These by-laws and any Article VI Amendments shall be the sole governing instrument of Wrestlers WithOut Borders (hereafter referred to as WWB).
Affiliated organizations referred to in this document by acronym:
IOC The International Olympic Committee
FILA Federation Internationale des Luttes Associes, the official governing/sanctioning body for
wrestling to the IOC
USOC The United States Olympic Committee, the representative for all sports to the IOC
USAW United States Amateur Wrestling, the representative for wrestling to the USOC and FILA
FGG The Federation of Gay Games
WWB Wrestlers WithOut Borders, the representative for wrestling to FGG
GGWC The Golden Gate Wrestling Club, an organizational member of WWB
The SOLE PURPOSE and FUNCTION of WWB is to represent its member organizations as a legitimate voting organizational member of FGG.
The philosophy of WWB specifically includes (but is not limited to):
1. A commitment to the principles of participation, inclusion, and personal best as expressed by the policies and procedures of FGG, especially as it pertains to age, gender, safety, and non elitist competition, in the Olympic sport of FreeStyle and GRECO wrestling, as defined by FILA.
2. An adherence to the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures of FILA, and its member organizations like USAW, etc.., where they are NOT in conflict with FGG, especially as they apply to the planning and operation of a Gay Games wrestling venue.
3. The promotion and development of the noble Olympic sport of FreeStyle And Greco-Roman Wrestling.
The principal business office/mailing address of WWB shall be that of the current WWB Chairman for the current year, and the official business checking account shall be that of the current WWB Chairman’s local wrestling club.
Dues shall be an annual fee assessed of each WWB member organization and shall be determined according to the following formula:
Total Projected Expenditures shall consist only of the annual FGG organizational member assessment. All other expenditures incurred shall be absorbed by the individual member WWB organizations individually. This includes travel/hotel for FGG annual meeting, postage, etc… The dues will be calculated and assessed by September 1st of each calendar year, to correspond with the membership calendar year of FILA and the FGG dues requirement.
Assessed dues shall be paid to WWB, via the club account of the current WWB Chairman, and deposited into that checking account referred to above. The current WWB Chairman shall be the valid/required signature to the account, and shall write the FGG dues check.
Section 1: Definition of Business Year
The annual WWB business year shall run from September 1st. to August 31st. to correspond to the FILA business cycle.
Section 2: Membership/Board of Directors
EachWWB member organization shall appoint a single representative to the WWB Board of Directors. This representative is the ONLY designated VOTING member for that organization on all WWB business. This appointment must be submitted in writing to the WWB Board of Directors prior to September 1st of each year.
Application for organizational membership into WWB shall consist of: a letter of intent, documenting the purpose and history of that organization, accompanied by a current copy of the applicant organization's by-laws, prior to September 1st of year. Approval of membership into WWB shall be by a SIMPLE MAJORITY decision of the entire WWB Board, prior to the FGG annual meeting.
Continued organization membership in WWB is renewed each year via the designation of the WWB representative. Failure of the organizational member to do this, will automatically signal the withdrawal of that organization from WWB.
Section 3: Transaction of Official Business
A QUORUM is defined as 80% of the current WWB members, and a MAJORITY of the QUORUM is required to conduct all valid WWB business other than membership application approval. That MAJORITY of the QUORUM can be attained through the use of telephone conference calls, emails, and specifically need NOT require the physical presence of any WWB Director to be in any one place at one time. Any organizational member which has not paid their annual dues may NOT vote.
Section 4: Powers
All powers listed below (subject to limitations of these Articles or provisions of the law) shall be exercised by the WWB Board of Directors:
1. to appoint and remove all officers, and prescribe their duties.
2. to make rules for the guidance of WWB not inconsistent with local law or these by-laws.
3. to delegate the daily operations of WWB to its officers with ultimate direction vested in theWWB Board of Directors.
4. to change the principal place of operation, meetings, and checking account of WWB.
5. to amend the WWB By-Laws.
Section 5: Records
The WWB Board of Directors shall cause to be kept open, a book of minutes and financial records, after adequate and reasonable demand has been given to inspect such documents. All WWB Directors are entitled to inspect said minutes and records.
Section 6: Meetings
The one required WWB meeting shall be held at least once a year to coincide with the regularly scheduled spring or fall meeting of the FGG. These meetings will be held PRIOR to the FGG meetings, at the convenience of the WWB Board of Directors, in any fashion they see fit.
