Whereas on April 30, 1994 during the 60th anniversary of the Irish Wolfhound Club of The Netherlands (IERDIE) several members of European Irish Wolfhound Clubs signed a letter of intend to found a Federation of European Irish Wolfhound Clubs (EIWC) aiming at the promotion of the interests of the Irish Wolfhound in Europe, whereas that same day a committee had been set up to formulate the Articles of Association which have been formerly approved on July 15, 1995 in Dublin, Ireland, whereas the Committee Members have been elected as the first Management Committee, respectively Board of the Federation, therefore the following Articles , which have been approved by the Member Clubs, represent the guidelines to which all members will adhere:
I. Inauguration and Name
On April 30th,1994, an international association of independent national Irish Wolfhound clubs, known as the Federation of European Irish Wolfhound Clubs (EIWC) was founded at Hoensbroek, The Netherlands, for an indefinite period.
The purpose of the EIWC shall be to bring together, within a single framework, the Irish Wolfhound clubs or associations from as many European countries as possible, to make joint efforts to protect, promote and improve the breed, and to foster friendship among Irish Wolfhound enthusiasts throughout the world.
This purpose shall be pursued by means of:
a) co-operation at all levels to promote the Irish Wolfhound
b) universal recognition of the established Standard of the
Irish Wolfhound of the Irish Wolfhound Club of Ireland, uniform
acceptance of this standard world wide,
c) exchange of judges between members,
d) regular exchange of opinions between members and between
e) preparation of guidelines and recommendations in order
to improve and harmonise the breed throughout the world,
f) regular analysis of the health situation of the breed,
and setting of health improvement objectives and programmes,
g) organisation of European Irish Wolfhound shows,
h) award of EIWC prizes for special occasions,
i) publication of periodic news-sheets,
j) other appropriate activities.
III. Determination of the Breed
The Standard of the Irish Wolfhound deposited with the Fédération
Cynologique Internationale (FCI) at any given time (the
Standard) shall be recognised by the members of the
EIWC and its judges. The Standard shall be an integral part
of these articles of association. Adjustments to the Standard
to be accepted by the FCI is the exclusive right of the Irish
Wolfhound Club of Ireland.
IV. General Provisions
The EIWC shall recognise the autonomy of the members and shall
not interfere with their internal affairs; however, it may
be called upon to settle such disputes as may arise.
The EIWC shall be established on a non-profit basis; all positions
and work involved are accepted on a voluntary basis.
The liability of the EIWC shall only extend to its own assets.
Individual liability on the part of members shall be excluded;
conversely, the EIWC shall not be liable for the obligations
incurred by members.
The seat of the EIWC shall be located in the respective place
of residence of the chairman of the Management Committee (Board).
1. Each member must also be a member of its own country's national dog association and a member of FCI.
2. Where the interests of the Irish Wolfhound breed are promoted
by a club, which deals also with other breeds, this club may
apply for EIWC membership.
3. Each country may have more than one EIWC member Club.
4. Irish Wolfhound Clubs of countries not under FCI jurisdiction can be associate members without any voting rights.
Applications for membership shall be sent to the secretary
of the Management Committee (Board) and shall include:
a) the articles of association of the club,
b) the names and addresses of the members of the Board of
Directors and the delegate as referred to in Art. 17,
c) confirmation or an excerpt from the club minutes indicating
that the EIWC articles of association and regulations have
d) confirmation from the national dog association in the country
concerned that the conditions of membership as stated in Art.
9, paragraph 1, have been fulfilled,
e) the number of club members (or in a club that also deals
with other breeds, the number of Irish Wolfhound members)
from which the annual membership fee will be calculated.
Ruling Council (Art. 19, f) shall decide on membership applications.
VI. Rights and Duties of Members
Each member undertakes to fully support the EIWC in it's efforts
to achieve its established goals.
Members shall be obliged to inform the EIWC of all amendments
to their articles of association and changes in their board
of directors and their delegates, and of their withdrawal
or expulsion from their national dog association.
Members may withdraw from EIWC at the end of any calendar
year by submitting written notice of withdrawal to the secretary
of the Management Committee at least three months in advance.
When a club is dissolved, ceases to be a member of its own
country's national dog association, or has not paid its membership
fee for two years, its membership shall be automatically terminated.
The delegate of such member will be alerted after one year.
The club in question shall be notified in writing that it's
membership has been terminated.
Any club which seriously harms the interest of the EIWC may
be expelled by a decision of the Ruling Council taken in a
meeting by a two-thirds majority of the delegates present.
The club in question shall be notified of the reasons for
the proposed expulsion not less than 60 days before the decision
is taken, so as to give the club an opportunity to justify
itself before the meeting of the Ruling Council.
Any club whose membership expires for any reason shall not
be entitled to reimbursement of financial considerations such
as membership fees, donated prizes, etc., or to EIWC assets.
Obligations for the current year must be fulfilled.
Each Member Club shall be entitled to appoint one delegate
as their EIWC representative.
All communications between EIWC and members shall take place
through the delegates; however, secretaries of the members
shall also be kept informed.
VII. A The Ruling Council
1. The delegates shall form the Ruling Council which is in
charge of the EIWC.
The delegates shall be entitled to take part in discussions,
elections, and decisions, and shall have voting rights in
the Ruling Council.
2. All officially appointed delegates have to be notified
by their club in writing to the secretary of the management
committee. Changes of nominees have to be notified immediately.
3. Voting rights of officially appointed delegates cannot
be transferred to delegates of other clubs (no show, no vote).
