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This document is only an unofficial translation of the original statutes of RIPH. The only official statutes of RIPH are the French statutes.


RIPH International

Rassemblement International pour la Promotion de l’Hydrospeed

(International Association for the Promotion of Hydrospeed)

STATUTES

August 2002

Synopsis

Article. 1. NAME, HEADQUARTERS, LEGAL FORM
Article. 2. AIMS
Article. 3. MEMBERS
Article. 4. MEMBER OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Article. 5. ACTIVE MEMBER
Article. 6. HONORARY MEMBER
Article. 7. RESOURCES
Article. 8. LIABILITES
Article. 9. BODIES
Article. 10. THE DELEGATES’ ASSEMBLY
Article. 11. THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Article. 12. THE SUBCOMMITTEES
Article. 13. THE AUDITORS
Article. 14. REVISION OF THE STATUTES
Article. 15. DISSOLUTION OF THE ASSOCIATION
Article. 16. QUORUM
Article. 17. FINAL PROVISIONS

Article. 1. NAME, HEADQUARTERS, LEGAL FORM

1.1. FOUNDATION
An association under the name of RIPH International, Rassemblement International pour la Promotion de l’Hydrospeed (International Association for the Promotion of Hydrospeed) was founded, on August 21st 2002, in Grand-Remous, on the banks of the Gens de Terre, Quebec, in accordance with articles 60ff of the Swiss Civil Code.

1.2. RIPH International has its headquarters in Geneva (Switzerland).

1.3
The annual period starts on January 1st and finishes on December 31st.

1.4. RIPH International is committed, with respect to third parties, through the collective signature either of both the president and the vice-president or of one of them with another member of the Management Committee according to Article 11.1.

Article. 2. AIMS

2.1 The aims of RIPH International are:
- To develop hydrospeed (or White Water Swimming) in all countries.
- To organize international meetings.
- To standardise regulations for training and competitions.
- To ensure international communication between swimmers.
- To develop a system of mutual recognition of various existing training programmes.
- To improve the recognition and the approval of records and performances of the various hydrospeed disciplines.
- To promote the protection of the environment and of training grounds in connection with hydrospeed.
- To develop access to hydrospeed for the general public and in particular for young people.
- To promote actions and writings in connection with safety.

RIPH International will therefore take all actions that it considers necessary to carry out its aims.

2.2
RIPH International can affiliate itself to other international organisations.

2.3
RIPH International is a non-profit organisation.

Article. 3. MEMBERS

3.1.
RIPH International has the following categories of members:
- MEMBER OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
- ACTIVE MEMBER
- HONORARY MEMBER

Article. 4. MEMBER OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

4.1 DEFINITION
The persons quoted in Article 11.1 are the members of the Management Committee.

4.2
The members of the Management Committee have the right to vote.

Article. 5. ACTIVE MEMBER

5.1 DEFINITION
An active member of RIPH International is a national institution comprising several people.

5.2 ADMISSION
A national institution wishing to become an active member of RIPH International must send a written request to the Management Committee. A copy of its statutes and a list of its members must be enclosed with this request.

The Management Committee shall decide, after consultation with the other members, upon the admission of the new member.
Only the first affiliated national institution of each country has a right to vote (1 country = 1 vote), expressed by its national representative.

5.3 RESIGNATION
Any resignation has to be addressed in writing to the Management Committee, at the latest before December 31st of the current year. Contributions for the current year remain due.

5.4 EXCLUSION
The exclusion of a member who, through his/her conduct, or in any other way, causes harm to RIPH International, violates these statutes or transgresses the internal RIPH International regulations can be decided by the delegates’ assembly by a majority of 2/3 of the members with the right to vote.
The paid contributions remain property of RIPH International.

5.5 CONTRIBUTIONS
Contributions are fixed by the delegates’ assembly.
They are payable by March 31st of each year.

Article. 6. HONORARY MEMBER

6.1 DEFINITION
A natural person can be named honorary member of RIPH International by the delegates’ assembly, on proposal of the Management Committee.
An honorary member is exempted from any contribution and has the right to vote.

Article. 7. RESOURCES

7.1

The RIPH International resources are:
- annual contributions
- gifts, legacies etc.
- in general, all the income from the activities of RIPH International

Article. 8. LIABILITES

8.1
Members are exonerated from any personal financial liability.
The RIPH International commitments are guaranteed only by its social assets.
Each member takes part in the activities of RIPH International at his own liability.

