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Draft of New Statutes of the World Confederation of Past Pupils of Don Bosco
Identity and Mission of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco
Art. 1. Identity
a) ‘Past Pupils of Don Bosco’ are persons who attended a Salesian oratory, youth centre, school, institution or other Salesian work have received a preparation for life based on the principles of the preventive System of Don Bosco. We call Past Pupils younger than 30 years of age ‘Young Past Pupils of Don Bosco’ (GEX). b) The education forged bonds of filial loyalty, of gratitude, of readiness to witness to the values of Don Bosco’s system, of capacity for service and of communion or sharing in the spirit of family.
c) The Past Pupils are inspired by gratitude to participate, albeit at different levels and degrees, in the Salesian mission in the world, assuming responsibility consonant with their status for collaboration and for accomplishment of the Salesian educative project.
The World Confederation of Past Pupils of Don Bosco, on following named association, is a laic association without intent of profit. So it’s part of the Salesian Family, in which the Rector Major – successor of Don Bosco – is Father and centre of Unity.
Art. 2. Mission
a) The Christian Past Pupils and live seriously the promises of Baptism and Confirmation distinguishing with the original charisma of Don Bosco. This charisma is supported in a style of life apostolically committed and founded on Reason, religion and Love oriented to Youth and in coherence with the joy of being disciple of Christ.
To this end:
- They will promote those activities at service of men involving all those who animated of noble vision and goodwill engage in for worldwide and concerned growth of human person and of the family on the sign of Social Doctrine of Church;
They will strive to foster an ecumenical spirit amongst Christians and openness to dialogue with other religions never forgetting of deepening the Christian identity and the evangelizer mission and opposing every form of ethic relativism.
form of ethic relativism.vry e, , ing disciple of hb) The Past Pupils belonging to other religions also participate in the ideals of Don Bosco, sharing in the educational, cultural, spiritual and social values of his system, cherishing them as a common heritage of the human family. They become dispensers of these gifts in their spheres of life and work, and supports and grounds this gifts in their own religious beliefs and culture.
c) All Past Pupils aware of the urgency of the problems for modern youth will be actively sympathetic to educational imperatives and to all cultural and formative initiatives involving young people, thus encouraging them to assume responsibilities at every level.
Aims and Objectives of the Association of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco
Art. 3. The General Aim
The general aim of the Association of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco, is:
a. the members, whether as individuals or as a group, to retain, to deepen and to put into effect in family, professional, social and political life, the Salesian educational principles that they received and experienced;
b. to programme experiences of formation and education;
c. to maintain the education received, principally that one of preventive system considering it as a precious heritage and a rich synthesis of contents and methods for the integral promotion;
d. to promote the human dignity, the respect of life and for a equal society; the spiritual life and the access to life of Sacramental Church; a culture of responsible work, as way of sanctification.
Art. 4. Educational Advancement
The Association of Past Pupils, conscious of its special responsibility, takes care to animate and promote of the personal growth of the members and all the youth in Don Bosco with the commitment to:
a) Contribute to the creation of a more just society by getting involved in cultural, moral, spiritual and religious movements, which have as their aim, the solution of problems that are affecting youth and the ordinary people.
b) Programme experiences of permanent formation for the Past Pupils, designed for their further personal enrichment and updating the education that they have received, so that they can meet the needs of current time;
c) Set up for the Past Pupils special occasions for contacts and meetings to stimulate them and encourage them in creativity, fellowship initiative and in acceptance of responsibility in their diverse life involvements.
d) Be present as professionals in those circles where educational policies for youth are developed.
Art. 5. Commitment to Family Life
The Association promotes and witnesses to the values and dignity of the family, founded on the sacrament of Marriage, promoting in it the principles of its indissolubility, of the holiness of life, of parity of rights and duties between the married couple, of Christian education, of preventive pedagogic system, and the respect of the capacities, the natural inclinations and of thr aspirations of the children.
Art. 6. Counselling Service for Vocations and the Secular Careers
The Association seeks to accompany its youthful members in their scholastic and professional choice for the future, in their insertion into the world of work and culture, in their socio-political preparation, in the acquisition of special competence in social communications and in their use of free time, in the anwer to the vocation received. It promotes all these sectors through timely involvement.
