( As amended at the 45th Annual General Meeting, in Miramichi, New Brunswick April 2nd, 2011 )
ARTICLE I - NAME
This Organization shall be known as:
THE CANADIAN POSTAL EMPLOYEES CURLING CLASSIC
LA CLASSIQUE CANADIENNE DE CURLING DES EMPLOYÉ(ES) DES POSTES
ARTICLE II - HEAD OFFICE
The head office of this organization shall be the Canadian community wherein the National Chairperson resides or at such place therein as the Chairperson may from time to time decide.
ARTICLE III - OBJECTIVE
To promote the game of curling within Canada Post Corporation throughout Canada by staging a Canadian Postal Curling Championship Bonspiel annually, as may be authorized by the National Committee.
ARTICLE IV - RULES OF ELIGIBILITY
1. Areas shall be established according to the zones set out by the Canadian Curling Association (Men’s National Curling Championship).
2. Only one team from each declared area will be allowed into the National Championship.
3. All members of competing teams, or the National Committee shall be:
a) Full-time and part-time indeterminate employees of Canada Post Corporation as of December 1, of the current curling season, or;
b) Superannuated Postal Employees of Canada Post Corporation, or;
c) Term, and casual employees of CPC occupying continuing active positions and perform for a minimum of four (4) hours per week, and have a minimum of six (6) months continuous service prior to December 1st, of the current curling season.
d) Revenue Postmasters Group 1-6 ( Summer Offices included ).
e) Members of the Canadian Forces Postal Corps will be allowed to participate in the Canadian Postal Employees Curling Classic. Postal Corps members will not be eligible to hold any position or office within the Classic framework.
( Note: Any employee who terminates or leaves the employment of Canada Post Corporation, or Canadian Postal Corps whether on assignment to another Government department or outside industry, shall not be eligible for any type of competition relative to the Canadian Postal Employees Curling Classic. )
f) On-call, temporary employees who work a minimum of 200 hours per year and who shall have a minimum of six (6) months of service prior to December 1st, of the current curling season and must be active in the SAP system.
g) RR contractors, SS contractors and CUS (Combined Urban Services) employees whose name is on the contract and perform the duties currently under the contract for at least one (1) year prior to December 1, of the current curling season.
h) Full-time and part-time employees who work for Purolator and Innovapost (Innovapost employees must have been former employees of Canada Post Corp. to be eligible), who are occupying continuing positions and who perform for a minimum of twenty (20) hours per week, and who shall have a minimum of six (6) months continuous service prior to December 1, of the current curling season. Employees who are part of Purolator will not be allowed to hold a position on the National Committee. Article IV(4) is to be followed.
i) CPAA Continuous Term employees who work a minimum of 1 hour per month and have a minimum of six (6) months continuous service prior to December 1, of the current curling season.
4. Team members must reside or work within the declared area they represent. The only exception to this rule will be an employee who is transferred to another province after having won. He or she has the right to represent the Province resided in prior to being transferred. Employee must declare to what area he or she will compete in.
5. All areas wishing to declare a representative, MUST register their intent in writing, on or before the first (1st) day of March of the calendar year, with the Chairperson of the host area through the Provincial or Area Coordinator.
6. Zone or area representatives must be declared by local play downs (see Article XIV)
7. Teams may consist of any gender make-up within rules of eligibility. Names of Provincial Coordinator and declared members of Provincial or Area teams eligible to compete in the National Championship must be submitted in writing to the Host City and to the National Vice Chairperson thirty (30) days prior to commencement of the National Championship.
8. If a Province / Territory does not have a Playdown to declare a representative to the National
Championship, they can only send four (4) players, which includes the Coordinator.
9. If a Province/Territory does not have a Playdown and the Coordinator does not curl, the team will come to the National with three (3) players and pick up a player/alternate from the Host City “pool” to play either lead or second position. The Province/Territory with only three (3) players must bring a provincial jacket for the supplied alternate player. If the Province/Territory team elects to pay land or air expenses for another eligible player, the team can come with four (4) curlers, plus the Coordinator.
ARTICLE V – SUBSTITUTION
This section has been completely eliminated. The Substitution Rules used by the (CCA) Canadian Curling Association, will apply.
