Nine district members and 2 district associations have signed another
petition for a SGM of the ASA.
Recognizing that the governance of the Alberta Soccer Association is
undergoing a prolonged period of great turmoil and crisis, the
undersigned members of the Alberta Soccer Association (the
"Association") seek a clean slate of board members at the upcoming AGM
scheduled for January 22, 2011.
To this end,
the undersigned members believe it is in the best interest of the
association that the board calls a public, open Special
those members, whose signatures appear below, request a Special General
Meeting of the Association to be called by the Board of Directors of
the association in accordance with Article 8(2) of the Bylaws of the
Alberta Soccer Association (the "Bylaws") to conduct the following
The petition seeks to bring forward resolutions to have the meeting
chaired by an independent individual, to remove 7 directors from the
ASA Board, to amend the Bylaws to prohibit Directors from sitting as a
Director or Officer of an Active or Associate member of the association.
This is a move in the right direction. A clean slate is what we in the
soccer community need before we will ever be able to address the sport
related issues we face.
So this is
a good time to reflect on the role of the director, the board and the
membership that elects them.
The board is given the responsibility to provide direction and
leadership to the organization and govern the organizations affairs on
behalf of the membership. In an
organization with voting members the board acts on behalf of, and is
subordinate to, the organization's full assembly, which usually chooses
the members of the board. 1
Directors and officers have a relationship of
trust with the members of the organization, and it is from this trust
relationship that certain important legal duties arise.2
owe what is called a 'fiduciary duty' to the organization. It is
'fiduciary' because the obligation to act in the best interests of the
organization, at its core, is an obligation of loyalty, honesty and
good faith. 3
The common thread running through the above references is the issue of
trust and loyalty. The trust between the membership and the board as a
the duty of loyalty required of the individual directors.
For anyone who has taken the time to read through the forums and
comment sections whenever the subject of the 'Alberta Soccer Dispute'
is discussed it
is pretty obvious that trust is something that has become increasingly
rare. Looking to
Wikipedia, one of the elements of trust
is the reasonable
expectation (confidence) of the trustor that the trustee will behave in
a way beneficial to the trustor.4
I do not think we are there at the moment.
Until the underlying issue of trust, or its lack thereof, is
addressed we as a soccer community are not going to move forward.
Hopefully an SGM that effectively is a reset followed by an AGM to
elect all new directors will help get us back on track.
Added - 2010.12.07
- Member petition for SGM
- Wikipedia, Board
, para 3
Rachel Corbett, Centre for Sport and Law May 2002
Liability and Risk Management: A Handbook for Directors
, pg 2
3 - Institute On
, point 11
- Wikipedia, Trust