club may participate. (Note – in this context any member who has gained a free year’s membership from the committee will be deemed as having ‘paid’).

AGM Agenda – members must submit the text of any items for the agenda to the Secretary at least 14 days in advance. The agenda shall include:

A report from the Chairman on the activities of the Club during the last year

A full statement of account from the Treasurer showing receipt and expenditure for the previous year

Election of the Club Officers, and any other members of the Committee as required.

Approval of the level of remuneration, if any, for members of the Committee.

After the main Agenda, the opportunity shall be given for any Member to raise a matter concerning the Club that may be put to the vote at the discretion of the Chairman.

Voting – All with a right to participate may exercise one vote. The Chairman shall not vote except in the exercise of a casting vote. At all General Meetings the majority of votes decides a resolution.

Proxy Votes – may be made by a Member who shall provide written views on an issue to the Secretary.

Special General Meetings – May be convened by the direction of the Committee, or by written request to the Secretary bearing the signature of not less than ten Members. To be convened to decide dispersal of Club funds should closure become likely. If the meeting requested is not convened within twenty eight days, the said ten Members may convene such a meeting.

Alterations and Amendments to the Constitution & Rules –

May only be made at a General Meeting and must appear in the agenda, which must be distributed 14 days in advance, with the proposer and seconder named. A majority of votes cast is necessary, with 10% of Members constituting a quorum.

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