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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] Re: Organization Name Change


Thread: [Acro] Re: Organization Name Change

Message: [Acro] Re: Organization Name Change

Follow-Up To: ACRO Email list (for List Members only)

From: Lisa Wegener <lwegener at>

Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2002 21:06:53 UTC


  Member Don Peterson asked me to clarify the rules for Proxy Voting for the
Club in the event you may not be able to attend the special meeting (date
yet to be determined - but most likely the U.S. National Aerobatic
Championships in September 2002)where the by-law amendment proposal to
change the organization name will be voted on.  The rules are stated below.

As always if there are questions or concerns, please call or e-mail.

Lisa K. Wegener
Executive Director
International Aerobatic Club
920-426-6865 Fax
mailto:lwegener at

Proxy Voting Rules (By-Law Article VI Membership, Section VII Voting, Part 5
Proxy Voting)

1.  Each member in good standing shall be entitled to one vote at each
membership meeting, such vote to be cast in person or by proxy.
2.  Members may vote by proxy only on By-law Amendments.
3.  Family memberships shall designate one voting member to cast its proxy
4.  The Board shall make proxy forms available with the notice of the
5.  Each proxy must state the specific issue (by-law amendment) for which
the proxy is granted and clearly designate how the member wishes his/her
proxy to be voted on the issue.
6.  The Board shall designate the person (proxy official) who shall vote the
proxy, and it shall be voted by that person in the manner specified by the
7.  All proxies must be in writing on the form provided or in the official
format approved by the Board, signed by the member, received and registered
by the designated election official prior to the day of the meeting.
8.  All votes cast, including those by the designated election official who
is authorized to cast proxy votes, shall be made orally or visually unless a
majority of members present and eligible to vote determine that the vote
shall be in writing.
9.  A proxy received by facsimile, e-mail or other written communication may
be accepted if the election official is satisfied that it is genuine.
10.  Proxies shall be limited to one meeting only, and shall automatically
expire at the end of the meeting.
11.  For the purpose of voting on By-law amendments, a quorum shall be
constituted by the total of members present who are in good standing plus
all genuine proxies submitted to the authorized election official.
12.  A 2/3 majority of the members present in person and by proxy is
required for passage of By-law amendments.


-----Original Message-----
From: Don Peterson [mailto:autotech at]
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2002 3:38 PM
To: acro at
Subject: [Acro] Re: Organization Name Change


Would you mind clarifying the proxy process?  Assuming that our busy lives
allow us to attend the special meeting, may we vote by proxy assignment to
person, or only to people designated by the president?  Also, if we vote
and give our vote to the president, must it be counted as a "no" vote or
the president have the authority to present only certain of the proxies
designated to him?  I know there was some discussion on this a while back
pertinent to other issues, and I've lost track with how we handle proxy

Many thanks,

Don P.

Lisa Wegener wrote:

> This is an important message from IAC Headquarters.
> Good morning everyone.  Since the organization name change is being
> discussed on Guenther's Acro Exploder, I would like to clarify the
> for all members.
> At the Board of Directors meeting in Cincinnati in March, the IAC Board
> voted to change the name of the club to the United States Aerobatic
> Association doing business as Aerobatics USA.    The Board of Directors
> meeting minutes do not state the fact that this name change will need to
> voted on by the members.  This information was not stated simply because
> were waiting to hear back from our legal advisor at the time the Board
> minutes were published on the specific steps that would need to be taken
> make the name change official.  Our legal advisor informs us that the name
> change will require the following:
> 1) An articles of incorporation change and bylaw change.
> 2) Bylaw change procedures require that a special meeting of the members
> decide the outcome of the name change as proposed by the IAC Board of
> Directors must be held. A Notice of the special meeting of the members
> be published. Members will be given 90 days notice to attend such meeting
> where their vote will be registered with respect to the name change or
> may choose to give their proxy to the President (or other person(s)
> designated by the President).
> 3)  The name change will be adopted if approved by a majority vote of the
> members present at that meeting in person or by proxy.
> Over the next several months you will receive information from your Board
> Director on the reasoning behind the proposed name change.  There are MANY
> reasons to support this move, but the primary reason is the fact that the
> IAC has absolutely no authority to sanction aerobatic activity outside the
> U.S.A.  And other aerobatic organizations in countries outside the U.S.
> their own official bodies such as the Australian Aerobatics Club, the
> Brazilian Aerobatic Association, Aerobatics Canada, France Voltige,
> Sport Aerobatics Pilots Association, German Aerobatics, Aerobatics
> Scandinavia, South African Sport Aerobatics Club, Swedish Aerobatic
> Association, Swiss Aerobatics Association, British Aerobatic Association,
> etc.  For a link to these organizations websites go to
> The Board of Directors does recognize that we do have members outside of
> United States and we value their membership in the organization.  Our
> services to these individuals as Aerobatics USA will not change.  We will
> still provide a network of aerobatic pilots to discuss issues with.  We
> still work cooperatively with their country's aerobatic association.  We
> will still publish information on contest schedules outside of the U.S.
> Sport Aerobatics magazine will still be available to members outside of
> United States.  These are the services we provide to date, and they will
> change.  The name change will simply clarify where our sanctioning
> lies with the worldwide scheme of sport aerobatics.
> Please be assured that this decision by the IAC Board has not been taken
> lightly, and in fact, has been discussed for several years.  We hope
> everyone will pull together and agree as you hear more from your
> Board Director in upcoming months.
> As always, you may also call or e-mail me directly with any questions or
> concerns.
> Sincerely,
> Lisa.
> Lisa K. Wegener
> Executive Director
> International Aerobatic Club
> 920-426-6574
> 920-426-6865 Fax
> mailto:lwegener at
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mal Beard [mailto:aeros at]
> Sent: Monday, April 15, 2002 8:15 PM
> To: msteveson at; acro at
> Subject: [Acro] Re: Organization Name Change
> I just wonder what all of the other overseas non US members think of this
> sudden change. Personally I was quiet happy with the original name
> Happy Landings
> Mal Beard
> +61 (0) 418 624 624
> aeros at
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Michael Steveson" <msteveson at>
> To: <acro at>
> Sent: Tuesday, 12 March 2002 10:50
> Subject: [Acro] Organization Name Change
> > As I was reading through the meeting minutes from the March 2 IAC BOD
> > meeting I noticed that the name of the organization has been changed to
> the
> > United States Aerobatic Association dba Aerobatics USA.
> >
> > We are no longer the International Aerobatic Club.
> >
> > Thought you all might want to know.
> >
> > Michael Steveson,
> > President Phoenix Aerobatic Club
> >
> >
> >
> >


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