Article 1

(foundation and denomination)

The association is founded as a voluntary association with the name: “MOVIMENTO SHALOM” Onlus.

In particular situations where such a name may cause a misunderstanding of the real nature of the association, it could be called “MOVIMENTO PER LA PACE” upon evaluation of the President.

The association is regulated by the following statute.

 

Article 2

(headquarter)

The legal headquarters are in San Miniato, 4 Carducci Street. Any variation of the headquarters within the same district does not change this statute.

Upon positive advice of the Steering Committee, commissions and administrative branches in Italy and abroad could be founded.

 

Article 3

(independence and duration)

The association is non-party political, independent and it has an unlimited life. It can not establish relations to organisms profit making or any kind of connection with the interests of Italian or foreign profit making organisations, neither public nor private .

 

Article 4

(purpose)

The purpose of the association is to carry out volunteering activities, given by its members in a personal, spontaneous and free way with humanitarian, cultural and educational intents.

The members’ work is aimed at the promotion of globality, justice, equality, peace as well as defence and real enforcement of human rights.

To achieve these purposes, Movimento Shalom will realise social, cultural, humanitarian, sports and recreational events.

In particular, the aims pursued by the association are the following:

a) to enhance development projects to support emerging countries population;

b) to promote childhood’s rights, especially through international projects, even in collaboration with other no-governmental organizations, and the implementation of the principle of subsidiarity of international adoptions in countries where children come from;

c) to develop activities of long-distance support (i.e. “sponsorships”);  to support donors by giving them assistance, helps, recommendations and advices in order to pass over problems that may come during sponsorship procedures; to make the audience aware about the importance of sponsorships to promote their growth, through meetings and conferences with public and private institutions;

d) to collaborate with other associations, no-governmental organisms, ONLUS, as well as with informal groups of volunteering, international organisms, Public Bodies, Local Authority, Universities, schools, business enterprises, Clerical Organisms, Dioceses, Missionary institutes, private citizens;

e) to realize informative and formative activities destined for the public opinion and in particular way for such sectors (e.g. teachers, educators, entertainers) that have a pedagogic role, included training courses and professional updating;

f) to realize travels or responsible tourism, and through them to promote the knowledge of people by respecting their culture and their environment;

g) to develop editorial activities of any periodical and non-periodical instrument, as well as probable informatics activities;

h) to realize cultural projects through  educational activities destined for children and for adults, both in the movement and in the social spheres of aggregations, such as schools, discotheques or sport societies, in order to spread and to promote the ideal of the movement in the international level too;

i) to realize projects with the purpose of developing the three most important sectors of human life, e.g. food, education and health, in developing countries;

l) to conduct financial transactions by respecting the meaning of this statute;

m) to start up and to manage fair trade activities;

n) to realize fundraising events using suitable and ethically consistent with this statute methods;

o) to start up and to manage archives;

p) to promote tourist activities that aim to know and respect the environment as well as the interchange between cultures and people;

q) to work with state institutions to help them achieve their foreign and social policy aims. To these aim we will get profits from the promotion and the realization of above-mentioned initiatives and we will gather resources from fundraising by private citizens, public or private companies and Institutes.

Resources for the different activities are determined by the annual budget.

The association will not be able to carry out activities different from those above mentioned, with the exception of those that are directly connected with them.

 

Article 5

(No profit aims)

The association is a non-profit organisation, therefore it is excluded any direct of indirect financial advantage for members.

 

Article 6

(volunteers of the Movement)

Members of the Movement are work in order to:

a) educate minors to globality, justice and peace;

b) prevent juvenile distress ;

c) fight violence and drugs;

d) recover juvenile distress;

e) fight hunger and underdevelopment in emerging countries;

f) integrate into society disabled people and to welcome and support people in need;

g) promote intercultural education;

h) inform people about human rights abuses that are perpetuated all over the world.

 

Article 7

(Organisation of the Movement)

The Movement is divided into Commissions, Sections and Territorial Representatives, to make national and international organisation and efficiency easier. Their power and autonomy are defined by the articles below.

