WADAA Constitution

WADAA CONSTITUTION

1. This Association shall be called the Windermere, Ambleside & District Angling Association. Hereinafter referred to as "the Association". The Association may also be known by the acronym “WADAA”.

2. Aims and Objectives.

a) To promote and protect the interests of members and the sport of angling.

b) To acquire, maintain, develop and improve fisheries for the benefit of members and others and to make every effort to protect and preserve the water environment generally.

c) To provide a safe framework for young people to engage in the sport of angling and to encourage greater participation in all aspects of the sport of angling.

d) To liaise with any other organisation or authority in pursuit of its objectives and to represent the interests of angling and fisheries wherever may be appropriate.

The pursuit of these aims and objectives shall at all times be conducted subject to the Association’s Equity Policy.

3 a) The Association shall be managed by a Committee comprising of President, Chairman and eight elected members, one of whom shall act as secretary to the Committee. All Officers shall be honorary and shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. Three members of the Committee shall retire annually but shall be eligible for re- election at the AGM.  The membership of the Committee shall be expected to fairly represent the interests of the Associations members and shall at all times manage the Association with due regard to the aims and objectives of the Association. The Committee shall meet quarterly unless otherwise arranged.

b) Nominations for Office must be received by the Committee in writing at least twenty eight days before the AGM and in the case of new nominations must be signed by the proposer, seconder and nominee. Where necessary elections shall be conducted by secret ballot.

c) The Committee shall be permitted to delegate authority for the day to day management of the Association’s business to be conducted by a Management Team comprising of President, Chairman and any four Committee members. The Management Team shall meet as required and four members shall form a quorum. The Management Team shall act only within the terms of reference determined by the Committee

d) Where there is a clearly identified need and where it is deemed to be in the best interest of the Association, the Committee shall have the authority to employ persons to assist in the management of the Association’s business. Such appointments shall be subject to current employment legislation and to terms of reference determined by the Committee.

e) The Committee may from time to time establish other working groups for specific tasks, such groups remaining under the control of the Committee

f) The minutes of all Committee, Management Team and any other working group meetings shall be recorded.

4. All monies received by the Association shall be paid into the Association’s account at Barclay’s Bank PLC within seven days. All monies in excess of twenty five pounds shall be paid by cheque signed by at least two persons authorised by the Committee.

5. The Officers of the Association including Trustees appointed to endorse leases or other legal documents on behalf of the Association shall be indemnified by the Association against any liability they may incur by reason of any act done or obligation entered into on behalf of and with the sanction of the Committee. Officers and Trustees shall be liable only to the extent of the assets vested in them in trust for and for the benefit of the Association and not further or otherwise.

6. The Committee shall have the power to deal with all matters which may arise and which are not provided for in these rules and their decisions shall be final and binding provided that such decisions are within the Constitution of the Association.

7. Adult membership of the Association shall be open to all persons aged 18 or over. There may be several classes of adult membership. Full membership shall cover all the Associations waters. Other classes of adult membership (e.g. Coarse, Wild Trout) shall only cover their respectively designated waters. All adult members may attend and participate in meetings, shall be entitled to vote, and shall be eligible for election to office.

8. Youth membership of the Association shall be open to all persons between the ages of 16 years and 17 years inclusive. Youth members may attend and participate in meetings but shall have no vote and shall not be eligible for election to office.

9. Junior membership of the Association shall be open to persons up to and including the age of 15 years. Junior members may attend and participate in meetings but shall have no vote and shall not be eligible for election to office.

10. Hotel membership shall entitle a residential establishment to two permits for use by their guests on designated Association waters. Hotel members may attend and participate in meetings but shall have no vote and shall not be eligible for election to office.

11 The Committee may award complimentary membership where appropriate, each complimentary membership to be subject to annual review. Complimentary members may attend and participate in meetings but shall have no vote and shall not be eligible for office.

12. The Committee may from time to time approve other classes of membership.

13. Honorary Vice Presidents and Honorary Life Members shall be persons who in the opinion of the Committee have rendered or may render valuable service to the Association and such appointments are approved at the AGM. They shall not be eligible to serve on the Committee unless elected as in Rule 3 but shall pay no subscriptions and shall be entitled to all the privileges of a full member.

14. All subscriptions shall be paid by the due date. Payment of subscription automatically acknowledges a member’s acceptance of Associations rules and policies. Age shall be taken as that at the 1st January for renewal or, for new members, at the date of joining.

15. Subscriptions for all classes of membership shall be determined by the Committee through the preparation of an annual Budget. Both the annual Budget and the rate of subscription fees shall be approved by the Annual General Meeting. The annual subscription period for all types of membership shall begin from 1st January each year and must be paid by 1st March of that same year failing which membership shall be regarded as lapsed.

16. The Committee may determine an initial joining fee for any type of membership. Where applied such fee shall be paid by new members or by former members who have failed to meet the conditions of membership renewal, the latter subject to the discretion of the Committee.

17. The Annual General Meeting shall be held before the end of December each year and the Committee shall give twenty eight days notice in writing thereof.

18. The Committee shall upon the written request of thirty members setting out their requirements call an Extraordinary General Meeting of the members of the Association. The Committee shall give at least fourteen days notice in writing to each member stating the business to be transacted.

19. An Extraordinary General Meeting may be convened by the Committee at any time, due notice being given as above.

20. Only Adult and Honorary Life Members shall be entitled to vote at any Extraordinary or Annual General Meeting.

21. Notices of Motion for alteration to Rules must be received by the Committee in writing at least forty two days before the Annual General Meeting or Extra Ordinary Meeting at which they are to be discussed. Amendments to such notices must be received by the Committee in writing at least fourteen days before such meeting.

22. Dissolution. A resolution to dissolve the Association shall only be passed at an AGM or EGM through a majority vote of members. In the event of dissolution any remaining assets of the Association shall be passed to an existing organisation with aims and objectives comparable to those of the Association.

 

 

 

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