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'''Constitution of the World Human Powered Vehicle Association'''
 
'''Constitution of the World Human Powered Vehicle Association'''
  
''This is a proposal worked out by Jürg Zryd of Future Bike Switzerland with help from Charles Henry and Theo Schmidt. The version of this edit corresponds to the Future Bike version of 11.11.2013 and its corresponding PDF of 19.11.2013. Further edits TS-13.3.2014.''
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''This is a proposal worked out by Jürg Zryd of Future Bike Switzerland with help from Charles Henry and Theo Schmidt. The version of this edit corresponds to the Future Bike version of 11.11.2013 and its corresponding PDF of 19.11.2013. Further edits TS-13.3.2014 and on 26.3.14 in lieu of Tillmann Lunde. (Sentences which Tillmann would like to delete are in Italics)''
  
 
The name of this organisation is World Human Powered Vehicle Association. It shall also be referred to as the WHPVA. It is a non-profit public-benefit association.
 
The name of this organisation is World Human Powered Vehicle Association. It shall also be referred to as the WHPVA. It is a non-profit public-benefit association.
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(Tillmann would like this as the first article: ''1) Name of the charity: WHPVA world human powered vehicle association, no registered charity (Verein ohne Persönlichkeit  Art 62 Schweiz)'' I think it "foundation" would be better.)
  
 
==1. Purpose==
 
==1. Purpose==
 
The World Human Powered Vehicle Association is an association of national associations and organizations, dedicated to promoting improvement, innovation and creativity in the use of human power, especially in the design, development and use of human-powered vehicles on land, water and air.
 
The World Human Powered Vehicle Association is an association of national associations and organizations, dedicated to promoting improvement, innovation and creativity in the use of human power, especially in the design, development and use of human-powered vehicles on land, water and air.
The WHPVA shall sanction or otherwise promote periodic competitions on land, water and in the air, where vehicles may be showcased and tested. A world championship called «HPV World Championship» shall be held at minimum every 4 years, preferably every 2 years, and at minimum for land or water vehicles. In addition, there shall be a promotion, e.g. display or posters, for land, water and air vehicles.
 
  
The WHPVA shall act as a sanctioning body for races and other sporting events, and for new records of human powered land and water vehicles set under the rules of the WHPVA. In all rules, regulations and executive decisions of the Association, it shall be the overall philosophy and policy to stimulate competition and creativity. For other vehicle or competition types such as hybrid power, underwater, amphibious, ice, air or ground effect vehicles, or classical long-distance achievements, the WHPVA may adopt existing rules or competition types from other organisations or introduce its own new categories. The WHPVA shall review its own rules regularly and maintain them in accordance with current thinking.
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The WHPVA shall sanction or otherwise promote periodic competitions on land, water and in the air, where vehicles may be showcased and tested. ''A world championship called «HPV World Championship» shall be held at minimum every 4 years, preferably every 2 years, and at minimum for land or water vehicles. In addition, there shall be a promotion, e.g. display or posters, for land, water and air vehicles.'' The WHPVA shall act as a sanctioning body for races and other sporting events, and for new records of human powered land and water vehicles set under the rules of the WHPVA. ''In all rules, regulations and executive decisions of the Association, it shall be the overall philosophy and policy to stimulate competition and creativity. For other vehicle or competition types such as hybrid power, underwater, amphibious, ice, air or ground effect vehicles, or classical long-distance achievements, the WHPVA may adopt existing rules or competition types from other organisations or introduce its own new categories. The WHPVA shall review its own rules regularly and maintain them in accordance with current thinking.''
  
The WHPVA shall keep historical records (dates, places, distances, times, speeds, characteristics of vehicles and names of athletes) of the results of speed-records and international competitions. The Association shall serve as a source of information for official human powered land, water, underwater and air records and other outstanding achievements pertinent to the pursuit of human power.  
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The WHPVA shall keep historical records (dates, places, distances, times, speeds, characteristics of vehicles and names of athletes) of the results of speed-records and international competitions.  
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The Association shall serve as a source of information for official human powered land, water, underwater and air records and other outstanding achievements pertinent to the pursuit of human power.  
  