The Association has also the care for vocations for other groups of the Salesian Family
Art. 7. The Voluntary Service
The Movement of Past Pupils of Don Bosco encourages the participation - especially of the younger members - in the various activities of the Salesian Voluntary Service and endeavours to stimulate personal involvement in the missionary apostolate.
Art. 8. Concern for the Past Pupils
a) The Association interests itself in the Past Pupils, right from the first moment they start attending a Salesian Presence, helping them to become acquainted with the organization and with the advantages accruing from membership as young people, and offering projects and programs suitable for them.
b) The Association gets acquainted with the young people enrolled in Salesian centres and other works; since in view of the spiritual bond with their educators and teachers, they should be the first receivers of aid, recovery and involvement in the Association itself.
c) The Local Associations seek the youngsters in the different Salesian Presences, explaining to them the meaning, the purpose, the identity and the mission of the movement of Past Pupils of Don Bosco, and encourage them to participate in the development and promotion of the ideals of Don Bosco.
Art. 9. The Salesian Family
a) The Association builds up an active communion with the other groups of the Salesian Family, participating in the creation and functioning of structures helpful to mutual acceptance, dialogue, work-sharing and interaction among the various bodies.
b) The Association works out and programs arrangements and activities with the Association of the Past Pupils of the Sisters of Don Bosco (FMA) in view of the obvious affinity of spirit and pedagogy of the two Associations, sharing an identical and precious heritage.
The Association is a platform of reference and of meeting for all those who ‘under various titles’ feel themselves associated with Salesian work, shares its objectives and forms the large movement of sympathisers, including ‘the Friends of Don Bosco’, who for a long time have been and are active in Society.
Relations with the Salesians of Don Bosco
Art. 10. Presence of the Salesians in the World Confederation.
a) The World Confederation of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco recognises the Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation as the Father and centre of unity of the Salesian Family and acknowledges him, as successor of Don Bosco, as the principal point of reference for the World Confederation.
b) In the Confederal Presidency and in the Confederal Executive Council of the World Confederation, the Rector Major is represented by the Vicar of the Rector Major and by the World Delegate.
c) At Provincial levels, the Provincials and Directors of the Salesian houses are involved, and likewise they are assisted by their respective Delegates in the National or Provincial Federations and Local Associations, Unions and Groups.
d) The Delegate, at all levels, discharges his duties in the name of his Superior. He participates in the programming and coordination of the Movement’s formative activities. He is present, at all levels, in the directive and executive structures.
Art. 11. Salesian Animation.
a) The World Confederation acknowledges, requests and relies on the commitment of the Salesian Congregation in the role of animator of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco, with the task of maintaining unity of spirit, stimulating dialogue, encouraging fraternal collaboration and fostering permanent spiritual formation.
b) This task of animation will be accomplished, if it is kept in mind, the concept of laity as expressed by Vatican Council II, by successive ecclesiastical documents, by the norms of the Code of Canon Law for lay associations, by the Constitutions of the Salesian Congregation with the relevant Regulations, and by the directives contained in the various Salesian documents (General Chapters, Acts of the General Council and others).
c) This animation contains also the Priest Past Pupils and the religious Past Pupils (men and women).
Art. 12. Autonomous but united in communion
a) Its lay character, but not supporter of laicism, its secular nature and the autonomous responsibility of the World Confederation do not impair its continuous union with the Congregation of the Salesians of Don Bosco, and with the other groups of the Salesian Family, through which there accrue mutual enrichment and greater apostolic opportunity of the Movement. The Salesian educational mission is extended and multiplied in the spheres of work of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco and they are the multipliers of it.
b) The concept of laity is extended also to Past Pupils belonging to other cultures and religions.
