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    Posted: 28 Nov 22 at 9:12pm
Bit of an odd one, but has anyone had any experience of serious issues in club management to the point that the committee has basically become a dictatorship? How did it resolve?

By this I mean that any complaints made generally find the complainant ending up in the firing line. Serious complaints are washed aside and complainants pushed out or live in fear of losing access to facilities if they speak out. A club that is not run for its members but a few who hold sway in the committee and control everything. You would never get an EGM for example because it would be shut down. There would be no way contacting other members. You couldnít stand up at the AGM and bring up any other business on the night because you have to pre register to ask it!

On top of this the governing body has consistently done nothing to help, despite numerous complaints. There answer, hold an EGM. Yet their flag flies over this establishment and endorses their operation.

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Can't they simply be voted out at the next AGM? Of course that presupposes a majority in favour of a new committee and a slate of alternate candidates, the latter being a very difficult thing to find in these days, but if you haven't got the votes and the alternate committee then nothing will change anyway.
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Trying to vote out has been tried many times but they have always rallied more on their side. They have had the means to do it controlling who can contact who.
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Are the complaints 'serious' issues ?
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Yes, thereís been some serious complaints. For example safety issues in relation to racing and training, where an individuals ability to operate safely might be compromised. Evidence of a breach of the rules laid down by the governing body. The governing bodyís answer to this issue, hold an EGM!

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If the constitution of the club has the means to call an EGM, then surely those rules have to be respected. 
As for the incumbents being able to contact members while others cannot, that is surely an unfair advantage to those who can lobby for (re-)election. I have heard of clubís members in another field altogether resigning en-masse and forming a replacement organisation. They donít need access to water thoughÖ
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ColPrice2002 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Nov 22 at 11:34am
Is the Club a registered charity?
If so, then it may be possible for the Charity Commissioners to investigate.
Otherwise, you're looking at Judicial Review - that's not a cheap option!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Nov 22 at 11:50am
Have the committee been in control for a long time?
(This could be a careful what you wish for moment).
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Iím sure to call an EGM 25 members are needed. Itís finding 25 willing. Some literally live in fear of rocking the boat. The committee core have been in control forever.
Itís not charity registered as far as I know.
Again with communication they hide behind GDPR, so even a section leader might not get contacts to speak to their section.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote JimC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Nov 22 at 4:30pm
Well, if they can command a majority of voting members at the AGM they could do the same at an EGM. No governing body is going to take action against a group that commands majorities at properly held elections, and in any case what can they do? About all that could be done is to command the club to hold an EGM, and from what you are saying the existing committee would win any votes in that.
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