International Heilkunst Association Natural Healing For Today's World
The IHA is:
The IHA and the CIHA were established by their founding members at their initial joint meeting in Ottawa (Orleans), Canada on July 9th, 2004.
The IHA is founded on respect for higher spiritual law, love for one’s Creator and the Golden Rule of behavior amongst men (Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You). In the interests of providing practical guidance for the daily running of the affairs of each association, the following rules are provided:
1. The IHA shall have a seal. The seal shall contain at minimum the words “International Heilkunst Association (IHA).”
2. Membership shall be open to all natural persons interested in furthering the objectives of the IHA and any of its affiliates and whose applications for admission as members have received the approval of the Governing Body or any committee for admissions empowered to establish the criteria for admission as may be established by the Governing Body.
3. There shall be the following classes of membership:
(a) Medical Practitioner – Diplomate: natural persons having completed the necessary education and training as established by the Governing Council, including at a minimum a diploma from a recognized/or accredited educational institute or an equivalent training and/or practice and entitled to use the letters as approved by the Governing Council.
(b) Medical Practitioner – Certificate: natural persons having completed the necessary education and training as established by the Governing Council, including at a minimum a one-year certificate from a recognized/or accredited educational institute or an equivalent training and/or practice, and entitled to use the letters as approved by the Governing Council;
(c) General Graduate: natural persons having completed a study course of less than one-year from a recognized/or accredited educational institute;
4. Each member shall, upon their acceptance, promptly be informed by its Association of his/her admission as a member.
5. Membership is voluntary and relies on mutual agreement between each natural person and the rest of those belonging to the free association of individuals.
6. Membership shall cease automatically if any member is in arrears of payment of fees/dues for a period of six (6) months or more, or where the mutual agreement is no longer in effect.
7. Decisions are usually to be taken by general consensus, but where it is agreed to put a decision to a vote, each member in good standing shall be entitled to one (1) vote on each question arising at any special or general meeting of the members and the member may vote by proxy, except on issues having a direct or specific bearing on practitioner members, in which case, only such members are entitled to vote on such issues.
8. The property and business of the IHA and any authorized national or regional affiliate shall be managed by a Governing Body consisting of not less than three (3) and not more than seven (7) members. A majority present at a meeting of the Governing Body shall constitute a quorum. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a quorum shall not exist where there are less than three members present at such a meeting. Members must be natural persons, 18 years of age or over, with power under law to contract. The Governing Body must consist of at least three Practitioner members of the Association. The Governing Body may appoint representatives on a non-voting, consultative basis, such as to represent student or regional interests.
9. Members of the Governing Body shall be chosen at annual general meetings of members for a term of three (3) years.
10. Membership of the Governing Body shall be automatically vacated:
(a) if a member resigns his/her office by delivering a written resignation to the Secretary of the Association;
(b) if he/she is found by a court to be of unsound mind;
(c) if he/she becomes bankrupt or suspends payment or compounds with his/her creditors;
(d) if at a special general meeting of members a resolution is passed by two-thirds (2/3) of the members present at the meeting that he/she be removed from office;
(e) on death;
provided that if any vacancy shall occur for any of the above reasons, the Governing Body may by appointment, fill the vacancy with a member in good standing of the Association.
11. Meetings of the Governing Body may be held at any time and place as is determined by the Chair alone, or any two (2) members, provided that forty-eight (48) hours written notice of such meeting is given, other than by mail, to each member of the Governing Body. Members may choose to have notice delivered by email or social networking (Facebook, Skype, Facetime, Texting) No formal notice is necessary if all members are present at a meeting or waive notice in writing. Each member is authorized to exercise one (1) vote although decisions are normally taken by consensus.
12. If all the members of the Governing Body consent, a member may participate in a meeting of the Body or of a committee of the Body by means of a conference telephone call or other type of communication provided that all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other, and a member participating in such a meeting by such means is deemed to be present at the meeting.
13. Members shall not receive any stated remuneration for their services and no member shall directly or indirectly receive any profit from his/her position as such; provided that, by resolution of the Governing Body, a member may be paid reasonable expenses incurred by him/her in the performance of his/her duties.
14. A retiring member shall remain in office until the dissolution or adjournment of the meeting at which his/her retirement is accepted and a successor is elected.
