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Pursuant to section 13 of the​​ Associations Act (“Official Gazette” number 74/14)1, an assembly of the​​ ŠTAMBUK​​ Association​​ -​​ Selca,​​ Island of Brač, Croatia,​​ at a session held on September 27th ​​​​ 2015, has adopted a:​​ 

 

S T A T U T E2

 

THE ŠTAMBUK​​ ASSOCIATION​​ 

Selca, island of Brač, Croatia

THE ORIGINAL PROVISIONS

300 years ago the first Štambuk, a builder, arrived from Prague, via Venice, in Selca on the island of Brač and he founded a family which today has several thousand members in Croatia and in the wider world,​​ from​​ Tierra del Fuego​​ to New Zealand. Maestro (Master) Antonio (or ‘Antun’, ‘Ante’), originally​​ Standelpergher,​​ detto Stambucco,​​ founded a stonemasonry business on Brač (drawing on the family owned Saint Mikule quarry in Selca which has been used since Roman times). His quarry supplied the famous Brač stone that was used in the construction of palaces from Paris to the Bosporus. It was used in the construction of the White House, in Washington DC, and the United Nations building on the East River in New York, as well as the Meštrović Art Pavilion in Zagreb and in a number of beautiful buildings in Selca itself. These include the Štambuk and Didolić palaces and the magnificent Church of Christ the King, which Cardinal Kuharić calls the ‘Cathedral of Brač’. Many of the buildings in Selca were unfortunately burned by the Italian army on the 9th​​ of August 1943, during their occupation of the island.

 

The Štambuk family, hardworking, and tending to construction and to learning, has come up with many priests, bishops, writers, scientists, doctors, engineers, diplomats, patriots, philanthropists, craftsmen, artists and stonemasons - both stoneworkers and designers.

 

Also, throughout the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1867 to 1918), the family was the heart of the Croatian national revival of Dalmatia, along with many domestic intellectuals. Along with the Didolić family, the Štambuk family made Selca a Croatian cultural lighthouse. It was a place to reflect on the homeland, its future, its common good and on its progress. Even today the same effort at renewal radiates from the linguistic-poetic revival of the ‘Croatia rediviva’ festival, which has been held in Selca since 1991. It has been pondering those same subjects, through Croatian language and poetry since that time. The festival is a creative gathering of truthful speakers of the Chakavian, Kajkavian and Shtokavian Croatian linguistic idioms.

 

It is the goal of the association to re-evaluate the heritage of the Štambuk family and to preserve the memory of its prominent personalities, so that their significance is recognized. In so doing, the association aims to highlight how the family grew and strengthened against the backdrop of the common good. In turn, it seeks to expose valuable lessons that are relevant to us today and for our, sometimes, uncertain futures because: ‘historia magistra vitae est’ – history is the teacher of life.

(Dr. Drago Štambuk, Brasilia, 28th​​ September 2012)

I.​​ THE GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1.​​ 

This Statute regulates: the name of the Association, its headquarters,​​ its​​ representation,​​ its​​ goals and​​ the​​ activities that​​ facilitate the​​ fulfilling of those​​ goals;​​ the publicizing​​ of its​​ work;​​ its​​ membership and membership fees;​​ the​​ rights and obligations of​​ its​​ members;​​ its​​ bodies, their composition,​​ their​​ powers,​​ their​​ manner of decision-making,​​ the​​ conditions and manner of​​ the​​ election​​ of its members​​ and​​ those regarding their​​ recall,​​ their​​ terms of office and​​ their​​ responsibilities;​​ the Association’s ​​ assets and disposable income;​​ its​​ method of acquiring property;​​ the procedures relating to the​​ termination of​​ the Association and those​​ relating to its​​ property in​​ the​​ case of its termination.

Article 2.

The name of the Association:​​ ŠTAMBUK - Selca, otok Brač, Hrvatska.​​ 

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The abbreviated name of the Association: ŠTAMBUK. (Hereon​​ referred to as the​​ Association).

