Pursuant to Article 2, 11 and 37 of the Associations Act (OG 70/1997), and in accordance with the provisions of the Social Welfare Act and with the Articles of the Croatian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Assembly of the Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing of the City of Zagreb at its meeting held on 6 March 2008 adopted, according to the said acts, the consolidated text of the Articles of Association, which reads
ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION
OF THE ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING OF THE CITY OF ZAGREB
I. GENERAL PROVISIONS
The Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing of the City of Zagreb (hereinafter: Association) is a voluntary association which gathers the persons with hearing impairments (deaf and hard of hearing), parents and foster parents of the children and young people with hearing impairments and those who have no or have only limited ability to work (hereinafter: parents) of the CITY OF ZAGREB.
It is a non-partisan and non-profit association with social and humanitarian objectives aimed at protecting and promoting the quality of life of the deaf and hard of hearing, their individual and collective interests.
The name of the association is the ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING OF THE CITY OF ZAGREB while its abbreviated name is the ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF OF THE CITY OF ZAGREB, and shall be entered in the Register of Associations of the City of Zagreb.
The Association shall perform its activities in the territory of the City of Zagreb, and has its registered office in Zagreb, Ulica Kneza Mislava 7. The Association shall have a round stamp, inscribed with the words: Association of the Deaf of the City of Zagreb within a circle, with a symbol common to all the organisations of persons with hearing impairments in Croatia, which has been registered in the Articles (Statute) of the Association of the Croatian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
The Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing of the City of Zagreb is a member of the Croatian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Association may form associations with the organisation and institutions whose scope of activities includes the protection of persons with disabilities.
No racial, ethnic, religious and political discrimination or violations of the human and civic freedoms and rights shall be permitted within the Association.
Association members shall govern the Association through elected bodies in the manner regulated by these Articles. The Association shall be represented and chaired by the President, who shall be replaced in the event of absence by a person authorised by the President.
The work of the Association as well as that of its bodies shall be public. The public nature of work shall be ensured through written materials, reports on the work and reporting to members and the public via public meetings and the media (newspapers, newsletters, radio and television, web).
Meetings of the Assembly, Executive Board, Supervisory Board and Disciplinary Committed shall be attended by invited members and guests.
The Association holiday is the Day of the Deaf, which is celebrated every year on the last Saturday of September as part of the International Week of the Deaf.
II. ASSOCIATION OBJECTIVES AND TASKS
The main objectives of the Association shall be to:
- gather the deaf and hard of hearing, parents and foster parents of the children and youth with hearing impairments and the person who have no or have only limited ability to work for the purpose of improving their social position in solving life's problems;
- participate in organising and developing all forms of social life in the system of social care for the deaf people in its territory in order to enable the deaf to exercise their rights and perform their obligations in the manner appropriate to them;
- inform relevant city and state authorities about the existence of certain problems of the deaf requiring the assistance of a wider community, and suggest measures to address these;
- act in an organised manner toward overcoming communication barriers which occur in everyday life and work of the deaf and hard of hearing, organise the social life of its members directly within its own scope and in cooperation with other organisations, particularly in the field of information, educational, cultural, artistic, recreational and other social activities and help the involvement of its member in similar activities outside the Association;
- keep record of the membership, assets and funding of the Association.
The Association may establish a company for the purpose of engaging in business and service activities in accordance with the law. Any funds generated through such activities shall be channelled entirely toward achieving the objectives set out in Art. 8 of the Articles.
In accordance with its activities, and in order to promote the quality of life of the deaf, the Association may found various clubs, such as the Club of the parents of children with hearing and speech impairments, the Pensioners' Club, the Deaf Women's Club and other clubs if necessary. Their methods and scope of work shall be determined by each club on its foundation, and in accordance with these Articles.
The club shall have no legal personality.
The Executive Board shall pass a resolution to found a club or to dissolve it.
The resolution on the club foundation shall include: name, registered office and the person authorised to represent the club.
The Assembly of the club, composed of all its members, shall be the highest body of the club. The Club president shall be elected by the Assembly of the club.
The method of work of the Assembly of the club shall be defined by the Rules of Procedure of the Association Assembly.
Any person with a hearing loss of at least 55 decibels, who adheres to the objectives and tasks of the Association and its Articles and is not under investigation and who has not been punished for any crimes, may become a member of the Association.
Members may be:
- regular (full members) - from the City of Zagreb who can participate in the elections for the governing bodies of the Association,
- nominal - from other areas who cannot participate in the elections for governing bodies.
Association members may include parents and foster parents of the children and young people with hearing impairments and those who have no or have only limited ability to work as nominal members.
