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2004 to 2013



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25 January 2004

To: Terence Amerasinghe, Reinhart Ruge, Eugenia Almand, Max Steele, Alwyn Moss, Phyllis Turk, and Dauji Gupta.

From: Glen T. Martin, Vice-President and Treasurer, IOWP

 

As you all know, Dr. Amerasinghe has delegated me to call and chair meetings of IOWP since I am in a better technical position to receive faxes, emails, phone calls, etc.   I am setting as our meeting date 25 February 2004.  Please discuss these matters with one another and respond before or on that date, at which time I will be available during the day by email.  I will report the results of the meeting once all responses are in, and any of you have the legal right to challenge those results and seek their confirmation if you wish.  If (for any meeting) I do not hear from any of you with a questioning of the minutes within 30 days of when they are issued (in this case 25 February 2004), our Board of Trustees will assume the minutes, and the wording of any resolutions, have been approved.

 

As you also know, you have all have consented to be designated as "Trustees" of the Institute on World Problems.  The Institute transfers the educational mission of the Graduate School of World Problems into the similar mission of Institute, now legally incorporated in Virginia, USA, using the same motto: "Building Leadership Skills for the Earth Federation." 

 

Dr. Amerasinghe and Eugenia Almand, both heading and working for the GSWP, headquartered in Amerasinghe's offices in Colombo, Sri Lanka, have consented to be President and Executive Director respectively of the IOWP, headquartered both in Amerasinghe's offices in Colombo and at 313 Seventh Ave., Radford, VA.  The website of the Graduate School, designed by Eugenia Almand, will remain at http://www.csun.edu/~kea30527/ but will not be further updated.  Eugenia will be web-master for the new IOWP site at www.worldproblems.net.

 

 According to our Articles of Incorporation, the Trustees may be between 3 and 15 people, elected by majority vote of a quorum of the existing Trustees.  The following motion has been moved and seconded by Dr. Amerasinghe, Dr. Almand, and Dr. Martin:

 

1.      To elect the following persons, well-known to us all, to the board of trustees (Trustees serve 5 year terms):

            Mr. Jagdish Gandhi, 12 Station Rd., Lucknow 226001, Uttar Pradesh, India.

            Prof. Dominique Balouki, Boete Postale 1264, Lome, Togo, West Africa

2.      To work with WCPA in the development of the 8th session of the Provisional World Parliament to be held in August in Lucknow, invited by Jagdish Gandhi, Founder/Manager of the City Montessori School of Lucknow (CMS).

3.      To approve the IOWP Treasurer's Reports that I sent to you dated 5 April 2003 and 20 December 2004.




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Meeting Minutes: 25 February 2004, by Glen T. Martin

From meeting call and agenda issued on 25 January 2004.

All members responded to our three issues.  Quorum achieved, thank you. 

Eugenia Almand: by email, GA: yes, to Gandhi and Baluki as Trustees, yes, to IOWP participation in developing the 8th session of Parliament with Jagdish Gandhi in Lucknow, and approval of the budget.

Reinhart Ruge: by telephone from Mexico: yes to all three items.

Terence Amerasinghe: by telephone from Canada:  yes to all three items.

Alwyn Moss: by telephone from Blacksburg, VA:  Yes on all three items because the majority wants these, but with the qualification that she does not know the candidates or the Lucknow venue.

Phyllis Turk: in person: yes, on all three items.

Dauji Gupta: by email: yes, on all three items.

Max Steele: by telephone from Denver, CO: yes, on all three items

Glen T. Martin: yes, on all three items

1.      Resolved: Jagdish Gandhi and Dominique Balouki are elected to the Board of Trustees.

2.      Resolved: IOWP should work with WCPA on developing the 8th session of the PWP in Lucknow.

3.      All members approved the budget reports of 5 April 2003 and 20 December 2004.

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22 March 2004

To: Reinhart Ruge, Terence Amerasinghe, Max Steele, Eugenia Almand, Dauji Gupta, Alwyn Moss, Phyllis Turk, Glen T. Martin

 Dear Trustees (or potential Trustees whom I am including on this list) of the Institute On World Problems,

We are confronted with the need to amend the Articles of Incorporation of the IOWP that are now registered with the State of Virginia.  As you know, our President, Dr. Terence Amerasinghe, has delegated me the authority to call and hold meetings on behalf of IOWP, since I have the technology, through Radford University, to do this much more efficiently than can be done from the office in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Since our present by-laws allow for long distance meetings, I am calling a meeting for 30 days from now: 22 April 2004 at which time I will be available all day to coordinate email discussion.  If you wish, you may respond before that time to our only agenda item and this will constitute your presence at the meeting.

However, I am requesting that all of you respond very soon, so I will be able to confirm amending the articles and move us ahead with the this important application.

The only Board member not on this email list is Reinhart Ruge whom I will telephone about this matter.

