Constitution
M.W. C. Constitution Approved  at AGM on 25th April 2017   1.     The title shall be “Morley Walking Club”   2.     The aims and objectives of the Club shall be:           (a)   to promote walking and other outdoor activities           (b)   to conserve footpaths in general and particularly in the Morley area.           (c)   to further the enjoyment and appreciation of the countryside by members and their families.  3.      Membership                (a)   individual membership shall be open to all, except that the Committee shall have the power to withhold membership at its discretion.           (b)   Membership shall be within the following categories:                  (i)          Honorary                  (ii)         Adult – people aged from 18 and not still in full time education.                  (iii)         Junior – young people up to the age of 18 (21 if still in full-time education)                           (iv)         Family - one/two adults plus one or more young people up to the age of 18 ( 21 if still in full time education)            (c) The Committee shall be empowered, at its discretion, to grant honorary membership of the Club to a member who having reached the age of seventy and completed 20 years’ unbroken service including some exceptional work for the club. Such honorary members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of the adult membership. This to be in the gift of the Committee after each case has been made and accepted by the majority of the Committee                             (d)     Young people up to the age of 12 accompanied by a responsible adult.          (e)     Young people between the ages of 12 and 15   may take part in walks at the discretion of a member of the Committee. Please note: -The committee have agreed to adopt the Ramblers Guidance for walk leaders on the issue of Safeguarding Children until we can formally alter our constitution at the next AGM. So children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult with parental responsibility on all club activities.  This is deemed necessary in order to keep us within the law.          (f)      Guests or prospective members shall normally be allowed to take part in one Club walk without Membership          (g)     All honorary and adult members shall have full voting rights. Junior members and young people covered by family membership shall not be entitled to vote.   4.      Subscriptions          (a)      Subscriptions shall be fixed at the Annual General Meeting and should be paid within one month.          (b)      Members joining after January 1st. in any year shall pay one subscription to cover the remainder of that and the following financial year.          (c)      Subscription rates shall be as follows: i) Honorary - Nil i) adult – as fixed by the Annual General Meeting                  (iii)            junior  --  half the adult rate.                  (iv)           family  --  adult rate, children free.                   5.       Conduct of Affairs            (a)      The Annual General Meeting shall be held during April and a minimum of 14 days’ notice given.           (b)      The management of the affairs of the Club shall be in the hands of an elected Committee which shall have full executive powers in all matters except alterations to rules and/or subscriptions and the election of officers.                           (c)      The Committee shall be elected at the Annual General meeting and shall consist of :                       (i)            President                      (ii)            Vice – President                      (iii)           Secretary                      (iv)           Treasurer                      (v)            Footpath Secretary                      (vi)           Eight committee members, each of whom may serve a maximum of two years before retiring and becoming eligible for re- election.            (d)         The Committee may appoint from its members, other officers at its discretion.            (e)         The Committee shall have powers to co-opt.            (f)          The immediate past President shall be co-opted on to the Committee.            (g)          Any Club officers or committee members newly elected at the AGM shall commence their term of office from the 1st May.            (h)         The President, Treasurer may act jointly, in an emergency, on behalf of the Committee – such action to be reported to the full Committee as soon as convenient.                          Expenditure under this rule to be limited to £200 with this amount subject to review every 3 years.            (i)           A quorum at a General Meeting shall be one quarter of those people eligible to vote. (Present)            (j)           A quorum at a Committee meeting shall be 8.           (k)           Decisions at both General and Committee meetings shall be by simple majority.            (l)           In the event of a tie at Committee meetings, the Chairman shall have the casting vote.          (m)           A General Meeting shall be held by the Secretary at the request of any ten members or by direction of the Committee. A minimum of 14 days’ notice shall be given.            (n)          Committee meetings shall be held at least twice a year and shall be called by either the President and Secretary or by any three Committee members.  6.     Finance             (a)         The Treasurer shall prepare a yearly statement of accounts for submission to the AGM. This  shall have been previously  audited and accepted by the Club Auditor.             (b)         The Auditor shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall be an adult member of the club   but not a member of the committee.             (c)         The financial year shall run from 1st March of the current year to the last day of February in the following year.             (d)          A Bank Account shall be opened in the name of the Club. Withdrawals shall be made on the authority of the Treasurer and either the President or the Secretary.              (e)         On the authority of the Committee, further subsidiary accounts, to cover specified activities, may be opened as deemed necessary. A minimum of two signatories, who will be  Committee members shall be required to authorise withdrawals from any such accounts.  7.        Ramblers Association              The Club shall be affiliated to the Ramblers Association.  8.        Club Liability             The Club shall carry liability insurance to indemnify itself against potential claims from both members and non-members. Such insurance shall be approved by the Ramblers Association and shall cover all official  Club activities.             To comply with the requirements of such insurance, the Club shall have a written Health & Safety policy.             The Club is required to have one Committee member as the nominated Health & Safety Officer. This person to be responsible for health and safety matters on walks and social events as outlined in the             Health & Safety Policy. The Health & Safety Officer shall ensure that all walks leaders and organisers of Social events are guided by a safety checklist based on this policy. Copies of the policy shall be held by the Secretary and made available to Club members on request.  9.        Change of Rules              Additions or changes to rules shall only be made at a General meeting. Proposals for additions or changes to the rules, shall be submitted to the Secretary four weeks before the date of the General Meeting and shall be included in the notice of that meeting sent to members. 10.        Winding up of Affairs.              In the event of the Club having insufficient Members to function satisfactorily, any remaining assets are  to be disposed to the Ramblers Association. 
Constitution
M.W. C. Constitution Approved  at AGM on 25th April 2017   1.     The title shall be “Morley Walking Club”   2.     The aims and objectives of the Club shall be:           (a)   to promote walking and other outdoor activities           (b)   to conserve footpaths in general and particularly in the Morley area.           (c)   to further the enjoyment and appreciation of the countryside by members and their families.  3.      Membership                (a)   individual membership shall be open to all, except that the Committee shall have the power to withhold membership at its discretion.           (b)   Membership shall be within the following categories:                  (i)          Honorary                  (ii)         Adult – people aged from 18 and not still in full time education.                  (iii)         Junior – young people up to the age of 18 (21 if still in full-time education)                           (iv)         Family - one/two adults plus one or more young people up to the age of 18 ( 21 if still in full time education)            (c) The Committee shall be empowered, at its discretion, to grant honorary membership of the Club to a member who having reached the age of seventy and completed 20 years’ unbroken service including some exceptional work for the club. Such honorary members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of the adult membership. This to be in the gift of the Committee after each case has been made and accepted by the majority of the Committee                             (d)     Young people up to the age of 12 accompanied by a responsible adult.          (e)     Young people between the ages of 12 and 15   may take part in walks at the discretion of a member of the Committee. Please note: -The committee have agreed to adopt the Ramblers Guidance for walk leaders on the issue of Safeguarding Children until we can formally alter our constitution at the next AGM. So children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult with parental responsibility on all club activities.  This is deemed necessary in order to keep us within the law.          (f)      Guests or prospective members shall normally be allowed to take part in one Club walk without Membership          (g)     All honorary and adult members shall have full voting rights. Junior members and young people covered by family membership shall not be entitled to vote.   4.      Subscriptions          (a)      Subscriptions shall be fixed at the Annual General Meeting and should be paid within one month.          (b)      Members joining after January 1st. in any year shall pay one subscription to cover the remainder of that and the following financial year.          (c)      Subscription rates shall be as follows: i) Honorary - Nil i) adult – as fixed by the Annual General Meeting                  (iii)            junior  --  half the adult rate.                  (iv)           family  --  adult rate, children free.                   5.       Conduct of Affairs            (a)      The Annual General Meeting shall be held during April and a minimum of 14 days’ notice given.           (b)      The management of the affairs of the Club shall be in the hands of an elected Committee which shall have full executive powers in all matters except alterations to rules and/or subscriptions and the election of officers.                           (c)      The Committee shall be elected at the Annual General meeting and shall consist of :                       (i)            President                      (ii)            Vice – President                      (iii)           Secretary                      (iv)           Treasurer                      (v)            Footpath Secretary                      (vi)           Eight committee members, each of whom may serve a maximum of two years before retiring and becoming eligible for re-election.            (d)         The Committee may appoint from its members, other officers at its discretion.            (e)         The Committee shall have powers to co-opt.            (f)          The immediate past President shall be co-opted on to the Committee.            (g)          Any Club officers or committee members newly elected at the AGM shall commence their term of office from the 1st May.            (h)         The President, Treasurer may act jointly, in an emergency, on behalf of the Committee – such action to be reported to the full Committee as soon as convenient.                          Expenditure under this rule to be limited to £200 with this amount subject to review every 3 years.            (i)           A quorum at a General Meeting shall be one quarter of those people eligible to vote. (Present)            (j)           A quorum at a Committee meeting shall be 8.           (k)           Decisions at both General and Committee meetings shall be by simple majority.            (l)           In the event of a tie at Committee meetings, the Chairman shall have the casting vote.          (m)           A General Meeting shall be held by the Secretary at the request of any ten members or by direction of the Committee. A minimum of 14 days’ notice shall be given.            (n)          Committee meetings shall be held at least twice a year and shall be called by either the President and Secretary or by any three Committee members.  6.     Finance             (a)         The Treasurer shall prepare a yearly statement of accounts for submission to the AGM. This  shall have been previously  audited and accepted by the Club Auditor.             (b)         The Auditor shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall be an adult member of the club   but not a member of the committee.             (c)         The financial year shall run from 1st March of the current year to the last day of February in the following year.             (d)          A Bank Account shall be opened in the name of the Club. Withdrawals shall be made on the authority of the Treasurer and either the President or the Secretary.              (e)         On the authority of the Committee, further subsidiary accounts, to cover specified activities, may be opened as deemed necessary. A minimum of two signatories, who will be  Committee members shall be required to authorise withdrawals from any such accounts.  7.        Ramblers Association              The Club shall be affiliated to the Ramblers Association.  8.        Club Liability             The Club shall carry liability insurance to indemnify itself against potential claims from both members and non- members. Such insurance shall be approved by the Ramblers Association and shall cover all official  Club activities.             To comply with the requirements of such insurance, the Club shall have a written Health & Safety policy.             The Club is required to have one Committee member as the nominated Health & Safety Officer. This person to be responsible for health and safety matters on walks and social events as outlined in the             Health & Safety Policy. The Health & Safety Officer shall ensure that all walks leaders and organisers of Social events are guided by a safety checklist based on this policy. Copies of the policy shall be held by the Secretary and made available to Club members on request.  9.        Change of Rules              Additions or changes to rules shall only be made at a General meeting. Proposals for additions or changes to the rules, shall be submitted to the Secretary four weeks before the date of the General Meeting and shall be included in the notice of that meeting sent to members. 10.        Winding up of Affairs.              In the event of the Club having insufficient Members to function satisfactorily, any remaining assets are  to be disposed to the Ramblers Association. 
Constitution
M.W. C. Constitution Approved  at AGM on 25th April 2017   1.     The title shall be “Morley Walking Club”   2.     The aims and objectives of the Club shall be:           (a)   to promote walking and other outdoor activities           (b)   to conserve footpaths in general and particularly in the Morley area.           (c)   to further the enjoyment and appreciation of the countryside by members and their families.  3.      Membership                (a)   individual membership shall be open to all, except that the Committee shall have the power to withhold membership at its discretion.           (b)   Membership shall be within the following categories:                  (i)          Honorary                  (ii)         Adult – people aged from 18 and not still in full time education.                  (iii)         Junior – young people up to the age of 18 (21 if still in full- time education)                           (iv)         Family - one/two adults plus one or more young people up to the age of 18 ( 21 if still in full time education)            (c) The Committee shall be empowered, at its discretion, to grant honorary membership of the Club to a member who having reached the age of seventy and completed 20 years’ unbroken service including some exceptional work for the club. Such honorary members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of the adult membership. This to be in the gift of the Committee after each case has been made and accepted by the majority of the Committee                             (d)     Young people up to the age of 12 accompanied by a responsible adult.          (e)     Young people between the ages of 12 and 15   may take part in walks at the discretion of a member of the Committee. Please note: -The committee have agreed to adopt the Ramblers Guidance for walk leaders on the issue of Safeguarding Children until we can formally alter our constitution at the next AGM. So children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult with parental responsibility on all club activities.  