Section 7: Term of Officers
The WWB officers shall be elected from its own membership at the required annual meeting of the WWB Board of Directors, and both shall serve for a term of not less than six months, or until the next scheduled meeting. The WWB Board of Directors authorizes these elected officers to fill any vacancy that occurs between meetings, subject to the ratification of the WWB Board of Directors.
Section 1: Job Description of Officers
The responsibilities of WWB Chairman and Representative to FGG are described as follows:
a. to coordinate and facilitate the meetings of WWB in an orderly fashion.
b. keep all WWB Board of Directors informed of all business.
c. serve as official representative to all outside organizations, such as signing checks and writing letters.
d. summarizing meetings into minutes.
e. with expressed power, enforce contract rights on behalf of WWB.
f. present proposals to amend bylaws to the WWB; and to incorporate any approved amendments into the bylaws.
g. serve as WWB’s FGG Alternate Delegate.
Representative to the FGG:
a. represent and vote the views, opinions, and concerns of WWB at the annual/semi-annual
meetings of FGG, and report back to the Chairman.
Section 1: Amendments
These by-laws, or any particular Article or sub-Section of these by-laws may be amended or repealed, or new Articles and sub-Sections adopted by a simple majority vote of a quorum of the WWB Board of Directors, at any meeting.
These by-laws were last amended on 31 July 2000.
WWB may be dissolved by a 2/3 majority vote of the full Board of Directors.
Section 2: Disposition of Assets
In the event of the dissolution of WWB all properties and possessions of WWB are to be sold, and all proceeds are to be used to pay any and all outstanding debts of WWB; any remaining balance and any remaining assets are to be disbursed to charitable organizations per direction of the WWB officers
KNOW ALL BY THESE PRESENT that we, the undersigned, full dues paid members, each with equal voting power, as vested WWB Board of Directors, hereby assent to and adopt these by-laws.
printed name signature/date
METRO Gay Wrestling Alliance (New York, New York, USA)
Nelson Gonzalez, 253 West 73rd Street, NY, NY 10023
Knights Wrestling Club (New York, New York, USA)
c/o Jim Longo 30-69 32nd.St. Astoria, Queens, NYC NY 11102
718 267-1052 firstname.lastname@example.org
Golden Gate Wrestling Club (San Francisco, California, USA)
Johnny Almony, c/o Gene Dermody 63 Whitney St. San Francisco CA 94131-2742
Tampa Eagles Wrestling Club (Tampa, Florida, USA)
c/o Lou Hidu POB# 21552 St. Petersburg, FL 33742-1552
Southern California Wrestling Club (Los Angeles, California, USA)
c/o Ron Ward 3421 Descanso Dr. Los Angeles CA 90026-2719
213- 667-0630 email@example.com
SPARTANS Wrestling Club (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
c/o Michael Lofurno POB#53102. Philadelphia, PA 19105-3102
East Coast Wrestling Club (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
c/o Marc D. Lavic POB# 40868 Providence, RI 02940
New England Wrestling Club (Boston, Massachussetts, USA)
c/o Spencer Liles POB#391778 Cambridge, MA 02139
SPARTANS Wrestling Club (Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
c/o John H. Marshall 1342 W.Emerald St.#325 Mesa, AZ 85202
London Amateur Wrestlers (London, Great Britain)
Jek Fong c/o Allboxes, 37 Sandwich House, Sandwich St. London, WC1H 9PR UK
San Diego Bulldogs Wrestling Club (San Diego, California, USA)
c/o Russ Connelly, 1829 Parrot Street, San Diego, California, USA 92105
Tijgertje Wrestling Club (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
c/o Jeroen Tann, Sportclub Tijgertjie, P.O. Box 10521, 1001 EM Amsterdam, Holland
Seattle Kings Wrestling Club (Seattle, Washington, USA)
c/o Rafael Rivera, 1020 Seneca Street, Pat. 401, Seattle, Washington, USA 98101
Sydney Harbor Wrestling Club (Sydney, Australia)
c/o Barry Webb POB#2101 Clovelly, New South Wales, Australia 2031
(02) 315-8929 LifeStream@Ozemail.com.au
KNOW ALL BY THESE PRESENT that I, the undersigned, the Chairman of WWB Board of Directors, do certify that the above stated by-laws were adopted as the by-laws of WWB on this day:
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have subscribed my name on this day:
Erich Richter (GGWC) ________________________________________________________
in Gibson, PA.