The Orford and District Inshore Fishermen's Association

The Orford and District Inshore Fishermen's Association

Constitution

Association Name

The name of the association shall be "The Orford and District Inshore Fisherman's Association (ODIFA)

Aim

The aim of The Orford and District Inshore Fishermen's Association (ODIFA) is to represent and protect the interests of the fishing industry that operates from the New Orford Town Trust Quay in Orford. 

The ODIFA supports the development of locally based offshore fishing by offering local and national expertise and advice to the New Orford Town Trust and others for the purposes of ensuring that the best possible facilities are provided on Orford Quay for the docking, loading and unloading of fishing vessels and the safe and secure storage of fish products and equipment. The ODIFA also supports the sustainable management of the Rivers Alde and Ore by the New Orford Town Trust.

To represent the interests of the local fishing industry in any discussions or negotiations with the New Orford Town Trust and provide specialist knowledge and advice to the New Orford Town Trust for development of the quay facilities and management of the Trust's river based assets.

To actively promote and encourage membership of the ODIFA and encourage local people to become involved in the fishing industry in the local area either directly in the catching or the processing of fish or fish products.

To provide communication through suitable media to educate residents and visitors about the value of the fishing industry to the area.

Membership

Membership of the association is open to anyone whose livelihood is dependent, either directly or indirectly, on the use of Orford Quay or the Rivers Alde and Ore for the purposes of fishing and others who support the aim of the Association.

Every member is entitled to one vote at general meetings.

The Executive shall have the power to refuse membership to an applicant, where it is considered such membership would be detrimental to the aims of the association.

Registration and termination of membership. Any member may resign his/her membership and any representative of the Executive may resign such position, by giving to the secretary of the association written notice to that effect.

The Executive may, by resolution passed at a meeting, terminate or suspend the membership of any member, if in its opinion his/her conduct is prejudicial to the interests and aims of the association, provided that the individual member shall have the right to be heard by the Executive before the final decision is made.  There shall be a right of appeal to an independent arbitrator appointed by mutual agreement from the membership.

In addition, the members of the ODIFA agree:

a)        to comply with all statutes, bylaws, regulations and requirements of any government or competent authority relating to the group and the conduct of its activities with the New Orford Town Trust.

b)        to conduct all activities connected with Orford Quay and involving the public and particularly children in accordance with safe working practices.

Management

The association shall be administered by an Executive of not less than three (3) people and not more than eight (8) members, elected at the associations Annual General Meeting. Executive members must be at least 18 years old.

The officers of the Executive shall be; The Chairperson, The Treasurer and The Secretary.

They will schedule regular but not frequent Executive meetings at which at least the officers of the executive must be present for the meeting to take place. All meetings will be minuted and minutes will be available to any interested party.

Voting at the Executive meetings shall be by show of hands on a majority basis. If there is a tied vote then the chairperson shall have a second vote.

Finance

Any money obtained by the group shall be used only for the groups. Bank Accounts opened for the group shall be in the name of the group and should have a minimum of 3 persons registered with 2 signatories required for the withdrawal of monies.

Alteration of the Constitution

Proposals for the amendments to this constitution or dissolution (see dissolution) must be delivered to the secretary in writing. The secretary in conjunction with all other Executives shall then decide on the date of a meeting to discuss such proposals, giving at least two (2) weeks notice. Any changes must be agreed by at least two thirds of those members present and voting at the meeting.

Dissolution

The association may be wound up at any time if agreed by two thirds of those members present and voting at any general meeting. Any assets shall be returned to their providers, if they require it, or shall be passed to another group with similar aims.

For details of membership please contact: The Secretary