THE STATUTE OF THE ASSOCIATION
„ROMANIAN MYCOLOGICAL SOCIETY”
Art. 1 Legal statute
The association „Romanian Mycological Society” (RMS) is organized and functions according to the legal provisions from Art. 2, (3) and (4), Art. 3 and Art. 4 from the Decree no. 8/1089 and according to Art. 28 and Art. 31 from the Decree no. 31/1954 with changes and additions from Government Ordinance no. 26/2000 with further changes and additions.
Art. 2 Mission and principles
The Association “Romanian Mycological Society” (RMS) is a scientific and popularization society, apolitical and non-patrimonial.
Art. 3 Purpose
The purpose of the Association “Romanian Mycological Society” (RMS) consists of promoting mycology as a science, monitoring and preserving the species from Romanian spontaneous mycobiota.
Art. 4 Objectives
The association’s objectives are:
- promoting scientific research in the field of mycology;
- raising awareness in what concerns the fungi and their use in various human activities (biotechnologies, biodegradation, eatable and medicinal species cultivation, sustainable development of economically important species etc.);
- prevention of mushroom intoxications;
- prevention and control of fungal disease on plants, animals and human population;
- monitoring the threatened macromycete species and the ones that need phytosanitary quarantine according to the legislation;
- preserving the habitats specific to different ecological categories of fungi;
- involvement in the implementation of strategies concerning the conservation of mycological diversity in situ and ex situ;
- putting together a national database with Romanian mycobiota and with mycological literature;
- promoting legal initiatives concerning the fungal diversity;
- scientific training of authorized personnel for controlling the human activities involving mushrooms in agro-alimentary markets, entrance points in urban areas, forestry barriers and export mushroom processing business;
- editing the paper Romanian Mycobiota;
- volunteering activities involving different categories of people interested in society’s activities.
Art. 5 Means of achieving
The means of achieving the objectives are:
- exhibitions with fresh eatable, toxic and poisonous fungal species;
- materials for promoting knowledge concerning mushrooms (books, guides, brochures, posters, flyers etc.);
- websites and social networks official accounts;
- database with the list of all macromycetes from Romania, identified during the fresh mushrooms exhibitions;
- courses initiation in mycology;
- ecological education programs/projects in order to promote the conservation of fungi;
- training programs for taxonomists in the field of mycology;
- national and international mycological field trips;
- supporting local mycological societies;
- involving the local pharmacies in promoting different categories of fungi;
- national and international mycological camps and scientific meetings;
- providing scientific consulting and assistance;
- collaboration with national and international mycological societies and institutions;
- workshops with visual materials and case studies.
Art. 6 Name, central office and lifespan of the organization
6.1. The name of the organization is “Romanian Mycological Society” (RMS)
The name will be enlisted in all documents and papers emitted by it. In case of necessity the address, bank account and tax code will be added. The association has a logo: the acronym RMS designed with a cut space in shape of a mushrooms with stipe and mycelia on the letter R, color blue and has written bellow with small font of the same color the complete name – Romanian Mycological Society.
6.2. The central office of the “Romanian Mycological Society” is situated within the “Anastasie Fatu” Botanical Garden, Dumbrava Rosie Street, no.7-9, Iasi. In the official documents the association uses its own header, logo and stamp.
The association “Romanian Mycological Society” (RMS) can have branches and can open offices throughout the country, can establish working groups for members with mycological concerns, being able to associate with national and international societies according to the present statute and with the agreement of the General Assembly.
The lifespan of the society is undetermined.
Can became member of the Romanian Mycological Society every individual and legal person, who accepts the society’s statute and acts for achieving the society’s purpose.
7.1. Categories of members
- active members with vote right:
- the active members directly contribute to the society’s activities. Receiving new active members in the society is possible with written application and by paying the annual fee.
- honor members with vote right:
- the honor members can be Romanian and foreign citizens with special credits in the field of mycology or whose contribution to the functioning and activities of the society are of great value. The honor members are elected by the General Assembly and do not pay the annual fee.
- sympathizer members without vote right:
- the sympathizer members are individuals that accept the society’s statute, participate in achieving the society’s purpose, but whom, through the nature of their professional and personal concerns can’t permanently participate at the society’s activities. The sympathizer members pay only 50% of the annual fee of the active members.
- legal person members:
- legal person that can be members: local mycological societies, public and private, research and education institutions, private companies with activities connected with mycology, public institutions and non-governmental organizations that monitor and preserve the biodiversity and environment etc. These entities can become members of RMS if they show interest in developing and promoting the society’s activities and in achieving the society’s purpose and objectives. Legal person members pay an annual fee equal with double the amount payed by the active members.
7.2. Application conditions
The acceptance as an active member is made on the basis of a written application addressed to the Management Committee.
The honor member title can be awarded by the General Assembly with the recommendation of the Management Committee. The proposal must be followed by a motivation.
Individuals and companies that develop commerce activities involving eatable and medicinal mushrooms can become a member of the society only if they follow the international regulations in this field.
7.3. Loosing the membership title
The membership title can be withdrawn in one of the following situations:
- the member can present his/hers resignation in writing;
- the member doesn’t pay the annual fee in the due time mentioned in the regulation and internal resolutions;
- serious violation of professional and moral ethics or because of different actions incompatible with the RMS’s purpose and objectives;
- revoking the membership through the General Assembly vote.
