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Constitution & Club Rules
Adopted: 10th September 2015
Amended 24th May 2018

1. Name of Club
a. The Club shall be called the ‘Lymington Camera Club’, referred to as ‘the Club’ in this Constitution
2. Affiliation to Other Organizations
a. The Club through the Committee may associate itself with or become affiliated to any society, club
or organisation having objectives compatible with or similar to those of the Club and may accept any
such society, club or organisation as affiliated to itself
b. Members shall attend and/or take part in meetings and any other events organised by or with other
organizations entirely at their own risk
c. Current Affiliations:
i. The Club is affiliated to the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) through the
Southern Counties Photographic Federation (SCPF)
ii. The Club is also affiliated to the Lymington Community Association (LCA)
3. Aims and Objectives
a. The furtherance of the art, science and enjoyment of photography
b. To expand photographic knowledge and skills through a mixture of lectures, competitions and other
activities within a social environment
4. Management of the Club
a. The management of the club is the responsibility of the Committee which has delegated powers to
deal with and decide upon all matters not covered by the Constitution
b. The Committee shall consist of at least 5 Officers including the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and
other specialist members as recommended by the Committee
c. Committee members will be elected by a majority vote at each AGM and appointed until the end of
the next AGM at which time they may re-apply for any position. Officers shall retire if not re-elected
d. The Committee has the power to fill any vacancy arising during its term of office, such co-opted
members to serve until the next Annual General Meeting
e. The Committee has the power to co-opt additional members onto the committee for specific tasks.
co-opted member will stand down if the committee so decides or the reason for being on the
committee has been completed
f. The Committee may appoint sub-groups to manage such affairs as they may define, the members
of which do not have to be committee members
g. The Committee may set Club Rules and / or Policies for any matters not covered by this
h. Committee decisions will be determined by majority vote, with the Chair having the casting vote
i. Committee meetings require a quorum of three members or 50% of the committee, whichever is

5. Membership
a. Membership is open to all adults over 18 years old who are interested in photography, regardless
of photographic experience or knowledge
b. The Club consists of Ordinary Members and Honorary Members
c. All Members shall abide by the Constitution and are expected to be of good conduct. They shall
i. Act in the best interests of the Club, its Objectives and its Members
ii. Act as an ambassador for the Club and not in any way to damage its reputation
iii. Respect the views of other Members, photographers and guests
d. Application for Ordinary Membership shall be made in a manner determined from time to time by
the Committee. Membership shall be at the discretion of the Committee
e. The Committee has the power to confer Honorary Membership for life or for the remainder of the
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current membership year upon any person who may have rendered outstanding service to
photography or to the Club. An Honorary Member shall pay no subscription and shall be entitled to
all the privileges of Membership except that unless authorised by the Committee shall not be entitled
to vote at meetings or hold any office in the Club
f. Members may borrow equipment belonging to the club at the discretion of the Committee. A
nominal charge may apply
g. A member may resign his or her membership at any time
h. The Committee reserves the right to TERMINATE A MEMBERSHIP for good reason. The member
concerned has the right to be heard by the Committee, accompanied if they wish by a friend or
representative, before a final decision is made
i. Any person on ceasing to be a member of the Club shall forfeit all rights and claims upon the
Club, its property and funds
ii. Act as an ambassador for the Club and not in any way to damage its reputation.
iii. Respect the views of other Members, photographers and guests
6. Visitors
a. The Club welcomes visitors to all its meetings. A fee is payable at the discretion of the Committee
b. Visitors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, or an adult with the
specific agreement of the parent or guardian (designated responsible adult) who will be responsible
for their safety at all times
c. Anyone who has had their application for membership refused or had their membership revoked
may not attend Club meetings
7. Annual General Meeting (AGM)
a. Annual General Meetings (AGMs) will be held on a date to be fixed by the Committee
b. Notice of the AGM shall be notified to every member at least three weeks before the date of the
meeting. Advice of the Annual General Meeting in the Club's advance programme shall be deemed
to meet this requirement
c. The Club Chairman will normally Chair the meetings. In his or her absence, one of the other officers
of the Club shall take the Chair
d. The business at such meeting shall be
i. To receive a report from the Committee
ii. To receive and approve a statement of accounts and balance sheet for the preceding
financial year
iii. Agree Membership Subscriptions and Visitor Fees
iv. Approve any amendments to the Club’s Constitution, where applicable
v. The election of Officers
vi. Any other business (AOB)
e. Agenda items, motions, committee nominations (proposed and seconded), must be submitted to
the Secretary no later than 14 days before the meeting. The consent of any member nominated for
office must have been obtained first
f. Items to be included in Any Other Business (AOB) may also be taken from the floor at the discretion
of the Chair, and if it is the will of the meeting
g. Nominations for committee posts must be proposed by one member and seconded by another.
Voting on block is allowed
h. Where there are more candidates than vacancies on the Committee there shall be an election by
ballot of the members present at the meeting
i. All Ordinary members have one vote at AGMs and Motions, Proposals and Amendments will be

