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Organisation
 
Executive Committee members at Ljubljana 2016

OIDFA (L’Organisation Internationale de la Dentelle au Fuseau et à l’Aiguille) was founded in 1982 and is registered under French law. It is managed by an Administrative Council, with members representing individual countries elected by members in that country, and by an Executive Committee (EC), elected by the Administrative Council from those of its members who have served for at least two years. The EC, which is responsible for the day-to-day running of the organization — and which also includes the Editor of the Bulletin — decides which of its members assume the various offices. The EC also appoints various assistants such as stock controller and webmaster. A General Assembly of all members is held at the biennial Congress, and this is required to approve the financial report, reports of the EC, and major decisions proposed by the EC before these can be accepted.

Past Presidents

1982–1984 Sally Johanson (Sweden) 2002–2003 Ghyslaine Stevelinck Maes (Belgium)
1984–1988 Ann Collier (United Kingdom) 2003–2006 Margaret Crocker (Malta)
1988–1990 Mick Fouriscot (France) 2006–2010 Carol McFadzean (United Kingdom)
1990–1994 Kathy Kauffmann (USA) 2010–2014 Louise Senécal (Canada)
1994–2002 Lydia Thiels-Mertens (Belgium) 2014–2017 Kajsa Borg (Sweden)

Honorary Members

Honorary members are recognized as having given exceptional service to OIDFA.

Zus Boelaars (The Netherlands) 1989
Hilary Booth (United Kingdom) 2006
Ann Collier (United Kingdom) 1988
Mick Fouriscot (France) 1990

Kathy Kauffman (USA) 1994
Carol McFadzean (United Kingdom) 2013
Father Verfaillie (Belgium) 1989
Elly de Vries (The Netherlands) 2003

Executive Committee

Margaret Abbey (President)
Joke Sinclair (Vice President)
Helle Schultz (Treasurer)
Caroline Leplat (Secretary)
Katherine Gentelli (Editor)

Members of the Executive Committee are elected every two years at the time of the Congress and can serve for a maximum of three two-year periods. They must be fluent in either English or French, the official languages of the organization, and have a working knowledge of the other language. The Executive Committee meets twice a year: in Autumn and immediately before Congresses or, in non-Congress years, before an Administrative Council meeting. Major decisions taken by the EC require the approval of this meeting of the Administrative Council and of the General Assembly. The current EC membership is listed above.

Administrative Council

Individual OIDFA members in each country can elect up to three members to represent them on the Administrative Council (the Council). These Administrative Council members need to have been an OIDFA member for at least two years. The number to be elected from each country depends upon the number of members in that country. Elections are generally held every two years, and members can serve for a maximum of three consecutive terms. After this term they are ineligible to stand for election to the Council for two years. In between two elections, if there is a vacancy in a country, Council members can be appointed as Provisional members of the Council and their appointment concludes at the same time as the other Council members. The Council meets once a year. During the Congress year this meeting is held during the Congress. In the intervening year it is held at the location of the next Congress. Important tasks of the Council are to elect members to the Executive Committee and to decide the venues for future Congresses. Council members for 2020-2023 can be found by selecting individual countries below:

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Past Presidents

1982–1984 Sally Johanson (Sweden)
1984–1988 Ann Collier (UK)
1988–1990 Mick Fouriscot (France)
1990–1994 Kathy Kauffman (USA)
1994–2002 Lydia Thiels-Mertens (Belgium)
2002–2003 Ghyslaine Stevelinck Maes (Belgium)
2003–2006 Margaret Crocker (Malta)
2006–2010 Carol McFadzean (UK)
2010–2014 Louise Senécal (Canada)
2014–2017 Kajsa Borg (Sweden)

Honorary Members

Honorary members are recognized as having given exceptional service to OIDFA.

Zus Boelaars (The Netherlands) 1989
Hilary Booth (UK) 2006
Ann Collier (UK) 1988
Mick Fouriscot (France) 1990
Kathy Kauffman (USA) 1994
Carol McFadzean (UK) 2013
Father Verfaillie (Belgium) 1989
Elly de Vries (The Netherlands) 2003