Constitution


1. Name
The name of the organisation shall be the the National Sled Dog Sports Centre. Also known as the NSDSC.

2. Description
The NSDSC is dedicated to the promotion of sled dog sports, through education and practical experience. Membership is open to individuals engaged in sled dog sports.

3. Duration
The NSDSC shall have perpetual existence as a non-profit organisation.

4. Headquarters
The headquarters of the organisation is located in the United Kingdom

5. Objectives
The principal objectives and purpose of the organisation are:

5.1 To collaborate with organisations having as their objectives the promotation of sled dog sports.
5.2 To promote the education of participants with respect to recreational and competitive sled dog sports activities.
5.3 To educate the general public about the history and current practices of sled dog sports.
5.4 To support the expansion of the sport in the United Kingdom by holding appropriate events.
5.5 To collect, collate and circulate information to and among Members.
5.6 To co-ordinate and protect the common interests of its Members.
5.7 To inform and educate the Members about the proper care and handling of their dogs and to ensure their humane treatment and to ensure identification and treatment of any health problems peculiar to the sled dog.
5.8 To support efforts to have sled dog sports included as a winter discipline in future Olympic Games.
5.9 Other objectives as may from time to time be defined.

6 Elgibility (Non-Discrimination)

The NSDSC reserve the right to refuse or revoke membership, but shall by no means:
6.1 Discriminate against any competitor for racial or political  reasons.
6.2 Discriminate against any dog or team because of breed or non-registration.

7. Official Language
The official language of the NSDSC is English. All letters, notices, etc. shall be in English only or in both the original language and in English, of which the English version shall prevail. The language of all NSDSC meetings shall be English.

8. Members
Membership of the NSDSC is open to all participants in sled dog sports.

8.1 Active Members
Active Members are those members who are paid-up members. Only Active Members have full voting rights. Active Members have full rights to participate in NSDSC events.
8.2 Inactive Members
Inactive Members are those members who have let their membership lapse. Their details are still kept on the organisational data base, but they have no voting rights and do not share in any of the benefits of active membership in the organisation.

9. The General Assembly
9.1 The supreme governing body of the NSDSC is the General Assembly which members may attend.

9.2 The General Assembly shall covene when decided by the Committee, but at least every two years.
9.3 The General Assembly shall have the right, subject to the Constitution to do all things relevant to the objectives and approved by and on behalf of the NSDSC.
9.4 The Executive Director shall preside over every meeting of the General Assembly. If the Executive Director is absent or unwilling to preside, then he shall have the responsibility of designating a substitute.

10. Extraordinary Assembly
10.1 At the request of the Committe or upon receipt by the executive Director of a written request from at least 1/3 (one third) of the Active Members, an Extraordinary Assembly may be convened of which a minimum of 30 (thirty) days notificaiton shall be given to the Members by 1st class mail.

10.2 The notification shall include the details of the reasons for convening the Extraordinary Assembly. No business other than that specified in the notification shall be conducted at such an Extraordinary Assembly.

11. Subscriptions
11.1 All Members of the NSDSC shall pay an annual subscription.

11.2 The amount of the subscription shall be established by the Committee. All subscriptions shall be payable on or before April 1st.

12. Finances
12.1 Members shall only be financially bound within the limits of their annual subscriptions to the NSDSC.

12.2 The fiscal year of the NSDSC shall run concurrently  with the members’ insurance policy, which is currently from April 1st through March 31st.
12.3 The financial record of the Federation shall be audited annually by an auditor appointed by the Committee. The report shall be presented to the Committee following the close of the fiscal year.

13. The Committee
13.1 The Committee shall consist of the Executive Director and up to five Active Members.

13.2 The Executive Director shall be elected by the Committee.
13.3 The term of office for Committee Members shall be from one General Assembly to the next and not less than two years. Committee Members are elgible for re-election.
13.4 The Secretary and Treasurer shall be appointed by the Committee.

14. The Committee’s Authority
14.1 The Committee shall, between meetings of the General Assembly, and subject to this Constitution, be empowered to manage the business and purposes of the NSDSC.

14.2 The Committee shall meet as required and shall consult on a regular basis.
14.3 Between Committee meetings the Executive Director shall deal with the current affairs of the organisation. The Executive Director shall be responsivle for the day to day running of the organisation.

15. Quorums
15.1 The quorum for general business of the General Assembly shall be 50% (fifty per cent) of the votes of Members having voting rights.

15.2 The quorum for business entailing changes to the Constitution shall be 75% (seventy-five per cent) of the votes of Members having voting rights.
15.3 The quorum for meetings of the Committee shall be 50% (fifty per cent) of the Committee Members.

16. Voting
16.1 All fully paid-up Members shall have individual votes for all motions put before the General Assembly.

16.2 Votes may be cast in person or by post or electronically.
16.3 All votes shall be calculated by the Executive Director and Secretary.
16.4 A voting majority of 75% (seventy-five per cent) of the votes cast must be in favour for any changes to this Constitution.

17. Elections
Members having voting rights are entitled to one vote in any election.

18. Interpretation
The authority for interpreting any dispute arising out of the terms of this Constitution shall reside in the Executive Director, who shall seek the advice of the Committe or the General.

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