Order of the Cross of Knowledge

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STATUTES OF THE ORDER OF THE CROSS OF KNOWLEDGE SOVEREIGN TEMPLAR ORDER
An Association (Ordre) under Netherlands Law, in Dutch - Vereniging

Article 1
Name, Place of Registration and Area of Activity

The name of the Association (Ordre) is :

in English : Order of the Cross of Knowledge – Sovereign Templar Order;
in French: Ordre de la Croix de la Connaissance – Ordre Templier Souverain;

The Association (Ordre) is incorporated under Dutch law. Its statutory place of registration and jurisdiction is Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Association (Ordre)'s activities are centred on Western Europe and the USA, and it co-operates with other associations, organisations and institutions relevant to the objectives of the Association (Ordre). The Association (Ordre)'s business year is the calendar year.

Article 2
Objectives of the Association (Ordre)

1. The objectives of the Association (Ordre) are :
The search for a Universal Harmony
Respect for Earth and the forces that created it
Promote the Knowledge based on those Christian principles the that come close to the Universal Laws of Nature in order to promote people to understand and respect one another better

2. The objectives of the Association (Ordre) may be fulfilled in particular by:
Organizing groups of same spirited people (the Templar Knights) to carry the objectives of the Association (Ordre);
Preach and publish the Knowledge of Universal understanding based on Christian principles that do not exclude constructive dialogues with any other religion
Liberate humanity intellectually and spiritually from historic dogmas towards a True principle of Equality amongst men
All objectives based on the intellectual and spiritual Charter Order based on the Principles of Saint Benedictus as initially created by the President (Grand Maitre) and Secretary (Abbe) that forms the basis of the Association (Ordre) as may be from time to time amended by the General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier).

3. The Association (Ordre) is a non-profit organisation pursuing only goals in the public interest. The creation of reserves is permissible. The financial and other resources of the Association (Ordre) may only be used in accordance with the Association (Ordre)'s goals as laid down in the Statutes. The liability of the Association (Ordre) is limited to the sum of its financial resources.

Article 3
Membership

1. The members of the Association (Ordre) may belong to the four following categories:
a) Associational members
b) Institutional members
c) Individual members (Templar Knights)
d) Honorary members

2. Associational members may be either national, regional or international associations that wish to co-operate at the General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier) level. To exercise their right to vote, associational members shall notify the Board of the names of a representative and a deputy who shall represent them at General Assemblies. Associational members can be represented on the Advisory Council. The yearly fee for an associational membership is equivalent to five times the yearly fee for an individual membership.

3. Institutional members may be legal entities (institutions or businesses) who are active in areas relevant to the Objectives or who support the aims of the Association (Ordre) in other ways. To exercise their right to vote, institutional members shall notify the Board of the names of a representative and a deputy who shall represent them at General Assemblies. The yearly fee for an institutional membership is equivalent to five times the yearly fee for an individual membership.

4. Individual members(Templar Knights) may be individuals who are active in areas relevant to the Objectives or who support the aims of the Association (Ordre) in other ways. The yearly membership fee for an individual member (Templar Knight) is used as a basis to work out the yearly membership fees of associational and institutional members and is fixed once a year by the General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier)..
5. The annual General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier) may appoint honorary members on the recommendation of the Board. Honorary members must be natural persons. They have the right to vote at all General Assemblies, but are not obliged to pay any membership fees.

6. New members may be admitted following written application. By applying, the applicant agrees to be bound by the Statutes, Charter and Regulation of the Association (Ordre) if admitted. The Board shall decide on admittance.

Article 4
Termination of Membership

1. Membership of the Association (Ordre) shall terminate in the case of death, resignation, or expulsion for individuals and in case of resignation, dissolution or illegal status for institutional members and associations.

2. Any type of member shall deliver his/her/its resignation to the Board in writing. They shall become valid at the end of the business year in which the resignation was delivered. When there is a change of representatives for associational and institutional members, such changes shall be transmitted to the Board in writing.

3. Membership shall lapse in cases in which members have failed to pay their fees for one year, despite having been reminded twice. In addition, the Board may resolve to expel a member who seriously infringes the Statutes, Charter and/or Regulation of the Association (Ordre) or who has deliberately caused serious damage to the Association (Ordre)'s interests.

Article 5
Membership Fees

1. The General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier) shall fix the membership fees for individuals (Templar Knights), which will allow to calculate the membership fees for associational and institutional members. The General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier) shall also fix the reduced membership fees for Novices, and the extraordinary reductions applicable to particular cases. Membership fees must be paid within the first three months of the Association (Ordre)'s business year.

2. The fees shall be administered by a Treasurer (Questor), who shall deliver a report on their use to the regular General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier).

Article 6
Official Organs of the Association (Ordre)

The organs of the Association (Ordre) are:
1. The General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier)
2. The Board
3. The Advisory Council


Article 7
General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier)

1. Regular General Assemblies
The President (Grand Maitre) shall invite all members to the regular General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier), which shall be held once a year, before the end of the third calendar quarter.
The invitations, including an agenda, shall be sent to all members at least six weeks before the date of the Assembly.

