NOA – Constitution

1. Aims and Objectives:

1.1 The NOA Classic Boats Association is a community of Members comprising Owners, Sailors and who work together to preserve primarily, but not only, the great heritage of Morecambe Bay Prawners, popularly known as “Nobbies” for the appreciation of all, now and for future generations.

1.2 The objectives of the Association are as follows:
a. to encourage the maintenance and preservation of “Nobbies”;
b. to share information and to encourage co-operation between the Association and kindred Associations;
c. to encourage more classic boat sailing and to arrange and sponsor races under the current RYA rules;
d. to exchange information relating to the preservation and upkeep of traditional craft;
e. to popularise the public perception of Nobbies.

2. Membership:

2.1 Association Membership is by subscription, and membership is open to all, at the discretion of the Committee.
2.2 Any person wishing to join the Association should do so using the Association’s website.
2.3 The assets and the liabilities of the Association belong to the Members in equal shares.
2.4 Membership subscriptions are valid for twelve months and will lapse if a member has not paid the subscription within two months of the expiry date.

3. Management Committee

3.1 The Management Committee consists of the Officers and Vice Commodores.  There are three officers of the Association, namely:  Commodore;
3.2 The Officers are elected from among Association Members by ballot at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), having first been proposed and seconded in writing by two other Members.  Should an Officer be unable to fulfil his/her duties, the remaining Officers may co-opt a temporary replacement from the Membership until the next AGM.
3.3 Supporting the Officers are Vice Commodores and members, appointed by them, each having specific responsibilities as defined by the Officers to manage the Association.
3.4 The Committee meets at least nine times per year (either face-to-face or virtually) and Association Members are welcome to attend as observers.
3.5 A quorum is four Committee Members for a Committee Meeting.
3.6 The Committee may appoint temporary sub-committees to conduct specific tasks, and Association Members may be invited to serve on these.  Such Sub-Committees are obliged to report their progress to the Committee at each meeting.
3.7 The Officers are obliged to report to Members of the Association at the Annual General Meeting with respect to each individual portfolio.
3.8 The Officers may call an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in exceptional circumstances.

4. Annual General Meeting:

4.1 The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held every February at a time and place decided by the Committee.
4.2 The Committee must give 28 days’ notice to all Members before holding the meeting.
4.3 Nominations for Officers must reach the Secretary 14 days before the AGM.
4.4 Notices of matters to be raised at the meeting (AOB) must reach the Secretary 14 days before the AGM.
4.5 The quorum for an AGM/EGM is eleven Members.
4.6 The Standing Agenda for the AGM is as follows:
Officers’ Reports:
Statement of account;
Election of Officers;
Appointment of Auditor;
Any Other Business.
4.7 Proposals to change the Constitution can only be considered at an Annual General Meeting. Proposals for alterations must be delivered to the Secretary and proposed and seconded in writing by two Members and received by the Secretary by 1 December immediately before the AGM.
4.8 The proposed alteration can only be carried by the assent of two-thirds of the Members of the Association present at the meeting.
4.9 All Members have the right to speak and to vote at the AGM.
4.10 Dissolution of the Association: Members may vote to dissolve the Association by a three-quarters majority of all the members present at an AGM or EGM.

5. Flag and Emblems:

5.1 The Association flag is a red burgee with a Nobby logo in white in the centre.
5.2 The emblem of the Association shall be the Nobby logo as determined by the Committee.

6. Dissolution of the Association:

6.1 Should the Members of the Association vote to dissolve at an AGM, the assets would be liquidated to settle any outstanding debts.
6.2 The balance remaining will be gifted to a kindred club or a suitable sailing charity by members’ vote at the Dissolution Meeting.