Statute

I General Regulations
1. The Club of Friends of the Estonian Legion (CFEL)
1.1. Non-profit association CFEL is a nationally disposed volunteer Brotherhood and a legal organisation of legal people, which does not operate for profit, which actively wants to participate in preserving the legacy of the Estonian Legionnaires, who fought in the Second War of Freedom (1941-1945). In other words, CFEL unifies Estonian people, despite their sex, who care deeply about the battles of the Estonian Legion, Estonian history and independent Estonia.
1.2. In its actions CFEL follows the Republic of Estonia’s laws and the current statute.
1.3. CFEL was founded in April 20, 2007, non-profit organisation CFEL was founded in December 21, 2008.
1.4. CFEL’s financial year is from January 1 until December 31.
1.5. CFEL has a signet, account and symbolics with its name.
1.6. Each volunteer, who has become the member of the Brotherhood, is obliged to actively participate in CFEL’s actions.
1.7. The official name of the club is The Club of Friends of the Estonian Legion and the official abbreviation of the club is CFEL.

2. CFEL Location
The headquarters of the CFEL and its board is located in Haapsalu, in the Republic of Estonia.

3. The Goal of the CFEL
3.1. The most important goal is to make sure these men’s battling in the Second War of Freedom will be appreciated. This means that the Estonian Legion men should be acknowledged as freedom fighters on the government level. Their battles will be acknowledged on the state’s level with the highest national awards.
3.2. Investigating and introducing the history of the Second War of Freedom.
3.3. To closely cooperate with the Estonian Legionnaires’ organisations.
3.4. There should be a decent memorial in the Sinimäed Hills, which would be worthy of the Estonian men’s battles.
3.5. We support the Estonian Legionnaires with our words and actions. This means we participate in the freedom fighters’ events, we introduce Estonian history to young people, we visit historical places and old war heroes. We support the Estonian history and works that support Estonia, as well as national music and publications.
To be more precise:
3.5.1. Support dignified publications morally and advertise these.
3.5.2. To put together and issue publications that rightfully describe the Estonian Legion’s history, battles and Estonian history overall.
3.5.3. To support them with our actions. Helping Estonian Legionnaires to organise events and solve other problems.
3.5.4. CFEL participates in public discussions concerning preserving the Estonian national ideas, following the laws of the Republic of Estonia.
3.5.5. To popularise the interest towards the history of the Second War of Freedom in young people.
3.5.6. The basis of the CFEL is a programme, which’s confirming and changing order is stated in this current statute.

II The Members of the CFEL
4. CFEL Members
4.1. CFEL member can be at least 18-year-old Estonian citizen, who acknowledges the statute and the programme of the CFEL and wishes to contribute.
4.1.1. Exceptionally people who are not Estonian citizens can become the members of the CFEL if they have proven with their actions and shown a sincere desire to participate in our doings.
4.2. There are also members who have the honorary member status. This honor is only applicable to Freedom Fighters of the Estonian Legion or to those who have carried their ideas within themselves.

5. Being Accepted as the CFEL Member
5.1. Being accepted as the CFEL member will be confirmed by the CFEL board based on a written application.
5.2. The board of the CFEL decides whether someone will be accepted or not.

6. Leaving the CFEL
6.1. If CFEL member wishes to leave the Club, he/she will present a written application to the CFEL board. If the board has confirmed that the member can leave, his/her name will be deleted from the Club members’ list.
6.2. If a member leaves CFEL, he/she will not get the membership fee back, he/she is also not entitled to any kind of CFEL property.

7. Being Expelled from the CFEL
7.1. A member can be deleted from the CFEL members’ list with the board’s decision if the member has seriously damaged the reputation of the CFEL, not fulfilled the duties or order stated in the statute, for example:
a) The member has not paid the Club’s membership fee on time.
b) The member has not participated in any of the general meetings or events organised by the CFEL during 2 years.
c) The member has used the properties of the CFEL unnecessarily or for his/her own profit.
d) Has caused damage to CFEL in some other way.
7.2. The CFEL board will decide if a member is expelled from the Club and the decision is confirmed if at least 2/3 of the board’s members agree.
7.3. The member will be notified of his/her expelling and the reasons behind it in a written form during two weeks after the decision has been made.
7.4. The expelled member will not get a refund of the paid membership fee, he/she also has no right to claim any kind of CFEL property.
7.5. The expelled member has the right to demand his/her expelling to be discussed in the next general meeting after he/she has been deleted from the members’ list.