 

Article 8

(democratic nature of the structure)

The association has a democratic structure and the policy decision of its bodies is collegial and majoritarian.

Every member has the right to participate to social activities and to decisions regarding the aims and the activities management of the Movement.

The association accept any member without distinction of race, sex, religion, political opinion, personal or social conditions.

Members may be both physical person and bodies.

 

Article 9

(election of offices)

Only members of the association can hold elective and free offices in the association.

 

Article 10

(gratuitousness of the services provided by the members and insurance)

Members, as volunteers, give their services for free; every refund is excluded, even in case of costs incurred during their services, with the exception of costs approved by the board in advance.

The association insures its members, who work as volunteers for the organisation, for on-the-job injuries and sickness as well as for civil liability to third-part liability during their service (according article 4, law number 266/91).

 

Article 11

(criteria for admission and exclusion of members)

People of all ages, social, cultural and religious background can become members of the Movement, as long as they show confirmed moral standard and share the ideals and aims of the Movement. The subscription results from the “membership card”, which is unlimited.

Members are divided into:

–          founder members, that have started the activities of the Movement and that take part ex officio in the Movement Council;

–          voluntary members, that take part actively to initiatives of the Movement. These members have to apply to the Bureau;

–          ordinary members, that share Shalom values and apply to the main Office;

–          supporter members, that support the activities and the values of the Movement. They became part of the Movement automatically when they support our activities or by applying to the main Office;

–          honorary members, that thanks to cultural, humanistic or scientific merits, have actively contributed to the development and knowledge of the Movement. The attribution of title of honorary member is proposed by the Steering Committee or by at least 10 members and the approval is submitted to the vote of the Movement assembly.

Membership get lost because of dead, withdrawal, exclusion. The member that will be responsible of deeds against the human person, or against the Movement with violent and racist behaviour, or of improper conduct against other members, or of lawbreaking will be excluded. The exclusion procedure is submitted by the Movement Council or on the proposal of a member. The exclusion is decided by the Bureau with the favourable vote of the majority of votes, after having listened to the person concerned. The exclusion procedure have to be accomplished within three months from the presentation of the petition.

 

Article 12

(members’ rights and duties)

The members all have equal right to take part to Movement activities, to use its facilities, and to be informed about its events. Every member has to pay the membership fee that is decided by the Bureau, as a donation to the Movement activities.

 

Article 13

( assets)

The Movement assets consist of proceeds from the associative activities, grants from public or private authorities, single person or companies’ donations, as well as of any possible distributions, donations and legacies, as well as of membership fees and of real estates and goods of the Movement.

Every income and expense of sections, commissions, sectors have to be accounted by the main office.

Incomes will be exclusively employed for the aims of the Association as recommended in the budget plan.

 

Article 14

( financial statement)

The financial year runs from the 1st of January to the 31st of December of each year.

Within the 30th of April of every financial year, the Economic Board will draw up the financial statement for the closed financial year and the budget for the following financial year, that have to be approved by the assembly.

The Economic Board decides with the majority.

The financial statements has to presents explicitly goods, donations and legacies.

 

Article 15

(Governing Bodies)

Organs of the association are:

– General Assembly of members;

– Steering Committee;

– Chairman and his Bureau;

– one or more Vice-Chairmen;

– Secretary;

– Economic Board;

– Board of Auditors.

 

Article 16

(General Assembly)

The General Assembly, chaired by the Chairman or by the Vice-Chairman or by a member elected by the General Assembly itself, assisted by the Secretary, is regularly called: in first call,  the majority of the members who are registered in the book or the associates – including members represented by delegates – has to be present, and in second call – that could take place at least one hour after the first one – the General Assembly can start whatever number of members present.

The General Assembly represents all the members and its resolutions, taken in accordance with the law and with this statute, are binding on members. All the members with a regular “membership card” have voting right and can take part in the assembly. The members can delegate other members to represent them in the assembly, but each member could not represent more than five other members.

