The name of the incorporated association shall be "The BMW Motorcycle Club of Queensland Incorporated" (in these Rules called "the Association").
The objects for which the Association is established are to increase the enjoyment of motorcycling by:-
(1) Improving the opinion of the Public towards motorcycling in general and associated matters particularly through:-
(a) Careful, courteous, considerate riding at all times, especially when riding with the Association.
(b) Rendering assistance to all road users in difficulty.
(2) Improving the service and availability of spare parts for BMW motorcycles in Queensland using the advantage of united effort.
(3) Decreasing maintenance and running costs by mutual assistance on mechanical problems.
(4) Organising tours and outings.
(5) Affiliation with other associations where such would be of mutual benefit.
(1) The Association has the powers of an individual.
(2) The Association may, for example -
(a) enter into contracts; and
(b) acquire, hold, deal with and dispose of property; and
(c) make charges for services and facilities it supplies; and
(d) do other things necessary or convenient to be done in carrying out its affairs.
(3) The Association may also issue secured and unsecured notes, debentures and debenture
stock for the Association.
Classes of Members
(1) Membership of the Association shall be under three categories, these being:-
(a) Full Membership. Full Membership is open to owners of BMW motorcycles
(b) Associate Membership. Associate Membership is by invitation, for persons who have a genuine interest in BMW motorcycles and a desire to participate in the Association's activities and support the Association's objectives, and
(c) Life membership. This shall be an honour offered to persons who in the opinion of the Management Committee have served the Club or its membership in a way that deserves special recognition, and any such offer is to be approved by the general membership by special resolution. Life membership is confirmed through the acceptance of the offer by the nominee. This class of membership entitles its holder to all entitlements of Full Membership without that life member being required to pay any further fee for membership.
(2) The number of members in each class shall be unlimited.
Every application for any class of membership of the Association shall be made in writing, signed by the applicant, in such form as the Management Committee from time to time prescribes.
(1) Subscriptions shall be determined by the members through special resolution and become due on the first day of joining and thereafter annually on the anniversary of that date. Any member who fails to pay subscriptions within two months of the due date shall forfeit all rights as an Association Member and any points gained towards the annual "Membership Award";
(2) Common address subscription rates; ie: receiving only one magazine per household; shall be fixed at seventy-five percent of the prescribed fee per member in that household.
Admission and Rejection of Members
(1) At the Next General Meeting after the receipt of any application and the fee applicable for any class of membership, such application shall be considered by the Membership, who shall thereupon determine upon the admission or rejection of the applicant.
(2) Any applicant who receives a majority of the votes of the members present at the meeting at which such application is being considered shall be accepted as a member to the class of membership applied for.
(3) Upon the acceptance or rejection of an application for any class of membership the Secretary shall forthwith give the applicant notice in writing of such acceptance or rejection.
Termination of Membership
(1) A member may resign from the Association at any time by giving notice in writing to the Secretary. Such resignation shall take effect at the time such notice is received by the Secretary unless a later date is specified in the notice when it shall take effect on that later date.
(2) If a member:-
(a) is convicted of an indictable offence; or
(b) fails to comply with any of the provisions of these Rules; or
(c) has membership fees in arrears for a period of two months or more; or
(d) conducts themselves in a manner considered to be injurious or prejudicial to the character or interests of the Association;
the Membership shall consider whether that person’s membership should be terminated.
(3) The member concerned shall be given a full and fair opportunity of presenting their case and if the Membership resolves to terminate that person’s membership it shall instruct the Secretary to advise that member in writing accordingly.
Appeal Against Rejection or Termination of Membership
(1) A person whose application for membership has been rejected or whose membership has been terminated may within one month of receiving written notification thereof, lodge with the Secretary written notice of their intention to appeal against the decision of the Membership.
(2) Upon receipt of a notification of intention to appeal against rejection or termination of membership the Secretary shall convene, within three months of the date of receipt of such notice, a general meeting to determine the appeal. At any such meeting the applicant shall be given the opportunity to fully present their case and the members who rejected the application for membership or terminated the membership subsequently shall likewise have the opportunity of presenting its or their case. The appeal shall be determined by the vote of the members present at such meeting.