1) As you know, we are applying to the Internal Revenue Service of the U.S. Federal Government for a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status as a non-profit educational organization. The IRS has just sent me notice that we need to add a paragraph to our present by-laws and then amend what we have on file with Virginia. They say it is necessary for us to add the following statement in order to qualify for 501(c)(3) status:

"This organization is organized exclusively for religious, charitable or educational purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Notwithstanding any other provision of these Articles, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from Federal income tax as an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or corresponding section of any future federal tax code)."

I have added this statement pending your approval. The form that I must fill out for the State of Virginia to amend these by-laws requires me to put the date of the Board meeting and the number voting for and against the amendment. We need, of course, a "yes" vote to proceed with our application for federal non-profit status. Please reply to this email with a "yes" or "no" vote on this item #1.

2) Secondly, Reinhart Ruge, Max Steele, Terence Amerasinghe, Eugenia Almand, and myself have been moving ahead with the relationship of the IOWP to the World Constitution and Parliament Association. As you know, in Chennai decisions were made to create a new Executive Cabinet, letterhead, and leadership for the WCPA organization. For the revised WCPA to receive donations, we are considering registering the WCPA as a name under which the IOWP does business.

Since the aims of the organizations are almost identical, this would allow WCPA donations to come to the IOWP and also give the IOWP the name recognition now held by the WCPA. Insofar as the WCPA is currently only registered in the state of Colorado, USA, it is perfectly legal to use the name in Virginia and elsewhere. We have checked with a lawyer and with the Colorado corporate records about this.

We would like to add this as well to the Articles of Incorporation. I think it can only be to the benefit of our work and the IOWP. It is very important for the continued development of the work of the IOWP. Hence, item #2 is: Should we amend the Articles of Incorporation to state that the IOWP may do business under the name of the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA)?. Please reply to this email with a "yes" or "no" vote on item #2.

Thanks very much. Please respond as soon as possible so I can move forward on this.

I hope you are all doing well. Yours in peace and hope,

Glen T. Martin,   Vice-President, Treasurer

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Meeting Minutes 22 April 2004

From meeting call and agenda issued on March 22, 2004.

All members responded on or before April 22: quorum achieved.

 Eugenia Almand: by telephone from Atlanta, GA: yes to by-law changes, yes to finding ways to integrate with purposes overlapping with WCPA.

 Reinhart Ruge: by telephone from Mexico: yes to by-law changes, yes to finding ways to integrate with WCPA.

 Terence Amerasinghe: by fax from Canada: yes on both items.

 Alwyn Moss: by email from Blacksburg, VA: yes on both items.

 Phyllis Turk: in person: yes, on both items.

 Dauji Gupta: by email: yes, on both items.

 Max Steele: by telephone from Denver, CO: yes, on both items.

 Glen T. Martin: yes, on both items.

         Resolved:

1.      That the IOWP by-laws be amended according with the non-discrimination statement quoted in the agenda of 22 March 2004:

"This organization is organized exclusively for religious, charitable or educational purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Notwithstanding any other provision of these Articles, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from Federal income tax as an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or corresponding section of any future federal tax code)."

 

2.      That IOWP find ways to integrate with WCPA insofar as the missions of the two organizations overlap.

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ANNUAL MEETING MARCH-APRIL 2005.

Meeting notice and agenda items:  15 March 2005

Meeting called by Glen T. Martin

Dear Trustees,

With the consent of our President, Dr. Amerasinghe, I am calling a meeting of the Board of Trustees with 30 days notice between now and 15 April 2005.  As you know, according to our by-laws, our meetings can be conducted internationally by electronic form: email, telephone, fax, etc.  Please respond to the agenda items below and discuss these with other Trustees, between now and April 15.  On that day I will be available by email all day as our official meeting date.

Also, as all of you know, you are free to propose any new business or agenda items to the group, and are free to question the accuracy of the minutes of any meeting. You all have our collective emails and you all have Reinhart Ruge's phone number (as he does not use email).  Please discuss matters as you see fit and question anything you wish collectively with emails to the entire group and a phone call to Reinhart.

Our current work: Our Executive Director, Eugenia Almand, with the support of the other officers is leading the way on integrating the central features of curriculum of the Graduate School of World Problems (which, as you know, she developed) into the mission and activities of the IOWP. These include: (1) English as a second language, (2) promoting Esperanto study, (3) systematically studying world problems, (4) focusing holistically on the interrelation of world problems, (5) systematic study of the Earth Constitution in relation to world problems, and (6) "building leadership skills for the Earth Federation." Our seminars around the world and website reflect these goals.

Issues on which to vote in this meeting:

1.      As most of you know, Max Steele has been uncommunicative since he hosted my visit to Denver in 2004 to explore the legal options of obtaining our rightful control of the WCPA assets there.   Dr. Amerasinghe has moved, and Eugenia Almand seconded, that he be removed from our Board of Trustees.  It may be that people in Denver have gotten to him and his wife in some way and convinced him not to cooperate with us.

