Constitution as adopted at AGM 25th February 2017

Constitution of the National Rimfire Benchrest Association of Ireland

(Last Updated by adoption of motions at the NRBAI AGM on 25 February 2017)

 

1. The name of the Association will be

 

National Rimfire Benchrest Association of Ireland (NRBAI for short).

 

Its objective shall be to encourage enjoyment, safety and competitive skills in the use of rimfire target rifles for Benchrest Shooting.

 

The address of the Association will be c/o (Current Secretary), (Address of Secretary).

 

It shall be managed by an Executive Committee (herein referred to as “The Committee”.

 

However, all members are encouraged to participate as much as possible in the direction and development of the sport.

 

  1. The main objectives and aims of Association will be

 

  • To encourage, support and promote the sport of organised and competitive benchrest shooting.
  • Increase awareness and develop understanding of benchrest shooting.
  • To encourage the formation of competitive benchrest shooting in clubs throughout the country and to encourage members to participate in all competitions approved by the Association.
  • To continuously improve the standards of benchrest shooting in Ireland.
  • To encourage participation by members in international competitions and championships.
  • To represent Rimfire Benchrest Shooting on all relevant national and international bodies

 

 

 

 

3. Membership

 

The Association is made up of its current paid up Ordinary & Full members.  

 

Ordinary membership is open to any member of a recognised shooting club in Ireland. Ordinary Members are entitled to compete in any benchrest competition run under the auspices of the Association.

 

Full members, while also being members of a recognised shooting club in Ireland, become full members by annual registration and payment of a nominal membership fee to NRBAI.

 

Full membership entitles such members to represent the Association in international competitions run under the auspices of the European and World benchrest bodies, providing in all cases that they meet all other selection criteria for that event.

 

  1.   Governing Body

 

4.1 The Officers of the Association shall serve in an honorary capacity, without salary and will be elected at each AGM and shall consist, as a minimum, of a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and National Development Officer. These positions shall be nominated from the membership that have been full and active members in the NRBAI for 2 years prior to the AGM year and elected by ballot at the AGM of the Association and on election shall appoint additional members to other positions as they think fit.

 

4.2 The A.G. M. of the Association shall be held at a place agreed by the Committee, ideally in the month of February each year. The time of the meeting shall be set as to give reasonable advance notice to all members. The meeting can amend the Constitution where necessary, and make any decision regarding the Association.

 

4.3 A special general meeting (EGM) will be held (a) whenever a written requisition of at least one third of the current membership is submitted to the Secretary, or (b) it is considered necessary by the Committee.

 

4.4 At the A.G.M. a report shall be presented by; The Chairman, The Hon Secretary, The Hon Treasurer and the National Development Officer.  Additional ad-hoc reports may be presented as per the agenda.

 

4.5 The incoming committee members, who must be active and full members in the NRBAI for 2 years prior to their election, shall be elected at the A.G.M. from the body of members present and will take up their positions when elected.

In case of a vote being necessary to decide election of a member to the committee the officer’s election will be decided by simple majority vote from the body of full members attending the AGM.

 

4.6 The position of a Yearly Honorary President may be appointed by the Committee.

This position will be for a period of 1 term (until the following AGM). However, the incumbent Yearly Honorary President may be re-elected by the committee each year at the Committee’s discretion.

The position of Yearly Honorary President is explicitly intended to be offered to a current member of the NRBAI who has given long service to the sport of Rimfire Benchrest shooting, both as a competitor and in administration of the sport.

 

Perpetual Honorary President will be Mr. Jim O’ Neill (RIP). This is not subject to change at any time in the future.

 

4.7 The Committee is entrusted with the management of such funds received and will disburse moneys and resources as agreed by the committee. All income and property of the Association shall be applied solely towards the promotion of its main objectives as set forth in this constitution. No portion of the Association’s income or property shall be transferred by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever by way of profit to members of the Association.

 

No Officer appointed to any office of the Club shall be paid by salary or fees or receive any remuneration or any benefit in money or moneys worth from the Association      

 

However, nothing shall prevent any payment in good faith by the Association for:

 

A. Reasonable and proper remuneration to a member, officer, or servant of the Club for work carried out on behalf to the Association, providing such remuneration is agreed by the committee in advance.

  1. Interest at a rate not exceeding 5% per annum on money lent by officers or other members of the Association, to the Association.
  2. Reasonable and proper out of pocket expenses incurred by the officers in connection with their attendance to any matter affecting the Association.