(3) Where a person whose application is rejected, does not appeal against the decision of the Membership within the time prescribed by these Rules or so appeals but the appeal is unsuccessful, the secretary shall forthwith refund the amount of any fee paid.
Register of Members
The Management Committee shall cause a register to be kept in which shall be entered the names and residential addresses of all persons admitted to membership of the Association.
Membership of Management Committee
(1) The Management Committee shall consist of:-
(a) An Honorary President who must be a full member;
(b) An Honorary Vice-President who must be a full member;
(c) An Honorary Secretary who must be a full member;
(d) An Honorary Treasurer who must be a full member;
(e) A Records Officer and Registrar;
(f) A Newsletter Editor;
(g) A Tools and Spare Parts Officer;
(h) A Regalia Officer;
(i) One other member;
all of whom shall be members. One of the Management Committee may be appointed the Association's Public Relations Officer by a vote among the Management Committee members. This position need not necessarily be created in every Management Committee. The Management Committee shall have the power to co-opt assistance from the Membership.
(2) The number of Management Committee positions may be changed as from time to time deemed necessary by the Membership at any General Meeting by election or appointment.
(3) At the Annual General Meeting of the Association, all the members of the Management Committee for the time being shall retire from office, but shall be eligible upon nomination for re-election.
(4) The election of officers and other members of the Management Committee shall take place with nominations open up until the vote is taken at the Annual General Meeting. All nominations shall have a proposer and a seconder.
Any member of the Management Committee may resign from membership of the Management Committee at any time by giving notice in writing to the Secretary but such resignation shall take effect at the time such notice is received by the Secretary unless a later date is specified in the notice when it shall take effect on that later date; or such member may be removed from office at a General Meeting of the Association where that management committee member shall be given the opportunity to fully present their case. The question of removal shall be determined by the vote of the members present at such a General Meeting.
Vacancies on Management Committee
(1) The Management Committee shall have power at any time to appoint any member of the Association to fill any casual vacancy on the Management Committee until the next Annual General Meeting.
(2) The continuing members of the Management Committee may act notwithstanding any casual vacancy in the Management Committee, but if and so long as their number is reduced below the number fixed by or pursuant to these Rules as the necessary quorum of the Management Committee, the continuing member or members may act for the purpose of increasing the number of members of the Management Committee to that number or of summoning a General Meeting of the Association, but for no other purpose.
Functions of Management Committee
(1) Except as otherwise provided by these Rules and subject to resolutions of the members of the Association carried at any General Meeting the Management Committee:-
(a) shall have the general control and management of the administration of the affairs, property and funds of the Association; and
(b) shall have authority to interpret the meaning of these Rules and any matter relating to the Association on which these Rules are silent.
(2) The Management Committee may exercise all the powers of the Association :-
(a) to borrow or raise or secure the payment of money in such manner as the members of the Association may think fit and secure the same and the payment or performance of any debt, liability, contract, guarantee or other engagement incurred or to be entered into by the Association in any way and in particular by the issue of debentures, perpetual or otherwise, charged upon all or any of the Association's property, both present and future, and to purchase, redeem or pay off any such securities;
(b) to borrow money from members at a rate of interest not exceeding interest at the rate for the time being charged by bankers in Brisbane for overdrawn accounts on money lent, whether the term of the loan be short or long, and to mortgage or charge its property or any part thereof and to issue debentures and other securities, whether outright or as security for any debt, liability or obligation of the Association, and to provide and pay off any such securities; and
(c) to invest in such manner as the members of the Association may from time to time determine.
Minutes of Management Committee
(1) The Management Committee shall meet at least once every calendar month to exercise its functions.
(2) A Special Meeting of the Management Committee shall be convened by the Secretary on the requisition in writing signed by not less than one-third of the members of the Management Committee, which requisition shall clearly state the reasons why such special meeting is being convened and the nature of the business to be transacted thereat.
