WIDOK Cultural Education Association

Chapter I


§ 1.

The Association named WIDOK Cultural Education Association, hereinafter referred to as the “Association”, is a voluntary, self-governing, permanent association aimed at developing and promoting attitudes and activities conducive to cultural education of society, creating an atmosphere of respect and trust in culture, disseminating information on culture, and providing organizational and material support to individuals and organizational units that undertake such activities. The Association’s activities are directed in particular to children and young people from poor urban and rural environments, people with disabilities, people at risk of social exclusion, all those with difficult access to culture.

§ 2.

The headquarters of the Association is Bialystok.

§ 3.

The Association operates on the basis of the provisions of the Law on Associations (Journal of Laws of 1989, No. 20, item 104, as amended) and this statute, and on this account has legal personality.

§ 4.

The Association may be a member of national and international organizations with a similar purpose.

§ 5.

The Association with its activities covers the area of the Republic of Poland. For the proper implementation of its objectives, the Association may conduct activities outside the Republic of Poland.

§ 6.

The duration of the Association is unlimited.

§ 7.

The association pursues its objectives by:

  1. Organizing activities that generate attitudes of active participation in culture, in particular: artistic and educational workshops, open airs, exhibitions, lectures, seminars, publications, organization of cultural events, cultural trips and camps, etc.
  2. Funding scholarships for children and young people from indigent families,

With artistic talents and achievements in fields other than art,

3) Funding scholarships for art students and young artists

  • cooperation and mutual assistance of Association members,
  • Cooperation with individuals and institutions in collecting information and exchanging experiences in the field of cultural education,
  • advice and organizational and economic assistance, as well as training of members and others interested in the Association’s activities,
  • other activities conducive to the development of the organization’s statutory objectives,
  • Conducting activities that integrate members of the Association through cultural, recreational and social activities.

§ 8.

In pursuing the above objectives, the Association relies on the social work of its members. However, it may hire employees to manage its affairs.

§ 9.

An ordinary member of the Association may be an adult citizen of the Republic of Poland who receives the recommendation of at least two members of the Association and a foreigner, including those who do not reside in the Republic of Poland. Supporting members may be legal entities and individuals regardless of citizenship.

§ 10.

Membership of the Association is acquired by acceptance of candidacy by the Board of Directors of the Association by a simple majority of votes by resolution.

§ 11.

  1. Members of the Association are obliged to
    1. With their attitude and actions, contribute to the growth of the role and importance of the Association,
    2. Take care of his good name,
    3. strive to increase the importance of cultural education in the public consciousness,
    4. Support and actively pursue the objectives of the Association,
    5. comply with generally applicable laws and the provisions of the statute,
    6. Pay premiums regularly.
  2. An ordinary member of the Association has the right to participate in the life of the Association, in particular:
    1. He is entitled to active and passive voting rights,
    2. To make proposals on all matters relating to the objectives and operation of the Association,
    3. Use of the Association’s premises,
    4. benefit from the recommendations, guarantees and care of the Association in its activities,
    5. use free of charge the technical facilities, counseling and training that the Association puts at the disposal of its members,
    6. take advantage of other opportunities provided by the Association to its members.

§ 12.

  1. Legal entities may become a supporting member by submitting a declaration of intent to the Board of Directors of the Association, which will adopt a resolution to this effect.
  2. Supporting membership of the Association is terminated in the same manner.
  3. The form and type of support for the Association, supporting members will determine with the Board of Directors of the Association.
  4. Supporting members shall enjoy the rights of ordinary members listed in § 11 paragraph. 2 points 2-6.

§ 13.

Removal from the list of members of the Association is carried out by:

  1. resignation in writing submitted to the Board,
  2. exclusion by the Board of Directors:
    1. For activities contrary to the statute and resolutions of the Association,
    2. For unexcused failure to participate in the work of the Association,
    3. For being in arrears with membership fees for three periods,
    4. at the written reasoned request of at least 10 members of the Association for the reasons specified in letters a and b,
    5. Due to the loss of public rights as a result of a final court decision.
  3. death of a member.

§ 14.

A member has the right to appeal against the Board’s resolution on exclusion to the General Meeting of Members at least 21 days before the date of the General Meeting. The resolution of the General Assembly is final.

Chapter II


§ 15.

The authorities of the Association are:

  1. General Assembly of Members.
  2. Management.
  3. Audit Committee.

§ 16.

The term of office of all elected authorities of the Association is 3 years.

§ 17.

Resolutions of all authorities of the Association are adopted by a simple majority of votes in the presence of at least half of the members entitled to vote, unless further provisions of the Articles of Association provide otherwise.

§ 18.

