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Membership in the Swedish Violin and Bow Makers' Association

Statutes approved at the annual meeting in 2002
Revised in 2004

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§ 1 NAME AND AIM OF THE ASSOCIATION

The Swedish Violin and Bow Makers' Association (SVSF) is a non-profit association for violin and bow makers, as well as repairmen, in Sweden. The association is registered in Uppsala.

The aims of the association are

The association is religiously and politically independent.

§ 2 MEMBERSHIP

Qualifications for admission

A person is qualified if he or she has shown skill in the craft and if he or she has worked professionally for at least three years.

Membership

To be accepted as a regular member, the applicant must be recommended by two regular members and present a trial piece of work or an instrument for approval. He or she must also be accepted by general voting and pay the current admission fee.

Admission

The applicant must be recommended by two regular members, who should write a presentation of the applicant to the board. The applicant must present a trial piece of work to a jury consisting of three members, who will examine the work and give their opinion. The presentation, the trial piece of work as well as the jury's stated opinion will be presented at the annual meeting so that all members can have a look at the work and the opportunity to talk with the applicant.

Voting on membership is by secret ballot. Members who cannot participate in the annual meeting can send their votes by mail or vote by proxy. Membership has to be sanctioned by at least 2/3 of the votes.

When becoming a regular member, an admission fee of SEK 1500, which includes the first years' membership fee, has to be paid.

Trial Piece of Work

Expulsion

A member can be expelled due to criminal or unethical business activities. Members, who in other ways militate against the aims of SVSF, may also be expelled. Expulsion is decided by the annual meeting and has to be sanctioned by at least 2/3 of the votes. Members who cannot participate in the annual meeting can send their votes by mail or vote by proxy.

Expulsion of a member should be handled as a separate item on the agenda. The member concerned should have the right to reply.

Associate Membership

A person is qualified to be an associate member if he or she is working professionally and has done so for at least three years. A qualified applicant can be granted associate membership after he or she has submitted an application that is approved by the board and paid the annual membership fee. The application should contain a CV and an account of present employment or business. The associate membership fee is the same as the annual membership fee for regular members.

An associate member can participate in SVSF:s activities but does not have the right to vote. Associate membership may last for three years at the most, after which the associate member can apply for regular membership in accordance with § 2 in these statutes.

Expulsion

An associate member can be expelled due to criminal or unethical business activities. An associate member, who in other ways militates against the aims of SVSF, may also be expelled. The expulsion of an associate member is decided by the board.

& 3 ANNUAL MEETING & EXTRA ANNUAL MEETING

§ 4 ORDINARY ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA

  1. The chairman opens the meeting and states it being properly announced.
  2. The agenda is fixed by the meeting.
  3. Chairman and secretary of the meeting are elected
  4. Two members, in addition to the chairman, are elected to check the minutes
  5. The income statement report, the annual report and the auditor's report are presented.
  6. The balance sheet report is presented
  7. The meeting decides if the board can be discharged from liability
  8. The budget for next year is fixed.
  9. The entrance- and membership fees are fixed
  10. Applications for membership are handled in accordance with the rules in § 2
  11. Chairman is elected
  12. Secretary is elected
  13. Treasurer is elected.
  14. Other members of the board are elected.
  15. Auditor and a deputy are elected.
  16. Members of the nominating committee are elected.
  17. Propositions and motions are discussed..
  18. Any other business is discussed.
  19. The meeting is closed.

§ 5 THE BOARD

The board is SVSF:s planning, executive and administrative body between the annual meetings. The members of the board are: chairman, treasurer, secretary, two regular members and two deputies.

Chairman and deputies are elected for one year and the other members for two years. The board forms a quorum when all members of the board have been called to the meeting and a minimum of three members is present.

The board is jointly responsible for the finances and the administration of the association until the annual meeting has discharged its members from liability in accordance with § 4

§ 6 DECISIONS

Each member has one vote. When nothing else has been stated, decisions are made by ordinary majority. Where the voting is even, the chairman of the meeting has the casting vote.

§ 7 ADMINISTRATION, ACCOUNTS AND AUTHORITY TO SIGN

The chairman and the treasurer are each authorised to sign for the association. The financial year is the same as the calendar year.

§ 8 AUDIT

The board should submit the minutes of previous meetings, the accounting and the annual report to the auditor no later than one month before the annual meeting. The auditor should have given his or hers opinion two weeks before the annual meeting.

§ 9 AMENDMENTS TO THE STATUTES

Decisions about amendments to the statutes must be made by two successive annual meetings of which the first is a regular annual meeting. One month at the least must pass between the meetings. It must be evident from the summons that an amendment to the statutes is one point on the meeting agenda. At the vote, the proposal must approved by a 2/3 majority.

§ 10 DISBANDING THE ORGANISATION

The association can be disbanded by a 2/3 majority of the members, at two successive annual meetings of which the first is a regular annual meeting. One month at the least must pass between the meetings. A representative of the board must be present at both meetings. Remaining funds after all debts have been paid should be distributed equally among the members

§ 11 OTHER ISSUES

All members ar welcome to participate in the board meetings although they have no right to vote.

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