BULLDOG BREED COUNCIL RULES


1  NAME AND OBJECTS
 

 
1.1 Membership shall be open to all  Kennel Club registered Breed Societies
 

 
1.2 The Council shall be called Bulldog Breed Council and its objects shall be:
 

 
1.3 To promote the Bulldog and liaise with the Kennel Club on all aspects of the health and wellbeing of the breed.
 

2  BREED COUNCIL OFFICERS / REPRESENTATIVES AT MEETINGS 

 
2.1   The Council shall have the following officers:
       Chairperson,  Secretary and Treasurer

 
2.1.1 The Council will have two people responsible as Breed Council PR Representatives acting in accordance with the Bulldog Breed Council Procedure for PR, Media Communication and website.
 

 
2.1.2  The Council will have one person responsible as Breed Council Webmaster acting in accordance with the Bulldog Breed Council Procedure for PR, Media Communication and website.
 
 
2.1.2   The duties of the Secretary and Treasurer may be carried out by one person.
 

 
2.1.3   A Vice Chairperson may be appointed at the discretion of the Breed Council members.
 

 
2.2    The Officers shall be elected for a period of three years.
 

 
2.2.1    Election of Officers shall be by paper ballot and all member clubs are permitted to vote.
 

 
2.3   No Officer of the Breed Council may be a serving Officer of any Bulldog Breed Club.
 

 
3   VOTING RIGHTS
 

 
3.1 No Officer of the Breed Council shall have a vote on any matter discussed in Council apart from the Chairperson  who will have a casting vote in the event of a deadlock
 

 
3.2  Each member club forming the Council shall have one vote.
 

 
3.3  Each member club shall appoint one voting delegate who is to be a member of that club’s committee.
 

 
3.4   No delegate shall represent more than one club  at any one meeting.
 

 
3.5  Voting at Council meetings is to be by show of hands.
 

 
4  MEETINGS

 
4.1   At least three meetings of the Bulldog Breed Council will be held each year.
 
 
4.2   A Quorum for Council meetings shall be ten voting members. 

 
4.3   Meetings shall be convened by the Secretary and six weeks notice will be given to all member clubs. 

 
4.4  Items for the Agenda should be given at least fourteen days In advance. Items for discussion must be submitted to the Secretary from member clubs only with the exception of items submitted for liaison purposes from the Kennel Club.
 
4.5  All member clubs shall be entitled to be represented at Council Meetings.

 
4.6  The following are permitted to attend Breed Council meetings:
 
    BUBA Representative. .
    Kennel Club Bulldog Breed Liaison Officer.
    Breed Note writers
    Elected members of Breed Council sub committees.
    Technical Advisers to sub committees 

 
4.6.1   The above (4.6) have no voting rights except when acting as the voting delegate for a member club. 

 
4.6.2    The above (4.6) may address the council only on their specialist subject. 

 
4.7   No others may address the meeting unless by prior invitation. 

 
4.8   SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING

 
4.8.1   Not less than fourteen days notice in writing shall be given to members of any General Meeting; such notice to contain all relevant information concerning the meeting and the business to be discussed.

 
4.8.2   No business other than that named in the notice  shall be brought before the meeting.
 

 
4.8.3   A Special General Meeting may be called by the Breed Council Secretary at the request of no less than ten member clubs.

 
5   SUBSCRIPTIONS

 
5.1  The annual subscription shall be decided at the Annual General Meeting and become due  the following year on 1st January. 

 
5.2  Any new club joining the Breed Council shall pay the current annual subscription on joining.
 

6  BREED COUNCIL PROPERTY
 
In the event of the Bulldog Breed Council ceasing to exist, a final meeting shall be called  and its assets to be divided equally between all paid up members and the outcome of the meeting notified to the Kennel Club.
 

7.  BREED COUNCIL ACCOUNTS 
 
7.1      A Banking Account shall be held in the name of the Council at ……………. Bank into which all  revenue of the Council shall be paid and from which  withdrawal shall only be made on two of three signatories.  The three signatories will be Breed Council Secretary, Chairperson and Vice Chairperson.
 

 
7.2   Breed Council accounts will be certified annually and presented to the Annual General Meeting.
 

 
7.3   Certification of accounts will be carried out by one qualified accountant or two unqualified individuals with accountancy experience.
 

