Starting a club may seem daunting; however, there are some key steps to help you get through the process.
An initial meeting should be called with potential members to discuss and identify the need for the club. Items for discussion include:
Ensure there is a clear agenda for this meeting so that it is run efficiently and effectively and everyone has the opportunity to contribute to discussions.
Before starting your club you should discuss your intentions with the sport or activity’s governing body, Rockhampton Regional Council and Queensland Government’s Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing.
These organisations may provide advice, guidance or alternative suggestions on your proposal.
A constitution sets the rules by which the Club will operate. It is a legally binding document and is registered with the Office of Fair Trading. The Office of Fair Trading provides a template for constitutions referred to as the Model Rules.
An incorporated association has the same powers, benefits and responsibilities as a person, but is legally separate from its members, this means:
Call a general meeting, at least seven (7) members need to be present, and agree to become an Incorporated Association, adopt the constitution, agree on a club structure and elect the committee.
In order to finalise the process of becoming an Incorporated Association the newly formed committee must lodge an application with the Office of Fair Trading.
The club has now been created and is set up to succeed, click here to see ten tips for sustaining a healthy club.