CONSTITUTION OF THE TAI CHI UNION FOR GREAT BRITAIN
1. The name of the organisation shall be the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.
The term Tai Chi Chuan or Tai Chi shall include internal arts as are approved by the Executive Committee. Membership of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain shall be open to practitioners of internal arts other than Tai Chi Chuan on the same basis as for practitioners of Tai Chi Chuan.
2. The address of the organisation shall be situated in Great Britain.
3. The main objects for which the Union is established are:-
3.1. To improve the health and quality of life of members of the community, particularly the old and the sick by advancing Tai Chi Chuan as a therapeutic exercise.
3.2. To further the education and training of young persons in Great Britain by providing them with opportunities to study and practice Tai Chi Chuan both in Great Britain and elsewhere and in suitable cases also to provide them with financial assistance.
3.3. To promote research and understanding of Chinese religion ritual and philosophy and their influence in the development of Tai Chi Chuan.
4. In the furtherance of these objects, the Union will endeavour:-
4.1. To unite Tai Chi practitioners in Great Britain in the development of the art of Tai Chi Chuan.
4.2. To set and improve standards in the teaching and practice of Tai Chi Chuan in Great Britain.
4.3. To collate and disseminate information on Tai Chi classes and events, publications, videos and other information media including the Internet as may be of interest to Tai Chi practitioners in Great Britain.
4.4. To collate and disseminate information on such other events, publications and videos, as may be of interest to Tai Chi practitioners in Great Britain.
4.5. To promote Tai Chi Chuan in all its aspects including those of health, aesthetic, meditation, ritual, philosophy, self-defence competition and sports.
4.6. To liaise with practitioners of Tai Chi Chuan and other martial arts world-wide.
4.7. To promote public awareness in Great Britain of the benefits of Tai Chi Chuan through the mass media.
4.8. To provide financial assistance for Tai Chi teams representing Great Britain.
4.9. To raise money for charities by organising Tai Chi Chuan demonstrations and events.
4.10. To do all other things as are incidental to or conducive to the attainment of the above objects. Provided that:-
4.10.1. The aims of the Union shall be in no way political.
4.10.2. The Union shall be non-profit-making; all funds generated by its activities shall be used to pay for expenses necessary for the furtherance of its objects.
We the several persons whose names and addresses are subscribed in pursuance of the above General Stipulations are desirous of forming the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.
Names, addresses and subscriptions of subscribers:-
• Gary Wragg, 14G Randolph Crescent, Maida Vale, London W9 1DR
• Ray Wilkie, 23 Oakwood Avenue, Mitcham, CR4 5DQ
• Nigel Sutton, 5 Aspen Way, Middleton-on Sea, West Sussex, PO22 6PW
• John Hine, 26 The Chase, Bromley, Kent, BR1 3DF
• Dan Docherty, Ashfield Road, Southgate, London< N14 7LA
• Paul Crompton, 94 Felsham Road, London SW15
• Ian Cameron 38 Madeira Street, Edinburgh EH6 4AL
• Linda Broda, 163 Palatine Road, Manchester, M20 8GH
• Trevor Barry, 1 Sladesbrook, Bradford on Avon, Wilts. BA15 1SH
5. Membership of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain shall be of two types; Full Membership and Associate Membership:-
5.1. Full members shall have voting rights at General Meetings and such other rights as are set out under this constitution. Full Membership will be held by:-
5.1.1. The subscribers to the General Stipulations.
5.1.2. Such other national or local Tai Chi groups or individuals admitted and registered as full members by the Executive Committee. Each group so admitted may appoint one representative to vote and, where eligible and applicable, stand for election to the Executive Committee. Each such representative shall be entitled to only one vote irrespective of the size of the group represented.
5.1.3. Any person who is a member of a Tai Chi group which has been admitted to full membership of the Union, shall be regarded ipso facto an individual member of the Union and may attend General Meetings of the Union, though they may not vote or stand for election to the Executive Committee except in accordance with paragraph 5. 1.2.
5.2. Associate members shall be such persons, associations or bodies not eligible for full membership of the Union at the time of their application. Such associates shall not be entitled to exercise the rights of full membership of the Union, nor may they vote or stand for election.
