Rathgormack Ramblers Club Constitution and Rules
1. Name 1.1 The name of the Club shall be Rathgormack Ramblers,hereinafter referred to as the club.
2. Objectives of the club 2.1 To facilitate and increase the enjoyment of mountaineering activities by members of the club. 2.2 To act as the collective voice of Club members. 2.3 To assist in the work of the MCI aimed at maintaining access to, conservation of and protection of the cliff and mountain environment. 2.4 To encourage club members to train to be capable of ensuring their own safety in the mountain environment. 2.5 To make information on responsible use of the mountain environment available to club members.
3. Membership of the club 3.1 Membership of the Club shall only be open to adults over 18 years of age on January 1st each year. 3.2 Membership of the Club shall only be open to individuals who recognise that Hill walking and Climbing 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.
4. Management of the club 4.1 The club will be controlled by its members acting in General Meeting. One of these meetings will be the Annual General Meeting at which Officers of the Club will be elected. 4.2 Management of the Club between General Meetings shall be entrusted to the elected committee, who must act in accordance with the Constitution and the Rules of the Club. They may make decisions on matters not covered by Constitution or Rules but these must be approved by the next General Meeting.
5. Officers of the club 5.1 The Officers of the Club shall be elected by the members at an Annual General Meeting and shall be the President/Chair, the Secretary, the Treasurer. 5.3 No Officer shall serve continuously in the same position for a term longer than three years.
6. Committee of the club 6.1 The President/Chair of the Club will normally preside at and chair all meetings of the Committee and General Meetings of the Club and shall be responsible for reporting to the Membership at the Club's AGM. 6.2 The Committee shall be composed of the Officers of the Club and others elected at the A.G.M. 6.3 The Committee shall nominate representatives of the Club to attend MCI General meetings to represent the views of the Membership and vote on behalf of the Club. 6.4 The Club Secretary shall be responsible for all correspondence relating to Club affairs and for giving notice of General and/or Committee meetings, and the writing and distribution of minutes from those meetings. The Secretary shall give, at least 21 clear days notice of such a meeting and its agenda. Items for inclusion should be submitted at least 14 days prior to the AGM and communicated to the members at least 7 days before the AG.M. The Secretary shall collect subscriptions, keep records of the Membership of the Club and report the details of members to the MCI as required. 6.5 The Treasurer shall collect subscriptions and account for all income and expenditure of the Club. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the payment of membership subscriptions to the MCI. 6.6 The Committee shall have the power to co-opt additional non-voting members. 6.7 A quorum for a meeting of the Committee shall be half of the elected voting members rounded up to the next whole number. The Committee shall hold at least four meetings each year.
7. Club subscriptions 7.1 A General meeting shall have the power to set membership subscription levels for the Club
8. Rules of the club 8.1 A General meeting shall have the power to set Club rules (see 11). Such rules shall be in accordance with the articles of the Club's Constitution and the policies of the MCI. 8.2 Any paid up member of the club is entitled to vote at General meetings. 8.3 Votes will be decided on a show of hands basis.
9. Amendments to the constitution of the club 9.1 This Constitution may be amended by a two thirds majority of those present and voting at a General Meeting. Notice of any proposed amendment must be delivered at least 21 days prior to the A.G.M. 9.2 The Club rules may be amended by a simple majority of those present and voting at a General Meeting. Notice of any proposed amendment must be delivered at least 21 days prior to the A.G.M.
10. Dissolution of the club 10.1 The Club can be dissolved by two thirds majority vote carried out in accordance with Article 9 whereupon the Committee will arrange to discharge any assets equally amongst the Members. Any liabilities at the time of dissolution shall be the joint responsibility of all Members.
11. Club Rules/Guidelines
Car pooling is advised.
Respect private property and observe the Country Code. Park carefully and don`t obstruct laneways, gates, traffic etc.
Members are responsible for their own actions.
Members are advised to select a walk that matches their fitness level. If you are on medication or suffering from any condition that might affect you on the walk, you must inform the walk leader before the walk starts.
Walkers should bring with them the following essential items: strong walking boots with good ankle support; gaiters; a hooded waterproof coat with waterproof trousers; plenty warm clothing including gloves and a hat (don`t wear jeans); sufficient liquids and food.
Walkers should consider the following recommended items: relevant map; compass; whistle; watch; torch; first aid kit; some form of personal I.D. and the name of someone who can be contacted in the event of an accident.
All members must comply with club rules.
All members must sign walk registration form prior to each walk.
All members must follow instructions of leader at all times.
For everyone`s safety the group should stay together for the duration of the walk.
A group should travel no faster than the speed of its slowest member.
Accidents should be reported to the leader immediately.
The leader has the right to refuse anyone not adequately equipped.
The leader may extend, curtail or alter the route. He/she sets the pace and walkers are expected to follow at this pace. If you go ahead of the leader you are no longer considered to be part of the group and you are responsible for your actions and for those who follow you.
Inform the leader if you are feeling tired or if the pace is too fast for you.
Inform the leader if you wish to stop for whatever reason.
Prospective members may participate as guests on two walks.
By signing the Walk Registration Sheet at the beginning of each walk, participants-both members and visitors-agree to abide by these rules.
The Committee of Rathgormack Hill Walking Club asserts that no walk leader can be held responsible for the welfare of individuals who ignore these rules.

Constitution and Rules adopted on 20 November 2008

Amendment to rules adopted at the AGM 20th Oct 2011
Only members and their families and friends may take part in club weekends away.