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STATUTE OF THE ASSOCIATION “ALTRA MENTE - SCUOLA PER TUTTI”

UPDATED FOLLOWING THE DECISIONS OF THE MEMBERS MEETING HELD ON AUGUST 28th 2013

(MINUTES ANNEXED)

STATUTE

Article 1 - Establishment

 

1. The Association for the social promotion, with its registered office located in Rome, Corso d’Italia 29, is established in compliance with law no. 383/2000 and next modifications and is denominated:

 

“ALTRA MENTE - SCUOLA PER TUTTI”

 

hereinafter referred to as Association.

 

2. It is a non profit Association and it:

 

- carries out only activities defined in this statute and the directly related ones;

 

- does not share, even indirectly, profits and budget surplus as well as funds, reserves or capital during its existence, unless the allocation is mandatory by law or is made to the benefit of other non profit organizations that, by law,

 

statute or regulation, are part of the same and unitarian structure;

 

- profits or budget surplus are used to perform institutional activities and the directly related ones;

 

- in case of dissolution for any reason, the association will donate its assets, in accordance with the supervisory body, to other social promotion or society-oriented associations, unless otherwise envisaged by the law.

 

3. The association duration is unlimited.

 

Article 2 - Activities

 

The Association is a non partisan one, it does not pursue profit purposes nor commercial activities or activities other than those envisaged by this statute, or related to it.

 

The Association mission is:

 

- contributing to the social and civil progress;

 

- strengthening the critical thinking ability, the development of people planning and intellectual autonomy, in order to raise the awareness of their entitlement to rights, responsibility, solidarity and of an active, participating and aware

 

European citizenship, and to educate to non violence;

 

- increasing the know-how of all its members.

 

The Association efforts are focused on the analysis of effects resulted from the current economic and social changes, with particular attention to the labour market changes and their consequences on the environment and the

 

relationship between genders and generations.

 

The Association organizes seminars, trainings, workshops, with the aim to foster meetings, knowledge, the exchange of experiences between women and men, between different generations, between local and foreigner citizens,

 

with the ultimate goal to contribute to the European integration and the coordination of civil society networks and local authorities. Special efforts are lavished for social integration oriented activities, for school support and supervised

 

study, for the Italian language and social studies teaching for adults and minors coming from non European countries and/or Roma and Sinti citizens. The learning methodology is highly interactive, based on the integration of theory

 

and practice, specific knowledge, general knowledge and concrete experiences. The usage of multimedia tools, the self publishing of books and printings as well as the availability of multimedia services are part of the above

 

mentioned goals.

 

The Association is particularly devoted to the youth, organizing thematic courses and education/learning paths: on one side this aims at contributing to establish a culture with a critical thinking on consumptions, on the other side the

 

aim is to set a culture based on rights and social acknowledgements,  focused on the values of peace, equality, freedom and on the quality of life and of the environment we live in.

 

In this perspective trainings and any other kind of projects, able to achieve the social purpose of the Italian and European law, related to the protection of cultural and human rights, in the labour world and in the society, are

 

organized.

 

The Association is willing to launch activities with public and private bodies, Institutions, social promotion Associations, volunteers Associations, Non Profit organizations and NGOs for the pursue of aims envisaged by this Statute.

 

Relations and collaborations with universities, the art and entertainment industry, as well as with Italian and European foundations and  educational centers are envisaged by this Statute.

 

The efficiency of every educational path shall be assessed in relation to the improvement, on the participants side, in terms their proactivity and of coping with the experiences they chose.

 

Article 3 - Associates

 

The Association is open to all, being a natural person or a legal entity, and to any kind of public and private Bodies, that share and pursue goals and objectives envisaged by this Statute.

 

Everyone sharing the Association objectives can apply for membership and commit themselves to support the activities, comply with the Statute and pay the yearly membership fee.

 

Membership applications are under the Steering Committee responsibility and upon its approval the membership relation starts.

 

Subsiding members are those who, by their initiative or on behalf of economic bodies, companies, foundations, professional and trade associations (and volunteers too), give their contribution to support the statutory goals of the

 

Association by means of charitable donations.

 

Honorary members are those who, due to their work, have acquired special merits and remarkable acknowledgements in relation to the Association goals.

 

All the Association members commit themselves, upon their agreement, to respect the Statute and to pay the yearly membership fee.

 

The membership status is revoked in case of:

 

1. death or voluntary withdrawal of the Member;

 

2. Member exclusion decided by the Steering Committee, due to severe infringements of the associative duties or statutory regulations;

 

3. Association dissolution.

 

An interim participation of members to the associative life is forbidden under any circumstance.

