Adding a new category of membership in your club

29 October 2019

Adding a new category of membership to your club’s constitution can be a great way to encourage more people to join, and ultimately get people into your club and using the facilities where they may otherwise not be able to.

Introducing a new membership category does require research and planning. As the old saying goes “measure twice, cut once”, you want to ensure that when you introduce the new membership category to your constitution that you get it right the first time.

Clubs New Zealand have a heap of resources on membership categories including fact sheets and of course the model constitution.  We also strongly recommend you talk to other clubs, reach out and discuss what you are looking to do, what you are wanting to achieve and whether the other clubs have any experience they can share.  

Once a decision on the new membership category has been decided, the club's committee will need to prepare a remit for the clubs Annual General Meeting or if the new membership category is urgent a Special General Meeting will need to be called.

The remit should address;

  • The new category of membership;
  • The requirements for a person(s) to apply for membership under this category
  • Any restrictions placed on the category of membership i.e. ability for individuals to hold office, voting rights etc.

The remit will need to be discussed at the General Meeting and voted on, if the remit is passed the changes will need to be made to the club’s constitution and submitted to the Incorporated Societies Office.

It is important to note that changes do not take effect until the amended constitution has been accepted by the Societies Office.

For more information on membership categories please contact Clubs New Zealand National Office on 0800 4 CLUBS

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