THE AGM of the Scottish Dachshund Club was abandoned in June of this year when members queried several actions of the Committee.
The then committee, almost half of whom had been co-opted on after the 2004 AGM when the Secretary was ousted, had apparently not followed several of the constitutional requirements of election procedures.
Another allegedly unconstitutional move was made as none of the committee would retire and stand again for re-election.
According to the constitution one quarter of the 16-strong committee, those who have stood for longest, should retire annually on a rotational basis but are immediately eligible for re-election.
Notice of the AGM, though sent out 14 days prior, had allegedly not been received by several members which was understandably a point of concern as this had traditionally been a well respected and well established Breed Club in existence for over 100 years.
Not surprisingly the events attached the attention of Clarges Street and at its meeting on 11 October the General Committee considered the status of the club and issued the following directives:
a That no Open Show should be held by the club this year and the Scottish Kennel Club notified accordingly. The 2006 Championship Show licence would be held in abeyance until further consideration has taken place at the General Committee meeting on 22 November 2005.
b. That members must be allowed reasonable access to the membership list.
c. That the club is directed to complete its AGM business, with the correct committee election processes, and to submit Annual Returns, by 15 November 2005.
d. That a further review is undertaken on 22 November 2005.
e. That this advice is published for the information of those concerned.