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At its AGM held on June 29, 2008 it was resolved to put a 5-year freeze on membership applications at Bangalore's most coveted club, the Bangalore Club. Thus on the eve of the 2013 elections, held as usual on the last Sunday of June, a stunning 73 applications, each at Rs 90, 000 (for a whopping total of Rs 65, 70, 000), were submitted in less than a day.
To appreciate this one has to understand the complexity of the system: Bangalore Club has a mere 2, 000 ordinary members (these, unlike Associate, Corporate, Temporary, etc can vote at AGMs and propose or second member applications ). Each membership application has to be submitted with the signature of one proposer and five seconders. Each member can propose or second only one application per year. Thus theoretically a maximum of 333 membership applications can be submitted each year.
However, owing to a number of reasons, including disability, inability, defaulters, cussedness, technicalities, etc, far fewer than that is submitted each year. The 73 member-applications submitted by Saturday, June 29 afternoon ensured that all the signatories could sign afresh from Monday (July 1, 2013) which fell under the new club year.
"Every year most signatures are secured for children of members. A member who has completed 10 years in the club can propose one of his children aged above 25 years for membership. He can propose the second and third child after a further 5 and 10 years respectively. But he still needs five seconders for each child. Thus he himself will second another fellow member's child only on a reciprocal basis. It is this process that makes it nearly impossible for an outsider to get the requisite number of signatures to support his membership application. Additionally, even after the application is submitted, he could still be black-balled (dissent by secret ballot). Alternately he might have to wait for 15 to 20 years to get membership, " said a committee member who did not want to be identified.
ENTRY FEE |
Application fee: Rs 90, 000
Around 15 to 20 years
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