Origin and development
13. Origin and development
a) Captivated by memories of Don Bosco’s charm, his Past Pupils gathered with him in a filial response, which, though initially spontaneous and unstructured, eventually gave birth and growth to the Movement.
b) This Organisation, social in its structures as inspired by Fr. Philip Rinaldi and developed in the course of the years, is now extended in Unions or Local Associations, Provincial Federations, National Federations and recognised Groups. All these together constitute the ‘World Confederation of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco”, which is the approved body through which genuine membership of the Salesian Family is conceded to the Past Pupil of Don Bosco.
c) The World Confederation of Past Pupils is a single organisation, without either ethnic or religious distinctions. As a lay organisation, it enjoys a moral and juridical personality, obtaining, where possible, due State recognition.
Enrolment in it is effected through the Local Associations and requires that the Past Pupil shares its aims and objectives as defined in the Statutes and any relevant National regulation. In the same time to contribute to the maintenance of the world Confederation through the quotas that the World Assembly decides for each year according to the number of members of each Federation.
Organisation and composition
of the World Confederation of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco
Art. 14. Organisation of the Association.
The Association of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco contains:
a) Local Associations or Unions.
They can be comprised of
• Past Pupils of Don Bosco grouped around a Salesian Presence
• Past Pupils of Don Bosco grouped together, who are too far away in their own country from their original Salesian House and who express the wish to unite
• Past Pupils emigrated from other countries or regions, who express the wish to unite
b) Provincial Federation.
Is comprised of all the Local Associations or Unions within a Salesian Province.
c) National Federation.
Is comprised of all the Local Associations or unions within a Salesian Province, or of the Provincial Federations within a country if there exist several Provincial Federations.
d) World Confederation. Is comprised of all the National Federations and of the Provincial Federations, if there is no National Federation.
Art. 15. Composition - Bodies
The bodies of the World Confederation of Past Pupils of Don Bosco are:
• General World Assembly
• Confederal Presidency
• Confederal Executive Council
The National and Provincial Federations and the Local Associations have to organise themselves as indicated below.
The bodies of a National Federation are:
• General National Assembly
• National Presidency, with representatives of all existing Local Associations of the Province or of all the Provincial Federations if they exist
• National Executive Council
The bodies of a Provincial Federation are:
• General Provincial Assembly
• Provincial Presidency, with representatives of all existing Local Associations
• Provincial Executive Council
The bodies of a Local Association are:
General Assembly of Year/class representatives
Executive Council of Local Association
If there exist three Local Associations, a Provincial Federation or National Federation can be set up. If there are two Provincial Federations, a National Federation can be set up. Exceptions can be allowed by the Confederal Presidency. For starting a Local Association, at least a great number of Past Pupils have to express the wish to unite.
Art. 16. Organisation of the World Confederation
a. The General World Assembly is the supreme governing body of the World Confederation of Past Pupils of Don Bosco.
It is composed of
• Confederal Presidency
• The Presidents of the National Federations
• The Presidents of the Provincial Federations, if there is no National Federation in their country.
b. The Confederal Presidency is composed of
• The World President
• The World Vice-President GEX;
•The World Vice-President
• 4 Regional Councillors adults and 4 GEX (of whom 1 elected World Vice-President GEX)
- - one for the region Europe
- - one for the region America composed of Latin-America, the United States and Central America
- one for the region Asia-Oceania composed of Asia, Oceania and Australia;
- one for the region Africa
• The Vicar of the Rector Major
• The Confederal Delegate
• The Secretary General
• The Confederal Treasurer;
• The representant of priest pat pupils
c. The Confederal Executive Council is composed of
• The World President
• The World Vice-President GEX
• An Adult Regional Councillors (elected from the Confederal Presidency at simple majority among the 4 Adult regional Councillors elected in the same)
• The Secretary General
• The Confederal Treasurer
• The Confederal Delegate
d. Specialists: In the Confederal Presidency of the World Confederation, specialist(s) can be co-opted, till a maximum of three members for a previously well defined cause and as a temporary measure, limited in duties, timeframe and tasks. This specialist(s) has no voting rights.
e. Special Commissions: the Confederal Presidency can set up a Commission from existing Past Pupils of Don Bosco –until a maximum of three members- , which will receive a special authority in a particular matter. The Confederal Presidency describes very clearly the tasks and duties of the Commission, the timeframe for its tasks and for presentation of its proposals or recommendations, to be issued in a final report to the Confederal Presidency of the World Confederation.
