Proposed 16th November
2002 (Draft 2)
GLORY was formed to act as an umbrella organisation
with the intent to form a more cohesive and structured association representing
gay and lesbian sailing crews, clubs and individuals throughout the world.
Through this association, greater communication with and guidance for
member groups should result in enhanced recruitment procedures, more consistent
regatta formats and provide a liaison with other sporting bodies such
as the Federation of Gay Games and International Sailing Federation (ISAF).
The governing principals of GLORY are participation, inclusion and personal
The association shall be hereinafter be known as the
Gay and Lesbian Organisation for Racing and Yachting (GLORY)
1) GLORY, in its current form, was formed in Sydney,
Australia on 5th November 2002, at the Drill Hall, Rushcutters
Bay at 7pm. GLORY was formed to provide an umbrella organisation capable
of providing guidance for the formation and direction of member organisations
or prospective members and act as a voice for liaison with other national
or international sporting bodies.
2a) To provide and protect the opportunity of individuals
who support the bonds of gay and lesbian fellowship to sail in an inclusive
environment free from discrimination on the basis of age, sex, creed,
ability, or sexual orientation.
2b) To institute and regulate the rules of the constitution.
2c) To promote and recognize the concept of the member organisations/cities
as unique operational units within the association structure and will
not seek to impose direction and regulations upon these associations except
where specifically solicited.
2d) To allow and foster commercial affiliation provided the move is approved
by a majority of its member organisations.
2e) To elect Federation of Gay Games (Federation) representatives who
will attend Federation meetings; liaise with the Federation and be the
voice for GLORY acting under the mandate of the Executive Board; and report
the results of Federation meetings and correspondences to GLORY members.
The Federation reps will advise Gay Games host cities on rules, regulations,
and specifics of running the sailing regatta.
2f) To provide direction and advice to member organisations with respect
to the format and operation of GLORY sanctioned regattas.
2g) To act as a group seeking to inform, advertise, publicise and otherwise
promote gay sailing worldwide and the formation and existence of crews,
teams, and organisations open to gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgendered
and gay positive sailors in any manner possible.
3a) Membership of GLORY is open to any individual
that complies with the regulations set forth in the constitution and supports
the objectives of the association.
3b) The Executive Board must approve prospective member organisations
by a majority vote.
3c) Prospective individual members must meet at least one of the following
three membership criteria:
- participate in a sanctioned GLORY event as a sailor,
coach, manager, or official;
- be associated as a member in good standing with
an approved member organisation; and/or
- establish participation in GLORY as an unaffiliated
3d) Prospective individual members must properly submit an application
for membership along with appropriate dues and/or fees prior to be granted
membership. Initial membership shall be effective contingent upon receipt
of subject application and verification that the membership criteria
has been met. The duration of the initial membership shall be no less
than a year and shall expire in conjunction with the close of GLORY's
subsequent annual meeting.
3e) Existing individual members shall renew their memberships on an
annual basis by providing appropriate notification to the Secretary
and submitting appropriate dues and/or fees.
3f) Any member organisation or individual may have their status in the
organisation reviewed by the general GLORY membership. As a result of
said review, GLORY shall recommend that the subject member(s) have their
membership retained, suspended or revoked, forfeiting all previously
paid dues based on a majority vote. This matter may be appealed in writing
to the executive office within one week after the matter has been decided
and the appeal decided upon within one week of receipt of the appeal.
3g) GLORY shall determine the amount of annual dues that each organisation
must pay to remain a member of GLORY.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
GLORY will aim to achieve gender parity in the Board
Membership and Executive Office positions
4a) The Board of Directors shall consist of at least
five (5) and no more than ninety-nine (99) GLORY members.
4b) The Board shall be comprised of the Executive Officers, elected by
a majority vote of the general membership to one-year terms, and the Regional
Representatives, individually selected by a majority vote by the membership
within each geographic region to two-year terms.
