IQA Adopts New Constitution
- Published: 17 December 2018
- Written by IQA Staff
On Dec. 15, 2018, the members of the International Quidditch Association (IQA) met to adopt a new constitution and other motions for the IQA to become incorporated as a nonprofit organization, registered in the US state of Delaware. This is a major step for the IQA in terms of stability as an organization and will provide us with an increased ability to interact with other organizations internationally.
We are now taking the necessary final steps for incorporation, mostly involving paperwork and filing necessary documents. Would like to take this opportunity to give a big thank-you to all the committee members, trustees, volunteers and other supporters that have made this possible.
Becoming incorporated means that the IQA will be recognized as a legal entity in its own right. This will give the IQA easier access to grants, support from other organizations, and the possibility of becoming member of international organizations such as the Global Association of International Sports Federations - an opportunity to boost the platform of quidditch and our values internationally. It will make operating the IQA easier, such as for signing contracts and working with event partners, and provide stability for our volunteers.
This new constitution was developed by a lawyer with whom the IQA has been working for the past several months based on requirements developed by a committee of trustees and representatives from National Governing Bodies (NGBs), and then subject to further feedback and review by various stakeholders. It contains some significant changes to the way the IQA has operated including:
- Legal name is IQA Sport, Inc.
This one doesn’t actually affect the way the IQA operates, but it will help avoid US authorities confusing us with US Quidditch which was formerly known as the “International Quidditch Association.”
- One member vote
In the past larger NGBs have held multiple votes in meetings. Under the new constitution all full members have a single vote.
- Up to 12 members on the board
Previously there have been up to seven trustees, now there can be up to 12. Terms of trustees have also increased from two to three years.
The IQA’s first annual general meeting (AGM) as a new organization will be held in late January or early February, with elections for all trustee positions to be held at that AGM. Sarah Woolsey from US Quidditch and Rahel Liviero from the Swiss Quidditch Association were appointed co-chair of a nominations committee tasked with finding suitable candidates to sit on the board. The new board will also determine the operations of the IQA including the hiring of one or more executive directors.
The constitution also outlines a number of procedural items regarding the functioning of the organization and the duties and responsibilities of members and can be found here.