ISAF General Assembly - Appointment of Delegates, Election of Officers and Nomination of Council Members
The ISAF General Assembly will take place at 14:30 hours on Saturday 15 November 2008 in the Prado Room at the Hotel Melia Castilla, Capitan Haya 43, Madrid 28020, Spain.
The Constitution of the Federation requires that the General Assembly should meet at an "ordinary meeting" every four years. The important agenda items will include the election of officers for the next four year term, changes to the Constitution, financial matters and other significant items.
The ISAF General Assembly also marks the four year period when ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs) may nominate individuals to the office of ISAF President and Vice-President and when the MNA Groups may nominate ISAF Council Members.
The following sets out the responsibilities of MNAs in respect of delegates to the General Assembly, nominations for the election of officers and nomination of Council members. Please note that MNAs whose annual subscription is in arrears are not entitled to take any of the actions detailed below.
Appointment of Delegates to the ISAF General Assembly - Article 31 of the ISAF Constitution
Each Member National Authority is entitled to be represented at the General Assembly by one delegate, who must be a national or resident of the country concerned.
The appointment of the delegate must be notified to me as ISAF Secretary General by 12:00 UTC on Friday 31 October 2008. The notification must be signed by the MNA President or Secretary General (or equivalent in position). Attached please find a delegate appointment form you may use for notifying ISAF of your delegate.
If the MNA has previously appointed a delegate to a past General Assembly, that delegate remains the MNA's delegate until he is replaced. However, in order to assist ISAF with the preparations for the General Assembly, I would ask that even if your delegate will remain the same that you advise ISAF.
Election of Officers - Articles 71-72 of the ISAF Constitution
The President and seven Vice-Presidents will be elected at the General Assembly. In accordance with Article 83 at least two of the seven Vice-Presidents must be women.
In order to be eligible as a candidate for President or Vice-President, a candidate must be nominated by five or more MNAs. MNAs may nominate as many or as few candidates as they wish. There is no requirement that the candidate is nominated by his own MNA.
Nominations for candidates must be notified to me as Secretary General by 12:00 hours UTC on Friday 19 September 2008. The nomination letter must be signed by the MNA President or Secretary General (or equivalent in position).
Nominations to Council - Articles 39.1 to 42 of the ISAF Constitution
The ISAF Council is the final decision making body of ISAF and comprises the ISAF President and Vice-Presidents, 28 members appointed by the MNAs, the Chairman of the ISAF Offshore Committee, a member appointed by the ISAF Classes Committee and a women's representative. The Treasurer is also a member but does not have a vote unless he is a member in some other capacity, such as Vice-President. The Presidents of Honour are also non-voting members of the ISAF Council.
The 28 members above are appointed by Groups of Full Members as set out in Schedule A of the Constitution and may be nominated by any of the MNAs in that Group.
Nominations for Council Members must be notified to me as Secretary General by 12:00 UTC on Thursday 30 October 2008. The nomination letter must be signed by the MNA President or Secretary General (or equivalent in position).
In respect of the ISAF policy to achieve representation of both genders on the ISAF Council, I would like to remind you that it is ISAF policy that at least 20% of the Council should be drawn from each gender.
Full details on the ISAF General Assembly can also be found at www.sailing.org/generalassembly
ISAF Meetings microsite - www.sailing.org/meetings