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Articles of Association for MMCC
Mobile Mini Circus for Children

§1. Name and registered office
The name of the organisation (the NGO) is MMCC – Mobile Mini Circus for Children. The NGO has its organizational base in Copenhagen, Denmark.

§2. History
MMCC was established as a project by David Mason in April 2002. Subsequently, a support committee for the project was established in Denmark. The work of the project as well as support committee is carried out through the NGO.

§3. Purpose
MMCC is a non-profit organisation, the purpose of which is to promote the rights and well-being of children, as well as their education and joy of life, through performances and other creative activities - e.g., through circus and theatre, story-telling, workshops, games, artistic training and sports. The NGO is independent of all political, religious and eco-nomic interests.

§4. Finances
MMCC is an NGO, whose liability is limited solely to the assets of the NGO. The work of the NGO is financed though membership fees and the contributions of public and private foundations and funds, through public fund-raising and other contributions.

§5. Organisational structure
(1) MMCC works by supporting and developing local MMCC organisations or other organisations fulfilling the purpose of MMCC, in other countries.

(2) Any individual supporting the aims of MMCC is eligible for membership.

(3) Organisations, companies and other associations that support the aims of MMCC may also be eligible for member-ship as collective members. Collective members must be approved by the board and may seek membership at its own initiative or upon recommendation by local support committees.

(4) Individual or collective members who materially breach the organisation’s articles of association and aims of MMCC are subject to expulsion. Decisions with respect to expulsion shall be taken by the board.

§6. Membership fee
Membership is for one year at a time. The membership fee shall be determined at the ordinary general meeting.

§7 Ordinary general meetings
MMCC shall hold its annual general meeting during the month of April.

The agenda for the annual general meeting must contain the following items:
1. Election of meeting chairperson and reporter
2. Board of directors’ report
3. Presentation of accounts
4. Determination of membership fee.
5. Proposed resolutions
6. Election of board pursuant § 8 of the articles of association.
7. Election of local auditor.
8. Election of certified public (statsautoriseret) accountant.
9. Other business

Notice of ordinary general meetings, as well as extraordinary general meetings, shall be given to all members in writ-ing by e-mail or letter, as well as on the MMCC home page: no less than four weeks in advance. Notice of the meeting shall contain the agenda.

Proposals for resolutions to be considered by the general meeting and resolutions to amend the articles of associations shall be submitted to the board no less than three weeks prior to the general meeting and shall be made available on the home page no less than two weeks prior to the date on which the general meeting is held.
Amendments to the articles of association shall be approved by a simple majority.

All current members present shall have the right to vote. Each collective and individual member has one vote.

Extraordinary general meetings shall be called by the board or upon the request of a minimum of a quarter of mem-bers. The request for an extraordinary general meeting must be in writing and provide notice of the topic(s) to be de-termined.

Notice of extraordinary general meetings shall be provided by the board pursuant to the same terms as ordinary gen-eral meetings.

§8 The Board
(1) Election:
The board of MMCC shall serve for a period of a year and may be re-elected. The board shall consist of between three and seven members, with the optional election of an additional first and second alternate member to its board.

Any member, except MMCC employees, may be eligible to be elected to the board. Candidates for the board may be nominated by oral motion until the time of the election by the general meeting.

Board members representing collective members shall be elected personally and may not be replaced by the represen-tative organisation.
MMCC project leaders and the auditor have status as observers in the board.

(2) – Responsibilities
The board shall be responsible for the general policy and finances of MMCC and approve dispositions of a general na-ture with respect to the running and development of the organisation.

It is the duty of the board, in co-operation with the board of local MMCC organisations in other countries, to make a concept for partnership, which obligates the local NGO to act in accordance with MMCC’s purpose and allows it to use MMCC’s name, logo and possible real estate in the country. The board oversees that the terms of the partnership are kept and makes temporary agreements in relation to concrete activities, if necessary.

The board shall meet and elect a chairperson from among its members. The chairperson must be a Danish citizen or have legal residency in Denmark.

The board shall set its own order of business and mandate. The board may form sub-committees and determine their mandate as needed.

MMCC project leaders shall see to the daily management in cooperation with a person appointed by the board.

The board can hire project leaders directly. If the project leader(s) instead is/are hired by the local NGO, the leader(s) are approved by the local board.

§ 9 Support committees
The board can approve support committees.

The aim of the support committees is to create a financial basis for supporting and promoting the knowledge and de-velopment of MMCC’s work.

§ 10 Accounting and authority to bind the association
(1) The fiscal year of MMCC runs from January 1 to December 31.
(2) MMCC’s accounts shall be audited by a certified public (statsautoriseret) accountant, elected by the general meet-ing, and by an auditor, elected by the general meeting.
(3) MMCC may be bound jointly by the daily management (see §8(2)) or by a majority of all board members. The board may authorize to employees or to individual members of the board to act as its agent.

§ 11 Amendment of articles of association
The articles of association may be amended by a simple majority at an ordinary or extraordinary general meeting.

§ 12 Dissolution
(1) To be valid, the decision to dissolve MMCC must be approved by three-fourths of the current members present at two successive general meetings.
(2) In the event of the dissolution of MMCC, the general meeting that approves dissolution shall dispose of the means of the organisation. With respect to already funds granted, a special agreement shall be entered into with the donors as to the disposal of such funds. The archives of MMCC shall be transferred to the Danish National Archives (Rig-sarkivet).

§ 13 Validity
The articles of association shall become effective immediately upon approval by the general meet-ing at which they have been adopted.