 

In addition to its name in Croatian, the​​ Association​​ will use​​ the variations below, in:

 

English: Stambuk Association – Selca, Island of Brac, Croatia3

Spanish: Stambuk Asociación – Selca, Isla de Brac, Croacia​​ 

German: Stambuk Verbindung – Selca, Insel Brac, Kroatien

 

The seat of the​​ Association​​ is​​ in​​ Zagreb. The decisions​​ of the Association are made by the Presidency. The Association​​ is registered with the​​ Zagreb​​ City Office of General Administration. The​​ Association​​ has the status of a non-profit legal entity, and it acquires​​ that status​​ on the​​ day of its registration in the Register of Associations of the Republic of​​ Croatia.

Article 3.

The Association has a seal.​​ 

 

The seal of the Association is: 3 cm in diameter and contains an inscribed text along its edge that reads: ŠTAMBUK - Selca,​​ otok Brač​​ - with a lithograph in the middle. The lithograph is a stylization of the church of Christ the King in Selca.

Article 4.

The Association is presented and represented by the Presidency of the Association. The Assembly of the Association can elect for other persons to present and represent the Association.

Article 5.​​ 

The work of the Association is public.

 

Its work shall be exercised in the manner established by this Statute.

 

The public nature of the Association’s work is ensured and achieved through the timely informing of its members about its work and any relevant significant events concerning it, through written reports, through meetings of the body of the Association, via email and by any other appropriate means.

 

The Association may issue its newsletter in accordance with the regulations on public information stated herein. The decision to issue a newsletter is brought by the Presidency of the Association.

 

The Association has its own web site, and may issue other media (including publications and posters), in accordance with the regulations on public information stated herein.

II.​​ THE​​ OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES OF THE​​ ASSOCIATION

Article 6.

The​​ Association​​ operates in the field of culture and art.

 

The​​ Association​​ is founded on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the arrival of,​​ our ancestor,​​ Ante Štambuk in Selca,​​ on the​​ island of Brač. It is founded with the aim of preserving and continuously exploring and promoting​​ the cultural and economic heritage of Selca, and it seeks to​​ encourage​​ economic​​ development​​ there,​​ along​​ traditional lines,​​ with particular emphasis on the stonemasonry that developed in the fold​​ of the Štambuk family – a development that was​​ based on the knowledge, experience and merit of​​ that​​ first​​ Štambuk.

 

The Association seeks to realize these goals​​ through the following activities:

 

  • The organization of the Štambuk 300 event, an annual summer assembly in Selca, comprising those bearing the Štambuk family name and those who feel that they are a Štambuk

  • The creating of a genealogy record of all persons with the Štambuk ​​ surname and the researching the origins of the first Štambuk ​​ and his ancestors

  • The researching of the lives of all persons tied to the Štambuk ​​ family, and their associates, in the historical, economic, political, social and cultural contexts

  • The collection and processing of related written and other materials (correspondences, memoires, documents, photographs, and other family and personal items)

  • The publishing of material related to the wider and narrower goals of the Association (including books and monographs, and other media) in accordance with the law

  • The marking of important moments in the history of the Štambuk ​​ family and of Selca (with memorial plaques, symposia and conferences, and via other means)

  • The organizing of lectures and other types of education (including courses and forums, and by other means).

  • The organizing of domestic and international anthropological workshops

  • The encouragement and revival of traditional economic activities, especially by supporting the practice and culture of stone processing and the design and manufacture of useful and decorative objects made of stone

  • The monitoring of the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the most significant remains of Štambuk ​​ owned buildings in Selca that were burnt (the Štambuk Palace and the ‘Mali palac’)

  • The establishment of a memorial research museum and library center and the organization of seminars, scientific meetings and other related activities

  • The encouraging and organizing of, and participating in, the preparation of lists and studies of other historic sites and programs for conservation, restoration and conservation

  • The cooperation with other associations, organizations, institutions, including state institutions, and individuals and legal entities that support the work of the Association

  • The strengthening of the Association’s co-operation with related organizations and associations in Croatia (including the Didolić Association) and beyond

  • The promotion by the Association of all those activities that deepen and strengthen the identity, heritage and cultural and historical awareness of the Štambuk ​​ family, the inhabitants of Selca, Brač, and the wider Croatian littoral

Article 7.

