Article 1 - Name of Association
- The name of the organisation is International Feng Shui Association (IFSA), hereinafter called the "Association".
Article 2 - Legal Seat and Place of Business
- The legal seat of the Association shall be located in the Republic of Singapore. The place of business of the Association shall be at "9 Battery Road, Straits Trading Building, #17-02/12, Singapore 049910" or such other address as may subsequently be decided upon by the Management Committee and approved by the Registrar of Societies. The Association shall carry out activities only in place and premises which have the prior written approval from the relevant authorities, where necessary.
Article 3 - Boundaries
- The boundaries of "International" for the purposes of the Association shall be defined as any nation, territory or political division located globally.
Article 4 - Objectives
- The objectives of the Association shall be to encourage and assist in the development of the Feng Shui practitioners' profession globally, in a manner which enhances the image of the Feng Shui profession and fosters the highest standards of Feng Shui competence and practice, by:
- Uniting the Feng Shui profession and bring practitioners/organisations under a common banner.
- Providing a channel for the exchange of ideas and professional experience among those engaged in Feng Shui practice.
- Developing and publishing original studies and papers; conducting meetings and holding congresses and events with a view to promote the best practices of Feng Shui.
- Undertaking such other activities as may be of general benefit to all members.
- Promoting the profession in those parts of the world where it is still young and helping to establish Chapter Associations. It should do this from a strictly independent position.
- The Association shall do all and everything necessary, suitable and proper for carrying out the objectives of the Association, provided that it is not inconsistent with the laws under which the Association is organised.
Article 5 - Non-profit Organisation
- The Association is not organised for profit and it will not issue any stock, and no parts of its assets, income or earnings shall be used for dividends, or otherwise withdrawn or distributed to any of its members, except upon liquidation of its property in the case of dissolution; provided that, monies advanced or expenses incurred by the incorporates or other persons, prior to incorporation, for the promotion of the Association, may be assumed to be reimbursed or paid by the Association and expenses of the officers may also be paid with the funds of the Association.
Article 6 – Liability
- The private property, income or assets of the individual members, or officers of the Association or any of its authorised Chapters shall not be subject to the payment of the Association's debts to any extent whatsoever.
Article 7 – Membership
- There shall be the following categories of members:
- All memberships shall be at the discretion of the Management Committee as provided for in the Constitution. Conditions of membership in the Association for those organisations complying with standards of eligibility shall be in accordance with the Constitution.
- For the purpose of maintaining a fund for the operation of the Association, the members shall contribute such amounts as may be determined at each Annual General Meeting for the following fiscal year. The fiscal currency of the Association shall be the U.S. dollar. The Association may accept contributions in currency other than the U.S. dollar as circumstances may warrant.
- The Association may establish and put into effect such further rules, regulations and orders governing admission to membership, termination of membership, and duties and obligations of members as the Constitution provide.
Article 8 - Corporate Member
- Criteria for application as a Corporate Member
- Open to Feng Shui agencies/consultancies or organizations associated with the practice of Feng Shui.
- Each Corporate Member shall be represented by one representative who shall himself/herself meet the qualifications of Full Membership of the Association.
- Each Corporate Member is entitled to send up to a maximum of 2 representatives to be present at the Association's functions at members' rates. Each Corporate Member is entitled to exercise one voting right in the affairs of the Association and use the letters 'CIFSA'. Each Corporate Member shall be eligible to nominate one representative who is at least 21 years of age, from their agency/consultancy or organization to hold office in the Association.
- Annual membership fee is US$ 388 per annum.
Article 9 - Full Member
- Criteria for application as a Full Member:
- At least three years' comprehensive experience in Feng Shui practice; and
- Full Members are entitled to exercise full voting rights in the affairs of the Association and is entitled to use the letters "MIFSA" Full Members shall be eligible to hold office in the Association.
- Annual membership fee is US$ 288 per annum.
Article 10 - Associate Member
- Criteria for application as Associate Member:
- Have been professionally engaged in Feng Shui practice for a minimum period of one year; and
- Associate Members are entitled to exercise full voting rights in the affairs of the Association and is entitled to use the letters "AIFSA" Associate Members shall be eligible to hold office in the Association.
- Annual membership fee is US$ 188 per annum.
Article 11 - Affiliate Member
- Criteria for application as Affiliate Member:
- Not eligible for categories of membership mentioned above but otherwise associated or interested in the practise of Feng Shui; and
- Affiliate Members are not entitled to exercise full voting rights in the affairs of the Association. Affiliate Members shall not be eligible to hold office in the Association.
- Annual membership fee is US$88 per annum.
Article 12 - Fees and Subscriptions
- All applications must be accompanied by a remittance covering the entrance fee (to be decided by the Management Committee) and annual membership fee appropriate to the particular category of membership. All fees shall be payable in advance.
Article 13 - Admission
- Admission to each category of membership is subjected to approval by the Management Committee upon the advice of the Membership Committee.
Article 14 - Management of the Association
- The administration of the Association shall be entrusted to a Management Committee consisting of a President, Vice-President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and 3 Committee Members, who shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting.
