About the ASBA constitution
As an Incorporated Association registered in New South Wales (i.e. a legal entity), ASBA is required by law to have a constitution. All constitutions must meet minimum requirements as laid out in Schedule 1 of the NSW Associations Incorporation Act (2009), and a template model is available to follow.
At ASBA, however, we wanted to do things differently. Our constitution meets all state requirements and is a serious legal document. Weighing in at over 21,000 words, it’s not for the faint of heart!
But it’s also full of joy. If you read closely, you’ll find a lot of playful rules that reflect the spirit of relaxation that ASBA wants to cultivate. We all take life too seriously most of the time – ASBA is about slowing down and staying happy.
If you want to check some particularly fun parts of the constitution, we recommend:
- §2 – Definitions (words create worlds)
- §20 – Election of new committee members (includes swearing an oath in the sauna)
- §27 – Annual general meeting (big sauna party in the middle of Shvitzmas)
- §32 – Magnificent general meetings (huge celebration every 5 years)
- §43 – Financial year (find out why ASBA’s financial year is April 4)
Other parts of the constitution you might want to check:
- §6 – Rights and responsibilities of individual members
- §18 – Roles and responsibilities of officer bearers
- §49 – Newsletter
- §50 – The International Journal of Sauna Studies (IJSS)
And of course, be sure the check the goals of ASBA (§3), which can be found in infographic form here. They speak a vision for a better world. You can be part of it.