The name of the Association is the “International Wine Clubs Association” referred to in this document as IWCA. The IWCA was founded in Spain in December 1991. The IWCA is a non profit organisation which operates globally.
The main objective of the Association is to provide a forum for the full and free exchange of information between members and to promote and support the direct wine selling industry on an international level, including protecting its interests where necessary.
The IWCA will undertake the following activities in order to meet its objectives:
- Bi-annual workshops in areas of interest and relevance worldwide addressing key and current issues affecting the industry and markets.
- Regular newsletters to keep members informed of industry news and developments.
- Promote regular communication and cooperation between members.
- The Association will be directed by a Strategic Committee composed of the Chairman, Treasurer and an elected Officer plus a maximum of 7 other committee members. The strategic committee will be representative of the geographical diversity of the IWCA membership and incorporate a balanced mix of different sized companies.
- The Strategic Committee will appoint a CEO to run the Association’s activities following the Committee’s guidance.The appointment of the elected CEO will be endorsed at each General Assembly.
- The Association and CEO’s activities will be managed on a day-to-day basis by a Management Committee formed by the Chairman, Treasurer and the elected Officer.
- The Strategic Committee will meet a minimum of 2 times a year. For its decisions to be valid over half of the committee members must be present and a majority vote cast. In the case of an equal number of votes, the Chairman’s vote will be decisive.
Membership of the IWCA is available to companies in the wine and spirits industry worldwide specialising in the direct sales of its products and services. Admission to membership is at the discretion of the Strategic Committee. Members will contribute to the running costs of the Association through an annual fee agreed by the Strategic Committee and approved at Congress.
The Strategic Committee shall, at its discretion, admit as an associate of the IWCA any organisation not involved in the direct selling of wine and spirits but otherwise involved in the wine or direct selling industries.
The Chairman will be responsible for the following:
- Legal representation of the Association. Convening and presiding committee meetings.
- Authorisation of official Association documents.The CEO will be in charge of planning, organising and managing all Association activities and administrative tasks. The Treasurer will authorise bank transactions and approve bi-monthly and annual financial reporting, submitted by the CEO.
The IWCA Congress will be open to all members and held every 2 years. For resolutions to be effective over 50% of the Association’s membership must be present. Resolutions will be approved by a majority vote.
Powers of the congress are:
- To approve decisions made by the Strategic Committee.
- To approve annual accounts. To approve membership fees.
- To elect the Chairman and approve the composition of the Strategic Committee.
- To modify bylaws of the Association provided 75% of participants are in favour.
- To approve dissolution of the Association.
The main economic resources allocated for the undertaking of the objectives and activities of the Association will be as follows :
- Annual Membership fees.
- Profit from workshop activities.
The Association can be dissolved for the following reasons:
- Recommendation of a minimum of 2/3rds of the membership during a Congress.
- Irrevocable change in the founding objectives and aims of the Association.
- If dissolution takes place a Liquidating Commission will be formed. Once the debts are settled any remaining funds will be given to a charitable cause.