 

All such expenses will be accounted for in the annual report of the Hon Treasurer.

 

If upon the winding up or the dissolution of the Association there remains, after satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever, the same shall not be paid or distributed among the members of the Association. Instead, such property shall be given or transferred to some other Association having main objects similar to the main objects of the NRBAI.  The institution to which the property is to be given or transferred shall prohibit the distribution of its income or property among their members.

 

The fees for memberships will be set at the last meeting of the Committee before the AGM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.8  It will be the duty of the Committee

 

  • The realisation of the objectives of its Constitution
  • To further the objectives of Benchrest Rifle Shooting in Ireland
  • To deliberate on all matters put to them.
  • To authorise and regulate expenditure.
  • To organise, approve and administer competitions and championships.
  • To keep proper and accurate records of all competitions run under the auspices of the NRBAI
  • To ensure that the rules of competition and any such amendments as are introduced are clear and available to all members and amended from time to time as the need arises.
  • The establishment and implementation of a transparent selection criteria and process for international teams representing the Association

 

 It shall be the duty of the Chairperson

 

  • To chair all meetings of the Committee.
  • To act as official spokesman of the committee in the absence of the P.R.O.
  • To exercise his/her casting votes in event of a tie.
  • In his/her absence the Committee shall choose one of their numbers to act as Chairperson providing the meeting is quorate.

 

It shall be the duty of the Hon Secretary

 

  • To attend promptly to all correspondence of the Association
  • She/He shall keep a full and accurate record of the proceedings of the committee and correspondence received by him/her.
  • She/He shall preserve in an easily retrievable manner all committee documents
  • She/He shall report to the committee on all matters which he/she has dealt or is dealing with as soon as possible /practical
  • She/He shall make no policy decisions without approval of the committee.
  • She/He may, with the approval of the committee, delegate for a stated period of time, some of his/her duties, to a named and approved person.
  • These duties once delegated, must be carried out as if by the Hon Sec and governed by the same rules

 

 It shall be the duty of the Hon Treasurer

 

  • To promptly attend to all financial matters of the Association.
  • To maintain  full and accurate records of all  transactions
  • She/He shall be responsible for all moneys lodged to the NRBAI account. She/He shall pay by NRBAI cheque or bank transfer where appropriate, any legitimate debts incurred by the Association.
  • Cheques would require the counter signature of another officer of the Committee.
  • She/He shall report regularly to the committee on all financial matters and shall prepare a full set of accounts for submission at the A G M
  • She/He shall be responsible for the compilation of any grant submission forms to the respective Government Departments

 

It shall be the duty of the National Development Officer

 

  • To develop and drive plans to grow the Association membership.
  • To organise several training events each year which have the aim of improving the knowledge and skills of members in the sport of Rimfire Benchrest Shooting
  • To encourage and assist Rifle Shooting Clubs in the development of their Rimfire Benchrest facilities

 

  1. General Matters

 

5.1 The Committee should meet as regularly as practical, but not less than 4 times yearly. The treasurer must produce accounts of Association finances to such meetings. Members have the right to attend at such meetings but have no voting rights at ordinary committee meetings. 

 

5.2 Rules passed by the Committee, a subcommittee or an open meeting will only have effect from the time they are advised to members. 

 

5.3 The Committee may legislate on matters not provided for in this constitution. 

 

5.4 The NRBAI will be the National Body representing rimfire benchrest shooting in all relevant international bodies such as the European Governing Body (ERABSF) and the World Governing Body (WRABF). Two delegates to the international bodies will be appointed by the committee at the first meeting following each annual AGM.

 

5.5 In the interests of cohesion, and in the best interests of the sport of benchrest shooting, the committee is empowered to affiliate the Association to, or otherwise associate itself, with other National Associations or Governing Bodies engaged in the development of shooting sports in Ireland and internationally.

 

5.6 An Annual Calendar of events will be issued by the committee before the end of the preceding year. This calendar will include a National Championships and announced International Championships. The calendar will also include events hosted by registered clubs and other National Bodies, where such events have been tabled.

 

  1. Amendments to the Constitution           

 

6.1 This constitution may only be amended by a vote so in favour by a 2/3rd majority of eligible members attending the AGM or an EGM called for this purpose.     

 

6.2 Wording of motions to amend the constitution must be published to members a minimum of 14 days in advance of such an AGM or EGM

 

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