decided by a majority vote with the Chair of the meeting holding the casting vote in the case of
equality of votes. Voting shall be by show of hands unless otherwise expressly provided by the Club
Constitution or the Committee decides otherwise
j. AGMs require a quorum of 15% of the membership
8. Extraordinary General Meetings
a. An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) shall be called
i. Whenever the Committee deem necessary
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ii. On a requisition being presented to the Secretary and Chairman stating the matter to be
discussed and signed by at least 25% of the paid up membership. The EGM must be held
within one calendar month of the request being presented
b. The Secretary shall give members at least 14 days’ notice of an EGM, stating the matter to be
c. All discussion will be confined to the purpose of the meeting as stated alone
9. Financial Management
a. The Club Accounting Year will run from 1st March to the end of the following February
b. The assets and funds held by the Club shall be managed by the Treasurer on behalf of the Club
c. The Treasurer shall ensure the safe keeping of all funds and track the location of all assets
d. The Treasurer will provide a financial statement for each AGM and at any other reasonable time
required by the Committee
e. All Club expenditure must be managed by the Committee
f. The Committee through the Treasurer and Secretary is responsible for ensuring that the Club is
adequately insured to cover public liability, property and the membership
g. All Club funds shall be banked at recognised banks or building societies
h. The Club banking accounts must be dual signatory with cheques signed by two designated
signatories, who must be members of the committee
i. An external independent financial examiner who will review the annual accounts will be elected at
the previous AGM and appointed by the committee
10. Subscriptions
a. The membership year for the Club runs from September 1st to August 31st
b. Annual Membership subscriptions are due on or before the opening meeting of each membership
year and must be paid by the 30th September otherwise membership, at the Committee’s discretion,
may be deemed to have lapsed
c. Honorary Members do not have to pay a subscription
d. The Annual Subscription rate for members and visitor charges for the following year will be agreed
the Annual General Meeting (AGM)
e. Membership subscriptions are non-refundable
11. Club Meetings
a. Club Meetings shall be held two per month or otherwise as the Committee may determine
b. Excursions, photo shoots, exhibitions of members work and other events shall be held at such time
and places as the Committee may from time to time determine
c. A number of photographic competitions will be organized during each membership year
i. The Committee has the power to make rules governing the conduct of these Club
competitions and the award of trophies to members for photographic work done by members
ii. The Competition Rules will be notified to the members in advance of competitions
iii. The Committee may amend the competition rules as and when appropriate
d. Members will accept and abide by any rules governing or belonging to any meeting place in which
the Club may meet from time to time
e. Members shall attend and / or take part in the Club meeting and any other events organized by the
Club entirely at their own risk. The Club and its Committee and Members are not responsible in any
way for injury, loss or damage to members or their property arising out of the activities of the Club or
in connection with the use of any equipment or premises used by the Club except in so far as the
Club is insured against the liability in question and to the extent of that insurance
f. The Committee has the right to refuse entrance of any member or non-member who does not
respect the Constitution or rules of the Club or the privacy of other members

12. Alterations to and Interpretations of the Constitution
a. Alterations to the Constitution can only be made at an AGM or EGM and will take affect from the
moment which the amendment is passed
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b. In disputes arising over the interpretation of the Constitution, the Committee's decision will be final
c. The decision of the Committee upon any matter affecting the Club and not provided for by the
Constitution shall be final
d. The Committee will review the Constitution on a regular basis
13. Dissolution of the Club
a. The Club may only be dissolved if an AGM or EGM resolution to do so is passed by a majority vote
of at least two-thirds of the membership entitled to vote after which the Committee shall thereupon or
at such future date as shall be specified in such resolution proceed to realise the property of the Club
b. After discharging all liabilities of the Club, any remaining assets held by the Club shall be offered to
a local charity or local community group
14. Data Protection
a. The Club complies with the Data Protection Act 1998. Under the Act, the Club is a data controller
exempt from notification
b. In accordance with the provisions of the Act the information supplied to the Club may be held and
used by the Club for the purposes of business, administration and statistical analysis. Personal
contact details are used only for the administration of the Club, and are distributed only to Committee
members and to others approved by the Committee for specific purposes
c. Contact details may be held about prospective members while they decide whether to join or while
they are included on a membership waiting list
d. No personal data will be transferred to third parties for marketing or any other purpose without the
specific consent of the Member.
e. If a member agrees to enter photographs into an external competition the photographer’s name,
photograph title and Club name will be supplied to the organiser for the purposed of running the
competition and not passed to other third parties.
f. All members will automatically be entered into a Club wide email system for the purposes of
communication by Club members. Should a member not wish to take part every email contains an
unsubscribe mechanism. This service is currently operated by Google.
g. Members can choose to have their name and contact details published on a password-protected
area of the Club web site. This is entirely voluntary, and permission can be rescinded by any member
at any time. Contact the Club Secretary to have your details changed or removed. The web site is
hosted by Wordpress.
e. Any member wishing to verify the personal information held by the Club should apply to the Club
15. Safeguarding Intellectual Property of Members
a. The copyright work of members will not be published or given away by the Club without the owner’s
16. Protection of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults (‘Vulnerable Individuals’)
a. The Club acknowledges its duty to ensure vulnerable individuals are protected whilst attending
meetings and other events organised by the Club
b. All activities provided by the Club should take place in a safe and enjoyable environment and every
reasonable step will be taken to ensure all members and visitors involved are protected from any form
of abuse or discrimination be it physical, emotional or sexual
c. The Club does not undertake the all-encompassing responsibilities of those acting in the role of
guardians or carers
d. The Club does not sanction distasteful imagery of any kind. However, it may show images
acceptable in the world of art or photojournalism similar to those seen in the public domain in art
galleries or photographic exhibitions that include nudity and other adult content. Whether or not
images are inappropriate should be judged within this context
e. All suspicions and allegations of abuse or discrimination should be reported to the Club Secretary
and Chairman. They will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately

17. Health and Safety
a. The Club will ensure compliance with Health and Safety Legislation, Regulation and Guidance
where appropriate
b. The Committee has overall responsibility for implementing and enforcing any Health and Safety
Policy relevant to the Club’s location and methods of operation

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