(3) At every meeting of the Management Committee a simple majority of a number equal to the number of members elected and/or appointed to the Management Committee as at the close of the last General Meeting of the members, shall constitute a quorum.
(4) Subject as previously provided in this Rule, the Management Committee may meet together and regulate its proceedings as it thinks fit: Provided that questions arising at any meeting of the Management Committee shall be decided by a majority of votes and, in the case of equality of votes, the question shall be deemed to be decided in the negative.
(5) A member of the Management Committee shall not vote in respect of any contract or proposed contract with the Association in which that management committee member is interested, or any matter arising therefrom, and if that member does so vote then their vote shall not be counted.
(6) Not less than fourteen days notice shall be given by the Secretary to members of the Management Committee of any Special Meeting of the Management Committee. Such notice shall clearly state the nature of the business to be discussed thereat.
(7) The President shall preside at every meeting of the Management Committee, or if there is no President, or if at any meeting that person is not present within ten minutes after the time appointed for holding the meeting, the Vice-President shall preside at that meeting, or if the Vice-President is not present at the meeting then the members may choose one of their number to preside at that meeting.
(8) If within thirty minutes from the time appointed for the commencement of a Management Committee Meeting a quorum is not present, the meeting, if convened upon the requisition of members of the Management Committee, shall lapse. In any other case it shall stand adjourned to such other day and at such other time and place as the Management Committee may determine, and if at the adjourned meeting a quorum is not present within thirty minutes from the time appointed for the meeting, the meeting shall lapse.
(1) The Management Committee may delegate any of its powers to a sub-committee consisting of such members of the Association as the Management Committee thinks fit. Any sub-committee so formed shall in the exercise of the powers so delegated conform to any regulations that may be imposed on it by the Management Committee.
(2) A sub-committee may elect a person to preside at its meetings. If no such person is elected, or if at any meeting the person elected to preside is not present within ten minutes after the time appointed for holding the meeting, the members present may choose one of their number to preside at that meeting.
(3) A sub-committee may meet and adjourn as it thinks proper. Questions arising at any meeting shall be determined by a majority of votes of the members present and, in the case of an equality of votes, the question shall be deemed to be decided in the negative.
All acts done by any meeting of the Management Committee or of a sub-committee or by any person acting as a member of the Management Committee shall, not withstanding that it is afterwards discovered that there was some defect in the appointment of any such member of the Management Committee or person acting as aforesaid, or that the members of the Management Committee or any of them were disqualified, be as valid as if every such person had been duly appointed and was qualified to be a member of the Management Committee.
A resolution in writing signed by all the members of the Management Committee for the time being entitled to receive notice of a meeting of the Management Committee shall be as valid and effectual as if it had been passed at a meeting of the Management Committee duly convened and held. Any such resolution may consist of several documents in like form, each signed by one or more members of the Management Committee.
Annual General, Special General or General Meetings
General Meetings shall be held once in each calendar month and at such place as the Management Committee may determine.
(1) The Annual General Meeting shall be held in March of each year at such time and place as the Management Committee may decide; the Secretary shall give at least fourteen days notice to all members of the time and place of the meeting.
(2) The business to be transacted at every Annual General Meeting shall be:-
(a) the receiving of the Management Committee's report and the statement of income and expenditure, assets and liabilities and mortgages, charges and securities affecting the property of the Association for the preceding financial year;
(b) the receiving of the auditor's report upon the books and accounts for the preceding financial year;
(c) the election of members of the Management Committee;
(d) any proposed amendments to these Rules by Special Resolution
(3) In the event of the Annual General Meeting not being held by March 31st in any year, any five members of the Association shall have power to call and convene an Annual General Meeting.
The Secretary shall convene a Special General Meeting:-
(1) when directed to do so by the Management Committee; or
(2) on the requisition in writing signed by not less than one-third of the members presently on the Management Committee or not less than ten percent of members of the Association. Such requisition shall clearly state the reasons why such Special General Meeting is being convened and the nature of the business to be transacted thereat; or
(3) on being given a notice in writing of an intention to appeal against the decision of the Management Committee to reject an application for membership or to terminate the membership of any person; or
(4) to propose an amendment to these Rules;
on not less than 30 days notice to members, such notice to be taken as given by publication in the Club’s Newsletter or Journal, and the terms of the resolution to be transacted thereat are adequately published by notice on the Club’s Internet web page.
