Membership

Procedure for admission of new members to the IML Walking Association

Any country holding an annual multi day walk/marching event can apply for membership of the IML Walking Association. Normally there is only one authorized IML event in each member country. There can be a second member as long as the distance between the two events is of a reasonable distance, the topography or landscape in each location is different and the existing member has no objection.

If the existing member objects to a second proposed event in the member country the application will be refused. If such a case were to occur an appeal could be made to the Board of IML Walking Association for discussion but the existing member would still have the right to object and the application refused.
There are two stages to the process of becoming an IML Walking Association member. The first stage is to be accepted by the IML Walking Association General Meeting as a 'Candidate Event' and the second stage is to be accepted as a 'Member Event'.

The first stage - to be accept as 'candidate event'.

Candidate members must submit a motivated request to the Secretary-General of the IML Walking Association, at least 90 days before the General Meeting. The candidate member proves in this request that their walking event meets the following criteria:

  • promote walking activity be a multi-day non-competitive walking event of two-days or more in duration
  • offer trails with a minimum distance of 20 km on each day of the event
  • have been held for at least three years prior to applying
  • be well organized, financially sound (financial report of the last three years) and a not-for-profit legal entity
  • provide proof of local support from the public and private sector (including sufficient local participation)
The application fee is € 250.

The General Meeting will take a decision, based on the information available, after hearing the organisers concerned (they should be present at the General Meeting and give a presentation of their march of about 10 minutes), either to take the candidacy into account or not.

Second stage - the acceptance as 'Member event'

If the candidacy is accepted, a judging committee will be established, consisting of at least two persons, normally one representative of the Board and one from the region of the IML the new member will belong to. The candidate has to pay the travel expenses and has to arrange and pay for the hotel allowances.

The entrance fee for a new member of IML Walking Association is € 500,00.

The proposal for acceptance should be based on the different reports, and after hearing the organisers concerned (it is desirable they should be present at the General Meeting, but it is not obliged).

The motivated decision could possibly be:

  • definite acceptance
  • postponement of the decision with designation of a patron organisation
  • Non-acceptance

The decision will be taken by a common majority (half+1 of the votes of the members present at the General Meeting).

Appeal is not possible against the decision of the General Meeting.

Only by a majority of 2/3 of the votes of the members present at the General Meeting can be deviated of the procedure.