Austin Lockwood Wednesday, November 28, 2018
On Sunday, WCCF voted to adopt a completely new model of membership.
The former model gave a vote to affiliated "member organisations", but none to individual players; this worked well when the federation launched in 2012, however as the number of active players has continued to expand, it has become clear that the membership model was out of date and far from democratic. Nothing illustrated this more than the fact that of eight players attending the AGM, only two held voting cards.
We have now moved to individual membership.
This website will be updated over the coming weeks to reflect this change, and the minutes of the meeting published shortly, but essentially we now have three types of membership:
National Members: National members are any player who plays under the Welsh flag, and just wants to get on with playing chess. National membership is free and gives members access to international ICCF tournaments and most Welsh national tournaments, however national members do not have a vote and neither can they hold office in the federation.
Premium Members: Premium members pay a small annual subscription (£5.00) to support the federation, they can vote at meetings and they can also hold office. WCCF may organise touraments to which only Premium members may enter, or there may be a differential entry fee in favour of premium members. Nominations to invitational events, or to the WCCC cycle, may be limited to premium members.
International Members: International membership is open to players who play under any flag other than the flag of Wales in ICCF, annual international membership costs £10.00; we are planning a series of open tournaments, which our international members will be able to compete in.
All members will have access to restricted areas of the website.
Premium and International membership for 2019 is now open; just log onto the website with your usual ICCF credentials, and follow the "My Membership" link from the dropdown at the top right.