This is deemed necessary in order to keep us within the law.          (f)      Guests or prospective members shall normally be allowed to take part in one Club walk without Membership          (g)     All honorary and adult members shall have full voting rights. Junior members and young people covered by family membership shall not be entitled to vote.   4.      Subscriptions          (a)      Subscriptions shall be fixed at the Annual General Meeting and should be paid within one month.          (b)      Members joining after January 1st. in any year shall pay one subscription to cover the remainder of that and the following financial year.          (c)      Subscription rates shall be as follows: i) Honorary - Nil i) adult – as fixed by the Annual General Meeting                  (iii)            junior  --  half the adult rate.                  (iv)           family  --  adult rate, children free.                   5.       Conduct of Affairs            (a)      The Annual General Meeting shall be held during April and a minimum of 14 days’ notice given.           (b)      The management of the affairs of the Club shall be in the hands of an elected Committee which shall have full executive powers in all matters except alterations to rules and/or subscriptions and the election of officers.                           (c)      The Committee shall be elected at the Annual General meeting and shall consist of :                       (i)            President                      (ii)            Vice – President                      (iii)           Secretary                      (iv)           Treasurer                      (v)            Footpath Secretary                      (vi)           Eight committee members, each of whom may serve a maximum of two years before retiring and becoming eligible for re-election.            (d)         The Committee may appoint from its members, other officers at its discretion.            (e)         The Committee shall have powers to co-opt.            (f)          The immediate past President shall be co-opted on to the Committee.            (g)          Any Club officers or committee members newly elected at the AGM shall commence their term of office from the 1st May.            (h)         The President, Treasurer may act jointly, in an emergency, on behalf of the Committee – such action to be reported to the full Committee as soon as convenient.                          Expenditure under this rule to be limited to £200 with this amount subject to review every 3 years.            (i)           A quorum at a General Meeting shall be one quarter of those people eligible to vote. (Present)            (j)           A quorum at a Committee meeting shall be 8.           (k)           Decisions at both General and Committee meetings shall be by simple majority.            (l)           In the event of a tie at Committee meetings, the Chairman shall have the casting vote.          (m)           A General Meeting shall be held by the Secretary at the request of any ten members or by direction of the Committee. A minimum of 14 days’ notice shall be given.            (n)          Committee meetings shall be held at least twice a year and shall be called by either the President and Secretary or by any three Committee members.  6.     Finance             (a)         The Treasurer shall prepare a yearly statement of accounts for submission to the AGM. This  shall have been previously  audited and accepted by the Club Auditor.             (b)         The Auditor shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall be an adult member of the club   but not a member of the committee.             (c)         The financial year shall run from 1st March of the current year to the last day of February in the following year.             (d)          A Bank Account shall be opened in the name of the Club. Withdrawals shall be made on the authority of the Treasurer and either the President or the Secretary.              (e)         On the authority of the Committee, further subsidiary accounts, to cover specified activities, may be opened as deemed necessary. A minimum of two signatories, who will be  Committee members shall be required to authorise withdrawals from any such accounts.  7.        Ramblers Association              The Club shall be affiliated to the Ramblers Association.  8.        Club Liability             The Club shall carry liability insurance to indemnify itself against potential claims from both members and non-members. Such insurance shall be approved by the Ramblers Association and shall cover all official  Club activities.             To comply with the requirements of such insurance, the Club shall have a written Health & Safety policy.             The Club is required to have one Committee member as the nominated Health & Safety Officer. This person to be responsible for health and safety matters on walks and social events as outlined in the             Health & Safety Policy. The Health & Safety Officer shall ensure that all walks leaders and organisers of Social events are guided by a safety checklist based on this policy. Copies of the policy shall be held by the Secretary and made available to Club members on request.  9.        Change of Rules              Additions or changes to rules shall only be made at a General meeting. Proposals for additions or changes to the rules, shall be submitted to the Secretary four weeks before the date of the General Meeting and shall be included in the notice of that meeting sent to members. 10.        Winding up of Affairs.              In the event of the Club having insufficient Members to function satisfactorily, any remaining assets are  to be disposed to the Ramblers Association.