The Philatelic Webmasters
Organization (PWO) has the goal to promote and to develop the philatelic
The Philatelic Webmasters
Organization is a non-profit organization, established on the Internet.
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 activities.
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 if he cannot be accepted. The usual reason of rejection is that
the candidate presents a purely commercial site.
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. In order to assure the privacy of our members,
the e-mail addresses appear only in the protected area, being accessible
only to PWO members.
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
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 participate in the elaboration of regulations and rules for
Web sites competitions, to help in the preparation of competent judges and
eventually to organize its own worldwide, regional, thematic or other kind
The list of internationally
approved recognized judges and of their domain of expertise will be published
on the PWO site.
The activity of the
PWO is assured through donations, through fees that can be demanded for
the participation in different activities, like competitions or special
forums and through space offered on its site, for publicity, to commercial
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 WADP, FIP, UPU, AIJP and ASCAT. He may establish
special relationships between PWO and these 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. Information about illegal issues is published on a regular
basis on the PWO site. It is explicitly forbidden to all PWO members to
make publicity for or to sell these products through their sites.
The official languages
of the PWO, used to communicate with the President and with the Secretariat
are English, French and German.
The English version
of the PWO Statutes is the official one.
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.