2.      WCPA has been invited by Dr. Ramadan Breki and his associates in Libya to hold the 9th session of the Provisional World Parliament in Tripoli.  Should IOWP work with WCPA again for this Parliament session?

3.      The New Treasurer's Report will be coming out early in April and I will send you all copies.  Please respond to me and the group with your approval and/or comments.

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Annual meeting minutes

15 April 2005

From meeting call and agenda issued on 15 March 2005.

Glen T. Martin

Dear Trustees of IOWP,

      In response to my meeting call and agenda of 15 March 2005, all trustees responded except Jagdish Gandhi, who, as we all know, is extremely busy as Founder/Manager of CMS Lucknow, Dr. Balouki, who rarely checks his email in Togo, and Max Steele, whom I was unable to reach in Denver.  Hence, we have a quorum.

 Eugenia Almand: by email: yes, to removing Max Steele as IOWP Trustee, yes, to working with WCPA on the next session of Parliament in Libya, and yes to the 5 April 2005 budget.

Reinhart Ruge:  by telephone from Mexico: yes to all three items.

Terence Amerasinghe: by telephone from Canada:  yes to all three items.

Alwyn Moss: by telephone from Blacksburg, VA:  Yes.  Alwyn wants us to know that she wishes our work well, but is not actively involved with the issues.  Yes, on all three issues.

Phyllis Turk: in person: yes, on all three items.

Dauji Gupta: by email: yes, on all three items.

Max Steele: unable to reach him by phone or email.

Glen T. Martin: yes, on all three items.

1.      Resolved: That Max Steele be removed as a Trustee of IOWP.

2.      Resolved: that IOWP work with WCPA to pursue development of the next session of the Provisional World Parliament in Libya.

3.      All members who voted approved the advance copy of the Treasurer's Report of 30 April 2005.

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ANNUAL MEETING MARCH-APRIL 2006.

Meeting notice and agenda items:  4 March 2006

Meeting called by Glen T. Martin

To: Terence Amerasinghe, Eugenia Almand, Dominique Baluki, Jagdish Gandhi, Dauji Gupta, Alwyn Moss, Reinhart Ruge, and Phyllis Turk.

Dear Trustees,

As you know our President, Dr. Amerasinghe, would like me to call our annual meeting of the Board of Trustees.  I am doing this today with 30 days notice between now and 4 April 2006.  As you know, according to our by-laws, our meetings can be conducted internationally by electronic form: email, telephone, fax, etc.  Please respond to the agenda items below and discuss these with other Trustees, between now and April 4.  On that day I will be available by email all day as our official meeting date.

Also, any of you can ask Terrence Amerasinghe to call additional meetings at any time.  We are all very busy people living in different cultures and environments, but we all want to work of IOWP/GSWP to prosper and succeed.

Also, as I have said before, you are free to propose any new business or agenda items to the group, and are free to question the accuracy of the minutes of any meeting. You all have our collective emails and you all have Reinhart Ruge's phone number (as he does not use email).  Please discuss matters as you see fit and question anything you wish collectively with emails to the entire group and a phone call to Reinhart.

As you know several of us will be attending the meeting of the Provisional World Parliament in Tripoli next month (Terence, myself, Eugenia, Dauji Gupta, and Prof. Balouki).  We have excellent WCPA sponsored legislation ready and a broad range of delegates coming: some 59 people from 28 countries.

As several of you also know, the Institute for Economic Democracy (IED Press) has published my book Millennium Dawn, which contains chapters on the Earth Constitution and much relating to our global educational work. They are a 501C3 like us. Our only agenda item this meeting is whether IOWP should institute formal relations with IED Press by my becoming a member IED Press Board and we electing the President of IED, JW Smith, to the IOWP Board of Trustees.  I have nominated him and Eugenia has seconded this.  It appears to me much to our advantage to promote this relationship.

Secondly, Terence has nominated his nephew in Sri Lanka, Nalin Jayasuriya, to the IOWP Board of Trustees and I have seconded this motion.  As some of you know, Nalin is a prosperous business man in Colombo sympathetic with our work at IOWP and with the global work of his uncle.

Please discuss this and let me know by 4 April 2006 whether you approve the nominations of JW Smith and Nalin Jayasuriya to our Board of Trustees.

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Annual meeting minutes

4 April 2006: from call and agenda of 4 March 2006

Glen T. Martin

 Dear Trustees of IOWP,     

       In response to my meeting call and agenda of 4 March 2006, all trustees responded except Jagdish Gandhi and Alwyn Moss.   Hence, the votes below represent a quorum.

 Terence Amerasinghe: by surface mail letter:  yes, to both nominations: JW Smith and N. Jayasuriya.

 Eugenia Almand: by telephone: yes, to approving both JW Smith and Nalin Jayasuriya to the IOWP Board of Trustees.

Dominique Balouki: by telephone to Togo, yes, to both nominations.

Jagdish Gandhi: no response during the 30 day time period.

Dauji Gupta: by email: yes, on both nominations.

Glen T. Martin: yes, to both nominations.

