formed 1866. Boathouse rebuilt 1882, Extended 1901.
N.B. - The acceptance of these rules by post or otherwise, is binding on all Members. (Vice Rule 12).
- That this Club be called "The John O'Gaunt Rowing Club"
- That the object of this Club be the encouragement of amateur rowing.
- That the whole of the present and future property of the Club be vested in the Members, over which they shall have entire control.
- The Officers shall consist of a President, Captain, Deputy Captain, Treasurer, Secretary or Secretaries, all of whom shall be Honorary; and a Committee of nine to be elected at the Annual General Meeting held in March, and such Committee shall be the Management Committee and shall have power to elect not more than eight Vice-presidents who shall be ex-officio Members of the Committee for the time being.
- That the annual subscription be 40/-, Key, 2/6, payable in advance, and that no candidate be allowed to use the Club property until notified by the Club Secretary that he has been accepted as a member.
a. That the annual subscription be 10/6d. for Junior Members, i.e. members of 15 to 18 years of age.
b. That Junior Members be only allowed to row in four-oared boats and tub-pairs and then under the supervision of a coach.
- That the subscription after ten years payment of 40/- be reduced to 20/- annually, and after five years payment of 20/- it be further reduced to 7/6 annually or, if preferred, a payment of £5 elevating the member to life membership.
- That in the event of any Member leaving the town he may, on payment of an annual subscription of 15/6 retain his membership and have the use of the Club boats during short periods of the season, not exceeding six weeks annually; but in case he return to town to reside permanently, he must resume payment at the fixed fee.
- The election of Members shall be in the hands of the Committee, and candidates for membership must be duly proposed and seconded by two members of the Club (who shall be jointly responsible for the candidate's first year subscription) and their names posted in the Club House at least seven days prior to the meeting of the Committee. A candidate cannot be elected except by a vote of two-thirds of those present, and voting.
a. That a nomination form for the names of the Secretary, assistant Secretary, Treasurer and Committee be posted in the boathouse from March 1st to March 14th. Members in arrears (see rule 10) are not allowed to fill any of the above offices, or to propose or second any other member.
- That the Annual General Meeting be held in the month of March each year, when all subscriptions are due. The time and place shall be fixed by the Secretary, at which meeting the Report and Audited Accounts shall be submitted, the Officers, Committee, and Auditors elected, and the general business of the Club transacted.
- That no Member whose subscription is six months in arrears be entitled to any privileges of the Club.
- That the Secretary give not less than three days' notice of the Annual Meeting, and of Special General Meetings by circular or otherwise to every Member, and the business to be transacted at all meetings by specified in the notice. Every question shall be decided by a majority of votes, the Chairman having a casting vote.
- That the Secretary supply each member with a key to the boathouse and a Book of Rules. A deposit of 2/6 to be paid
- That any Member wishing to resign must tender his resignation, in writing, to the Secretary, before the first day of March, in any year. Otherwise such member be liable for the current year's subscription by the giving of such notice shall not relieve him from any liabilities incurred by the Club up to that date.
- That a list of the Names of the Members be posted in the Boat House annually, such list be made up to the first day of April in each year.
- That any Member who is in arrear of any payment or subscription for twelve calendar months shall be a defaulter, and the Committee shall have full power to expel any Member who is so in arrears for eighteen calendar months.
- If the conduct of any Member either within or without the Club House shall, in the opinion of the Committee, be injurious to the character and interest of the Club, or if any Member shall refuse to submit to the rules and regulations made at any time for the government of the Club, a meeting of the Committee shall be specially convened to consider the case. If the member complained of shall not explain his conduct to the satisfaction of the Committee they shall call upon him to resign, and if he shall not do so within fourteen days the Committee shall expel him; his name shall be erased from the list of membership, and he shall not be allowed in the Club house as a visitor. All payments for entrance fee and subscription made by any member who shall be expelled for misconduct to be forfeited.
- That the Club Colours be Blue and Gold.
- That no Member or Members enter in any public race under the name of the Club, or be allowed to take or use any of the Club property, without the sanction of the Committee.
- That in the event of a crew being chosen by the Committee to contend in any Regatta, such crew be provided by the Club with a boat for their use during the time of training.
- That the Committee have power if they think fit to send a crew to any Regatta, to pay the carriage on racing boats to and from the Regatta, and also the railway fare of the trainer.
- That the stroke oar of any racing boat have the command of the crew, and be captain of the boat for the time being. Every Member, on landing from a Club boat, be bound to assist in housing such boat and in so doing shall follow the instruction of the stoke oar.
- That no Member or Members be permitted to use any light boat (i.e. Pairs, Light Fours and Skiffs) without the sanction of the Committee. A list of the eligible Members be posted in the Boat House. Any Member or Members infringing this rule be fined 10/6, and make good and damage done.
- That if any Member damage any boat or other property of the Club he immediately report the same to any of the Committee, or to the boat man. The question of such damage be referred to the Committee, who, after hearing such evidence as they may be able to obtain, shall decide thereon and their decision be final.
- That any Member being fined, pay the amount of such fine to the Secretary within one week of being appraised of the same.
- That no person, not being a Member of the Club, be permitted to go out in the Club boats, except the pleasure boats, and them only when accompanied by a Member.
- That Members must see that the boats are properly moored, door locked, and premises left secure on leaving. Defaulters be liable to a fine of 2/6 for each offence.
- That any Member having a private boat pay an annual rental of 7/6 and that any member or members using such private boats, or other property of members, without permission, be fined 5/-. Private boats or other property shall be at the sole risk of their respective owners.
- That any Member getting in or out of a Club boat, except the pleasure boat, or in case of accident, unless at a platform erected for that purpose, be fined 2/6.
- That no dogs be permitted on the Club premises, or in the boats except at the sole risk of the owner, and any damage done by such dogs shall made good by the owner.
- That any dispute arising not strictly provided for by these rules be decided by the Committee, whose decision shall be final.
- That a General Meeting must be called upon a requisition being forwarded to the Secretary, and signed by not less than ten Members. The special business to be stated in the notice.
- That no alteration in, or abrogation of these rules shall take place, ore new ones made, until such alteration ore new law shall have been proposed and seconded at a meeting, and approved by three-fourths of the Members present at a subsequent meeting.
- That the Club be not dissolved unless there be a majority of three-fourths of the Members in favour of the same at a meeting specially called for the purpose, one week's notice of which shall be given by the Secretary.
- That no political subject be discussed at a Club meeting.
- That all former rules be hereby rescinded.
Signed on behalf of the Committee,