Motorcycle Riders Association of WA Constitution
MRAWA CONSTITUTION 2021 Update Version 6 – 03/03/2021
a. The name of the association shall be the Motorcycle Riders Association of Western Australia Incorporated, hereinafter referred to as MRAWA.
b. The official colours and logo of the MRAWA must be approved by the MRAWA. & shall be made uniform as to comply with the standards and specifications set by MRAWA.
c. Any official MRAWA merchandising must not be changed, added to or modified in any way unless those changes are endorsed by the majority of committee members.
“As Endorsed” shall mean the endorsement of the majority of the MRAWA Committee.
a. ‘Office Bearers’ means the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Safety Officer(s).
b. The Secretary means the Secretary of the MRAWA.
c. The Treasurer means the Treasurer of the MRAWA.
d. The Safety Officer means the Safety Officer of the MRAWA.
e. The General Committee means the members elected to the general committee positions of the MRAWA. These positions include but are not limited to Rides Coordinators(s), Magazine Editor(s), Website Manager(s), Social Media Manager(s) and Merchandise Officer(s) or any other roles created as endorsed.
f. The Committee means the elected Office Bearers & General Committee members of the MRAWA.
g. The Membership means the membership of the MRAWA.
h. All positions indicated with a suffix of (s) means more than one person can fulfill the role as endorsed.
The objectives of the MRAWA shall be:
a. To provide and promote a link between motorcyclists, the Government, it’s instrumentalities, the general public and such body or bodies deemed necessary to serve the aims of the MRAWA.
b. To support and promote other motorcycling bodies for the betterment of motorcycling.
c. To promote improved road safety facilities and conditions mainly through road user education, driver awareness and reasonable and practical legislation to protect motorcyclists’ safety on the road and their rights as first class citizens.
d. To promote and improve the public image of motorcyclists.
e. To participate in charitable and community services and activities.
a. All applications for Membership shall be in writing or electronic means and will be approved or rejected at the next committee meeting:
I. Individual members can be authorised by one Committee Member.
II. Affiliate Motorcycle organisations shall be As Endorsed.
b. Membership shall commence when:
I. The application is approved by the Committee or Committee Member as appropriate and
II. The applicant has paid the appropriate fees and
III. In the case of Affiliate Membership, a copy of the applicants Constitution has been supplied to the MRAWA if applicable, their constitution is approved, and appropriate fees are paid.
c. Any person over the age of sixteen (16) years who has an interest in the aims of the MRAWA is eligible for membership. There is no requirement for such a person to own a motorcycle. Persons under the above-mentioned age are referred to in clause 19.
d. A family group or one adult with a child or children, or two adults with or without children is eligible to join as a Family Membership.
e. Life Memberships are to be voted on by the Committee after (1) months’ notice and have a two-thirds majority.
f. Motorcycling Organizations, and Associations are eligible for Affiliate Membership. Such Organisations shall select one (1) of their Members to represent their interests in the MRAWA.
g. No member shall use the name MRAWA or any names or titles registered by law to the MRAWA for the purpose of personal profit or advancement or for the profit of some other company or organization without the written permission of the MRAWA. Existing permissions shall expire after each AGM and are required to be renewed. Any permission is only to be granted subject to majority vote of the Committee.
h. Any member or affiliate who in the opinion of the Committee has or is acting in a manner detrimental to the MRAWA shall be expelled from membership of the MRAWA. Such action is to be decided upon by a majority vote of the Committee. Such member shall be given not less than thirty (30) days’ notice of the date time and place of the decision of the expulsion and particulars of the misconduct. The expelled member shall be given fourteen (14) days’ notice to lodge an appeal with the MRAWA secretary. The membership fee is to be forfeited to the MRAWA in any event.
i. The committee reserves the right to decline a new member application, and refund their membership application fees, if there is evidence provided that their membership acceptance is likely to be detrimental to the reputation of the MRAWA. The decisions of the Committee majority shall be final.
j. Any person who in the opinion of the committee is deemed “Persona non grata” in regard to attendance at general meetings shall be given ‘attendance declined notice’ from membership of the MRAWA. Such action is to be decided upon by a majority vote of the Committee. Such member shall be given not less than thirty (30) days’ notice of the date time and place of the decision of the ‘attendance declined notice’ and particulars of the issue. The member shall be given fourteen (14) days’ notice to lodge an appeal with the MRAWA secretary.
k. The decisions of the Committee majority shall be final.
l. Respect the confidentiality and privacy of all information as it pertains to all members, individuals and affiliated organisations.
m. All members shall abide by the MRAWA Code of Conduct guidelines which shall be distributed with all new memberships and displayed on the MRAWA website. The Code of Conduct can be modified as required by a majority committee ruling.
n. Membership shall expire:
I. When appropriate membership fees have not been paid to renew membership; or
II. A member gives written notice of their intention to resign their membership; or
III. The member has been expelled as described in section 4 paragraph h.
All monies collected from memberships, donations, etc, will be paid into the account of the MRAWA. This money will be used to finance the activities of the MRAWA. Membership subscriptions are paid for a twelve-month or 36 month period as selected. Such subscriptions are to be determined by the Committee.