Alwyn Moss: no response during the 30 day time period.

Reinhart Ruge: by telephone from Mexico: yes to both nominations.

Phyllis Turk: in person: yes, on both nominations.

 Resolved: That J.W. Smith from Arizona and Nalin Jayasuriya from Sri Lanka are approved as Trustees of IOWP.

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ANNUAL MEETING MARCH-APRIL 2007.

Meeting notice and agenda items:  10 March 2007

Meeting called by Glen T. Martin

To: Terence Amerasinghe, Eugenia Almand, Dominique Baluki, Jagdish Gandhi, Dauji Gupta, Nalin Jayasuriya, Alwyn Moss, Reinhart Ruge, JW Smith, and Phyllis Turk.

Dear Trustees,

As you know our President, Dr. Amerasinghe, would like me to call our annual meeting of the Board of Trustees.  I am doing this today with 30 days notice between now and 10 April 2007.  As you know, according to our by-laws, our meetings can be conducted internationally by electronic form: email, telephone, fax, etc.  Please respond to the agenda items below and discuss these with other Trustees, between now and April 10.  On that day I will be available by email all day as our official meeting date.

Also, any of you can ask Terrence Amerasinghe to call additional meetings at any time.  We are all very busy people living in different cultures and environments, but we all want to work of IOWP/GSWP to prosper and succeed.

Also, as I have said before, you are free to propose any new business or agenda items to the group, and are free to question the accuracy of the minutes of any meeting. You all have our collective emails and you all have Reinhart Ruge's phone number (as he does not use email).  Please discuss matters as you see fit and question anything you wish collectively with emails to the entire group and a phone call to Reinhart.

      As you all know, our elected officers, Terrence (President), Eugenia (Executive Director), me (Vice-President and Treasurer), Reinhart (VP), and Dauji Gupta (VP) are busy every hear organizing seminars in various countries around the world on behalf of IOWP, just as Terence, Eugenia, and I did for the Graduate School of World Problems, prior to our becoming IOWP in 2003.  This is a fundamental aspect of our jobs as officers. The list of these seminars, and photos, as you know, are on my web-site at http://www.radford.edu/~gmartin/IOWP%20seminars.htm, which is regularly updated by me.  Hence, you can follow our work in this way, just as you can follow the work of the Provisional World Parliament on the IOWP website at www.worldproblems.net. 

         Agenda items: 

1.      Approval of last year's Treasurers Report for May 1, 2005 to April 30, 2006, which you all received some time ago by email and, in the case of Reinhart, by fax. 

2.      Approval of our work with Dr. Balouki for the 10th session of the PWP in June 2007 in Kara, Togo.

 

Please raise any other business items you wish in the next 30 days.   Please also respond with your approval and/or questions in the next 30 days.

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Annual meeting minutes

10 April 2007

From the meeting call and agenda issued 10 March 2007.

Glen T. Martin

 Dear Trustees of IOWP,

      In response to my meeting call and agenda of 10 March 2007, all trustees responded except Jagdish Gandhi and Alwyn Moss.   Hence, the votes below represent a quorum.  The only agenda items were approval of the Treasurer's report for 1 May 2005 to 30 April 2006 and IOWP work with WCPA on the 10th session of Parliament this coming June 2007.

 Terence Amerasinghe: in person, Treasurer’s report approved and work with WCPA on PWP 10 approved.

 Eugenia Almand: in person, both items approved.

Dominique Balouki: by telephone to Togo, both items approved.

 Jagdish Gandhi: no response during the 30 day time period.

Dauji Gupta: in person, both items approved.

Nalin Jayasuriya: by email, both items approved.

 Glen T. Martin: both items approved.               

Alwyn Moss: no response during the 30 day time period.

Reinhart Ruge:  in person, both items approved.

JW Smith: by telephone, both items approved.

 Phyllis Turk: in person: both items approved.

 Resolved: Treasurer's Report dated 1 May 2005 to 30 April 2006 approved.

Resolved: IOWP to work with WCPA in developing the 10th session of the Parliament in Togo in June 2007.

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Annual meeting call and agenda

Glen T. Martin

3 March 2008.  Our meeting will be on or before 3 April 2008.  Please respond to the agenda items in the next 30 days.

 Dear Trustees,

As you all know, it has been a sad year with our beloved President of IOWP and of WCPA dying at age 90 in June 2007.  In March, we had just completed the IOWP seminar at the New Humanity Center in Kalamata, Greece where Terence led us in awarding the J.D. degree to Eugenia Almand and in plans for the future of IOWP, with his nephew, Jalin Jayasuriya, in attendance.

When I was last in Sri Lanka with him, he put me up in the Ranmuthu Hotel, which is an older hotel that had been the venue of the Third Constituent Assembly in 1979.  The manager remembered the event well.  Each day he would bring me documents from his archive of the Graduate School of World Problems and WCPA, and go over with me the history of his involvement with our work.  He knew he was nearing the end.  I said that we needed him and I was not ready to lead these organizations.  He replied that he was "confident in the future with these organizations resting on my broad shoulders." I hope that I will be able to live up to his high standards and expectations.

