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The CONSTITUTION 2008

The Name of the Club shall be

"The Gladiator Club"



Basic constitutional conditions:


Aims and Objects: The aims and objects of the Club shall be:- 'To strengthen the Church life in East Oxford and especially in the parish of Cowley St. John, by drawing together the Clergy of the Parish and the Club in a life of Christian Fellowship and of service to the Church and the Community, and to provide a meeting place and facilities for recreation, social and intellectual development, for the achievement of these and other such purposes as may be deemed by law to be Charitable'.

Membership: Full Membership is open to all sections of the community without distinction of gender or of political religious or opinions. Associate membership shall be open to those who are in general sympathy with the aims and objects of the Club as stated above. At no time shall the Associate Membership outnumber the Full Membership. Associate Members are not eligible for election to the Chairmanship of the Club.

Alterations to the Basic Constitutional Conditions: No alterations of the Basic Constitutional Conditions shall be valid unless it has been passed for the first reading by three quarters majority of the total membership of the Club at one of the Annual General Meetings, and has been confirmed by a three quarters majority of the total membership at ,another General Meeting held not less than one full year later. Regulations governing the bringing forward of any such proposals shall be laid down for 'Alterations to the Secondary Constitutional Conditions'. (See below).


Secondary Constitutional Conditions:


Membership: No person may become a full or associated member of the Club without the approval of the General Committee and without having fulfilled a probationary period of at least one month. All such persons shall be at least eighteen years of age. The General Committee has the right to exclude or expel from membership any individual attempting to defeat the objects for which the Club exists.

Alterations to the Secondary Conditions: No alterations to the Secondary Constitutional Conditions shall be valid unless it has been passed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a Special General Meeting of the Club., Any proposal involving such alterations must be delivered in writing to the Secretary of the Club not less than 28 days before the date of the Meeting at which it is to be discussed, and not less than fourteen days notice of the meeting, giving particulars of the proposals, which shall be given to the members of the Club.


Management: The policy and affairs of the Club shall be determined by a General Committee consisting of the following:-


1. The Officers:

  • The President: The Vicar of the Parish shall be ex-officio' President of the Club and shall take the chair at all Annual General Meetings and Extraordinary General meeting of the Club Members.
  • Honorary Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and Membership Secretary to be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Club Members.


2. Committee

  • Sixteen representatives of individual members who Members: shall be elected by fully paid up members of the Club.
  • Younger Members should actively be encouraged to become Committee members The Committee shall have power to co-opt up to three members.


3. Clergy:

Nothing in this Constitution shall prevent any of the Clergy of the Churches in the Parish of Cowley St. John from being elected Chairman of the Club or of any Committee or subcommittee of the Club.

4. Policy:

The General Committee shall be responsible for the General policy, management and use of the premises, and the monies standing to the credit of the Club shall be applied as the General Committee directs. All Members of the General Committee shall retire at the Annual General Meeting.

5. Committees:

An Executive Committee consisting of five members in addition to the Officers shall be appointed by the General Committee to carry the day to day management of the club.
The Chairman and other Officers of the General Committee shall be 'ex-officio' members of all sub-committees. All members of the Executive Committee shall retire annually at the Annual General Meeting. Retiring members shall be eligible for re-appointment; a member of the Committee shall vacate their office in the following circumstances,

  • If they notify the Secretary of the Committee for The time being in writing of there intention to resign and there resignation is accepted.
  • If they fail to attend three consecutive meetings during the year unless failure to attend was due to some reason approved by the Committee.
  • The General Committee shall have power to appoint such sub-committees as may from time to time be decided and shall determine their terms of reference and procedure.


6. Meetings:

An Annual General Meeting of the Club during the month of September (subject to the availability of the Club President) shall be convened by the General Committee each year. Its purpose shall be to receive the Annual Report and Financial Statement and to accept the resignations of members of the Committee and to Elect representatives of the individual membership. Special Meetings of the Club Membership may be called at any time by the Secretary or at the request of ten members giving their reasons in writing.

The General Committee shall meet on an appointed date Once a month, nine members forming a quorum. Extra-ordinary meetings of the General and Executive Committee shall be called by the Secretary at any time by direction of the Chairman, or at the request of not less than one third of the members. The Executive Committee shall meet not less than as required. Five members forming a quorum. All questions arising at any meeting shall be decided by a majority of those present and voting at such meetings. In case of equal numbers the Chairman shall have the casting vote.

7. Minutes:

A minute book shall be kept by each Committee and all proceedings and resolutions of the Committees shall be entered therein. - The accounts of the Club shall be regularly audited by duly qualified persons who shall be appointed annually by the General Committee.

8. Rules:

Rules for the management and use of the Club shall be drafted by the Executive Committee and shall take effect when approved by the General Committee. Any alterations or amendments must also be approved by the General Committee.


Alterations to the Constitution;

No alteration of this constitution shall be valid unless it shall have been passed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a special general meeting of the Club. Any proposal involving such alterations must be delivered in writing to the Secretary of the Club not less than twenty eight days before the date of the meeting at which it is to be discussed and not less than fourteen days notice of the meeting giving particulars of the proposals to the members of the Club.



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