Art. 1 - Foundation
On their own initiative of the undersigned Founder Members a club
called Asahi Optical Historical Club, acronym AOHC, is established without a term.
Art. 2 - Premises
AOHC premises are in Ravenna. At the time of foundation AOHC
address is c/o Dario Bonazza Via Badiali 138. The club address can change after decision
of the Board of Directors
Art. 3 - Aims
AOHC promotes the study of historical and technical evolution of
photography in general and the Asahi Pentax system in particular, its knowledge,
employment and preservation. AOHC can also establish co-operation with other cultural
groups. AOHC has no profit nor political aims.
Art. 4 - Activities
In order to attain its aims AOHC can manage meetings, displays
and other activities. The club can also spread information regarding its aims by means of
meetings, publications, circulars and other telematic media. These activities can need
their own Regulations.
Art. 5 - Membership
Membership is open to all interested parties sharing its aims,
wishing to act seriously within them and to follow and to support AOHC activities by means
of their own work and/or financial support.
Membership is obtained by request to the Board of Directors and
by payment of the determined admission fee and is at the sole discretion of the Board.
Admission implies acceptance of AOHC rules.
Membership expires after resignation, non-payment at deadline,
expulsion decided by the Board for disciplinary measure. Fees will not be refunded in any
Art. 6 - Members' categories
Members' categories are as follows:
Founder Members: members who established AOHC.
Ordinary Members: admitted members up-to-date with their payment.
Contributing Members: admitted members, up-to-date with their payment., paying higher fee.
Honorary Members: members admitted free for special merits and till further provisions by
the Board of Directors. Honorary memberships are revised yearly.
Art. 7 - Members' rights
Members have right to:
Take part in all AOHC activities and meetings.
Use possible AOHC equipment following AOHC regulations.
Hold offices following AOHC rules and Meeting resolutions.
Vote at Meetings (Honorary Members excluded).
Art. 8 - Members' duties
Members are compelled to:
Act for the common interest and prestige of AOHC.
Follow AOHC Statute, regulations and provisions of the management.
Obey the laws about photography and club activities.
Pay membership fees (Honorary Members excluded).
Art. 9 - Club management
Club management consists of:
General Meeting (Meeting).
Board of Directors (Board).
Art.10 - General Meeting and Postal Voting
General Meeting consists of all membership and elects the Board.
Meeting can be ordinary and extraordinary.
Ordinary Meeting is held by the Board at least once in two years
in order to pass the budget. Extraordinary meeting is held by the Board whenever needed or
on written requirement of a third the membership. First Meetings are effective being
present more than half the membership, Second Meetings are effective whichever the
membership. Convocation has to be sent all membership in adequate advance and publicizing
it properly according to the Board directions. All Meeting resolutions are taken by simple
majority vote of the members present unless stated otherwise. Members with right to vote
can vote in person or by written authorization to be deposited before poll. Each member
can act for no more than three absent members. Alterations to the Statute have to achieve
majority of 3/4 of present and delegating membership. In case General Meeting has to elect
club management, the Board will establish a temporary Committee of three members managing
the poll. In case of important decisions to be taken far off the Meeting a Postal Voting
can be held, following rules as similar as possible and with adequate reply time. Postal
Votings have to be held in writing as plainly as possible. Arrived votes will be filed by
the Secretary for possible verification by any member for a minimum time of one year.
Art.11 - Board of Directors
The Board consists of a number of members according to the
Meeting resolutions between a minimum of three and a maximum of five. The Board stays on
for two years and can be confirmed. The Board during its first assembly appoints the
following offices (two of them are accumulable when necessary):
The Chairman acts in the name of the club in presence of a
third party. He can do each act binding AOHC in both moral and financial ways, within the
Board provisions and available funds.
The Vice-Chairman stands in for the Chairman when absent.
The Secretary helps the Chairman to achieve his goals,
manages recruitment, collections and payments as committed by the Chairman and the
The Treasurer handles the club business and is responsible
for the funds and goods of the club. The Treasurer has to report all members in writing
about the club budget.
Board can give members other charges and responsibilities according to club needs.
All appointments are honorific, then are unpaid. In case of early
resignations the Board will co-opt one or more substitutes up to a third of its
components. In case more than a third of its components are missing the Board has to
convene a Meeting to elect new members of the Board.
The Board has full power of ordinary and extraordinary
management, except authority of the Meeting. It also enact proper regulations for club
activities. The Board is held by the Chairman each time he thinks it right or when it is
required by the major)ty of the members of the Board.
The Board decides with simple majority; with an equal number
o& votes 4he Chairman resolves. Each act binding club funds has to be jointly signed
by the Chairman and/or the Treasurer together with another member of the Board.
Art.12 - Club assets
Club assets are constituted by membership fees, spontaneous
offers from members and possible sponsors and by every property of the club. Club assets
are also budget assets, contributions from institutions and public bodies. Cluib assets
are indivisible between members and can only be used for club activities decided by the
meeeting and the Board.
Art.13 - Liability
AOHC meets assumed obligations only within the limits of its
assets. Responsibilities for commitments assumed by unauthorized members or for personal
reasons are also excluded.
Art.14 - Disciplinary measures
The Board can take disciplinary measures on all members, also
components of the Board itself. Everybody responsible of non-compliance with article 8 of
this Statute (Members' duties) for his/her guilt and bad faith can be subject to
disciplinary measures. Nobody can be subject to disciplinary measures without previous
charge. Members subject to disciplinary proceedings can assert their rights both
personally and in writing.
Applicable disciplinary measures are as follows:
Written warning and communication to all membership about the unfair behaviour of the
Compensation for possible damages due to improper behaviour.
Temporary suspension of rights as stated in article 7 (Members' rights).
Disqualification from holding club offices.
Expulsion from AOHC.
Art.15 - Dissolution of the Club
The dissolution of AOHC can be decided by Meeting at least one
year after complete absence of activity. The dissolution of the Club can then be by a 3/4
majority vote of current members with right to vote present at Meeting. In the unlikely
event the Board will appoint a Committee of Liquidation made by three people, being
members or not. The Committee of Liquidation will set up a liquidation plan to be accepted
by the Meeting. The Meeting will also resolve about devolution of possible remaining
16 - Controversies
Place of jurisdiction in case of legal
controversies is Ravenna. It can change after decision of the Board of Directors.