 Agenda items:  As usual, please add any new business you wish to the agenda and discuss these items among yourselves.  As usual, any meeting result may be challenged and lack of challenge implies approval of the meeting minutes.

 1.      For continuity of our work, I have assumed the Presidency of IOWP, as you know, and I request that you confirm this in our annual meeting this coming month. 

2.       Approval of the Treasurer's Report, 1 May 2006 to 30 April 2007.

 Finally, as you know, our new fiscal year runs from May 1st to April 30, we do not have a budget report ready for your approval.  As you know, I turn these in every year to the State of Virginia as per their legal requirements.  That is why we approved the Treasurer's Report for the past fiscal year. This year we will be required to do our 5 year review with the IRS to show that we are functioning as a proper 501 C3 organization in the US.  I will, of course, forward you the results of that review.

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Annual meeting minutes.

3 April 2008

From the meeting call and agenda issued 3 March 2008.

Glen T. Martin        

 Dear Trustees of IOWP,

 In response to our meeting call and agenda, all trustees responded except Jagdish Gandhi and Alwyn Moss responded.    A quorum is achieved.  If we do not hear a challenge or question from you within the next 30 days, these minutes are considered approved.

 Eugenia Almand: by telephone: yes to Glen T. Martin as IOWP President, and to approving the Treasurer's Report for 1 May 2006 to 30 April 2007.

Dominique Balouki: telephone: yes to both items.

 Jagdish Gandhi: no response within 30 days.

Dauji Gupta: email: yes to both items.

Nalin Jayasuriya: email: yes to both items.

Glen T. Martin: yes to both items.

Alwyn Moss: no response within 30 days.

Reinhart Ruge: by telephone, yes to both items.

JW Smith: telephone: yes to both items.

Phyllis Turk: in person: yes to both items.

Resolved that Glen T. Martin continue as IOWP President replacing Dr. Amerasinghe.

 Resolved: the Treasurer’s Report for 1 May 2006 to 30 April 2007 is approved.

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Annual meeting call and agenda

Glen T. Martin

7 March 2009.  Our meeting will be on or before 7April 2009.  Please respond to the agenda items in the next 30 days.

 Dear Trustees,

As you all know, WCPA held a meeting in conjunction with the International Conference of Chief Justices in Lucknow, India, last December 2008.  There was not a quorum present but we discussed the possibility of holding the next session of the Provisional World Parliament either in Zagreb, Croatia as invited by Dr. Slavko Kulic and Marija Pavkov, or in Nainital, India, as recommended by Dr. Preeti Shankar.  Since Slavko and Marija have informed us that the political climate in Croatia has since become unfavorable for a session of Parliament there, we have turned our attention to working with the Sri Aurobindo Ashram there to develop the Parliament.

Secondly, we passed our 5 year review with the IRS which concluded that we are indeed functioning as a non-profit under the US 501C3 statute.  Please see the attached document. 

Third, we have last year's Treasurer's Report attached for your approval.

Finally, of our initial officers of IOWP are up for their 5 year reelection.  All are willing to be reelected: Eugenia Almand as Executive Director, Glen T. Martin, who took over after the death of Terence Amerasinghe, as President, Treasurer, and Secretary, and Reinhart Ruge as Vice-President.  Please nominate others if you wish, or vote on these reelection nominees individually.

 Agenda items:  As usual, please add any new business you wish to the agenda and discuss these items among yourselves.  As usual, any meeting result may be challenged and lack of challenge implies approval of the meeting minutes.

 1.      To work with WCPA to develop the 11th session of the PWP for Nainital, India in July 2009.

2.      To approve the Treasurer's Report for May 1, 2007 to April 30, 2008.

3.      To approve the reelection of each:

Eugenia Almand as Executive Director

Glen T. Martin as President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

Reinhart Ruge as Vice-President.

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Annual meeting minutes.

7 April 2009

From the meeting call and agenda issued 7 March 2009.

Glen T. Martin             

 Dear Trustees of IOWP,

 In response to our meeting call and agenda, all trustees responded except Jagdish Gandhi and Alwyn Moss responded.    A quorum is achieved.  If we do not hear a challenge or question from you within the next 30 days, these minutes are considered approved.

 Eugenia Almand: by telephone: yes to developing the 11th session of the Parliament in association with WCPA for Nainital, India, July 2009 and to approving the Treasurer’s Report for 1 May 2007 to 30 April 2008. Yes, to renewing the positions of the three officers.

Dominique Balouki: telephone: yes to all items.

 Jagdish Gandhi: no response within 30 days.

Dauji Gupta: email: yes to all three items.

Nalin Jayasuriya: email: yes to all items.

Glen T. Martin: yes to all three items.

Alwyn Moss: no response within 30 days.

Reinhart Ruge: by telephone, yes to the 3 items.

JW Smith: telephone: yes to all items.

