Irish Setter Breeders Club

est 1938

ISBC Club Rules 2023 / 2024

1. NAME:
The name of the club shall be called: THE IRISH SETTER BREEDERS CLUB.

The objects of the club shall be:
(a) To maintain the quality and type of the Irish Setter and more especially to urge upon all breeders and judges the adoption of the “standard”.
(b) To co-operate with and extend the efforts of other organisations formed for similar or like purposes.
(c) To do all things which may be deemed advisable or necessary to promote the interests of the breed and the Club.
(d) To form and foster friendship among people with a common interest.
(e) The Club shall be run for the benefit and further education of its members in the management, training, showing, breeding and every aspect pertaining to Irish Setters.

The Club shall consist of a President, a Chairman, a Secretary, a Treasurer, a maximum of twelve Committee Members and an unlimited number of Members.

(a) The Club will elect a President, who will be an Honorary Officer of the Club, at his/her pleasure.
(b) The President shall have the right ex-officio to attend and speak at meetings of the Club and any of its Committees, but shall have no voting powers.
(c) The President may by invitation Open, Close and Address the Annual General Meeting.

The Executive Officers of the Club shall be the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.

The management of the Club shall be by Executive Officers of the Club, who shall retire biennially but shall be eligible for re-election, and a Committee of up to twelve members, four of whom shall retire annually but shall be eligible for re-election. The Chairman shall be an ex-officio member of the Committee, with a casting vote only. The Secretary and Treasurer shall be ex-officio members of the Committee with voting powers. The Committee shall have power to appoint sub-Committees. The Committee shall have power to co-opt members onto the Committee in the event of positions becoming vacant. Those co-opted will have full voting powers but shall only hold office until the next Annual General Meeting of the Club. Nominees for election to the Committee must have been fully paid-up members of the Club for three consecutive years immediately prior to nomination. No business shall be transacted at any Committee Meeting unless a quorum is present when the Committee proceeds to business, six Committee members shall form a quorum.

Candidates for Membership of the Club shall be accepted on payment of the Subscription. The liability of a member shall be limited to his/her annual subscription. The Club must make a list of members and their addresses available for inspection, if so requested by Members of the Club or by the Kennel Club.

The Financial year shall commence on the 1st January and end on the 31st December. The annual subscription to the Club for UK members shall be £12.00 single, £13 joint due on 1st January each year. Overseas membership, either single or joint shall be £12.00, together with an additional fee to cover the cost of postage of £4.00 for European members or £7.00 for other overseas members. No Member shall be permitted to vote, compete for any prize offered by the Club, or in any way whatsoever enjoy the privileges of Membership until his/her current subscription and/or outstanding amounts due to the Club have been paid. The payment of subscription shall be deemed an acknowledgement of acquiescence with the rules of the Club. Any Member whose subscription shall remain unpaid for more than two calendar months after it is due shall cease to be a Member of the Club.

The property of the Club shall be vested in the Officers and Committee of the Club and in the event of the Club ceasing to exist, any assets, other than Cups, Trophies or Prizes shall be handed to the Kennel Club to be dealt with by that body, but such assets shall be applied to the breed and its interests. Cups,Trophies or Prizes shall be returned to the donors, failing which they shall be handed to the Kennel Club to be used in the interests of the breed.

(a) Any members who shall be suspended under Kennel Club Rule A42j (4) and be disqualified under Kennel Club Rule A4j (8) shall ipso facto cease to be a member of the Club. If the conduct of any member shall be in the opinion of the Committee of the Club be injurious or likely to be injurious to the character or interests of the Club, the Committee of the Club may, at a meeting, the notice convening which includes as an object the consideration of the conduct of the member, determine that a Special General Meeting of the Club shall be called for the purpose of passing a resolution to expel him/her. Notice of the Special General Meeting shall be sent to the member accused, giving particulars of the complaint and advising the place, date and hour of the meeting and he/she may attend and offer an explanation. If at the meeting, a resolution to expel is passed by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting, his/her name shall forthwith be erased from the list of Members, and he/she shall thereupon cease for all purpose, to be a member of the Club, except that he/she may, within two calendar months from the date of such meeting, appeal to the Kennel Club upon and subject to such conditions as the Kennel Club may impose.
(b) No person whilst an undischarged bankrupt may serve on the Committee of or hold any other office or appointment within a Kennel Club Registered Society.

a) The Secretary and Treasurer shall receive an honorarium to be reviewed annually.

