ORIENTAL LONGHAIR BREED CLUB
RULES

Last modified 15 June 2014

  1. NAME
    The Club shall be called the Oriental Longhair Breed Club.
  2. AIMS AND OBJECTS
    1. To promote interest in the breeding and exhibiting of Oriental Long Hairs under GCCF rules.
    2. In co-operation with other Affiliated Clubs, via the relevant Breed Advisory Committees as necessary, to establish Standards of Points and Breeding Policies for Oriental Long Hairs and to nominate persons for appointment as Judges of Oriental Long Hairs.
    3. When Affiliated, to represent the interests of Club Members at the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy and at the relevant Breed Advisory Committee.
    4. To encourage the care and protection of cats generally.
  3. OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE
    1. A President and Vice-Presidents may be proposed by the Committee, at their discretion, to the Annual General Meeting.
    2. The Club shall be managed by Committee of ten members including the Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer. In the event that the Chairman is unwilling or unable to chair a meeting, a chairman for that meeting shall be selected from amongst those present. In matters not covered by, or specified in these Rules, the Committee shall have the power to act.
    3. No Officer or Committee member of the Club may also be an officer, committee member, official, judge, show manager or functionary of any unaffiliated organisation in the UK whose activities include the registration of and/or licensing or holding of shows for pedigree cats.
    4. The Chairman shall normally serve for a period of two years and shall be eligible for re-election.
    5. Two members of the Committee shall retire each year and shall be eligible for re-election.
    6. The Committee members shall be elected by the Annual General Meeting.
    7. The Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer shall be elected from the Committee by the Committee at the Committee meeting following the Annual General Meeting.
    8. Absence from two consecutive Committee meetings, without sufficient reason and apology shall be deemed resigned and the absenting member shall not be eligible for re-election.
    9. The Committee shall have the power to co-opt members to fill any vacancies occurring during the year, subject to confirmation at the next Annual General Meeting. Such co-opted members shall have full voting powers.
    10. The Committee shall have the power to co-opt such additional members as may be found necessary to foster the work of the Club. These additional members shall have no vote at Committee meetings.
    11. The Committee shall meet not fewer than three times a year and at any such meeting the quorum shall be five.
    12. The Chairman or acting Chairman may, at any meeting, exercise a casting vote in addition to his personal vote, to resolve a tie.
  4. AFFILIATION
    1. The Club shall, when eligible, seek affiliation to the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy and shall then be represented at GCCF Council meetings by the number of Delegates permitted under the GCCF Constitution.
    2. Such Delegates, who shall be Officers or members of the Committee, shall be elected by the Annual General Meeting.
    3. Affiliation provides that the GCCF shall have disciplinary powers in regard to the Club and it's members in accordance with the GCCF Constitution.
  5. BREED ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPRESENTATION
    1. Once affiliated, the Club shall be a member of the relevant Breed Advisory Committee and shall be represented at BAC meetings by the number of Representatives permitted under the BAC Constitution.
    2. Such Representatives shall be elected from the Committee by the Committee at the Committee meeting prior to the Annual General Meeting. In the event that a Representative shall be unwilling or unable to attend a BAC meeting, a substitute shall be appointed by the Officers of the Club.
  6. MEMBERSHIP
    1. Membership of the Club shall be open to any person interested in the objects of the Club, at the discretion of the Committee, on proposal by two members of any Club affiliated to the GCCF.
    2. Honorary membership may be granted at the discretion of the Committee.
    3. The Committee shall have the power to refuse or renew membership and to expel any member whose words or actions might be considered detrimental to the Club or to the Cat Fancy in general. In a General meeting, subject to an appeal to the members, the Committee's decision shall be final.
    4. Any member, including Life and Honorary members, suspended under Article 12 of the Constitution of the GCCF rules, shall cease to be a member of the Club and if wishing to rejoin after the expiration of the suspension, must apply to the Committee for re-election.
    5. The subscription for Single, Joint, Junior (with no voting rights) and Overseas Members shall be determined from time to time by the Committee, subject to approval at the Annual General Meeting, and shall be due on the 1st January each year. There shall be a joining/rejoining fee to cover the cost of initial paperwork and processing. New applications received after 1st October shall be deemed to cover the following year. Members whose subscriptions are in arrears shall be reminded and, if in arrears after twelve months, shall be deemed to have resigned from the Club.
    6. Life Membership shall be ten times the appropriate annual subscription.
  7. GENERAL MEETINGS
    1. The Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than 31st June in each year. The date of the AGM shall be published at least two months in advance. All nominations and matters for the agenda must be received, in writing, by the Hon Secretary one month before the AGM. Other General Meetings may be held as required at such time as the Committee shall decide.
    2. A Special General Meeting shall be called on the written demand of ten or more fully paid up members, specifying the business to be discussed, on a surety of 50, this sum to be returned or disbursed at the discretion of the Committee. Such meeting shall be held within six weeks of notice being received by the Hon. Secretary.
    3. Notice of a General Meeting and the agenda for it shall be sent to all fully paid up members not less than fourteen days before the meeting.
    4. The quorum at a General Meeting shall be the quorum for a Committee meeting plus one non committee member.
    5. Only fully paid up members shall be eligible to participate in or vote at any General Meeting.
  8. FINANCE
    1. The funds of the Club shall be deposited in a Bank or Building Society approved by the Committee and all cheques shall be signed by two of the following: Chairman, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Secretary.
    2. The financial year of the Club shall be from 1st January to 31st December.
    3. The Honorary Treasurer shall present a balance sheet which has been inspected by a suitable independent person to the Annual General Meeting.
    4. The person to inspect the accounts shall be appointed annually at the Annual General Meeting..
    5. All expenses, including travelling, incurred by the Officers, GCCF Delegates or BAC Representatives on behalf of the Club shall be defrayed out of the Club funds, subject to the approval of the Committee.
  9. HONORARY SECRETARY
    1. The Honorary Secretary shall maintain a list of members and conduct all the correspondence of the Club.
    2. The Honorary Secretary shall call the General Meetings and the Committee meetings as required and shall keep a Minute Book in which the Meetings of the Club and of its Committee shall be recorded.
    3. The Honorary Secretary shall present an Annual Report to the Annual General Meeting.
  10. TROPHIES
    1. Points and rosettes shall only be awarded to fully paid up members.
    2. Trophies shall only be presented to members who are fully paid up at the time of presentation.
    3. Any member who fails to return a trophy on time and in acceptable condition may, at the Committee's discretion, be barred from holding Club trophies.
  11. ALTERATION OF RULES, AMALGAMATION AND WINDING UP
    1. No alteration shall be made to these Rules except at a General Meeting and notice of such a motion must appear on the Agenda for that Meeting. Any such alteration shall require a two- thirds majority.
    2. The Club may be wound up or amalgamated with another Cat Club only at a General Meeting and notice of such a motion, and a proposal for the disposal of Club assets, must appear on the Agenda for that Meeting. Any such motion and proposal shall require a two-thirds majority.