Articles of Association

English translation of the Statutes d L’Association

It is founded between the members of these statutes an association governed by the law of July 1, 1901, and the decree of August 16, 1901, entitled ‘Animal Connection and Beyond’ or ‘AC&B’.

This association aims to research and understand, by managing a volunteer program of ten or more people with their animals, and subsequently provide a report on:

  • the effects of feelings shared between domestic animals and their guardians, on the chronic physical and behavioural conditions of their animals; and
  • whether there is an improvement in conditions when shared feelings are modified by the introduction of mindfulness techniques;

The registered office is located at La Belle Etoile, 23230, Gouzon.

The duration of the association will be until the purpose of the Association, as defined in Article 2, is complete, or dissolution as defined in Article 16.

The association is made up of:

a) Research Volunteers

b) Honorary Members

c) Active members or adherents

Research volunteers are exempt from contributions.

Honorary members are those who have rendered outstanding services to the association; they are exempt from contributions.

Active members or adherents are those who have made a commitment to pay a monthly contribution, fixed each year by the administrators of the association, and/or those who have given a consultation contribution to the association. Membership levels are appended to the General Terms and Conditions.

One month’s notice is required for cancellation of membership. If the subscription has been paid for a full year, a refund will be made for the remaining period from the end of the current month at the time of receipt of the cancellation request.

Membership is lost by:

a) Resignation;

b) Death;

c) Expulsion pronounced by the administrators of the association for non-payment of the membership fee or for serious reasons. Please see the General Terms and Conditions for full details of the rights and obligations of members.

This association is affiliated to the Trust Technique Association and complies with the statutes and internal regulations of this association (name, logo, etc.).

It may also join other associations, unions or groups by decision of the administrators of the association.

The association’s resources include:

1° Membership contributions

2° Consultation contributions

3° Donations

4° All the resources authorized by the laws and regulations in force.

The association administration meeting includes all administrators of the association in whatever capacity.

It meets every year in December.

Fifteen days at least before the fixed date, the administrators of the association are invited to the meeting by the president. The agenda appears on the invitation.

The president presides over the meeting and explains the activity of the association.

The annual accounts (balance sheet, profit and loss account and appendix) are submitted to the meeting for approval.

The amount to be paid by the different categories of members is fixed for the year.

Additional administrators are nominated and agreed if necessary to the functioning of the association.

Only items on the agenda can be discussed.

Decisions are taken by majority vote of the administrators present or represented (or votes cast).

The decisions of administrative meetings are binding on all members.

The general meeting includes all members of the association in whatever capacity.

It meets every year in the month of January.

Fifteen days at least before the fixed date, the members are invited to the meeting by the president. The agenda appears on the invitation.

The president, assisted by the association administrators presides over the meeting.

Only items on the agenda can be discussed.

Decisions are taken by majority vote of the members present or represented (or votes cast).

The decisions of general meetings of members are binding on all members.

If necessary, or at the request of a minimum of a quarter of registered members, the president may convene an extraordinary meeting of members, for modification of the articles of association, the rights and obligations of members, or dissolution.

The convening procedures are the same as for the member’s general meeting.

Decisions are taken by a majority of the members present (or votes cast).

The association administration comprises:

1) A President ;

2) A minimum of two administrators

The president is accountable for the Management and Accounts of the Association.

The administrators are responsible for ensuring the purpose of the association (Article 2) is maintained, approving the annual accounts of the Association, discussing and approving the terms and conditions of Association Membership, and administrating association meetings.

An administrator can leave the Association at any time, giving notice of one month. In the event this means that the number of association administrators becomes less than the minimum defined above, an extraordinary meeting of members will be called to agree a new administrator, or subject to Article 16 below, dissolve the association.

Administrators are bound by the relevant country data protection and client confidentiality laws during their term with the association, and at all times thereafter. A code of ethics is attached to the General Terms and Conditions.

The functions of the Association Administration are free and voluntary. Only the costs incurred by the fulfilment of their mandate are reimbursed on receipts. The financial report presented to the Association Administrative Annual Meeting  presents, by beneficiary, the reimbursements of travel and expenses.

Rules of procedure can be drawn up by the president, and/or administrators, which then have them approved by the Association Administration and/or the members as appropriate.

In the event of dissolution pronounced according to the procedures provided for in Article 12, one or more liquidators are appointed, and the net assets, if any, are devolved to a non-profit organization (or to an association with similar purposes) in accordance with the decisions of the extraordinary meeting of members which decides on the dissolution. The net assets cannot be devolved to a member of the association, even partially, except for the recovery of a contribution.

Dissolution may, for example, occur in the following situations:

  • Lack of volunteer motivation
  • Lack of membership
  • Lack of administration
  • Completion of the project which was the object of the association

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