6. OFFICE BEARERS AND GENERAL COMMITTEE
The Office Bearers shall be: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Safety Officer(s).
a. The General Committee shall comprise of not less than four other members of MRAWA. The immediate past President and the President of any regional sub- branch shall be an ex-officio member of the Committee with the right of participating fully in the proceedings of any meeting of the Committee. Office Bearers and General Committee members shall at all times behave in the best interests of the MRAWA and its members by complying with the following conduct rules:
I. Adherence to the MRAWA Code of Conduct.
II. Promptly replying to communications from other members.
III. Completing assigned tasks in a timely manner.
IV. Accepting assistance and/or coaching from others where appropriate.
V. Being capable of effectively performing their assigned role(s).
Failure to comply with any conduct rule shall trigger the following:
I. The Secretary shall with 14 days’ notice, call an extraordinary committee meeting to discuss the transgression(s) and decide on a course of action. These actions can include but not limited to the following As Endorsed:
• Discussing the circumstances affecting the committee member(s).
• Coaching and/or assisting the committee member(s) to perform their duties.
• Imposing a probationary period as appropriate.
• Assigning a new role within the committee more suited to their skillset.
• Removal from the MRAWA Committee.
The disciplined Committee member(s) shall have a right to reply within 30 days of notice given:
I. State their case to the committee.
II. Forward a plan to improve their performance.
III. Resign from the committee role.
IV. Resign from the MRAWA membership.
V. The disciplined committee member(s) can make application to the committee, in writing, for a committee position in the next AGM unless disciplined under Section 4 paragraph h, whereby the member(s) have been ejected from the MRAWA. The Secretary shall with 14 days’ notice, call an extraordinary committee meeting to discuss the merit of such an application, and decide on a course of action.
The decisions of the Committee majority shall be final.
a. The Secretary shall, subject to the provisions of this constitution, convene all meetings and MRAWA Conferences, and take proper minutes of the proceedings thereat and shall circulate a copy thereof to the regional sub-branches (if applicable) of the MRAWA, and the Committee.
b. The Secretary shall conduct the correspondence of the MRAWA.
c. The Committee shall authorise or appoint such persons as it deems necessary to write and receive correspondence for and on behalf of the MRAWA, copies of such letters or documents shall be given to the MRAWA Secretary.
a. The Treasurer shall keep account of the funds and properties of the MRAWA and all receipts and payments on account of the MRAWA.
b. The Treasurer shall ensure the income and expenses of the MRAWA are financially viable so as to ensure the ongoing future of the MRAWA. Membership fees shall be As Endorsed.
c. The Treasurer shall in each year, prepare a balance sheet and statement of accounts, and shall submit the same, duly audited as required, to the annual general meeting in each year.
d. The Treasurer shall attend all meetings at which matters of finance are to be discussed.
The Auditor shall be approved by the committee of MRAWA as required.
10. ELECTION OF OFFICE BEARERS AND GENERAL COMMITTEE
A member must be a fully paid and active member in the association for a period of not less than one year to nominate for a General Committee position, unless otherwise endorsed by the current committee.
A committee member must be a fully paid and active in the General Committee for a period of not less than one year to nominate for an office bearer position, unless otherwise endorsed by the current committee.
The President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Safety Officer(s) and members of the General Committee, except the immediate past President, shall be elected at each Annual General Meeting.
Nominations for the Committee shall be made in writing or electronic means to the secretary at least twenty-eight (28) days prior to the Annual General Meeting. The nominations shall be made available to the MRAWA membership upon request on this day. Persons nominating and being nominated for a position on the Committee must be a financial member of the MRAWA. Voting for the Committee shall be done by secret ballot by the members present at the Annual General Meeting. Officers of the MRAWA shall be elected for a twelve (12) month period at the Annual General Meeting, which will be held on an agreed date within 3 months of July of each year, and shall be convened in writing or electronic means with at least thirty (30) days’ notice given to every member to their last known address. This notice may be by way of the Newsletter or electronic means.
Any Committee Member absenting themselves from three (3) consecutive Committee meetings without an apology or communication shall forfeit their seat on the Committee.