8    ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
 
8.1    The financial year of the Bulldog Breed Council shall run from 1st January to 31st December in each year.
 
8.2    The Annual General Meeting of the Council will be classed as an Open Meeting.
 
8.3    The Annual General Meeting shall be held prior to 30th April each year.
 
8.4    All constituent societies  will be given six weeks notice
 
8.5    Items for the Agenda to be given at least two weeks in advance.
 
8.6   No business shall be transacted at an Annual General Meeting unless notice thereof appears on the agenda, with the exception of routine matters or those which, in the opinion of the Chairperson, are urgent.
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9    BULLDOG BREED COUNCIL RULES

 
9.1   The rules of the Breed Council may not be altered except at the Annual General Meeting, the notice for which  contains specific proposals to amend the rules.  Any proposed alteration to the rules may not be brought into effect until the Kennel Club has been advised and approved  the alteration.
 
9.2   New rules or amendments introduced specifically to meet Kennel Club requirements shall be adopted  immediately.

 
9.3   The Kennel Club is the final authority for interpreting the rules of the Council in all cases relative to canine or society matters.
 
9.4   This Council shall not join any Federation of Societies or Clubs.
 
9.5   No person, whilst an undischarged bankrupt may serve on the Committee or hold any other office or appointment within the Bulldog Breed Council
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10   ANNUAL RETURNS TO THE KENNEL CLUB

 
10.1   The  Officers acknowledge that by 31st July each year returns, as stipulated in Kennel Club Regulations for the Registration and Maintenance of  Title of Breed  Councils, be forwarded to the Kennel Club.
 
10.2   The Officers acknowledge their duty to inform the Kennel Club of any changes of Secretary of the Council which may occur during the course of the year. 

11  COMPLAINTS
 
11.1   Personal complaints will not be heard by the Breed Council.
 
11.2   Complaints about conduct considered injurious to the breed to be referred to the Kennel Club
 

12  SUB-COMMITTEES
 
12.1  The Breed Council can set up and stand down sub-committees as it considers necessary.
 
12.2  The number of members on each sub-committee shall not exceed ten.
 
12.3  Membership of sub committees shall be by election by ballot by the member clubs for a nominated period of not exceeding three years.
 
12.4   Each member club can propose no more than two members for election to each sub-committee.
 
12.5   To qualify for sub-committee membership each candidate must receive at least 50% of the votes cast.
 
12.6   At its first meeting each sub-committee shall elect a coordinator to serve for the three year term, who  will serve as administrator  and correspondent for the sub-committee and report on its work at the Breed Council meetings.
 
12.7   In the event of a sub-committee containing less than ten members during the three year term a new member may be added following the Interim Nomination process.
 
12.8  Sub-committee members may attend Breed Council meetings but only speak on matters relating to that sub-committee unless they are a club delegate.
 
13   BREED COUNCIL JUDGES LISTS

 
13.1   The Breed Council must produce a list of judges each year which must be submitted to the Kennel Club as part of the Council’s Annual Returns.
 
13.2   The purpose of Breed Council Judges Lists is to indicate to interested parties those people a Breed Council would support at different levels of judging.
 
13.3 Membership of constituent societies of a Council must not be a prerequisite for inclusion in the lists.

 
13.4  Judges Lists should be divided into five parts, namely A1; A2; A3; B and C and must indicate the date on which the list will expire.  On expiration a new list must be completed. The list will expire on the eve of the AGM.
 
13.5    A1 List – Judges who have previously been approved to award CCs in a given breed and have carried out the appointment. 
 
A2 list – Judges who, if invited to judge by a Society would in principle be approved by the Kennel Club to award CCs in a given breed for that occasion. 
A3 list – Judges who are recommended by a Breed Council as being suitable to award CCs in the breed, but not yet approved by the Kennel Club for inclusion on an A2 list.
 
B List – Judges who have been approved by the Breed Councils or Societies to judge at shows without CCs or Open Shows. 
 
C List – Any C list drawn up by a Breed Council should comprise aspiring judges who do not fall into any of the above categories. 

 
13.6  Such lists should be prepared by a Judges sub-committee consisting of at least 75% CC judges for the breed, appointed by the Council.
 

 
13.7   Members of the Judges sub-committee will be experienced judges within the breed.  Judges sub-committee members need not be elected Council representatives.
 
13.8   Lists compiled are not subject to ratification by the representatives, but are answerable to the Breed Council. 

 
13.9   A quorum for the Judges sub-committee is 50%.of the sub-committee members, of which at least 75% must be CC judges for the breed.
 

 
13.9    Criteria for inclusion on the lists are as indicated in Appendix A
 

14    KC Code of Conduct Appendix B
 

15     KC Code of Ethics Appendix C

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