Art. 17. Assemblies and meetings.
a. General World Assembly.
The General World Assembly is organised by the Confederal Presidency. This meets every 6 years.
The convocation is sent by the World President and the Secretary General, and contains the Agenda items.
b. Extraordinary General World Assembly.
The Confederal Presidency can decide to hold an extraordinary General World Assembly:
to proceed to new elections in the event of the resignation of the majority (½ + 1) of the Confederal Presidency, or of the complete Confederal Executive Council, or for any other
• at the request of at least two thirds of the members of the Confederal Presidency
• at the request of at least one third of the National Federations or Provincial Federations if there is no National Federation in that country
• in very grave circumstances, at the request of the Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation, who has also the right to lay down specific guidelines of procedure
c. Meeting of the Confederal Presidency.
The meeting of the members of the Confederal Presidency takes place every year, and is open to all Past Pupils of Don Bosco.
On invitation of the Confederal Presidency, and with a specific purpose, someone can be invited to attend, in maximum number of three persons. Such invited person has no voting rights.
d. Meeting of the Confederal Executive Council.
The meeting of the members of Confederal Executive Council takes place at least quarterly.
On invitation of the Confederal Executive Council, and with a specific purpose, someone can be invited, with the maximum number of three persons. Such invited person has no voting.
Competencies in the organisations
Art. 18. Competencies.
a. General World Assembly.
1. Gives general guidelines to the Confederal Presidency for the realisation of the aims and objectives of the World Confederation
2. Approves the Report of the World President and the Secretary General
3. Approves the Confederal Statutes; examines, arranges and approves the proposals for modification and updating of the statutes
4. Elects the members of the Confederal Presidency
5. Approves the Financial Report of the Confederal Treasurer and relieves him/her of his/her responsibility for the controlled period
6. Listens to and approves the Reports of the National and Provincial Federations
7. Approves the proposed projects of the Confederal Presidency
b. Confederal Presidency Meeting.
1. Directs and works out clearly the activities of the World Confederation in accordance with the deliberations of the General World Assembly
2. Assigns the specific duties of the Members of the Confederal Presidency
3. Handles the contacts with International Organizations
4. Programmes Congresses or International Meetings and encounters, General Consultations and also, should the need arise, those at a National or Provincial level
5. Approves and accepts the annual financial report of the Confederal Treasurer and gives dispensation
6. Fixes the annual contribution to be transferred to the World Confederation by the National or Provincial Federations or by recognised groups
7. Examines the Reports submitted by the National or Provincial Federations
8. Authorises and organises the conferring of awards on Past Pupils and on other deserving people
9. Meets at least once a year
10. Draws, when necessary, to the attention of members of the Confederal Presidency their statutory duties, when they are in default, and notes this in the minutes of their meeting
11. Appoints and composes whatever commissions, as may be needed for:
- An electoral commission
- A financial commission
- A youth commission
- An editorial staff, responsible for the issues and publications
12. Co-opts specialist(s) for a previously well defined purpose and as a temporary measure, limited in duties, timeframe and tasks
c. Confederal Executive Council Meeting.
1. Works out and implements the directives of the Confederal Presidency
2. Puts forward proposals to the Confederal Presidency
3. Approves the regulations of the National Federations, and communicates its own view when there is dispute concerning the application of the Statutes
4. Approves the minutes of the meetings written up by the Secretary General
5.Examines the Balance Sheet produced by the Confederal Treasurer
6. Meets, ordinarily, quarterly to review the progress and implementation of the projects
7. Makes a list of the needs for and required skills of the candidates to be proposed for the elections (among other things languages, formation, available time, financial possibilities, etc …)
8. Can give an exception and exemption of the fixed annual contribution for one year to the Federations or recognised groups who have made a request
Duties and Competencies
of the Members of the Confederal Presidency
Art. 19. The World President.
a). Is the representative of the World Confederation in all legal matters
b). Maintains and promotes the relationship with the Superiors of the Congregation of the Salesians of Don Bosco, with the persons responsible for the other groups within the Salesian Family, with the Authorities, with International bodies and with any other groups
c) convokes the General assembly, the Council of Group of nations, the Confederal Presidency and the Confederal Executive Council, chairing them also through representatives
d). Convokes the World Congresses and other International Congresses authorized by the General assembly, chairing them directly or through representatives
e. Promotes the liaison and bond with and between all the National and Provincial Federations, participating in any consequent directive meetings.