Adults with limited or no ability to work may become nominal members with no right of participation in the working or professional bodies of the Association.
Deaf persons shall be admitted to membership of the Association by signing the application. Applications of the children and adolescents under 15 shall be signed by their parents or guardians.
Full Association members shall have the following rights:
- to participate in the work of the Association and its bodies, according to the criteria stipulated by the Executive Board and adopted by the Assembly;
- to elect and be elected to the bodies of the Association, taking into account the extent to which the respective member by his authority and capabilities can contribute to the quality of life of all deaf persons;
- to make suggestions and opinions on the work of the Association;
- to launch an initiative for the work of the Association and its bodies;
- to be informed in a timely manner about the activities, attitudes and resolutions of the Association bodies;
- to use the Association assistance in resolving their personal social problems.
Nominal members shall have the following rights:
- to use the Association assistance in resolving their personal social problems and exercising their rights arising from membership.
Members shall have a duty to:
- contribute actively to the work of the Association
- adhere to its Articles of Association
- implement resolutions of the Association bodies
- safeguard the interests and reputation of the Association
- regularly pay membership fees.
Membership of the Association shall cease:
- in case of death
- by explicit resignation from it given in writing
- by suspension from the Association for a definite or indefinite period of time, for damaging the reputation of other members and of the Association
- for failure to pay membership fees within three months of the beginning of each calendar year
- by expulsion from the Republic of Croatia and prison sentence of more than one year.
A resolution on the admission of new members shall be passed by the Admissions Committee while that on the exclusion from membership shall be passed by the Disciplinary Committee, according to the Rules of discipline violation, adopted by the Executive Board. The resolution on expulsion may be appealed by the aggrieved party to the Executive Board.
IV. BODIES OF THE ASSOCIATION
The Bodies of the Association shall be:
- Executive Board;
- Supervisory Board;
- Disciplinary Committee.
Assembly of the Association
The Assembly of the Association shall perform the following duties:
- adopt Rules of Procedure of the Association and its Articles;
- adopt the annual accounts/balance sheet and financial plan of the Association;
- approve reports on the work of the Executive and the Supervisory Board and other bodies of the Association;
- elect and recall the President, the Executive Board, the Supervisory Board and the Disciplinary Committee;
- decide on the establishment of business entities;
- decide on the purchase and sale of real estate for the purpose of performing Association activities;
- elect and recall representatives in other organisations and bodies.
The Assembly is the highest governing body of the Association which consists of the representatives from the City of Zagreb.
The Assembly shall have 25 members. Representatives may be elected to the Assembly by a union of all full members of the Association for a term of 4 years. The union of members shall be convened by the Executive Board, which shall establish a list of candidates for the Assembly. The union may take valid decision in a meeting attended by 1/10 of the total number of all full members of the Association. Candidates on the list of who receive most votes cast by those in attendance shall be elected representatives to the Assembly.
The Electoral Assembly shall elect a president (who gets a mandate for the election of the Executive Board).
The term in office on the bodies of the Association shall be four years and is subject to re-election. Assembly resolutions shall be valid, provided that they are passed with more than a half of the representatives in attendance at the meeting.
Resolutions and conclusions shall be valid if they get the vote of the majority of the representatives in attendance.
President of the Association
The President shall perform the following duties:
- convene and chair general Assembly meetings;
- convene and chair Executive Board meetings;
- sign minutes of the meetings and the documents passed by the Assembly and the Executive Board;
- convene an extraordinary Assembly meeting, if necessary;
- call the elections for representatives - members of the Assembly,
- put members of the Executive Board in charge of certain tasks;
- supervise the implementation of Assembly and Executive Board resolutions.
The President of the Association shall be elected by a secret ballot of the Assembly from among two or more candidates, based on their presented programmes. Of the candidates, the one who receives most votes of all cast by the members in attendance at the meeting shall be elected President. The President elected by the Assembly shall get the mandate to form the Executive Board. Members of the Executive Board shall come from the ranks of representatives.
The Executive Board is the governing body of the Association which performs the duties and tasks entrusted to it between two Assembly meetings.
Members of the Executive Board shall have the same rights, duties and responsibilities, and shall be accountable for their work to the President and the Assembly.
The Executive Board shall have five (5) members.
Members of the Executive Board shall be elected from among the representatives in the Assembly recommended by the President.
The work of the Executive Board shall be chaired by the President or by a person authorised by the president in his absence.
The Executive Board shall decide by a majority vote of the members in attendance.
– It shall implement Assembly resolutions.
