ARTICLES OF THE CZECH ASSOCIATION OF COACHES

THE ARTICLES OT THE CZECH ASSOCIATION OF COACHES

The Czech Association of Coaches Articles

Preamble

The Czech Association of Coaches (hereafter referred to as „ CAKO“) is an independent non-profit organisation, whose members are professional coaches or are interested in coaching for the purpose of professional or personal development, and problem solving.

 

Part I.
Basic Establishment

1. CAC Mission

(a) The CAKO strives for a permanent growth of coaching quality, observation of ethical and professional standards, market cultivation and the exchange of information in the field. The objective of CAKO is to protect its members' interests as well as interests of people touched by these interests against other persons, especially against other organisations, municipalities, political parties and movements, churches, government and governmental authorities and administration.

(b) CAKO makes use of all legal opportunities to strengthen its independence, increase the number of its members and enlarge its property.

(c) CAKO gets its members familiar with events inside and outside the association, takes care of cultural activities and informs regularly its members.

2. CAKO Location and Field of Action

  1. The headquarters of CAKO is in Prague.
  2. CAKO operates within the Czech Republic and also links with other associations of a similar type at home and abroad.

 

Part II.
CAKO Authorities and the administration of its affairs

1. Authorities

(a) Authorities of CAKO:

  1. General Assembly
  2. Presidium
  3. Corporate Council

 

2. General Assembly

(a) The General Assembly is the highest authority of CAKO and consists of all of its members.

(b) The General Assembly specifically:

  1. decides upon change of articles
  2. votes and revokes members of Presidium and of Corporate Council
  3. decides on the issue of organizational and financial regulations of CAKO
  4. approves the annual closing of book report
  5. decides on the use of profits resulting from the annual closing of book report
  6. establishes CAKO funds, sets the criteria for the foundation, administration and distribution of the funds
  7. decides on a strategy for CAKO activities
  8. decides whether to merge with other legal body
  9. decides on the abolishment of CAKO.

(c) The ordinary General Assembly takes place once a year, by March 15 each year. The General Assembly is called by the Presidium to take place at the CAKO headquarters, unless stated otherwise in an invitation. A written invitation must be sent to all regular members by electronic mail, and must be done so at least two months in advance. The invitation must be posted at the CAKO web site respecting the same time specification.

(d) The Presidium reserves right to call an extraordinary General Assembly, especially in cases, when the ordinary General Assembly is not able to resolve, or in other urgent cases. The presidium is obliged to call an extraordinary General Assembly always, if:

  1. at least 1/3 of regular CAC members demand it
  2. the Corporate Council demands it
  3. CAC is unable to pay its debts for more than 3 months

(e) The proceedings of the General Assembly and the election method are stated by rules of procedure and election procedure, which are approved by the General Assembly on the Presidium's proposal. Ordinary General Assembly is able to resolve by the presence of clear majority of individual and institutional members and clear majority of expert CAKO members. Extraordinary General Assembly is able to resolve by the presence of clear majority of expert CAKO members.

(f) General Assembly decides by voting. Resolution is adopted by obtaining clear majority of votes from present member voters, if not further stated otherwise. In case of even division of votes, another voting takes place. For decisions in matters stated in article 2.(b), clauses 1, 8, and 9 it is necessary to obtain 2/3 of votes from present member voters.

(g) The vote at the General Assembly is public, executed by raising a hand, unless the General Assembly decides otherwise. If circumstances demand it, General Assembly can decide that voting upon some issues will be executed via electronic form after the General Assembly meeting. The General Assembly specifies the form of electronic voting within this present voting. The result of the electronic voting will be considered as a part of the resolution of the General Assembly, which decided upon this.

 

3. Presidium

(a) The Presidium manages the CAKO acts in all issues, excluding the issues assigned to the Corporate Council by these articles, in the time within the CAKO General Assembly meetings. The Presidium is a CAKO statutory authority, on behalf of legal regulations concerned.

(b) The presidium chooses by vote the CAKO president from its members. The president acts and signs on behalf of CAKO, however he/she depends on the Presidium's decisions. President is a CAKO statutory delegate on behalf of concerned legal regulations. The president can commission another member of the presidium to fulfil the negotiating and singing on behalf of CAKO.

(c) The presidium specifically:

  1. executes the General Assembly's decisions in its field of action
  2. approves regulations and rules for the CAKO actions in his/her field of action
  3. creates an association budget for the following period (usually a marketing year)
  4. supports Working Groups in the performance of their activities
  5. Organizes events for CAKO members as well as for the public
  6. executes rights and obligations attributed by labour legal provisions to the manager of the organisation; executes the employer's authorities
  7. ensures proper book-keeping of CAKO
  8. submits the annual report and proposes how to use the profit to the General Assembly
  9. presents reports of the association's property state to the General Assembly
  10. within 30 days from the General Assembly meeting's closure, writes and posts the meeting report on the CAKO website
  11. decides about a financial loan or credit
  12. approves the CAKO rules of organisation, in which it especially sets job system, rights and obligations resulting from job positions, and competency of managers.

