Charter of The World Association of Abacus and Mental Arithmetic
（Approved by the Fourth General Assembly of WAAMA on July 22, 2014）
Chapter I General Principles
The name of association is: The World Association of Abacus and Mental Arithmetic, abbreviated as WAAMA.
WAAMA is an international united association composed of non-governmental education and research organizations of abacus and mental arithmetic.
The purposes of WAAMA are:
1. To carry forward the culture of abacus;
2. To strengthen the mutual friendly cooperation between the education and research organizations of abacus and mental arithmetic all over the world;
3. To promote the development of education on abacus and mental arithmetic;
4. To enlightening function of abacus and mental arithmetic in exploiting intelligence;
5. To benefit human being.
The functions of WAAMA are:
1. To organize academic exchange activities on abacus and mental arithmetic;
2. To set up rating appraisal standard and competition rule on abacus and mental arithmetic; to organize activities on rating appraisal and competition;
3. To compile and publish excellent academic publications and works on abacus and mental arithmetic; to propagate, popularize and disseminate the knowledge of abacus and mental arithmetic;
4. To appraise achievements in teaching and researching on abacus and mental arithmetic; to reward the people who make great contributions to abacus and mental arithmetic cause..
The location of the secretariat of WAAMA shall be in Beijing, China.
Chapter II Membership
WAAMA is composed of group members, which consists of council member and non-council member. Association, teaching or research institute of abacus and mental arithmetic, registered in their countries or region, have the right to apply for membership. If there is more than one organization in the same country or region, they are all allowed to apply for membership. Council member shall include the member of the First Council, the association of abacus and mental arithmetic in national or regional level and the education & research institute of abacus and mental arithmetic as the only one to be the member of WAAMA in its country or region. The other organizations engaging in education and academic research institutes of abacus and mental arithmetic shall join WAAMA as non-council member.
The condition and procedure for applying the membership of WAAMA is:
1. Acknowledge the Charter of WAAMA;
2. Submit an application in writing;
3. The applicant should be examined and approved by Executive Council;
4. Issue the membership certificate.
The member of WAAMA shall enjoy the following rights:
1. To participate in the General Assembly;
2. Council member has the right to vote and to stand for election; Non-council member only has the rights to vote;
3. To take part in the activities on academic exchange, rating appraisal and competition organized by WAAMA;
4. To obtain publications and academic data;
5. To join in and secede from WAAMA on voluntary basis.
The member of WAAMA shall fulfill the following obligations:
1. To abide by the charter of WAAMA;
2. To implement the decision and accomplish the task assigned by WAAMA;
3. To pay membership dues.
In the event of resignation from membership, the member should notify WAAMA in written and return membership certificate.
If member does the following things, his or hers membership will be derived:
1. To apply for seceding from WAAMA;
2. Not performing the obligations of his or hers membership. Fail to pay dues for four consecutive years and does not participate in activities of WAAMA.
3. Engaging in some activities, which disobey the purpose of WAAMA.
If there is more than one member in one country or region, the coordinator shall be appointed. To conducive to the connection between WAAMA and member, to help member to participate in the activities conducted by WAAMA in its country or region, WAAMA shall set up the system of coordination. The executive council member should take up the coordination work in his or her country or region. If there is no executive council member in country or region, other members there shall select one member as coordinator by consultation or election.
Chapter III Organizational Structure and Leadership Election
The supreme power organ is General Assembly, which exercise the following functions and rights:
1. To formulate and amend the Charter;
2. To elect and removel the council member;
3. To review the working report and financial report made by Council;
4. To decide the ending activities of WAAMA;
5. To decide on other important matters.
The General Assembly will meet once every four years. When the General Assembly is required to take place earlier or to be postponed due to special reasons, decision shall be made by consultation at the meeting of the Executive Council. At least two third of the members shall be required to present at the General Assembly. The member, who couldn’t attend the General Assembly, should entrust someone to attend the General Assembly or to submit his or her opinions in written to the General Assembly. All proposals shall be approved by vote.
The following ways can be used in voting:
1. Secret ballot;
2. Show of hands.
The Council as an executive body of the General Assembly consists of legal person or appointed representative of Council member. The Council shall lead WAAMA to perform its functions, and shall be responsible and accountable to the General Assembly when the General Assembly is not in session. The office term of the Council is four years.
The Council (or Executive Council) shall meet every year.
The Council has a President, several Vice Presidents and a Secretary-General.
The functions and rights of the Council are:
1. To implement the General Assembly's resolutions;
2. To elect the member of Executive Council.
3. To elect and recall the President, Vice Presidents and Secretary- General;
4. To hear and review the working report and financial report made by Executive Council;
5. To decide on the other important matters.
At least two third of the members shall present at the meeting so as to justify the holding of the Council’s meeting. The member, who couldn’t present at the meeting under special reason, should entrust someone to attend the meeting or to submit his or her opinions in written to the meeting.
The Executive Council is the implementary body of the Council. The Executive Council shall lead WAAMA to perform its functions, and shall be responsible and accountable to the Council when the Council is not in session. The functions and powers of the Executive Council are:
1. To implement the resolutions of the General Assembly and the Council;
2. To chair and submit working report to the Council’s meeting and the General Assembly;
3. To decide on the acceptance and the termination of membership;
4. To decide on holding the academic exchange seminar, conducting the activities of rating appraisal and competition on abacus and mental arithmetic.
At least two-third of members should be presented at the Executive Council’s meeting. The final resolutions of Executive Council meeting shall be voted by at least two-third of the members presented at the meeting for its effectiveness.
The president shall exercise the following functions and rights:
1. To implement the resolutions made by the General Assembly, the Council and the Executive Council;
2. To call and chair the meeting of Executive Council;
3. To decide the appointment and removal of Assistant of Secretary-General;
4. To sign the related important documents on behalf of WAAMA.
The Secretary-General shall exercise the following functions and rights:
1. Under the instruction of the President, motivating activities associated with conference and taking charge of the routine work of the Secretariat;
2. To nominate the candidates of Assistant to Secretary-General;
3. To decide the employment of staff in the Secretariat.
Charpter IV Principles of Assets Management and Their Usage
The financial resources of WAAMA:
1. Membership dues;
5. Income from the activities or services.
The financial expenditures of WAAMA:
1. The salary and welfare costs for the staff of Secretariat;
2. The administrative cost and cost for conducting activities on development of abacus and mental arithmetic;
3. The public costs for holding Council’s meeting and Executive Council’s meeting (transportation, boarding and lodging costs shall be self-funded by participant);
4. To alleviate burden of member, the Secretariat shall conduct activities by the principle of saving money.
WAAMA shall strictly implement accounting system and external audit system aiming at keeping accounting materials lawful, true, accurate and complete.
Charpter V Supplementary Articles
The emblem of WAAMA is an ellipse with a diamond abacus in it. The ellipse represents the globe and the diamond is the shape of abacus bead. The emblem is:
The right of interpretation of the Charter belongs to the Council.
The Charter in English version and Japanese version has the same validity as the Chinese version.