The organisation is called the Shankill Classical Music Club, hereinafter referred to as the Club.

The aims and objects of the Club are the furtherance of interest in and appreciation of classical music by means of recitals of recorded music or by such other means as the committee, from time to time, deems to be appropriate.

Meetings normally take place on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding July and August, unless decided otherwise by the committee.

Each member shall pay an annual subscription, the amount to be decided at the Annual General Meeting. The Club's financial year shall run from June 1st to May 31st and all subscriptions shall be due at the first meeting following the AGM. The Club shall be conducted on a non-profit making basis. Its income shall be devoted to the general expenses of running the Club, and no payment for services shall be made to any member. Members shall be entitled to re-imbursement of out-of-pocket expenses incurred on the Club's behalf. New members who join the Club during the financial year will pay a reduced subscription for the remaining portion of the year. In addition to the annual subscription, an attendance fee is payable at each meeting, the amount to be decided at the Annual General Meeting.

The management of the Club shall be in the hands of a committee consisting of four Office-Holders: a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, and two other members. The committee shall have the power to co-opt members to fill any casual vacancy or for specialised knowledge. The duties and responsibilities of each committee member shall be decided by the committee. Details of those duties and responsibilities shall be available for inspection by Club members. The quorum for committee meetings shall be four members. All members of the committee shall have equal voting powers. In the event of a tied vote, the Chairman shall have a casting vote.

The Officers and Committee shall be elected annually by the members present and voting at the Annual General Meeting. Subject to the previous paragraph, committee members may serve indefinitely. However, in respect of the four Office-Holders, each period in a specific office shall not exceed three consecutive years. An Office-Holder who has completed a full period in that office may serve in the same position for another three-year period, provided that any subsequent period in the same office shall commence no earlier than three years following the completion of the previous period in that office. An Office-Holder who has completed three consecutive years in a specific office may continue as a committee member in a different position.

A General Meeting of the Club shall be held annually in June and at least 10 days’ notice of the meeting shall be given to members, with the Agenda of the meeting, and details of any resolutions to be discussed. A Special General Meeting may be called by the Committee at any time, and shall be called on written request being made to the Hon. Secretary by at least three members; at least 10 days' notice shall be given of any Special General Meeting with details of the resolutions to be discussed. The quorum for Special General Meetings of the Society shall be a simple majority of members.

The Committee shall have the power to expel any member whose conduct shall in the opinion of the Committee render such a member unfit for membership. The member concerned shall have the right to attend the Committee meeting at which the expulsion is discussed, and seven days' notice of such a meeting shall be given to the member, with particulars of the complaint against him/her. No member shall be expelled without a) having had the opportunity of appearing before the committee and answering the complaint, and b) a two-thirds majority of the committee then present voting for his/her expulsion.

These Rules shall not be altered, amended, or rescinded except with the consent of three-quarters of the members present and voting at a General Meeting of the Club.

If a motion for the dissolution of the Club is passed at a General Meeting, any assets remaining shall be disposed of in a manner approved by the members present and voting at the meeting deciding upon the dissolution.

The Committee shall have the sole power to decide upon the interpretation of these Rules and upon any matter not provided for in these Rules.


Formally approved at a General Meeting held on Wednesday, January 7th 2015.


Tadhg Donovan, chairman

Bernard Clarke, vice-chairman

John O'Hagan, hon. secretary

Jim Bruce, hon. treasurer

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