4c) Geographical regions shall be established and maintained by the executive
office and ratified by the Board, taking into consideration the uniqueness
of each member organisation, the number of affiliated GLORY individual
members, and the objectives of the association. Prospective members shall
indicate their choice of regional affiliation upon their membership application.
4d) The founding geographic regions of GLORY shall be: Australia and New
Zealand, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, United States, Canada,
Europe (rest of), Asia (at-large). Further regions shall be added based
on the number of members and member organisations in that region.
4f) The Regional Representatives shall represent the views of their member
organisation(s) at all times and report the results of all GLORY meetings
and decisions to their regional members.
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND DUTIES
Is chief spokesperson of GLORY;
Is responsible for calling and presiding over GLORY meetings;
Is the official contact for GLORY;
Provides support for all other executive positions;
Will act as cosigner for all GLORY accounts.
5b) Assistant President
Performs above duties in absence of the president;
Promotes GLORY to prospective member organisation;
Provides support for all other positions.
Acts as one of two signing officers for GLORY bank account;
Keeps an accurate account of revenue/expense and proposed and actual budgets;
Reports to the other members once a year of the current financial status.
5d) Recording Secretary
Keeps a log of all correspondence amongst executive meeting and otherwise
all matters pertaining to GLORY discussed by executive members;
Prepares and types for distribution any document as instructed by the
Maintains the official GLORY membership roster and assures that the membership
is duly notified of official GLORY business in accordance with the constitution.
5e) Correspondence Secretary
Maintains a current mailing list of GLORY members and keep the membership
apprised of GLORY events and activities;
Assures that requests for information receive a timely response.
5f) Mens Representative
Actively seeks and supports new membership by individuals, teams and organisations;
Represents the interests of men at the executive meetings and during any
5g) Womens Representative
Actively seeks and supports new membership by individuals, teams and organisations;
Represents the interests of women at the executive meetings and during
any GLORY business.
5h) Federation of Gay Games Representatives (Two)
Attend Federation meetings, correspond with the Federation and be the
official voice to the Federation for GLORY as designated by the Executive
Also will report the results of Federation meetings and relevant matters
Will advise host cities on rules and running of sailing regattas at Federation
6a) Be available for input into the executive meetings/
discussions in person, or by mail, by phone, by email or by fax at any
time with at least one week notice unless notified in advance.
6b) All members of executive must have one vote except where, in the event
of a tie, the commissioner has a second and deciding vote.
6c) All members of the executive with access to GLORY funds must be bondable.
6d) All reasonable costs associated with the operations of GLORY must
be approved by the executive by a majority vote.
6e) When a member of GLORY is found in dereliction of duty and responsibility,
and having been given adequate notice of warning, that member can be removed
from office by a majority vote of the executive.
6f) Provide support for other executive members of GLORY.
7a) Nominations shall be made by members in good
standing of any member organisation. Appointments, acclamations and
be for one or two year periods concluding with the close of business
at the annual meeting.
7b) Nominations for a position can be accepted for a 6 month period up
to one week before elections take place. Elected positions not filled
or vacant are to be filled by means of appointment by GLORY executive
(the appointment will be made no earlier than two weeks following the
notice of the vacancy to the general membership of GLORY). Any appointments
require a majority approval by the executive, and ratification by the
Board of Directors before the vacancy shall be filled.
7c) An elections committee will be chosen by the executive.
8a) The Commissioner (or his/her delegate) shall call
and preside over the Annual Meeting.
8b) The proposed date and time of the Annual Meeting shall be announced
to the general membership at least three months in advance of the proposed
8c) For the purposes of the Annual Meeting only, a quorum shall exist
if at least 1/3 of eligible Board members are present.
8d) In the event that the Annual Meeting is to be conducted via either
teleconference and/or electronic means, at least 50% of eligible Board
members must have access to the requisite technology.
AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION
9a) Amendments may be proposed by the executive or
any member in good standing of the association.
9b) This Constitution can be amended or changed by a majority vote of
the Board of Directors at any time, or alternately, by a majority vote
of those Board members in attendance at the annual meeting.