In order to maximize the cohesion of its membership and its work, the Association may establish sections and branches.

 

Sections and branches do not constitute legal entities.

 

The establishment and operation of sections and branches shall be regulated by a general act adopted by the Assembly of the Association.

Article 8.

In pursuit of the objectives and activities set out in the provisions of this Statute, the Association may join with other communities and alliances, both at home and abroad.

 

The decision on the forming of such associations is made by the Assembly of the Association.

III.​​ THE​​ MEMBERSHIP OF THE​​ ASSOCIATION​​ AND THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF ITS MEMBERS

Article 9.

Membership of the Association can be of the following categories:

 

  • regular,

  • associate,

  • supporting,

  • or honorary.

 

Regular members of the Association must be responsible and lawful persons who accept the Statute, and the other general acts of the Association, and regularly fulfil the obligations of their membership of it.

 

Regular members have the right to vote at the Assembly of the Association.

 

Associate members are non-voting persons (including minors and persons who are legally deemed to be without capacity).

 

Individuals as well as representatives of legal entities who, through their work, have especially assisted the Association can become supporting members of the Association. As such, they can contribute to the Association’s development and operation.

 

Individuals as well as representatives of legal entities may have conferred to them honorary membership. As such, they may contribute to the development of the municipality of the village of Selca or to the development of the Association.​​ 

Article 10.

The decision to submit an individual for regular membership of the Association is made by the Presidency, and it is concurred with a majority vote of members that are present. The​​ decision to submit an individual for​​ associate, supporting or honorary membership is concurred by a majority vote of the members present at a meeting of the Presidency. The decision to exclude a member from the Association is made by the Presidency, and it is concurred with a majority vote of members present. The rights and obligations of a member of the Association shall be acquired on the day they are entered into the list of members of the Association.

Article 11.

The Association maintains a list of its members.

 

The list of members is kept by the President of the Association.

 

The list of members contains the following information about each individual member: first name, nickname, surname, date of birth (and the date their date of birth was established), OIB, date of admittance to the Association, membership category, e-mail address, telephone numbers, address of residency and date of termination of membership of the Association. The list of members is maintained electronically.

Article 12.

The rights, obligations and responsibilities of regular members are:

 

  • To elect members to the bodies of the Association, and to be elected to those bodies.

  • To be informed about the work of the Association, and its bodies, and to be informed about the Association’s financial operations.

  • To actively participate in, and contribute to, the achievement of the goals of the Association.

  • To make suggestions and to present opinions and remarks, on the work of the Association, and its bodies.

  • To comply with the provisions of this Statute, and the other general acts of the Association.

  • To pay their membership fee regularly.

  • To safeguard, and to raise, the reputation of the Association.

  • To safeguard the material assets of the Association, and to assist it in fulfilling its commitments.

 

The rights, obligations and responsibilities of associate, supporting and honorary members are the same as those of regular members, but without the obligation to pay membership fees.

Article 13.

Membership of the Association ceases:

 

  • With the termination of the Association.

  • By written declaration of withdrawal of membership.

  • By expulsion from membership.

  • By non-payment of the membership fee.

 

For minor violations of the Statute, the Presidency shall issue a disciplinary reprimand in writing.

 

A member of the Association may forfeit their membership if they violate the provisions of the Statute, endanger the interests of the Association and / or cause serious damage to the Association and / or its membership.

 

The decision to expel a member of the Association is made by the Presidency, on the basis of a proposal written by a member of the Association.

 

The expelled member shall have the right to appeal within 30 days from the date of the delivery of any decision against them. The appeal is to be submitted to the Assembly of the Association, whose decision is final.

 

The expelled member loses all rights granted by this Statute and any other general acts of the Association.

Article 14.