  1. The highest authority of the Association is the General Assembly of Members.
  2. The General Assembly shall be convened by the Board of Directors at least once every twelve months, or more often upon the written reasoned request of ¼ of the members of the Audit Committee, notifying all members of its date, place and proposed agenda by registered mail or any other effective means at least 14 days before the meeting.
  3. The General Assembly must be attended by at least half of those eligible to vote on the first date, and on the second date, which may be set one hour later on the same day, it may effectively deliberate regardless of the number of participants.
  4. The General Assembly may be attended by ordinary members of the Association and, in an advisory capacity, supporting members and invited guests.
  5. The powers of the General Assembly include:
    1. Adoption of the Association’s program of activities,
    2. Reviewing and approving the reports of the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee,
    3. Adoption of rules of procedure for the General Assembly,
    4. Granting discharge to the outgoing Board of Directors,
    5. Election of members of the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee,
    6. Adoption of amendments to the statute,
    7. Adoption of resolutions on the establishment of other organizations by the Association,
    8. consideration of appeals against resolutions of the Board of Directors brought by members of the Association,
    9. Consideration of complaints by members of the Association against the activities of the Board,
    10. adoption of a resolution on the dissolution of the Association

6. resolutions of the General Assembly shall be adopted by a simple majority of the members.

  1. Amendment to the Articles of Association, dismissal of the President, members of the Board of Directors, the Audit Committee, and dissolution of the Association, requires an absolute majority with the presence of half of the members of the Association in the first term; in the second term, the requirement of the presence of more than half of the members does not apply
  2. Each member is entitled to one vote.

§ 19.

  1. The Board of Directors consists of 3 members elected by the General Assembly.
  2. The Board of Directors consists of a President and 2 Board members.
  3. The President is appointed and dismissed by the General Assembly for a 3-year term.
  4. The Board of Directors is elected by the General Assembly appointing the President and members of the Board of Directors
  5. The Board’s responsibilities include:
    1. Admission of new members of the Association,
    2. Representing the Association externally and acting on its behalf,
    3. Directing the day-to-day work of the Association,
    4. Convening the General Assembly,
    5. Determining the amount of membership fees.
  6. Members of the Board of Directors must not have been convicted by a final judgment of an intentional crime prosecuted by public indictment or a fiscal crime.

§ 20.

  1. The Audit Committee consists of 2 members elected by the General Assembly.
  2. The Audit Committee consists of a chairman and one member.
  3. The powers of the Audit Committee include:
    1. Control of the ongoing work of the Association,
    2. Submitting discharge proposals to the General Assembly,
    3. Requesting the convening of the General Assembly.
  4. Members of the Audit Committee may not:
    1. shall not be members of the governing body or be related to them by marriage, cohabitation, consanguinity, affinity or business subordination,
    2. have not been sentenced by a final judgment for an intentional crime prosecuted by public indictment or a fiscal crime,
    3. may receive reimbursement of reasonable expenses or remuneration in an amount not exceeding the average monthly salary in the enterprise sector announced by the President of the Central Statistical Office for the previous year for serving on such a body.

Chapter III


§ 21.

If the composition of the authorities of the Association listed in & 15 items 2 and 3 is reduced during the term of office, their composition may be supplemented by co-option. Co-option is carried out by the remaining members of the body whose composition has decreased. No more than half of the body’s membership can be appointed under this procedure.

§ 22.

  1. The Association’s assets are formed from membership fees, donations, bequests, legacies, income from its own activities and public donations.
  2. Income derived from subsidies, donations, bequests and legacies may be used for all purposes of the Association, unless the donors have agreed otherwise.
  3. The funds and assets of the Association are managed by the Board of Directors.
  4. Statements of will in property matters of the Association are made by the President alone, or two other members jointly.
  5. The association does not carry out business activities

§ 23.

The association cannot:

  1. grant loans or security for liabilities with respect to members of the Association, members of the Association’s authorities, employees and persons (hereinafter referred to as close relatives) with whom members of the Association, members of the Association’s authorities and employees are married or in a relationship of kinship or affinity in a direct line, kinship in a collateral line to the second degree or are related by adoption, guardianship or custody.
  2. transfer components of the Association’s assets for the benefit of members, members of the authorities or employees and their relatives, on principles other than in relation to third parties, in particular if the transfer is free of charge or on preferential terms
  3. use the property for the benefit of members, members of the authorities or employees and their relatives, on principles other than in relation to third parties
  4. purchase goods or services on a special basis from entities in which members of the association, its members or employees and their relatives participate on principles other than in relation to third parties or at prices higher than market prices.

§ 24.

  1. The Association dissolves on the basis of a resolution of the General Assembly or in other cases provided by law.
  2. When passing a resolution on the dissolution of the Association, the General Assembly shall determine the method of liquidation and allocation of the Association’s assets.
  3. In matters not regulated by this statute, the provisions of the Law on Associations shall apply.
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