Art. 8 Members rights
The members of the society have the following rights:
- participating and freely express their opinion at all society’s official meetings;
- participating with vote right at the General Assembly and events organized by the society;
- participating at all activities organized by the society;
- electing and get elected in the society’s management team;
- consulting and petitioning the management structures;
- benefit from all society’s means of information and documentation;
- accessing information concerning the society’s current activity;
- wearing the society’s logo and identification data;
- benefit, when requested, from scientific consulting;
- participating at research, training and education programs and also at the meeting organized by the society.
Art.9 Members and management structures obligations
9.1. The society’s members have the following obligations:
- to respect the statute and legal depositions concerning the society’s activity;
- to fulfill the decisions of the Romanian Mycological Society’s management team;
- to pay the annual fee, established by the General Assembly;
- to actively participate at all actions initiated by the society, according to the purpose and objectives mentioned in the present statute, respectively the membership category (active member, sympathizer member);
- to support and contribute to the development of RMS;
- to promote the image of RMS.
The members that don’t pay the fee during one year they lose their RMS membership.
9.2. The management structures have the following obligations:
- to respect and support in achieving the society’s purpose and objectives;
- to ensure, by legal means, the society’s development, fundraising and efficient use of available funds;
- to attract new members;
- to be involved in launching and implementing research and educational projects;
Art. 10 Patrimony
10.1. The society’s patrimony consists of:
- members fee;
- mobile and immobile assets, registered and managed according to legal standards;
- donations, grants, inheritance, sponsorships, external funding projects, other funding sources;
- banking interests;
- income from charitable events.
10.3. The incomes are used for:
- society’s technical and logistical supplies;
- reserve and developments funds;
- fellowships, mobility and prizes;
- elaborating and implementing educational projects;
- publishing expenses and promoting funds;
- management expenses;
- expenses for organizing and development of research activities, monitoring and preservation in the field of mycology;
- other legal expenses.
Art. 11 All income will be mentioned within the registry by the censor. The censor is responsible of the righteousness of data from the registry.
Art. 12 The society’s patrimony management is done according to the laws, statute and internal regulations.
Art. 13 The management, administration and control structures of the Romanian Mycological Society are:
- The General Assembly;
- The Management Committee;
- The Censor.
Art. 14 The General Assembly
14.1. The general Assembly represent the management authority comprised of all members (with vote right) and it represents the highest decision forum of the society.
At the General Assembly’s meeting all members with vote right will participate (active members and honor members).
Moreover, for consulting purposes, at these meetings can participate public personalities, governmental representatives of state and academic institutions, NGO’s, media and other similar institutions without having the right to vote.
14.2. The General Assembly meets once every year in ordinary meetings and in extraordinary meetings every time a problem arises and its solution must come before the next General Assembly.
The General Assembly meets after Management Committee convenes the members.
The General Assembly can be convened exceptionally with the vote of at least one third of the members.
In order to function according to the statute, the General Assembly must have a quorum. The minimum number of members that can participate at the meeting so it can be declared assembled is 50%+1 from the members with vote right.
The decisions of the General Assembly are approved with simple majority if another majority is not requested in the Internal Regulation.
The decisions of the General Assembly are compulsory for all members.
Art. 15 The General Assembly attributions
The General Assembly’s attributions are:
- to elect of Management Committee by secret vote and Censor;
- to amend and improve the statute;
- to establish the society’s objectives;
- to register and exclude member, according to the statute;
- to validate the Management Committee;
- to adopt the strategic program and annual management plans;
- to receive the annual report and approve it;
- to evaluate and approve the activity of every member of the Management Committee on the basis of the annual report;
- to control the activity of the Management Committee and manage the internal resources;
- to name the censor;
- to approve the income and outcome and balance sheets.
Art. 16 The Management Committee
The Management Committee comprises of the president, two vice-presidents, scientific secretary and treasurer. The Management Committee is elected by the General Assembly and has a five years mandate. The president can have two successive legislature.
The Management Committee has the following attributions:
- to implement the General Assembly’s decisions;
- to lead the activity between the General Assembly meetings;
- to approve the organization chart and personnel politics;
- to elaborate the strategic program, the annual management plans and activity reports;
- to receive and examine the annual financial report and establish the next year’s income and outcome projects;
- to establish the annual fee for all members;
- to approve the application forms.
- co-ordinates the society’s entire activity;
- presides the Management Committee;
- represents the society in internal and international relations;
- signs in the name of and for the society in relation with banking and financial institutions.
- replaces the President when absent, sick and revoked;
- verifies and co-ordinates the activity of branches.
THE SCIENTIFIC SECRETARY:
- leads and is responsible for the administrative activity of the society;
- convenes the Management Committee when needed.
- verifies the way the patrimony is managed;
- compiles the reports and presents them to the General Assembly;
- participates at the Management Committee meetings without having vote right;
- performs any other task established by the General Assembly.
Art.17 The RMS dissolution
In case of dissolution, the society’s assets left after the liquidation can’t be passed to individuals. This assets can be passed to a private or public legal person with identical or similar purpose, through a procedure established by the General Assembly, according to Art. 60 from the Government Ordinance no. 26/2000 and all other legal regulations valid at that date.
Art. 20 Final depositions
RMS can establish branches and working groups throughout the country.
The provisions of the present statute are complementary with the legal regulations.