Any member of the Committee may resign their position at any time by writing to the Secretary at least fourteen (14) days prior to relinquishing their position.
11. MANAGEMENT OF THE AFFAIRS OF THE MRAWA.
The government of the MRAWA rests in the members in the general meeting. Subject thereto, the management of its affairs shall be vested in the Committee.
12. POWERS OF THE COMMITTEE
The committee may exercise all such powers of the MRAWA as are not by these rules required to be exercised by the members in general meeting, and without derogation from the generality of the foregoing, shall have the following specific powers in addition to such others as are specified elsewhere in these rules:
a. To adopt such measures as from time to time it appears proper for the purposes of giving effect to the purposes, aims or objects of the MRAWA.
b. To consider, and where necessary authorise expenditure and payment of accounts properly incurred by the MRAWA.
c. To compromise, settle and resolve claims and demands made on the MRAWA.
d. To propose changes to make, alter, vary or rescind such constitution rules as may be required for the purposes of carrying out these rules and for regulating the conduct and proceedings of meetings of the Committee and of the MRAWA, in accordance with clause 17 of this constitution.
e. To have the power to fill a casual vacancy occurring in the committee during its year of office.
f. To have the power to create and dissolve sub-committees and the power to co-opt members in such committees.
a. The Annual General Meeting shall be held on the third Tuesday of July of each year, or closest possible date in exceptional circumstances or as agreed and within 3 months of the July date.
b. General Meetings shall be held on the third Tuesday of every month, except for December.
c. In all meetings the President shall preside; should the President be absent the chair shall be taken by the Vice President, and in the absence of the Vice President shall be elected from those present.
d. A Committee meeting shall be called at any time by the Secretary, upon authority of the President or other Committee member.
e. An extraordinary General Meeting shall be called by the Secretary upon the requisition made in writing or electronic means by and signed by not less than fifteen (15) members of the MRAWA.
f. An Extraordinary Committee meeting shall be called by the Secretary upon the requisition made in writing or electronic means by and signed by not less than three (3) members of the Committee.
g. The Secretary shall within seven (7) days from receipt of a requisition call a meeting in accordance therewith, for a date not more than thirty (30) days after receipt of such requisition.
h. The Secretary shall give thirty (30) days’ notice in respect of Annual General Meetings, and fourteen (14) days’ notice in respect of extraordinary General meetings and Committee meetings. Where special emergency situations exist the foregoing length of notice may be dispensed with by the President.
i. All notices of meetings, or other business in connection with the MRAWA, shall be deemed to be duly sent to the members by the Secretary, posting same by prepaid letter to the members at their last known address, or by electronic means or by an item clearly headed in the newsletter.
j. A member not physically present at a general meeting may be permitted to participate in the meeting by the use of technology that allows the member to clearly and simultaneously communicate with each other.
k. A member simultaneously participating by electronic means shall be taken as present at the meeting and, if the person votes then that vote is taken as if in person.
l. A person deemed “Persona non grata” As Endorsed cannot attend meetings, either in person or by electronic means, whether a current paid member or not.
a. The quorum for an Annual General meeting, a General meeting or an extraordinary meeting shall be ten (10) % of the metropolitan membership at the time of the most recent Annual general meeting. In the event of not achieving a 10% quorum, a minimum of 6 committee members and 6 general members shall be required.
b. For a Committee meeting the quorum shall be four (4).
c. If within half an hour of the time appointed for the meeting a quorum is not present, the meeting, if convened upon by the requisition of members, shall be dissolved, in any other case the meeting shall proceed but all decisions, amendments, elections etc shall be subject to alteration at the next General meeting.
a. On a show of hands every member represented in person and entitled to vote shall have one (1) vote.
b. Adults in family membership shall have one (1) vote each, with a maximum of two (2) votes for each family membership.
c. An Affiliate Member’s Representative and organizations shall have one (1) vote regardless of their individual MRAWA membership status.
d. Any member has a right to demand a secret ballot of any vote taken at a General meeting.
e. At all meetings, the chair shall have a casting vote.
f. A member unable to be present and entitled to vote on any matter on the agenda may communicate their vote in writing or electronic means, such vote to be in the Secretary’s hands prior to the starting time of the meeting.
g. A member may appoint another member to act as their proxy provided notice in writing or electronic means is given to the Secretary by the commencement of the meeting.
h. Election of the Committee shall be by secret ballot.
i. At a secret ballot vote any member being voted upon shall have the right to call a recount if the votes differ by a margin of 5% or less.
a. The financial year shall terminate on the 30th of June each year.