2. Agenda for regular General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier)
a. Election of the chairman
b. Approval of the agenda
c. Annual statement by the President (Grand Maitre) and approval by the Assembly
d. Treasurer's annual report and approval by the Assembly
e. Presentation of next year's working plan by the Secretary (Abbe)
f. Other items proposed by the Board or members
g. Next year's membership fee
h. Election of Officers
i. Election of Auditors
j. Appointment of members of Advisory Council (see article 10)
k. Other business

3. Extraordinary General Assemblies
Extraordinary General Assemblies may be called by the President (Grand Maitre) or the Board. An extraordinary General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier) must be called by the Board if at least one quarter of the members notify the Board to this effect in writing.
Invitations to an extraordinary General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier), including an agenda, must be sent to members 10 days before the date of the proposed General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier).

4. Voting Procedures
The General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier) shall decide by simple majority of those present/represented and entitled to vote. A 60% majority of those present/represented and entitled to vote is needed for resolutions to alter these statutes or dissolve the Association (Ordre). Each person entitled to vote has one vote.
If a member is unable to exercise his or her right to vote personally, he may transfer this right to another member by written proxy.
In exceptional cases, the Board can ask for a postal vote by members on an important matter, including an alteration to the statutes. In the case of such postal votes, the majority of votes received within a reasonable period (to be set by the Board), shall decide on the acceptance or rejection of the resolution.

5. Minutes
The Secretary (Abbe) of the Association (Ordre) shall prepare minutes of the meeting, which must be countersigned by the President (Grand Maitre) and sent to all members. Objections to the minutes must be lodged with the Board within three months of the minutes being distributed. The Board shall decide whether to allow the objections or not.

Article 8
Board

1. The Board of the Association (Ordre) shall consist of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 members:
a) The President (Grand Maitre) – responsible for the organization of the Association (Ordre)
b) The Secretary (Abbe) – responsible for the adherence to the intellectual and spiritual objectives of the Association (Ordre)
c) The Treasurer (Questor) – responsible for the administration of the Association (Ordre)
d) at most 5 other members

2. Where a member of the Board resigns or demonstrably loses interest in participating as a Board member, the rest of the Board may appoint a substitute for the duration of its period of office. Any such co-option must be confirmed by the next.

3. The President and the Treasurer together legally represent the Association (Ordre). Where one of these two is prevented from discharging his or her duties, the Vice-President shall take his or her place. Any other member of the Board maybe granted legal representation by decision of the Board or the General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier)


4. The Board shall agree on internal rules of procedure (Order Regulations) which shall guarantee the effective performance of the Association (Ordre)'s activities and the active participation of all members of the Board by allocating clear-cut responsibilities and defining the appropriate procedures.


5. The Board may entrust natural or legal persons with the performance of tasks corresponding to the Objectives of the Association (Ordre) laid down in Article 2. These tasks may be performed free of charge or for payment by the persons concerned.

Article 9
Auditors

1. The General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier) shall elect an auditor who shall check the Treasurer's annual report and who shall recommend that the Treasurer be formally discharged.

2. The Auditor shall be elected for a period of four years.

Article 10
Advisory Council

The General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier) shall appoint an Advisory Council consisting of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 active in areas relevant to the Objectives, or with other relevant experience, to support and advise the Board in the various activities of the Association (Ordre). In particular, the Advisory Council shall play a role in the co-ordination and promotion of activities supporting the Objectives in and throughout Europe and the USA, and in the development of expert opinions.
The Advisory Council shall elect a Chairperson who shall liaise with the President (Grand Maitre) of the Association (Ordre) or another Board member nominated by the President (Grand Maitre) to ensure the efficient working of the two bodies.
Members of the Advisory Council do not necessarily have to be members of the Association (Ordre). When appointing the Advisory Council, care shall be taken to ensure the equal representation of all geographical and linguistic regions, research and spiritual interests, and other areas of expertise as far as is possible.

Article 11
Special Interest Groups

The Association (Ordre) may establish one or more Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to investigate in depth one or more aspects of the objectives of the Association (Ordre).
The number of members required shall be determined by the SIG itself. Membership of SIGs shall in principle be open to all members, but external members may also be co-opted.
The SIG shall submit an overview of its proposed activities (including objectives and schedule for activities) to the Board which shall approve the formation of the SIG in writing.
The SIG shall appoint a co-ordinator to liaise with the Board and keep it informed of the activities and developments at regular intervals. The Board shall nominate one of its members to act as contact; if such a nomination is not forthcoming, the SIG shall communicate direct with the President (Grand Maitre).
A SIG that has not been active for one year may be dissolved or reorganised by the Board.

Article 12
Dissolution

1. The dissolution of the Association (Ordre) may only be decided upon by a 75% majority of the members present/represented at the General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier).
2. The same General Assembly ( Grand Cercle des Chevaliers Templier) shall also decide on the official beneficiary of the Association (Ordre)'s assets after the deduction of all liabilities.