family activities – what is it?

This page covers concepts related to family activities

What a family society

A family association is an organization established to study the history of a particular family of natural persons, also called an association. The activities of the association in Finland are governed by the Associations Law, it must have at least three (3) founding members, a non-profit purpose, and its activities must be permanent. In this context, ideology means that the activities of an association are guided by a certain idea.
The operating idea of Ellilä Sukuseura r.y is described in the rules of the family association, which have been approved by the Finnish National Board of Patents and Registration.
Members of a registered association are not personally liable for the obligations of the association. Commitments are the sole responsibility of the association itself, not the person who signed the commitment or the members. There are about 127,000 associations in the register of associations in Finland. Foreigners can also participate in the activities of the association in Finland, but the chairman of the association must have a place of residence in Finland.

Member of the Association

Membership of an association arises when a person is founding an association and at the same time joins it as a member or the association approves the applicant’s application for membership in an existing association. Admission to membership always requires the consent of the person concerned. The association is an independent decision-maker when processing membership applications. In general, the association’s rules specify which eligible applicants can be accepted as members of the association. It is essential that those who want to become members of the association have expressed their desire to join the association. According to the law, the approval of a member is decided by the board of the association, unless otherwise provided in the rules of the association. In general, the association accepts all those who are willing. The decision to reject is always final, only the association itself has the right to change. Reasons must not be given for negative decisions.

An association may have members with different rights and responsibilities:

  • A full member has all the rights and obligations.
  • An honorary member is usually a person invited by the association’s meeting and who has contributed to the association’s activities. An honorary member usually has the right to attend and speak, but not the right to vote, nor the obligation to pay a membership fee.
  • A support member is a member who wants to support the activities of the association. A member usually has the right to attend and speak, but not the right to vote. Support members are often communities.

To join the association, fill in the membership application form (in the paper version to be mailed or electronically via the Internet), an additional condition is that the condition of kinship is met, ie the person applying for membership must be found in the club’s Family Registry. If not found, the applicant must notify the Pedigree Club Family Registry before his or her application can be approved. The application is addressed to the board of the association.

Most associations strive to keep their members as long as possible.
Being a member makes sense when the association is well run and its activities are what the member wants to commit to. A good association offers its members opportunities to participate actively and opportunities to utilize their own expertise. Membership may be terminated by resignation, dismissal by the association, death of the member, or dissolution or dissolution of the association. According to the Association Act, a member of an association has the right to vote in a situation where his or her dismissal is being considered.

Association Member Rights

  1. Right to exercise decision-making power in the association
    A member of the association has the right to exercise decision-making power in the meetings and voting of the association and thus influence the activities of the association.
    In the rules of the association, these rights may be denied to some groups of members (e.g., a supporter member does not have the right to vote).
    According to the Association Act, the right of a member to exercise decision-making power is restricted when an agreement is in progress between the member and the association or another matter in which the member’s private interest conflicts with the association. In the case of such a matter, the member shall not vote or propose any decision on the matter. The law specifically states that a member is not prevented from voting in a dismissal case concerning himself or herself.
  1. The right to retain the “special benefits” mentioned in the rules (Section 33 of the Association Law)
    For example, senior honorary members of the association cannot be deprived of the benefits they already had in connection with the change in the rules.
    The new rules can only be applied to honorary members recruited since the rules were adopted.
  1. Right to Equality (Section 33 of the Association Law)
    A decision of an association which violates the equality of members in terms of its content or conduct is void. For example, members who have not paid their dues may not be disenfranchised at the meeting unless otherwise provided in the association’s bylaws.
  1. The right to convene an association meeting
    A member has the right to request the regular convening of an association unless the board has done so for any reason. A member also has the right to request the board to convene an extraordinary meeting of the association (the request must be backed by 1/10 of the members of the association, unless otherwise stated in the rules).
  1. Eligibility
    A member has the right to remain a member of the association, unless the grounds for dismissal specified by law or regulations can be applied to him or her.
    According to the law (Section 14 of the Association Lawt), a member may be dismissed if he or she
    • has failed to fulfill any obligations he or she has entered into by joining the association (usually has not paid a membership fee)
    • has caused significant harm to the association through its conduct inside and outside the association
    • No longer qualifies for membership as required by law or by the association’s rules.

    The dismissal shall be carried out by a meeting of the association, unless the dismissal has been entrusted to the board by the rules. The rules of the association may provide that the association may consider a member to have resigned from the association if the member has failed to pay his or her membership fee within the period specified in the rules (Section 15 of the Association Law).
    The removal of a member must be recorded in the minutes of the board meeting of the board or association.

  1. The right to resign from the association whenever you want
    Resignation is effected by notifying the board or chairman of the association in writing or by notifying the minutes of the association’s meeting in a significant manner (Section 13 of the Association Law). The reason for resignation need not be stated.
  1. The right to receive services from the association
    What the services are depends on the industry of the association.
  1. Access to association documents
    Upon request, a member of the Association shall have the opportunity to review the list information of the members of the Association. Each member also has the right to access the name and domicile information of all members (Section 11 of the Association Law) and all information about him or her stored in the list of members of the Association (Section 11 of the Association Law and the Personal Data Law). The member also has the right to see the minutes of the association’s meeting. A member does not have the statutory right to have access to the minutes of meetings of the Board of Directors or various working groups. It is up to the association to decide how open the minutes of these bodies are.
  1. Right of initiative
    Generally, association rules define how and when a member may take initiatives to be considered at an association meeting.

Duties of a member of the Association

In addition to the rights, a member of the association also has obligations to the association. A member is obliged to make payments in accordance with the rules of the association, not to cause significant damage to the association by his actions inside or outside the association, and to perform any duties specified in the rules of the association. Becoming a member is voluntary, and it must be remembered that after joining, you are committed to promoting activities in line with the values ​​of the association. A member has no statutory obligation to run for or hold a position of trust. Candidacy can always be refused for any reason or without giving any reason. It is good to remember that agreeing to be a candidate also commits you to the job if you are elected. If you have unknowingly been elected to a position of trust in the association, you do not have to accept it.

Everything else follows the current provisions of the Associations Law.

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