15. The Governing Body may appoint such agents and engage such contractors as it deems necessary from time to time to carry out the objectives of the Association.
16. The Governing Body shall take such steps as its members may feel are required to enable the Association to handle any financial matters in keeping with the overall objectives and purpose of the Association.
17. The Governing Body will appoint each year from among its number someone to Chair its meetings and ensure the smooth day to day functioning of the Association (Chairman), someone to record the minutes of its meetings (Secretary), and someone to look after the financial assets and obligations of the Association (Treasurer). Such individuals shall receive no remuneration for serving as such, but are entitled to reasonable expenses incurred in the exercise of their duties on behalf of the Association and Governing Council. A majority of the Governing Body may remove an individual member from the Body where it is determined that participation or lack thereof is not in the overall interests of the Association and may appoint another member to fill the vacancy until the next annual general meeting of members.
18. The founding members of the International and Canadian Heilkunst Associations are: Rudolf Verspoor, Patty Smith and Mary Rothschild. These members formed the initial Governing Body.
19. Contracts, documents or any instruments in writing requiring the signature of the Association shall be signed by the appropriate Governing Body Position. All contracts, documents, and instruments in writing so signed shall be binding upon the Association without any further authorization or formality. The members of the Governing Body shall have power from time to time by resolution to appoint a natural person or agent on behalf of the Association to sign specific contracts, documents and instruments in writing. The seal of the Association may be affixed to contracts, documents and instruments in writing signed as aforesaid or by any such persons appointed by resolution of the Governing Body.
20. The annual or any other general meeting of the members shall be held online via teleconference at or elsewhere as the Governing Body may determine, at such time and on such date as its members shall appoint.
21. At every annual meeting, in addition to any other business that may be transacted, the reports of the Chairman, the financial statement and report shall be presented. The members may consider and transact any business either special or general at any meeting of the members.
22. The Governing Body, or the Chairman, shall have the power to call, at any time, a general meeting of the members of the Association. The Governing Body shall also call a special general meeting of members upon a written requisition of members carrying not less than 20% of the voting rights. The Governing Body or any two (2) of its members shall have the power to call a special general meeting at any time. A quorum for any annual meeting or any special general meeting shall be a majority of voting members.
23. At least fourteen (14) days written notice shall be given to each voting member of any annual or special general meeting of members. Notice of any meeting where special business will be transacted should contain sufficient information to permit the member to form a reasoned judgment on the decision to be taken. Notice of each meeting of members must remind the member that he/she has the right to vote by proxy.
24. A member may, by means of a written proxy or opinion, appoint another member to attend and act at a specific meeting of members, in the manner and to the extent authorized by the proxy. A written proxy shall be acted on only if, prior to the time of voting, it is deposited with the Secretary or as may be directed in the notice calling the meeting. All proxies shall precisely state the manner in which the proxy is entitled to vote on each of the matters listed in the notice of the meeting.
25. At all meetings of members of the Association every question should be determined by consensus where possible, unless time is of the essence, and then a majority of votes of those present and in the form of proxy will suffice.
26. Unless otherwise ordered by the Governing Body, the year-end of the Association shall be September 30th, with membership dues to be renewed prior to that date for the next year.
27. Ad hoc committees may be established as required by the Governing Body. Ad hoc committees shall be accountable to the general membership through the Governing Body.
28. Committee members shall not be compensated for their services but may be reimbursed for any reasonable expenses incurred while acting for the Association in the performance of their duties.
29. All members, whether voting or non-voting, are eligible to become committee members. Each committee chairman must be a Governing Body member. The membership of each committee shall be chosen by the Governing Body or, where this power is delegated by the Governing Body, by the committee chairman.
30. Specific items in the Covenant of the Association may be repealed or amended by decision enacted by a majority of the members at a meeting of the Governing Body and shall be considered adopted by the membership unless rejected by the general membership at the next annual meeting or any special meeting called for that purpose, either on a consensus basis or by a majority vote.
31. All members must meet minimum annual continuing education requirements as set by the IHA and as further set by the relevant affiliate.
32. All members must undertake a continuing Heilkunst treatment involving a minimum of two consultations with another graduated Heilkunster.
33. Only a graduate and IHA member entitled to use the following accredited designations: