safeguarding cultural heritage, social and architectural wooden houses in Cuba

Sauvegarde du Patrimoine Culturel, Social et Architectural des Maisons en Bois de Cuba

Sauvegarde du Patrimoine Culturel, Social et Architectural des Maisons en Bois de Cuba

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Articles of association

Article 1 – Constitution – Duration – Denomination

The undersigned to these articles establish, for unlimited duration and by virtue of the Law of July 1, 1901, its applicable decrees and regulations, as well as by these articles and the strict respect of the NGO (non-governmental organization) charters, an association named:


Artícle 2 - Object

The association proposes to contribute to preserving and implementing a plan to restore wooden houses in stages, according to each case, and under no obligation to reconstruct them in the same way.  This will allow for intervention in a great number of houses in matters regarding roofs, termites and their resistance to hurricane-force winds, these being the most urgent phases.

Always careful to preserve their occupants (families living in these wooden houses or those having the right to do so) the association wishes to support processes of sustainable development which rest upon the principles of social justice, equity, economic promotion and respect of the environment.  .

It will support the transmission of French know-how in wood construction in all its forms, training, school Works, university courses, exchanges, support of exchanges with the French Companions of Duty, etc.

To this end it will implement development and diagnostics engineering and controls of the construction and wooden construction elements in order to contribute economical technical solutions that are long-lasting, respectful of the environment, ecological and saving energy, that they respect the European and Cuban norms for safeguarding all wood heritage  (those missions  could be extended at the request of international organization to Cuba’s neighbouring countries, or to other countries with the same climatic problems.)

The Association will organize conferences and debates about the place of the wooden house in Cuba with regards to its cultural, social and architectural heritage and will support the production of a book covering all the work as well as the maintenance and procedure of Internet support, exhibitions, video-clips and documentaries for all communication media support.

The Association will have to develop all actions within the framework of the field of action described above.

This aim implies carrying out actions that are coordinated among the actors in the different interested sectors and specialists in different disciplines. The Association undertakes the role of middleman between the various actors, both on a local and regional level as well as on a national and international level.  Its activities will take place in collaboration with local actors and the population, based on the common making use of the know-how of each.

The Association fulfills its aim on the initiative of authorities (government, local groups, associations, institutions, enterprises…) that so request, within the framework of Project tenders or offers, to the extent it considers useful, or on its own initiative proposing certain actions coordinated with its partners.

A home with a roof that does not leak and a happy family: this will be a success story and

something of pride that will contribute to bring to fruition the Association’s commitment.

Article 3 – Corporate Headquarters

Corporate headquarters are at:



This may be transferred to any other location by the decision of the Ordinary General Assembly upon proposal by the Administrative Council.

Article 4 - Composition

The Association brings together persons with total or partial concerns about the use of wood in construction, the handling of energy as regards the use of wood, the environment and international solidarity.  The Association includes both active members and benefactor members.

Physical or juridical persons who participate in the activities of the Association may become members, especially:

1. ?Active members are physical persons wishing to participate in the Association work.  Entry of active members is submitted to approval of the Administrative Council.  An active member subscribes to the articles and internal regulations of the association and has one consultative and deliberative vote in the General Assembly.

2. Lawful active members: founding members who are exempt from the paying of fees.

3. Associate members are juridical persons thus designated as the result of a vote at the General Assembly at the proposal of the Administrative Council.  An associate member subscribes to the articles and internal regulations of the association and has one consultative and deliberative vote in the General Assembly.

4. Benefactor members are physical persons who, by means of regular or occasional donations, support the association’s activity.  The benefactor member is exempt from fees, and if he or she so wishes, may participate and is not obliged to participate in the general Assembly.  Benefactor member status does not confer the right to form part of the Administrative Council, to vote or preside at assemblies.

5. Honourable members are physical or juridical persons who, by means of regular or occasional actions, support association activities. Honourable members are exempt from fees, and if he or she so wishes, may participate and is not obliged to participate in the general Assembly.  Honourable member status does not confer the right to form part of the Administrative Council, to vote or preside at assemblies.

Article 5 - Resources

Association resources include:

- Membership fees .

- Public or private subsidies

- Manual donations, legacies from individuals, donations from enterprises

- Products of any kind related to the object

- Donations of any type related to its object

- Interest and incomes from goods and values belonging to the Association

- Income inherent to benefits and services provided by the Association

- In general, any other resource authorized by law.

- In order to realize its aims, the Association may commit through contractual agreements with financial partners supporting the same objectives, looking out to diversify as much as possible the funding sources in a way that preserves the independence of its activity.

Article 6 – Human Resources

The Association is provided with, according to legislation in effect and these articles, all human, material, transportation and other resources it considers useful and necessary for the carrying out of its object.

It may request the contribution of officials or agents from public establishments, as a temporary transfer or as follow up, according to the legislative regulations and rules in effect.

