The Executive Committee of the World Schools Debating Council – on the advice of its Finance Working Group, which is chaired by Trevor Sather – would like to propose the following:
1. Incorporating the World Schools Debating Championships as a limited company, based in the United Kingdom.
2. That we apply for charitable status for that company.
3. That, once this is done, elections be held for nine Trustees to oversee the charity, and ensure that it is well-run and meets its financial obligations.
4. That a ‘Development Board’, including certain Trustees and co-opted others with relevant professional experience, also be created to handle the day-to-day running of the charity.
5. That we define the voting members of the charity as the existing and future voting delegates of the World Schools Debating Council, who elect the Trustees
These initial moves do not require changes to existing Rules of the World Schools Debating Championships. But we would like the support of the World Schools Debating Council before proceeding and so we are now asking World Council delegates to vote in a ‘ratification ballot’.
If a decision is taken to go ahead with the incorporation, the Finance Working Group will then propose amendments to the Rules concerning the election of Trustees, which will be presented to the Council in time to be voted on at the World Council meeting in Seoul. We may also aim to hold the first elections of Trustees then (depending on the speed with which charitable status can be obtained from the UK Charities Commission).
Voting in the postal ballot to approve this incorporation initiative opens now and will remain open until Sunday 17 June.
The World Council representatives from the 31 countries which have entered a team in at least two of the last three World Schools Debating Championships are eligible to vote in this ballot. According to my records, the current voting delegate from each of these countries is as follows:
1. Argentina - Magdalena Benvenuto
2. Australia - Todd Golding
3. Bermuda - Trevor Leitch
4. Canada - Janet Webster
5. Czech Republic - John Wickham
6. England - Alastair Endersby
7. Estonia - Ragnar Siil
8. Germany - Raka Gutzeit
9. Greece - Effie Giannakouri
10. Hong Kong - Sam Greenland
11. Hungary - Szilvia Mandli
12. Indonesia - Ria Nuri Dharmawan
13. Ireland - Dick Wafer
14. Israel - Hayah Goldlist
15. Kuwait - Andrew Kenning
16. Lithuania - Virginija Paksiene
17. Netherlands - Jeannette Baljeau
18. New Zealand - Claire Ryan
19. Pakistan - Ahmad Siddiqi
20. Peru - Sixto Ramos
21. Philippines - Fabian Mangahas
22. Romania - Simona Mazilu
23. Scotland - Diana Gotts
24. Singapore - Mark Gabriel
25. Slovakia - Andrej Schulcz
26. Slovenia - Bojana Skrt
27. South Africa - Garikai Nyaruwata
28. South Korea - Joshua Park
29. Sri Lanka - Ashan Walpita
30. USA - Phyllis Hirth
31. Wales - Martin Pollard
Unless I am informed otherwise, each country’s voting delegate in this ballot will be the person named above. If your country wishes to change its voting delegate, please send me an e-mail informing me of this BEFORE submitting your ballot form.
Members of the WSDC community are welcome to circulate their opinions regarding the issues being voted on in this postal ballot for others to consider. The most effective way to do this is probably to send an e-mail containing your thoughts to the WSDC Listserve address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions regarding this proposal, you may want to e-mail Trevor Sather at email@example.com
If you have any questions regarding the procedures for voting in this postal ballot, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to receiving the ballot forms from the voting delegates.
World Schools Debating Council Executive Committee