(d) The Presidium members' term of office is 2 years. The term is prolonged until a new Presidium is elected. In the event of resignation from a member of the Presidium, a substitute elected by the General Assembly shall automatically take his place and his term of office shall end with the expiry of the term of office of the remaining members. If no one has been elected, Presidium will propose candidates to be added to the original number and let the members of the Association to vote electronically.

(e) The Presidium meets according to their needs, however at least once every three months; meeting dates are set at the beginning of its functional term for the whole functional term. The Presidium posts dates and place of the meeting including changes on the CAKO website.

(f) The Presidium decides by absolute majority of its member votes. All its decisions are put into a report, which is posted on the CAKO website within 15 days after the meeting.

(g) The Presidium members are obliged to keep taciturnity about all information and facts, whose disclosure could cause damage to CAKO.

 

4. Corporate Council

(a) The Corporate Council manages the Association's activities in matters relating to the expertise of the field of coaching, qualification of coaches and their accreditation according to the Accreditation Code.

(b) Corporate Council has 3 members and from its members elects Chairman of the Corporate Council. Chairman acts and signs individually on behalf of Corporate Council, however he/she depends on Corporate Council’s decisions. The Corporate Council can commission in writing another member of the Corporate Council to fulfil the negotiating and singing on behalf of Corporate Council.

(c) The Corporate Council specifically:

  1. executes the General Assembly's decisions in its field of action
  2. approves regulations and rules for the CAKO actions in its field of action including the CAKO Accreditation System and Ethics Code
  3. appoints and manages the Accreditation Committee, unless the function is executed by the Corporate Council itself
  4. develops the standards of coaching as a branch and advances its specialized marketing.

(d) The Corporate council members' term of office is 2 years. The term is prolonged until a new Corporate Council is elected. In the event of resignation from a member of the Corporate council, a substitute elected by the General Assembly shall automatically take his place and his term of office shall end with the expiry of the term of office of the remaining members. If no one has been elected, Presidium will propose candidates to be added to the original number and let the members of the Association to vote electronically.

(e) The Corporate Council meets according to their needs, however at least once every three months; meeting dates are set at the beginning of its functional term for the whole functional term, and usually takes place at the CAKO headquarters. Corporate Council posts dates and place of the meeting including changes on the CAKO website.

(f) The Corporate Council decides by absolute majority of its member votes. All its decisions are put into a report, which is posted on the CAKO website within 15 days after the meeting.

(g) The Corporate Council members are obliged to keep taciturnity about all information and facts, whose disclosure could cause damage to CAKO.

Part III.
Membership in the CAC

1. Basic establishment

(a) Every natural person or corporate body, who wishes to participate in the CAC activities can become its member, provided that they are willing to follow these articles, CAC Ethics code, fulfil conditions settled by these articles, and pay the member fee.

(b) The CAC Presidium sets a detailed proceeding for the application to become a CAC member and posts it on the CAC website.

(c) The membership is for an unlimited amount of time, if it is not settled otherwise.

 

2. Forms of Membership

(a) Forms of membership divide into:

  1. regular membership
  2. honorary membership

(b) Regular membership divides into:

  1. individual membership
  2. expert membership

 

3. Membership foundation

(a) An individual member, according the article 1., letter (a), can become a natural person,

  1. who is 18 years and older in the sense of legal enactment
  2. has achieved secondary-school education as minimum
  3. commits him/herself to an active free work on organizing the life of the Association
  4. the Presidium assents with the membership

(b) CAC Presidium sets criteria, on which bases it will express assent with the acceptance of an individual member. The Presidium will post these criteria on the CAKO website.

(c) An individual member according to letter (a) can become an expert member,

  1. and is active in the field of coaching in a degree set by the Corporate Council
  2. is a fully qualified coach in accordance with the CAKO Accreditation Code or another expert system of other organizations, approved by the Corporate Council
  3. the CAKO Corporate Council is in assent with their expert membership.

(d) The CAC Corporate Council sets criteria, on which basis it will express assent with accepting a new expert member, and such criteria posts on the CAKO website.

(e) An honorary member may become a natural or legal person under paragraph 1 (a)., which has greatly contributed to the dissemination and development of coaching ideas, or to the reputation, results or assets of the Association. An honorary member is appointed by the Presidium of the Association.

