- The Club shall be called “The
Wee Binnian Walkers”.
- The aims of the club shall be
the promotion of the sport of hillwalking and the development of its
- The objectives of the club
- the provision of a local
annual walking programme.
- the organisation of away
trips throughout the year to other walking destinations/other
- the operation of an open
policy for visiting clubs to promote intra-national networking.
- the organisation of an
annual walking festival.
- the organisation of other
social events as appropriate.
- any other activity considered
by the committee in keeping with the aims and objectives of the club.
- In line with Section 75 N.I.
Equality Act (1999) the club shall be actively non-political,
non-sectarian and non-discriminatory. Any breaches in relation to these
specific issues will be considered as serious and will be dealt with as
such by the committee according to the Policies and Procedures of the
- Membership is open to all
adults over 16 years of age who have a level of fitness suitable to the
demands of the sport and who accept the aims and objectives of the club.
- The club year will run from 1st
April to 31st March. . Members will pay an annual membership
fee as determined annually by the committee and ratified at the AGM. The
closing date for the membership fee will be 30th April. This
will be enforced and membership will be deemed to have lapsed if the fee
is not paid by 1st May. From May
onwards non paid-up members will be charged the casual walker fee.
- Only paid-up members can vote
at the AGM or take up office. Those holding a student membership do not
have voting rights.
- The business of the club will
be conducted by a committee of 12 paid-up members elected annually at
the AGM. The committee will include a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson,
Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasure and Assistant Treasurer. The Vice-Chairperson automatically
becomes Chairperson in the following year and will retain a seat on the
committee for a further year. Members willing to serve on the committee
will submit a nomination form signed by a proposer and seconder to the
secretary prior to the AGM. Twenty five paid up members will constitute
a quorum at the AGM.
- All notices of motion for the
AGM must be notified in writing to the secretary by the 31st
- Rules may only be changed at
the AGM by a 2/3 majority (by secret ballot) of those members entitled
The Chairperson of the committee may at any time at
his/her discretion, or within 21 days of receiving a written request signed
by at least 20 paid-up members and giving reasons for the request, call an
Extraordinary General Meeting to consider matters referred.
12. The Secretary will keep minutes of
all committee meetings and general meetings of the club.
13. The club accounts will be subject
to independent audit at the end of the financial year. The Treasurer will
present the club financial report to the members at the AGM. All cheques issued by the club must be
signed by two of the signatories who have been delegated to do so by the committee.
14. Members must be properly equipped
for the hills and obey the leaders instructions at all times. Any leader can
refuse to take walkers out if they don’t have the essential equipment as
itemised on the walks programme.
15. The club exercises a low-impact
environmental policy. Members must show respect for the sensitive environment
in which they enjoy their sport and follow the country code at all times.
16. In the interests of safety,
farming welfare and the enjoyment of members, no dogs are allowed on any club
17. Any member in breach of the rules
of the club, or involved in anti-social behaviour or who brings the club into
disrepute may be censured, suspended, or have their membership rescinded by
18. Appeals of committee decisions can
be brought to the AGM where a 2/3 majority, (by secret ballot) of those
members entitled to vote may reverse or alter the committee decision.
19. Any member wishing to bring any
issue to the attention of the committee should submit it in writing to the
secretary who will have it tabled at the next scheduled meeting. The decision
of the committee will be notified back to the member in writing.
20. The club at the discretion of the
committee may raise funds for charitable purposes.
21. The members may use the newsletter
to promote appropriate fund raising activities. Fundraising will be limited to individual
sponsorship. General soliciting of
funds is not deemed acceptable.