Statutes

ARTICLE 1
NAME  

An association governed by Articles 60s of the Swiss Civil Code (CC) is founded between the members of these statutes, having for name: “Humanitarian For Empowerment” abbreviated “HFE” with the slogan enhancing a pathway towards autonomy.

ARTICLE 2
PURPOSE – OBJECT

HFE is a humanitarian, independent, non-profit association which aims to promote empowerment to populations in need around the world through the ticket of training, qualification and monitoring by specialists in the fields of social order (health, education, etc.)
The association is a structure bringing together people from the medical profession and from different training such as lawyers, architects, journalists etc. driven by the desire to transmit their knowledge as well as their skills in different countries of the world, both clinically than theoretical, in collaboration, if necessary, with already existing structures at the national level, internationally or present in the target countries. Preferential links will be created with similar associations around the world. In addition, these statutes admit that HFE aims to promote a positive spirit among the members and to contribute to the personal development of each one, refusing the exclusion of a member on the basis of arbitrary criteria, banishing cartel tendencies, avoiding the sterile struggles of power and blockades of initiatives for the selfish advancement of the individual.

ARTICLE 3
REGISTERED OFFICE 

The head office is located at 8, chemin du Ruttet, 1196, Gland. It can be transferred by simple decision of the executive committee.

 ARTICLE 4
DURATION

Statutes point out that the duration of the association is unlimited.

 ARTICLE 5
COMPOSITION – ORGANIZATION

 HFE consists of: a) Honorary members b) Ordinary members  The HFE organization chart is made up of an executive committee, a central committee, project committees and a general assembly.
1- The executive committee (EC): select council whose role is to lead the association and represent it to the authorities for a term of 4 years. Its members are elected by all ordinary members at an ordinary general meeting. 2- The central committee (CC): is composed of the members of the EC as well as all the presidents of the project commissions. The AC reviews, approves, disapproves and prioritizes projects.
3- Project committees (PCs): Made up of 2-5 people who elect a chairman from among them who represents the committee. Each committee is completely autonomous in the management of its projects within the framework of compliance with the association’s internal regulations and the laws in force.
4- The general assembly (GA) is made up of all the members of the association. Natural and legal persons can acquire the statutes of ordinary member. In the latter case, the legal person may be represented by one of the members of its management body.

ARTICLE 6
ADMISSION

 The association is open to any legal or natural person with the capacity, motivation and commitment to humanitarian work based on training, without conditions or distinction. To be part of the association, the present statutes specify that you must make a written request to the EC, which decides, at each of its meetings, on the admission requests presented. The admitted candidate only acquires membership after receipt on the association’s account managed by the steering committee of the amount of his annual membership fee. Any sesames paid during the current financial year or previous years are acquired by the association.

ARTICLE 7
MEMBERS – FEES

Ordinary members are those who have undertaken to pay annually a sum of 120.- CHF as a contribution and 50CHF for students. The amounts of the contributions are fixed by the general assembly.

 ARTICLE 8
CANCELLATIONS

Membership is lost by:
1- The written resignation presented to the EC; He remains liable for his share of the annual membership fee for the current semester at the time of receipt by the Executive Committee of his letter of resignation.
2- The death of the natural person or the dissolution of the legal person;
3- Cancellation pronounced by the CE or the GA for non-payment of the contribution, for serious reasons or for serious harm to the interests of the association, the interested party having been invited to provide explanations before the CE and / or in writing. The serious reasons are specified in the internal regulations. The excluded member can appeal this decision to the General Assembly. THE decision of exclusion by the general meeting is final.
4- Membership of the association is automatically lost by failure to pay the annual membership fee.

ARTICLE 9
RESSOURCES

 The resources of the association include:
1- The amount of entry fees and contributions;
2- Grants from the federation, cantons and municipalities.
3- The association reserves the right to engage in commercial and / or industrial activities for the sole purpose of financing its activities and meeting its expenses.
4- Any other contribution.
5- Donations, bequests and other voluntary services 6 Allowances made by sponsors.

ARTICLE 10
ORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

The ordinary GA includes all the members of the association in whatever capacity they may be. It meets every year. At least thirty days before the fixed date, the members of the association are convened by the secretary. The agenda appears on the notices.
The GA takes place when one third of the members are present on the scheduled date. If this minimum number is not reached, a second date will be designated by the EC within 21 days. The president, assisted by EC members, chairs the assembly and explains the moral situation and the activity of the association.
The treasurer reports on his management and submits the annual accounts (balance sheet, income statement and appendix) for approval by the assembly.
The general assembly fixes the amount of the annual membership fees and the entry fee to be paid by the different categories of members.

A. The general assembly has the following powers in particular:
1- Elect the president
2- Elect the treasurer
3- Initially, the Executive Committee selects the members of the Commissions, who are volunteers. Thereafter, the elections and nominations within each Commission will be carried out by the Ordinary Members.
4- Appoint honorary members
5- Elect the auditor(s)
6- Approve the annual report and the accounts of the association
7- Grant discharge to the members of the executive committee
8- Adopt the association’s annual budget
9- Give guidelines for the activities of the association
10- Set the amount of the various membership fees
11- Modify the articles of association
12- Decide on the dissolution of the association The assembly may delegate all or part of its powers to the executive committee for the next financial year.