ARTICLE VI - ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES
1. National Executive
The National Executive Committee consists of a: Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Campaign Chairperson, Secretary-Treasurer, and *Public Relations Chairperson. Effective July 1st, 2011, members may serve a maximum of three (3) terms. ( Exception: After the third term if there is no other nomination on the floor at election time, then they are eligible to be elected for a fourth term.) Members of the National Executive shall be elected by ballot for a period of, but not to exceed, two (2) years, as follows:
a) Elections for the positions of Chairperson and Campaign Chairperson will be held in the even numbered years.
b) Elections for the positions of Vice-Chairperson, Secretary-Treasurer and Public Relations Chairperson will be held in the odd numbered years.
c) Anyone who has played in a National Curling Playdown and meets the eligibility rules of Article IV is eligible to run for election to the National Executive / National Committee.
Public Relations Chairperson position is not filled at present.
Public Relations duties are currently performed by the Campaign Chairperson.
2. National Committee
The National Committee shall consist of the National Executive Committee and all Provincial or Area Coordinators. Members of this Committee may not hold more than one position on the Committee at any one time.
3. Nominating Committee
A Nominating Committee consisting of the National Chair and/or Vice Chair and current Host City Chair (and/or alternate) and incoming Host City Chair (and /or alternate) shall conduct mandated elections for the National Committee and Hall of Fame. The current Host City Chair and Incoming Host City Chair (and/or alternates declared) will count the votes. If there is a tie vote the current Host City Chair (and/or alternate) will be the deciding vote. ( If there is a tie vote they do not have to declare there was a tie, only declare a winner. )
4. Financial Audit Committee
A Committee of two (2) who are not signing officers on the Bank Account shall be appointed each year to perform a financial audit of the National CPECC financial records.
5. Other Committees
Other additional committees shall be set up as considered necessary.
ARTICLE VII - NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE and NATIONAL COMMITTEE
1. The National Executive Committee and National Committee shall be present and attend the Annual Meeting called by the National Chairperson [Article IX(1b)], in order to conduct business and administration matters relating to the championship, discuss and cast one vote each per committee member, except the National Chairperson, on contentious or controversial matters brought before the meeting: cast one vote each per committee member on any proposed changes or amendments to the Constitution and elect, by ballot, a National Executive Committee from the National Committee.
2. The National Executive shall be responsible, providing adequate funds are available, to provide the most economical form of air travel from the nearest airport on the National Air Transportation system, to and from the National Championship for the National Committee, participants, one incoming Host Chair Person and inductees into the Hall of Fame. However, other modes such as public land transportation will be used if it is more economical and the distance is less than 500 miles to the championship site. If private vehicle is used, the equivalent most economical public land transportation fare will be paid.
3. In the event that a curler is required to stay over the allotted time needed for championship play because of air travel arrangements made by the National Executive, the National Executive will be responsible for any additional costs.
4. If a participant chooses to use any other form of travel than what the Vice Chairperson has arranged, the National Executive will only reimburse him/her any out of pocket money, up to the equivalent of the most economical public land transportation.
5. All transportation of competitors, National Executive and National Committee must be approved by the National Vice Chairperson, prior to any funds being released.
6. FEES PAYABLE
National Competition Fee: All participants attending the national competition (curlers, provincial coordinators, national executive) shall pay a participant fee of $ 250.00 to the Host City Committee. This fee must be received by the host city committee no later than March 1, of the current year.
Air Travel Expense Offset: To help offset Air / Ground Transportation, each Province / Territory (excluding the Hosting Province) is responsible to pay to the National Committee, $ 150.00 per person attending the National Playdown. This fee is also payable by each member of the National Executive.
Host City Fee: The Host City will receive $ 6,000.00 from the National Committee, to help offset national play down expenses as long as funds are available. The Host City Fee is in addition to the Prior Years Fee Rebate (see below) if applicable.
Prior Years Fee Rebate: The Provinces identified below, will receive a rebate for prior years fees paid. This rebate will be paid at the start of the hosting year: 2012: BC $2400.00, 2013: NS $1800.00, 2014: PEI $1500.00. ( If the Provinces identified above do not host the National Championship in that year, the Prior Years Fee Rebate Fee is not paid, and is lost forever.)
ARTICLE VIII - RULES COMMITTEE
1. Rules Committee must consist of five (5) members: National Chairperson, National Vice-Chairperson, National Campaign Chairperson, Host City Coordinator, and incoming Host City Coordinator. ( If any of the above is curling in the National Championship, they will be replaced by a Coordinator who is not curling.)
a) The General Rules of play are the most current rules of the Canadian Curling Assoc.
b) The Rules Committee will have final authority on rules pertaining to the CPECC National Championship, Interpretation and Application.
c) The Rules Committee will liaise with the Host City regarding: Ice Rental, Curling Facilities, Draws, Times of Draws, and any other matters concerning the functioning of the National Championship.