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Article 1: Name

There is hereby formed amongst the members hereof an association governed by the Law of July 1, 1901 and the Decree of August 16, 1901, whose name is: « Diaspora Libanaise Overseas »

Article 2: Purpose

The purpose of this association is:
a. Working to promote inter-Lebanese relations.
b. Carrying out or taking part in communication activities.
c. Carrying out or taking part in educative, cultural, social and sports events in order to create emulation, dynamism and synergy within the Lebanese community throughout the world.
d. Establishing contacts with: governmental authorities, public and private establishments, associations, foundations, and members of the Lebanese community and its sympathizers.
e. Establish a united and opened human community, representing a radiant and striking economic, social and cultural strength in the country of adoption.
f. Revivify the national spirit and the solidarity amongst Lebanese, and proud to be so.
g. Providing mutual assistance: finding opportunities for newly arrived members of the community, listening to them and advising them in order that they may establish their businesses, integrate themselves and follow the laws of the country – resolving the educational problem.
h. Developing and promoting the sense of creativity of our artists and creators and the dynamism of the Lebanese people.
i. Working for the well being of our citizens.
j. Teaching the Lebanese language and civilization (civic eduction).
k. Implementing and organizing sites, renting rooms for possible meetings and inter-community events.
l. Creating a Lebanese phenomena.

Article 3: Registered office

The association has set its registered office at Mr Naoum ABIRACHED, 22,Avenue de la Bourdonnais, 75007 Paris. It may be transferred at all times to any other location by a decision of the officers.

Article 3: Duration

The duration of the association is an indefinite duration.

Article 5: Admission

In order to be a member of the association, a person must be approved by the officers who shall decide on the requests for admission made at the time of each of their meetings.

Article 6: Members

a. Founding members:
b. Honorary members: Honorary members are those who have rendered services notified to the association, or who by their assistance to Lebanese people merit such status. The attribution of status of honorary members shall be made by the officers.
c. Active members: Active members are those who are committed to promoting our thinking, and work voluntarily in the interest of the community.
d. Benefactors: Benefactors are persons who may lend financial assistance to Lebanese in need in order to: do university studies, find work. With dignity and respect.

Article 7: Striking

The status of member shall be lost by:
a. Resignation sent to the officers by registered letter.
b. Death
c. Exclusion pronounced by the officers for a serious reason:
- those who by their actions or statements injure the objective of the association and breach its bylaws.
- those who use the organisation for personal needs and objectives.
- the political action in the name of the association.

Article 8: Resources

The resources of the association include:
a. Fees. one euro per month and per person.
b. Entry fees, optional.
c. Subsidies from the State and territorial local authorities.
d. Income from conferences; shows and activities for the benefit of the association.
e. contribution of companies and liberal professions to appear on the professional directory (120 euros per uear) as well as the advertisement hording of these companies (2000 euros per year).

Article 9: Officers

The association shall be managed by officers, including founding members and certain active members, having the time to assist the members on a voluntary basis.

The officers shall meet at least once a month and upon call of the President, in order to attend to the important problems concerning our community.

During the meetings of the officers, voting in respect of items on the agenda, the votes on daybreak are made in the simple majority of the presents. In case of equality in the result of the vote, the president shall have a casting vote.
  • The quorum is reached when half of the members are present.
  • The members of the office are automatically excluded in the case when they miss two consecutive meetings without any valid reason.

Article 10: Board of directors

The association shall be managed by a board of 12 members elected for a period of one year by the general meeting. The members are eligible for reelection.

The board of directors shall select officers by secret ballot from amongst its members or those who whish it,to form the executif bureau,comprised of nine people (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, active members, etc.).
The term of office shall be renewed annually.

Article 11: Meetings of the board of directors

The board of directors shall meet at least every three months, upon call of the President, or the request of one-quarter of its members.

Decisions shall be carried by a majority of the votes; in the case of a tie, the President shall have a casting vote.

Any member of the board who has not been present at three consecutive meetings without justification shall be deemed to have resigned.

Article 12: General meeting

The general meeting shall be comprised of all of the members of the association. The officers shall set the date of the meeting and the agenda, following a retrospective of pending problems. Only items appearing on the agenda shall be voted on.

Ordinary general meeting: the quorum shall be reached when one-half of the members are present or represented. Voting on items on the agenda shall be carried by simple majority.
In case of a tie, the President shall have a casting vote.

