STATUTE

In accordance with the sections 78. and 12. under the Law of joining citizens into associations, according to number 51/09 of the Official Gazette of Serbia the statutory meeting of “The Society of Christian Intellectuals” held in the Retreat House of Domus Pacis near Horgos on 29th of may 2010 accepted the Statute of the organization. Further changes on it were accepted on the meeting of the General Assembly on 28th of May 2011 and 2nd of June 2012.

                             STATUTE

       l. GENERAL DECREES                

1. Article

            The Circle of Christian Intellectuals (« Keresztény Értelmiségi Kör » in Hungarian,

« Хришћaнски интелектуални круг/ Hrišćanski Intelektualni Krug » in Serbian), in the further text the Association, has its range of activity in the territory of Serbia and acts independently from the governments and political organizations inland and abroad. However, it is able to cooperate with them in order to achieve its aims. The Association mainly uses the Hungarian language in its activities.

  2. Article

            The name of the Association is « Хришћaнски интелектуални круг/ Hrišćanski Intelektualni Krug» (in Hungarian « Keresztény Értelmiségi Kör », in English « Circle of Christian Intellectuals »). Its headquarters is in 4 Lifka Sándor Street, Subotica, 24000 Serbia.

3. Article

            The Association undertakes all its rights, commitments and responsibilities from the Constitution, the Law and its own Statute. The Association meets its obligations and takes full responsibility with its entire assets.

4. Article

            The Association uses its own seal to certify its administration and money circulation.

 The seal is round figured with 40 mm in diameter. On its margins there is an inscription in Hungarian and in Serbian language – with Cyrillic and Latin scripts -:

 “Keresztény Értelmiségi Kör Szabadka, Hrišćanski intelektualni krug Subotica, Хришћански интелектуални круг Суботица. “

In the center of the seal it is visible the logo of The Association which consists of a stylized cross and a fish.

5. Article

            The Association is represented by the President.

6. Article

            The Association cooperates and can also be a member of  similar organizations from Serbia and from abroad.

ll. GOALS AND TASKS

7. Article

            The aims of the Association are:

 - Popularization, representation and realization of the Christian values;

 - to Encourage civilians to become aware of their Christian consciousness.

 - to Develop Christian standpoints regarding the most important present social issues, especially concerning human rights, peace and tolerance.

- to help Christian communities living on the territory of Vojvodina to interrelate and to cooperate with similar organizations and monotheistic communities inland and outland.

- to reestablish  relations between intellectuals and Christianity.

- To groom and to cultivate the national and historic heritage.

- To orient citizens about events regarding religious life.

- To insure an educational content for intellectuals and others interested.

8. Article

            Taking into account the interests, needs and rights of its members, the Association accomplishes its aims by:

- Organizing cultural and scientific seminars, lectures and gatherings to be acquainted with faith.

- Inviting different lecturers from Vojvodina and from other countries to present different topics that are in unison with our Bible School

- Organizing literary, artistic, musical and other events, symposiums, camps, conferences, lectures, religious exercises, pilgrimages.

- Collecting and publishing all informative material, documentation and articles regarding the functioning of The Association.

- Taking part in the creation and actuation of Christian educational institutions

- Declaring its standpoints concerning the issues of Theological education, giving suggestions and supporting the implementation of untraditional educational methods.(e.g. part-time education).

- Spreading Christian values through the advanced means of mass media.

- Establishing local groups on the territory of Vojvodina where Hungarians live.

In achieving its above mentioned aims and tasks, the Association cooperates with the governmental institutions of Serbia, the regional and provincial authorities, national, international and foreign organizations, cultural institutions and citizens.

lll. MEMBERSHIP      

9. Article

            The joining into the organization of The Circle of Christian Intellectuals is one’s voluntary decision.

By accepting the Statute of The Association and by signing its entry form it confirms an adult person’s intention to become a member.

 Joining into The Association is allowed for any citizen, as long as this person has Christian values. Besides this term no religious, national, and ethnic, gender or racial reasons can be an obstacle for becoming a member. The Presidency decides about the acceptance of its members.