8. The Rights and Duties of a Member
8.1. CFEL members have the right to:
a) Participate in CFEL general meetings with a full voting right.
b) Be elected into the CFEL board.
c) Getting information about the CFEL actions from the CFEL board.
d) Participate in CFEL events and express opinion in CFEL publications.
e) Leave CFEL by presenting an application to the CFEL board.
f) Compile projects that are in accordance with the statute and which have to be confirmed by the CFEL board before they are put into work.
8.2. CFEL member is obliged to:
a) Follow the statute and decisions made by the CFEL leaders.
b) Pay the CFEL membership fee on time.
c) Announce his/her address and identification number to the CFEL board in  order to keep account of the Club’s members. If the personal data changes, the member is obliged to annouce it to the board during one                  month.
d) Pay the membership fee even if his/her membership ends in the middle of the year.
8.3. Other financial obligations in addition to the membership fee can be put on a member only if the general meeting has decided so and all general meeting’s members have voted in favor of it.

9. Supporters
9.1. The supporter of the CFEL can be a person, who wants to support CFEL financially or in some other way, and he/she does not have to be the member of the Club.
9.2. CFEL supporters are accepted based on a written application. The supporter must agree to all statute’s points. The supporter can have an advisory vote.
9.3. The supporter will be excluded from the supporters’ list on his/her own written notification or if the CFEL board decides so.

III Leading
10. General Meeting
10.1. The highest body of the CFEL is the CFEL general meeting, in which each member of the Club has 1 vote.
10.2. CFEL general meeting concerns:
a) Changing the statute.
b) Changing the goals.
c) Appointing members to the board.
d) Agreeing to do business with a member of the board or other body or deciding to file a complaint against him/her and appointing CFEL representative for this business or complaint.
e) Deciding the dispossession/addition of the CFEL real estate or other property that is noted in the register, as well as appointing terms for the aforementioned acts.
f) Deciding other matters, which have not been appointed to other CFEL bodies with the statute.
10.3. CFEL general meeting is called together by the board:
a) To confirm the annual report.
b) In case at least 1/10 of CFEL members demand it.
c) On other occasions if the CFEL interests demand it.
10.4. To call together the general meeting, the CFEL board sends out a written notification at least 14 days before the meeting, bringing out the date, place and questions to be discussed.
10.5. The general meeting is able to make decisions if more than a half of the CFEL members or their representatives pariticipate.
10.6. CFEL member can participate and vote in general meeting, or send his/her representative, who has a written empowerment. The representative can only be another CFEL member.
10.7. The general meeting’s decision has been confirmed if more than a half of the participating members or their representatives have voted in favor of it.
10.8. To change the CFEL statute, 2/3 voting majority is needed in general meeting and to change the goals 9/10 CFEL members’ vote is needed.
10.9. The general meeting’s decision is announced to be confirmed without calling the meeting together if 2/3 of CFEL members vote in favor of the decision in a written form.

11. The Board
11.1. CFEL is led and represented by the CFEL board.
11.2. The general meeting appoints the board members to their positions for five years.
11.3. The board has three members.
11.4. The board represents the CFEL in all legal actions.
11.5. In order to confirm the board’s decisions, the members of the board need to vote in favor of these decisions.
11.6. The board chooses the leader of the CFEL amongst board members.
11.7. The board confirms the CFEL’s budget and, if necessary, the jobs of the paid employees and their salaries.
11.8. The board makes necessary changes in the statute and presents these to the general meeting to be confirmed.

12. The Leader of the CFEL
12.1. Leads the CFEL during the time in between the board’s meetings.
12.2. Solves all work related issues of the CFEL, answering to the CFEL’s general meeting and the board.
12.3. Represents the CFEL and makes contracts on behalf of the Club.
12.4. Uses the CFEL’s money and property according to the budget.
12.5. The leader of the CFEL is also the leader of the CFEL board. If he/she is away, the leader’s duties will be performed by the person who has been appointed to do so by the leader.

13. The Rights and Obligations of the Units
13.1. At least three members of the CFEL can form an CFEL area Unit based on the area.
13.2. The highest body of the Unit is the Unit’s meeting. The Unit’s meeting is called together by the Unit’s leader according to the need or on the written demand of at least 1/10 of the Unit’s members. The order to call together the Unit’s meeting is stated in the first Unit’s meeting.
13.3. The Unit is led and represented in legal actions by the Unit’s leader, who is elected to this position for three years in the Unit’s meeting by the majority of votes of the Unit’s members.
13.4. The leader of the Unit has the right to use the Unit’s financial means according to the order stated by the Unit’s meeting.
13.5. The Units are obliged to present reports about their actions to the CFEL board during one month after the Club’s financial year has ended.

14. The Administration of the CFEL
14.1. The CFEL has the right: to take hold of, command and use the movables and real estate; hire employees; put together funds, institutions and enterprises to fulfill the statute’s assignments.
14.2. CFEL compensates its outgoings with: membership fees, supports and donations, incomes of its actions and properties.

15. Joining. Dividing. Liquidation.
15.1. The joining, dividing or liquidation of the CFEL take place according to the law.
15.2. The liquidators of the CFEL can be its board members or people appointed to do so by the general meeting.
15.3. In case of a liquidation the remaining assets, after the creditors claims have been satisfied, are handed over to the Club, which is in the income tax discount non-profit and foundations list, or to a legal person in public law.