(1) At any General Meeting the number of members required to constitute a quorum shall be twice the number of committee members plus one at the time of the Meeting.
(2) No business shall be transacted at any General Meeting unless a quorum of members is present at the time when the meeting proceeds to business. For the purposes of this Rule "member" includes a person attending as a proxy or as representing a corporation that is a member.
(3) If within thirty minutes from the time appointed for the commencement of a General Meeting a quorum is not present, the meeting, if convened upon the requisition of members of the Management Committee or the Association, shall lapse. In any other case it shall stand adjourned to such other day and at such other time and place as the Management Committee may determine, and if at the adjourned meeting a quorum is not present within thirty minutes from the time appointed for the meeting, the members present shall be a quorum.
(4) The person who presides at the meeting may, with the consent of any meeting at which a quorum is present (and shall if so directed by the meeting), adjourn the meeting from time to time and from place to place, but no business shall be transacted at any adjourned meeting other than the business left unfinished at the meeting from which the adjournment took place. When a meeting is adjourned for thirty days or more, notice of the adjourned meeting shall be given as in the case of an original meeting. Save as aforesaid it shall not be necessary to give any notice of an adjournment or of the business to be transacted at an adjourned meeting.
(1) The Secretary shall convene all General Meetings of the Association by giving not less than fourteen days notice of any such meeting to the members of the Association.
(2) The manner by which such notice shall be given shall be determined by the Management Committee: Provided that notice of any meeting convened for the purpose of hearing and determining the appeal of a member against the rejection or termination of their membership by the Membership, shall be given in writing. Notice of a General Meeting shall clearly state the nature of the business to be discussed thereat.
Unless otherwise provided by these Rules, at every General Meeting:-
(1) the President shall preside, or if there is no President, or if that person is not present within fifteen minutes after the time appointed for the holding of the Meeting or is unwilling to act, then the Vice-President shall preside thereat or if the Vice-President is not present or is unwilling to act then the members present shall elect one of their number to preside at that Meeting;
(2) the person who presides at any meeting shall maintain order and conduct the meeting in a proper and orderly manner;
(3) every question, matter or resolution shall be decided by a majority of votes of the members present;
(4) every member present shall be entitled to one vote and in the case of an equality of votes the person who presides shall have a second or casting vote: Provided that no member shall be entitled to vote at any General Meeting if their annual subscription is more than one month in arrears at the date of the Meeting;
(5) voting shall be by a show of hands or a division of members, unless not less than one-fifth of the members present demand a ballot, in which event there shall be a secret ballot. The person who presides at the meeting shall appoint two members to conduct the secret ballot in such manner as that person presiding shall determine and the result of the ballot as declared by the presiding person shall be deemed to be the resolution of the meeting at which the ballot was demanded;
(6) a member may vote in person or by proxy or by attorney and on a show of hands; and every person present who is a member or a representative of a member shall have one vote and in a secret ballot every member present in person or by proxy or by attorney or other duly authorised representative shall have one vote;
(7) the instrument appointing a proxy shall be in writing, in the common or usual form under the hand of the appointor or of their attorney duly authorised in writing or, if the appointor is a corporation, either under seal or under the hand of an officer or attorney duly authorised. A proxy may but need not be a member of the Association. The instrument appointing a proxy shall be deemed to confer authority to demand or join in demanding a secret ballot;
(8) the instrument appointing a proxy shall be deposited with the Secretary prior to the ballot or election;
(9) the Secretary shall cause full and accurate minutes of all questions, matters, resolutions and other proceedings of every Management Committee Meeting and General Meeting to be entered in a book to be open for inspection at all reasonable times by any financial member who previously applies to the Secretary for that inspection. For the purposes of ensuring the accuracy of the recording of such minutes, the minutes of every Management Committee Meeting shall be signed by the person who presides at that Meeting or the person presiding at the next succeeding Management Committee Meeting verifying their accuracy. Similarly, the minutes of every General Meeting shall be signed by the person who presides at that meeting or the person who presides at the next succeeding General Meeting: Provided that the minutes of any Annual General Meeting shall be signed by the person who presides at that meeting or the person who presides at the next succeeding General Meeting or Annual General Meeting.
