In the run-up to the 2018 GA, the proposed constitution has failed to receive approval from the DNMs. This has led to a number of issues:

  • The current constitution continues to be significantly out of date on necessary housekeeping matters, at the least, such as the name change of ISAF to WS.
  • The current constitution is now significantly out of date on the current and future direction of IRSA in strengthening the governance and devolution of IRSA Classes.
  • The recently completed exceptional meeting failed to identify what the Membership considered constitutionally acceptable on the one hand and problematic on the other.
  • The meeting failed to make or consider any suggestions for addressing the problems perceived.
  • The meeting demonstrated significant disengagement by a "silent majority", well over half of our DNMs, and their absence reduced the credibility of the constitutional change process.

As a consequence, the EC has resolved to call a second exceptional meeting under Article 10.1. This exceptional meeting will be informally called a "Constitutional Assembly" (CA). The CA will take place in the IRSA Forum in a board constructed specifically for the purpose, as was used for the 2016 General Assembly (GA). The CA membership and voting rights will be as for a GA. The CA will mainly use the GA rules of procedure, where it will consider proposals for constitutional change as notified in a previously circulated agenda. Importantly, the CA will be empowered to decide amendments to proposals by majority vote (instead of the 100% vote as would be required in a full GA). When the CA has approved a final revised constitution, the EC will call the GA which is due in 2018.

The proposed constitution is separated into sections and areas of change, and separate agenda proposals deal with each of these aspects of constitutional change in order that the CA may arrive at a set of constitutional changes which it approves.

This Constitutional Assembly will be run so that the Members, in participating can consider all aspects of the needed and suggested changes at the same time. This will save considerable time and the Members will then be able to discuss only those Constitutional items that they consider to be important. With the agreement of the other Members, it also allows them to add proposals to change the Constitution that they consider important. Members will be discussing items with other Members as well the Executive Committee. The Constitutional Assembly will expect the Members to be prepared to work quickly during the meeting and would suggest they be organised so that can happen.

This is a crucial and very important time for your International Association and the IRSA EC would hope and expect all Members to be involved.