The Annual General Meeting shall be held as and when convenient (not earlier than April) for the following purposes: To consider and if appropriate, approve the Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting. To receive the Committee and Sub-Committee reports. To receive and if appropriate accept a Balance Sheet or interim balance sheet and Statement of Accounts. To confirm the election of Officers and Committee. To appoint an Auditor, in accordance with Kennel Club Rules, and a Scrutineer. To consider any motion which may be duly submitted to the meeting. Notice of the date and venue of the A.G.M. will be published in November/December in the Club’s Newsletter and/or in “Our Dogs, and will request motions for inclusion in the Agenda. Every proposal for consideration at the meeting shall be sent by notice in writing to the Secretary of the Club by the 31st January. The notice shall contain the precise wording of the motion to be submitted and shall be signed by two members of the Club. The Agenda, Committee Report, and Balance Sheet shall be sent by post to members in March. Amendments to the Motions, in writing, must be in the hands of the Secretary at least 14 days prior to the A.G.M. A Special General Meeting must be summoned by the Secretary, within 28 days, if ten members send in signed requisitions setting forth the subject to be discussed.
The Committee of the Club is also empowered to call a Special General Meeting. Notice of a Special General Meeting will be sent by post and/or published in “Our Dogs”. No business other than that appearing on the Agenda may be discussed at a Special General Meeting. The Rules of the Club may not be altered except at an Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting, and such alterations shall not be brought into force until the Kennel Club have been advised and given its approval of the alterations. No business shall be transacted at any General Meeting unless a quorum is present when the Meeting proceeds for business. A quorum shall be fifteen members.


The Election of Officers and Committee will be conducted by postal and/or online ballot.  The Scrutineer to receive the postal and/or online ballot and will only after the closing date notify the result to the President.  The Scrutineer will retain the ballot papers/online results for one year and deal with any queries that may arise out of any such vote.

A Banking Account shall be held in the name of the Club to be operated by the Secretary and Treasurer, and such other Officer as may from time to time be appointed for such purpose by the Committee. The Accounts shall be kept by the Treasurer, and a qualified Accountant shall be appointed to certify the Club’s Accounts at the end of the financial year, viz. 31st December.

The Club shall not join any Federation of Societies or Clubs.

The Kennel Club is the final authority for interpreting the Rules of the Club and in all cases relative to Canine or Club Matters.

(a) Regional Social Groups may be formed subject to Committee approval.
(b) Members of the ISBC are entitled to take part in any activity provided by such Groups and no further subscription shall be levied.
(c) Regional Social Groups will be administered by a Sub Committee comprising of:- the Club Chairman, two ISBC Committee Members who are not themselves Committee Members of a Social Group, and two representatives from each Social Group.
(d) Each Regional Social Group shall have a Committee established in accordance with the RULES & GUIDELINES FOR ISBC REGIONAL SOCIAL GROUPS.
(e) Any activity engaged in by a Social Group must have the authority of the ISBC Committee.
(f) ISBC Membership is required to participate in Matches, serve on a Regional Social Group Committee, attend the AGM, but is not required to take part in social or educational events.
(g) Regional Social Groups must be financially independent of the ISBC.

The Officers acknowledge that during the month of January each year, Maintenance of Title fee will be forwarded to the Kennel Club by the Secretary for continuance of Registration and that by 31st July each year, other returns, as stipulated in Kennel Club Regulations for the Registration and Maintenance of Title of Societies and Breed Councils and the Affiliation of Agricultural Societies and Municipal Authorities be forwarded to the Kennel Club. The Officers also acknowledge their duty to inform the Kennel Club of any changes of Secretary of the Society which may occur during the course of the year.

Members shall comply with the terms of the Codes of Practice agreed between the breed clubs, and with the Kennel Club, in relation to health conditions for which there is an approved DNA test. The tests are designed to identify, control and/or eliminate these health conditions. Such compliance will include the publicationof the results of the DNA tests. This rule applies to existing DNA tests and new DNA tests as they are developed, approved by the Kennel Club, and become available for use.

The Club shall maintain a List of Judges approved by the Club which shall be revised and updated annually in accordance with Kennel Club Regulations. The definitions, general conditions and criteria applied in formulating this List shall be determined by the Committee and shall comply with current Kennel Club policy, as a minimum, and will be published to the members when altered, and to new members on joining the Club, and be made available to members and others on request. The List of Judges may, if approved by the Committee, be prepared jointly with one or more other Irish Setter breed clubs.

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