The Executive Board shall perform the following duties:
- put forward work programmes and financial plans of the Association to the Assembly,
- prepare reports on the work and financial performance, annual accounts/balance sheet and recommendations to the Assembly,
- organise recreational, social entertainment and other forms of group activities for members,
- conduct other current affairs and activities to the benefit of the deaf in the period between two Assembly meetings,
- initiate the establishment of Association sections,
- appoints the electoral committee and the committees for specific tasks which may admit external collaborators,
- supervise the work of its professional services and employees,
- pass the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly and other bodies of the Association,
- decide on the award of acknowledgements, diplomas and praise to the organisations and members for their efforts in achieving Association objectives and tasks, and recommend them for decoration,
- set the amount of registration and membership fees.
Orders for the execution of the income and expense plan shall come from the President. The Executive Board shall appoint the persons authorised, along with the President, to countersign bank orders by a special resolution.
The Supervisory Board shall supervise material and financial operations of the Association. The Supervisory Board may request the assistance of financial and other experts to ensure a more efficient control, if necessary.
The Supervisory Board shall have three members from the ranks of full members, who need not be representatives in the Assembly. The composition of the Supervisory Board should include at least one expert professional who will use their expertise to facilitate the work of the Supervisory Board.
The Disciplinary Committee is a body elected by the Assembly from among full members recommended by the Executive Board which has a duty of supervising the implementation and application of these Articles and other documents of the Association.
The Disciplinary Committee shall propose disciplinary measures to the President, Executive Board and the Assembly autonomously or acting on a written report, if it finds irregularities in the conduct and work of individual representatives or in the event of damage to the reputation of the Association, its working bodies or individuals who are in any way related to the work of these bodies and the Association as a result of the conduct or work of individual members or representatives.
The Disciplinary Committee shall have three members, who need not be representatives in the Assembly.
The Executive Director shall be the executive body of the Association. He shall be responsible for implementing the programme of work of the Association in accordance with the Programme adopted by the City Office for Health, Labour, Social Security and Veterans and by the Ministries.
He shall perform his tasks professionally, as an employee of the Association's Professional Services.
The Executive Director shall implement the conclusions of the Executive Board, assist the President in performing his duties and represent the Association.
The Executive Director shall keep a register of Association members in accordance with the law.
V. PRINCIPLES AND FORMS OF ASSOCIATION ORGANISATION
The representatives shall have the right to:
- launch initiatives to consider and address certain issues of interest to members
- be informed about the work of the Association
- attend the meetings of the governing and working bodies to which they have been elected and decide equally on all matters
- present their views and shape decision-making in the bodies of the Association.
The mandate of the bodies of the Association and representatives in them shall be 4 years. When electing new bodies, due care must be taken to include younger members.
Rules of Communication
Due to specific communication difficulties of the persons with hearing impairments, the Association shall apply the RULES OF COMMUNICATION of the Croatian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, stipulating the obligation to ensure the presence of an interpreter at the meetings of the bodies of the Association, in contact with a "hearing" persons, and to equipping the business premises of the Association with technical, visual and auditory aids.
Representatives - members of the Assembly and of the Executive Board may be recalled. The Executive Board may instigate proceedings against the representative whose actions are harmful to Association interests, and measures against such a representative shall be decided by the Assembly. All or some representatives - members of the Assembly may be recalled, if requested in writing by the Disciplinary Committee.
The president shall pass a resolution on the election recall of representatives or election of new ones.
VI. FUNDING FOR ASSOCIATION WORK
The funding for work of the Association shall consist of:
- pecuniary assets
- movable and immovable property
The Association shall raise funding via:
- registration fees
- membership fees
- grants from state authorities
- income from property and rights
- assistance and grants from citizens and businesses
- voluntary contributions and gifts.
Financial operations shall be conducted in accordance with the Accounting Act. If due to objective reasons the Assembly does not adopt a financial plan before the end of the year, the Executive Board may pass a resolution on a temporary financial plan. The Executive Board may pass changes to the financial plan within the scope of the powers granted it by the Assembly in the course of the fiscal year.
VII. TRANSITIONAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS
The Association Articles shall be passed by the Assembly of the Association by a simple majority of the total votes cast by representatives - members of the Assembly. The Assembly of the Association shall be competent for interpreting the Articles. In the event that a piece of legislation is enacted which might challenge certain provisions of these Articles, the Act* shall prevail until the Articles have been revised.
The Association shall cease working by resolution of the Assembly or when legal requirements for its dissolution have been met and the competent body passes a relevant decision On dissolution of the Association, all its assets shall pass to the keeping of the Croatian Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing until a new Association is constituted.
These Articles shall enter into force on the day of their passing.