- A Management Committee Meeting shall be held at least once every three (3) months after giving seven (7) days' notice to Committee Members. The President may call a committee meeting at any time by giving five (5) days' notice. At least one half of the committee members must be present for its proceedings to be valid.
- The duty of the Management Committee is to organise and supervise the daily activities of the Association. The Management Committee may not act contrary to the expressed wishes of the General Meeting without prior reference to it and shall always remain subordinate to the General Meetings.
- Subject to the approval from the relevant authorities, the Management Committee may establish activities and offices, other than the headquarters office, in any of the cities of any countries as may be deemed advantageous to the Association.
- Actions of the Management Committee shall be reported for review at the next Annual General Meeting.
- The Management Committee has power to authorise the expenditure of a sum not exceeding the amount agreed upon by the General Meeting of members from the Association's funds for the Association's purposes.
Article 15 - Election of Office-Bearers
- At the Annual General Meeting the Management Committee Members who have served a term of two years shall retire but they shall be eligible for re-election with the exception of the Honorary Treasurer. Every voting member of the Association shall be entitled to vote for as many candidates as there are vacancies to be filled and no more. The candidates up to the number of vacancies who shall receive most votes shall be declared elected and in case of two or more candidates receiving an equal number of votes the Chairman of the meeting shall have a second or casting vote. A Committee member so elected shall hold office for a term of two (2) years.
Article 16 - Duties of the Office-Bearers
- The President shall chair all General and Committee Meetings. He/she shall also represent the Association in its dealings with outside persons.
- The Vice-President shall assist the President in his/her duties and deputise for him/her in his / her absence.
- The Honorary Secretary shall keep all records except financial of the Association and shall be responsible for their correctness. He/she will keep minutes of all General and Committee Meetings.
- The Honorary Treasurer shall keep all funds and collect and disburse all moneys on behalf of the Association and shall keep an account of all monetary transactions and shall be responsible for their correctness. He is authorised to expend up to an amount agreed upon by the General Meeting of members for petty expenses on behalf of the Association. He will not keep more than the amount agreed upon by the General Meeting of members in the form of cash and money in excess of this will be deposited in a bank to be named by the Management Committee. Cheques, etc. for withdrawals from the bank will be jointly signed by any two of the following four office bearers: Honorary Treasurer, the President, Vice President and the Honorary Secretary.
- The Management Committee will have the power to co-opt additional members in addition to the 3 voted into the Management Committee. A member so co-opted shall have no right to vote.
- Any member of the Management Committee absenting himself/herself from three (3) meetings consecutively without satisfactory explanations shall be deemed to have withdrawn from the Management Committee, and a successor may be co-opted by the Management Committee to serve until the next Annual General Meeting.
Article 17 – Operation
- The day-to-day operation of the affairs of the Association shall be spear headed by a General Secretary. The Management Committee shall appoint the General Secretary and the terms of appointment shall be for a period of no less than 2 years. The General Secretary shall have no right to vote.
Article 18 - Supreme Authority and Annual General Meeting
- The supreme authority of the Association is vested in a General Meeting of members presided over by the President.
- The Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held not later than the 31st of December for the following purposes:
- To receive the annual report and pass the accounts for the preceding financial year;
- To elect the management committee in accordance with Article 15;
- To appoint auditors for the ensuing year; and
- To transact any other business of which fourteen clear days' notice has been given in writing to the General Secretary.
- The voting rights of members shall be in accordance with the constitution. Voting shall be by show of hands without prejudice to the rights of any member to call for a vote by secret ballot.
- The voting member may be represented by a duly authorised proxy who may cast whatever vote he/she might cast if the principal was personally present.
- At least fourteen (14) day notice shall be given of an Annual General Meeting. Notice of meeting stating the date, time and place of meeting shall be sent by the General Secretary to all voting members. The particulars of the agenda shall be posted on the Association's notice board four (4) days in advance of the meeting.
- Any member desirous of moving any resolution at the Annual General Meeting shall give notice in writing to the General Secretary not less than seven (7) days before the date of such a meeting.
Article 19 - Extraordinary General Meeting
- Extraordinary General Meetings may be convened by the Management Committee by giving not less than fourteen (14) days' notice to each member stating the purposes for which a meeting is required.
- An Extraordinary General Meeting may also be called by the President on the request in writing of not less than 25% of the total voting membership or thirty (30) voting members, whichever is the lesser. The notice in writing shall be given to the General Secretary setting forth the business that is to be transacted. The Extraordinary General Meeting shall be convened within two (2) months from receiving this request to convene the Extraordinary General Meeting.
- If the Management Committee does not within two (2) months after the date of the receipt of the written request proceed to convene an Extraordinary General Meeting, the members who requested for the Extraordinary General Meeting shall convene the Extraordinary General Meeting by giving ten (10) days' notice to voting members setting forth the business to be transacted and simultaneously posting the agenda on the Association's notice board.
- No business other than that specified in the notice of the Extraordinary General Meeting shall be transacted at the meeting without the sanction of the Chairman of the meeting.