Phyllis Turk: in person: yes to all items.

 Resolved that IOWP work with WCPA in developing the 11th session of the PWP for Nainital, India, July 2009.

 Resolved: the Treasurer’s Report for 1 May 2007 to 30 April 2008 is approved.

Resolved: that Eugenia Almand be renewed as Executive Director, Reinhart Ruge as Vice-President, and Glen Martin as President, Treasurer, and Secretary.

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Annual meeting call and agenda

Glen T. Martin

12 March 2010.  Our meeting will be on or before 12 April 2010.  Please respond to the agenda items in the next 30 days.

 Dear Trustees,

         Dr. Chattopadhyay, head of the International Society for Intercultural Study and Research (ISISAR), based in Kolkata, has invited us to hold the next session of Parliament in Kolkata in conjunction with their big peace conference in December 2010, following the International Conference of Chief Justices in Lucknow. 

        Also, as you know, IOWP Trustee J.W. Smith has worked with us to make the Institute for Economic Democracy Press both an economic democracy press and an Earth Federation press.  In collaboration with IOWP, IED Press has published my books Assent to Freedom (2008), Triumph of Civilization (2010), Constitution for the Federation of Earth (2010) and The Earth Federation Movement (2011).  We are very pleased to have him as a member of our Board.

I have also attached last year’s Treasurer’s Report attached for your approval.

 Agenda items:  As usual, please add any new business you wish to the agenda and discuss these items among yourselves.  As usual, any meeting result may be challenged and lack of challenge implies approval of the meeting minutes.

 1.      To work with WCPA and ISISAR to develop the 12th session of the PWP for Kolkata, India, in December 2010.

2.      To approve the Treasurer’s Report for May 1, 2008 to April 30, 2009.

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Annual meeting minutes.

12 April 2010

From the meeting call and agenda issued 12 March 2010.

Glen T. Martin             

 Dear Trustees of IOWP,

 In response to our meeting call and agenda, all trustees responded except Jagdish Gandhi and Alwyn Moss responded.    A quorum is achieved.  If we do not hear a challenge or question from you within the next 30 days, these minutes are considered approved.

 Eugenia Almand—by telephone: yes, to developing the 12th session of the Parliament in association with WCPA for Kolkata, India, December 2010, and to approving the Treasurer’s Report for 1 May 2008 to 30 April 2009.

Dominique Balouki—telephone: yes to both items.

 Jagdish Gandhi—no response within 30 days.

Dauji Gupta—email: yes to both items.

Nalin Jayasuriya—email: yes to both items.

Glen T. Martin—yes to both items.

Alwyn Moss—no response within 30 days.

Reinhart Ruge—by telephone, yes to both items.

JW Smith—email: yes to both items.

Phyllis Turk—in person: yes to both items.

 Resolved that IOWP work with WCPA and ISISAR in developing the 12th session of the PWP for Kolkata, India, December 2010.

 Resolved: the Treasurer’s Report for 1 May 2008 to 30 April 2009 is approved.

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Annual meeting call and agenda

Glen T. Martin

16 March 2011.  Our meeting will be on or before 16 April 2011.  Please respond to the agenda items in the next 30 days.

Dear Trustees,

         As you know, the WCPA and IOWP annually have representation at the International Conferences of Chief Justices held in Lucknow each year and sponsored by our Trustee, Jagdish Gandhi.  We plan to be in Lucknow again this coming December.

        I would like to nominate Mr. Kevin Edds of Tucson, Arizona to membership in the Board of Trustees.  This is seconded by Dr. Almand.  As some of you know, Kevin has been working to raise consciousness and funds for IOWP for several years now, on a voluntary basis.  He is committed to our work and I think would make an excellent member of our Board of Trustees.

Our only agenda item for this meeting is the most recent Treasurer’s Report, which is attached.

 Agenda items:  As usual, please add any new business you wish to the agenda and discuss these items among yourselves.  As usual, any meeting result may be challenged and lack of challenge implies approval of the meeting minutes.

 Motions:

1.      To approve Mr. Kevin Edds for membership of the Board of Trustees of IOWP.

2.      To approve the Treasurer’s Report for May 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010.

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Annual meeting minutes.

16 April 2011

From the meeting call and agenda issued 16 March 2011.

Glen T. Martin             

 Dear Trustees of IOWP,

 As usual, in response to our meeting call and agenda, all trustees responded except Jagdish Gandhi and Alwyn Moss responded.  As you know, both these board members are on the Board for special reasons.  Dr. Gandhi is extremely prominent and important in world peace affairs, and Alwyn Moss lives in Virginia, from which we are required to have to have three board members (e.g., myself, Phyllis Turk, and Alwyn).   A quorum is achieved.  If we do not hear a challenge or question from you within the next 30 days, these minutes are considered approved.

 The two agenda items this time were election of Kevin Edds to the Board of IOWP and approval of the Treasurer’s Report for 1 May 2009 to 30 April 2010, which you all received with the call on March 16th.

