WHO WE ARE

 

We are a non profit making, registered charity, founded in Skopelos in 2006 with the aim of offering palliative care services to the local community.

The charity is entirely dependent on financial support from donations and grants. Funding comes from a number of charitable organisations and by the generous financial support of individuals and the community. Achieving our goals as a charity depends fully on the resources available to us at any given time.

We are grateful to the municipal authorities of Skopelos for having granted us free housing in a public property building where the K API is also located. The decision for such a move was taken at the meeting of the Municipal Council on 10th of May 2012 and subsequently confirmed by the Regional Administration of Thessaly on 6th of June 2012. See Diavgeia

Presently, we operate only on Skopelos , but hope that we can eventually grow to become a charity for all the three Sporades islands – Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos – through co-operation with local groups of volunteers.

The charity is managed by a voluntary committee, who are elected every other year by the membership of the charity.

The committee consists of five members. Currently these are the following:

Magda Patsi, Chair person, tel.6982734750

Katerina Lithadioti, vice president, tel. 6983833342

Riginos Galatsanos, Secretary, tel. 6973456557

Ninetta Kosma, Treasurer, tel. 6938459808

Fanis Roussos, member, tel. 6974393206

 

You can read the Constitution of Faros here:

CHARTER FOR CANCER SUPPORT CHARITY ON SKOPELOS

Article 1: Title and Location

The society is located in the prefecture of Magnesia bearing the title ‘Faros Skopelou’ and has its headquarters on the island of Skopelos.

Article 2: Aim

Initially, the aim is to offer psychological, practical and emotional support and information to any adult or child on the island suffering from cancer or other terminal conditions. The long-term aim is to provide cancer information and support in the Sporades and Volos and to provide a palliative care home and care services in the same areas.

Palliative care is the active, total care of patients whose disease is not responsive to curative treatment; the control of pain, of other symptoms, and of psychological, social and spiritual problems is paramount. The goal of palliative care is the achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families.

Palliative care affirms life and regards dying as a normal process; it neither hastens nor postpones death. It provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms, integrates the psychological and the spiritual aspects of care and offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible within the constriction of their disease. It offers a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their own bereavement.

Article 3: Means of achieving the aim

(a) Initially to provide support and information about cancer to cancer patients and their carers.

(b) To make contact with the relevant Health Centres and Hospitals to foster appropriate communications and referrals.

(c) To work with the Orthodox Church on spiritual concerns regarding the patients.

(d) To offer psychological counseling and workshops.

(e) To have a once a week 'surgery' for patients, friends, family and carers at a 'drop-in center' to obtain information leaflets, to answer queries and to provide practical and psychological support.

(f) To encourage the Health Service to send regular breast screening units to the Sporades.

(g) To research cancer statistics for the Sporades so that appropriate information can be provided.

(h) If possible, to extend palliative care services to the rest of the Sporades and Volos.

Article 4: Members

Any adult who wishes to support the aims and objectives of the Charity can become a 'Member'.

Article 5: Enrollment Policy

Any person wishing to become a Member of the Charity and who fulfills the conditions of the fourth article should submit an application form to the administration, together with their name, address and email address if applicable. The Administrative Committee is obliged to consider this request within one month of its submission in order to decide whether it is approved or disapproved. A decision of disapproval has to be adequately justified. It is permitted to appeal against a decision of disapproval of one’s request in the first regular or special meeting. The appeal must be submitted at least ten days before the next meeting; it must be placed on the agenda and be discussed at the meeting.

Article 6: Withdrawal

Members can withdraw from the Charity after submitting a written resignation to the Administrative Committee.

Article 7: Sanctions – Expulsions

The Administrative Committee of the Charity can, if they so decide, expel Members who indicate either by their actions or words that they do not agree with our aims and objectives. A Member who has been expelled from the Charity for the above reasons has the right to ask to be re/enrolled by re/applying according to Article 5.

Article 8: Duties of Members

Members are obliged to act according to the Articles of Association of the Charity, applying the decisions of the Annual General Meeting and the Administrative Committee.

Article 9: Members Rights

1. Upon enrollment, members are entitled to take part in the regular and special meetings; to express freely their views about matters relating to the administration; to work to ensure that decisions taken at the AGM are carried out.

2. Members have the right to apply for membership of the Administrative Committee and the Auditing Commission.

3. Members are entitled to call a special meeting according to the regulations of the present statute.

Article 10: Resources of the Charity

The resources of the Charity are:

1. Special donations, including donations from individuals and organisations.

2. Proceeds of Fundraising activities.

3. Subsidies from the Municipality, the State, the Orthodox Church, and the European Community.

4. Contributions from other charity and health organisations.

5. Inheritance, as long as this does not ‘burden’ the Charity.

Article 11: Books

The Charity will keep the following books:

1. Records of the Members. [Secretary]

2. Minute book of the Annual General Meeting. [Secretary]

3. Minute book of the regular Meetings of the Administrative Committee. [Secretary]

4. Treasury Book. [Treasurer]

5. Record of correspondence. [Secretary]

6. Any other book considered necessary.

The period of Management begins on 1st January and finishes on 31st December of each year.

Article 12: Working Groups of the Charity

The following groups are constituted within the Charity

1. The Annual General Meeting of Members and the Administrative Committee

2. The regular Meeting of the Administrative Committee made up of five people.

3. The auditing commission

Article 13: The Annual General Meeting – Responsibilities

1. The Annual General Meeting is composed of Members of the Charity and the Administrative Committee.

2. The Annual General Meeting is a supreme and ruling body, which makes decisions about all the matters concerning the Charity, advises the Administrative Committee, supervises the Auditing Commission and more specifically:

(a) It examines the administrative and financial actions of the Administrative Committee.

(b) It approves or rejects the annual administrative and financial report, and decides the following year’s budget.

(c) It announces the date that the Charity‘s elections will be held, within two weeks of the Annual General Meeting.

(d) It elects the Administrative Committee, the Auditing Committee and the Committee of Inspection.

(e) It decides upon any statutory amendments.

(f) It decides upon the final expulsion of a Member.

(g) It votes for the action programme of the Charity for the forthcoming year.

(h) It decides upon the annulment of the Charity.

(i) It discusses and takes decisions on any other matter that is brought forward.

(j) The Annual General Meeting always makes decisions by voting and not by voicing.

Article 14: Announcing the Annual General Meeting.

1. The Annual General Meeting is held once a year at a date between 21st October and 30th April. The place, date and time are announced to ‘Friends’ two weeks prior to the allotted date either by display notice in Skopelos village and in any appropriate publication or by written invitation from the Administrative Committee. The notification must include details of the items on the agenda and a form for a proxy vote.

The Annual General Meeting should include and approve the following:

(a) The account of the Administrative Committee's transactions.

(b) The financial review of the previous year and the budget for following year.

(c) The report of the auditing commission on the financial management.

(d) At the Annual General Meeting any other issues can be brought up at the end of the agenda, except those which refer to the modification of statutes, the annulment of the Charity or changes to the Charity's aims and objectives. The above matters call for a Special General Meeting.

2. A Special Meeting can be called by the Administrative Committee when it is essential to the interest of the Charity or when one fifth of the Members demand it. A written request containing all the issues to be discussed should be submitted to the Administrative Committee. The Administrative Committee has to call a Special General Meeting at the latest within a month of the request being submitted.

Article 15: Quorum

1. There is a quorum at the Annual General Meeting when a third of the Members, plus one, are present. In the case of there being no quorum at the first meeting, a new meeting is called within eight days, with no further invitation necessary, to be held at the same place. This second Annual Meeting does not have to have a quorum but its decisions are valid regardless of the number of Members present. However, modification of the statutes can only be decided upon if half of the members plus one are present (a clear majority) and if three quarters of those members vote in favour of the modification.

2. Every Member can represent only one other member with written authorization.

Article 16: Conduction of the Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting is conducted by the elected Chairman assisted by the Secretary who keeps the minutes.

Article 17: Decision Making at the Annual General Meeting

At the Annual General Meeting, decisions are made regarding the elections for the Administrative Committee, the Auditing Commission and the Committee of Inspection as well as a vote of confidence in the Administrative Committee. These decisions are decided through a secret election and ballot. For any other matter the decision is made by a show of hands. In order for the Annual General Meeting to make decisions a clear majority of the Members is required to be present except for in ‘special cases’, which are defined by the statute.

Article 18: Committee of Inspection

1. At the end of the business at the Annual General Meeting, the Committee of Inspection is secretly elected. This Committee consists of three regular and two ‘runner-up’ members. The voter's choice for the members of the Committee of Inspection is expressed with a cross; up to three crosses are allowed. The duty of the Committee of Inspection is the holding and the supervision of the elections.

2. The nomination applications are submitted to the committee of Inspection. On the application, personal data about the candidate as well as the office of the Charity to which he/she wishes to be elected must be mentioned.

Article 19: Elections

The elections for the appointment of the Administrative Committee and the Auditing Commission are held every two years. The candidates who are elected are those who have received the majority of votes. The composition of a united ballot is necessary for this reason. This should contain

(a) The names of all the candidates for the appointment of the Chairman.

(b) The names of all the candidates for the rest of the members of the Administrative Committee.

(c) The names of all the candidates for the appointment of the members of the commission, all in alphabetical order.

The choice of the voter is expressed with a cross. One cross is made for the appointment of the Chairman and up to four crosses for the appointment of the rest of the Administrative Committee and up to three crosses for the appointment of the auditing committee.

A black pen or pencil should be used for the cross and it should be next to the name of the candidate. In the case that a candidate for the post of the Chairman collects more votes than any other candidate for the Administrative Committee he/she automatically becomes a member of the Administrative Committee. Therefore, the four posts of the regular members and the three posts of the ‘runner up’ members will be filled by the people who collected the second highest numbers of votes.

Article 20: Administrative Committee

1. The Charity is run by a five-member committee, and three ‘runner up’ members.

2. In the case that during the term of the committee, a member's position is vacated, this is covered by the first runner up. In the case that over three positions are vacated, a general meeting is held in order to call an election.

3. The posts of the Charity's offices are honorary and any expenses incurred by the Committee members are covered by the Charity's Treasury.

Article 21: The Term and Composition of the Charity

1. The term of the Administrative Committee and its officials lasts for two years.

2. The composition of the Administrative Committee should be made within 31 days from the day following the elections. The Chairman issues the invitation for the meeting to decide the composition of the new committee.

3. If the chairman does not do so, then the second in elected order member sends the invitation.

4. The vice Chairman, the General Secretary and the Treasurer are secretly elected.

5. Within thirty one days after the end of its period of office the administrative committee hands over to the Charity all items belonging to the Charity including the Charity’s seal, books, files and financial records. A record of this is kept in the ‘Delivery and Receipt’ protocol.

Article 22: Responsibilities of the Administrative Committee

1. The Administrative Committee represents the Charity in all judicial and extra judicial matters.

2. All the documents to be sent by the Charity must be signed by the Chairman and the Secretary.

3. The Administrative Committee meets regularly every month, following a written invitation made by the Chairman to include the date, time, place and agenda for the meeting.

Article 23: The Administrative Committee’s Function

1. The Administrative Committee meets regularly every month, following a written invitation made by the Chairman to include the date, time, place and agenda for the meeting.

2. The Administrative Committee holds special meetings when

(a) The Chairman believes it is necessary.

(b) At least three Members submit a written request on which the issues for discussion are mentioned.

(c) The Chairman or the legal runner up presides at the meetings of the Administrative Committee.

3. In order for a quorum of the Administrative Committee to be formed, the presence of at least three members is required.

4. Decisions are made by a majority vote. In the case of an equality of votes the chairman will have the casting vote.

Article 24: The Chairman's Responsibilities

The Chairman represents the Charity in every court and authority, calls and runs the meetings of the Administrative Committee, announces the issues to be discussed, signs together with the General Secretary all the documents and the warrants and sees to the application of the decisions of the Administrative Committee, taking any measures necessary to the welfare of the Charity and to the achievement of its goals.

Article 25: The Vice-Chairman's Responsibilities

The Vice-Chairman substitutes for the Chairman, when he/she is not available for whatever reason, is fully responsible and has the same powers as the Chairman.

Article 26: The General Secretary's Responsibilities

The position of Secretary is as the head of the Charity's offices. He/she signs along with the Chairman all the documents, keeps the minutes, the register of Members of the Charity, the record of in and out going documents, is responsible for the correspondence and keeps the files and the seal of the Charity.

Article 27: The Treasurer's Responsibilities

The Treasurer keeps the records of the funds of the Charity. He/she is responsible for all the payments and receipts and carries out the Administrative Committee's decisions upon warrants signed by the Chairman and the General Secretary, keeps the management books, and reports to the Administrative Committee.

The Treasurer submits the economic review of the Charity to the Annual General Meeting every year. He/she keeps the petty cash, up to ten thousand drachmas and deposits the rest in the name of the charity into its bank account. The amount of petty cash kept by the Treasurer is subject to change according to the decision of the Administrative Committee.

The Treasurer is responsible for any loss of money and for any irregularity concerning the management of the Charity's funds.

Article 28: The Composition of the Auditing Commission

1. The financial supervision of the Administrative Committee is the duty of the Auditing Commission.

2. It is composed of three members who are elected along with the other officials of the Charity at the Annual General Meeting. Two ‘runner up’ members are also elected.

3. The term of the Auditing Commission is the same as that of the Administrative Committee.

4. The Auditing Commission meets within the same period as the Administrative Committee does and elects its spokesman.

Article 29: The Duties of the Auditing Commission

1. The Auditing Commission supervises and controls the legality of the financial acts of the Administrative Committee and of the Treasurer as well as the statutes and decisions of the Annual General Meeting.

2. The Auditing Commission examines the account books of the Charity and can request to control the funds and request any other explanation or piece of information.

3. The Auditing Commission controls the yearly balance and the financial review and submits a complete report about them at the Annual General Meeting.

Article 30: Modification of the Statutes

1. The modifications of the Statutes as well as the annulment of the Charity are decided by the Annual General Meeting only.

2. To take a decision for the modification of the statutes or the annulment of the Charity requires that (a) One half plus one of the Members are present at the meeting (b) That three quarters of the Members present vote in favour.

Article 31: Annulment of the Charity

The Charity is dissolved upon the decision of the Special Meeting at which at least half of the Members should be present or represented [according to article 15]. In case there is no quorum the Special Meeting is repeated within a month. The decision of the annulment of the Charity is taken with a majority of four fifths of the Friends present. The meeting will decide what will happen to the property of the Charity in case the annulment is already decided. The Charity's property can be by no means distributed to its Members.

Article 32: Seal

The Charity has a seal, the form of which will be defined by the Administrative Committee.

Article 32: Miscellaneous

For any case not foreseen or mentioned by the present statutes or for any interpretation of a vague order, it is the responsibility of the Administrative