 
==2. Membership==
 
==2. Membership==
Membership is reserved for all national human power vehicles organisations worldwide. The list of members is published on the WHPVA-website. Each member is represented by one person on the membership board.  
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The association sahll be managed by a commitee of trustees who are appointed at its Annual General Meeting (AGM).
A member is not liable for the liabilities or obligations of the association. Fees and dues for specific operations of the WHPVA shall be raised among the members individually and paid voluntarily. The sums due annually shall initially not exceed one Euro per each actual member of the specific national HPV organisation.
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Membership is reserved for individuals representing national human power vehicles organisations worldwide. The list of members is published on the WHPVA-website. Each member is represented by one person on the membership board and shall have the same vote.
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New: ''In order to carry out the purpose the trustees have the power to take reasonable additional rules to run the charity. These rules must not conflict with the constitution or the law.''
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A member is not liable for the liabilities or obligations of the association. Fees and dues for specific operations of the WHPVA shall be raised among the members individually and paid voluntarily. The sums due annually shall initially not exceed one Euro per each actual member of the specific national HPV organisation.  
  
Any member may direct the board to conduct a referendum of the members on any relevant matter. Each member shall have one vote. All such matters shall be decided by a majority of the votes received by the chair or secretary within 30 days after mailing, and shall be recorded and circulated by the association without delay.
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''Any member may direct the board to conduct a referendum of the members on any relevant matter. Each member shall have one vote. All such matters shall be decided by a majority of the votes received by the chair or secretary within 30 days after mailing, and shall be recorded and circulated by the association without delay.''
  
Meetings of members are normally conducted via internet – e.g. email or other open, non-propietary internet resources – in the English language, but can also be carried out in person during world championships if this is decided in advance. The membership of a member shall terminate at its request or if so decided by the board.
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Meetings of members are normally conducted via internet – e.g. email or other open, non-proprietary internet resources – in the English language, but can also be carried out in person during world championships if this is decided in advance. The membership of a member shall terminate at its request or if so decided by the board.
  
 
==3. Governance==
 
==3. Governance==

Revision as of 15:20, 26 March 2014

Constitution of the World Human Powered Vehicle Association

This is a proposal worked out by Jürg Zryd of Future Bike Switzerland with help from Charles Henry and Theo Schmidt. The version of this edit corresponds to the Future Bike version of 11.11.2013 and its corresponding PDF of 19.11.2013. Further edits TS-13.3.2014 and on 26.3.14 in lieu of Tillmann Lunde. (Sentences which Tillmann would like to delete are in Italics)

The name of this organisation is World Human Powered Vehicle Association. It shall also be referred to as the WHPVA. It is a non-profit public-benefit association.

(Tillmann would like this as the first article: 1) Name of the charity: WHPVA world human powered vehicle association, no registered charity (Verein ohne Persönlichkeit  Art 62 Schweiz) I think it "foundation" would be better.)

Contents

1. Purpose

The World Human Powered Vehicle Association is an association of national associations and organizations, dedicated to promoting improvement, innovation and creativity in the use of human power, especially in the design, development and use of human-powered vehicles on land, water and air.

The WHPVA shall sanction or otherwise promote periodic competitions on land, water and in the air, where vehicles may be showcased and tested. A world championship called «HPV World Championship» shall be held at minimum every 4 years, preferably every 2 years, and at minimum for land or water vehicles. In addition, there shall be a promotion, e.g. display or posters, for land, water and air vehicles. The WHPVA shall act as a sanctioning body for races and other sporting events, and for new records of human powered land and water vehicles set under the rules of the WHPVA. In all rules, regulations and executive decisions of the Association, it shall be the overall philosophy and policy to stimulate competition and creativity. For other vehicle or competition types such as hybrid power, underwater, amphibious, ice, air or ground effect vehicles, or classical long-distance achievements, the WHPVA may adopt existing rules or competition types from other organisations or introduce its own new categories. The WHPVA shall review its own rules regularly and maintain them in accordance with current thinking.

