This Constitution was approved by the 2012 AGM of the SBA and a postal referendum of all members
The name of this Association shall be “The Steam Boat Association of Great Britain”.
The address of the Association for correspondence shall be that of the Honorary Secretary currently in office.
The aims and objects of the Association are:
(i) To foster and encourage steam boating and the building, development, preservation and restoration of steam boats and steam machinery, by all possible means.
(ii) To stimulate public interest in steam boats and steam boating.
(iii) To promote high standards of workmanship, safety and seamanship.
In furtherance of the said objects, but not otherwise, the Association shall, through its Committee, have the following powers:
(a) To act as a co-ordinating body and to co-operate with steam boat owners, builders, manufacturers, operators, authorities, voluntary organisations, charities, and persons having similar aims to those of the Association.
(b) To promote research into subjects connected with the objectives of the Association and to publish the results of any such work.
(c) To hold meetings, lectures and exhibitions and to publish papers, reports and other literature.
(d) To bring together owners of steam boats and others interested in the subject for the enjoyment of social occasions, cruises, regattas etc., to facilitate the exchange of ideas and news between them and to help them in the solution of technical problems.
(e) To make surveys and plans and collect and dispense information likely to further the objects of the Association.
(f) To give advice and information to Members, other interested parties or the general public.
(g) To raise funds and receive contributions from any person or persons whatsoever by way of subscription, donation or otherwise; any sum so received to be applied solely in meeting the expenses incurred in promoting the aims of the Association.
(h) To do all other things consistent with the attainment of the objects of the Association.
Membership shall be open to all persons supporting the objects of the Association.
There shall be the following classes of United Kingdom and Overseas Members: Ordinary, Junior and Honorary.
Junior Members are Members under 18 years of age or under 21 years of age if in full-time education who are not in a Family of Members.
Honorary Members shall be elected by a General Meeting on the recommendation of the Committee because their contribution to steamboating over many years warrants special recognition by the Association.
Membership shall include husband and wife and children under the age of 18 years or under 21 years of age if in full-time education. Each adult shall be entitled to vote at a General Meeting or in postal votes.
The Committee may by a three-quarter majority of Members refuse to accept an application for Membership or expel any Member, and need not give its reason provided that it believes that it is in the best interests of the Association to do so.
The annual subscription rates for Membership shall be determined from time to time at the Annual General Meeting or a Special General Meeting of the Association.
All subscriptions shall become due on the 1st January of each year and Members joining after that date shall pay the full subscription, except that Members joining after the 30th September shall be deemed to have paid for the following year.
Members failing to renew their subscriptions by 31st March shall at the discretion of the Committee cease to be Members until such time as their overdue subscriptions are paid up, or they rejoin.
An Annual General Meeting shall be held within the first three months of each year to receive the reports of the Chairman and Treasurer, to adopt the Accounts, to elect Officers and Committee Members and to transact any other business.
Nominations for Office shall be made in writing to the Secretary at least seven days before a General Meeting.
Special General Meetings may be called by the Committee or at the written request of 40 Members. Members calling such a Meeting must give the Secretary 42 days notice and an Agenda.
Notice of the date, time, place and Agenda of a General Meeting shall be notified to the Membership at least 21 days beforehand.
Sixty Members or 5% of the UK Membership, whichever is the higher figure, shall constitute a quorum at a General Meeting.
Only Members whose subscriptions are fully paid up shall be entitled to vote at General Meetings.
The Chairman, or in his absence, the senior elected Officer present (and if none a Member elected by the Meeting) shall preside over the Meeting.
Decision shall be by a simple majority, except that a change in the rate of subscription shall require a two-thirds majority of Members present and voting. In the case of equality of vote the Presiding Officer shall have a second or casting vote.
The Presiding Officer shall at his discretion have power to accept for discussion resolutions (other than those changing the Constitution or subscriptions) of which due notice has not been given and to accept bona fide amendments.