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The Gauverband is governed by Bylaws, Rules, and Guidelines.
The Bylaws/Operating Rules/Guidelines have been updated to reflect decisions made at the 2016 Delegates Meeting. (uploaded 12/30/2016)
The Bylaws, Rules, and Guidelines are updated every two years to include any changes approved at the Delegates Meeting. The changes come from the approved proposals described in the Minutes of the Delegates Meeting (under About Us/Reports-Minutes). The changes that were incorporated after the 2016 Delegates Meeting are described in the Summary of Changes linked below.
The Bylaws include information regarding purpose, membership, duties and responsibilities of officers and committees, bestowing of honorary titles, frequency and types of meetings, elections, business operation and conduct, and dissolution. Link to latest Bylaws:
RULES AND GUIDELINES
The Rules and Guidelines consist of the Operating Rules, Preisplatteln Rules, and Guidelines of the Gauverband. Link to latest:
OPERATING RULES deal with meetings (minutes, fees, expenses); prizes (Wanderpreis, Weitpreis, Meistpreis); what is involved in hosting a Gaufest; information about the Gauverband’s Fahne (flag), and Library.
PREISPLATTELN RULES deal with when the competition is held, eligibility to compete, dance floor size, judging and training of judges, scoring, dance rules, judging of Tracht, and the scoresheets to be used for Gruppen- and Einzelpreisplatteln. Rules for Jugendeinzelplatteln and Jugendeinzelpreisplatteln have been added to the Preisplatteln Rules as of the 2016 Delegates Meeting.
GUIDELINES deal with hosting a Delegates Meeting, hosting a Gauausschuss (Executive Board) Meeting, gift giving, awards, national flags and anthems, and duties of the nominations committee. The charters for the bylaws committee, Gaufest meetings committee, and Gauverband Vereine Fahnen committee are also included.
Handbooks/Guidelines: Detailed Handbooks/Guidelines of how to host a Gaufest, Delegates Meeting, and Executive Board Meeting are found under Publications/"How To" Manuals. These were updated and posted on 12/30/2016. Or click here.
Questions about the Bylaws, Rules, and Guidelines may be directed to the Bylaws Committee (see About Us/Committees).
ARCHIVE: These documents were current as of the 2014 Delegates Meeting:
ARCHIVE: These documents were current as of the 2012 Delegates Meeting:
ARCHIVE: These documents were current as of the 2010 Delegates Meeting: