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Issued Under the Provision and Authority of Article 19 of the Constitution of the Association
This Version Dated: 3 May 2008 (but superseded 25 April 2009)
SECTION 1 - ASSOCIATION POLICY
Restriction on the Association's activities
Rule 1.The Association shall be democratic, non-sectarian and non-party; it shall not be affiliated, either directly or indirectly, to any sectarian organisation or to any political party or like body. In no circumstances shall the Association or any of its Committees or Sub-Committees publicly express any views on behalf of the Association in connection with any political or industrial dispute, or engage in activities in connection therewith.
SECTION 2 - MEMBERSHIP
Eligibility for Membership
Rule 2.Full Membership. An officer shall be eligible for Full Membership of the Association when;
a.He/she has served in the Fighter Control or Operations Support (Fighter Control) Branch of the Royal Air Force and has been awarded a recognised Fighter Control qualification or,
b.He/she has served in the Royal Air Force as a Radar Supervisor, Fighter Director or GCI Controller prior to the formation of the Fighter Control Branch.
Rule 3.Associate Membership. Officers of the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force or forces of foreign nations who are serving, or have served, on the operational strength of a United Kingdom ground environment unit or the surviving spouse of a Member shall be eligible for Associate Membership subject to endorsement by the Committee. Associate Members shall not have voting rights at an Annual General Meeting or Special Meeting.
Rule 4.Honorary Membership. Certain persons, not present or past members of the Fighter Control Branch, whose membership would be beneficial to the Association, shall be offered Honorary Membership of the Association subject to a recommendation by the Committee and endorsement by an Annual General Meeting or Special Meeting. Honorary members do not have voting rights at an Annual General or Special Meeting.
Application for Membership
Rule 5.Application for Full and Associate Membership of the Association shall be made, on the form authorised by the Committee, to the Secretary. The Committee shall call upon the candidate to furnish further evidence, when deemed necessary, to show that he or she is eligible under Rule 2 or Rule 3.
Rule 6.If the Committee decides to reject an application for membership, the notification by the Secretary to the applicant shall, if the Committee's rejection was on the grounds of alleged ineligibility, state the fact and specify the ground(s) on which ineligibility was found.
Rule 7.No longer allocated.
Register of Members
Rule 8.The Secretary shall maintain a register of all members of the Association. The register shall contain the following particulars of each member of the Association:
a.Name and address, and in the case of a serving member, current Service particulars.
b.Date on which the member joined the Association.
d.Category of Membership (Full, Associate or Honorary).
e.Such other pertinent particulars as the Committee may deem necessary from time-to-time.
Failure to pay Annual Subscription
Rule 9.A member shall cease to be a member if his/her subscription has not been paid by 12 calendar months beyond the end of the year of membership (1 April annually), provided that nothing in this Rule shall prevent re-election of a former member under the provisions of Rule 4.
Refund of Subscription
Rule 10.A person who has resigned or otherwise ceased membership of the Association shall not be entitled to the refund of any subscription or part thereof.
Rule 11.There shall be provision for all members to pay an initial joining fee as determined by the Association at an Annual General Meeting. (The current fee with effect from 1 April 1993 is £0 (Nil Pounds))
Rule 12.The Annual subscription shall be £10 or such other amount determined by the Association at an Annual General Meeting. The first Annual subscription shall be due from the member on 1 April following his/her registration as a member. All annual subscriptions shall be due on 1 April each year. Annual subscriptions shall be paid by Banker's Order; however, individual exceptions to this provision may be agreed by the Committee at its discretion. In addition, Members who reside outside the United Kingdom and are unable to take full advantage of the benefits of membership may be excused payment of the Annual subscription, at their own request.
SECTION 3 - OFFICERS
Officers of the Association
a.The Officers of the Association shall be:
b.Only Full members of the Association shall become Officers.
c.All Officers of the Association shall be elected by the Association at an Annual General Meeting and may hold office for three years without re- election.
Officers' Terms of Office
Rule 14.No longer allocated.
(1)The Officers holding these posts shall be eligible for re-election for further periods of office when their current term expires.
(2)These Officers shall hold office from the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting at which they are elected to the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting in the year in which their term of office expires.
President's Power to Delegate
Rule 15.The President of the Association may, by a directive in writing, delegate to the Chairman of the Committee any of his/her functions when he/she is unable to perform the function(s).
a.Any member of the Association who has rendered outstanding service to the Association may be invited, on recommendation of the Committee and an overall majority vote at an Annual General Meeting, to become an Honorary Vice-President.
b.Up to six Honorary Vice-Presidents may be appointed.
c.An Honorary Vice-President will not be required to pay an annual subscription, although s/he will remain a voting Member of the Association (inserted at AGM 08).
SECTION 4 - COMMITTEE
Rule 17.The Committee shall comprise:
a.The Officers of the Association.
b.The Entertainments Member(s).
c.The Web Manager.
d.The Memorabilia Member.
(Removed at AGM 2008: The Web Content and Development Member, The Membership Secretary and Representatives from the Northern Sector, Southern Sector, School of Fighter Control and Regional Branches)
Rule 18.Every member of the Committee shall be a member of the Association and, with the exception of the Officers of the Association and the Representatives, shall be elected by the Association at an Annual General Meeting; they shall hold office for such term and subject to such conditions as may be prescribed in these Rules. The Committee shall seek and appoint Sector and School of Fighter Control Representatives. Serving representatives shall be voting members of the Committee.
Rule 19.The Quorum for the transaction of the business of the Committee shall be four, of whom two must be Officers of the Association, or such numbers as may from time-to-time be approved by the Association at an Annual General Meeting. (amended at AGM 08)
Rule 20.Should a vacancy among the Officers of the Association or among the members of the Committee arise unexpectedly and more than four months before the next scheduled Annual General Meeting, it shall be filled by the Committee forthwith; the Officer/Committee member shall hold office to complete the full term of his/her predecessor.
Rule 21.The Committee shall have the power to co-opt additional members, who must be members of the Association, for specific purposes. Such an appointment shall continue only as long as the special purpose exists or requires. Additional Members shall have voting powers whilst serving on the Committee.
Rule 22.The Committee shall have the power to appoint Sub-Committees from amongst their members, including Additional Members co-opted under the provisions of these Rules.
Terms of Office for Committee Members
Rule 23.Members of the Committee, other than the Officers of the Association and the Representatives, shall hold office for a period of one year commencing from the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting at which they are elected to the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting in the following year, or for two years in the event that more than two-thirds of Committee members would change at any Annual General Meeting. Such elected members shall be eligible for re- election for further periods of office.
SECTION 5 - FINANCE
Rule 24.The accounts of the funds of the Association shall be subject to an independent check annually, as soon as possible after the end of the financial year of the Association (31 March), by both the President and the Chairman.
Holding of Property
Rule 25.All property of the Association, both real and personal, shall be held in the name of such other person(s) as the Committee may from time-to-time determine.
Powers and Duties of the Treasurer
Rule 26.The cash and bank accounts of the Association shall be under the control of the Treasurer who shall be responsible therefore, but who shall administer them in accordance with the decisions of the Committee. The Treasurer shall maintain double-entry records of the accounts and shall submit statements of accounts to the Committee for examination and subsequent approval by the Association at the Annual General Meeting.
Rule 27.Withdrawals from the Bank account shall be authorised by the signature of either the Treasurer or the Chairman with the implicit authority of the other. (amended at AGM 08)
Joining Fees, Subscriptions and other sums to be forwarded to Treasurer
a.The amount of the joining fee to be forwarded to the Treasurer shall be as prescribed at Rule 11.
b.The amount of the annual subscription to be forwarded to the Treasurer shall be as prescribed in Rule 12.
c.Such other amounts as may from time-to-time be determined by the Association at an Annual General Meeting, or by the Committee, shall be forwarded to the Treasurer.
d.Sums received in payment for any goods or services supplied by the Association shall be forwarded to the Treasurer.
e.Sums received in respect of any function organised by the Committee, or in respect of any public appeal of any kind, shall be forwarded to the Treasurer.
f.Sums received as donations for the use and benefit of the Association shall be forwarded to the Treasurer.
g.The requirements of Article 18 of the Constitution or of this Rule shall be deemed to have been met if, instead of forwarding any sum to the Treasurer, it is duly accounted for to his/her satisfaction.
