Rules of the Sheffield Steelers Supporters Club
The club shall be called “Sheffield Steelers Supporters Club” (the Club).
The objectives of the club are:
2.1To promote and support the best interests of Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team (the Team).
2.2To support Sheffield Steelers Ltd or any other company promoting or managing the Team (the Company) in such manner as may be thought fit.
2.3To promote and encourage good fellowship between members of the Club.
2.4To promote and encourage good fellowship and understanding between the Club, the Company, the Team, and all supporters of the Team.
- 3. Members
3.1 The Club shall consist of adult members and junior members. There shall be no limit to the number of members.
3.2 Adult membership shall be open to any person who supports the Team and Company and is aged 16 or over on the date that the Annual Subscription is due (refer to rule 6.1).
3.2.1 Honorary membership is open to Coach, players, partners and children of the Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey Club.
3.3 Junior membership shall be open to any person who supports the Team and Company and are aged under 16 on the date that the Annual Subscription is due (refer to rule 6.1).
3.4 All members shall be deemed to accept and be bound by these rules.
- 4. Management
4.1 The Club shall be managed by a Committee consisting of the following nine members:-
*An Honorary Secretary (whose responsibilities include those of Editorial *Secretary for Club Newsletters).
*An Honorary Treasurer.
*An Honorary Membership Secretary
*An Honorary Away Travel Secretary
*An Honorary Social and Fund Raising Secretary.
*An Honorary Members Desk Secretary
*An Honorary Junior Section Secretary
*A Representative of The Company (the Company Representative, i.e. a representative from the off-ice staff of the Company).
*A Representative of the Team (the Team Representative, i.e. a representative from the registered players and coach)
However, in the situation where the Company or Team should not exist, the Committee shall consist of just the first seven of the above members.
4.2The Committee shall elect from its members a Chairperson and a Vice Chairperson.
4.3The Committee (other than the Company Representative and the Team Representative) shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting in each year and, subject to termination of office by resignation or otherwise, shall remain in office until their successors are elected at the next Annual General Meeting following their election. The Committee shall have the power to fill any casual vacancy (other than the Company Representative and the Team Representative) that may occur. The retiring members of the Committee shall be eligible for re-election.
4.4Every candidate for membership of the Committee (other than the Company Representative and the Team Representative) shall be proposed by one adult member of the Club and seconded by another. All such nominations shall be made in writing and shall be signed by the candidate, the proposer and the seconder and shall be submitted so as to reach the Honorary Secretary no later than seven days before the Annual General Meeting.
4.5The Company may, at any time in writing, appoint the Company Representative. Such appointment shall continue until revoked, in writing, by the Company, or until the Company Representative resigns. The Company Representative need not be a member of the Club.
4.6The Company may, at any time in writing, appoint a member of the Team to be the Team Representative. Such appointment shall continue until revoked, in writing, by the Company, or the Team Representative resigns. The Team Representative need not be a member of the Club.
4.7The current Committee shall be deemed to stand down at the close of the Annual General Meeting and pass on responsibility to the newly elected officers.
4.8The current Committee shall seek to appoint a legal advisor, not being a member of the Committee, to advise the Committee Members of their legal position with regard to any issues that may arise in conduct of normal committee business.
- 5.Application for Membership
5.1Application for Adult membership or Junior membership shall be made, in writing, to the Committee in such form and providing such information as the Committee may from time to time require.
5.2Every application for membership shall be considered by the Committee at its first meeting after receipt of the application in good order. The applicant or applicants shall be elected by a majority of the members of the Committee present and voting.
5.3The Committee shall not elect any applicant to membership if prior to the Committee meeting at which the application is considered, the committee has received from the Company written intimation setting out sufficient grounds that the Company does not wish the applicant to become a member of the Club.
- 6.Annual Subscriptions
6.1 The annual subscriptions shall be payable on the 1st of September each year.
6.2 The subscription for membership shall be determined by the Committee. The following members may be discounted for membership (all listed groups should refer to rule 6.1).
6.2.1 Adults who have attained the age of sixty on the date the annual subscription becomes due.
6.2.2 Adults in full-time education on the date that the annual subscription becomes due.
6.2.3 Persons aged fifteen or less on the date that the Annual subscription becomes due.
6.2.4 Juniors aged under four on the date that the annual subscription becomes due.
6.2.5 The Family group membership shall be open to all groups of up to two adults and up to two juniors, or up to two adults, one adult under eighteen and one junior all residing at the same address for the purposes of club records. The price for such membership shall be fixed at the cost of three adults respectively.
6.3 The Committee may terminate the membership of any member whose subscription has not been paid by the 31st of October in any year. Following such termination, the Committee may, at its discretion, re-admit the member on payment of the appropriate subscription.
- 7.Committee Meetings
7.1The Committee shall meet as often as it deems necessary and shall regulate the conduct of its business as it sees fit.
7.2Meetings of the Committee may be cancelled by any two Committee members.
8.1The Committee may, from time to time, form such sub-committees and delegate to them such functions as it sees fit, except that the Committee may not delegate to such sub-committees its power under Rules 4.2, 4.3, 6.2, 9, 10, or 12.
8.2The powers of such sub-committees may be revoked at any time by the Committee.
- 9 Bye-Laws
9.1 The Committee may, from time to time, make, alter, and repeal bye-laws regulating the affairs of the Club, provided that such bye-laws are not inconsistent with these rules and asuch bye-laws shall be binding on all members of the Club as if they were part of the rules.
Such Bye-Laws shall be publicized by:
9.2 Publishing notice in two consecutive home match night programmes of the team, the latter of such programmes to be issued no later than two home match days before the day the bye-law is introduced:-or
9.2.1 posting notice in reasonably conspicuous place at venue of the Teams home matches no later than two home games before the bye-law is introduced:- or
9.2.2 By giving notice at least two weeks before the day the bye-law is introduced by such means as is, in the reasonable opinion of the Committee, likely to come to the attention of the members.