The meeting is called by the Chairman following the proposal of Steering Committee, which establishes the day and the agenda by posting a note on the headquarter, and by using other methods the Steering Committee consider worthwhile, at least eight days before the date established. Furthermore, the General Assembly could be called:

a) by the Chairman, when he considers it necessary;

b) by the Steering Committee or by the economic board or by at least one third of the members.

The assembly decides with the majority of votes on the approvals of the proposed nomination for the Chairman, the Vice-Chairmen, the Secretary and the members of the Economic Board, on the general guidelines of the association’s activities, on the approval of both the financial statement and budget, on assets issues, as well as on any kind of matter concerning the association; generally speaking on every kind of agenda, except for the changes of the statute and on the dissolution of the association. For these resolutions, at least two thirds (2/3) of the votes are required, and their execution have to be carried out by the Steering Committee.

The General Assembly is called at least once a year by the Chairman for the approval both of the balance sheet and the budget. A minute will be drawn up for every meeting and signed by the Chairman and by the Secretary.

 

Article 17

( Steering Committee)

The Steering Committee is chosen by the majority of the General Assembly, and is composed by a representative for every commission, a representative for every activity sectors, by a representative for every local section, by local representatives or their delegates, by the Chairman, the Vice-Chairmen, the Secretary, one delegate from the Economic Board, as well as by the members that can lawfully take part in, as give in art. 11. It is called with the same procedures as the General Assembly, generally every two month. It is regularly constituted independently from the number of present members and decision are taken with  the majority of votes, and in case of equality of votes,the President decides. The Steering Committee’ meeting are opened to all the members, they can take part to the discussion but they have no right of vote. Persons that aren’t members of the Movement can take part to a meeting as consultant, but only if invited by the Steering Committee itself, the President or the Bureau, and only for the meeting and the subject for which they have been invited. The Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is in office three years, after that period every Commissions, activity sector, local section and local representative will communicate the names of the new counsellor or will confirm the previous ones.

 

Article 18

( Steering Committee tasks)

Steering Committee tasks are :

a) to inform people about big international issues;

b) to take decisions about issues regarding the Movement activities with the purpose of the education on common values and the unity of its members: for this aim analyse and evaluate programs presented by each Commission at the beginning of the year, in order to organise them and to decide any possible partnership;

c) to promote events for the diffusion and knowledge of the Movement;

d) to discuss about international issues and wars in order to steer the political guideline of the Movement;

e) to discuss social issues and to analyse its causes and solutions;

f) to draw up and to approve the program of the annual activities for all the sectors;

g) to suggest any possible activity available to promote the defence of human rights;

h) to take decisions on subjects that are not  matter of the General Assembly or on other body of the association.

 

Article 19

( the Chairman and the Office of Presidency)

The Chairman is the legal representative and highest office of the association, he is elected by the Steering Committee after the approval of the candidature proposals of the General Assembly, among all the members of the Movement. This office lasts three years and it can be re-elected more than two times in a row. If the representative of a Commission, activity sector or local section who is also member of the Steering Committee is elected as Chairman, they will choose a new representative in the Steering Committee. If absent he will be replaces by the older Vice- Chairman or by the older counsellor of the Steering Committee.

The Bureau is composed by the Founder, the Chairman, the Vice-Chairmen, the Secretary and the coordinator of the Economical Board. These offices are inconsistent with other political offices.

 

Article 20

( role of the Chairman and the Bureau)

The Chairman represents the association before third party and in court; he calls and chairs the General Assembly; he can delegate his functions to the single members of the Steering Committee and to the Vice-Chairmen; he is assisted by the Secretary.

The Bureau is responsible for the organisation of the association and has the highest decision-making power to take decisions on the initiatives and proposal presented to the Movement; it decides also on the attendance and participation of the Movement at the initiatives of public and private Bodies and Institutions that concern the Movement itself, and names its representatives.