Article 7 – Contributions/Investments

In the case of contributions of assets or property to the Association, the right of inspection is exercised according to stipulations in agreements signed by the Association duly represented by its President.

Article 8 • Certified Public Accountant

The President may appoint a titular certified public accountant who would exercise his/her mission of control according to stipulations of legislation and regulations in effect as well as by the norms and rules of his/her profession.

Article 9. Admission

Requests will be made in writing.

Decisions will be made by the Administrative Council without it being obligated to communicate its reasons.  It will be vigilant in particular in the maintenance of diversification and balance between the categories of the different members.

Article 10. Demission, exclusion

Ceasing to be part of the Association::

1.             1. Persons whose resignation has been accepted by the Administrative Council

2.             2. Persons who are deceased or are declared to be in a state of legal adjustment or bankruptcy

3.             3. Persons who have not answered to two consecutive general assembly meetings.

4.             4. Members excluded for not having paid their fees, for infraction of an internal rule, or for any other serious reason

Overdue fees are considered due and may not be reimbursed.


The association is administered by the Administrative Council with at least 8 members and no more than 20 members taken from active membership, if possible balanced and having different backgrounds.  .

_ - Local administrations and groups

_ - Scientists and researchers, graduates from important schools

_ - Professionals and private individuals

_ - Non-governmental organizations

Administrators are elected and re-elected, by the General Assembly, by secret vote, and for a period of four years.  Up to 50% may be replaced every two years, the first replacements being made by lot.

In the case of a vacancy, the Administrative Council will be completed by co-option before two months of vacancy have expired, and the occupation will be subject to revision at the following General Assembly.

If said appointment is not ratified, decisions taken by the Administrative Council before the General Assembly meeting will continue being valid.

The Administrative Council after consultation with the Association President will set the date for elections and indicate the number of positions to be filled.  Members shall be informed twenty days prior by an official announcement.

The list of candidates presented by the exiting Administrative Council, completed eventually with the names of individual candidates will be approved by the association president ten days prior to the meeting and sent to all members of the electoral college.

Candidates will be declared elected in the first round if they have received relative majority of votes cast.  Election of selected candidates, in the case of a tie decided by those present at the meeting, will go through a second round at which only members present at the meeting will participate.

Article 11.1 Administrative Council Meetings

The Administrative Council meets at least twice a year, as announced by the President at the request of the majority of membership.

Deliberations begin with a simple majority of members present, the President over-riding in the case of a split.  The effective presence of at least half of the functioning administrators is needed for the validity of deliberations.  Otherwise, deliberations are postponed until the following session and are considered to be valid no matter how many members are present.  Any administrator who is absent or impeded may give power to one of his colleagues to represent him or her, but one administrator may not have more than three votes, including his or her own.

Artíicle 11.2 Administrative Council Powers

The Administrative Council has more extensive powers to act on behalf of the association, to decide and carry out all operations regarding its object and within the framework of resolutions approved by the General Assembly.

Defines action programmes according to the object of the association

Decides the admission or exclusion of active association members as defined by Article 10 and proposes to the General Assembly the admission or exclusion of associate members.

It is authorized to draw up internal regulations within the limit of stipulations in these articles, and to eventually modify them.

Administrates association funds, decides on their allocation, effectuates payment of accounts and makes statements about the provisional budget drawn up by the Executive.

Can totally or partially delegate its powers to the President, the Executive or to one or more of its own members.

Article 11.3 The Executive

The President and members of the Executive are elected by the Administrative Council from among the members, for two years and they may be re-elected.

The Executive meets whenever necessary in the association’s interest, as called by the President or the majority of its members.  It has all the powers needed to apply the decisions of the Administrative Council and eventually, in the case of an emergency, the necessary decisions that must be ratified by the Administrative Council.  .

Decisions are made by majority votes.  The President’s vote weighs more in the case of a split.

Article 11.4  President of Administrative Council

The President represents only the Association before third parties.

He/She has al powers necessary for the correct management of the association and he/she can, especially:

- receive sums owing to the association and give the corresponding valid receipt

- open an account for the deposit of funds on behalf of the Association whether it is in a banking institution or a centre for money orders; to effectuate any and all deposits and withdrawal of funds with his/her sole signature and sign any cheque or transfer

- sign any contract , document of sale or loan with or without the creation of a mortgage.

- act in a court of law on behalf of the association both as plaintiff and defendant

The preceding powers are listed only as a reference.

The President may delegate some of his/her powers,  for which he/she will be responsible, in one or several powers of attorney at his/her choice and especially a General Delegate chosen from among the employees.

In case he/she is incapacitated, he/she can request his/her own replacement by a Vice President who will then enjoy the same powers and in the use of the same conditions.

