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May I ask the structure of the club please? Does it have a formal constitution or is it an informal arrangement?
Are the emails threatening or actually abusive in language or designed to harass in your objective (so far as possible) opinion?
It does have a constitution however the club sec does not minute meetings and a lot of what is said id word of mouth.
I have a copy of the constitution!
"Once-upon-a-time this used to be a very pleasant club with a harmonious committee. But clearly, the events which unfolded at the club night have not been resolved and things are now degenerating at an alarming rate. Frankly, I do not need the friction or the sniping or the in-fighting which now seems to have gone way beyond mere differences of opinions. When voices get raised and a level of unbridled aggression is unleashed -- as witnessed at the last club night -- the whole scenario becomes ugly and highly unpleasant. This will make for an uncomfortable, sour atmosphere at the field; plus there will be an impossible working relationship amongst the commit
Thanks. Does the constitution deal with removal of members?
The committee is six strong of which I am one, three are the main pushers of muck in my direction. Two others are laid back and have let it happen.
Do you need more information just yet? or are we done?
Thanks - just reading through your posts...
The constitution is not untypical for a loose club organisation and it will essentially be for the committee to put in place the above procedure and hold a vote if certain parties wish to seek to expel you. There is limited or no right of appeal in such situations unless you can show that a decision is discriminatory - e.g. on sex or race grounds for example.
If you have messages and emails that are abusive or harassing in nature you may have grounds for a complaint to the police.
You would need to show that the messages either gave you fear for your personal safety, or were designed to be or whose effect was embarrassment towards you.
If you can show this is the case the police may be willing to take an interest. If you prefer not to receive further emails from the individuals you can advise that you consider that their emails are harassment and ask that they cease and desist. If they ignore you and continue even if the emails to date do may not be considered harassment, any future messages could be so construed.
Regarding the club itself it will largely be a question of canvassing support from other members of the committee in order to prevent a majority vote against you in the event they seek to expel you and perhaps so far as possible seeking to rebuild relationships to at least a business like relationship with one or more of the parties that you are presently in dispute with. Clubs are largely about personal relationships fundamentally.
Is there anything above I can clarify for you any further?
Thanks for that sorry I got distracted. It is hard to combat three people on a committee of six and win! I was hoping for a letter requesting that the stop muck spreading and hold their peace for a period.
Quite - particularly if the other three want to remain impartial. That seems a perfectly sensible approach - along the lines that you are disappointed that relations have broken down and ask that the personal time of any emails you have concerns with ceases expressing a wish that you can all move forward in a sensible business like manner.
Hopefully you will all be able to agree a truce and move on with enjoying the club.
If I can assist any further as the situation develops please do no hesitate to let me know.
BUT "the other three" includes me!
In terms of voting, bear in mind they require a majority vote according to the constitution. Unless there is prevision in the bylaws there is no reason you should not have a vote despite you being the subject matter of any vote. This can be varied by club rules.
Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX just received an email from the club chairman that I need to read and understand before further action. I will be as quick as I can
Thanks for your advice, I'll contact again if I need too.