 

Article 21

( Vice-Chairmen)

Vice-Chairmen could be nominated as delegate in the most important sectors of the Movement; they stand for the Chairman and take part in the Bureau.

Their office lasts three years and they cannot be re-nominated for more than twice in a row.

The Movement statute set their functions and this office too is inconsistent with other kinds of public offices.

 

Article 22

(secretary)

He is the Chairman’s collaborator, he manages the Movement offices, draws up and countersigns together with the Chairman the minutes and the deliberation of the General Assembly and of the Steering Committee, he informs the Steering Committee on technical matters, he receives, examines and presents to the Steering Committee’s attention messages, protests, proposals and questions submitted by Movement commissions and sectors, he deals with matters transferred by the Chairman.

If absent, he is replaced by an other member nominated by the Chairman.

He is responsible for the secretary’s office and he can be assisted by an assistant nominated by the Bureau.

 

Article 23

( local partition)

The Movement is organised in :

– national and international Sections ;

– Commissions ;

– Sectors ;

– Local Representatives.

Sections are places where the movement ideals live and are promoted.

International sections take part to the Movement life through, when it is possible, internet, by participating in the various assemblies with e-mail, internet, fax, delegations.

The Commissions are work-groups with the aim of dealing with specific domain or with specific emerging countries.

Sectors represent a specific sector – related to Shalom activity – that requires a responsible.

The local representatives are shalom representative in a specific place, where neither commissions, nor sectors, nor sections exist; he deals with relationships with Bodies and Institutes of such territories where he can promote Movement activities, according to this statute, upon positive advice of the Steering Committee.

These bodies are regulated through rules and communication approved by the Steering Committee.

 

Article 24

( civil service)

The Movement, according to the law, can avail itself of the activity of youths admitted to the civil service.

Such relationship will be regulated according to the meaning of this statute and in conformity with the current lawsand with the related agreement with the national Office for the Civil Service.

 

Article 25

(employed staff)

The association, if strictly necessary and allowed by its financial statement, can employ people with fixed term or open-ended contract, by defining its tasks and salary, according to the current law.

 

Article 26

( Economic Board)

This body is composed by the Chairman or the older Vice-Chairman, the founder and seven members nominated by the Steering Committee.

It will appoint a coordinator, who will be ex-officio member of the Bureau.

The Economic Board will avail itself of the collaboration of people undertaken in the Movement activities of projects. Its role is to draw up the financial statement and the budget, record the cash flow and express a positive opinion during the economical and financial feasibility study of the Movement projects.

It is chaired and called with the same procedure of the General assembly. It meet regularly, whether or not all the participants are present and decides according to the majority. The Economic Board will meet every four months al least.

 

Article 27

(Board of auditors)

The management of the association is controlled by a board of auditors, composed by three members, elected every three years, and re-eligible, by the General assembly.

The auditors will verify the bookkeeping, draw up a report about the financial statement, verify the cash in hand and the existence of worth and social assets and they could carry out at any time, even individually, inspections and controls.

 

Article 28

( dissolution of the Association)

In case of dissolution of the Association, the whole asset will be liquidated by one or more liquidators elected by the Steering Committee; the proceeds will be allocated to other Italian or foreigners association working in the same domain and with the same aim, chosen by the Steering Committee itself.

 

Article 29

( disputes)

Every possible social dispute between members and between these ones and the Association or its Bodies, will be submitted, in all the cases allowed by the law and apart from every other jurisdiction, to the competence of a Board of Arbitrators nominated by the Steering Committee.

They will judge on an equitable basis without procedural formalities and their judgment is irrevocable; this procedure will be in compliance with the Code of Civil Procedure.

 

Article 30

(cross-reference)

For everything not expressly provided by this statute, please refer to the Code of Civil Procedure, law n. 266, 11th of August 1991, and related regional implementations, as well as to the special regulations to be approved by the Steering Committee and to other laws about associations.

 

Article 31

(use of profits)

Any profits or surpluses will be used exclusively for the implementation of activities considered in article 4 of this statute.