Statutes of FISAE

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[Adopted at Hamburg, 28 July 1966, as amended at Chrudim, 29 August 1996]

I. Foundation

Article 1.
The ex-libris societies whose names follow have formed the Intemational Federation of Ex-Libris Societies - FISAE: D.E.G. (Federal Republic of Germany), O.E.G. (Austria), A.E.K. (Belgium), GRAPHIA (Belgium), D.E.S. (Denmark), A.E.B. (Spain), A.F.C.E.L. (France), W.B. V. (Holland), K.B.K. (Hungary), B.N .E.L. (Italy), S.M.E.L. (Poland), A.P .E.L. (Portugal), P.C.D.K.B. (German Democratic Republic), S.E.F. (Sweden), S.S.P.E. (Czechoslovakia).

II. Aims

Article 2.
All activities of the Federation shall be on the intemational level.
It is not interested either with the intemal problems of the societies or with the relations between different societies.
It proposes to cultivate and to promote an interest in and devotion to ex-libris and to enhance their artistic qualities. It is completely nonpolitical and nonreligious.
It has no profit-making purpose.
It has the purpose of:
--coordinating relations between national ex libris societies;
--promoting relations among collectors, enthusiasts, and artists and in publishing from time to time a list of collectors and artists of all countries;
--encouraging the organisation of exhibitions and of intemational congresses;
--maintaining all useful contacts with national ex-libris societies and with the intemational federations and societies of collectors, bibliophiles, and others. In order to achieve these aims, the member societies are recommended to exchange their bulletins, joumals, and the like among themselves accompanied by a summary translated into one of the official languages of FISAE [as amended 29 August 1996].

III. Members

Anicle 3.
The Federation shall be composed of member societies, including:
(a) the founder ex libris societies of the Federation;
(b) new ex libris societies which may apply for membership.
Non-founder ex libris societies shall obtain their membership in the Federation after making an application and obtaining the agreement of the majority of member societies which comprise the Federation. Various artistic associations may be admitted as associate societies .
The status of member society may be lost:
(a) by the failure to accept the Charter ,
(b ) by a resignation submitted to the President;
(c) by expulsion for a serious infraction decided by the General Assembly of Delegates by a 2/3 majority of the votes cast or represented

Article 4.
Several societies of the same country may be members.

IV. Organisation

Article 5.
The Federation has as organs:
--the Assembly of Delegates;
--the Management Committee;
--the Executive Secretary [as amended 29 August 1996].

V. Assembly of Delegates

Article 6.
It is comprised of all of the delegates designated by the various member societies .
Each member society shall be represented by up to two delegates with one vote for each member [as amended 29 August 1996].

Article 7.
Associate societies shall not have delegates.

Article 8.
The Assembly of Delegates shall be the highest organ of the Federation.
It shall meet every two years at the international congress and where it is being held.
The Assembly of Delegates shall have the principal functions of:
(a) approving the general and financial reports of the retiring Board;
(b) changing the Charter and rules, if necessary;
(c) designating by a vote the organising society and the place of the next international congress and as a result the Management Committee for the next two years;
(d) deciding financial questions, with the proviso that no expenditure may be incurred by any of the societies without the consent of the treasurer;
(e) electing, if necessary, an Honorary President.


VI. Management Committee

Article 9.
The Management Comrnittee shall be composed of 5 members chosen from among the delegates for a term of two years, which expires at each General Assembly of Delegates without the power to renew their functions.
It shall comprise:
--the President,
--the retiring President, who performs the function of First Vice President,
--the Second Vice President,
--the Secretary,
--the Treasurer.
The Executive Secretary shall be a member ex officio of the Management Committee (as amended 29 August 1996].
The President, the Secretary , and the Treasurer shall be proposed at the same time as any society wishing to propose itself as the organiser of the next Congress.
The Second Vice President shall be elected by the Assembly of Delegates from among the delegates of the societies other than those of the President and the First Vice President.

Article 10.
The Management Committee shall preside over the Assembly of Delegates. It shall engage in the administration of the Federation and is responsible to the Assembly of Delegates.
In the event there is no Congress, the Management Committee shall designate 30 days before the expiration of its mandate the place and the date of the meeting of the General Assembly of Delegates.
It shall arrange, if necessary, the election by postal vote to designate the society charged with the next Congress as well as the new Management Committee.

VII. Executive Secretary

Article 11.
The Executive Secretary of FISAE shall be appointed by the Plenary Meeting of FISAE Delegates for a terrn of six years, which shall be subject to renewal.
The duties of the Executive Secretary of FISAE shall include the following:
- keep and circulate the minutes of the Plenary Meeting of FISAE Delegates at FISAE Congresses:
- assist the Presidents of FISAE, as necessary, with the organisation of FISAE Congresses;
- compile and arrange the publication from time to time of the Directory of Bookplate Collectors and Designers;
- provide advice to member-societies of FISAE and to individual collectors and designers at their request.
- The expenses of the Executive Secretary shall be compensated as much as possible from the registration fees of FISAE Congresses (added 29 August 1996] .

VIII. Financial Matters

Article 12.
The financial resources of the Federation shall be comprised of:
(a) gifts and legacies;
(b ) various contributions.

IX. Miscellaneous

Article 13.
The votes of the Assembly of Delegates shall be expressed in general by a show of hands of a simple majority, unless one delegate requests a secret ballot.

Article 14.
Any question placed on the agenda shall be communicated by the Management Committee to each delegate 30 full days before the meeting of the Assembly .

Article 15.
Any change of the Charter must be approved by 2/3 of the delegates present or represented.

Article 16.
Each delegate may exercise the plenitude of the powers of the society which he represents. He may not, however, represent more than 2 associations.

Article 17.
The official languages of the Federation shall be English, French, and German.

Article 18.
The headquarters of the Federation shall change every two years. It shall be those of the society which is designated by the General Assembly of Delegates.

X. Dissolution

Article 19.
The Assembly of Delegates alone has the right to declare the dissolution of the Intemational Federation of Ex Libris Societies.
A request for dissolution shall be submitted to the Management Committee at least six months before the Assembly of Delegates. The Management Committee shall inform the member societies at least three months before the Assembly of Delegates . It shall be voted upon by secret ballot and can only be decided by a 2/3 majority of the delegates of the member societies present or represented.

Article 20.
In the event of the dissolution of the Federation, the Assembly of Delegates or the body authorised for the purpose shall decide upon the disposition of the property of the Federation for the benefit of the public interest.
The present Charter was adopted by the Assembly of Delegates of the founder societies, these delegates having been chosen according to the provisions of the present Charter.

Adopted at Hamburg, 28 July 1966
as amended at Chrudim, 29 August 1996


[Translated from the original French by Professor W .E. Butler]



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