Covid-19

From 24th April six people from separate households can meet up outdoors. Club members can therefore organise walks and climbing events for up to six people in the normal way through the Forum. If you want to advertise your event in advance please email the details to the Walks Co-ordinator (Jane Kenney, email - janekenney1@gmail.com). These events need to follow Welsh Government guidance for people meeting outdoors, e.g. social distancing, but do not require any special regulations.

Organised Outdoor Activities
As from 26 April 2021, Welsh Government regulations will allow organised outdoor activities (organised events), whereby up to 30 people can meet outdoors. To be an organised event the following procedures must be followed. These procedures are based on the BMC COVID guidelines and Welsh Government regulations.

COVID Officer
The club has appointed a COVID Officer, to draw up club COVID procedures in line with
regulations and to oversee their implementation. The responsibilities of the COVID officer are detailed in document COVID Officer Responsibilities.

The Club COVID Officer is:-
Jane Kenney, contact: email janekenney1@gmail.com, phone: 07578 168605

Meet organisers
Any club member may organise a club meet, but must follow the instructions given in document Instructions for Meet Organisers.

Print out or copy onto your phone the below documents for a short COVID briefing on the day of the event.

Self-declaration by participants
All participants at club meets must read and agree to the self declaration given in document Self Declaration by Participants of Organised Meets.

Risk assessment
A risk assessment has been completed for organised meets. This assesses the risk of catching COVID-19 at organised meets, and details measured taken to minimise the risk. All participants and  particularly the meet organiser must read the risk assessment.
All risk assessments will be retained for 3 years.

Preparation for Incidents
The principle of CMC is that all participants are responsible for looking after each other. The COVID officer, meet organiser or an experienced first aider will take the lead if first aid is required but will not take sole responsibility for first aid. They will carry disposable gloves and goggles as well as a face covering and hand sanitizer, but all participants should carry a face covering and hand sanitizer, and are encouraged to carry disposable gloves as well.

 

Risk Assessments

2021

2020

Planning Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

Any member can organise a trip or event. However, if you want to ask the club to consider covering some financial outlay (say a hut booking) then you are expected to have planned far enough in advance to place your item on the next committee meeting agenda (approximately every 3 months).

Try to judge enthusiasm and know how much the trip will cost. Possible venue suggestions:
Camping.
Cwm Glas Mawr hut in LLanberis Pass (£40 per night, sleeps 11 and requires 1 CC member).
Moelwyn Cottage at PyB (£236 per night sleeps 16).

What you bring to the committee would benefit from detail; numbers of people interested, costs, possible dates, how much you want to have underwritten and when any loan would be paid back.

Advertise: Use the website forum. Ask the Chair or Secretary to e-mail the membership with information about the event, asking for expressions of interest.
A minimum of 50% deposit must be asked for and the rest of the money 1 month before the trip.

To establish a buffer fund where the club has underwritten costs, an extra £1 per person should be charged and the monies given to the club treasurer.

Everyone going on a club trip must be a fully paid up member. Check with the membership secretary or the latest Clwydian to confirm the membership status of those interested. Members can bring guests to events such as the annual BBQ, AGM, club dinners and winter slide shows.

CMC Trips and Events Cancellation Policy

The following policy applies to members who, having paid their deposit for club trips, then want to cancel. Under those circumstances members will be required to pay their full share of the trip. The reason being that, if they didn’t, their cancellation would result in those remaining, or the club, incurring increased costs.

Those booking themselves on club events such as the annual BBQ, coaching weekends, and club dinners etc. should pay as soon as possible and will be expected to pay the full cost on cancellation.

Anyone who cancels from a trip or event is, of course, free to recruit another member to go in their place and recoup the monies from them perhaps by advertising or selling their place on the club website forum. 

Constitution

The clubs constitution is a vital part of how our club works.

We invite you to read it and even re-read it if it’s been a few years.

You can download the document here

1. Name

The Name of the Club shall be Clwyd Mountaineering Club.

2. Objectives of the club

  1. To promote the interests of climbing, hill walking and mountaineering amongst members of the Club.
  2. To provide an opportunity for members of the Club to meet and participate in climbing, hill-walking, and mountaineering activities as listed on the British
    Mountaineering Council(BMC) website for primary and secondary activities.
  3. To act on behalf of and in the interests of Club members in accordance with the constitution.
  4. To promote awareness of the need to maintain access, conservation and protection of the cliff and mountain environment.
  5. To take part in the work and activities of the BMC.

