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WKA's Pit Board - 07.13.2010 *** WKA Trustee Responsibilities and Guidelines posted 07.13.2010 - In recent Board of Trustees meeting minutes, Pit Board announcements, and web site posts the WKA Trustee Responsibilities and Guidelines...

WKA's Pit Board - 07.13.2010

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WKA Trustee Responsibilities and Guidelines posted

07.13.2010 - In recent Board of Trustees meeting minutes, Pit Board announcements, and web site posts the WKA Trustee Responsibilities and Guidelines document has been referred to. WKA has posted the Trustee Responsibilities and Guidelines on the WKA web site to help provide a more thorough understanding of and context to recent circumstances and actions. To put these guidelines in perspective, it is helpful to also know how the state laws under which the WKA is governed work and how the Responsibilities re late to state law and WKA's other governing regulations.

The World Karting Association is a nonprofit corporation with headquarters located in Concord, North Carolina, but incorporated in the State of Ohio. As a result, it is governed by the Ohio Nonprofit Corporation Law. The Ohio Law provides specific rules under which the corporation functions. It also provides for the Association's own Articles of Incorporation, Code of Regulations, and bylaws that govern how the board functions. These bylaws are documented in WKA's Trustee Responsibilities and Guidelines.

WKA's Articles of Incorporation were written by its initial trustees in November 1971 and are filed with the State of Ohio. They include the corporation's name, location and purposes along with a list of initial trustees. They also include an agreement to indemnify its officers, trustees, and employees if certain conditions are met. WKA's Articles have not been modified or amended since the corporation was founded.

WKA's initial trustees also wrote and adopted the Code of Regulations, and these regulations closely paralleled the Ohio Nonprofit Corporation Law. Since then, the Regulations have been changed and amended many times to stay current with the Association's changing business and legal requirements. All changes and amendments to the Code of Regulations must be, and have been, approved by a vote of the membership. Unlike the Articles, the Regulations are not required to be filed with the State of Ohio.

Under the Ohio Nonprofit Corporation Law, the WKA Board of Trustees may also adopt "bylaws" for its own governance so long as these bylaws are not inconsistent with the Ohio Nonprofit Corporation Law, the Articles and the Regulations. The Board of Trustees developed its bylaws between 2004 and 2006 and titled them the WKA Trustee Responsibilities and Guidelines. They were approved by a unanimous vote of the trustees on April 8, 2006. Changes and amendments to the bylaws [aka Trustee Responsibilities and Guidelines] may be made by a majority vote of the trustees and do not require membership approval.

The Ohio Nonprofit Corporation Law, Articles of Incorporation, Code of Regulations, and Trustee Responsibilities and Guidelines all work together to provide the governance structure under which WKA operates. They are used by the Trustees, Officers and Staff to manage the WKA business and function in the same way that the WKA Technical Manual, Tech Updates and Supplemental Rules are used for competitors and officials to follow at WKA sanctioned events. It should also be noted that WKA's Directors and Officers Insurance and Liability Insurance provide coverage only so long as the individuals involved comply with and follow all of the provisions in these documents.

To view the WKA Trustee Responsibilities and Guidelines, go to www.worldkarting.com/downloads/Trustee_Responsibilities.pdf .

-source: wka

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