 

Article 4 - Members’ rights and duties

 

1. All adult members compliant with the social contribution requirements are entitled to participate to meetings, to vote directly or by giving a proxy to another member,  provided the latter is an adult too and compliant with the due

 

payments. Adult members are also entitled to withdraw their membership.

 

2. Members are expected to respect the provisions of this statute, to pay their membership fees and contributions in the amount set by the assembly and to perform their pre-emptively agreed tasks.

 

3. A standard discipline of the associative relationship and mode, inspired by the principles of democracy and equality of rights among all the members, is in force.

 

Article 5 - Association bodies

 

The association bodies are:

 

- the Members general Assembly;

 

- the Steering Committee;

 

- the Chairperson;

 

- the Deputy Chairperson.

 

Article 6 - the Assembly

 

1. The Assembly includes all the Members.

 

2. It is convened, on an ordinary basis, once a year and, on an extraordinary basis, whenever considered necessary by the Chairperson.

 

3. Meetings are convened by the Chairperson, who provides the agenda and the relevant items to be discussed, at least 15 days before the planned date, by means of written communication (priority letter or registered letter,

 

telegram, fax or email).

 

4. The Assembly can also be convened upon request of at least one third of its members; in this case the Chairperson is in charge to convene the meeting, in compliance with provisions under subsection no. 3, within 15 days after

 

the request reception and the Assembly must take place within 30 days after the invitation.

 

5. Upon first invitation the assembly regularly meets with the presence of half the members plus one, being them present on their behalf or by proxy to be entrusted to another member. Upon the second invitation the Assembly

 

regularly meets irrespective of the number of members, present on their behalf or on someone else’s behalf.

 

6. The Assembly regulations are adopted by simple majority of the present members, with the exception of what envisaged by Article 20.

 

7. The Members Assembly has to:

 

- elect the Steering Committee members;

 

- approve the activities planning proposed by the Steering Committee;

 

- approve the budget plan;

 

- approve the financial statement;

 

- approve or reject requests to amend the Statute, in compliance with article 20;

 

- set the membership and contributions amounts to be paid by members;

 

- elect the liquidator or liquidators in case of dissolution, suspension or release.

 

Article 7 - Steering Committee

 

1. The Steering Committee is elected by the Assembly and is made up from 5 (five) to 12 (twelve) members.

 

2. The Steering Committee meets at least once every 3 (three) months.

 

3. Meetings are convened by the Chairperson, with the agenda and all the relevant items to be discussed, at least 5 (five) days before the planned date, by means of a written communication (letter, fax or email). Depending on the

 

items on the agenda, experts can be invited to the Steering Committee meetings.

 

4. Meetings can be convened also by at least one third of members; in this case the Chairperson is in charge to convene the meeting within 10 (ten) days after the request reception, in compliance with provisions under subsection

 

no. 3, and the meeting must take place within 20 days after the invitation.

 

5. The Steering Committee regularly meets with the presence of half the number of its members plus one.

 

6. The Steering Committee has to:

 

- elect, among its members, the Chairperson, the Deputy Chairperson, the Secretary;

 

- hire the staff;

 

- set the rules for the Association functioning;

 

- submit to the Assembly approval the yearly budget plan and financial statement;

 

- determine the working program on the basis of the general program guidelines approved by the Assembly, promoting and coordinating the relevant activities and approving the relevant expenses;

 

- approve or reject membership applications;

 

- ratify, during the first regular meeting, provisions in their scope adopted by the Chairperson due to the contingencies;

 

- appoint the member of the arbitral panel pertinent to the Association;

 

- decide potential payments for specifically assigned tasks;

 

- determine contributions for initiatives in the scope of the social object;

 

- request for contributions for initiatives in the scope of the social object.

 

The possibility to organize video conferences is envisaged. In this case it is necessary to guarantee the presence of all the participants, the possibility to intervene and share their opinions, to visualize, receive or transmit all the

 

documentation as well as the concomitance of the analysis and resolution.

 

Article 8 - Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson

 

1. The Chairperson is elected by the Steering Committee, among and by its members, by majority vote.

 

2. The Chairperson is revoked in line with provisions under Article 12 and in case of non-compliance to provisions under Article 6, subsections 4 and 7, subsection 4.

 

3. The Chairperson is the legal representative of the Association in relation to third parties and trials, convenes and chairs the Assembly and the Steering Committee meetings.

 

4. In case of need and urgency, the Chairperson is responsible for the Steering Committee regulations, that are submitted for ratification during the first regular meeting.

 

5. In case of absence, hindrance or or termination, the Chairperson roles are carried out by the Deputy Chairperson or, if she/he is absent, by the elder Steering Committee member.