Article 11.5 Non-remunerated Functions

The functions of the President, members of the Administrative Council and the Executive will be carried out as voluntary labour.  However, the Administrative Council can decide to reimburse the President and the administrators for the expenses deriving from the exercise of their functions.

Article 12. General Assembly

The Ordinary General Assembly meets every year after being called by the president, preferably during the first semester.  .

The Extraordinary General Assembly meets after being called by the President whenever necessary for interests of the association.  It can also be called at the request of at least two thirds of the founding or active members.

Valid deliberations cannot be made is there is no majority of members or if they are not present or represented.  If said majority does not meet, a second General Assembly will be called.  Said second General Assembly will be able to deliberate with validity whatever number of active members are present or represented.

Citations will be sent at least twenty days prior to the date set for the meeting.

The General Assembly deliberates on all matters included in the agenda.  It approves in particular the expired accounts and chooses the administrators.  It may appoint a certified public accountant.

Decisions are taken by the relative majority of the votes of the present or represented members.  Nevertheless, resolutions hat might amend the articles must be approved by a two-thirds majority of the members and the quorum of two-thirds of the members is mandatory.  If appropriate, it is in charge of the replacement of Administrative Council members.  Deliberations of the General Assembly will be collected in minutes signed by the President and the Secretary.  Summaries or sent copies will be certified by the President or another administrator as being faithful to the original.

Article 13 – Committees

It is decided that committees will be created to be in charge of different topics approved by the General Assembly.


The objective of members of this committee is the identification of tools for interventions and reference works.  This committee can initiate assessment processes.

The function of this committee is to seek and carry out projects that will be proposed to the association and guide them according to the needs of the requesting countries.

It will supervise the drawing up of projects.

It will pick field actors for the committee.

It will present a yearly report on its activities.

TRAINING Committee

Members will carry out guidance and planning for the training activities. The committee will seek existing and pertinent information in order to draw up a guide for requesting countries or organizations.  It will support training workshops.   This committee will allow for the identification of necessary and developed training.  It will pick field actors for the committee. It will present an annual report on its activities.

NETWORK Committee

The principal objective of this committee is to bring together European and international associations, federations, bodies and physical or juridical persons in order to establish the ties that will permit the exchange of information and knowledge and the updating of information on systems in Europe and in the rest of the world.

It will pick field actors for the committee.

It will present a yearly report on its activities.

FOLLOW-UP Committee

This committee will be in charge of seeking the funds to finance, on the one hand, the association functioning and, on the other hand, its activities.  .

This group may organize or participate in collaboration with other committees, in conferences, seminars, awareness raising workshops, etc.

It will pick field actors for the committee.

It will present a yearly report on its activities

DEFENSE Committee

This committee will be in charge of the files of the families and the homes being restored.  It will guide the families towards competent associations that appear on the list of the NETWORK Committee. It will prepare a synthesis of the files and will ensure protection and perpetuity for all actions carried out. It will pick field actors for the committee. It will present a yearly report on its activities

Article 14 - Treasurer

The Treasurer will draw up or have drawn up under his/her supervision, the annual association books.  He/she will carry out the annual call for fees and draw up, or have drawn up under his/her supervision, a financial report which will be presented along with the annual books at the Ordinary General Assembly.

Under the supervision of the President, he/she can proceed to pay the expenses and charge for the incomes.

Administrates the reserve funds and the treasury according to what has been decided by the Administrative Council.

Makes orders for expenses and presents annual budgets to the General Assembly.

Is authorized to create and keep, in any credit or financial institution, any account or savings account book.

Can delegate the Director with some of his/her powers and his/her signature, in writing and after having informed the Administrative Council.  .

Article 15 - Director

The Director is elected by the association’s titular members gathered together in an Ordinary General Assembly.  Then he/she is appointed by the association President.

The Director is responsible for the directorship of the association.  To this end he/she receives necessary guidelines from the Administrative Council in order to apply its deliberations, especially:

Ensuring the general functioning of the association and drawing up and implementing its strategy.

Drawing up and following up on the implementation of the budget.

Keeping the association books.

Ensure the administrative management of the association.

Contract, promote and fire personnel following a defined human resources policy..

Can receive power and signing delegations from the President and the Treasurer to ensure the functioning of the association.

Can appoint one or several Sub-directors responsible to him/her to assist in his/her functions.

Article 16 – Internal Regulations

An internal regulation approved by the Administrative Council and the Ordinary General Assembly, with an absolute majority of present and represented members, specifies the functioning of the association and its bodies.

Article 17 – Dissolution of the Association

In the case of dissolution of the association for any reason, the Extraordinary General Assembly will appoint one or several liquidators charged with liquidation operations.  At the time of liquidation closing, the Extraordinary General Assembly makes a statement in favour of reimbursing the net assets.

Article 18 – Transitory regulations

The powers of the current Administrative Council are extended until the creation of the new Administrative Council and until December 31, 2010 at the latest.