 Eugenia Almand—by telephone: yes, approves both the election of Kevin Edds and the Treasurer’s Report for 1 May 2009 to 30 April 2010.

Dominique Balouki—email: yes to both items.

 Jagdish Gandhi—no response within 30 days.

Dauji Gupta—email: yes to both items.

Nalin Jayasuriya—email: yes to both items.

Glen T. Martin—yes to both items.

Alwyn Moss—no response within 30 days.

Reinhart Ruge—by telephone, yes to both items.

JW Smith—email: yes to both items.

Phyllis Turk—in person: yes to both items.

 Resolved:  Kevin Edds is elected to the Board of Trustees.

Resolved: the Treasurer’s Report for 1 May 2009 to 30 April 2010 is approved.

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 Annual meeting call and agenda

Glen T. Martin

21 March 2012.  Our meeting will be on or before 21 April 2012.  Please respond to the agenda items in the next 30 days.

 Dear Trustees,

         As you know, there was a WCPA meeting in Lucknow in December 2011 in which the membership present unanimously nominated me to be President of WCPA (instead of Secretary-General) to replace Dr. Amerasinghe, whose Presidency we did not replace after his death in 2007.  They also asked that Dr. Eugenia Almand take the post of Secretary-General of WCPA.   I pointed out that, in spite of the size of the meeting, there was not a quorum of the WCPA  Executive Council present, and I promised to put this to a vote with the Council.

        WCPA/IOWP leaders also discussed with Dr. Jagdish Gandhi holding the 13th session of the Provisional World Parliament immediately after the Chief Justices Conference in December 2013.  He was favorable to the idea and we agreed to work out the details as we went along.

        Some bad news, as some of you know, last June the IRS notified IOWP that our 501C3 status was suspended because we had not filed a Federal Tax form for the past 3 years.  As you know, we always file with the State of Virginia, and I thought that any organization with an annual income under $25,000 did not have to apply with the Feds.  Apparently they cancelled thousands of organizations for this reason, so we are not alone.  We are in the process of replying but this is a very slow process (the IRS is overwhelmed with such reapplications).

         Some good news (for me and us), my wife and IOWP Board member, Phyllis Turk, has offered to take over as Treasurer sometime within the next year, so I would like to put this to a vote.

         We have, therefore, three agenda items: approval of IOWP working with WCPA for the 13th session of the Provisional World Parliament in Lucknow (hosted by the City Montessori School) in December 2013.  Second, approval of electing Phyllis Turk to the position of IOWP Treasurer, and third, approval of the Treasurer’s Report for 1 May 2010 to 30 April 2011, which is attached.

 Agenda items:  As usual, please add any new business you wish to the agenda and discuss these items among yourselves.  As usual, any meeting result may be challenged and lack of challenge implies approval of the meeting minutes.

 Motions:

1. To approve working with WCPA on the 13th session of the PWP for Lucknow in December 2013.

2. To approve Phyllis Turk as our new IOWP Treasurer, replacing Glen Martin

3.    To approve the Treasurer’s Report for May 1, 2010 to April 30, 2011.

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Annual meeting minutes.

21 April 2012

From the meeting call and agenda issued 21 March 2012.

Glen T. Martin        

 Dear Trustees of IOWP,

 In response to our meeting call and agenda, all trustees responded except Jagdish Gandhi,  Alwyn Moss, and Nalin Jayasuriya.  Nalin is often out of email touch in his business travels in the Far East.  Also, I spoke with Reinhart by telephone. He is moving from his home into assisted care in his town in Mexico and says that he no longer wishes to participate in our IOWP meetings. My view is that he is our honorary senior member and that we should keep him on the Board as long as we are able to achieve quorums.  Unless there are objections from you, I will continue to do this.

A quorum is achieved.  If we do not hear a challenge or question from you within the next 30 days, these minutes are considered approved.

Eugenia Almand—by telephone: yes, to developing the 13th session of the Provisional World Parliament, hosted by Dr. Jagdish Gandhi and the City Montessori School of Lucknow, in Lucknow, India, Dec. 2013.  Yes, to electing Phyllis Turk as Treasurer of IOWP.   Yes to approval of the Treasurer’s Report for 1 May 2010 to 30 April 2011.

 Dominique Balouki—telephone: yes to all three items.

Kevin Edds—yes to all three items.

Jagdish Gandhi—no response within 30 days.

Dauji Gupta—email: yes to all three items.

Nalin Jayasuriya—no response in 30 days.

Glen T. Martin—yes to all three items.

Alwyn Moss—no response within 30 days.

Reinhart Ruge—by telephone, yes to all three items.

JW Smith—by telephone: yes to all three items.

Phyllis Turk—in person: yes to all three items.

 Resolved that IOWP work with WCPA and and CMS Lucknow in developing the 13th session of the Provisional World Parliament for Lucknow, December 2013.

Resolved, that Phyllis Turk is elected as Treasurer of IOWP, replacing Glen Martin.

