Last updated August 2019
About the ASBA constitution
As an Incorporated Association registered in New South Wales, 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.
But at ASBA, we wanted to do things differently. Our constitution is a serious legal document and meets all state requirements. Weighing in at over 24,800 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.