10. Article

All the members of the Association have the same rights and responsibilities, which are personal, public and directly connected to the given obligations and accepted tasks.

11. Article

            The obligations of the members are:

 -To respect the decrees of the Statute,

- To show spiritual, moral and material support towards The Association in achieving its goals,

- To accomplish the accepted tasks,

- To pay regularly the membership fee defined by the Council of the Association,

- To show by his/ her social life that he/she respects the Christian values.

12. Article

The rights and obligations of the members of the Association are:

-To take part in any activity of the Association according to his/her wishes and capability, in accordance with the goals and tasks of the Association.

-To elect and/or to be elected in unison into organs of the Association, working groups; or into coordinators of inner organizational units of the Association.

- To be regularly informed about the activities of the Association.

- To maintain the decrees and other decisions made by the organs of Association and carry out the undertaken tasks.

13. Article

The membership is terminated by:

- Withdrawing from the Association.

- Getting expelled from the Association because of misbehavior, inactivity, or by irregularly carrying out the assigned tasks.

- The death of a member.

14. Article

            The Presidency of the Association has the right to expel any member who acts against the goals of the organization and harms its reputation by his/her activities.

The decision of the Presidency becomes valid the same day that the decision is made, but becomes final only after the Council’s consent. If the Council does not approve the decision of the Presidency about the dismemberment, the membership of the person is not discontinued.

IV. THE ORGANS OF THE ASSOCIATION

15. Article

            The organs of the Association are:

            General Assembly,

            Council,

            Presidency,

            Supervising Committee

16. Article

            The General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest organ of the Association that consists of delegated members of the Local Groups. Each Local Group has to delegate one representative after its every fifth member. 

The Presidency and the General Assembly have the same president.

Resolutions from Annual and extraordinary Sessions are passed by with majority votes.

The General Assembly’s decrees are valid if at least half of its members are present. The General Assembly is held even if the quorum is not reached, regardless of the total number of the participants after one hour of waiting.

In these sessions the vote of the 2/3 of the participants is needed to valid a decision.

This must be noted in the invitation to the session.   

Voting is public by raising hands unless the Assembly decides be a secret voting.  

The Assembly regularly meets once a year. The Assembly is called together in e-mail or in other written form. This invitation, regardless of its form, must arrive to the member of the Assembly at least 7 days before the session is held. The extraordinary session of the Assembly is called at

the specific request of the Presidency or the Supervising Committee or at the written request of 1/3 of the membership.

The General Assembly:

- Constitutes the Statute and passes its amendments, its alterations or statutory extensions.

- Develops the working and financial plan/ program of the Association.

- Discusses and accepts the annual report on the work of the Association.

- Elects and dismisses the President and/or Vice-Presidents of the Association, as well as/or the President and members of the Supervising Committee.

- Passes general rules of the Association.

- Decides about the termination of the Association.

- Runs other errands defined by the Statute and other general acts of the Assembly.

- A member of the Association has the right to initiate the suspension of the president in case he/she does not respect the decrees of the Statute. The General Assembly decides about this issue on a regular or extraordinary meeting.

- Decides regarding the affiliation with other Organizations.

- Decides on The Associations organizational forms.

17. Article

The Council

Besides the Presidency, the Council is a collective managerial organ that directs the work of the Association between the periods of the two General Assemblies.

Its main goal is to accomplish all of the Association's aims defined by this Statute and by the resolutions of the General Assembly.

The Council consists of the Presidents of the Local Groups. If a Local President is hindered, the Local Group is represented in Council by the assistant of the Local President.

The Council members’ number equals the number of the members from the Local Groups.

If the number of the Local Groups falls under 10, the Presidency takes over the function of that Council.

The president of the Presidency is the president of the Council.

Each Council has two Vice-Presidents, which are elected within its own members.

 The Council must have at least two sessions a year, and it meets the quorum only if at least half of its members are present.

The Council is held even if the quorum is not reached, regardless of the total number of the participants after 30 minutes of waiting.

