As you will all (hopefully) be aware, WSDC is now incorporated as WSDC Ltd! (Yay!) So our AGMs from now on will need to be conducted in accordance with the Rules of WSDC Ltd.
It also means that nations will need to formally apply to be members of WSDC Ltd as membership of the WSDC Council is not automatically carried forward to the newly incorporated charity.
Nations which have attended at least 2 of the last 3 Championships may apply as full members, able to vote on all matters at the AGM. Nations which have not attended at least 2 of the last 3 meetings may apply as ordinary members, able to vote on everything esxcept changes to the rules and the appointment of Directors of WSDC Ltd.
Ditto for individuals - they can become full or ordinary members as well.
Our Charities maestro, James Probert, will be able to answer all and any questions about incorporation and WSDC Ltd ( I can safely say this as James is far away on the other side of the world as I write this, unable to prevent all the promises I an making on his behalf !). He'll be sending out a written document explaining it all before the AGM and will be running a briefing session about incorporation during the Championships (time to be advised) and before the AGM to answer any questions.
The relevant documentation can be found at www.schoolsdebate.com:
1. Notice of Annual Meeting of WSDC Ltd
2. Application form for full or ordinary membership (corporate).
3. Application for full or ordinary membership (individual).
If you are unsure about the application forms and want to wait until after the briefing session at Washington to complete them, that's fine, as long as we can get the applications completed, submitted and approved by the WSDC Ltd Directors prior to the AGM.
If you do have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
And as I type.....New Zealand's FINALLY won a gold medal in the Olympics.