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CONSTITUTION AND RULES OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TANGENT CLUBS
(hereinafter called ‘The Association’).
friendships made in Ladies Circle
3.1 The clubs constituting the Association shall be those affiliated from time to time.
3.3 Clubs can only be affiliated whose members comply with the following conditions:
(a) members shall be or have been, a member of Ladies Circle, the wife or female partner of a current or past member of Round Table
(b) individuals not eligible for membership under rule 3.3a) and for whom membership of Ladies Circle is not possible are invited to become members at the discretion of the Club
(c) transfer members complying with Rule 3.3a) or 3.3b) are accepted
(d) founding members of Tangent Clubs must comply with Rule 3.3a)
(e) honorary members not eligible for membership under rules 3.3a) or 3.3b) are appointed annually at the discretion of the club
3.4 An individual, eligible for membership under rule 3.3, may become an Independent member of the Association on payment of the Annual Capitation fee for this category of membership. Each Independent member will personally receive all mailings together with a copy of the Directory and National Annual General Meeting Minutes.
3.5 Any Club wishing to disaffiliate from the National Association is required to hold a secret ballot of ALL MEMBERS. Should this ballot result in two or more members wishing to continue to be affiliated then the Club should remain open and affiliated to the National Association. Those members who do not wish to continue may leave but they would be deemed to have resigned from the Club.
3.6 A Club is an Affiliated Club only when it has paid its full Capitation by the required date.
5.1 The Officers of the Association shall be the National President, National Vice-President, Immediate Past National President, National Secretary, National Treasurer, National Sales and Regalia officer, National Editor and Website Coordinator and National Executive Administrator, who shall hold office until they resign or until their term of office expires, whichever happens first.
5.2.1 In the event of there not being a candidate for any of the vacant positions on the National Executive the following procedure will take place. Nominations will re-open at the end of the National Annual General Meeting and a new nomination form will be distributed with the May mailings at the end of May. The nomination form will be returnable by the end of June. A postal ballot form will be distributed with the July mailing and must be returned, fully completed, to the National Secretary by 31st August. The result will be announced in September.
7.1 The National Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held during the month of April in each year.
7.2 The Agenda for the business to be conducted at the National Annual General Meeting shall be determined by the Executive.
7.3 Resolutions and Nominations for National Office shall be forwarded to the Association’s Secretary at least three months prior to the meeting. In the event of no nomination for any office being received by the closing date, nominations may be received for any such office until immediately prior to voting for that office.
9.1 The financial year of the Association shall be from 1st January to 31st December following.
9.3 The National President’s out of pocket expenses shall be reviewed annually.
9.4 The necessary travelling expenses of the National President and National Executive shall be met.
9.5 Any motion concerning financial matters can be raised at any National Annual General Meeting under the Treasurer’s report.
9.6 The Annual Accounts shall be independently reviewed by a member of a recognized professional body before the National Annual General Meeting next, following the end of the relevant financial year.
10.1 The rules shall not be altered save by a majority of those Delegates present and voting at a General Meeting of the Association.
10.2 All Club Annual General Meetings to take place before 30th April, so that the Directory can be circulated to all clubs as soon as possible in the Association year.
10.3 All Regalia to be ordered through the Regalia Officer
10.4 On receipt of an application to affiliate from a group of Circlers or Ex-circlers, where an affiliated Tangent Club is known to exist, the National Executive should courteously extend the opportunity for the existing club to express their views.
TANGENT CLUB INTERNATIONAL (TCI) RULES
11.1 Candidate selection
From 2019 (Vice-President) and 2020 (Secretary and Treasurer) open elections will be held for the TCI Board. Members will be eligible for nomination as a TCI officer as per TCI guidelines.
The decision on how to vote for all TCI matters included in AGM or HYM agendas should, where possible, be agreed by the voting delegates at the NATC AGM. For all TCI meetings occurring in advance of the NATC AGM meetings, voting can be decided by the National Executive.
Resolutions to be submitted to the TCI AGM must have prior approval of the NATC Executive.
TANGENT CLUB INTERNATIONAL (TCI)
At the AGM in 2014 it was agreed that NATC would become a founder member of TCI.
History was made on 3 May 2014 when TCI was chartered with 5 founder countries taking part in the Charter Celebration at Korsor in Denmark – Cyprus, Denmark, Great Britain, Norway and Sweden. The Charter Celebration ceremony was chaired by Gill Preston, National President 2010-11. Sue Marlow, National President 2012-13, read out the Aims & Objectives and the Charter was signed on behalf of NATC by Karen Durie, National President 2014-15, and Alex Voller, National President 2015 -16. Jan Dowling, National President 2011-12, acted as Minutes Secretary.
Susanne Norager from Tangent Denmark was appointed Founder Chairman of TCI and had worked tirelessly to put all the arrangements for the Charter in place but the involvement of our Past National Presidents in the ceremony reflected the advice and assistance given by NATC in order to inaugurate TCI, particularly in drafting the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which was the forerunner of TCI and continues to run alongside the new organisation. Full details of the MOU can be found on the Tangent website.
The Founder Board members of TCI were the IROs of the Tangent Clubs in the founding countries. Officers of TCI were be chosen from the Founder Board members with Past President Karen Durie serving as Founder Treasurer.
Aims & Objects
(a) To promote and strengthen international friendships established through Ladies Circle International
(b) To promote, encourage and support new international friendships between Tangent Clubs worldwide
(c) To assist LCI wherever and whenever called upon
(d) To work side-by-side with 41 International and Round Table International
(e)To be non-political and non-sectarian
Let Friendship Continue
Further information can be obtained from the TCI website tangentclubinternational.org