It is much too long since I learnt some French, so for those interested, here's a Google Translate version of the 'stellarium.org statute' Fabien posted...

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Association "stellarium.org"

The statutes


Article 1: Constitution and name
The association "stellarium.org is based among the adherents to these statutes, according to the law of 1 July 1901.

Article 2: Purpose
This association aims to the creation, promotion and distribution of software and data Free with scientists in particular relating to astronomy.

Article 3: Headquarters
The headquarters of the association is at 2 Place Sainte-Opportune, 75001 Paris.  It may be transferred by decision of the Board of Directors.

4: Duration
The association is established for an unlimited period.

Article 5: Members
The association consists of active members. Active members clubbed by an activity volunteer or by the exercise of a function in the association.

Article 6: Admission
To join the association must be approved by the board of directors acting in each of its meeting on applications for admission.

Article 7: Loss of Membership
Membership is lost by:
● Resignation;
● Death;
● The expulsion by the Board of Directors for violation of these statutes, for non-compliance with the rules or for good cause on moral or equipment to the association. The person will be invited to provide written explanations to the Board before any decision to strike. In case of exigency, the office will to suspend the person pending his written explanations.

Article 8: Resources
The resources of the association consist of:
● Grant structure of the European Union, the State, Regions, local authorities, public bodies or public institutions;
● Revenue from goods and services sold within the framework of the association;
● And, more generally, any resources or subsidies that might be granted and would not be contrary to law.

Article 9: Board of Directors
The Association is governed by a Board of Directors, elected for two years by the General Assembly. Members are eligible for reappointment.
The board of directors chosen from among its members by secret ballot, an office which may be composed of:
● A president;
● One or more vice-chairman;
● A secretary and, if appropriate, an assistant secretary;
● A treasurer and, if appropriate, an assistant treasurer.
The presiding officer is the president of the association.  The board is vested with extensive powers to decide and authorize all transactions aimed at the achievement of the objectives of the association and to manage its management, development and operation. In case of vacancy, the Board shall temporarily replace its members. He proceeded to their ultimate replacement by the next General Assembly. The powers of the members so elected shall terminate at the time expected to expire on office of the members replaced.

Article 10: Meeting of the Board of Directors
The Board meets at least once every year at the call of President, or on the request of a quarter of its members. Decisions are taken by majority vote, in case of a tie, the President is casting. Any board member who, without reasonable excuse, fails to attend three consecutive meetings, may be considered as having resigned. No person may serve on the board if not major.

Article 11: Annual General Meeting
The ordinary general meeting includes all members of the association in any capacity Members of the association are summoned at least once every Civil two years in general meeting. Fifteen days before the date fixed, the members of the association are convened by the care of the secretary. The agenda is indicated on the summons. To resolve, the General Assembly shall be composed of at least 10% of members. If a quorum is not reached, a second general meeting will may validly convened and without minimum quorum, after a period of 15 days. The President, assisted by members of the board, chaired the meeting and explains the moral of association. The Treasurer shall report on his management and submits the results to the Assembly for approval. The meetings of the General Assembly are not public.

Article 12: Extraordinary General Meeting
If need be, or upon the request of half plus one of registered members, the President may convene an Extraordinary General Meeting, following the formalities prescribed by Article 11. The General Assembly, convened in an extraordinary way, deliberates on matters exclusively brought to its agenda. It may, in particular, amend the articles of association or propose the dissolution of association, but only on recommendation of the board of directors. Ces décisions ne peuvent These decisions can then be passed only if two thirds of the members of the association are present or represented, and qualified majority of two thirds of the voters. If the first meeting does not meet the quorum 2/3, a second meeting must be convened within a month and can properly deliberate.

Article 13: Rules
A procedure may be established by the Board which then makes approved by the General Assembly. The Rules are intended to regulate various elements not envisaged by the statutes, including
those relating to the internal administration of the association.

14: Dissolution
In case of dissolution by two-thirds of members present at the meeting Generally, one or more liquidators are appointed by it and assets, if any, shall vest accordance with Article 9 of the Act of 1 July 1901 and the Decree of August 16, 1901.


Done at Paris, April 8, 2009


Fabien Chéreau    Tangi Morlier