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Articles of Association of MAPU Association(abridged version)


Chapter I

Title, Purpose, Domicile and Scope

Article 1. The MAPU Association is composed of an ASSOCIATION under the ambit of Organic Law 1/2002, of March 22, and complimentary rules, with a legal personality and full capacity to act, as a non-profit, non-governmental, secular organization and with a democratic and participative character, promoting equality among people, independent of any union, political, business or religious organization.

Article 2. This association is created for an indefinite time.

Article 3. This association exists for these ends:

  • To promote and undertake activities, projects and programs of self-sustainable development and economic solidarity in the Patagonian region of Argentina and Chile in particular and in any other developing region in general, aimed at improving the quality of life, health, education and communication, and enhancing indigenous capabilities, through the materials and the ability of rural communities and indigenous peoples;
  • To carry out actions, projects and awareness programs, education for the development, training and solidarity to change the current unjust relationships in the economic, commercial, political and social environments that exist in the regions within the scope of the Association;
  • To promote the use of new technologies, especially for information and telecommunications among the inhabitants of the regions within the scope of the Association, in order to facilitate its use for development;
  • To promote the use of renewable energy among the inhabitants of the regions within the scope of the actions of the Association;
  • To promote international volunteering as a tool for local development and the knowledge and dissemination of reality in the regions within the scope of the Association, and the training of volunteers;
  • To work with Spanish associations and organizations or those from other countries that coincide with the goals and objectives as well as the philosophy of the MAPU Association.
Article 4. In order to fulfill these ends, the following activities will be performed:
  • To promote, evaluate, organize and develop all activities, actions, programs and cooperative projects for self-sustainable development and economic solidarity for the regions within the scope of the Association as needed;
  • To sensitize the society about the functions of the purposes and general principles of the Association, organizing meetings, debates, reunions, cultural activities and any other action for this purpose;
  • To raise awareness of Association projects and to seek funds necessary for their development;
  • To interact with all types of entities, regardless of their territorial scope, participating in such reunions and meetings as is necessary;
  • To promote volunteer work and work in teams at all organizational levels of the association;
  • To work with charitable donors to bring new technologies, both from the standpoint of material as well as training, for groups with less access to them;
  • To promote the creation, acquisition, equipping and management of the social and cultural establishments under the responsibility of the association.


Chapter II

Representative Body – Board Meeting

Article 6. The Association shall be managed and represented by a Board consisting of a minimum of three and a maximum of 8 members who shall hold the offices of President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer and Members as required.

All the officers that sit on the Board will not be paid. They shall be appointed and removed by the Extraordinary General Meeting and its mandate will last for 2 years, and its members can be reappointed indefinitely.


Article 10. Authority of the Board:

The powers of the Board will extend, in general, to all activities pertaining to the purposes of the association, as long as they do not require, according to these statutes, authorization by the General Meeting. These below, including but not limited to, are the special powers of the Board:

  1. To direct social activities and to carry out the economic and administrative management of the Association, agreeing to fulfill the appropriate contracts and actions.
  2. To appear as management representatives before the Public Bodies, entities and other persons, in order to get subsidies or other assistance.
  3. To formulate and to submit for the approval of the General Meeting the Balances and the annual Accounts.
  4. To propose to the General Meeting the amount of the membership, ordinary and extraordinary fees to be paid by the associates.
  5. To preside over the working groups agreed to by the Meeting in order to study and develop projects of general or specific use, in agreement with that established by the Internal Regulations or the Rules for Work Groups.
  6. To make resolutions about the admission of new associates.
  7. To nominate delegates to undertake activities as determined by the Association.
  8. To create, for the approval of the General Meeting, the regulations or rules of the internal Regulations that are deemed appropriate and to approve the Work Groups that that have been validly created, as the case may be.
  9. To execute the agreements of the General Meeting.
  10. Any other authority that is not the sole responsibility of the General Partners Meeting.


Chapter III

General Meeting

Article 16. The General Meeting is the supreme governing body of the association and will be made up of all the associates.

Article 17. The meetings of the General Meeting will be ordinary and extraordinary. The ordinary ones will be held once per year within the four months following the close of the fiscal year; the extraordinary ones will be held when the circumstances warrant, according to the judgment of the President, when the Board agrees or when it is proposed in writing by a tenth of the associates.

Article 18. The invitations for the General Meetings will be in writing, describing the place, day and time of the meeting as well as the agenda with a solid idea of the items to discuss. Between the invitation and the day indicated for holding the Meeting, the first invitation will be at least fifteen days from the date, which might also, if appropriate, state the day and time that the Meeting will meet in the Second Call, but among them can measure a term of less than one hour.

Article 19. The General Meeting, in ordinary as well as extraordinary ones, will be validly called in the first meeting when a third of the associates who can vote are assembled, and in the second one no matter how many associates with the right to vote assemble.

The agreements will be made by a simple majority of the people present or represented when the affirmative votes are more than the negative one, not counting the blank or abstaining votes.

