The Labrador Retriever Club of Ireland
Constitution and Rules
1. The Club shall be called “The Labrador Retriever Club of Ireland” It’s objects shall be to promote the breeding of dual purpose Labrador Retrievers, to define and publish a description of the true type, to urge the adoption of such type on breeders, Judges, etc as the standard of excellence by which Labrador Retrievers should be judged. To establish Field Trials, to offer special prizes at Dog Shows for members of the Club and to adopt such other means as may be deemed advisable for the encouragement of the breed.
2. The Club shall consist of a President, 3 Vice Presidents, Hon. Treasurer, Hon. Secretary, Field Trial Secretary to be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting and a Committee of twelve (12) members, 3 (one quarter) to retire annually and not to seek re-election for that year, and an unlimited number of members. The committee shall have the power to fill up any vacancies occurring in any of these positions. Nomination with proposers and seconders to be lodged with a designated person 7 (Seven) days before the Annual General Meeting. Five to form a quorum at Committee meetings. The President, Vice Presidents, Hon. Treasurer, Hon. Secretary, Chairman and Vice Chairman shall be members of the Committee ex offico.
3. Annual Subscriptions to be determined annually payable on 1st January each year. If members subscriptions shall be more than eighteen months in arrears he or she shall cease to be members of the Club unless satisfactory explanation is accepted by the Committee where upon payment of all arrears he or she may be reinstated.
4. Candidates for membership shall be proposed and seconded in writing by two members and ratified by the Committee. The proposal to be accepted or rejected at the discretion of the Committee, and their decision on the matter to be final. On the admission of each new member, the Hon. Secretary shall notify him or her to that effect and furnish him or her with a copy of the rules of the Club.
5. The management and property of the Club shall be vested in the Committee. The Committee shall also have Power to make bye-laws and to decide upon all matters in dispute or not provided for in the rules.
6. As the payment of the Annual Subscription will entitle a member to enjoy every benefit the Club can impart, so is his or her acquiescence in the rules furnished to him or thereby distinctly implied.
7. The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Months of March, April, or at such time and place as the Committee may appoint.
8. An extraordinary General Meeting may be called at 21 (twenty one) days notice by the Committee or by the Hon. Secretary on his receiving a requisition duly signed by at least six members. 16 (sixteen) shall form a quorum at any General Meeting. No other business to be conducted except that for which purpose the meeting was called.
9. Any member who may be considered injurious to the Club or objectionable, may be expelled at a General Meeting provided the majority in favour of the expulsion is two thirds of those voting, and any member who wishes to resign must give notice of his or her intentions to the Hon. Secretary before the First of January of each year, otherwise he or she shall be liable for his or her subscription for the year ensuing. Any member who shall cease to belong to the Club either by resignation or otherwise, shall have no claim upon or be entitled to participate in any of the effects or property belonging to the Club, nor to have any part of his or her annual subscription for the current year refunded.
10. An account shall be opened in a Bank in the name of The Labrador Retriever Club of Ireland and all Club money lodged in the Account. All payments are to be made by chepue signed by the Hon. Treasurer and any other Officer.
11. The Committee shall annually elect persons competent and willing to act as Judges of Labrador Retrievers at Dog Shows who will undertake to be guided by the standard of the breed as framed by the Labrador Retriever Club of Ireland and approved by the I.K.C. and Club prizes shall be awarded by such Judges only.
12. Should any member of the Club be suspended by the Irish Kennel Club, such member shall, ipso facto, cease to be a member of the Club.
13 Should for any reason the Club cease to exist, it’s Cups at the time of dissolution shall be handed to the Irish Kennel Club for safe keeping and to observe the wishes of the donors in so far as may be possible.
14. The Irish Kennel Club shall be the final court of appeal in all matters of dispute, and in all cases relative to Canine or Club matters.
15. The I.K.C. Representatives will automatically become a member of the Committee for that year.