Article. 9. BODIES

9.1
The RIPH International bodies are:
- a. the delegates’ assembly
- b. the Management Committee
- c. the auditors

Article. 10. THE DELEGATES’ ASSEMBLY

10.1
The delegates’ assembly is the supreme power of the association.
It is composed of the representatives of each active member (1 national representative with the right to vote by country).

It has the powers that law and these statutes give it, more precisely:
- to elect the Management Committee
- to elect the auditors
- to approve various management reports
- to approve and discharge the annual accounts and the auditing report
- to approve and discharge the management of the governing bodies
- to fix the contributions for the following year
- to approve the budget
- to name honorary members
- to come to a decision about the exclusion of members
- to amend the statutes
- to come to a decision about any question which is submitted to it
- to come to a decision about the dissolution of RIPH International

10.2
Except when there are contrary provisions given by law or these statutes, the delegates’ assembly, regularly summoned, is legitimately composed and can decide by simple majority of the members with the right to vote.
It cannot take decisions on matters that are not on the agenda.

10.3
The delegates’ ordinary assembly is convened by the Management Committee.
The notification to attend the delegates’ assembly must be sent to each national leader at least 30 days beforehand. It contains the agenda.

10.3.1
Instead of and in place of a delegates’ assembly, all decisions, except the dissolution of the association, can be taken by means of correspondence, whatever the media used.

10.3.2
Information will have to be sent simultaneously to all the members with the right to vote (national representatives).

10.3.3
To be considered valid, a decision has to be served in writing by the simple majority of the members with the right to vote, within the 30 following days.

10.4
An extraordinary delegates’ assembly can be summoned at all times by the Management Committee, by the president or if 1/5 of the members with the right to vote request so.

10.5
In case of emergency, an extraordinary delegates’ assembly can be held by correspondence, whatever the media used, within forty-eight hours.

10.6
Only the representatives of the active members (national representatives), members of the Management Committee and honorary members have the right to vote at the delegates’ ordinary or extraordinary meeting.
In case of impediment, a member can be represented by the delegate of another country, for which a power of attorney allowing the recipient to represent him/her must be handed to the president.

10.7 Elections, nominations and votings are done by a show of hands. They shall take place by secret ballot on the president’s proposal or at the request of a tenth of the members with the right to vote.

Article. 11. THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

11.1
The direction and the administration of the activities of RIPH International are entrusted to a Management Committee, composed in the following way:
- the president
- the vice-president
- the technical supervisor
- the secretary
- the treasurer
- people in charge of the international relations (2 people)

Article. 12. THE SUBCOMMITTEES

12.1
For the smooth running of RIPH International or if the need arises, the Management Committee can name, during the year, the subcommittees that it considers useful.

Precise specifications as well as a budget will then be determined.

Article. 13. THE AUDITORS

13.1
Each year, the delegates’ assembly elects two auditors and a substitute.

13.2
Each auditor will remain in charge two years and will then be replaced by his/her substitute.

13.3
The auditors check the treasurer’s accounts and draw up a report for the attention of the assembly of the RIPH International delegates.

Article. 14. REVISION OF THE STATUTES

14.1
Statutes can be amended only by a delegates’ assembly gathering 2/3 of the members with the right to vote and by a majority of 2/3 of the voters.

Article. 15. DISSOLUTION OF THE ASSOCIATION

15.1
The dissolution of RIPH International can be decided only by an extraordinary delegates’ assembly gathering 2/3 of the members with the right to vote and by a majority of 2/3 of the voters.

15.2
The dissolution of the association cannot occur in the form of voting by correspondence.

15.3
In the event of a dissolution, RIPH International assets will be allotted to a legal, public or private entity with similar aims.

Article. 16. QUORUM

16.1
If the quorum of Articles 14.1 or 15.1 is not reached, a second delegates’ assembly will be summoned.
It will take decisions whatever the number of members present or represented with the right to vote and will take its decisions by a majority of 2/3 of the present members.

Article. 17. FINAL PROVISIONS

17.1
These statutes were accepted by the Constituent Assembly of August 21st 2002, on the river Gens de Terre, in Quebec Mont-Laurier, Canada.

They enter into force immediately.

The president Raphaël BESSON
The vice-president Patrice PONSIN
The technical supervisor Fred SANJOU
The secretary Denis MORIN
The treasurer Marc ETTINGER
People in charge of the international relations Niko MILLOT
Daniel CHATELAIN

RIPH -August 21st 2002