Lusophone Association of Gutenberg's Knights



Lusophone Association of Gutenberg's Knights


Article 1
Constitution, name, duration and purpose
The non-profit association, named Cavaleiros de Gutenberg – Associação Lusófona, is established for an indefinite period, with its headquarters at Estrada Nacional 108, no. 206, 4300-316 PORTO, which shall be governed by this statute, by the internal regulations, approved in the statutory terms and by the applicable legal provisions.

Article 2
1. The main purpose of the Association is to defend and promote the printed word, contributing by all legal means within its reach to the preservation, diffusion, improvement and development of the printed communication of the countries of Portuguese culture and language.
2. To achieve its purposes, the association shall promote cultural and educational initiatives in the geographic and cultural area of Portuguese language.


Article 3
1. The members may be founding members, full, meritorious and honorary, for all intents and purposes, the founding members are considered full members.
2. The rights and obligations of the members shall be contained in internal rules to be approved by the General Assembly, in accordance with Article 12 of this Statute, without prejudice to the referred to in Articles 4 and 5.

Article 4
Member Admission
1. Members are considered those who are enrolled in one of the categories provided for in article 3 of this Statute.
2. The founding members are all those referred to in Article 13 of this Statute, which shall have the rights and duties of the full members.
3. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the status of the full member shall be granted by approval by the Directorate and provided that they cooperate with the Association in order to achieve its objectives, in addition to complying with the provisions of this Statute and the Internal Regulations also approved under the terms of this Statute.
4. After approval by the Directorate, personalities, companies or institutions that are in line with the aims and objectives of the Association that with financial contributions or relevant services, contribute to the Association’s prestige, progress and development, will be registered as meritorious or honorary members.
5. Honorary members are exempt from the payment of entrance and membership fees.

Article 5
Exclusion of the Members and Effects
1. Lose membership status:
a) Those who do not pay the fees or financial contributions due more than 12 months;
b) Those who ask for their disaffiliation;
c) Those who are excluded for violation of their statutory duties;
d) Those who die or become extinct if they are legal entities.
2. The Directorate declare the loss of membership.
3. A member who in any way ceases to belong to the Association is not entitled to any compensation, nor to the reimbursement of any fees or financial contributions that one has paid, nor to any fraction of the social assets.


Article 6
General Provisions
1. Governing Bodies of the Association: General Assembly, Directorate and Audit Committee.
2. The term of office of the members of the Governing Bodies shall be three years and they may be re-elected one or more times.
3. The members shall personally and freely carry out the positions for which they have been elected.
4. In the case of all or most of the members of any Governing Bodies ask for the dismissal, new members shall be elected to the office, who shall serve until the end of their term of office.
5. The members of any governing body who are dismissed, exonerated or impeded, permanently or for prolonged period, to perform their duties, shall be replaced, until the end of their term of office, by whoever is elected to occupy the vacant posts.

Article 7
General Assembly
1. The General Assembly shall be composed of all members in full enjoyment of their rights.
2. The meritorious and honorary members, although they may attend the General Assembly, they do not have the right to vote.
3. The Board of the General Assembly is composed of three members, a President and two Secretaries, and any of the Secretaries can replace the President in his absences or impediments. The Secretaries may be replaced by the members present, summoned for this purpose by those who preside the General Assembly.
4. The competence of the General Assembly and the way of its functioning are those contained in the Civil Code, namely in articles 170 and 172 to 179, and the summons may be made by electronic mail, with a read receipt to the members who previously communicate their written consent.

Article 8
1. The member of Directorate are elected at a General Assembly, consisting of an odd number of members, at least three, a President and Vice-Presidents.
2. The Directorate is the executive body, which is responsible for the social, administrative and financial management of the Association and its representation, in and out of court.
3. The Association undertakes the intervention of three members, one of whom is the President.
4. The summon and the way of its functioning are those prescribed in Article 171 of the Civil Code.

Article 9
Audit Committee
1. The Audit Committee is elected by the General Assembly and consists of three members, one of whom shall be President and the other Secretaries.
2. The Audit Committee shall supervise the administrative and financial matters of the Directorate, as well as the accounts and reports, giving opinion on them.
3. The summon and the way of its functioning are those prescribed in Article 171 of the Civil Code.


Article 10
1. The revenues of the Association are:
a) The proceeds of entry fees and contributions that may be set by the General Assembly;
b) The support, subsidies, grants and donations accepted by the Association;
c) Income from the Association’s own assets and revenue from social activities;
d) Any other unspecified revenue received by the Association.

Article 11
Extinction; future use of assets
In case of the extinction of the Association, the members will deliberate on the future use of the capital assets, provided that they are not destined for a certain purpose or that have not been donated or left with some charge.


Article 12
Rules of Procedure
The matters related to the rights and duties of members and to the electoral process of the Association shall be subject to rules of procedure to be approved by the General Assembly.

Article 13
Founding members
The following personalities are founding members of the Association:
António da Silva Neves Ramalho
António Jorge Marquez Filipe
António José Almeida de Sousa Ribeiro
Augusto Monteiro da Silva
Aurélio Andres Garcia Mendiguchia
Carlos Duarte Lopes Coutinho
Diogo Filipe Pimenta Soeiro Alves de Sousa
Fernando César Pinheiro de Fontoura
João Carlos Gonçalves Calheiros
João Henriques Baeta
José Augusto Mano Constâncio
José Manuel Lopes de Castro
José Maria Pereira
José Paulo Sá Fernandes Nunes de Almeida
José Rodrigo de Sousa Barros
Luís Filipe Pereira Magalhães Correia
Luiz Humberto Jardim Marcos
Paulo Fernando Pires do Souto
Victor Manuel Alves

Article 14
Transitional Provision
The following Board of Trustees is appointed from now on, the members of which take immediate possession:
Board of the General Assembly
President: Augusto Monteiro da Silva
Secretaries: Fernando César Pinheiro de Fontoura
Luís Filipe Pereira Magalhães Correia

President: Luiz Humberto Jardim Marcos
Vice-Presidents: João Henriques Baeta
Paulo Fernando Pires do Souto
Diogo Filipe Pimenta Soeiro Alves de Sousa
José Manuel Lopes de Castro
José Rodrigo de Sousa Barros
Carlos Duarte Lopes Coutinho

Audit Committee:
President: António Jorge Marquez Filipe
Secretaries: António José Almeida de Sousa Ribeiro
José Maria Pereira

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