e. Confers, on own initiative or on the recommendation of the Confederal Presidency or of the National or Provincial Federations, special tokens of merit on Past Pupils, Salesians, or other persons who, for services rendered to the Movement, are worthy of special honour (Honorary Membership, badges of merit with their certificates, diplomas of loyalty)
f. Proposes to the Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation the promulgation of the Statute of the World Confederation
g. Promotes unity, co-responsibility, a spirit of initiative and such general orientation as will endeavour to guarantee sound involvement of the Past Pupils in their lay mission, giving prominence to the animation of young people
h. Fulfils the tasks inherent to his mandate in full collaboration with the Confederal Executive Council previously consulted
i. Presides over the meetings of the Confederal Presidency and of the Confederal Executive Council.
Art. 20. The World Vice-Presidents
- substitute the President in case of his absence
- receive from the president and form the presidency specific tasks , particularly for animation in some zones. They carry out this tasks through the existing structures;
- they can be supported by experts to study and propose to the Past Pupils cultural, social, ecclesial projects, particularly in priority for youth;
- they help the President in favouring the unity and the communion of all Federations with the Confederal Presidency.
In particular the Vice President GEX animates the activity of Youth Sector in communion with the Regional Councillors
Art. 21. The Regional Councillors
1. Are the witnesses, animators and interpreter of the Confederation in their regions. They are the regional link of the World Confederation;
2. Are assigned their specific duties by the Confederal Presidency especially for the mission of animation in their respective regions, making use of the existing structures;
3. May seek the help of experts in studying and making proposals for the benefit of the Past Pupils’ cultural, social and ecclesial projects in their respective regions, with special attention for the needs of youth;
4. Assist the World President and the World Vice-Presidents in their efforts to foster unity and communion of all the National or Provincial Federations together with the members of the Confederal Presidency
5. Assist the National and Provincial Federations in their respective regions, together with all the members of the Confederal Presidency, in their task of animation of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco
Art. 22. The Confederal Delegate
1. Is the representative of the Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation and the spiritual animator of the World Confederation, this in particularly of the Confederal Presidency and the Confederal Executive Council. He accomplishes his role of animation through letters, personal contacts and visits in which he studies the diverse local situations of life and work.
2. Animates the permanent formation of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco with special attention for the young Past Pupils. In all this, he does this together with the Regional Councillors in their regions and with other lay people with special competence
3. Takes care of the publications and other aids to the spiritual and cultural animation of the Past Pupils and particularly of the members of the Confederal Presidency
4. Keeps the Rector Major and the Vicar of the Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation up-to-date on the situation both of the World Confederation and of the various National and Provincial Federations. He receives his directions from the Vicar of the Rector Major who is responsible for the Salesian Family.
5. He receives the orientations from the Vicar of the Rector Major, responsible of Salesian Family;
6. He is member of right of the Electoral Commission for the renewal of the Confederal Presidency.
Art. 23. The Secretary General
1. Is appointed by the Confederal Presidency
2. Is responsible for the Secretariat of the World Confederation.
3. Can propose to the Confederal Presidency to nominate one or more deputy secretaries.
4. He has competencies in use of internet, understands one language more his own;
5. Promotes good public relations with those responsible for the other groups of the Salesian Family and with other organisations
6. Yearly, makes a report of projects and brings this to the Confederal Presidency meeting
7. Together with the World President, and having received suggestions of the other members, draws up the Order of the Day for the meetings of the Confederal Presidency and the Confederal Executive Council
8. Makes reports of all meetings and sends them within one month, to the members present and excused at the meetings and takes care of any necessary translations.
