1 Name

The Club shall be called The 45 Degrees Mountaineering Club.

(Hereinafter referred to as the Club)

2 Objects

The objects of the Club shall be:-

2.1 To promote the interests of hillwalking and mountaineering in Scotland amongst members of the
2.2 To provide an opportunity for members of the Club to meet and participate in
hillwalking and mountaineering activities together.
2.3 To act on behalf of and in the interests of Club members in accordance with the
2.4 To promote awareness of the need to maintain access, conservation and
protection of the mountain and wilderness environment.

2.5 To support and take part in the work of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.

3 Membership

3.1 The membership shall consist of the following categories:


Junior (up to age 18)

3.2 Membership fees shall be agreed by each Annual General Meeting.

3.3 All members joining the Club shall be deemed to accept the terms of this Constitution and any Bye-Laws published from time to time by the Club.

3.4 Membership of the Club shall be open to anyone interested in the sport on application regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or beliefs. Membership numbers will be at the discretion of the committee and should reflect the need to maintain adequate attendees for the weekend meets without this regularly leading to overbooking and the need for a reserve list. Non-members will be invited after it is clear full members will not fill the accommodation booked. Ordinarily, members are given 1 week’s notice before non-members can be invited to attend.

4 Management

4.1 The affairs of the Club shall be conducted by an Executive Committee which shall consist of the Officers of the Club.

4.2 The Officers of the Club who shall be honorary shall consist of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and Meets Convenor who shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. If the post of any officer or other committee member should fall vacant after such an election, the Executive Committee shall have the power to fill the vacancy.

4.3 All Executive Committee members shall be members of the Club.

5 General Meetings

5.1 Annual General Meeting

The Club shall hold an Annual General Meeting in the month of January to:

5.1.1 Approve the minutes of the previous year’s AGM.

5.1.2 Receive reports from the Chairman and Honorary Secretary.

5.1.3 Receive a report from the Honorary Treasurer and approve the Annual Accounts.

5.1.4 Elect the Executive Committee.

5.1.5 Consider changes to the Constitution.

5.1.6 Deal with other relevant business.

5.2 Extraordinary General meeting

An Extraordinary General Meeting shall be called by an application in writing to the Secretary supported by at least 3 members of the Club. The Executive Committee shall also have the power to call an Extraordinary General Meeting by decision of a simple majority of its members.

5.3 Notices

At least 30 days’ notice shall be given to all voting members of any General Meeting.

5.4 Voting

5.4.1 With the exception of changes to the Constitution decisions put to a vote shall be resolved by simple majority at General Meetings.

5.4.2 The Chairman of the Club shall hold a deliberative as well as a casting vote.

5.5 Quora

The quorum at General Meetings shall be 5 members and the quorum for Committee Meetings shall be 4 members.

5.6 Changes to the Constitution

5.6.1 Any change to the Constitution shall require a two thirds majority of the Executive Committee.

5.6.2 Notice shall be given to all voting members of any General Meeting as specified in 5.3 and then any proposal to change the Constitution shall be submitted in writing to the Secretary at least 15 days prior to the meeting.

5.6.3 All proposals for changes to the Constitution shall be signed by two members eligible to vote at a General Meeting.

6 Finance and Accounts

6.1 The financial year shall run from January 1st to December 31st each year.

6.2 The Honorary Treasurer shall be responsible for the preparation of annual accounts of the Club.

6.3 The accounts shall subject to verification by two members of the Executive Committee other than the Honorary Treasurer.

6.4 All cheques drawn against the Club’s funds shall be signed either by the Treasurer or the Secretary.

6.5 All members of the Club shall be considered to be jointly responsible for the financial liabilities of the Club.

7 Bye-laws

The Executive Committee shall have the power to publish and enforce such bye-laws as the membership feels necessary to govern the activities of the Club.

8 Expulsion of Members

The Club shall operate a fair system for deciding upon the expulsion of a Member as laid down by the ‘Law of Natural Justice’.

9. Honorary Membership

On a recommendation to that effect from the Executive Committee it shall be competent for two-thirds of the members present at a General meeting to confer upon anyone the distinction of Honorary Member in recognition of their contribution to the club or more generally to hillwalking and mountaineering.

Honorary members shall be exempt from payment of subscription. They shall be subject the whole Rules and Bye-Laws of the Club but shall be eligible to be elected to office.

10. Dissolution

In the event of the dissolution of the Club, any assets thereof shall not be distributed amongst the members of the Club in any way whatsoever. Any assets remaining will be distributed to The Scottish Mountain Rescue Association.

  • Updated 07/02/19

3 thoughts on “Constitution

  1. like your T shirts? one would look braw on me over in Nepal, on a charity trip??? hint hint loll keep safe yir doing a grand job


    • Hi Jock – we have one club t-shirt left. A large grey! Yours for your Nepal trip if you want it. Believe you know George Henderson from Guildtown and a stalwart of our club – I’ll pass to him if you like and he can give it to you. Good luck. Norrie


  2. large & grey that sounds just great, I will wear it with pride and have the photos sent to you for your web site & FB account aye me and George go back a bit lol, as far back as a very memorable burns supper lol, much appreciated and thanks aye Jock


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