Members of the Association who are responsible for promoting the Association, its reputation or its business, can be presented with an award by the Association.

 

The types of recognition, the manner of their awarding, and the proposed nomination of individuals for recognition, will be regulated by a special act passed by the Assembly of the Association.

 

The decisions on awards are made by the Assembly of the Association.

IV.​​ THE BODIES OF THE ASSOCIATION

Article 15.

The​​ bodies of the association are:​​ 

 

1. The Assembly

2. The Presidency

3. The President

4.​​ The​​ Vice-Presidents​​ 

THE​​ ASSEMBLY

Article 16.

The Assembly is the highest body of the Association, consisting of all​​ of the Association’s​​ regular members​​ ​​ this includes individuals​​ and representatives of​​ external​​ legal​​ entities, that are deemed to be individual regular members.

 

The Assembly can be regular, elective​​ or​​ extraordinary (it may be​​ thematic, ceremonial​​ and so on).

 

Every​​ legal entity​​ represented in the Assembly of the Association is​​ represented by one​​ nominated individual. That nominated individual​​ is appointed by​​ a​​ person​​ legally​​ authorized to represent the external legal entity in question.

 

The regular Assembly is held at least once a year. Assembly sessions are convened by the President of the Association on​​ their​​ own initiative. In​​ convening​​ the Assembly, the President shall determine​​ its​​ agenda and the​​ date and venue​​ for the session.

 

An​​ elective Assembly is held​​ every four (4) years, and must be convened and held before the expiration of the term of office of the President of the Association.

 

The President of the Association​​ may convene​​ an extraordinary session of the Assembly,​​ on​​ their​​ own initiative,​​ or at the request of at least​​ ⅓​​ (one third) of the total number of regular members of the Association.

 

If the President of the Association does not convene an extraordinary session of the Assembly,​​ after such a request by one third of its members, as​​ referred to in paragraph 6 of this Article,​​ within 30 days of the submitted request, the extraordinary session​​ of the​​ Assembly shall be convened by​​ its​​ proponents​​ (their decision should include the​​ draft agenda, the place and date of the session, and​​ they should inform​​ all members of the Assembly​​ of these details).

 

An​​ extraordinary session of the Assembly​​ may only discuss​​ the issue(s)​​ for which​​ it​​ was convened.

Article 17.

Within its competence, the Assembly of the Association:

 

  • Adopts​​ the Statute of the Association and​​ its amendments.

  • Adopts other general acts necessary for the operation of the Association.

  • Adopts the plan and program of work of the Association.

  • Adopts the financial plan of the Association.

  • Decides on the assets of the Association​​ and their disposal.

  • Determines the membership fee and​​ its​​ payment deadline.

  • Adopts the annual report on the work and financial operations of the Association and adopts the final account.

  • Selects, revokes and dismisses the President,​​ the​​ Vice-Presidents​​ and the other members of the Association Presidency​​ by public vote.

  • Decides​​ on the proposals of​​ the Presidency​​ to form​​ associations​​ with other organizations and alliances,​​ that is, whether to become a member of them or to withdraw from them, also determining how those relationships should be founded.

  • Decides on awards.

  • Considers all issues relevant to the work of the Association.

  • Decides on appeals by members of the Association.

  • Decides on the termination of the Association.

  • Performs other tasks in accordance with the law, this Statute and​​ other regulations and general acts.

Article 18.

The Assembly of the Association shall be convened by the bodies of the Association, in the case of​​ the​​ expiry of the term of office of the last person recorded in the Register of Associations (of the Republic of Croatia,) or​​ by​​ 25% of the members of the Association, who​​ were​​ registered in the list of members before the expiration of the term of office of the bodies of the Association. The Assembly shall be chaired by the President of the Association. In the absence of the President and the Vice-President, the Assembly shall, by the beginning of the session, determine by public vote the person chairing​​ it.

 

The Assembly shall be convened by the President of the Association by​​ the​​ sending​​ of​​ written invitations (or e-mails),​​ to the members of the Assembly,​​ at least 7 days before the​​ Assembly​​ session.

 

The invitation must contain information on the place and time of the session, and the draft agenda.

 

The invitation will, as a​​ general​​ rule, be accompanied by materials​​ relating to the items​​ on the agenda.

Article 19.

The Assembly​​ makes​​ valid decisions​​ if at least half of​​ its regular members​​ participate.

If less​​ than half of the regular members of the Association attend​​ a session of the Assembly,​​ the commencement of the session shall​​ be delayed by 30 minutes.​​ After that interval the Assembly session may commence if​​ at least ¼ (one quarter) of​​ it​​ regular members​​ are​​ present. If​​ after such a 30 minute interval​​ there are​​ less than ¼ of the​​ regular members​​ present at the Assembly session, the President shall convene a new Assembly within 3 days​​ which may commence with less​​ than ¼​​ of its​​ regular members. Regular members who are unable to attend​​ an​​ Assembly​​ session​​ may do so via​​ Skype (or other form of audio or video conferencing). The​​ minutes​​ of an Assembly​​ must indicate which members are​​ attending remotely. A written record​​ of each Assembly session must be composed.

 

The Assembly is chaired by the President of the Association. In the absence of the President,​​ it​​ is chaired by one of the Vice-Presidents.

 

Valid decisions are made by a majority vote of those present​​ at an Assembly session, unless otherwise provided​​ for​​ in this Statute.

 

It is obligatory to keep​​ minutes of an Assembly session. They must be signed by the minute taker​​ and certified by two elected​​ and​​ participating members of the Assembly. Copies of the minutes shall be sent to the members of the Association by e-mail.

THE PRESIDENCY

Article 20.

The Presidency​​ consists of​​ at least​​ five​​ (5)​​ members and a maximum of 7.

 

The Presidency consists of the President of the​​ Association,​​ two (2)​​ Vice-Presidents, and up to​​ four​​ (4)​​ regular members of the​​ Association,​​ all of​​ whom​​ are elected by the Assembly for​​ a tenure of four (4)​​ years. All the members of the Presidency may​​ be re-elected several times in succession.

Article 21.

The Presidency meets as required,​​ and at least three times a year.

 

The Presidency is the​​ executive body of the Assembly. It​​ organizes the work of the​​ Association,​​ between the two sessions of the Assembly,​​ and​​ it​​ decides on matters within its competence.

 

The sessions​​ of the Assembly​​ are​​ convened by the President,​​ and the Assembly​​ directs​​ the work of the Presidency.

Article 22.

The Presidency of the​​ Association​​ is​​ vested with the authority​​ to:​​ 

 

  • Adopt proposals for activity programs, work plans and the Statute, which will be submitted to the Assembly for consideration and adoption,

  • Prepare the Assembly session,

  • Conduct sessions of the Assembly,

  • Implement the decisions of the Assembly,

  • Submit the proposal​​ of the financial plan and the final account to the Assembly for adoption,

  • Decide​​ on material, financial and technical matters,

  • Adopt​​ rules of procedure and other general acts,

  • Interpret the acts​​ the Association​​ has adopted,

  • Propose​​ the establishment of branches and sections,

  • Appoint​​ the organizational bodies of meetings, branches and sections and​​ decide​​ on their plans and reports,

  • Appoint​​ auxiliary working bodies to manage material and financial operations and other administrative and technical tasks,

  • Seek from the Assembly the approval of its proposals to co-operate​​ with other​​ associations and organizations,

  • Decide​​ on the​​ cost​​ of the membership fee​​ and​​ its​​ manner of payment,

  • Decide​​ on the admission​​ of persons to the Association​​ and​​ their exclusion from it,

  • Determine​​ royalties,​​ work contract fees,​​ and other fees,​​ in accordance with legal regulations, and​​ to properly manage the assets and finances​​ of the​​ Association,

  • Consider​​ proposals, suggestions and criticisms from associate, honorary and​​ supporting​​ members of the​​ Association,

  • Establish​​ committees and​​ subcommittees, and other permanent or occasional working bodies of the​​ Association.

