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#16 Deege

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Posted 12 February 2019 - 04:50 PM

We had one last year sometime and the board realised that the process was a bit too ambigious.  So they now have a posted demerit system which specifies how serious particular offences are - eg damage to course v physical/verbal abuse of fellow members.  So while it is easy to say go along with the constitution, sometimes it is worth checking to make sure that the constitution process (and any policies which underpin it) are regularly reviewed.


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Posted 12 February 2019 - 05:40 PM

Certainly.  Our constitution sets the process by which a 'verdict' can be arrived at, and the options for sanctions available when found guilty (do nothing, reprimand, suspension and expulsion), but doesn't specify what offence gets what sanction.  That's up to the board to impose.  We have looked at precedent, but really it's a judgement call.  I don't know if I'd want a pre-set list or not, that might create as many problems as it solves.  Maybe if it meant for small things a letter could be sent saying don't do that again rather than going through a drawn out process. 


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Posted 13 February 2019 - 12:01 AM

We had one last year sometime and the board realised that the process was a bit too ambigious.  So they now have a posted demerit system which specifies how serious particular offences are - eg damage to course v physical/verbal abuse of fellow members.  So while it is easy to say go along with the constitution, sometimes it is worth checking to make sure that the constitution process (and any policies which underpin it) are regularly reviewed.


In a way the ambiguity is your friend.

The more "terms of reference" you include the easier it is to argue.

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Posted 13 February 2019 - 09:43 AM

In a way the ambiguity is your friend.

The more "terms of reference" you include the easier it is to argue.

 

Agreed. Broad terms along the lines of members failing to conduct themselves in a manner acceptable to the club are far more malleable. That can make it a bit hard though if you've got a club full of club chuckers and green gougers. In that case being mild mannered and friendly might see you out on your ear.


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