Title 1: Organizational type, Denomination, Purpose, Membership, Duration, Location

Article I: Type of Organization

  • Subject to the provisions of the Laws and Regulations of the United States and these statutes, a Non for Profit Organization is created for the social, cultural and economical development of the people of Fouta Djallon. This association is organized exclusively for one or more of the purposes as specified in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

Article II: Name

  • The name of the Organization shall be: POTTAL FII BHANTAL Fouta Djallon (the Union for the Development of Fouta Djallon)

Article III: Purposes

  • The purpose of the Organization is to promote the development of the region of Fouta Djallon in the economical, educational, cultural and social domains through active solidarity.
  • The Organization will partner with any other organization that shares the same goals in Guinea, West-Africa and the World. The organization will create efficient solidarity networks in the world to contribute to the development of the nation and West-Africa.

Article IV: Membership

  • The present membership is open to:
  1. Every person of moral standing and goodwill whose origins are traced to Fouta Djallon and agrees to the present Statutes and Bylaws
  2. Every person of moral standing and goodwill who is available and able to contribute
  3. The membership application is sent to the Executive Board that will statute on the application
  4. The membership is individual, free of coercion and voluntary and all members are equal in rights and obligations

Article V: Duration

  • The duration of this organization shall be unlimited

Article VI: Headquarters

  • The location of the organization shall be at 9904 Pomona Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817 United States and may be transferred to any other location that the Executive Board sees fit.

Title II Resources

Article VII: The Resources

  • The resources come from:
  1. Donations and legs; Subventions, Grants
  2. Membership dues
  • All the properties of the organization belong to the organization and no one has the No part of the net earnings of this corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, directors or trustees, officers, or other private persons.

TITLE III – Structure, Administration and Function

Article VIII: The structure

  • The main institutions of Pottal Fii Bhantal are the General Assembly (refer to article 10 for description)
  • The Board of Trustees: is the organ of control and regulation of the organization. It guarantees the Ethics and the respect of the guiding principles of the organization. It is constituted of the elected Elders of the Diwés of Fouta Djallon.
  • The Executive Board: is empowered with the coordination and administration of the activities of the chapters. It will make sure that the chapters are functioning adequately. The Executive Board officers are elected to a simple majority of the vote by the delegates from the chapters.
  • A chapter is an assembly of several members from the same town, city, county, state or of several states. A state can have many chapters or a chapter can be in many states. At least 10 members are needed to become a chapter. Chapters are autonomous in their local jurisdictions but will need to secure approval before any action outside and beyond.

Article IX: Administration

  • The organization is administered by the Executive Board, which is elected for a two years term that can be renewed. The renewal of the terms is determined by the Bylaws.
  • The chapters are managed by local executive boards. The management of the chapters is regulated by their specific bylaws. All chapters and the Executive Board need to respect these Statutes under the control of the Board of Trustees.

Article X: Functioning

  • The institutions of the organization are the General Assembly, ordinary and extraordinary.
  • The Ordinary General Assembly:
  1. It is sovereign, and It analyzes and adopts the propositions of the statutes and bylaws amendments,
  2. It defines and orients the general polity of the organization, elects in their midst the executive board officers,   and sets the programs of the organization. It has the last words on any decision involving the Organization
  3. It meets regularly at least every year. It approves the minutes of the last term and the budget for the following term,
  4. It approves and sets the membership dues

The General Assembly shall approve the financial report of the past year. The General Assembly is constituted with the delegates from the chapters and needs to include at least 2/3 of all the delegates. The decisions are voted to the simple majority of the chapters. The votes are proportional to the size of the chapter membership. A chapter of 10 members will have one vote and so forth. Anyone delegated by a chapter may vote in the name of the chapter.

  • The extraordinary General Assembly:
  •  It has the same prerogatives of the ordinary General Assembly. It has to be called by Executive Board on its own initiatives or following a request from one or several chapters. The collective decisions are recorded in the official minutes signed by the President or the Vice-President or their representatives. All decisions taken have the force of laws.

Article XI: The Executive Board

  • Shall meet once a month and is summoned by the president and the secretary general. It can meet in an extraordinary session with the request from half of its members.
  • The decisions in the executive board shall be taken to the majority of its members. It cannot meet unless half of its members are present.
  • The Executive Board shall be empowered to implement the decisions of the General Assembly concerning the good functioning of the Organization
  • The president shall lead the meeting of the Executive Board and when absent he is replaced by the Vice-President.
  • The agenda shall be prepared by the secretary general in agreement with the president and presented to the executive officers at least one week before the meeting.

Article XII: The Membership Registry

  • A Registry of presence shall be maintained in the headquarters of the Organization with the name and addresses of all members. This registry shall be certified exact by the Executive Board and shall be joined to any minutes of deliberations and secured in the headquarters premises.

Article XIII: Resignation and Exclusion

  • The resignation of any member shall not be a legal ground for dissolution of the organization. Any member that wishes to resign shall do so in writing to the Executive Board. For the resignation to be effective, the member shall return all the organization properties in his keep. The Executive Board can exclude anyone or chapter that do not respect the present statutes.

Article XIV: the Bylaws

  • A set of Bylaws shall be adopted by the General Assembly and the Executive Board shall be guarantor of its application