  • ​​ Suggest​​ membership in other​​ associations,

  • ​​ Award plaques, accolades and awards,

  • ​​ Perform​​ other tasks in accordance with the Statute and​​ the​​ goals of the​​ Association,

  • ​​ Ensure​​ professional and moral​​ conduct.

 

A​​ session​​ of the Assembly can only be held if a​​ majority of the​​ members of the Presidency are present. The decisions​​ of the Presidency​​ are​​ validated​​ by a majority vote of the participating Presidency members.

 

The Presidency​​ will submit​​ to the Assembly an annual report on its work.

THE PRESIDENT​​ 

Article​​ 23.

The President of the Association is elected by the Assembly for a term of 4 (four) years and the same person may​​ be re-elected several times in succession.

 

The President of the Association is also the President of the Assembly of the Association.

 

The President of the Association ensures the proper and lawful work of the Association.

​​ 

They chair the sessions of the Assembly and the Presidency, and are responsible for ensuring the legality of the work of the Association.

 

The President is accountable to the Assembly of the Association for their work.

 

A ⅔ (two-thirds) majority of all the regular members of the Association is required to recall the President.

Article 24.

The President of the Association:

 

  • Presents and represents the Association at home and abroad,

  • Convenes sessions of the Presidency and of the Assembly and proposes the agenda,

  • Establishes standing and ad hoc committees, and other working bodies, to supervise particular areas of the Association's activities,

  • Is responsible for submitting to the Assembly the presentation of the annual financial report,

  • Submits the minutes of the regular session of the Assembly to the competent office of the Association that maintains its records,

  • Executes the decisions of the Assembly and leads the work of the Association between its sessions,

  • Concludes​​ contracts and undertakes lawful activities on behalf of the Association,

  • Ensures that the work of the Association is conducted in accordance with its objectives and within the context of the general policies established by the Presidency and the Assembly of the Association,

  • Keeps a list of members of the Association,

  • Is the executive authority that executes the financial plan of the Association,

  • Informs the public about the work of the Association.

 

In the absence or incapacity of the President, they shall be replaced by one of the Vice-Presidents of the Association, or by agreement, by one of the other members of the Presidency.

THE VICE-PRESIDENTS

Article​​ 25.

Two Vice-Presidents are elected by the Assembly for a term of 4 (four) years each and the same persons may​​ be​​ re-elected several times in succession.

 

The Vice-Presidents of the Association are also the Vice-Presidents of​​ the Assembly of the Association.


The Vice-Presidents of the Association:

 

  • Collaborate with the President of the Association in preparing the sessions of the Assembly,

  • Ensure the preparations of annual and periodic reports on the work and financial operations of the Association,

  • Prepare the drafts of the general acts proposed by the Assembly of the Association,

  • Ensure that the minutes of the sessions of the Assembly and the Presidency of the Association are kept,

  • Maintain and keep the archives of the Association,

  • Replace the President in all their powers, if due to circumstances, this is necessary,

  • Perform other tasks within their competences, as required by the decisions of the Assembly, the Presidency and the President of the Association.

  • Are accountable, for their work, to the President and the Assembly of the Association.

COMMITTEES, COMISSIONS AND TEMPORARY AND PERMANENT AUTHORITIES

Article 26.

Both the President and the Presidency of the Association may establish committees and commissions, as well as other permanent and temporary working bodies of the Association.

 

An act of appointment issued by the Presidency shall determine their composition, their work and their tasks, as well as the time limit within which the members of these working bodies of the Association shall be appointed, and their responsibilities that permit the execution of the tasks assigned to them.

 

Committees, commissions,​​ and other temporary or permanent working bodies​​ will carry out the work and tasks​​ for which they have been established,​​ and report​​ on them​​ to the President and to the Presidency, and​​ to the Assembly of the​​ Association.

THE SELECTION PROVISIONS

Article 27.

Elections shall be by secret ballot.