4. The officially appointed delegates shall loose their voting
rights when their member clubs have not paid the annual membership
fee according to Art. 29 to the treasurer of the management
committee in due time.
The Ruling Council shall in particular have the following
a) election of the members of the Management Committee (Board),
b) approval of the Management Committee's biannual report (including the reports of the special committees), and of the biannual statement of accounts,
c) to appoint if necessary an auditor to audit the annual
d) discharge of the members of the management Committee,
e) determination of admission -, annual - , and special fees,
f) acceptance and expulsion of members,
g) to decide on regulations and applications by the Management
Committee and via the Management Committee by the special
committees as well as on applications via the Management Committee
h) decisions regarding dissolution of EIWC in accordance with
Applications and proposals made to the meeting of the Ruling
Council shall be submitted three months in advance to the
secretary of the Management Committee.
Applications submitted during the meeting of the Ruling Council
may only be considered at the next meeting of the Ruling Council.
1. The statutory meeting of the Ruling Council shall take
place once every two years.
2. The Meeting of the Ruling Council is public to all members
of EIWC-Member-Clubs and associated Clubs.
3. Extraordinary meetings of the Ruling Council shall be convened
by decision of the Management Committee, or if at least one-third
of the members submit a request to this effect in writing
to the Management Committee, stating purpose and reasons for
4. Decisions of the Ruling Council may also be reached by
communicating in writing without any need for a meeting of
the Ruling Council (with the exception of decisions described
in Art. 15, 31, 32).
5. The secretary of the Management Committee shall convene
meetings of the Ruling Council by notifying the delegates
in writing at least two months in advance, giving details
of the agenda and the time and place of the meeting. The two-months-period
of notice shall commence two days after the letter of invitation
has been posted to the delegates' last known addresses.
6. The secretary or, in his absence, another member of the
Management Committee shall keep minutes of the decisions taken
by the meeting of the Ruling Council. These minutes shall
be signed by the keeper of the minutes and the chairman of
the Management Committee who is also chairman of the Ruling
Each delegate has one vote on behalf of the member he represents.
When the votes are tied, the chairman shall have the casting
vote. Decisions are valid if more than 50% of the delegates
are present in the meeting. All elections and votes in writing
shall be decided by a simple majority of all delegates, with
the exception of decisions as prescribed in Art. 15, 31, and
B The Management Committee (Board)
1) The Management Committee has the responsibility to prepare
and to execute the decisions of the Ruling Council.
2) The Management Committee shall comprise a minimum of 5 members and a maximum of 8: the Chairman, the Vice Chairman, the Secretary, and the Treasurer, together with any other member. The delegate of the Irish Wolfhound Club of Ireland is always member of the Management Committee.
3) The members of the Management Committee shall be elected
for a period of four years and may be re-elected thereafter.
4) The EIWC shall be jointly represented by two members of
the Management Committee, any such representation - who shall
include either the chairman or the vice chairman - has to
be mandated by the Management Committee.
5) Any member whose delegate is elected to the Committee shall
not be entitled to appoint an additional delegate.
1) Each member of the Management Committee must be a delegate;
2) In meetings of the Management Committee decisions are valid
if more than 50% of the members of the Committee are present.
Each member oft the Management Committee has one vote.
3) Decisions may also be reached in writing by a simple majority
of all members of the Committee.
The Management Committee shall have the following tasks:
a) appointment of special committees, such as for example
the judges' committee, the Standard committee, etc.,
b) preparation of meetings of the Ruling Council and of decisions
of the Ruling Council in writing and submission of applications
to the latter,
c) acceptance of the annual statement of accounts and preparation
of the annual reports, and submission thereof to the Ruling
d) implementation of decisions taken by the Ruling Council.
The secretary of the Management Committee shall be responsible
for day-to-day affairs. Subject to approval by the Management
Committee, he may also delegate certain tasks to other persons.
The secretary shall likewise be responsible for day-to-day
correspondence and for drawing up minutes and reports.
All communications between members and the EIWC shall take
place through the secretary. All meetings and correspondence
shall be in English.
C The President
The President of the Irish Wolfhound Club of Ireland is also
President of the EIWC, which is an honorary non executive
position; however, with the right to attend meetings of the
Ruling Council and of the Management Committee, and with the
right to vote in such meetings.
Funds to cover expenses shall consist of:
a) members' admission fees and annual fees, the amount of
which shall be determined by the Ruling Council,
b) special receipts, the source and amount of which shall
be determined by the Ruling Council,
c) voluntary donations.
The financial year shall correspond to the calendar year.
The annual membership fee according to Art.28, a) is due not
later than March, 31st, of the running year.
The EIWC shall not be liable for expenses incurred by delegates.
Reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred by members of the
Management Committee shall be borne by EIWC if these expenses
have been authorised in writing in advance by the Ruling Council.
IX. Revision of the Articles of Association
Amendments to, or revisions of, the articles of association
shall require a two-thirds majority of all delegates.
X. Dissolution of the EIWC
A decision to dissolve the EIWC shall require a two-thirds
majority of all delegates. If the EIWC is dissolved, any assets
then remaining shall be allocated to a charitable cause, to
be determined by the Ruling Council.
XI. Final provisions
The law of Ireland is applicable.
These articles of association have been discussed by the delegates
appointed, and have been adopted by the supreme executive
bodies of all member clubs, and came into force in Dublin,
on July 15th, 1995.
The Secretary: Willi H. Hasselbrink
Amendments and revisions have been made in accordance with Art. 31
at Padenghe, Italy, on April 30th, 2012.
The Vice-Chairman: Monette
The Treasurer: Marcello
The Secretary: Denyse