The WHPVA shall keep historical records (dates, places, distances, times, speeds, characteristics of vehicles and names of athletes) of the results of speed-records and international competitions.

The Association shall serve as a source of information for official human powered land, water, underwater and air records and other outstanding achievements pertinent to the pursuit of human power.

2. Membership

The association sahll be managed by a commitee of trustees who are appointed at its Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Membership is reserved for individuals representing national human power vehicles organisations worldwide. The list of members is published on the WHPVA-website. Each member is represented by one person on the membership board and shall have the same vote.

New: In order to carry out the purpose the trustees have the power to take reasonable additional rules to run the charity. These rules must not conflict with the constitution or the law.

A member is not liable for the liabilities or obligations of the association. Fees and dues for specific operations of the WHPVA shall be raised among the members individually and paid voluntarily. The sums due annually shall initially not exceed one Euro per each actual member of the specific national HPV organisation.

Any member may direct the board to conduct a referendum of the members on any relevant matter. Each member shall have one vote. All such matters shall be decided by a majority of the votes received by the chair or secretary within 30 days after mailing, and shall be recorded and circulated by the association without delay.

Meetings of members are normally conducted via internet – e.g. email or other open, non-proprietary internet resources – in the English language, but can also be carried out in person during world championships if this is decided in advance. The membership of a member shall terminate at its request or if so decided by the board.

3. Governance

The WHPVA shall be governed by the chairman or chairwoman and further officers. The respective names shall be published on the WHPVA-website. Officers shall serve without compensation.

Each member of the board shall be determined by the individual member association of the WHPVA. The number of the members of the board is the number of members of the WHPVA. The term of office shall not be limited, except by the termination of membership. Duties of the board shall be to appoint and discharge the chair and officers, supervise their duties and decide on matters as presented. The chair shall be elected by the board from among the representatives of the WHPVA. He or she also represents his or her national organisation. The term is two years and renewable after this. The chair shall hold office until he or she resigns, is discharged, or until his or her successor is elected.

The chair shall supervise and control the affairs of the association and shall preside at all the discussions of the board of directors. Further duties are to help establish clear and reasonable procedures for collecting and certifying records, petitions, referendums, amendments, additions or modifications of rules, regulations, funds, procedures and constitutional details and voting bases and procedures, initiate publication of the results in the respective sections of the WHPVA–website. The chair shall establish, supervise and delegate authority to the standing board committee(s) deemed necessary.

Officers for standing executive committees, as deemed necessary to carry out the purposes of the WHPVA are appointed by the chair with the approval of the board. Terms of the officers of executing committees are two years and renewable after this. Officers may be representatives on the board of directors or be in addition to this. In the latter case they have no voting rights on the board.

Officers for the record committee shall collect, check and, after formal agreement by the board, certify records and vehicle events on land, water and other categories according to the rules of the WHPVA, appoint and advise assistants as necessary and assure that competition data and other information are properly recorded and transmitted to the webmaster of the WHPVA. A period of maximum 30 days from receiving the comprehensive applications to the initial decision must be respected. If this is negative and further information is supplied, the final decision must be decided within 30 days.

Officers for the rules committee shall collect, check, revise and, after formal agreement by the board within 30 days by a majority of the votes received, integrate those amendments into the rules and assure that all modifications or amendments appear in the competition rules published on the WHPVA-website. The published competition rules are effective and in force on 1st of November of each year. All modifications post to this date enter into force the following 1st of November. This to provide clear rules for the following racing season.

4. Amendments

Amendments to this constitution may be proposed by any WHPVA member who presents to the board and chair the request in written form by mail, email, or another electronic resource in use by the board. The proposed amendment shall be discussed by the board. An affirmative vote of two thirds returned within 40 days shall be required and in this case shall be recorded by the association and published on the website without delay.

5. Dissolution

The dissolution of the WHVA is initiated by presenting a ballot to the board of directors. An affirmative vote of two thirds returned within 30 days shall be required. In the event of dissolution, any fund or archives shall be donated to an organisation whose mission supports the purpose as defined in paragraph 1.

Date of this constitution as decided by the WHPVA board of directors: