Since June 12th, 2001, the Air France Museum Association works in partnership with Air France's historic and cultural heritage department for the conservation, the development and the enhancement of the company's heritage.
Its offices are located on the ground floor of the Invalides Air Terminal.
The Air France Museum Association thus takes over from the Museum, the former internal structure which since 1972 had carried out a remarkable work.
The constitution of an association guarantees the protection of the historical and cultural heritage of Air France and of the companies which constituted it.
Our objectives are not only to collect and preserve but also to:
- receive on deposit, any souvenirs, works of art, objects posters, models, documents, photos, films connected to Air France's present and past history..
- act as expert or involve other competent personnel, both for Air France's own departments and outside the company.
- initiate or lead any action of historical and cultural nature to do with Air France's history
AIR FRANCE MUSEUM BOARD, ACTIVE MEMBERS
Jean SIGNORET President
Bernard POURCHET Vice President
Etienne RACHOU Vice President
Philippe LACOU General Secretary
Bernard BAZOT: General Secretary Assistant
André CHEVALIER: Treasurer
Gérard REDELSPERGER Deputy Treasurer
Jean Michel COLIN Administrator
Pierre GRANGE Administrator
Gérard PONS Administrator
Claude TAFANI Administrator
Michel CARUEL Administrator
PERMANENT CORPORATE MEMBERS
Jerome NANTY Air France General Secretary
Mrs Dominique WOOD Communications Director of Air France
Pascal MOREUIL Responsible for the Direction of the real-estate affairs sectors of Air France
Marylene VANIER President of the Amicale of Air France
Claude BOSSU President of the Amicale of UTA
Jocelyne CHEMINAL: President of the Association "Anciens d'Air Inter"
HONARY MEMBERS AND PERMANENT GUESTS
Gérard ORIZET: Honorary President
Denis PARENTEAU Honorary President
Bernard ABOUCHAR Honorary Member
Martine LAMANDE Permanent guest Ex-administrator
Vital FERRY Permanent guest Historian and ex-Administrator
Antoine BIHLER Permanent guest Person in charge Service and Exploitation of Air France
Anic SOETAERT: Permanent guest Leader of the sub-branch
Gérard GOURLAN Permanent guest Vice President Amicale UTA
Olivier REUTER Permanent guest Responsible for the service archives and heritage
Nicolas PETTEAU Permanent guest Person in charge of the editorial contents of the communication of Air France
Daniel GAULARD Permanent guest Ex- Administrator
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Title I Creation and purpose of the Association
NB: The original French text of this current constitution shall be binding and prevail in case of any variation between the French text and the English translation hereof.
An association is established between the undersigned and any other private individuals agreeing to abide by the present Constitution. This association is governed by the law of July 1st, 1901 as well as by the subsequent laws and the present Constitution.
Article 2: Company Name
This Association takes the following name: « Musée Air France» (i.e. Air France Museum)
Article 3: Purpose
Our aim is to:
- collect, preserve or receive on deposit (as per the agreement stated in the articles 1915 and following of the Civil Code) any souvenirs, works of art, objects, posters, books, models, documents, …etc… regarding the present and past history of Air France company and the other companies from which it originated.
These inalienable items, provided by Air France, or by public or private donors, represent Air France's historical and cultural heritage, and thus that of air transport in general.
- guarantee the preservation and development of this heritage, historically as well as for the quality of its conservation and its restoration.
- act as experts in historical materials, or involve other specialised personnel as necessary, both for Air France's own departments and outside the company.
- reproduce, disseminate or lend, these items of Air France's heritage to increase its public profile.
- and more generally, to initiate or to lead any action of historical or cultural nature, to do with Air France's history by taking part in internal exhibitions outside Air France to increase the influence of French air transport while abiding by Air France's policies.
Article 4: Resources
The Association's resources are made of its members' contributions, of donations and subsidies, of the invoicing of the services it may offer, and the sale of posters reproductions and objects.
In addition Air France makes avalaible to the Association, by written agreement, offices, premises and material resources, and possibly staffs necessary to its activities.
To meet its objectives, the Association leans for its logistics on the Air France department including the historical and cultural heritage department, or any of the company's bodies whose mission help highlight the Air France history and of French air transport.
It can delegate, in all or in part, by agreement, certain activities such as the reproduction of posters and objects.
Article 5: Head office
The Association's head office is 2 rue, Esnault-Pelterie 75007 PARIS. It can be moved by decision of the board of directors.
Article 6: Duration
The Association is formed for a duration of 99 years.
Title II Structure of the Association
Article 7: Members
The association is made of founder members, honorary members, active members and benefactors.
The honorary members are those who have been of considerable help to the association. They are elected by the Board of Directors. In the event of the illness or death of a founder member, he/she is replaced by an honorary member elected by the founder members.
Any person wishing to help the Association, financially or otherwise, and wiling to pay the membership fee as determined by the Board of Directors after it has been debated at the Annual General Meeting is considered an active member of this association.
The benefactors are those who pay a membership fee, the amount of which is higher than the amount set by the Annual General Meeting.
Honorary members are exempt from paying membership fees.
Paying a membership fee implies the approval of the Constitution and of the rules that follow as per the associations' regulations.
All the members of the association must be in full possession of their civil and civic rights.
Article 8 : Application for membership
The association'Committee assesses membership applications during each Committee meeting. In the event of an application being turned down, no reason is given and the Committee's decisionis final.
Article 9: Striking members off
Membership of the association will be cancelled upon:
1. resignation which should be addressed to the Board before July 1 st, failing which the member will have to pay its full membership fee for the following year;
2. non-payment of the member fee during the year.
3. exclusion which is decided by the Board in case of serious wrongdoing.
4. the loss of civil and civic rights.
The decision of the Board is final and with immediate effect. It cannot give rise to any kind of legal action, or any claims to the association's property and deposits.
Article 10: Members' responsability
Only the personal properties of the Association answer for the commitments contracted by the association, and no members of this association, even those who are involved in its governance can be personally held responsible for it, except in case of grave or deliberate fault.
The historic items brought by Air France, or others, remain inalienable, as indicated in article 3.
Title III Governance
Article 11: The Board
The association is administered by a Board of 18 members including six (6) permanent members and twelve (12) elected for three years by the Annual General Meeting, a third of which is renewable at any one time.
To be elected on the Board, each member must obtain the majority of votes of the present and represented members at the Annual General Meeting and that of the founder members.
Only members who are up to date with their membership fee or are exempt from it are eligible.
The six permanent members of the board are:
The Air France's Chairman or his/her representative.
The Air France Communications (or Media) Director or his /her representative.
The Director of Air France head office and of the Heritage department or his/her representative.
The Chairman of the Air France Social Club or his/her representative.
The Chairman of the UTA Social Club or his/her representative.
The Chairman of Air Inter Ex Staff Association (ARIT) or his/her representatives.
If one or several members of the Board resign from their post, the Board temporarily appoints one or several substitutes whose functions will come to their end at the next next Annual General Meeting.
The substitutes may retain their functions until the normal term of office with the approval of the Annual General Meeting.
Article 12: The Committee
The Board elects among its members and for one term of office a Committee composed of:
- A Chairman
- A Vice Chairman
- A General Secretary
- A vice General Secretary
- A Treasurer
- A Vice Treasurer
Article 13 : Board Meetings
Members of the Board meet at least once every four months and each time the Chairman or, if absent, the Vice Chairman or the General Secretary, summons them.
In case of emergency, one third of the founder members can call an emergency meeting of the Board.
Any member of the association whose skills or historical knowledge would be useful to the associations' ongoing projects can be called to a meeting in order to set up workcommittee.
The Board members are the only ones who have the right to debate an issue during Board meetings.
The decisions are taken by the majority of the members who are present or represented (proxy votes can only be given to Board members).
In the event of a tied vote, the Chairman has a casting vote. Decision are only valid if two thirds of the members are present or represented.
Members of the Board need to be over 18.
Any member of the Board absent at Any member of the Board absent at three successive meetings without ground may be considered to be resigning.
Article 14 :
The members of the Board are unpaid.
Article 15: Functions, and remit of the Chairman.
The Chairman calls the Annual General Meetings and the Board meetings. He is invested with the powers to represent the association in all civil acts.
He has authority to go to court as defendant on behalf of the association and as plaintiff with the B.of D's authorization.
Under the same conditions, he can appeal or lodge an appeal, but under no circumstances can he arrive at a compromise without the Board's authorisation.
The Chairman can only make alienations with the Board's prior approval.
He chairs all the Annual General Meetings and can nominate the association's employees.
In case of absence or illness, the Vice President stands in for him.
Article 16: Functions and remit of the General Secretary
The General Secretary is responsible for the correspondence, the archives and the day to day running of the association.
He writes up the minutes of the meetings and, as a rule, anything to do with the association's operations except for bookkeeping..
He is in charge of the special register as started in Article 5 of the 1 st July 1901 law and the Articles 6 and 31 of the 16 th August 1901 decree.
He ensures the procedures stated in the said articles are complied with.
In case of absence or illness, the Vice General Secretary stands in for him.
Article 17: Functions and remit of the Treasurer
The Treasurer manages the association's assets. Under the Chairman's supervision, he makes payments and collects the monies due to the association.
He keeps the association's accounts and reports to the members at the Annual General Meeting.
The Vice Treasurer stands in for him in case of absence or illness.
Article 18: Powers of the Board
The Board delegates to the committee, the execution of the decisions taken during Board meetings and possibly during the Annual General Meetings.
It is vested with the broadest powers to make or authorize any acts which aren't kept for the Annual General Meeting.
It monitors the management of the Committee members and has the right to ask for a report on their actions at any time.
It can forbid the Chairman, the General Secretary, or the Treasurer to carry out an act which is part of their remit according to the Constitution but which it does not deem appropriate.
It can authorise the Chairman and the Treasurer to purchase or rent as necessary goods or assets, belonging to the Association.
It sets the agenda for the Annual General Meetings.
It writes up the association's rule and regulations which it can modify at any time if it deems it necessary. These rules and regulations set out the detailed conditions necessary to ensure the execution of the present Constitution, or the means to achieve the association' mission and objectives
Title IV Annual General Meetings (AGMs)
The AGM represents the association and its decisions are binding for dissenting members and non-represented absentees.
It includes all the association members as defined in Article 7 and up-to-date with their membership fees.
The AGMs are Ordinary or Extraordinary. They are chaired as stated in Article 15.
The ordinary AGM takes place once a year.
The extraordinary AGM can be summoned, in exceptional circumstances, by the Board's Chairman of the Board with the Board's assent.
The summons to the AGMs is made by request of the Board.
The AGM receives works reports from the Board and its Committee and the Treasurer's accounts. It empowers the Committee to carry out any actions which are within the Association's remit and which aren't contrary to the statutory provisions of the July 1st 1901 law, for which the powers which are conferred to the committee by the Constitution wouldn't be sufficient.
The Extraordinary AGM rules on all urgent questions which are submitted before it.
It can apply any changes to the Constitution, order the continuation or the dissolution of the Association, approve the merger of any other associations pursuing similar objectives.
The Extraordinary AGM's decisions are taken under the following conditions:
- the majority of the present or represented members
- the majority of the present or represented founder members
The AGMs' General deliberations are recorded by the Board's General Secretary on a register and signed by the present members the Board members present at the meeting.
In case of voluntary or forced dissolution, the Extraordinary AGM rules on the devolution of the association' assets but is not able to give out to the association's members anything other than their initial contributions.
It nominates the public institutions, or the state-approved private institutions which will receive the remainder
of the assets after payment of any debts and charges due by the association and all liquidation expenses.
Item kept in deposit by the association are handed back to the rights' holders.
To carry out all transactions required by the liquidation, it nominates one or several Board members,It names to insure closing transactions, one or several Board members, who will be invested of all necessary powers to this effect
They will report on their actions during the final AGM.
Title V Publications
The President, in the name of the Board, is in charge of complying with all the declaration, publication, complaint and receipts procedures prescribed by the 1st July 1901 law and 16th August 1901 decree and relative to both the creation of the association and the modifications which would be made by him on a regular basis.
In case of absence or illness, he is replaced by the Vice-President.
The founder members are:
- The Air France Chairman
- The Managing Director of Air France
- The Director of External Relations
- The Director of Legal Affairs
- The Air France Communications Director
- The Head of the Air France of Historical and Cultural Heritage department
- The Head of the Air France Video Communication department
- The President of the Air France Social Club
- The President of the UTA Social Club
- The President of the Air Inter Ex Staff Association.
- The President of the Air France Pensioner's Association
- Mrs Hélène Le Guernevé (deceased)
- Mr. Jacques Bulté
- Mr. Bernard Chauvière
- Mr. René Farion
- Mr. Paul Laprévote
- Commander Jean Lasserre (deceased)
- Mr. Bernard Macaire (deceased)
- Mr. Denis Parenteau
- Mr. Bernard Pourchet
- Mr.Jean-Pierre Ravet
- Mr. Jean Signoret
- The Toulouse section of Air France Social Club (Mr.Anic Soetaert )