3. Membership

  1. Membership of the club shall be open to all persons interested in mountaineering, provided that they have made such an application to join to the membership secretary. At the discretion of the committee, any particular application for membership may be refused. Membership of the club shall only be open to individuals who recognise that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Members shall be aware of and accept these risks and agree to be responsible for their own actions and involvement. Members registered by the club with the BMC are covered by the BMC’s insurance policy against claims from third parties. Full details are on the BMC website: this insurance includes all primary activities, but secondary activities only if arranged via the club website.
  2. No person under 18 may be an individual member of the club, but can be family members if their parents hold family membership and a parent or guardian is in
    attendance on club meets.
  3. The members acknowledge and agree that they will become club members of the BMC and that the club shall pay the appropriate subscription on behalf of each member included in the return filed by the club with the BMC, and, in the event of the BMC being wound up, shall pay the sum of not more than £1 on behalf of each member included in a return filed by the club with the BMC at any time within the preceding period of one year pursuant to the guarantee comprised in the Articles of Association of the BMC. The members further acknowledge and agree that upon the club being affiliated to the BMC and each becoming a club member of the BMC that they will each be bound by the Articles of Association of the BMC.
  4. All members will be subject to the regulations of the constitution and by joining the club will be deemed to accept these regulations and codes of practice that the club has adopted.
  5. Members will pay membership fees, as determined at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
  6. The club respects the rights, dignity and worth of every person and will treat all members equally within the context of club activities and mountaineering activities, regardless of age, ability, gender, race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexuality or social/ economic status.
  7. The club is committed to all members having the right to enjoy mountaineering in an environment free from threat of intimidation, harassment and abuse. All members have a responsibility to oppose discriminatory behaviour and promote equality of opportunity.
  8. The club will deal with any incidence of discriminatory behaviour seriously, according to club disciplinary procedures.

4. Officers & trustees

  1. The management of the club shall be entrusted to the club committee, hereinafter referred to as "the committee”.
  2. The officers of the club shall be:
    1. chairman
    2. vice chairman
    3. secretary
    4. entertainments officer
    5. treasurer
    6. journal editor
    7. BMC Cymru representative & conservation officer
    8. membership secretary
  3. The chairman, secretary and treasurer shall be the trustees of the club. The signatures of any 2 of the 3 trustees shall be acceptable on cheques, documents etc. The officers
    shall hold office for one year, at the end of which they shall be eligible for re-election. Voting for the election of officers shall take place at the AGM. If the post of any officer should fall vacant after such an election, the committee shall have the power to fill the vacancy until the succeeding AGM.
  4. The committee shall have the power to co-opt additional non-voting members.
  5. A quorum for a meeting of the committee shall be half of the elected voting members. In addition to the AGM, the committee shall hold at least three meetings each year. Any
    agenda items shall be sent to the secretary a minimum of 14 days’ prior to the committee meeting, who shall circulate them to the members at least 7 days prior to the
    committee meeting.
  6. The committee will be responsible for adopting new policy, codes of practice and rules that affect the organisation of the club and will have powers to appoint any advisers to
    the committee as necessary to fulfil its business.
  7. The committee will be responsible for disciplinary hearings of members who infringe the club rules/regulations/constitution. The committee will be responsible for taking any
    action of suspension or discipline following such hearings.
  8. The decision of the committee on the interpretation of this constitution and of club rules shall be final and the committee is empowered to deal with any matters not covered.