6. Any person, association or other body being a candidate for membership of or association with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain shall apply in writing to the Executive Committee setting out such details and enclosing such documents and fees as the Executive Committee may require. The admission of members and associates is at the discretion of the Executive Committee which may require candidates to be assessed by a Technical Panel. Where the group representative under paragraph 5.1.2. changes, the Executive Committee may require the new representative to undergo assessment. The Technical Panel shall be empowered to:-
6.1. Report its assessment of candidates to the Executive Committee which may reject any candidate for membership or association without having to state any reason for so doing.
6.2. Subject to the final approval of the Executive Committee, issue completed assessment certificates recognising candidates as having demonstrated their competence to teach certain aspects of Tai Chi Chuan.
7. Members and associates shall:-
7.1. Abide by the constitution of the union and the decisions of the Executive Committee.
7.2. Pay such initial fees and annual subscriptions as the Executive Committee may from time to time determine and in all cases within two months of such fees falling due.
7.3. A member or associate whether an individual or a group, shall cease to be a member or associate of the Union if such member or associate:-
7.3.1. Resigns by notice in writing sent to the Executive Committee.
7.3.2. Fails to pay any Union fees or subscriptions within two months of their becoming due.
7.3.3. Is requested by the Executive Committee to resign. Such request shall not have effect until the Executive Committee notifies the member or associate of the grounds of their request, giving the member or associate 14 days notice of a special meeting of the Executive Committee to be convened to hear representations of the member or associate concerned.
7.4. Those ceasing to be members or associates under paragraph 7.3.3. shall not be entitled to any refund whatsoever of either fees or subscriptions paid to the Union and shall remain liable to pay any fees or subscription due at the date on which their membership or association ceased. The Executive Committee may at its discretion and subject to payment of all fees and subscriptions readmit any member or associate whose membership or association has ceased.
7.5. The rights and privileges of a member or associate are not transferable except in accordance with paragraph 6.
7.6. Notwithstanding subsequent provisions of this constitution, any member of the Executive Committee whose membership of the Union ceases shall ipso facto vacate his office with immediate effect and shall not be entitled to attend meetings of the Executive Committee.
THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
8. The Executive Committee of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain shall consist of no fewer than seven and no more than ten members. If in any year the number of nominees for the Executive exceeds the vacancies then the election of the executive Committee and office holders will be by ballot using postal; or e.mail delivery within the timescale set in the notice seeking votes. The following persons shall be members of the Executive Committee:-
8.1. The subscribers to the General Stipulations, who shall remain in office for a period of three years, after which they must vacate office or stand for re-election.
8.2. Those members who are fully versed in all aspects of Tai Chi Chuan, including health, self defence, weapon training and pushing hands and who have been practicing for at least five years and who are individuals or group representatives in accordance with paragraph 5 shall also be eligible for election to the Executive Committee. Such members may be required to be assessed by a Technical Panel before they stand for election. Those elected shall hold office for a period of one year after which they must stand for re-election.
9. The Executive Committee may also nominate persons to fill such honorary posts as it may decide to create. Such persons need not be members of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.
10. A resolution in writing signed by at least a quorum of the members of the Executive Committee shall be valid and effectual as if it had been passed at a meeting of the Executive Committee duly convened and held.
11. The Executive Committee shall meet as required and may make such regulations as it thinks fit regarding the holding, transaction and adjourning of meetings, save that until otherwise determined five members of the Executive Committee shall form a quorum, such quorum to be maintained or the meeting adjourned. The accidental omission to give notice of a meeting to or the non-receipt of such notice by any person entitled to receive notice shall not invalidate any resolution passed or proceeding held at any meeting.
12. Meetings of the Executive Committee may be convened by two or more members of the Executive Committee.
13. Minutes of the proceedings of every Executive Committee meeting and of attendance thereat shall be recorded by the Secretary or other designated member of the Executive Committee. The Secretary or other designated member shall make such minutes available to all Executive Committee members. The minutes shall be read at the next Executive Committee meeting and after approval shall be recorded by the Secretary and signed by the Chairman. Minutes recorded and signed shall in the absence of proof to the contrary be considered a true record of the meeting to which they refer.