b. All accounts shall be presented and passed for payment at a Committee meeting and the minutes in relation thereto shall be included in the minute book.
c. The funds of the MRAWA shall be banked in the name of the MRAWA in a bank decided upon by the Committee.
d. Signatories of the MRAWA cheques or electronic funds transfer shall be any two (2) of the following; President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary or as endorsed.
e. The income and property of the MRAWA wheresoever derived shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the objectives of the MRAWA and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever by way of profit to the members of the MRAWA, provided that nothing herein shall prevent payment or in good faith of remuneration to any officer or servant of the MRAWA in reimbursement of monies incurred in good faith and in the interests of the MRAWA by any officer or servant of the MRAWA duly authorised by the Committee, or any member of the MRAWA in return for services actually rendered to the MRAWA or reasonable and proper rent for premises let by any member of the MRAWA.
f. Source of funds the funds of the Association may be derived from entrance fees, annual subscriptions, donations, fund-raising activities, interest, grants, all fund-raising activities and application for grants must be approved by the committee before the grant application is submitted to the funding supplier or agency.
17. ALTERATIONS TO CONSTITUTION
Notice of intention of motion of proposed change of constitution must be given in the newsletter or electronic means with at least 14 days’ notice prior to the general meeting at which it will be tabled. The proposed change shall be voted on at the next general meeting and shall become effective after a two-thirds majority vote of those members present at such meeting.
18. BOOK INSPECTION
All books of the MRAWA, and the members register, shall be approved by the auditor and any member giving three (3) days’ notice shall be able to inspect the financial records or receive a report on the membership status that does not include personal details (address or phone numbers).
19. JUNIOR MEMBERS
The junior MRAWA is governed by the MRAWA Committee and run under the same guidelines in this constitution. Any person under the age of sixteen (16) years is eligible for membership in the Junior MRAWA. The Junior MRAWA has the same objects as the MRAWA. When a member of the Junior MRAWA reaches the age of sixteen (16) years they will be transferred to the MRAWA automatically.
20. FORMATION OF REGIONAL SUB-BRANCHES
On the discretion of the MRAWA Committee a regional sub-branch can be established if the occasion warrants such action. The Committee, by a majority vote, shall appoint two (2) regional representatives whose task will be to organise a register for the local members, and to select a team of helpers to be known as assistant representatives. The regional sub-branch shall be responsible for its own finances. Stock may be purchased from MRAWA at cost and sold on by the regional sub-branch at prices recommended by the MRAWA. Membership fees shall be forwarded to MRAWA, however a joining fee shall be retained by the regional sub-branch.
21. FORMATION OF SUB-COMMITTEES
On the discretion of the MRAWA Committee a sub-committee can be established or dissolved if the occasion warrants such action. The sub- committee shall be responsible, answerable and be bound by the constitution and Code of Conduct of the MRAWA. The sub-committee shall be answerable at all times to the committee of the MRAWA.
22. COLLAPSE OF A REGIONAL SUB-BRANCH
If a regional sub-branch is dissolved all assets and properties, after all just debts and liabilities have been paid, shall be distributed to MRAWA.
In the event of the MRAWA being dissolved, the assets and properties after payment of all just debts and liabilities shall not be distributed to members but shall be distributed to a fund or funds for charitable purposes, or a motorcycle club or association with similar objectives to those listed in this constitution.
24. DISPUTES AND MEDIATION
a. The dispute resolution procedure set out in this Clause applies to disputes under this Constitution between:
I. a member and another member; or
II. a member or members and the MRAWA.
III. The parties to the dispute must meet and discuss the matter in dispute, and, if possible, resolve the dispute within 14 days after the dispute comes to the attention of all parties involved.
b. If the parties are unable to resolve the dispute at the meeting, or if a party fails to attend that meeting, then the parties must, within 14 days, hold a meeting in the presence of a mediator.
c. The mediator must be:
I. a person chosen by agreement between the parties; or
II. in the absence of agreement, a person appointed by the Committee.
d. A member of the MRAWA can be a mediator.
e. The mediator cannot be a member who is a party to the dispute.
f. The parties to the dispute must, in good faith, attempt to settle the dispute by mediation.
g. The mediator, in conducting the mediation, must:
I. give the parties to the mediation process every opportunity to be heard.
II. allow due consideration by all parties of any written statement submitted by any party; and
III. ensure that natural justice is accorded to the parties to the dispute throughout the mediation process.
h. The mediator must not determine the dispute.
i. The mediation must be confidential and without prejudice.
j. If the mediation process does not result in the dispute being resolved, the parties may seek to resolve the dispute in accordance with the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 or otherwise at law.