It will be necessary to have a qualified majority of the people present or represented, it will be necessary to have more than half of the votes be affirmative, such as when:

  1. Appointment of the Directors and administrators of the Board.
  2. Agreement to make up a Federation of associations or to integrate into one.
  3. Disposition or alienation of goods compromising assets.
  4. Modifications of bylaws.
  5. Dissolution of the entities.
Article 20. If it is not possible to hold an actual General Meeting, the Board may call a Virtual Meeting that in matters of the quorum and voting will be governed by the same rules as the Ordinary or Extraordinary Meetings, but for purposes of the call and voting systems, it shall be governed by the following rules.
  1. The Virtual Meetings shall be convened by sending an email to the email list of associates, which contains the agenda, clarifying the agreements to be submitted for consideration and a vote, with the express wording of the agreements to adopt.
  2. During the period of 15 calendar days, proposals will be discussed through emails to the mailing list or any other virtual support the Secretary provides.
  3. After the 15 calendar days and for 5 calendar days, there will be opened the voting period, when each member will vote on the proposals set out in the Agenda
  4. After 5 days, the Secretary will verify the votes cast and will proceed to account for them, the quorum taking effect only for members who have cast a vote.
Article 21. The powers of the General Ordinary Meeting are:
  1. To adopt, when appropriate, the management of the Board.
  2. To examine and approve the annual accounts.
  3. To approve or reject the proposals of the Board’s orders of the activities of the Association.
  4. To fix the ordinary or extraordinary fees.
  5. Any other item that is not the exclusive jurisdiction of the Extraordinary Meeting.
  6. To agree to the payment, as the case may be, of the members of the representative bodies.
Article 22. The powers of the General Extraordinary Meeting are:
  1. Appointment of the members of the Board.
  2. Modification of the Bylaws.
  3. To make resolutions about the expulsion of partners, a proposal of the Board.
  4. Dissolution of the Association.
  5. Creation of Federations or integrations into them.

Chapter IV


Article 23. To acquire the status of member, the person is required to be an adult with the legal capacity to work and to share the aims of the Association. The registration request shall be submitted in writing to the Board, which will determine its acceptance in accordance with the requirements that exist in these Bylaws. The members’ registry book will contain these names.

Article 24. Within the Association there will be the following types of members:

  1. Founding partners are those involved in the act of incorporation of the Association. Anyone can achieve the status of Founding Partner when designated so by the Board as regulated in the corresponding Article by a written proposal of any of its founding members.
  2. Corporate members, who will be those that enter after the creation of the Association.
  3. Honor partners, whose by reputation or by having contributed in a relevant way to the dignity and development of the Association, who are worthy of this distinction. The nomination of the honor partners will correspond to the (Board or General Meeting).
  4. Collaborative partners, who are those who collaborate with volunteer work in any of the activities, actions, programs and projects promoted by the association in the regions of its scope of action.
Article 25. The partners will retire for any of the following causes:
  1. By voluntary renunciation, communicated in writing to the Board.
  2. By breaching the financial obligations, if 2 consecutive annual installments are not met.
  3. By making use of the name, goods or services of the Association for personal gain.
  4. By the commission of actions that will seriously undermine the purposes of the Association or disrupt its running. To do this, and prior to this decision, there will be opened a file by the secretary of the Board with the charges explained against the partner, who will have 30 days to submit arguments in his defense. Anyone who believes he has been unjustly expelled may appeal in writing to the General Meeting, which shall decide the case, once it has taken the steps it deems appropriate.
Article 26. The corporate and founding partners have the following rights:
  1. Take part in activities organized by the Association in fulfilling of its purposes in the manner prescribed by regulation.
  2. To participate in the Meetings with voice and vote.
  3. To vote and stand for leadership positions.
  4. To receive information about the agreements adopted by the Association bodies.
  5. To make suggestions to the members of the Board in order to improve fulfillment of the ends of the Association.
Article 27. The corporate and founding partners have the following obligations:
  1. To fulfill the present Bylaws and the valid agreements of the Meetings and the Board.
  2. To pay the fixed fees.
  3. To attend the Meetings and other events that are organized.
  4. To carry out, where appropriate, the obligations inherent in the position they occupy.
Article 28. The honorary members have the same obligations as the founders and the corporate ones with the exception of that provided for in paragraphs b) and d) of the preceding Article. They will also have the same rights except those listed in c) and d) of Article 26, and may attend the meetings without voting rights.

Article 29. The collaborating partners have the same obligations and rights as the founders and corporate ones. Also, they are entitled to receive support and assistance when their participation in the activities of the Association involves travel and lodgings in the regions within the scope of action of the Association.

Article 30. The membership fees may be:

  1. Annual, which must be approved by the General Meeting.
  2. For membership in the Association, the amount must be approved by the General Meeting and paid by the applicant within fifteen days after the approval of the application form.
  3. In extraordinary circumstances, as established by agreement of the General Meeting, when necessary for the proper functioning of the Association.
Article 31. The funds provided for development purposes and activities of the Association are the following:
  1. The membership dues and income, whether regular or extraordinary.
  2. The grants, bequests, gifts or inheritances that can be legally received from partners or third parties.
  3. Income earned by the Association through lawful activities agreed to by the Board and always within the statutory objectives.
  4. Any other lawful use.