Articles of Association
1.1 Bricolage Aarhus
3.1 Bricolage aims to create a focus on sustainability, resources and reuse in order to conserve the Earth’s resources. Through creative reuse and upcycling, we aim to give materials that might otherwise end up in the waste stream new value. We will be able to do this through:
The sales of materials that might otherwise be thrown out.
Offering workshops, courses and events with a focus on sustainability, reuse and upcycling
Creating a community to share knowledge and connect with each other.
Supporting and highlighting local art with a creative reuse focus.
3.2 This association offers voluntary public education activities under the Public Education Act (folkeoplysningsloven). The association’s activities are non-profit and open to anyone who agrees with the purpose.
4.1 Anyone who supports the purpose of this organization can be a member. Memberships are active upon payment and registration. Memberships are good for one year from the date of purchase.
4.2 The Board may, in special cases, exclude a member who has seriously breached the obligations of membership. However, the Board of Directors must first have given this member the opportunity to make a statement. A written justification must be provided if the decision to exclude is made. The exclusion of a member can always be required as a special item on the agenda for a general assembly, where the member in question must be allowed to make a statement. In this case, the Board of Directors must call for an extraordinary general assembly unless the annual general assembly is being held in the near future. If a member has breached his or her membership obligations without giving rise to exclusion, the Board may quarantine that member for six months.
4.3 Members who have not paid their membership dues will be removed from the member list.
§5 The General Assembly
5.1 The general assembly is the organization’s highest authority.
5.2 The Board of Directors must provide all members one month’s notice when convening the annual general assembly. The general assembly will be held by the end of March each year.
5.3 Proposals for the agenda must be sent to the chairperson no later than 14 days prior to the general assembly. Members should receive a copy of the agenda and any appendices eight days before the meeting.
5.4 All members in attendance are able to vote.
5.5 Anyone wishing to join the Board of Directors must be at least 15 years old. The chairperson and treasurer, however, must be at least 18 years old.
5.6 All changes will be decided by a simple majority except for changes to the articles of association, which require a two-thirds majority. All voting will take place through a show of hands. A written vote can be taken if the meeting facilitator or at least three members in attendance at the general assembly request one. All elections with more than one candidate will also require a written vote.
5.7 The Agenda for the General Assembly
Choose a meeting facilitator, vote counter and minute taker
Report from the Board of Directors
Presentation of the organization’s finances for approval
Proposals for the business plan and budget
Election for the Board of Directors and an alternate(s)
Election of an auditor
§6 Extraordinary General Assembly
6.1 The Board of Directors may, when they deem it desirable or necessary, call an extraordinary general assembly.
6.2 The Board of Directors can also call an extraordinary general assembly if at least 20% of the members would like one.
6.3 The extraordinary general assembly must be called within 14 days of receiving the request. The agenda should be included with the notice for the meeting. Notification for this type of meeting is in the same format as the annual general assembly.
§7 The Board of Directors
7.1 The Board of Directors is made up of five members, who divide up the roles following the general assembly. The roles must include a chairperson and a treasurer.
7.3 The election period for members of the board of directors is two years. Board members may be re-elected.
7.4 Every year, an alternate must be elected. If a member of the Board of Directors resigns during their election period, the alternate will step in, and the Board may reassign roles amongst themselves.
7.5 The Board may only make decisions when at least half of the members, including the chairperson or treasurer, are present. In the event of a tie, the chairperson’s vote determines the decision.
7.6 All board members have a duty of confidentiality with regard to the information they receive at board meetings. The information that may be communicated to employees and others will be a regular item on the board meeting agendas.
7.7 The Board of Directors is responsible for the day-to-day management of the association between annual general assemblies. The Board meets as needed. The duties of the Board of Directors include:
Setting goals for the association
Ensuring the implementation of the goals set
Ensuring sound financial management for the association, including using the association’s funds in accordance to the plans set at the general assembly.
Taking employees and volunteers insights into account and ensuring they can influence the organization
Ensuring the articles of association are being upheld
7.8 The Board of Directors is personally liable for any public funding the association receives from the Public Education Act (folkeoplysningsloven), if the demand for repayment arises due to any unlawful action or omission that may be regarded as intentional and negligent. The Board of Directors is not personally liable for the association’s public funding received from the Public Education Act (folkeoplysningsloven).
§8 Accounting and Finances
8.1 The fiscal year operates on a calendar year basis.
8.2 Financial statements are maintained by the treasurer, and must include an overview of the revenue and expenditures and an overall status. The Board of Directors is responsible for preparing the financial statements.
8.3 Financial statements are presented to the Board of Directors on an ongoing basis and reviewed and audited by the elected auditor.
8.4 Any capital will be used to fulfill the purpose and daily operation of the association.
§9 Power to Sign on Behalf of the Association
9.1 The chairperson or the treasurer of the association along with another board member has the right to enter into agreements on behalf of the association. The Board of Directors may delegate to sign on behalf of the association to individual board members or work groups. When buying or selling real estate, the entire board must sign the agreement.
9.2 The board members are not personally liable for the obligations of the association.
§10 Amendments to the Articles of Association
10.1 Amendments to the articles of association can be decided upon at an annual or extraordinary general assembly if the proposal is received in time and at least two-thirds of those in attendance who have the right to vote vote for the change.
10.2 Amendments to the articles of association must be sent to Aarhus Kommune’s Sport & Fritid department to ensure that they still meet the requirements of Public Education Act (folkeoplysningsloven).
11.1 The association can be dissolved with a three-fourths majority of those in attendance at two general assemblies which must be held with at least a month apart.
11.2 In the event of a dissolution, any profits will be donated to another organization that meets the requirements of the Public Education Act (folkeoplysningsloven).
Last Updated: March 3, 2020