In these sessions the vote of the 2/3 of the participants is needed to valid a decision. The members of the Council have to be informed about this fact in the letter of invitation.    The president must call an extraordinary meeting if half of the Council members asks it in written form. Decisions are valid if they meet the requirement of being supported by the majority of votes.

The Councils sphere of action:

- Sets up the committees, boards and other working bodies that will work together during certain activities related to particular programs of the Association.

- Approves or disapproves the decision of the Presidency about the dismissal of members.

- Defines the amount of the annual membership fee.

-The Council decides about different proposals of the Local Groups, and manages each possibly upcoming problem.

            If the president does not respect the decrees of the Statute, a member of the Council can initiate his dismissal. The General Assembly decides regarding this initiative on its regular or extraordinary sessions.

18. Article

The Presidency     

 The Presidency is the collective management board of the Association, which directs the work of the Association between the periods of the two General Assemblies. It also takes care of the accomplishments of the Association's aims defined by this Statute and by the resolutions of the General Assembly. The Presidency is elected by the General Assembly.

There are 11 members in the Presidency. There is the President and there are 9 vice-presidents. Each vice- president is responsible in conducting a specific area of activity. Their mandate lasts 4 years.

The President represents the Association in its legal affairs, with a third person, and approves its finances.

The President assembles the Presidency and directs its work. The Presidency is quorate, when at least half of its members are present during a General Assembly.

The Presidency makes decisions based on the simple majority of the present members. In case of the same number, the president owns the decisive vote.

The Presidency convenes when it’s necessary, but on at least two- three has occasions a year.

A virtual session can be held by e-mail, where everybody can express their opinion and can vote publicly. These decisions are valid if fifty percent plus one voted for it. All the letters in this form are printed and archived, and this is registered in the minute- book.

The sphere of action of the Presidency:

-   decides about the formation or dissolution of any Local Group.

 -  Decides about the acceptance or dismissal of any member of the Association.

-  Makes decisions in order to achieve the resolutions of the General Assembly.

 -  Decides regarding the demands of the members.

 -   Decides about joining into national or international organizations

-   Appoints and dismisses the General Secretary, who works on administrative and coordinative tasks; and decides regarding any other work and allowance issue.

-       Prepares and calls for the General Assembly.

-       Dismisses the vice-presidents in case they did not take part in the activities of the Association or they neglected their previously accepted obligations.

-       Appoints the vice-presidents of the Presidency to the vacant seats, taking into consideration the regulations of the 21st Article.

-       Forms committees and subdivisions.

19. Article

Supervising Committee

The supervising committee controls and monitors the finances of the Association. It is its duty to prepare an annual report about these finances and present them to the General Assembly.

If the Supervising Committee notices any irregularities in the material-financial affairs of the Association, they must immediately inform the President and the General Assembly.

The Supervising Committee consists of a President and two members.

Their mandate is valid for four years. No one can be a member for more than two consecutive terms. The decisions are valid if fifty percent plus one voted for it. They must keep a minute-book about their work.

20. Article

A minute-book must be kept about the work regarding the sessions of the General Assembly, the Council, the Presidency and the other organs of The Association.

The minute-book must contain:

- The place and time of the session.

- The names of the chairperson, the notary, and the corroborant.

– Information about the quorum, its agenda, the essential contents, the suggestions and remarks heard during the session.

– The results of the votes (for, against, abstained).

– The means of realizing these resolutions and the name of the responsible persons for it. 

 There must be attached by the minute-book the invitation, the checklist and the documents given in writing by the present members.

V. THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENTS    

21. Article

The Presidency, together with its president, as well as with its other members, is elected by the General Assembly.

 In case of the Presidents disability a Vice-President, previously appointed or not by the President, represents him. The President can replace any member of the Presidency or its Vice-Presidents. Despite this fact, during his presidency, he only has the right of replacing, with cooptation, maximum half of the members chosen by the Council.

The mandate of the Presidency is 4 years.  

Vl. LOCAL GROUPS

22. Article

It is necessary to have at least six citizens interested into joining to form a Local Group. The Local Groups are not legal entities, but an elemental part of the Association. A Local Group is considered formed after the Presidency has recognized it.

