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Constitution of the Carnarvon Club Carnarvon Club (Victoria, B.C.) 1876

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Whereas doubts have arisen in the public mind as to the
intentions of the Dominion Government to carry out the
Terms of Union in the manner determined by Lord Carnarvon, it has been deemed advisable to organize a society
for the purpose of using all constitutional means to compel
Canada to carry out her railway obligations with this
Province; failing which, to secure the withdrawal of
British Columbia from the Confederation.
Article 1. The society shall be designated as the "Car-
navon Club."
Article 2. Any male British subject, of the full
age of 18 years, and a resident of British Columbia,
may be proposed as a member of this Club at any
meeting, provided he has made application to the
proposer, and his proposition is accompanied witli
an entrance fee of one dollar. The applicant shall be
balloted for at the same meeting in which he has been
nominated and seconded, and if elected, may be initiated
forthwith. Any person whose application for membership
has been rejected cannot be again proposed until one
week's notice of intention to nominate has been given at
a regular meeting; three black balls to reject.
Article 3. Every member shall be required to take an
obligation in conformity with the principles of the Club,
and shall not be permitted to participate in its privileges
until he has done so in open meeting.
Article 4. The officers of the Club shall consist of a
President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Outer
and Inner Guardians, who shall hold office for six months,
unless removed by a two-thirds vote of the members
present at a meeting convened for that purpose. The
first election of officers shall take place at the first meeting
after the adoption of the Constitution. CONSTITUTION OF THE CARNARVON CLUB.
Article 5. The Secretary shall receive all moneys, keep
a correct account of the same, and pay them over to the
Treasurer, taking his receipt therefor; and shall immediately upon the receipt of a notice of Besolution for the
expulsion of any member, notify him thereof by post.
Article 6. The Treasurer shall keep a correct account
of all moneys received and disbursed; and hand over to
his successor all property in his possession when requested to do so by resolution, or on expiration of his term of
office. No moneys of the Club shall be paid out by the
Treasurer, except under the authority of a resolution
signed by the President and Secretary, adopted at a
regular meeting.
Article 7. The regular meetings of the Club shall be
held every Thursday evening only, at half-past 7 o'clock.
Special meetings may be called by the President at the
request of any ten members, or by resolution adopted at
any regular or special meeting.
Article 8. In case of the absence of any of the officers,
the meeting may elect any of their number to fill their
places during such absence.
Article 9. Members may resign by giving notice in
writing to the Secretary, or may be expeHed by Kesolu-
tion adopted by a two-thirds vote of members present at
a regular meeting. Notice of such resolution must have
been read in open meeting, and the Secretary furnished
with a copy thereof, at least three days before the resolution is considered.
Article 10. Twelve members, including the officers,
shall form a quorum for the transaction of business.
Article 11. The establishing of Branch organizations
and any other question conforming with the spirit of the
Constitution, but not specially provided for therein, can
be dealt with by resolution at any meeting of the Club.
Article 12. No addition, alteration or amendment to
this Constitution shall be made except by a two-thirds
vote of the members present at a meeting of the Club
called for that purpose, and of which one week's notice
lias been given by reading in open meeting a resolution
embodying the proposal, and furnishing the Secretary
with a copy thereof signed by the proposer. 


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