(MODIFIED IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON SUNDAY APRIL 3, 2022)
Article 1 – The members of the association have founded « Les Fleurs de la mémoire», this association is under the control of the 1st July 1901 law and the 16th August decree.
The aim of the association
Article 2 – This association is recognized as being of general interest, of a philanthropic, educational, cultural and patrimonial nature. Its purpose is to flower the graves of American soldiers who fell during the Second World War and who rest, forever, in Normandy.
Article 3 – The Head is situated in the buildings of the Saint-Lô town hall. It can be transfered according to the decision of the governing body.
This decision will have to be ratified during the general meeting.
Members of the association
Article 4 – The membership fee is 25 euros and must be paid upon registration to become an active member.
The membership fee is unique and is valid for the duration of your commitment.
There is no annual fee, which does not exclude voluntary donations.
Article 5 – Members can lose their position for the following reasons : resignation, death or for being struck off or for a grave error.
These people will be heard and given notice by recorded delivery.
The association financial resources
Article 6 – The financial resources come from membership and subsidies given by the State, the Region, the Departments, the Disctricts and the private individuals.
The running of the association
Article 7-0 – The association is managed by a board of 24 members who are elected for 3 years by the General Assembly. Members can be elected again by third each year after a drawing lots the first two years.
Each term of office shall take effect on 1 May following the general meeting and shall end on 30 April at the end of the three years.
Article 7-1 The Board of Directors shall, by absolute majority, establish an Office of the Board of Directors consisting of:
– A president
– Two vice-presidents
– A secretary and an assistant
– A treasurer and an assistant
– A webmaster
Each member shall be elected for the duration of his or her current term.
In case of vacancy, the Board will provide a substitute member until the next general assembly,and this will have to be ratified. The powers of the members elected this way thus come to an end on the date when the mandate of the substituted member was to expire.
Article 7-2 If a member is a candidate for being part of the governing body, he may be invited by the administrators for the meetings of the Board until the next General Assembly. His candidacy, co-opted by the members of the governing body, will be presented during the votes at the general assembly, and according to the vacancies within the Governing Body.
Article 8 – T Article 8-0 The Board of Directors shall meet at least once a year at the call of the President or at the request of one quarter of its members. Decisions are taken by a majority vote. In the event of a tie, the President has the casting vote. Any member of the Council who, without excuse, does not participate in two consecutive meetings, may be considered as having resigned.
Article 8-1 : Any member of the Board who, by his behavior, would harm the ethics or the development of the association, may be dismissed by the Board, by a majority of votes, after a meeting and an interview. In case of equality of votes, the president has the casting vote.
Article 8-2 : Any member who, by his behavior, would harm the ethics or the blooming of the association, would not respect the internal rules of each memorial site will be excluded from the association by registered letter on decision of the board of directors
Article 9 – The General Assembly is composed of all the members of the association. It takes place once a year. The members are invited at least two weeks before the scheduled date. The notification must stipulate the agenda and the questions to be debated and must take into account other questions.
The president will have to expose the situation of the association, the treasurer will present a financial statement. After discussing, the assembly will have to grant discharge with a voting majority.Finally, the assembly will have to elect the incumbent members as well as the new members.
The commitment of the members in the association
Article 10 –
Article 10-1 : When applying for membership, future members receive a document informing them of the objectives pursued by the association at the same time as the application form, either by mail or by digital means (see the website lesfleursdelamemoire.com)
Article 10-2 : The requests are treated as soon as possible, the member receives then his membership card, his flowering card by mail or digital way
Article 10-3 : The sponsorship ends by :
the abandonment of the sponsor, who informs the association by mail
the death of the sponsor:
if the descendants are also members, they can ask to continue the flowering in their name
if the descendants are not members, they can pay a membership fee by specifying the reasons for their request. The transmission of the tribute to these soldiers to the descendants is possible within the limit of the number of sponsorship fixed by the board of directors
Dissolution of the association
Article 11 – In case of a dissolution pronounced by at least the two thirds of the members present at the general assembly, an official liquidator will be appointed , and the assets, if any, will be assigned according to the 1st July 1901 law and the 16th August 1901 decree.