International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH)

Constitution Adopted – July 1994
Constitution Amended and Revised – August 1996, May/June 2000, August 2004, August 2008 and July 2012.

Article One (Name)

The Name of the Organization shall be the International Society of Olympic Historians. The official abbreviation of the group’s name will be ISOH.

Article Two (Purpose)

The purpose of the organization will be to promote the study of the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games. The purpose will be achieved primarily through research into the history of the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games, through the gathering of historical material concerning the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games, and through the publication of the research via journals and other publications. ISOH will be a non-profit organization whose dues will be used solely for promotion of this purpose.

Article Three (Government and Affiliation)

ISOH will be an independent body with no political affiliations. ISOH will attempt to work closely with the International Olympic Committee [IOC] in disseminating information about, and promoting the history of the Olympic Movement and Olympic Games.

Article Four (Language)

The official language of ISOH will be English. Study and knowledge of other languages by members will be encouraged, to promote better international understanding as exemplified by the goals of the Olympic Movement.

Article Five (Membership)

The following categories of membership will be available in ISOH:

  1. Full Member – A “Full Member” of ISOH will be a person with an interest in studying the Olympic Movement and who has been nominated by one [1] or more members of ISOH. Membership nominations should be restricted to those who have demonstrated original research into the Olympic Movement or Olympic Games, or to those who have contributed significantly to furthering the Olympic Movement. This category of membership will be open only to individuals and not organizations. Dues for members will be set annually by the executive committee and will allow all members to receive all publications of ISOH. Dues may be waived in exceptional circumstances Only “Full Members” shall have voting privileges. Failure to pay dues for two consecutive years will result in revocation of membership.
  2. Patron Member – A “Patron Member” is any person or organization who wishes to support the aims of ISOH. Patron membership is available to any person or organization who pays ISOH dues. Patron members will be eligible to receive all ISOH publications but will not have voting privileges.
  3. Honorary Member – Honorary Membership may be granted only to those whom it is deemed to have provided outstanding service to ISOH as an organization. Any person may be nominated for Honorary Membership by any person of the Executive Committee. Honorary Membership will then be granted upon a majority vote of the Executive Committee. Honorary membership can also be granted upon appropriate nomination and a two-thirds majority vote of ISOH members casting a ballot, either at an ISOH convention or by mail ballot. Honorary Members pay no dues, have the same voting rights and privileges as Full Members and receive all publications of ISOH.
  4. Student Member – A “Student Member” is a person enrolled at a recognized educational institution as a full-time student. Student Members may apply annually to the Executive Committee for a reduction of dues, the amount of such reduction to be set by the Committee.
  5. Complimentary Member – A “Complimentary Member” is defined as a person who, in the opinion of the Executive Committee shall have the annual dues waived for reason of financial hardship. The Committee shall review all such memberships annually and a majority vote shall be sufficient.
  6. Payment of dues – All membership is on a calendar year basis and membership dues should be paid by January 31 of the current year. Resignation of membership should always be notified to the Secretary -General by a letter (or email).

Article Six (Conventions)

Conventions of ISOH will be held every four years at the site and during the celebrations of the Games of the Olympiad. b. The convention shall be presided over by the President of ISOH, or, in his/her absence, by the Vice-President, whom failing, by the Secretary-General or by another chosen member of the Executive Committee. c. In exceptional circumstances, should it not be possible for an ISOH Convention to be held, the membership should be notified at least two [2] months prior to a scheduled convention.

Article Seven (Executive Committee)

  1. The management of the affairs of ISOH will be entrusted to an Executive Committee [EC] consisting of nine [9] members. Eight [8] members will be elected as follows: President, Vice-President, Secretary-General, Treasurer, and four [4] other members. One [1] other member will be appointed by the President of the International Olympic Committee, at his discretion.
  2. Election of members of the Executive Committee will occur just prior to the Games of the Olympiad and will be held via postal or electronic vote. In the event of an equal number of votes [ex-aequo] being cast for two or more candidates for the fourth position on the Executive Committee, a deciding ballot will be held at the ISOH Convention immediately following the postal ballot. If this still results in a tie, the President, or in his absence, the Vice-President, shall have the deciding vote.
  3. The President and Vice-President may serve no more than two [2] terms in those respective offices. There are no term limits for the Secretary-General and Treasurer.
  4. The two [2] most recent past presidents of ISOH will serve as ex-officio members of the Executive Committee. Ex-officio members may attend meetings of the Executive Committee, but will not have voting privileges. Past Presidents, if elected to a different position on the Executive Committee, sacrifice their position as an ex-officio member and will receive voting privileges.
  5. Members of the Executive Committee will attempt to meet yearly at times and sites to be designated by the President.
    1. Should vacancies arise among elected members of the Executive Committee between conventions, the Executive Committee may appoint new members by postal vote. Should the Presidency become vacant, the Vice-President will serve in his/her absence until the Executive Committee can appoint an interim President. Should the office of the Vice President or Secretary-General become vacant, the President will appoint a replacement for those offices, subject to the approval of the Executive Committee.
    2. Should any member of the ISOH Executive Committee be unable to fulfill their term of office for any reason, the Executive Committee has the discretion to co-opt a member to serve on the Executive Committee until the next General Meeting. It is not mandatory that a vacant position be filled.
    1. Of the eight elected members of the Executive Committee [four officers, four members], no more than two representatives from the same country shall be eligible to serve simultaneously as officers. In the event of the postal [or electronic] ballot producing a result whereby two Officers from the same nation are chosen unopposed for the ISOH Executive Committee, a third member from that nation may also be appointed to the Executive Board, as an elected Committee member.
    2. The President and the Vice-President may not be representatives from the same country.
    3. In case no nominations for the office of Vice-President have been submitted, the person who finishes in second place in the election for the office of President, shall be declared the Vice-President. If the person, who finishes second in the Presidential ballot is from the same country as the newly elected President, the Vice-Presidency shall pass to the person with the next highest number of votes.
    1. The procedures for the nomination of new candidates for the Executive Committee will be implemented by the Secretary-General, at least six months before the actual postal or electronic ballot.
    2. Each Member has the right to nominate other Members for a post in the Executive Committee; however, the nominees must be willing to serve. Each candidate must be nominated by at least two Members, who must do so in writing.
    3. Members are not allowed to nominate themselves.
    4. The results of the postal ballot, as endorsed by the outgoing Executive Committee, will be reported to the Convention of ISOH, where the change over to the newly elected Executive Committee will take place.
    5. To be eligible for any position on the Executive Committee, a nominated member must have paid the annual subscription.

Article Eight (Committees)

The Executive Committee may appoint, as it deems advisable, committees for work and study in particular fields.

Article Nine (Amendments)

Amendments to the constitution may be proposed by any voting member by submission in writing to the Secretary at least three [3] months prior to the convention. Adoption of the amendment wil be by two-thirds majority of the members responding to a postal or electronic vote.

Article Ten (Daily Affairs)

Between meetings of the Executive Committee the daily affairs of the organisation will be handled by the President and the Secretary-General, who may delegate specific tasks to other members.

Respectfully submitted,

David Wallechinsky
President [2012-2016]

Dr. Christian Wacker,
Vice-President [2012-2016]

Anthony Th. Bijkerk
Secretary-General [2012-2016]

John Grasso
Treasurer [2012-2016]

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