- 10. Expulsion
10.1 The Committee shall have power to expel any members who shall offend against the rules of the Club or whose conduct shall, in the opinion of the Committee, render him/her unfit for membership of the Club. Before any such member is expelled, the Honorary Secretary shall give him/her seven days written notice to attend a meeting of the Committee and shall inform him/her of the complaints made against them. No member shall be expelled without first having the opportunity of appearing before the Committee and answering complaints made against him/her nor unless at least two thirds of the Committee then present vote in favour of his/her expulsion.
10.2 The Committee shall give due consideration to the expulsion of a member under Rule 10.1 if requested to do so in writing by the Company, such written request to set out the Company’s grounds for so requesting.
- 11. Resignation
11.1 A member may resign from membership of the Club at any time by giving the Honorary Secretary notice in writing. Any member retiring without having paid his subscription for the then current year shall be liable for that subscription.
11.2 A member of the Committee may resign as a member of the Committee at any time by giving notice, in writing, to the Committee to that effect.
- 12. Alteration of Rules
12.1 The Committee shall have power to alter these rules, but no such alteration shall take effect until the same has been confirmed at the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting convened for the purpose.
- 13. General Meetings
13.1 An Annual General Meeting of the Club shall be held in every year not later than 15 months after the date of the previous Annual General Meeting.
13.2 The Annual General Meeting shall be convened in any one or more of the following ways:
13.2.1 Notice of the SSSC Annual General Meeting will be sent to the home addresses of the SSSC members not later than forty two days before the Annual General meeting. Where more than one member lives at the same address, only one letter will be sent.
The notice will be sent to the address that was supplied on the membership form to the Membership Secretary.
13.2.2 by publishing notice in a newspaper circulating in the Sheffield area not later than forty-two days before the date of the Annual General Meeting:- or
13.2.3 by giving notice at least forty-two days before the date of the Annual General Meeting by such means as is, in the reasonable opinion of the Committee, likely to come to the attention of the members.
13.3 The notice convening the Annual General Meeting shall be convened to transact the following business:-
13.3.1 to receive reports on the activities of the Club from the Committee and to receive and, if approved, adopt a statement of the Club’s accounts to the end of the preceding year.
13.3.2 to consider and, if approved, sanction any duly made alteration of the Rules. Such alterations shall be made in writing and shall be signed by the proposer and seconder and shall be submitted so as to reach the Honorary Secretary no later than 28 days before the relevant Annual General Meeting, and shall be made available to the members not less than five days before the meeting, in the same manner as for notification of the meeting.
13.3.3 to appoint the members of the Committee (other than the Company Representative and the Team Representative).
13.3.4 to deal with any special matter which the Committee desires to bring before the members and to receive suggestions from the members for consideration by the Committee.
- 14. Special General Meetings
14.1 A Special General Meeting of the Club may be convened at any time by the Committee and shall be convened by the Committee within 28 days from the receipt of a requisition, in writing, signed by not less than 30 adult members, specifying the object of the meeting for any of the following purposes:
14.1.1 to consider and, if approved, sanction any duly made alteration to the rules.
14.1.2 to deal with any special matter which the Committee may desire to place before the members
14.1.3 to remove any member or members of the Committee (other than the Company Representative or the Team Representative) from office and to fill any vacancy or vacancies caused by such removal.
14.1.4 to deal with any special matter which the members requiring the meeting may desire to place before the Club.
14.2 A Special General Meeting shall be convened in the same manner as an Annual General Meeting as set out in Rule 13.2.
- 15. Attendance and Voting At Meetings
15.1 At Committee meetings and General Meetings the Chairperson, or if he/she is not present, the Vice Chairperson, elected under Rule 4.2, shall preside. If neither are present, those Committee members present shall elect a Chairperson to preside at the meeting. In the event of an equality of votes, the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, or other person presiding at the meeting, shall not have a casting vote.
15.2 All members shall be entitled to attend at General Meetings. At the General Meetings, only adults aged 18 and over (whether full or honorary) shall have one vote.
15.3 At General Meetings, the only members entitled to a vote shall be those present and in possession of their own membership card, subject to rule 15.2.
- 16. Quorums
16.1 At a Committee Meeting, of the members forming a quorum, four of them should be elected members.
16.2 At General Meetings, 30 voting members shall form a quorum.
- 17. Dissolution
17.1 If the Club shall be dissolved, all money and other property or assets owned by or held on behalf of the Club, after payment of the costs of dissolution, shall be disposed of as determined by resolution of the members of a General Meeting.
- 18 Interpretation
18.1 In these Rules, “he” shall, where appropriate, mean “she”, “him” shall, where appropriate, mean “her”, and “his”, where appropriate, shall mean “hers”.
- 19. Finance
19.1 The Treasurer shall keep an account of all income and expenditure and submit accounts, duly audited, at the Annual General Meeting.
19.2 Bank accounts shall only be opened with the full approval of the committee. The Club may have as many bank accounts as the committee think necessary. Bank withdrawals and payments of outgoings shall be made in the name of the Club against two signatures, one of which shall be either the Treasurer or the Chairperson and the other shall be any of the other Committee members, subject to section 19.4.
19.3 Two Auditors, not being members of the Committee, shall be appointed annually at the Annual General Meeting to audit the accounts and books of the Club, subject to section 19.4.
19.4 No two people being voted signatories of the Club or auditors of the Club shall be married to each other, related to each other or cohabiting under the same roof.
19.5 All Committee members and their partners and assistants shall pay at the going rate for all social events attended irrespective of whether or not they are working at said event.