 

The candidates for election will be the President, the Vice-Presidents and the other members of the Presidency. A candidate will be deemed elected if they receive the largest number of votes cast by the regular​​ members present.

THE​​ WITHDRAWAL PROVISIONS

Article 28.

The term of office in all bodies and for all functions of the Association is 4 (four) years.

Terms of office can expire, be revoked, or the holders of office can resign from their posts.

The proposal to revoke the mandate of the President of the Association should be submitted by at least ½ (half) of the regular members of the Association.

 

A proposal to revoke the mandate of a Vice-President, or other member of the Presidency, may be submitted by the President, or by ⅓ (one third) of the regular members of the Association.

 

After considering the revocation proposal, the Assembly will decide on whether to vote on the revocation.

Article 29.

Any member of a body of the Association may apply to resign from their post before the expiration of the term for which they were elected. However, they are obliged to perform their duties until a decision on their departure is made.

 

The Assembly is required to make a decision on a request for resignation at its first sitting.

V.​​ THE ASSOCIATION’S PROPERTY, ITS METHOD OF ACQUISITION AND THE DISPENSING OF ITS POTENTIAL PROFITS

Article 30.

The assets of the Association are its:

 

  • Funds,

  • Moveable assets,

  • Real estate,

  • Other property rights.​​ 

 

The Association acquires property from:

 

  • Membership fees,

  • Voluntary contributions, gifts and sponsorships,

  • Performing activities permitted by law,

  • Budgetary grants and fund grants,

  • Other funds acquired in accordance with the law.

Article 31.

The Association is responsible for its obligations with regards to its assets.

 

The President of the Association has executive rights over the property of the Association.

Article 32.

The Association may use borrowed materials for a limited period of time for the purpose of research or for the pursuit of an activity. For every such instance a Loan Agreement must be arranged. Concerning special gifts or earmarked funds, contracts must be arranged with the donors, to regulate any special conditions related to their further treatment, and to designate​​ to whom responsibility for them should fall to in the instance of the termination of the Association.

Article 33.

The Association will maintain a record of its accounts and will prepare financial statements in accordance with the regulations governing the accounting of non-profit organizations.

Article 34.

The President of the Association will submit a report on the material and financial operations of the Association, to the Assembly for approval. NJ

Article 35.

For justified expenses incurred in connection to the activities of the Association, members are entitled to compensation, and for work in connection with the activities of the Association, a reward.

 

The financial value of such reimbursements and awards shall be decided by the Presidency of the Association.

Article 36.

If in the carrying out of its activities the Association makes a profit, that profit must be used exclusively for the furtherance and promotion of the activities of the Association, so that its goals, as set out in this Statute, are achieved.

VI.​​ THE​​ TERMINATION OF THE​​ ASSOCIATION

Article 37.

The Association shall cease to exist by a decision of the Assembly in a ⅔ (two-thirds) majority vote of its regular members who are present at the pertinant Assembly session, or under any other set of circumstances provided for by law.

 

In the event that the Association ceases to exist, the Assembly will decide on the dispensing of its property.

Article 38.

The liquidator of the Association is appointed and recalled by the Assembly.

 

The liquidator may be a person or legal entity that is not a member of the Association.

 

The liquidator represents the Association in the process of its liquidation and is enrolled at the opening of the liquidation procedure. Their name is entered into the Register of Associations (of the Republic of Croatia) as a person authorized to represent the​​ Association, until the completion of the liquidation process and the deletion of the Association from that register.

 

The liquidator is not entitled to the reimbursement of expenses for their work unless the Assembly determines otherwise.

 

In the process of liquidation the liquidator shall:

 

  • determine the balance of the Association’s account

  • determine the balance of the Association’s debts and receivables

  • identify the other assets of the Association obtained from the official records of the Ministry of Finance – obtaining an exemption certificate from the Tax Office that certifies that the Association is exempt from making any public payments

  • be obliged, in the case of debt, to issue an invitation to the Association’s creditors to file their claims against the Association​​ 

  • be obliged, in the case of a claim, to invite the debtors to pay their debts and to distribute the remaining assets in accordance with the provision of Article 53 of the Law on Associations

 

After the distribution of the remaining assets, the liquidator is obliged to submit, to the competent state administration office, a final account and report on the completed liquidation procedure, within 8 days of its completion.

