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The statutes of the “International Blackboard Organisation”
1.Name and place of business
The International Blackboard Organization, hereinafter called ibbo, founded on April 17th 2005, is a political and confessional neutral association referred to in article 60ff of the Swiss Civil Code (CC) based in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
The association supports the infrastructures of schools through donations and thus facilitates the running of the schools.
a) ibbo solely supports schools on which help is needed in all conscience and which are approved by the board.
b) ibbo is obligated to provide the necessary information about how the donations are being used.
c) ibbo is mainly looking for public children schools for the donation projects. Exceptions can be approved by the board.
In individual cases, ibbo is allowed to support single persons with donations. The beneficiary must not exceed the age of 20 years. Reasons for need of support are:
a) An educational backlog exists
b) The expenses for a public school cannot be paid
The association organizes and arranges deployments which:
a) Are directly connected to the projects supported by ibbo
b) Are beyond the projects supported by ibbo
The association organizes theme nights and presentations on demand. A contribution towards the expenses can be charged.
The association is allowed to maintain contact with political parties or nations, as far as it serves Art. 2 of these statutes.
The following two membership categories are possible
Anyone who acknowledges the association’s statutes can become a member. The board decides whether an active member will be accepted or not. Minors cannot become active members.
An annual membership fee of $ 30.00 is being charged by the association. This fee can be redefined at the general meeting.
Members, who violate the statutes or harm the association’s image can be excluded by the board.
The organs of the association are:
a) The general meeting
b) The board
c) The auditors
The supreme body is the general meeting. It is lead by the chairman.
The voting right is given to all members at the general meeting. Active members are eligible to stand for election in the board or in the audit.
The general meeting is quorate when all members of the board are present.
The annual general meeting takes place in the first quarter of the year.
The convocation is issued in writing through the board, three weeks before the scheduled date and including the agenda items.
The annual general meeting solely enacts the following competences:
a) Acceptance and approval of the annual report and the annual financial statement after notice of the audit report
b) Election of the Chairman, the board and the auditors
c) Determination of the annual fee of the passive members
d) Approval of next year’s budget
e) Amendment of the articles and requests from the members of the board
Requests from members have to be issued in writing to the board two weeks prior to the general meeting.
An extraordinary general meeting can be convened at any time if demanded by important association business.
The board is composed of:
a) The chairman
b) The vice-chairman
The members of the board are being elected for two years. Reelections are possible unlimitedly, the age limit though is 70.
The board constitutes itself, presided over by the chairman.
a) Resignations have to be submitted to the chairman two months prior to the end of the end of the year (Vereinsjahr)
b) Except for the chairman, members who are withdrawn from their position during their term of office can be replaced by the board. The provisionally appointed members have to be confirmed at the next general meeting.
The board is obligated convene board meetings on a regular basis. In order for a board meeting to be quorate, at least three members of the board have to participate. The meeting have to be minuted.
The obligations and competences of the board are:
a) Management of the statutes and execution of the decision made at the general meeting
b) Decision-making of matters concerning the association which are not particularly matters of the general meeting
c) Election of the active members
d) Review of the placing of orders of the projects
e) Publication of the projects and guarantee of the correct use of donations
f) Management of the association’s funds
g) Representation of the association
h) Convocation of the general meeting
The association is capable of acting through the signatures of two members of the board.
The auditors control the treasurer’s work. They examine the annual financial statement of the association. For the general meeting, they issue a report and publish it as far as practicable for the donors.
Two Auditors are being elected for two years by the general meeting.
For the association’s liabilities, solely the association’s funds are liable for.
The association’s year starts on January 1st and ends on December 31st.
The association is capable of keeping special funds and reserves.
The association is allowed to keep reserves. Only secure financial assets have to be chosen. Speculative trades are prohibited. Apart from that, the common investment policies apply as per BVG (professional pension plan-, surviving dependants- and disability provision)
The association is a non-profit organization. In order to serve the purpose, donations and fees are being received and used, specifically for aid projects mentioned in Art. 2. Contributions towards costs can be paid to active members.
The usage of donations has to be reasonable.
If decided by a three-quarter majority of the general meeting, the association can be dissolved.
In case of dissolution, the association’s funds will either be invested in current projects or given to a different organization with a similar purpose as per Art. 2.
St. Gallen, April 29 2005