B. Quorum for modification of the status and for dissolution:
Any modification of the statutes as well as the dissolution of the association can only be decided by a two-thirds majority of the votes of the members present at the General Assembly.
For dissolution, in addition to the quorum mentioned above, at least one third of the members of the Association must be present at the general meeting. When this number is not reached, the Executive Committee convenes an extraordinary General Assembly on this subject

C: Vote:
No vote may be taken on an item that is not on the agenda, with the exception of the proposal to convene an extraordinary general meeting. Each member is entitled to one vote in the general assembly. He can be represented by another member by means of a written authorization (sufficient e-mail), which must be given to the secretary of the meeting before the start of the meeting.
All deliberations are taken by show of hands, except for the election of council members. Subject to contrary legal and statutory provisions, the general assembly rules by a majority of the members present or validly represented. In the event of a tie, the vote of the honorary president will count double.

D: Audit:
An internal audit will be determined by the ordinary members and the honorary members who will take the minutes every 6 months for an audit.

ARTICLE 11
EXTRAORDINARY
GENERAL MEETING

If necessary, or at the request of a quarter of the registered members, the president can convene an extraordinary general assembly, according to the modalities provided for in these status and only for modification of the statutes or the dissolution or for acts relating to buildings, or to deal with matters classified as “very urgent”. The convening procedures are the same as for the ordinary general meeting. The deliberations are taken by a majority of the members present.

ARTICLE 12
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE)

The association is managed by an EC of 10 members, elected for 4 years by the general assembly. Members are eligible for re-election. The EC is made up of:
1- An honorary president
2- A president
3- A vice-president
4- A Secretary General
5- A treasurer
6- An event organization manager.
7- A communication manager
8- A university relations manager.
9- An administrative secretary
10- The President of the Amichiny.

The respective functions, attributions and powers of the members of the EC are detailed in the internal regulations. The positions of President and Treasurer cannot be combined. The board being renewed every year by half, the first year, outgoing members are chosen by drawing lots.  In the event of vacancies, the council temporarily provides for the replacement of its members. They are definitively replaced by the next GA.
The powers of the members thus elected end at the end of the mandate of the replaced members.  The EC meets at least once every six months, when convened by the president, or at the request of a quarter of its members. Decisions are taken by majority vote; in the event of a tie, the vote of the honorary president is preponderant.
Any EC member who, without excuse, has not attended three consecutive meetings will be considered as having resigned.

ARTICLE 13
INDEMNITIES

All functions, including those of EC and CC members, are free and voluntary. Only the costs incurred by the accomplishment of their mandate are reimbursed on supporting documents. The financial report presented to the ordinary GA presents, by beneficiary, the reimbursements of mission, travel or representation expenses.

ARTICLE 14
INTERNAL RULES 

Internal regulations are established by the EC, which has them approved by the GA.
These regulations are intended to fix the various points not provided for by the present statute, in particular those which relate to the internal administration of the association.

Exclusion of the financial responsibility of the members and the right to a profit share or liquidation     

A: Exclusion of financial liability of members Club members do not incur any personal liability for the commitments made by the association, in particular financial, which are guaranteed only by the association’s own assets. The same applies to members of the Executive Committee, subject to serious misconduct on their part.
B: Exclusion of the right of members to a share of profit or liquidation.  Members have no claim to assert on the profit of the association or on the share of liquidation value.

ARTICLE 15
DISSOLUTION

In the event of dissolution pronounced according to the modalities provided for in article 11, one or more liquidators are appointed, and the net assets, if any, devolve to a non-profit organization or to an association having similar goals in accordance with the decisions of the extraordinary GA which decides on the dissolution. Net assets cannot be vested in a member of the association, even partially, unless a contribution is taken back.

ARTICLE 16
REQUIREMENTS

The association undertakes to present its registers and accounting documents on any requisition from the administrative authorities with regard to the use of the gifts that it would be authorized to receive, to allow its establishments to be visited by the representatives of these competent authorities and to report to them on the functioning of said establishments.
Swiss law is applicable to all legal relations affecting the association.

Members of the Executive Committee are completed as follows:
1- An honorary president: Dr Dominique Bosson
2- A president: Dr Surennaidoo Naiken
3- A vice-president: Dr Amine Mansouri
4- A Secretary General: Dr Antonino Sgroi
5- A treasurer: Mrs. Maria Bogaru
6- Responsible for the events: Ms. Patrizia Clementi-Bosson
7- Communication manager: Dr Benedickta Kamden
8- University relations manager: Dr Melody Verdina
9- An administrative secretary: Mrs. Patricia Besancon
10- The President of the Amichiny: Dr Olivier Tobler