Article 20- Amendments to the Constitution and Articles
- The Constitution of the Association may be amended and matters of finance approved by agreement of a two-thirds majority vote of the members present at a meeting of the Association duly convened as prescribed in the Constitution.
- No amendment of the Constitution of the Association may be made at such meetings unless notice of resolution to the amendment has been sent to every member entitled to vote at least 14 days prior to the meeting and they shall not come into force without the prior sanction of the Registrar of Societies.
- Any voting member of the Association may propose amendments to the Constitution for consideration of the Association at its next meeting duly convened in accordance with the Constitution.
Article 21 - Proceedings at General Meetings
- At General Meetings of the Association, the President and in his absence, a member selected by the Management Committee shall take the chair. Every voting member shall be entitled to one vote upon every motion and in case of an equality of votes, the Chairman of the meeting shall have a second or casting vote.
Article 22 – Quorum
- The quorum at all General Meetings shall be at least one quarter of the total voting membership or thirty (30) voting members of the Association, whichever is the lesser, present at such meetings. Proxies shall not be constituted as part of the quorum. In the absence of a quorum, the General Meeting shall be adjourned for at least half an hour and should the members then present be insufficient to form a quorum, those present shall be considered a quorum but they shall have no power to alter, amend or make additions to the Constitution of the Association.
Article 23 - Audit / Financial Year
- The accounts of the Association shall be audited by a firm of Auditors approved by the Management Committee and appointed at the Annual General Meeting. No partners or employees of this firm shall be eligible to sit on the Management Committee or any sub-committee of the Association.
- Will be required to audit each year's accounts and present a report upon them to the Annual General Meeting.
- May be required by the President to audit the Association's accounts for any period within their tenure of office at any date and make a report to the Management Committee.
- The financial year of the Association shall be from 1st October to 30th September.
Article 24 – Prohibitions
- Gambling of any kind and the playing of paikow or mahjong, whether for stakes or not, is forbidden on the Association's premises.
- The introduction of material for gambling or drug taking and of bad characters into the premises is prohibited.
- The funds of the Association shall not be used to pay the fines of members who have been convicted in a court of law.
- No member shall borrow or pledge credit in the name of the Association.
- The Association shall not engage in any trade union activity as defined in any written law relating to trade unions for the time being in force in Singapore.
- The Association shall not attempt to restrict or interfere with trade or make directly or indirectly any recommendation to, any arrangement with its members which has the purpose or is likely to have the effect of fixing or controlling the price or any discount, allowance or rebate relating to any goods or service which adversely affect consumer interests.
- The Association shall not hold any lottery whether confined to its Members or not, in the name of the Association or its office-bearers, Management Committee or members.
- The Association shall not indulge in any political activity or allow its fund and/or premises to be used for political purposes.
- The Association shall not raise funds from the public for whatever purposes without the prior approval in writing of the Head, Licensing Division, Singapore Police Force and other relevant authorities.
Article 25 – Trustees
- If the Association at any time acquires any immovable property, such property shall be vested in trustees subject to a declaration of trust.
- The trustees of the Association shall:
- Not be more than four (4) and not less than two (2) in number.
- Be elected by a General Meeting of members.
- Not effect any sale or mortgage of property without the prior approval of the General Meeting of members.
- The office of the trustee shall be vacated:
- If the trustee dies or becomes a lunatic or of unsound mind.
- If he is absent from the Republic of Singapore for a period of more than one (1) year.
- If he is guilty of misconduct of such a kind as to render it undesirable that he continues as a trustee.
- If he submits notice of resignation from his trusteeship.
- Notice of any proposal to remove a trustee from his trusteeship or to appoint a new trustee to fill a vacancy must be given by posting it on the notice board in the Association's premises at least two (2) weeks before the General Meeting at which the proposal is to be discussed. The result of such General Meeting shall then be notified to the Registrar of Societies.
- The address of each immovable property, name of each trustee and any subsequent change must be notified to the Registrar of Societies.
Article 26 – Interpretation
- In the event of any question or matter pertaining to day-to-day administration which is not expressly provided for in this Constitution, the Management Committee shall have power to use their own discretion. The decision of the Management Committee shall be final unless it is reversed at a General Meeting of members.
Article 27 – Dissolution
- The Association shall not be dissolved, except with the consent of not less than two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the Association either in person or by proxy at a general meeting convened for the purpose.
- In the event of the Association being dissolved as provided above, all debts and liabilities legally incurred on behalf of the Association shall be fully discharged and the remaining funds will be donated to charitable organisations.
- Notice of dissolution shall be given to the Registrar of Societies within seven (7) days of the dissolution.
Article 28 - Visitors and Guests
- Visitors and guests may be admitted into the premises of the Association but they shall not be admitted into the privileges of the Association. All visitors and guests shall abide by the Association's rules and regulations
Article 29 – Disputes
- In the event of any dispute arising amongst members, they shall attempt to resolve the matter at an Extraordinary General Meeting in accordance with this Constitution. Should the members fail to resolve the matter, they may bring the matter to a court of law for settlement.