14. The Executive Committee shall adopt such means as it deems sufficient to bring to the notice of members all amendments, repeals and additions to its regulations and all such regulations, as long as they be in force shall be binding upon all members of the Union.
15. Membership of the Executive Committee shall cease where a member:-
15.1. Resigns by notice in writing sent to the Executive Committee.
15.2. Fails to pay any Union fees or subscriptions within two months of their becoming due.
15.3. Is requested by the Executive Committee to resign. Such request shall not have effect until the Executive Committee notifies the member or associate 14 days notice of a special meeting of the Executive Committee to be convened to hear representations from the member or associate concerned.
16. A member of the Executive Committee who resigns under paragraph 14.2., shall thereby be disqualified from membership of the Executive Committee unless and until he applies for readmission to the Executive Committee and his application is accepted.
17. No person shall be entitled to be present or to vote at an Executive Committee meeting whose fees or subscriptions have not been paid to the Union within two months of their becoming due. Each member of the Executive Committee shall have one vote and this may be exercised by proxy provided that the member in question authorises such proxy in writing.
18. The management of the Union and of the funds and property belonging to it or under its control is vested in the Executive Committee for the time being who shall have the power to appoint and remove such officials as it may deem necessary for carrying on the activities of the Union. Such appointments shall be upon such terms and conditions as the Executive Committee in its absolute discretion deems fit.
19. Members officers and servants of the Union shall be indemnified by the Union against all costs, losses and expenses incurred or due in the necessary course of their duties as authorised by the Executive Committee.
20. The Executive Committee shall cause true account to be kept of :-
20.1. The monies received and expended by the Union and matters in respect of which such receipts and expenditure take place.
20.2. The assets, credits and liabilities of the Union and of all sales and purchases of goods by the Union.
21. All monies payable to the Union shall be received by a Treasurer or such other person as the Executive Committee may decide.
22. All monies received shall be paid into an appointed bank account and all cheques must be signed by two members of the Executive Committee, save that if the Executive Committee a cash float may also be maintained to pay immediate operating costs.
23. None of the members of the Executive Committee shall be entitled to any remuneration in respect of their duties as Executive Committee members.
24. The Inaugural General Meeting of the TCUGB shall be held on April 5th 1991 in London at a time and location to be announced by the subscribers to the General Stipulations. Subject to the provisions of this constitution, the Inaugural General Meeting shall be conducted in the same manner as an Annual General Meeting.
25. The TCUGB shall hold an Annual General Meeting during each financial year of the TCUGB. Business at the AGM shall include:-
Presentation of the Annual Report of the TCUGB and other items agreed by the executive Committee.
26. Additional General Meetings may be called by the Executive Committee as it deems necessary.
27. Fourteen days notice of any General Meeting shall be given either personally, by e.mail or by post to members. The accidental omission to give notice of a meeting to or the non-receipt of such notice by any person entitled to receive such notice shall not invalidate any resolution passed or proceeding held at any meeting.
28. A designated member of the Executive Committee shall keep the minutes of all General Meetings and have them available for inspection by members.
29. Those members with voting rights entitled to attend either General Meetings or meetings of the Executive Committee may appoint a proxy and give them their written votes and/or nominations.
30. Any question as to the interpretation of this constitution shall be left to the Executive Committee, whose decision on any point shall be final.
31. Any amendments to this Constitution shall be drafted and passed by the Executive Committee and voted on by members entitled to vote, using e.mail or postal delivery.
32. The TCUGB shall be wound up voluntarily whenever a resolution is passed at a General Meeting that the TCUGB should be wound up. Presentation of their respective reports to the AGM by the outgoing Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
33. The voting on such motions as are put to the AGM by members.
34. In addition to the AGM, Extraordinary General Meetings may be called in the same way at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
35. Fourteen days notice of any General Meeting.
36. Any decision to dissolve the TCUGB and to dispose of its assets may only be made by a majority vote of those present at a General Meeting.
37. The constitution of the TCUGB may only be amended by a majority vote of those entitled to vote, using e.mail or postal delivery.