 

In the event that the liquidator determines that the assets of the Association are insufficient to meet its obligations, they shall notify the competent court within eight days in order to initiate bankruptcy proceedings.

VII.​​ THE LIABILITIES FOR DUTIES AND DAMAGES

Article 39.

The Association is responsible for the execution of its obligations with regards to its assets.

 

Members of the Association and the members of its bodies have no responsibility for these obligations.

 

The Association may be declared bankrupt in accordance with the law.

 

The Association, and the persons authorized to represent it for damages against the Association​​ itself, or for damages by the Association against third parties, shall be liable in accordance with the general laws regarding damages.

VIII.​​ SUPERVISION

Article 40.

It is the members of the Association themselves that shall supervise the work of the Association .

 

If a member of the Association considers that the Association has violated this Statute, or any other general act of the Association, they are entitled to notify the Assembly of the Association of the alleged violation, and to request that the stated irregularities be corrected.

If the notification is not considered within 30 days, from the date of the written request, or if it is not acted upon, or if the irregularities that were reported are not remedied within a further 30 day period, the member may file a lawsuit with the municipal court competent at the place of the seat of the Association.

IX.​​ THE RESOLUTION OF DISPUTES AND CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Article 41.

A dispute or conflict of interest is deemed to exist in the Association if a matter affects the rights and interests of its members, including the common interests of all of its members, or if it affects the work of the Association as a whole. Disputes or conflict of interest can be freely discussed by the Association’s members.

 

The Presidency is responsible for the resolving of disputes and conflicts of interest.

 

The decision of the Presidency is final.

 

If a dispute or conflict of interest arises regarding the submission of a change to the​​ Register of​​ Associations​​ (of the Republic of Croatia)​​ by the competent Association office, the member(s) expressing their concerns will first address the Association to resolve the dispute or conflict of interest. Upon the final decision of the Presidency regarding the matter, the Association will submit, to the competent office, a request to make a change to the records of the Register of Associations together with the decision of the Presidency.

X.​​ THE STATUTE AND THE OTHER GENERAL ACTS OF THE ASSOCIATION

Article 42.

This Statute is the founding act of the Association and all of the other general acts of the Association must comply with the provisions of it. Draft amendments of the Statute shall be formulated and prepared by the President and the Presidency of the Association who will forward them to the members of the Association for discussion at the Assembly.

The President of the Association shall consider the objections and proposals made in the debate at the Assembly, and will take positions on them before determining the final form of the Statute.

Article 43.

The Assembly of the Association interprets the provisions of the Statute.

 

The Presidency of the Association interprets the other acts of the Association.

Article 44.

All the internal issues of the Association, as well as other issues that are not specified in the Statute, which require a further elaboration, shall be regulated by general acts adopted by the Assembly and the President of the Association.

XI.​​ THE TRANSITIONAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS

Article 45.

This Statute shall enter into force, and apply from the day of its adoption, at the Assembly of the Association.

Article 46.

On the day that this Statute enters into force, the Statute adopted at the session of the founding Assembly, on 29th​​ October 2012, shall cease to be valid.

 

Zagreb, 27th​​ September 2015.

 

 

 

Dario Štambuk v.r.​​ 

​​ PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION​​ 

 

1

​​ In Croatian:​​ članka 13. Zakona o udrugama (″Narodne novine″ broj 74/14)

2

​​ This English translation of the Statute has been released with the intention of informing English speakers about it and the work of the Association.​​ The official Statute under which the Association operates is written in Croatian.

3

​​ The remainder of the text of this document will use the Croatian spelling of​​ Štambuk​​ and​​ Brač.

 


Stambuk Association – Selca, Island of Brac, Croatia
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