Resolved: the Treasurer’s Report for 1 May 2009 to 30 April 2010 is approved.

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Annual meeting call and agenda

Glen T. Martin

11 March 2013.  Our meeting will be on or before 11 April 2013.  Please respond to the agenda items in the next 30 days.

 Dear Trustees,

         I am pleased to announce that our 501C3 status with the IRS has been restored to May 15, 2010, which was their cancellation date.  There has been no break in the continuity of about ability to received tax-deductible contributions.

         I am also pleased to announce that I am now President of WCPA and Dr. Eugenia Almand is Secretary-General.  Also, the development of the 13th session of the Provisional World Parliament is going well, in spite of the fact, as you know, that Dr. Gandhi changed the dates from December 19-21 to December 14-17 to make the Parliament coincide with his Chief Justices Conference.  This meant that the expense brochures that IOWP had printed announcing the event all had the wrong date.  Such things do happen, but we are not happy about this.

        As you also know, IOWP is organizing a big seminar at Raquette Lake, New York, this coming June 26-30, hosted by Phyllis Turk and Glen Martin.  We are expecting some 20 guests.  Dr. Almand has called a WCPA meeting for one of these nights, even though there will not be a quorum present.  As you know, these face to face meetings are very important even though they are not able to make official decisions.

       As always, you may add any items you with to the agenda, and discuss these with others by phone, email, or in person.        

  We have only one agenda item:  approval of the Treasurer’s Report for 1 May 2011 to 30 April 2012, which is attached.

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Annual meeting minutes.

11 April 2013

From the meeting call and agenda issued 11 March 2013.

Glen T. Martin        

 Dear Trustees of IOWP,

 We have heard from everyone except Jagdish Gandhi, Alwyn Moss, and Reinhart Ruge. A quorum is achieved.  If we do not hear a challenge or question from you within the next 30 days, these minutes are considered approved.

 Eugenia Almand—by telephone: Yes to approval of the Treasurer’s Report for 1 May 2011 to 30 April 2012.

 Dominique Balouki—email: yes.

Kevin Edds—email: yes.

Jagdish Gandhi—no response within 30 days.

Dauji Gupta—email: yes.

Nalin Jayasuriya—email: yes.

Glen T. Martin—yes.

Alwyn Moss—no response within 30 days.

Reinhart Ruge—no response within 30 days.

JW Smith—email: yes.

Phyllis Turk—in person: yes.

 Resolved: the Treasurer’s Report for 1 May 2010 to 30 April 2011 is approved.

 

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Meeting call and agenda

9 July 2013.   Our meeting will be held on or before August 9, 2013.  Please respond within the next 30 days.   We can discuss any issues by email before that time and then vote or decide them on the 9th.

 Dear Trustees of IOWP,

         As you know, we just finished an IOWP seminar here at Raquette Lake that had many creative and  thoughtful people participating.   Here are the key things advised of IOWP.

1.      Prepare an electronic media campaign (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) that will be launched with other such efforts on October 1st.

2.      Sponsor starting a new website that will be advertised as our key website so that all our names such as WCPA, IOWP, PWP, and Earth Federation Movement will to correlated with the key site, which will be called “Earth Constitution” (since that is our most fundamental idea).

3.      Prepare a fundraising campaign through “Kickstart” focusing of funding for the 13th session of the Provisional World Parliament in December.

4.      We will offer a free download on our websites that will automatically begin capturing email addresses for our mass email list we will be building.

5.      We will work with an email group that helps good organizations do mass mailings to build our email list.

6.      Consider changing the name of the Institute on World Problems to the “Institute on World Solutions” which people said is a much more attractive and positive name than “world problems.”

7.      With funds raised and the expanded contacts we will hire interns and begin systematically contacting world leaders and others regarding the imperative of ratifying the Earth Constitution.

 The present officers of IOWP likely have the authority to initiate all of these with the exception of number 6.  But we would like all of you who wish to comment on these plans to please do so. We can vote if we need to on the meeting date of August 9th.

 Please especially give us your feedback on number six: the pros and cons of changing our name to “world solutions” from “world problems.”   I personally would like to see discussion about this change but we would need to make a collective decision about this.

 I hope you are all doing very well.

For peace and humanity!

 Glen

 Dr. Glen T. Martin

 President, World Constitution and Parliament Assoc. (www.wcpa.biz)

President, Institute on World Problems (www.worldproblems.net)

Professor of Philosophy, Radford University (www.radford.edu/gmartin)

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Meeting minutes.

9 August 2013

From the meeting call and agenda issued 9 July 2013.

Glen T. Martin        

Dear Trustees of IOWP,

 We have heard from anyone except Kevin Edds who wrote a long and affirmative letter in response to the IOWP plans that I distributed July 9, and from Eugenia Almand, who believes more discussion is necessary.

 Admittedly, I have not had time to call up people as I often do in response to our meeting agenda.

 Hence, we lack a quorum and the motion is tabled for further discussion.

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