Extraordinary general meeting: if needed, the President may call an extraordinary general meeting. The quorum shall be reached when half of the members are present or represented. Decisions shall be carried by a majority of two-thirds of the members present or represented. In case of a tie, the President shall have a casting vote.

Article 13: Internal rules and regulations

Internal rules and regulations (optional) may be drawn up by the officers who shall have them approved by the meeting. Such rules and regulations are intended to focus on the various items that have not been provided for in the bylaws, in particular those dealing with the internal administration of the association.

Article 14: Amendment of the bylaws

Amendment of the bylaws may be decided solely upon recommendation of the officers and following voting by the extraordinary general meeting.

The founding members shall have a veto right and reserve the right to use it if contemplated amendments are inconsistent with the spirit of the original bylaws drafted at the time of the formation of the association.

Article 15: Dissolution

In case of dissolution decided by at least two-thirds of the members present at a general meeting, one or several liquidators shall be appointed by such meeting and the assets, if any, shall be transferred in accordance with Article 9 of the Law of July 1, 1901 and the Decree of August 16, 1901.


APPENDIX: Internal rules and regulations

a. The founding members shall ensure the appointment of the officers according to the provisions of law of the country in which they shall exercise such activity.
b. The officers shall be elected by the general meeting for a term of one year which may be renewed.
c. The executif bureau include a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary General, a manager for communication, a manager for public relations, a general counsel, a manager for sports, a manager for human resources, a manager for culture and three consultants. The President may appoint one or two officers.
d. Conditions for admission: A written request must be sent to the officers. Decision to admit a new officer shall be carried by unanimous vote.
e. New officers shall have the right to vote and tender their application within the association six months following their joining.
f. Writing the verbal procés: It is held procés of the session. The members raise by rotation a verbal procés of every meeting which will be communicated to the secretarial department.
They are signed by the president and the general secretary . They are kept in the office of the association.
g. g- The powers of the board of directors: The board of directors is vested with the broadest powers to authorize any acts which are not reserved for the general assembly. He watches the management of the executive office and has the right to ask them for accounts and explanation of their acts.

The council elects the executive bureau. He insures the execution of the decision of the assembly, prepare the budget, draft the moral which will be read in the annual general assembly.It also proceed to the summon of the assembly and stop their agenda. He insures the right functioning of the association and make any delegation of power for a definite question and a limited time.
h. The President: The president has for attribution to summon the board of directors, the executive bureau and the assemblies. He chairs the board of directors, the bureau and the assemblies or appoint a presenter to replace him. He signs contracts of the association after consultation and approval of yhe board of directors and the executive bureau.Beyond an amount of (50.000 euros), it is necessary to have two signatures. In case of hindrance of the president, he will be replaced by one of the vice-president or by the oldest administrator.
i. The Treasurer: He is in charge of all which concerns the economical situation of the association. He sends the notices of contribution, receive all payments and checks and passes them to the bank. He returns the claims, pay the debts of the association as private individuals or tax authorities. He holds the various accounting registers and draw up at the end of each fiscal year the balance sheet, the inventory and prepare a project of budget for the next year. He draft the financial report which will be subjected to the general assembly for Approval, which will give him full discharge.
All the financial transactions are subjected to double signature of the president or His representative and the treasurer.
j. The General Secretary: He holds the various registers ( the one of the association members and the register of the deliberations of the assembly, the bureau and the board of directors). He is in charge of sending the sullons, renting different spaces,make various formalities required by the Law either at the time of the constitution or during the modifications of the statuses or the change of any staff dirrigeant. He is in charge of all what concerns the correspondence, the communications and the archives. He coordinates the activities of the diverse organs and the regional offices of the association.
k. Regulations of the board of directors and the executive bureau:

Agenda: The agenda is prepared by the président or the administrators who make the summon. The president exposes or makes expose the various questions, a vote intervenes by a majotity of the votes members. In case of equality, the president one is dominating.

Discussions: The president will lead or will appoint a presenter to chair the meeting, after reading the order route of the day.He will give floor to the audience to discuss the planned subjects.

Expenses of mission: The members of the board and the executive bureau can receive no remuneration for the functions which are confided to them. A reimbursement of some expenses are only possible if authorized in advance and in the presence of produced documentary evidences .

Paris October 11th 2010

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