|Bothwell and Blantyre Angling Club||
1. The name of the Club shall be the Bothwell and Blantyre Angling Club.
2. The aim and object of the Club shall be to encourage the sport of angling, to arrange competitions among its members at suitable venues agreed by the Club Council of Management and to take part in competitions organised by Angling Associations to which the Club may be affiliated.
3. The Officials of the Club shall be:
b. Vice President
c. Secretary and Treasurer
d. six Members of Council, of whom the immediate Past President shall be one and the assistant secretary, if appointed, shall be another.
These shall form the Council of Management. These officials shall be elected each year at the Annual General Meeting, with the expectation that the President and Vice President serve 3 years in post. The Council shall appoint members to represent the Club at external meetings, as required.
4. Membership of the Club is open to any angler who is proposed by one member of the Club, is seconded by another, and is approved by the Council of Management. All Club membership matters will be decided by the Club Council of Management.
5. New members shall be admitted on payment of entry money of £30.00.
6. The Annual Subscription shall be as fixed at the AGM and must be paid prior to the first competition. Any member desiring to resign his membership must intimate the fact in writing to the Secretary before the Annual General Meeting. If any member fails to pay his subscription for two consecutive years his name shall be removed from the roll.
7. The Club shall hold an Annual General Meeting on a date to be decided by the Council of Management, but during the months of November, December,January or February, notice of which shall be sent to every member by the Secretary. Seven members shall form a quorum. At this meeting, Office Bearers shall be appointed, the prizes won at competitions during the preceding season shall be presented, the treasurer shall produce a financial statement duly audited, and any other business shall be transacted as may be deemed competent.
8. The Council shall hold meetings as required. They shall draw up a list of competitions, make arrangements for the Annual General Meeting and suggest matters for submission to that meeting. Four shall form a quorum.
9. The Secretary shall call a meeting of Council whenever it seems to him necessary and a Special General Meeting if requested by at least four members.
10. The Club shall be affiliated to such district and national organisations as approved by the Council of Management. The Club shall be represented at competitions promoted by such organisations with the approval of the Council of Management. The Council, with the agreement of the members concerned, will nominate the members who shall represent the Club at non Club Competitions.
11. The secretary shall send notice of all Club competitions to every member, and all replies must be sent so as to reach the Secretary by the time stated in the notice.
12. A competition shall be cancelled unless four members at least signify their intention to take part.
13. Members who notify the Secretary of their intention to take part in any competition that duly takes place, shall be required to pay their share of the expenses whether they take part or not.
14. Competition costs, including permits, boat costs and overheads will be shared equally among the members participating in each competition.
15. In all Club competitions the only permissible lure will be the artificial fly. Fly patterns and sizes for each competition will be in accordance with the rules of the water to be fished.
16. Only fish of the salmon order may be weighed in, and the minimum size allowed shall be in accordance with the rules of the water to be fished, but in no case shall be under 9 inches.
17. The Secretary is to endeavour to procure enough boats to allow 2 members to fish in each boat. In any competition the members occupying a boat may change places every hour, or at whatever intervals they may agree to, but the member occupying the stern shall have the right to decide which part of the loch shall be fished. However, every effort should be made to secure agreement as to the fishing location.
18. If a member arrives at the weigh in after the time stipulated by the Secretary as the end of the competition, he will be disqualified from that competition.
19. In each club competition there will be 1st and 2nd place prizes, which may be donated by club members. If not so donated they will be provided from club funds.
20a. Points will be awarded to competitors in Club competitions as follows: 10 points to the angler who wins the competition, 9 points to the angler who finishes in 2nd place, 8 points to the angler who finishes in 3rd place, etc, until 1 point is awarded to the angler who finishes in 10th place. In the event of a tie for a place or places the total place points available to the anglers in the tie will be divided equally between these anglers.
20b. Place points allocated to anglers will decide the Club Championship. Anglers will be permitted to count their best 8 scores in the calculation of the Club Championship table, assuming that 12 competitions are fished each year. Should this figure vary, the Club Council will decide, prior to the first competition of the season, the maximum number of scores to be counted towards the Club Championship. This figure should be not less than a minimum of two-thirds of the total number of competitions. (eg 8 from 12). The member having the highest number of permissible points in any season will be the Club Champion until the end of the following season.
21. In the event of two or more members having an equal number of points at the end of the season, the member catching the heaviest weight of fish during the season will take precedence.
22. The Club shall pay boat and fishing charges of all members representing the Club at any competition and any prize money won by them will become the property of the Club.
23. All proposals modifying, or designed to modify, any item in the constitution or rules of the Club, must be notified in writing to the Secretary and Treasurer, who shall notify all members of the Club, at least one calendar month before the Annual General Meeting. Such proposals to be adopted must receive the approval of two thirds of those voting at such meeting.
24. Safety. Buoyancy aids must be worn at all times, and when fishing from a boat members should remain seated, except when playing a fish or to relieve cramp, etc. In the event that members have to fish three in a boat, the members concerned should agree whether all 3 fish or whether members take turns to control the boat. Whatever is decided, members’ safety must remain paramount.