Change to Policy or Structure.
When consideration is been given to making a major change in policy or structure the committee in charge is obligated to act in a prudent manner in assessing and advising its affiliated Clubs and Club members about the potential change to policy or structure, and, in taking the Clubs and Club members into consideration the committee in charge would not be liable for those major decisions to change policy or structure that may turn out to adversely impact the affiliated Clubs and Club members, in other words if the major change turns out to be less than favorable the committee in charge could not be held to account by the affiliated Clubs and Club members.
Clubs have the Power (Páraic Duffy, Director General, GAA)
In a statement published subsequent to an interview on Newstalk's Off the Ball on November 11th 2015, GAA Director General Páraic Duffy was quoted as saying that Clubs ultimately decide if there is to be major changes to GAA policy or structure, Clubs can make decisions, and, Clubs can come to the County Committee and say we want to see proposed changes to policy and structure implemented.
The Process of Change to Policy or Structure by a Divisional Committee
The structure of the GAA in Canada consists of a County committee, three (3) Divisional committees; and twenty one (21) affiliated Clubs. Divisional committees are Sub committees of the CGAA and decisions proposed by such Sub committees are subject to Rule 3.20, page 30, of the 2016 official Guide, “Except where plenary powers or functions have been specifically delegated to a Sub-Committee, all decisions of any Sub-Committee shall be submitted for approval of the County Committee prior to implementation”
1. If a Divisional committee proposes major changes to policy or structure, a detailed draft proposal and discussion paper must be submitted by the Divisional committee to the CGAA for review and approval.
2. When the proposal and discussion paper have been reviewed and approved by the CGAA, the CGAA will advise the Divisional committee to submit (verbatim) a copy of the proposed change to policy or structure along with the discussion paper to the affiliated Club secretaries.
3. The Divisional committee will advise the Club committees to call a Special General Meeting of their members, (Rule 8.7, of the Club Constitution, page 173 of the 2016 Official Guide) providing ten days clear notice in writing, specifying that the purpose of the meeting is to debate and decide on the proposed change to policy or structure. No other business should be discussed at this Special General Meeting.
4. Decisions reached by Club members with respect to the proposed change to policy or structure requires a two thirds majority or approximately 66% of all Club members present and eligible to vote, and, the vote shall be conducted by closed ballot unless otherwise decided by the Club members present.
5. The next step is to have the Divisional committee call a meeting of Club Delegates; each Club is entitled to have two delegates represent the Club at Delegates meeting.
6. At the Meeting of Delegates each Club is entitled to two votes, provided they have two delegates present, and decisions reached at meetings of Club delegates requires a two thirds majority or approximately 66% of all Club Delegates present and eligible to vote, and, the vote should be conducted by closed ballot unless otherwise decided by the Club delegates present .
7. The Divisional committee will advise the CGAA of the decision reached at the meeting of Club delegates.
8. The County Committee will approve (where found appropriate) the decision of the Club delegates prior to implementation of the proposed change to policy or structure.
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