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RULES AND REGULATIONS

 
1. NAME AND OBJECTS


The Club shall be called The Manchester and Counties Bulldog Club.
 
The headquarters shall be in Manchester & surrounding Counties.
 
The objects of the club shall be:- To promote the breeding, exhibiting and general improvement of pure bred Bulldogs and also the protection and advancement of the breed.
 
2. OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE

The Club shall consist of a President, Chairman, Vice Presidents, Hon Secretary, Assistant Hon Secretary, Hon Treasurer, Trophy Steward and a Committee of twelve or more (upto a maximum of eighteen 18), also an unlimited number of Life Members, Hon Life Members and Ordinary Members.
 
3. COMMITTEE
 
The management of the Club shall be in the hands of the Officers of the Club and the Committee, all of whom shall retire annually. All members shall have equal voting rights and the Chairman shall have a casting vote. Meetings of the Committee shall be held as often as is necessary, but at least every three months. A quorum for the Committee shall be five. No committee member shall be eligible to judge this clubs shows.
 
4. ELECTION OF MEMBERS TO THE CLUB
 
Candidates for membership of the Club shall be accepted at the Committee meeting following their application provided they secure 4/5 of the votes cast. Voting shall be by show of hands. In the event of an applicant failing to be accepted, their re-application will not be considered until the Committee meeting following the next Annual General Meeting.
 
5. VOTING RIGHTS AT GENERAL MEETINGS

Each member shall be entitled to one vote immediately on acceptance of membership. Postal or proxy votes are not allowed. Junior members shall be below the age of sixteen and shall have no voting rights. Joint members shall have one 'Vote each'. Voting procedure, where not specified in a rule will be decided by majority at the meeting.

6. CLUB PROPERTY

The property of the club is vested in the Committee. In the event of the Club ceasing to exist, a General Meeting shall be called to decide the disposal of the Clubs assets and the outcome of the meeting be notified to the Kennel Club. 
  


7. CLUB ACCOUNTS  
 
An account shall be held in the clubs name at a recognised clearing bank into which all the revenue of the club shall be paid and from which withdrawal shall only be made on the signatures of two of the following, Chairman, Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer. 
 
At the discretion of the Committee, part of the funds may be transferred into long term savings accounts. Auditors will be appointed at the Annual General Meeting, either one qualified or two unqualified auditors.

8. SUBSCRIPTIONS

The annual subscription shall be such amount as agreed by members in General Meeting and notified to the Kennel Club.
  
No member whose subscription is unpaid is entitled to any of the privileges of membership.
 
Subscriptions are due to be paid each year on 1st January. Any member whose subscriptions remain unpaid by 31st May shall have their name automatically removed from the members list .
 
9. EXPULSION OF MEMBERS

Any member who shall be suspended under KC Rule A42j(4) and/or any member whose dog(s) is/are disqualified under KC Rule A42j(8) shall ipso facto cease to be a member of the society for the duration of the suspension and/ or disqualification, If the conduct of any member shall be, in the opinion of the Committee of the club be injurious or likely to be injurious to the character or interests of the club, the Committee of the club may, at a meeting the notice convening which includes as an object the consideration of the conduct of the member, determine that a Special General Meeting of the club be called for the purpose of passing a resolution to expel him/her. 
 
Notice of the Special General Meeting shall be sent to the accused member giving particulars of the complaint and advising the place, date and hour of the meeting that he/she may attend and offer an explanation. If at the meeting a decision to expel is passed by a 2/3rds majority of the members presentand voting, his/her name shall forthwith be erased from the list of members and he/she shall thereupon cease for all purposes to be a member of the club except that they may appeal to the Kennel Club within two calendar months from the date of such meeting, upon and subject to such conditions as the Kennel Club may impose.
 
No person whilst an undischarged bankrupt may serve on the committee of or hold any other office or appointment within a Kennel Club registered society.
 
10. FINANCIAL YEAR
 
The financial year of the club shall be from January 1st to December 31st each year.

11. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting will take place as earlier as possible each year and will conduct the following business. To receive the report of the Officers and Committee, to approve the balance sheet, to elect Officers and Committee and either one qualified or two unqualified auditors, to elect from the members proposals judges for the clubs shows and to discuss any resolution duly placed on the agenda of which due notice in writing is required. Notice of the A.G.M. will be given in the dog press one calendar month before the meeting and will be posted to all members.
 
Fourteen days notice is required for the nomination of Officers and Committee.
 
Fourteen days notice is required for the nomination of judges for the clubs shows.
 
Twenty one days notice is required for the proposal of a rule change.
 
Twenty one days notice is required for the proposal of a life member.
 
Fourteen days notice is required for any other proposal.
 
No business may be transacted at an Annual General Meeting unless notice thereof appears on the agenda, with the exception of routine matters or those which in the opinion of the Chairman are urgent.
  
  
12. SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING
 
The Secretary shall call a Special General Meeting if three Officers, the Committee or six members send a signed requisition stating the subject to be discussed and requesting a Special General Meeting to do so. No business other than that specified on the agenda can be discussed at a Special General Meeting. 
 
The Secretary shall within seven days of such notice convene a meeting giving one calendar months notice to each member. The object of the meeting must be fully specified and notified to each member. 
 
If the meeting is not convened, the requisitionists may themselves convene the meeting obeying the same timetable.
 
13. AMENDMENTS TO RULES
 
The rules of the club may not be altered except at a General Meeting, the agenda for which contains specific proposals to amend the rules. Any proposed alteration to the rules may not be brought into effect until the Kennel Club has been advised and has approved the alteration.
 
14. ANNUAL RETURNS TO THE KENNEL CLUB

The Officers acknowledge that during the month of January each year, Maintenance of Title Fee will be forwarded to the Kennel Club by the Secretary for continuance of Registration, and that by the 31st of July each year, other return as stipulated in Kennel Club Regulations for the Registration and Maintenance of Titles of Societies and Breed Councils and the Affiliation of Agricultural Societies and Municipal Authorities be forwarded to the Kennel Club.
 
The Officers also acknowledge their duty to inform the Kennel Club of any change of Secretary which may take place during the year.
 
15. KENNEL CLUB FINAL COURT OF APPEAL
 
The Kennel Club shall be the final court of appeal in all matters of dispute.  

16. FEDERATION

The club shall not join any federation of societies or clubs.

17. MEMBERSHIP
 
The club shall make a list of members and their addresses available for inspection if so requested by members of the club or the Kennel Club.
 
18. BREED CLUB JUDGING LIST
 
The club will submit to the Kennel Club each year a as part of the annual returns a judging list divided into three parts with the expiry date shown on each list. The list will expire at the end of February each year.
 
LIST A1
Indicates persons who the club would support to award Challenge Certificates who have previously been approved by the Kennel Club. They would be elected by secret ballot of the Committee.
  
LIST A2
Indicates persons who the club would support to award Challenge Certificates who have not as yet been approved by the Kennel Club. Applicants must apply to the Secretary enclosing a judging CV. Election will be by secret ballot of the Committee and the applicant must have first judged the breed at least 7 yrs previously and have judged 50 classes of bulldogs including three breed open shows, with 5 yrs minimum between the first and last and one to be 100 miles from their home.
  
LIST B
Indicates persons the club would support to judge the breed without Challenge Certificates. Election will be by secret ballot of the Committee who must be satisfied of his/her experience in the breed, with a minimum of 5 yrs either breeding or exhibiting.
 
19. MEETINGS
 
Meetings shall be held throughout the year and shall be educational or social in nature. The Committee shall be responsible for organising such meetings. Members shall be informed at least fourteen days beforehand.

20. TROPHIES
 
The various trophies belonging to the club shall be held by members winning them at the discretion of the Committee, subject to them giving an undertaking for the safe custody and return to the club.