 

Article 9 - The Secretary

 

1. The Secretary supports the Chairperson and has the following tasks:

 

- maintains and updates the members register;

 

- handles the correspondence;

 

- is responsible for the drafting and archiving of the minutes related to meetings held by the Association bodies;

 

- provides a draft of the budget plan, submitted to the Steering Committee by October, and of the financial statement, submitted to the Steering Committee by March;

 

- handles the Association records and account documentation and archives them;

 

- collects incomes and expenses payments in line with the Steering Committee guidelines;

 

- is head of the human resources.

 

There is no incompatibility among social roles and potential professional services paid for the accomplishment of specific tasks.

 

Article 10 - Arbitral Panel

 

1. In case of any potential legal dispute concerning the interpretation and execution of this statute, that may arise among the association bodies or among members, it has to be reported to the unappealable determination of an

 

arbitral panel made up of three friendly arbitrators, who will judge “ex bono ed aequo” without any formal procedure, except for cross-examination, within 60 (sixty) days by their appointment.

 

2. Their determination will have the effect of an agreement directly reached by the involved parties.

 

3. Two arbitrators are appointed by each of the two involved parties and the third is appointed by the arbitrators or, if an agreement is not reached, the arbitrator is appointed by the Chairperson of the Rome Court of Appeal, who

 

also appoints the arbitrator for the party that hasn’t done it.

 

Article 11 - Offices duration

 

1. Social offices have a 3 (three) years duration and can be renewed.

 

2. Substitutions and cooptations made during the 3 years period finish when the period itself ends.

 

Article 12 - Economic resources

 

1. The association economic resources needed for the functioning and implementation of its activities come from:

 

- membership fees and members contributions;

 

- Government, regions, local bodies, bodies and public institutions contributions;

 

- European Union and international organizations contributions;

 

- incomes from cessions of properties and services to members and to third parties, also through economic activities that can be commercial, artisanal and agricultural ones, performed in an auxiliary and subsidiary mode and in any

 

case targeted to achieve institutional goals;

 

- charitable donations by members and third parties;

 

- incomes from promotional initiatives aimed at the self-funding, such as parties and subscriptions, even with prizes;

 

- other incomes compatible with the social objectives of the social promotion Association;

 

- donations and legacies;

 

- incomes from the provision of services with special conventions;

 

- incomes from movable property and real estates delivered to the Association for various reasons.

 

2. Funds are deposited in the credit institute decided by the Steering Committee.

 

3. Any financial operation must be signed by the Chairperson or by the person with a special proxy entrusted by the Steering Committee.

 

4. The membership fee to be paid by members is set by the assembly. It is a yearly fee, but it cannot be split or re-paid in case of withdrawal or revocation of the member role.

 

5. Members non compliant with payments of the social fees can not attend the assembly meetings nor take part to the Association activities. They can not elect or be elected for the social roles.

 

Article 14 - Budget or Statement

 

1. On a yearly basis the Steering Committee is in charge of drafting the budget plan and the financial statement to be submitted to the assembly approval to be decided by the majority of votes.

 

2. The financial statement must report assets, contributions and legacies received.

 

3. The financial statement shall correspond with the solar year.

 

Article 15 - Prohibition to share profits.

 

During the association lifetime profits and surplus can not be shared in any case, as well as funds, reserves or capital, unless their destination or distribution are mandatory by law or are made in favor of other associations that by

 

law, statute or regulations are part of the same unitary association.

 

Article 16 - Profits use

 

The Association is obliged to use profits or surpluses for the performance of institutional activities and the directly related ones. Activities profits can not be divided among associates in any case, even in an indirect way.

 

Article 17 - Property devolution

 

In case of dissolution,  suspension or release for any reason, the Association is obliged to donate its remaining properties, after the liquidation, to other social promotion or society oriented associations.

 

Article 18 - Changes to the Statute

 

Proposals to change the Statute can be submitted to the Assembly by one of the association bodies or by at least 2/3 (two thirds) of the members. Relevant deliberations are approved by the Assembly with the favorable vote of the

 

absolute majority of members.

 

Article 19 - Association dissolution

 

The Association ends:

 

- due to the impossibility to achieve social goals;

 

- due to the impossibility of the Assembly to work or to its inactivity lasting at least one financial year;

 

- upon deliberation of the extraordinary assembly with the 2/3 (two thirds) majority.

 

In such cases the assembly appoints the liquidator or liquidators, assigning him/her or them the relevant authority.

 

Article 20 - Referral clause

 

With reference to what is not provided for in this Statute, the relevant current legal provisions apply.

 

 

 

Rome, 27/11/2013

 


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