Epsom RDA is now a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, or ‘CIO’. This extends to issues such as to how you ‘join’ as a voting Member and what being a Member means. This note is intended to explain these common questions for you.

What Membership Means

You do not have to be a Member to volunteer or ride at Epsom RDA. However, Membership means you can participate fully in the Association’s governance. For example, you must be a Member to vote in meetings, propose, oppose or speak on motions being considered, nominate trustees or other officers.

Who can become a Member?

Anyone within the categories described on the application form can join. In summary, this includes volunteers, riders, parents/carers of riders and representatives of organisations who ride with us. However, there are certain activities which some of you carry out which the Trustees think does require membership e.g. Trustees are Members by definition, and we would like Session Leaders all to be Members. If a Trustee is also a Session Leader, we would like another deputy from the Session to become a Member.

We may create additional non-voting membership groups in the future.

How much does it cost?

There is no membership fee or any other payment to become a Member

Does membership involve any commitment on my part?

Membership does not impose any responsibility or liability on you, other than to act responsibly in the charity’s best interests, as described on the application form. Members should plan to attend general meetings (e.g. the Annual General Meeting) where possible – we need at least 10% of Members to be present to form a quorum.

Conclusion

Epsom RDA’s Trustees hope that as many people as possible apply to become Members, and attend General Meetings, so that our community can flourish and reach and represent the widest range of interests of those involved with us.

Membership Applications are now closed.