North Brisbane Lapidary Club is an incorporated association. This means that the liabilities of the members is limited to the value of the assets of the club. There is a defined legal framework in which an incorporated association functions. In Queensland incorporated associations are governed by and must comply with the Associations Incorporation Act of 1981. To support this Act of Parliament associations then have other guiding rules. For NBLC Inc. the basic guidelines are contained in the constitution. To change the constitution, the change has to have the support of members of the club and be approved by the Department of Small Business, which oversights the Associations Incorporation Act. Supporting the constitution there are also guidelines and procedures that have been implemented by the club and give practical application to the legal requirements. Over riding these sets of rules and legal requirements is the Management Committee. In NBLC In c the Management Committee consists of 5 members – president, treasurer, secretary, vice president and 5th. committee member. These positions are voted on by members at the annual General Meeting held in March each year. The Management Committee also meets monthly to approve expenditure and accept new members into the club as well as other business required to set the direction of the club.