(10) Special Resolutions shall be carried by a three-quarter majority vote of the Full Members present at a Special General Meeting (see rule 21 hereof) provided that not less than 30 days notice of the terms of that resolution has been given to members, such notice to be by publication in the Club’s Newsletter or Journal, and the terms of the resolution to be transacted thereat will be adequately published by notice on the Club’s Internet web page.
The Management Committee may from time to time make, amend or repeal by-laws, not inconsistent with these Rules, for the internal management of the Association and any by-law may be set aside by a General Meeting of members.
Alteration of Rules
Subject to the provisions of the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 these Rules may be amended, rescinded or added to from time to time by a special resolution: Provided that no such amendment, rescission or addition shall be valid unless the same shall have been submitted to and approved by the Under Secretary, Department of Justice, Brisbane (or whichever government organisation supersedes that Under Secretary as a matter of law).
The Management Committee shall provide for a Common Seal and for its safe custody. The Common Seal shall only be used by the authority of the Management Committee and every instrument to which the Seal is affixed shall be signed by any two of the President, Vice-President, Secretary or Treasurer.
Funds and Accounts
(1) The funds of the Association shall be banked in the name of the Association in such bank as the Management Committee may from time to time direct.
(2) Proper books and accounts shall be kept and maintained either in written or printed form in the English language showing correctly the financial affairs of the Association and the particulars usually shown in books of a like nature.
(3) All moneys shall be banked as soon as practicable after receipt thereof.
(4) All amounts of twenty dollars or over shall be paid by cheque signed by any two of the President, Secretary or Treasurer.
(5) Cheques shall be crossed and marked "Not Negotiable" except those in payment of wages, allowances or petty cash recoupments which may be open.
(6) The Management Committee shall determine the amount of petty cash which shall be kept on the imprest system.
(7) All expenditure shall be approved or ratified at a Management Committee Meeting.
(8) As soon as practicable after the end of each financial year the Treasurer shall cause to be prepared a statement containing particulars of:-
(a) the income and expenditure for the financial year just ended; and
(b) the assets and liabilities of all mortgages, charges and securities affecting the property of the Association at the close of that year.
(9) All such statements shall be examined by the auditor who shall present a report upon such audit to the Secretary prior to the holding of the Annual General Meeting next following the financial year in respect of which such audit was made.
(10) The income and property of the Association however and wherever derived shall be used and applied solely in promotion of its objects and in the exercise of its powers as set out herein and no portion thereof shall be distributed, paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise by way of profit to or amongst the members of the Association provided that nothing herein contained shall prevent the payment in good faith of interest to any such member in respect of moneys advanced by that member to the Association or otherwise owing by the Association to that member or of remuneration to any officers or servants of the Association or to any member of the Association or other person in return for any services actually rendered to the Association provided further that nothing herein contained shall be construed so as to prevent the payment or repayment to any member of out of pocket expenses, money lent, reasonable and proper charges for goods hired by the Association or reasonable and proper rent for premises demised or let to the Association.
The Management Committee shall provide for the safe custody of books, documents, instruments of title and securities of the Association.
The financial year of the Association shall close on January 31 in each year.
Distribution of Surplus Assets
If the Association shall be wound up in accordance with the provisions of the Associations Incorporation Act 1981 and there remains, after satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever, the same shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the Association, but shall be given or transferred to some other institution or institutions having objects similar to the objects of the Association, and which shall prohibit the distribution of its or their income and property among its or their members to an extent at least as great as is imposed on the Association under or by virtue of sub-rule 28(10), such institution or institutions to be determined by the members of the Association.