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Partick Curling Club - Constitution

PARTICK CURLING CLUB (Est 1842)

Constitution and Rules (as adopted at AGM 9 May 2019)

1. Name of Club

The name of the Club shall be “Partick Curling Club” (herein referred to as the “Club”)

 

2. The Club is formed in accordance with Memorandum and Articles of Association and Byelaws of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club. 

Nothing contained in the preceding rules shall be considered or construed to be at variance, or in opposition to the rules provided by the Royal Caledonian Curling Club for local clubs and will only be acted on in cases where there is no rule provided by the Royal Caledonian Curling Club

 

3. Membership

The membership of the Club shall consist of

a. Honorary Members. Honorary Members may be appointed at the discretion of the Club at an AGM on the recommendation of the Committee. An Honorary Member will have no voting rights

b. Ordinary Members. No person shall be admitted to the Club without having been duly proposed and seconded by the Management Committee and when so proposed and seconded shall be an Ordinary Member. New members on admission will be notified by the Secretary and furnished with a copy of the Club Constitution and Rules. An Ordinary Member will have voting rights.

c. Introductory Members. Introductory Members will pay a limited subscription set from time to time by the Management Committee (which may be nil) together with RCCC dues.  The duration of introductory membership will be one year after which time Ordinary  Membership will have to be taken up including payment of entry fee (if any). An Introductory Member will have no voting rights

d. Non Playing Members Members who wish to discontinue curling, temporarily or permanently, but remain in the Club will be presented at the AGM for Non Playing Membership for approval. At the Management Committee’s discretion any Member who so discontinues curling during a year may on request by that person be designated by the Management Committee as Non Playing which will be subject to ratification at the AGM. No refund of any subscription already paid shall be due.  A reduced subscription set from time to time by the Management Committee (which may be nil) will be paid.  A Non Playing Member will have no voting rights.

e. Resigning membership. Any member who is wishing to resign shall intimate his or her intention to the Secretary in writing prior to the Annual General Meeting and on failing to give such intimation shall be liable for his or her annual subscription for the ensuing year.

 

4. Management Committee

The affairs and general management of the Club shall be vested in a Management Committee who shall comprise the following:-

a. Office Bearers as defined in Clause 5(a)

b. Match Secretary (or if desired or required Match Secretaries). If there is more than one Match Secretary, references to Match Secretary means both or all of them and they shall divide their duties between or among them as they see fit.

c. Vintage Convenor.

d. Up to six Ordinary Members with power to co-opt additional members if necessary.

 

The Management Committee shall meet at regular intervals and shall cause proper accounts and minutes of their proceedings to be kept.

The Management Committee shall be empowered to frame bye-laws for the regulations of the Clubhouse, Ice and Play which shall remain in force until set aside at a Special or Annual General Meeting of the Club or by the Management Committee.

The Management Committee may fill any vacancy occurring in their number in the course of the year.

The Management Committee may appoint a sub committee comprising one or more of its members to consider and report to it on any particular matter but cannot delegate any decision making to the sub committee.

A number equal to one half of the Management Committee, or six members of the Management Committee, whichever is less shall constitute a quorum.

 

5. Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Club shall be held not later than 30 th September for the following purposes:-

a. Appoint a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer (herein referred to as the “Office Bearers”) for a period of one year but who shall be eligible for re-election.

b. Appoint a Chaplain.

c. Appoint a Match Secretary and a Vintage Convenor.

d. If or when required, appoint a representative to the Royal Caledonian Curling Club selected from the Management Committee, a representative to the Dumbarton Province and a representative to the Braehead Development Group.

e. Appoint up to six Ordinary Members to serve on the Management Committee two of whom shall retire annually in rotation and shall not be eligible for re-election until one year has elapsed. Those so appointed shall serve for a period of three years but shall be eligible for re-election.

f. Appoint one Ordinary Member as examiner

g. Receive an independently examined Statement of Accounts for the previous Financial Year and determine the level of entrance fee and annual subscription for the forthcoming year

h. Receive reports and transact any other business

i. At least ten days’ notice of an Annual General Meeting shall be given to all members and fifteen Ordinary Members shall constitute a quorum

 

6. Special General Meeting

A Special General Meeting may be called by the Management Committee upon receiving a requisition clearly stating the purpose of the meeting and signed by no less than seven Ordinary Members.

At least seven days’ notice of a Special General Meeting shall be given to all members and fifteenOrdinary Members shall constitute a quorum.

 

7. Resolutions and Voting

a. Except as provided in Rules 10 and 16 of this Constitution, resolutions and other decisions at all general meetings and Management Committee meetings are passed and made by a simple majority of those members present and voting (including by proxy) when the vote is taken.

b. At the discretion of the Chair voting may be undertaken by show of hands or by ballot.

c. An Ordinary Member shall be allowed to vote by proxy upon notice being given prior to commencement of the AGM to the Secretary stating the name of the Ordinary Member to vote on his or her behalf at the meeting. It shall be for the person giving the notice to ensure that the Secretary has received the notice and in the case of dispute the Secretary’s decision shall be final as to whether timeous notice was received by him or her.

 

8. Chairperson

At all Annual or Special General Meetings and Management Committee meetings the President shall take the Chair or in his or her absence the Vice President shall preside failing whom the Chairperson shall be chosen by the meeting. In all cases the Chairperson shall have a casting as well as deliberative vote.

 

9. Financial Year

The Financial Year of the Club shall be the twelve month period ending 30 th April.

 

10. Alterations and Amendments

No alterations or amendments to the foregoing Constitution and Rules shall be made unless at an Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting and unless approved by two thirds of the total of those present and those voting by proxy.

 

11. Assets

The heritable and movable assets of the Club shall be vested on behalf of the Ordinary Members in the President, Secretary and Treasurer for the time being as Trustees for the Club, and such assets shall be dealt with by them as they may be directed by the Management Committee. Two Trustees shall be a quorum. The Trustees shall have power to buy or sell, take on a Lease or surrender Leases of properties as directed by the Management Committee but shall only be empowered to borrow monies as authorised by a General Meeting of the Members of the Club.

 

12. Skips

Unless the Management Committee decide otherwise from time to time, the Match Secretary shall appoint League and Medal Convenors and the members to the separate teams. Likewise, unless the Management Committee decide otherwise from time to time, skips for invitation events will be appointed by the Match Secretary, and in any case, the selection of the teams for these invitation events shall be made by the Match Secretary.

 

13. Penalty and other Rules of Play

These are as shown in the Schedule to this Constitution.

 

14. Trophies and Medals

All trophies and medals will be insured by the Club and shall be held in the possession of the respective winners who shall be responsible for their safe custody. The “Old Partick Bell” shall be held subject to the Deed of Gift.

 

15. Surplus Income or Gains

Any surplus or gains require to be re-invested in the club and in the event of it being wound up, all assets, in so far as the club can competently do so, shall be passed to another Curling Club operating within the Province or Royal Caledonian Curling Club (or their successor) as determined at a meeting called for the purpose.

 

16. Notice

Any notice which is to be given under this Constitution shall be validly given if sent timeously by post to the addressee’s last known address or sent by email to the addressee’s last known email address or if it is given in such other manner as the Management Committee decide from time to time. Subject to the terms of Rule 7(c), confirmation from the person giving the notice shall unless the contrary be shown be taken as confirmation that due notice has been given.

 

17. Conduct

Any member or player making himself or herself obnoxious at any Meeting of the Club, or on the ice, on complaint being made of the same, shall leave the Meeting or the ice at the request of two members of the committee, and, if he or she refuses to do so, shall be liable to be fined, or expelled from the Club, but only if that is approved by two thirds of the total of those present and those voting by proxy.at a General Meeting called for the purpose.

 

Schedule – Rules of Play

 

We do not have a 'rule book' as such and anyone wishing to know how the game should be played should consult the RCCC rulebook (www.royalcaledoniancurlingclub.org/comps/rules-of-the-game/ - accessed 22 4 2019) the first paragraph of which includes the statement -

 

While the main object of the game of curling is to determine the relative skill of the players, the spirit of curling demands good sportsmanship, kindly feeling and honourable conduct.

This spirit should influence both the interpretation and the application of the rules of the game and also the conduct of all participants on and off the ice

 

However, the following may be helpful in certain circumstances

 

Bonus Point for eight ends

  • A bonus point will be awarded to both teams if a scorecard is submitted showing a shot or shots scored in the 8th end. Normally, this will mean that the 8th end will be completed. However, when one team is so far ahead after 7 ends that the skips agree to shake hands, one stone should be thrown by one member of each team nominated by the skip and the winner awarded the score of ‘1’ for the 8th end.
  • Measuring the position of the first stone and then removing it is unnecessary. A player not involved in throwing the stones could be delegated to move and replace the first stone if there is any risk of it being moved by the second stone.

 

Substitute eligibility

  • A player brought in to substitute in a league team from another league team may play at 1 (lead) or 2 only. If the substitute is on the reserve list, he or she may play in any position.
  • No substitutes are allowed who are not members of the Club.

 

Payment by substitutes

  • Where a player is brought in as substitute, he or she generally pays for the ice at the full rate for that session. However, it is acceptable for the original player to pay for the ice instead. In any case, the convenor should be informed what arrangement has been made.
  • If no substitute can be found, the player who was originally due to play pays for the ice.
  • It is the responsibility of team convenors to reconcile payments at the end of the League,  Copeland or Medal competitions with details of how much is owed or due. The Treasurer should be copied into these messages so that any necessary refunds can be made.

 

Late and non-arrival for matches

  • If, at the start of a match, a team has only three players, the game should begin but the non-offending team will receive one (1) shot for every five minutes that their opponents are one player short up to a maximum of four (4) shots.
  • If a team appears with only two players, the match should not begin until a third player is present. The non-offending team will be awarded one (1) shot for every five minutes their opposition is incomplete. If, at the end of 20 minutes, there are only two players present, the non-offending team will be awarded the match plus six (6) ends and six (6) shots (and the bonus point for 8 ends).
  • Penalty shots should be recorded as such on the scorecard.
  • If there are only two players in each team, neither will receive any points and the match will be null and void. However, the remaining players may decide to play a friendly.
  • Players arriving after the match has started may play in lead or 2 nd position only.