Burkina Women’s Education Fund

A Not-for-Profit Association in Support of Higher Education
for the Women of Burkina Faso
Bylaws of the Association adopted 26 June 2011

Article 1: Name

This Association is founded by those adhering to these bylaws and is governed by the French Law of 1 July 1901 and the Decree of 16 August 1901. It is called the Burkina Women’s Education Fund.

Article 2: Objectives

This Association has as its principal goal to raise funds in order to aid disadvantaged young women in Burkina Faso pursue their secondary, university or vocational education and to find employment.

This support for disadvantaged women, apart from financing their studies, can also include guidance in the choice of careers, financial help to achieve better sanitary conditions and health, purchase of means of transport and general assistance in launching their careers.

Article 3: Headquarters

The headquarters of the Association is fixed at 11, boulevard Tristan Corbière, 22410 Saint-Quay-Portrieux, France.

Article 4: Members of the Association

4.1 Categories of Membership

The Association is made up of active members and benefactors.

4.2 Definition of Categories of Membership

4.2.1 Active Members are those who adhere to these bylaws, pay an annual membership fee and agree to participate regularly in the charitable activities of the Association.

4.2.2 Benefactors are those who adhere to these bylaws, pay their annual membership fee or gift, are interested in the aims of the Association but cannot participate regularly in the charitable activities of the Association.

4.3 Termination of Membership

A person’s membership is terminated by resignation, death or by the decision of the Board for a serious reason.

Article 5: The Association’s Resources

The resources of the Association are accumulated:

–by payment of annual dues or gifts by members, the amount for which is determined by the (Virtual) Annual Meeting;

–by gifts received from foundations, the private sector and other entities which are not Members;

–by grants received from the public sector: local, regional or national government, international organizations and so on;

–as a result of charitable activities organized by the Association;

–by revenue withdrawn from its capital, and

–from any other source, in conformity with the laws and regulations in force.

Article 6: Management of the Association

6.1 Formation of a Board

The Association is governed by a Board elected by the members at the (Virtual) Annual Meeting. The minimum number of members of the Board is five. The (Virtual) Annual Meeting may raise this number.

The members of the Board are elected for two years and can be re-elected indefinitely. Exceptionally, the members of the first Board are elected for the period starting with the date of the creation of the Association until 31 October 2011.

In the case of a vacancy, a replacement is elected at the next (Virtual) Annual Meeting.

6.2 Formation of the Executive Board

The Board chooses, from among its members, an Executive Board consisting of a President, one or several Vice Presidents, a Secretary and possibly an Assistant Secretary, a Treasurer and possibly an Assistant Treasurer. The mandate of members of the Executive Board is subjected to the same conditions of eligibility and length as those of the Board.

6.3 Meetings of the Board

The Board manages its business principally via the internet but meets formally at least once a year when convened by the President or at the request of a quarter of its members. Decisions are taken by majority vote; in case of a tie, the President’s vote decides.

Article 7. Control and Organization of the Association: the (Virtual) Annual Meeting

Note: the members of the association live in various parts of the world, so that the Annual Meeting is conducted by internet, and is hereafter referred to as the “Virtual Meeting”.

7.1 Length of the Exercise and Date and Place of the Virtual Meeting.

The Board reports on its activities to the Virtual Meeting once a year for the period 1 November to 31 October of the following year. The first such exercise covers the period from the creation of the Association to 31 October 2011.

The reporting exercise which begins 1 November 2013 will end 31 December 2014 and, beginning 1 January 2015 it will begin on 1 January and end on 31 December.

The Virtual Meeting must take place within three months of the end of the fiscal year and end within four months of the end of the fiscal year.

7.2 The responsibilities of the Virtual Meeting

The Virtual Meeting is open to all members of the Association. Decisions are taken by an absolute majority of the members present. Members are considered present when they have responded by e-mail by the deadline set by Virtual Meeting.

The Virtual Meeting is responsible for preparing a report on the exercise as well as on all matters included in the agenda.

7.3 Agenda of the Virtual Meeting

The President, assisted by members of the Board, chairs the Virtual Meeting and presents a report on the activities of the Association for the previous fiscal year.

The Treasurer reports on the finances and management of the association during this year and presents an accounting.

The President responds to questions put by the Members.

After all items on the agenda have been dealt with, any vacancies on the Board are filled.

7.4 Details on the organization and the conduct of the Virtual Meeting

Thirty days before the deadline for voting on the resolutions before the Virtual Meeting, all members of the Association will be convened by e-mail by the Secretary.

This e-mail will also include the agenda for the Meeting, the President’s Report, the Treasurer’s report, any vacancies on the Board and the candidates to fill them and the texts of resolutions on which to vote.

During the ten days following receipt of this e-mail, members may ask questions by e-mail on any relevant matters concerning the Association.

During the 20 days following receipt of the initial e-mail, the President will respond to those questions and, if he/she should judge it necessary, he/she might propose additional resolutions for a vote.

The voting procedure ends on midnight, French time, of the 30th day following the receipt of the initial e-mail.

Within ten days of the deadline for the receipt of the votes of the Virtual Meeting, the Secretary will send by e-mail a summary report of the Meeting and the texts of the resolutions adopted.

Article 8: The holding of an Extraordinary Virtual Meeting

If necessary, for example to modify the current bylaws, at the initiative of the Board or by request of half of the current members, the President may convene an Extraordinary Virtual Meeting, following the procedures outlines in Article 7, above.

Article 9: Adoption of internal rules

Internal rules of the Association may be defined by the Board and approved by the Virtual Meeting. Such rules could clarify a point not foreseen in the bylaws, notably regarding the internal administration of the Association.

Article 10: Duration and Dissolution

The Association is established for an unlimited time period.

Its dissolution can be decided by at least two-thirds of its members voting at a Virtual Meeting and must be carried out in conformity with Article 9 of the law of 1 July and the decree of 16 August 1901.

At Saint-Quay-Portrieux, 26 June 2011