Powers of Investment
Rule 29.Any funds not immediately required for the day-to-day running of the Association shall be invested as may from time-to-time be determined and authorised by the Committee.
Rule 30.Members of the Association may, at the Committee's discretion, be paid amounts by way of expenses incurred in the pursuance of the Association's business; this may include an allowance for expenses incurred for attendance at Committee meetings. The Chairman's approval for such expenses must be obtained prior to the event, and shall be submitted to, and ratified by, the Association at an Annual General Meeting.
SECTION 6 - MEETINGS
Annual General Meeting
Rule 31.The Annual General Meeting shall be held at such time and place decided by the Committee; all members shall be notified of the place, date and time of the meeting, by the Secretary, at minimum of 2 months prior to the date of the meeting. Proposals for agenda items to be discussed under 'Any Other Business' shall be forwarded to the Secretary at least 28 days prior to the date of the meeting. The Secretary shall make arrangements for Full Members unable to attend an Annual General Meeting to vote by proxy.
Rule 32.A Special Meeting may be convened at any time by the Committee with a minimum of 28 days notice. A Special Meeting may also be convened at the request of a minimum of 50 members of the Association. The convening notice for a Special Meeting shall state the business to be transacted; no business other than that notified on the convening notice shall be transacted at such Special Meetings.
Chairman of Meetings
Rule 33.In the Chairman's unavoidable absence, the President or the Vice-Chairman of the Committee shall take the chair. If neither of these officers is available, then an Officer of the Association shall chair the Meeting.
Business of Annual General Meetings
Rule 34.The business to be transacted at an Annual General Meeting shall comprise:
a.Apologies for Absence.
b.Approval of the Minutes of the Last Meeting.
c.Annual Report from the President.
d.Election of Officers.
e.Election of Committee Members, if required.
f.Election of Auditor(s), if required.
g.Consideration of proposals from the Committee or members for revocation, repeal or amendment to any Article(s) of the Constitution.
h.Consideration of proposals from the Committee or members for revocation, repeal or amendment of the Rules.
i.Financial statement and approval of the balance sheet from the previous accounting period.
j.Any Other Business, agreed by the President, of general concern to the Association.
Copies of Annual Reports
Rule 35.Copies of the President's Annual Report, the annual accounts of the Association and the Agenda shall be available to all members attending the Meeting; additional copies will be further disseminated through Regional Branches.
Rule 36.Nominations for election of Officers of the Association and Committee members shall be in writing and sent to the Secretary at least 28 days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting at which the election shall take place. Each nomination paper shall be signed by the proposer, the seconder and the nominee's acceptance of his/her name being put forward; where appropriate the nomination shall be accompanied by a brief statement of qualification.
List of Candidates on the Agenda
Rule 37.The Agenda of an Annual General Meeting shall include a list of all candidates who have been validly nominated for election as an Officer of the Association or as a member of the Committee; the inclusion of a candidate's name in such a list shall be conclusive evidence that the prescribed conditions of nomination have been met.
Notice of Resolutions
Rule 38.A member of the Association wishing to move a resolution(s) at an Annual General Meeting shall give notice of the proposal(s) in writing and duly seconded, to the Secretary at least 28 days prior to the date of the meeting.
Agenda to be Final
Rule 39.Resolutions, subjects or matters not included in the Agenda shall not be moved, raised or discussed at an Annual General Meeting except when a matter of urgency has arisen after the Agenda has been printed. In this event the Agenda may be altered by the Committee, the President or the Chairman so that the topic may be discussed.