9. Takes responsibility for the acts and minutes and submits them for approval
10. Sees to all that is necessary for the efficient running of the Secretariat
11. Is responsible for all assets of the World Confederation and provides yearly an inventory, which he/she sends to the Confederal Treasurer
12. Is responsible for archiving of all facts and information received from the National and Provincial Federations
11. Is responsible for the organisation and updating of a database of addresses (world wide) of the members of the National and Provincial Federations and recognised groups
12. Is responsible for making and updating the list of the recognised National and Provincial Federations, the Local Associations and recognised groups, and to publish this list every year
13. Starts up, six months before the General World Assembly, the procedure for elections, announcing the date of elections to all the National or Provincial Federations and asking for the dossiers of candidatures
14. Is responsible for the realisations of the assets of the World Federation, making bills and for the follow-up action
15. He’s member of right of the Electoral Commission for the renewal of the Confederal presidency
Art. 24. The Confederal Treasurer.
1. Is appointed by the Confederal Presidency
2. Is responsible, together with the World President, for the finances of the World Confederation.
3. Can propose the creation of a financial committee for the solution of specific problems
4. Is responsible for the Bank Account(s) of the World Confederation and, together with the World President and the Secretary General, is authorised to make financial movements on the account(s). Each movement always needs 2 of the 3 allowed signatures. Without them no transaction can take place
5. Draws up the Annual Budget and the Annual Balance and proposes them to the meeting of the Confederal Presidency for control and approval
6. Keeps the account books up-to-date
7. Extraordinary expenses, unforeseen in the annual budget, need the agreement and admission by decision of the Confederal Executive Council. Explains these expenses in his/her annual report.
8. Collects the annual contribution from the National and Federal Provinces in the month of January, initiated by sending them an invitation to pay
Art. 25. Voting in Confederal Presidency and Confederal Executive Council
1. All effective members of the Confederal Executive Council and of the Confederal Presidency have, on an equal basis, the right to express their opinions and to vote
2. Decisions are taken by a simple majority (½ +1) of those present. If one half of the members are not present, no decision can be taken, unless they have given a written authorization.
3. Voting by written authorization (proxy) is allowed and is valid with full rights. The holder of such authorization has to be a member of the Confederal Presidency
4. Each member can hold only one written authorization
5. In case of equality of votes, the (single) vote of the World President is decisive
6. The Salesian Confederal Delegate and the Vicar of the Rector Major have voting rights
7. Invited persons, specialists or experts have no voting rights.
8. On simple request of only one member, the secret voting takes place
Art. 26. Voting in the General World Assembly.
a. Number of votes and who is entitled to vote
1. The President of each National Federation has one vote
2. The President of each National Federation where there are several Provincial Federations has one vote for the first five Provincial Federations and one vote for each five or part thereof after the first five
3. The President of a Provincial Federation, where there is no National Federation, has one vote
4. Each member of the Confederal Presidency has one vote
b. Voting by written authorization (mandate/proxy)
1. Voting by authorization is allowed. Is not admitted more than one mandate to the same member. A written authorization, signed by the plenipotentiary and the authorising person, including their identity and position, may be given to a member of their own Federation or to another person entitled to vote from another Federation of the same geographical area.
c. Voting right
A National Federation, a Provincial Federation has no voting right in case of non payment of the yearly membership-fee
The Confederal Presidency may compose a Commission to control the elections. This Commission must be composed of three Past Pupils, who are not members of the Confederal Presidency, and of the Confederal Salesian Delegate and the Secretary General. Such Past Pupils cannot be members from the same National Federation. They will choose among themselves a President of the Commission. A member of this Commission may not be candidate.
ELECTIONS OF THE WORLD PRESIDENCY
Art. 27: Electoral Commission
Ten months before the end of the Confederal tasks the Confederal Executive Council will nominate an electoral commission composed by minimum three members, by the General Secretary and by the World Delegate.
The Confederal Presidency, to define with certitude the active electorship, will submit to the Electoral Commission in context to its institution, the complete list, approved by at least 2/3 of the members of the Confederal Presidency, of the having right at vote at 31 December previous the date of the vote. This list will be published in the website of Past pupils.
The Rule of vote elaborated by the Commission will be effective only after that the same has been approved by at least 2/3 of the members of the Confederal Presidency and the publication of the same in the website of World Confederation. The list of the having right to vote and the rule must be published, on penalty of illegitimacy , (once approved) at least one month before the date fixed for the elections.
The attributions of the Electoral Commission are:
- elaborate a rule of vote;
- ask the candidatures for the World presidency six months before the vote;
- in case of convocation of the assembly for correspondence, to sort out the votes received and to publish the list of the elected, through apposite record;
- to ask to Rector major the list of the three members elected to submit to the World Presidency just elected for the nomination of the World President and World Vice-President
Art. 28. Candidature
a. Every National Federation can present till three candidates, of which one is GEX
b. Each Confederal Member can present a candidature;
c. there will not propose candidatures that haven’t obtained the approval of the Salesian Congregation and Confederal presidency;
d. the list approved will be communicated on charge of the Electoral Commission at least two months before the World Assembly. There will not accepted, in any case, candidatures towards this term
a. Election of the World President b. of the Vice World President and c. of the Vice World President GEX
The president of the Electoral Commission at the end of the vote and the scrutiny and after have communicated to the General Assembly the complete list of the candidates with their votes, gives the list of the elected to the World presidency to the Rector Major for the indication of the tern of names among which the Presidency elected with the Vicar of the Rector Major , the World Delegate and the representative of the pat pupils priest, members of right, will choose the World President and the Vice World President.
First the election of the World President.
Each member will give only one preference for each vote.
The candidate of the tern who will obtain the simple majority of the votes (1/2 + 1) becomes World President.
Then there will be the election of the Vice World President.
Each member will give only one preference for each vote.
The candidate of the couple of names who will obtain the simple majority of the votes (1/2 + 1) becomes Vice World President.
The Vice President GEX is elected at simple majority between the members GEX elected.
At the end of the vote and of the scrutiny the President of the Electoral Commission gives to the Rector Major copy of the results and then the Rector Major announces the names of the new World president and Vice President to the general assembly.
b. Members of the World Presidency: the regional Councillors
All those who have right of vote who are part of a region cab vote all the candidates of that region (about the votes in referring of art. 26) to elect the members of the World Presidency. The members of the World Presidency vote for the candidates of the region in which they are part. The Vicar of the Rector Major and the World Delegate are considered members of the Region Europe.
The candidate who obtains the majority of votes in his Region becomes regional Councillor of the Region itself.
The GEX who obtains the majority of votes in his Region becomes Regional Councillor of the region itself.
c. General Secretary and World Treasurer
In his first meeting, convoked by the World President immediately after the conclusion of the vote, the new World presidency will design, on proposal of the World president, the general Secretary and the World Treasurer choosing between the members or through cooptation.
Art. 30 Term of office
a) The World President remains in office for six years and can be re-elected only once, (the previous service in the World Presidency is not taken into account). The members of the Presidency remain in office for six year and, ordinarily, can be re-elected only once.
b) The same criteria are for the eventual members co-opted in the World presidency or in the World Executive Council
c) in case of resignation or death of the World President or of the World Vice-President, the Rector Major informed by the World Vice-president or by the World President, indicates to the World Presidency a couple of names among whom the same World Presidency will nominate the substitute till the end of the mandate
a) in case of resignation or death of a member of the World Presidency, the World President will convoke the Executive Council for:
take the official note of the death or demission of the Councillor;
the custom communications, in case of death, to the Salesian Family;
the programme of the consequential activities such as the attribution of the charge of Councillor to the first of no-elected in the Region (adult or GEX) of belonging of the Councillor; in case of a member of the Executive Council the nomination of the new Councillor will be done by the Presidency, so integrated.
e) the past pupil invested of relevant public and private offices, can’t carry out mandates, especially that one of the President. For the evaluation of particular cases the competence is of the World Presidency.
Information and communication
Art. 31 Organ of information
a) The World Presidency starts through the official website the animation and the periodic information for the national Federations and for all are interested to the associative activities. The website can be integrated by the publication of a newspaper.
b) Each National federation is called to collaborate with articles, news that are considerate to be known at world level through the indicated organs.