5. Annual General Meeting (AGM)

  1. The AGM shall be held within 3 months of the end of each financial year, and notified to members with 28 days’ notice. The AGM will:
    1. Approve the minutes of the previous year’s AGM.
    2. Receive reports from the chairman and secretary.
    3. Receive a report from the treasurer and approve the annual accounts.
    4. Receive a report from those responsible for certifying the club’s accounts.
    5. Elect the officers on the committee.
    6. Agree the membership fees for the following year.
    7. Consider any proposed changes to the constitution.
    8. Deal with other relevant business.
    9. Nominations for officers will be sent to the secretary a minimum of 14 days’ prior to the AGM, who shall circulate them to the members at least 7 days before an AGM. Only nominations submitted by 2 full members of the Club will be accepted. In the event of there being more than one nomination for any one post, election shall be by secret ballot of the votes of the members present. Unless they do not wish to stand for reelection, the existing officers shall be deemed to be automatically nominated.
    10. All full members present in person have the right to vote at the AGM. Each member will have one vote and all matters shall be determined by a simple majority except any proposal pursuant to clause 11 and 12.
    11. Any full member who is not able to attend a meeting may appoint the chairman of the meeting as their proxy. In this case, the member shall advise the secretary by post or email, indicating how they wish their vote to be cast. This shall arrive no less than 3 days before the meeting. The vote shall be included in any count made by the
      chairman, but shall not apply to motions which are amended at the meeting. If a member who has posted a proxy vote attends a meeting, the proxy vote will be
      discounted, and the member will be able to vote.
    12. A quorum for a general meeting shall be 15% of the current membership of the club subject or 15 members, whichever is larger. This quorum shall not include proxy votes.
    13. The chairman shall be entitled to vote on all matters and in the event of a tie shall have a casting vote at general meetings.
    14. An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) shall be called by an application in writing to the secretary supported by at least 10% of the members. The committee shall also have the power to call an EGM by decision of a simple majority of the committee members. All procedures for an EGM shall follow those outlined above for AGMs.

6. Club subscriptions

  1. Subscriptions will be set annually and agreed by the members at the AGM. The club treasurer will be responsible for the finances of the club. The financial year of the club will run from 1st January and end on 31st December.
  2. Annual subscription rates for members shall be payable on January 1st each year.
  3. Membership fees are waived for committee members, and they shall also receive reasonable out-of-pocket expenses to cover club business e.g. stationery and telephone calls.
  4. members who have not renewed their memberships 2 months after the end of the club year (28th February) will have their website access revoked.
  5. members joining after 1st October, but before 1st January in any year should not pay further subscriptions until 1st January in the following year. The membership fee includes the BMC affiliation fee.
  6. All club monies will be banked in an account held in the name of the club. An audited statement of annual accounts will be presented by the treasurer at the AGM.
  7. The auditor may not be a member of the committee. The auditor need not be a member of the club and shall be eligible for reappointment.

7. Expulsion of members

  1. Any complaint by one member against another must be in writing and addressed to the secretary. If, in the opinion of the committee, the alleged misconduct appears to have been prejudicial to the interests of the club and/or its members, the secretary shall, by letter, request an explanation from the member complained against. If no explanation acceptable to the committee is received by the secretary within a reasonable time, then the committee shall have the power to take any disciplinary action which it considers appropriate, including expulsion from the club and without rebate of subscription. In serious cases, where it seems essential to take immediate action, the officers shall consult among themselves to decide on the interim action to be taken pending the next committee meeting at which the matter will be determined.
  2. A member is entitled to appeal against the decision to expel them. The committee’s decision will be reviewed by five club members of at least five years’ standing who are not current committee members and who will have access to all relevant correspondence and other documentation. Their decision will be final.

8. Effect of ceasing to be a member

On ceasing to be a member a person forfeits all right to and claim upon the club and its property and funds. A person who has been expelled from the club shall not be entitled to participate in any subsequent activity of the club nor to visit the club’s premises.

9. Club rules

The committee shall have the power to make, amend or rescind any internal rules that they deem necessary for the efficient functioning of The club, providing they are submitted for confirmation at the next AGM of the club. A copy of the club rules shall be available via the website. Such rules shall be in accordance with the articles of the club's constitution and the policies of the BMC.

10. Data protection

  1. The club is committed to protect personal data of members in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  2. Personal data (name, contact details etc.) is held on computer and will be used by the committee for operation of the club and for forwarding to the BMC. The club does not hold any financial details of members.
  3. Members may not publish any personal data of other members, unless they have given their permission.

11. Amendments to the constitution

The constitution shall only be amended at an AGM or EGM of the club. Amendments must be voted for by a two thirds majority of those present at the meeting. Notice of any amendment must be delivered to the secretary at least one month prior to the AGM or EGM and notified to members at least 3 weeks before the AGM or EGM.

12. Dissolution of the club

The club can be dissolved by a two thirds majority vote at an AGM or EGM. The committee will arrange to discharge any assets equally amongst the members (or donated to Charity, Mountain Rescue etc.). Any liabilities at the time of dissolution shall be the joint responsibility of all members.

Amended at EGM on 9 January 2020