 

4. Members' rights and obligations

(a) Every member has the right

  1. to participate in the General Assembly of the Association
  2. to nominate candidates to the bodies of the Association
  3. submit proposals to the General Assembly or the bodies of the Association and request clarification
  4. to participate in the activities of the Association and the Working Groups
  5. be regularly informed at the general meeting of the Association about the status of the Association and its assets
  6. to enjoy discounts provided to Association members at Association events or its partners.

(b) An individual and an institutional member has besides the rights stated in letter (a) also the right

  1. of decisive vote at the CAKO General Assembly meeting, except the right to vote the Corporate Council
  2. to be voted into the CAKO Presidium

(c) An expert member has besides the rights stated in letter (a) and (b) also the right to vote and be voted into the CAKO Corporate Council.

(d) Execution of rights, following the institutionary and honorary membership of a corporate body, is done by its statutory delegate.

(e) Every member is obliged to

  1. respect the Articles and other CAKO directives
  2. respect the CAKO Ethics Code
  3. pay the member fees within the dates specified by the CAKO Presidium
  4. take part in the CAKO actions according to its abilities.

 

5. Membership fee

(a) The membership fee of an individual member and expert member is the same, the membership fee of the honorary member is voluntary.

(b) The amount of an individual and expert member fee is always set for the particular calendar year by the CAKO Presidium, and is posted on the CAKO website.

(c) The member fee is always due within 10 working days before the date of the CAKO ordinary General Assembly meeting. Its payment is the obligation for the use of decision vote of a member at the CAKO General Assembly meeting.

(e) Other rules for the payment of the membership fee is established by the CAKO Presidium.

 

6. Membership abolition

(a) The CAC membership ends when

  1. a member dies, or a corporate body is abolished
  2. a member leaves CAC
  3. a member does not pay the member fee till the end of March of a particular calendar year
  4. a member is expelled

(b) Expert membership automatically expires 12 months after the expiration of the accreditation granted, unless the member actively seeks re-accreditation or accreditation of a higher degree

(c) To withdraw from the Association at any time without giving any reason is possible by written notice in electronic form. Membership expires on the day of notification. The paid membership fee is not refunded.

(d) The Presidium of the Association may exclude a member in cases, where

  1. violate member obligations or the CAKO Ethics code in a rough way
  2. violate member obligations or the CAKO Ethics code in a less serious way, but repeatedly, and have been warned in writing about the possibility of their exclusion
  3. have committed a crime and have been legally sentenced for it
  4. they are the CAKO employees and their employment has been ended by the CAKO
  5. in other way has threatened good name of CAKO, coaching state and coaching itself.

It is possible to appeal to the CAC General Assembly against the decision of the Presidium. Until the General Assembly meeting, the member is looked on as expelled. An expelled member can apply for a membership in CAC, if the reasons for the expulsion are passed off.

 

Part IV.
The CAKO financial management

1. CAKO Accountancy

(a) The accountancy term of the CAKO is a calendar year.

(b) The Presidium has to set up the annual report at the end of the accountancy year; no later than the General Meeting

(c) The Presidium submits the annual report as well as the proposal for the use of profit or covering loss to the General Assembly for approval.

 

2. The CAKO Property

(a) The CAKO property specifically consists of:

  1. membership fee
  2. values / valuables created by the CAKO activities
  3. contributions and subsidies from the government, municipalities and the like
  4. contributions and gifts from other legal entities and physical persons
  5. heritage
  6. other movable assets and real estate

(b) Only the Presidium is charged with the management of the CAKO property. Nevertheless, it cannot handle without the approval of the General Assembly in the following cases: property is secured as a guarantee against outstanding debts, pledge, secured loans made against its property, or a guarantee for third persons.

 

Part V.
Abolition and Liquidation of the CAKO

1. Abolition and End of the CAKO

(a) The CAKO is abolished:

  1. on the day stated in the General Assembly decision or on the day in which this decision was accepted
  2. by the decision of the Ministry of Interior on the CAKO abolition, and this on the day stated in the decision
  3. by the General Assembly decision of CAKO to merge or fuse with another association

 

2. The liquidation of the CAKO

(a) The General Assembly appoints a liquidator. The liquidator sets up the final annual report to the day of the CAKO end and he/she submits it to the General Assembly together with the proposal for the settlement of the balance.

(b) After settling debts, the liquidation balance is divided among the individual members according to a distribution method approved by the General Assembly.

 

Part VI.
Final Statements

1. Change of the Articles

(a) The General Assembly decides on changes of these Articles by the 2/3 majority rule.

(b) A CAKO expert member can propose the change of the Articles.

 

2. Effect of the Articles

(a) These articles come into effect on the day of the registration of the CAKO.