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The association is registed under the law of 1 July 1901 and the decree of 16 August 1901


Article 1. Constitution
Article 2. Object
Article 3. Registered Office and Duration
Article 4. Members
Article 5. Admission
Article 6. Dues
Article 7. Dismissal from Membership
Article 8. Resources
Article 9. Executive Committee
Article 10. Meeting of the Executive Committee
Article 11. Functions of the Executive Committee
Article 12. General Meeting
Article 13. Special Meeting
Article 14. Dissolution of the Society
Article 15. Current Office Holders

Article 1. Constitution

A non-profit Society is established by the undersigned complying with the law of 1 July 1901 and the Decree of 16 August 1901, bearing the name Society for the Preservation of Afghanistan's Cultural Heritage, with the acronym SPACH.

Article 2. Object

The objects of the Society are the protection, restoration and preservation of Afghanistan's cultural heritage; the provision of aid, expertise and materials for such purpose; and advocacy within Afghanistan and abroad to heighten recognition that this heritage represents a vital element in the history of Afghan culture and in the heritage of mankind.
Article 3. Registered Office and Duration
The registered office of SPACH is located at 33 Godot de Mauroy, 75009 Paris. The Society can change address by simple decision and ratification by the Executive Committee.
The Society is registered for an indefinite period of time.

Article 4. Members

The Society comprises
a) honorary members
b) founding members
c) active members
d) subscriber members
Members are persons who are interested in furthering the work of SPACH, as set out in Article 2, through the contribution of their initiative, expertise, and/or activities, as well as financial support.

Article 5. Admission
To become a member of the Society, which comprises a), b) and c) listed in article 4 above, and invitation must be issued by the Executive Committee during one of its meetings. The Executive Committee need not justify any of its decisions. All members of the Executive Committee work on a voluntary basis, and pay annual dues.
To become a subscriber member an annul fee must be paid.

Article 6. Dues

Dues and subscriber membership fees are determined by the Executive Committee.

Article 7. Dismissal from Membership

A member of the Executive Committee shall cease to hold membership if he/she
a) notifies the Executive Committee in writing of a wish to resign;
b) becomes incapacitated by reason of mental disorder, illness, or by death;
c) is disqualified for the any serious offence, having been informed by the Executive Committee by registered letter to present himself/herself to furnish full explanation.

Article 8. Resources

The resources of the Society conform to the laws and regulations in force.

Article 9. Executive Committee

The Society is administered by an Executive Committee of not more than 15 members, elected for an indefinite length of time by current sitting members of the Committee.
The Office Holders nominated by the Executive Committee are:
1) a Chairman;
2) a Vice-Chairman;
3) a Secretary;
4) a Treasurer;
The functioning of the Executive Committee is not affected by the absence of one or several of its members, but for a meeting to be recognized a quorum of two Office Holders and three members is required. Top

Article 10. Meeting of the Executive Committee

The Executive Committee meets once a month in Kabul.
Decisions are taken by a majority vote; in case of a tie, the Chairman's vote will be decisive.
Any member of the Committee who is absent from three consecutive meetings without notice is considered to have resigned.

Article 11. Functions of the Executive Committee
The Executive Committee outlines, discusses and approves the overall policies and work plans of the Society. It also is responsible for:
a) presenting a report on current activities of the Society;
b) considering new membership or suspension of current members;
c) raising funds
d) approving Treasurer's monthly financial report;
e) scheduling consequent meeting;
The secretary is responsible for preparing minutes of all meetings.

Article 12. General Meeting

The General Meeting includes all members of the Executive Committee and meets once a year, as called by the Chairman of the Committee. Subscribe members are invited as observers.
At least 15 days before the meeting is scheduled, members of the Committee are called and subscriber members informed by the Secretary of the date and venue. The Secretary is responsible for preparing the agenda.
A majority of Office Holders and at least three members of the Executive Committee must be present.
An absent member may sent a proxy vote through another member. Any voting is carried by an absolute majority. In the case of a tie, the Chairman's vote is decisive.
The Chairman of the Executive Committee presides over the General Annual Meeting; the Treasurer presents his Annual Financial Report for approval by the Assembly. Only items included on the agenda qualify for discussion.

Article 13. Special Meeting

If necessary, or at the request of one-half of the members plus one; the Chairman can call a Special Meeting following the procedure laid out in Article 12.

Article 14. Dissolution of the Society

If the dissolution of the Society is voted by at least two-thirds of the members of the Executive Committee, a receiver is nominated by the Committee and any existing assets will be transferred according to Article 9 of the Law of 1 July 1901 and the Decree of 16 August 1901.

Article 15. Current Office Holders

The current Office Holders are:
Ambassador Pierre Lafrance, Honorary Chairman and founding member
Ambassador Enrico G. de Maio, Chairman
Mrs. Nancy Hatch Dupree, Vice Chairman and founding member
Mrs. Brigitte Neubacher, Secretary and founding member
Mr. Terrence Baker, Treasurer

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