The Local Group is independent in its own sphere of work, but only within the frames of the aims and tasks defined by this Statute. It is at their disposal to use anytime the assets they managed to obtain by themselves. A Local Coordinator is elected from the Local Group’s members, and by this he automatically becomes a member of the General Assembly. Every Local Group has its own Presidency, which consists from at least three members (President, Secretary and Treasurer). Local Groups Presidency consisting of a larger populous can have more than three members, but consisting out of only maximum five persons.

The Local Groups must work in unison with the organs of the Association and hand out a written report to the Council on its sessions. They must inform the Presidency about their planned performances and programs.

If the Local Group acts contrary to the interests of the Association, the Presidency of the Association can decide to dissolute the community. The resolution is valid immediately after its acceptance, and in case of appeal the Council makes the final resolution.

VlI. THE ORGANIZATION OF THE ASSOCIATION             

23. Article

            In order to achieve the aims of the Association according to the 7th article of this Statute, Project Groups can be created, as needed in the Project Tasks.

 Each Project Group has its own leader appointed by the Presidency.

The Project Group must make a plan proposal of its work and projects, also including a financial plan that must be handed to the Presidency in order to adopt it.

24. Article

             The members of the Project Group mentioned in the 23rd article represent the members of the Association gathered around a certain project.

VllI. PUBLIC WORK

25. Article

            The Associations work is public. The Presidency sees that the members and the public are regularly informed regarding the activities of the Association. This happens by direct means, or by means of the internal or publicized magazines, brochures, journals; and by other means of mass media, according to the valid regulations.

IX. COOPERATION WITH OTHER ASSOCIATIONS

26. Article

            In order to realize its aims the Association makes contacts and cooperates with other associations, institutions and organizations inland and abroad.

The Association can approach and join other national and international organizations and associations with similar goals.                                                                                                    

X. THE TOOLS OF THE ASSOCIATION

27. Article                                                                                                

The Association can gain property from:

- Membership fees,

- Donations,

- Charity,

 - Aids, presents, sponsorships and other donations of individuals and corporate entities.

 - Other sources allowed by law.

The income, according to the previous articles, belongs to The Association and can be used according to the aims of the Association, but only in concordance with its regulations and financial plans.

XI. AMENDMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTS OF THE STATUTE

28. Article

                                                                                                                                                      The Presidency can initiate amendments and supplements for the Statute. Than this previously prepared Proposal is referred to public debate in front of the membership.

After this the Presidency hands over this Proposal to the General Assembly for adoption by public voting.

29. Article

            All the bylaws and other general rulings that the Association must possess according to the Law, or that were adopted by the General Assembly, are adopted by the same rules of procedure as the passing of the Statute.

XlI. ECONOMICAL ACTIVITY

30. Article

                                                                                                                                                      The Association can also gain property from the following economic activity: 79.12: the organization of different travels and any other activity regarding them. The Association can initiate this activity only if it has been previously registered into the Financial Register.

The Association can use the profit mentioned in section 1. in achieving its own goals; including its normal activity and its own contribution in the realization of the projects.

XIII. DISSOLUTION OF THE ASSOCIATION

31. Article      

The dissolution of The Association is decided by the General Assembly, but only according to the Regulations of the Law.

32. Article

In case of dissolution, The Associations official representant has the obligation to inform within 15 days the Registry Services were the Association has been originally registered.

33. Article

                                                                                                                                                         In case of dissolution of the Associations its wealth goes into the property of a legal entity with similar activities; respectively the General Assembly decides, according to the Regulations of the Law, to whom it transfers its entire wealth.

XIV. TRANSITORY AND CLOSING REGULATIONS

34. Article

Immediately after they are constituted, the elected organs must pass the general acts regarding their own activity.

35. Article

In case of any dispute the General Assembly is meant to interpret the decrees of this Statute.

36. Article

This Statute is lawful from the date of its adoption.

            President of the General Assembly


                                                                                               

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         (Szabó Károly)





 

 

 

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