Adopted [ ]]
INTERNATIONAL BLIND TENNIS
The name of the Association shall be the “INTERNATIONAL BLIND TENNIS ASSOCIATION” (“the Association”).
The objects of the Association shall be to:
for Blind and Vision Impaired players including, but not limited to:
The registered office of the Association shall be as determined by the Executive Committee from time to time.
The Association shall consist of affiliated countries where Blind Tennis for the blind and vision impaired players is played.
6.1In a country, where Blind Tennis for blind and vision impaired players is played, any one of the following national organisations may apply for membership of the Association:
6.3Such application shall be in writing, addressed to the secretary of the Association, and shall contain all relevant details of the organisation making application for membership in order to evidence compliance with the criteria of membership, such criteria which shall be developed and amended from time to time by the Executive Committee to be approved by the members at a General Meeting.
6.4The Secretary shall advise each Member and each officer of Executive Committee in writing of an application for membership (C) within a week after receipt of application. Members shall have a period of thirty (30) days from the date of the aforementioned communication to consider each application and provide its view to the Executive Committee. After the 30th day the Executive Committee shall determine membership, taking in to consideration any response that may have been received by the Executive Committee from Members.
6.5The Secretary shall advise such organisation of the outcome of their application for membership within 14 days after decision by Executive Committee of such application.
7.1Any Member may resign from membership by giving written notice to the secretary.
7.2The Member resigning shall be liable for any outstanding subscriptions or dues owed to the Association.
7.3The resignation will be recorded by the Secretary and all member countries notified of the resignation within fourteen (14) days of it being received by the secretary.
7.4 [insert the ability to suspend and expel a Member].
The levels of subscriptions to be paid by Members shall be determined at a General Meeting and shall be payable by 30 April in each calendar year. To participate in General Meetings a Member must have paid the subscription for the all previous years of its Membership of the Association and the relevant Financial Year of the meeting.
9.THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE(“COMMITTEE”)
9.1The membership of the Committee shall consist of the following officers:
9.2The Committee shall have the power to:
9.3The Committee may delegate any of its powers or functions to a sub-committee(s).
9.4The officers of the Committee shall be elected at a General Meeting and shall hold office for up to a maximum of two (2) two (2) year consecutive termsand a officer of the Committee that has held two (2)terms may not be reappointed until a further [four (4)] years have elapsed.
9.5Any nominee, not elected to the office for which first nominated, shall be eligible to be nominated for an alternative position.
9.6No Member may have more than one (1) officerthat the Member has nominated elected onto the Committee at any one time.
9.7In the event of a casual vacancy on the Committee, the Committee may fill the position and the person shall remain in office until the next General Meeting at which point he or she shall be eligible for election to the relevant office at that General Meeting.
9.8The costs of an officer to attend a general meeting should be covered by the relevant nominating Member.
[How are decisions made? Simple Majority?
10.NOMINATIONS FOR ELECTION OF THE COMMITTEE
10.1Elections for all positions on Committee shall take place at the General Meeting as provided for in Clause 10.3 below.
10.2Nominations for all positions shall be in writing. The nomination form shall be signed by the nominee, proposer and seconder. The proposer and seconder must be officers of a Member. Electronic nomination forms will be accepted.
10.3Nomination forms are to be circulated to all Members at least twelve (12) weeks prior to the General Meeting and the Secretary shall be receipt of nominations at least eight (8) weeks prior to the General Meeting.
10.4A list of nominations, together with curriculum vitae, shall be forwarded to the Members six (6) weeks prior to the General Meeting.
10.5If two (2) or more nominations are received for any one (1) position, then a secret ballot shall be held.
10.6If insufficient nominations are received by the closing date, the vacant positions may be filled by calling for nominations from the floor at the General Meeting.
10.7The incoming Committee shall assume office at the conclusion of the General Meeting.
[insert provision to remove an officer from the Committee?]
11.1The Executive Committee shall meet when and as required and as requested by the President or by at least two (2) members of the Executive Committee.
11.2The quorum for such Executive committee meetings shall be four  people.
11.3Executive Committee meetings may be held via any electronic media.
12.1The Members at the General Meeting may appoint and remove any individual(s) as patron(s), president(s), life president(s) and vice-president(s) of the Association on such terms as they shall think fit.
12.2A patron, president, life president or vice-president shall have the right to be given notice of, to attend and speak (but not vote) at any general meeting of the Association and shall also have the right to receive accounts of the Association when available to Members.
Add a provision that all communications and actions must be inclusive and accessible]
13.1The General Meeting of the Association shall be held at least every two years and notice of not less than sixteen (16) weeks shall be given in writing by the Secretary to all Members of the date, time and venue of the General Meeting.
13.2Any proposed changes to the Constitution shall require a minimum of eight (8) weeks’ notice in writing to Member.
13.3Notification of changes adopted at the General Meeting shall be circulated to all Members with twenty one (21) days of the meeting and shall take effect thirty (30) days after the meeting.
12.4The quorum for such General Meeting shall be two-thirds of the eligible votes.
12.5All Member Countries taking part in the General Meeting shall have paid the relevant subscription in accordance with clause 8 above.
12.6No proxy vote shall be allowed.
12.7Each member country shall be entitled to one (1) vote. In the event of an equal number of votes, the President shall have a casting vote, except in the case of an election when a re – ballot shall be held.
12.8The ordinary business of the meeting shall be:
A suitably qualified person or firm, not a member of the Association or its Member Countries, shall be appointed as Auditor at the General Meeting.
The Constitution of the Association shall not be altered except by a 75% majority of votes cast at a General Meeting.
In all events conducted by the Association, games shall be played under Rules of the Blind Tennis approved by a General Meeting.
16.CODE OF CLASSIFICATION
The Code of Classification shall be as approved by the General Meeting.
In the event of the Association being wound up for any reason whatsoever, the funds, after sale of assets and payment of debts, liabilities and costs incurred in winding up the Association, shall be distributed amongst Members or other Organisations as determined by [insert].
[insert how the organization may wind itself up eg a vote of 75% in a general meeting]