The banner, the badge, awards and Feast Days
Art. 32. The banner, the badge and Feast Days
a) The Banner of the World Confederation is kept at the seat of the World Confederation. It contains the countenance of Don Bosco. It is displayed during solemn celebrations, anniversaries and International and World Congresses, meetings and encounters.
b) The Badge, like the Banner, is an external symbol of the unity of the World Confederation and of belonging to it. Designed and cast under the auspices of the Confederal Presidency, it is deposited in the care of the General Secretariat. Substantially it reproduces the original design, which was approved in the Second International Congress held in 1920.
c) The gold badge of outstanding merit, Certificates of Fidelity and Special Diplomas are awarded for services rendered.
d) The following Annual Feasts are celebrated:
31st January Feast of Don Bosco
24th May Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians
24th June Past Pupils Commemoration of Don Bosco’s Name Day and of the Birth of the Past Pupil Movement
5th October Feast of Beate Alberto Marvelli
05th December Feast of Blessed Filippo Rinaldi
08th December Feast of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception and the Commemoration of the Inauguration of the Salesian Family
The Past Pupils of Don Bosco also participate in the other Salesian Family Celebrations organized at National, Provincial and local level.
The World Confederation receives its financial means from:
• The annual membership fee, due by each National Federation. The membership fee is the expression of belonging to the World Confederation.
The Confederal Presidency will yearly determine the amount of the membership fee. This fee is due from each Provincial Federation or from each National Federation if there are no Provincial Federations. In case where the National Federation is composed from different Provincial Federations, the fee is due from each Provincial Federation. The National Federation is vouching for the payment of here Provincial Federations.
. Gifts. For this purpose, the Confederal Treasurer is allowed to set up actions and projects.
Art. 34. Spending
On basis of the incomes and the from the Confederal Treasurer’s proposed budget, the Confederal Presidency can, annually, allocate a certain amount to a member of the Confederal Presidency, to realise a proposed and approved project.
The Confederal Treasurer can only settle travelling costs and other costs of the members of the Confederal Presidency and of the Confederal Executive Council, or of other persons, if there was a previous permission of the Confederal Executive Council. For all expenditures, a proof of expenditure document must be presented.
Disciplinary norms and sanctions
Art. 35 Discipline
Membership of the Movement may cease because of the personal choice of the Past Pupil, or as a consequence of a considered decision of the Presidencies at all levels.
The Presidencies with the consent of 2/3 of the members can decide:
a. a motion of no-confidence and a request for resignation
c. dismissal from duties (in case of leader)
d. the expulsion of the Past Pupil from an Association.
Art. 36. Court of Appeal
An appeal to the immediately superior body (Presidency) against the taken decision is allowed. This body will hear all involved parties and will take a written well-motivated decision, with two-thirds majority. Without this majority, no disciplinary decision can be taken.
A second appeal is allowed, when possible, directly to the Confederal Presidency who will handle in the same way.
The Confederal Presidency is thus the ultimate court of appeal after exhaustion of all existing possibilities at other levels in the Associations and/or Federations, in disputes or controversies impinging upon the Statutes and involving any responsible persons, at any level, or any raised point by individual Past Pupils
Text – Interpretation and Modification
Art. 37. Official text
a) The official text of the present Statutes is the Italian text, which is deposited with the General Secretariat and signed by the Rector Major of the Salesian Congregation, the World President, the Vicar of the Rector Major, the Secretary General and the Confederal Salesian Delegate.
The various translations into different languages must be legalized by the Confederal Presidency and should explicitly cite that approval.
b) All controversy concerning the authentic interpretation and the application of these statutes and the National Regulations is in the competence of the Confederal Presidency.
c) The present Confederal Statutes can serve as a model for drawing up the Statutes or Constitutions of the National or Provincial Federations, and even for Local Associations.
d) The National Statutes have to be presented to the Confederal Executive Council for approval and they come into effect after their approval. This also applies in the case of future modifications.
e) All members of the Confederal Presidency and the National Federations may propose modifications to these statutes. The definitive approval is up to the General World Assembly and needs a majority of two thirds of the members present who have voting rights.
Art. 38. Seat
The seat of the World Confederation of the Past Pupils of Don Bosco is established at the General House of the Salesian Congregation, now in Via Della Pisana 1111, I-00163 Roma, Italy.