- The Philatelic Webmasters Organization (PWO)
was created in order to promote and to develop the philatelic Webmastering.
- Its members are stamp collectors who actively
contribute to the development of the stamp collecting on the Web by writing
interesting philatelic articles and by creatively integrating them with
philatelic images into
their philatelic sites.
- The Philatelic Webmasters Organization facilitates the relationships and the exchange of experience among its
members, by encouraging direct contacts, by organizing on-line and off-line
study groups, meetings, forums, competitions, common exhibitions and other
- To become member, a candidate applies on-line and is
then automatically included in the members' database. The President decides
at a later time if the candidate becomes a member or is rejected. The reasons
for a rejection have to be presented to the candidate in a written form. The
candidate can appeal against the decision at the Executive Council. The
decisions of the Executive Council are definitive.
- It is required that all PWO members strictly
observe the provisions of present Statutes, as well as the Netiquette rules. All members
have the right to privacy and shouldn't be spammed or contacted too often without
their previous approval. The PWO support the Philatelic code of ethics for
the use of UPU member counties. The
President, assisted by the Executive Council, has the right to expel
members who repeatedly violate the provisions of present Statutes.
- The PWO membership is a lifetime one and it is
obtainable for free at present.
- To quit PWO it is necessary and sufficient to
notify the President by e-mail. No reasons are required, but an explanation
is welcomed. The records of members who have announced that they
decided to quit PWO will be deleted from the database and won't appear on
the members' list.
- The content of the database is published on the Net.
There are displayed the name of the site, the kind of site (Homepage, Commercial, Postal
Authority, Philatelic Organization), the URL of the site, the name of the author, the
country and the e-mail address of the Webmaster.
- The PWO is led by a President and by a staff of
Officers who compose the Executive Council.
- The members of the Executive Council are co-opted by
the Executive Council, either through an internal procedure, or due
to a request of a PWO member. It is expected that a candidate presents a
short dossier concerning hers/his activity on the Net, the address of
her/his Web site(s), Web philatelic awards and references. The candidate
will be informed by e-mail about the decision of the Executive Council.
- It is expected that a member of the Executive
Council of the PWO is not only a pioneer of the philatelic activity on the
Net, but also that she/he encourages other stamp collectors toward the
publishing activity, that she/he has already published several pages created by
them and that she/he agrees to invest some time in the activity and in the development
of the PWO.
- The list of the Executive Council members is
published on the PWO site.
- One important goal of PWO is to elaborate
regulations and rules for Web sites competitions, to help in the preparation
judges and eventually to organize its own worldwide, regional, thematic or other kind
- The list of approved judges and their domain of
expertise will be published on the Net.
- The activity of the PWO is assured through
donations, through fees that can be demanded for the participation at
different activities, like competitions or special forums and through space
offered on its site for publicity to commercial philatelic organizations.
- PWO members are informed about the activities of the
club by articles published on this site and/or by e-mail along with
information concerning updates of this site. If deemed necessary, a
newsletter could also be published and distributed via e-mail.
- The President, assisted by the Executive Council, is
responsible for the relationships with other philatelic organizations, like
FIP, UPU, AIJP and ASCAT. He may establish special relationships between PWO
and other philatelic organizations
- The PWO actively supports the efforts of the World
Association for the Development of Philately (WADP) in its activity of
philately promotion worldwide and in its fight against the illegal stamps
- The official languages of the PWO, used to communicate
with the President and with the Secretariat are English, French or German.
- The English version of the PWO Statutes is the official
- If necessary, the present Statutes may be changed or
adapted by the President, assisted by the Executive Council, in order to
assure the necessary flexibility in the functioning of the PWO. The PWO
members will be informed about the changes through this site and/or by e-mail.
Created: 02/03/01. Revised:
Copyright © 2001 by PWO & by Victor Manta, Switzerland
All rights reserved worldwide.