Rule 40.A quorum at an Annual General or Special Meeting shall be ten percent of the Full membership of the Association. Proxy votes from Full Members, given to any Full Member attending the AGM, shall count towards the quorum.
Rule 41.Voting at an Annual General or Special Meeting shall be by a show of hands unless otherwise directed by the Chair. A simple majority vote by those members attending the meeting and entitled to vote shall be sufficient for a resolution to be carried.
Rule 42.The Secretary will make arrangements to enable members who cannot attend the Annual General Meeting, or an Extraordinary General Meeting, to nominate a proxy to vote on their behalf in accordance with Article 21 of the Constitution. Members may nominate as their proxy the Chairman, a Committee Member or any other member known to be attending the Meeting in question. Members must send their proxy nominations to the Secretary, in writing, prior to the Meeting.
Decisions to be Final
Rule 43.A decision of an Annual General or Special Meeting shall be binding upon the Association, its Officers and members.
Minutes of the Meeting
Rule 44.A true and accurate record of an Annual General or Special Meeting shall be maintained by the Secretary. This record, the Minutes of the Meeting, shall be made available to all members, within the bounds of economy, after the conclusion of the Meeting. These Minutes shall constitute the authority to implement those decisions taken at the Meeting.
Rule 45.Meetings of the Committee shall be held as required, but not less than two per year, and as notified to Committee members. Such meetings shall not discuss, or take decisions upon any subject or matter other than the routine conduct of the Association's business. A simple majority vote shall be deemed an agreement of the Committee and shall be binding on all members of the Committee.
Committee Meeting Minutes
Rule 46.The Secretary shall maintain a true and accurate record of the Committee's proceedings and shall be directed by the Chairman which of the decisions taken in the Committee shall be included in the President's Annual Report to the Annual General Meeting. Where applicable and appropriate, the reports and findings of all Sub-Committee(s) shall be summarised in the main Committee's Minutes.
SECTION 7 - MISCELLANEOUS
Use of Association Title, Initials, Badge or Insignia
Rule 47.No member of the Association shall use or permit the use of the name, initials, badge or other insignia of the Association which would in any way suggest that any of his/her activities has the support of, or is conducted under, the auspices of the Association without the prior written authority of the Chairman; if such authority is given it may be revoked at any time.
Rule 48.The Committee may make Bye-Laws for regulating the affairs of the Association and the Committee. Bye-Laws shall prescribe anything which is required by these Rules, and may make further provisions as may be seen by the Committee to be necessary, or desirable, for implementing, or facilitating, the provisions of the Constitution in the absence of a specific Rule to cover any particular circumstance or contingency. Such Bye-Laws shall be submitted by the Committee to the next Annual General Meeting for ratification and inclusion in these Rules.
Rule 49.In these Rules, unless otherwise specified the following definitions apply:
a.'The Annual General Meeting', 'Special Meeting' and 'Committee Meeting' respectively mean the annual meeting of members of the Association to be held in pursuance of Article 14 of the Constitution, a meeting of the members of the Association specially convened to deal with extraordinary business of the Association in pursuance of Article 16 of the Constitution and a meeting of the Committee convened to manage the day-to-day affairs of the Association.
b.No longer allocated.
c.'The Association' means the Association of Royal Air Force Fighter Control Officers.
d.'Royal Air Force' means the Royal Air Force, the Women's Royal Air Force, the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
e.'The Committee' means the Committee of the Association including the Officers of the Association, the elected and nominated members of the Committee and the Representatives; such Committee being authorised under the provisions of articles 10, 11 and 12 of the Constitution.
f.'The Rules' means the Rules of the Association written under the provisions of Article 17 of the Constitution.
g.'The Constitution' means the Constitution currently in force, approved by the Association and assigned as effectual by the President of the Association.
Rule 50.In these Rules references to the Rules shall, unless otherwise specified, include any Bye-Laws issued under the provisions of Rule 48.
This Version Dated: 3 May 2008 (but superseded 25 April 2009)