Every not-for-profit organisation needs to have a constitution – a document that contains the rules of the organisation, describes its basic structures and processes and usually specifies:
- The aims or purposes of the organisation
- How the members of the organisation are admitted
- The rights and obligations of members
- How the office-bearers and members of the governing body are elected or appointed
- How general meetings of members and meetings of the governing body are convened and conducted
- How the organisation is, in broad terms, to be governed; and
- What will happen to the organisation’s assets if it is wound up
- The constitution is a roadmap for running the organisation. It is also a legal requirement that an organisation and its members follow the rules outlined in the constitution.
An organisation’s constitution should be reviewed at least once every 3 years. To assist Clubs, Golf NSW has created a constitution template, which is gender neutral and can be used as a foundation for your Club’s constitution.