World Academy for Gerontechnology
 
WAGT

WAGT Statutes (English translation)

ACADEMIE INTERNATIONALE DE GERONTECHNOLOGIEWORLD ACADEMY FOR GERONTECHNOLOGY (WAGT)

Association declared in application of the French law of July 1, 1901 and the decree of August 16, 1901.

ARTICLE 1. NAME

The association is a scientific organisation called The World Academy for Gerontechnology (WAGT), herein after referred to as the ‘Academy’.

ARTICLE 2. PURPOSE

The Academy defends the values of the International Society for Gerontechnology  (ISG)(www.gerontechnology.info), and chooses as its main aim the promotion of gerontechnology knowledge and skills:
– by high level teaching in research, design, engineering and innovation (e.g. Open Access Teaching Library, e-Presentations, Master Classes),
– by promoting the quality of methodology and publications, and
– by an active lobbying towards academic, national and international authorities able to foster teaching and dissemination of gerontechnology.

ARTICLE 3.  SEAT

The legal seat and administrative office is 27Delvalle Building, 27 Avenue Professor Delvalle, 06000 NICE, France.
It may be transferred by decision of the Board of Directors and ratified by the General Assembly

ARTICLE 4. DURATION

The duration of the association is unlimited.

ARTICLE 5. MEMBERSHIP

The association consists of three categories of individual members:
a) Masters
b) Grand Masters
c) Associated Members

ARTICLE 6. ACQUIRING MEMBERSHIP

Members are nominated by the Board of Directors.
The Grand Masters who accept this proposal are appointed by the General Assembly of the Academy and the General Assembly of the International Society for Gerontechnology.
The Masters who accept this proposal are appointed by the General Assembly of the Academy.
Associated Masters who accept this proposal are appointed by the General Assembly of the Academy.

ARTICLE 7.  FEES

Each member shall pay each year to the treasurer of the Academy a membership due based on the yearly decision of the General Assembly of the Academy.

ARTICLE 8. – TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
The membership is lost by:
a) Resignation;
b) Death;
c) Expulsion by the Board of Directors for non-payment of fees or for cause; the applicant has been invited (by registered mail) to provide explanations to the office and / or in writing.

ARTICLE 9. – AFFILIATION
The Academy is affiliated with the International Society for Gerontechnology and comply with its the statutes and internal regulations.
It can also join other associations, unions or groups by the board of directors.

ARTICLE 10. – RESOURCES
Academy’s funds consist of the following:
a- The annual fees;
b- Voluntary donations from individuals, groups or organisations;
c- Governmental or non-governmental organisations Grants;
d- All resources authorized by the laws and regulations

ARTICLE 11 – ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The Ordinary General Assembly includes all members in whatever capacity they are.
It meets annually at a time and place determined by the Executive Committee, particularly at the biennial conference of the International Society for Gerontechnology or at the Academy headquarters.
At least three months before the date fixed, the members are convened by the care of the secretary. The agenda appears on the summons.
The President, assisted by members of the Board, chairs the assembly and reports the annual activity of the association.
The Treasurer reports his management and submits the annual accounts (balance sheet, income statement and notes) for the approval of the assembly.
The General Meeting sets the annual fees.
The General Assembly must approve an annual budget presented by the Treasurer after the financial report. Exercise is defined as from January 1st to December 31st.
Can be addressed only the items on the agenda.
Decisions are taken by majority vote of members present or represented.
After completion of the agenda, the General Assembly proceeds if needed to the election of the board members.
Absent members may contact the Secretary General and before the General Assembly and vote by signed proxy.
An individual present at the general meeting cannot have more than two proxies from voting.
All decisions are taken by show of hands, except the election of board members.
The decisions of the General Assembly are binding on all members, including absent or represented.

ARTICLE 12 – EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY
If necessary, or at the request of a quarter of the registered members the President will convene an Extraordinary General Assembly, the manner provided in this Constitution and only to modification of the statutes or dissolution or for acts of real estate property.
The convocation procedures are the same as for the ordinary General Assembly.
The deliberations must take place if at least half the members are present or represented and are taken by a majority of two thirds of the votes cast.

ARTICLE 13 – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The association is governed by a board of at least six members, elected for four years by the general meeting. The members can be re-elected twice.
The Board will be elected every two years by half, the first year, exiting members are chosen by lottery.
In case of vacancy, the Board provides temporary replacement of its members. It proceeds to their final replacement by the next general meeting. The powers of the members so elected shall expire at the end of the mandate of the replaced members.
The board meets at least once a year, convened by the President.
Decisions are taken by majority vote; in case of a tie, the President has the casting vote.
The Board shall elect from its members 1) One president; 2) One or more Vice Presidents; 3) One secretary and, if necessary, a deputy secretary; 4) One treasurer, and, if necessary, a treasurer Assistant, thus functioning if needed as an executive board.
The Board of Directors is in charge of the everyday affairs of the Academy, its representation and coordination. It may expressly negotiate and conclude all legal transactions on behalf of the Academy. It may also sue all debtors before courts and plead before any jurisdiction.

ARTICLE 14 – ALLOWANCES
All activities, including those of members of the Board of Directors and the office are free and voluntary. Only expenditure incurred in the exercise of their mandate may be reimbursed upon receipts. The financial report presented to the notice of the Annual General Assembly, will detail per beneficiary reimbursement of mission expenses, travel and representation.

ARTICLE 15. INTERNAL BY-LAWS

By-laws drafted in the form of a manual of procedures of the Academy will be submitted by the Board of Directors for approval of the General Assembly and is an annex to the by-laws of the Academy. The by-laws are completing the statutes and never contradict them. The by-laws are binding within the organisation. The General Assembly periodically review the existing by-laws.

ARTICLE 16. DISSOLUTION OF THE ACADEMY
The dissolution of the Academy shall be decided in accordance with Article 12 of the bylaws. If the Academy is dissolved, the General Assembly has the power and responsibility to allocate and dispose of the assets of the Academy. The assets will be transferred to a non-profit organisation with the same objectives. The assets cannot be returned to the members above the amount they themselves have made.

ARTICLE 17. FIRST BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The first Board of Directors will consist of:
Alain FRANCO, President
Johanna E.M.H. van BRONSWIJK, Secretary General
Guillaume SACCO, Treasurer
Herman BOUMA, member
James FOZARD, member
Vappu TAIPALE, member
Anthea TINKER, member

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