Lithuanian Professionals Oslo (LPO) Club Charter

2019.09.03

The LPO club (hereinafter used as LPO/Club interchangeably) which is part of Lithuanian Norwegian Chamber of Commerce provides a platform for individual professionals to meet, network (also LNCC’s) and organize:

  • Informal and open meetups for networking and mingling – once per month
  • Workshops, educational and inspirational events – once per quarter
  • Professional and big scale representational events – 1-2 times per year

1. The Governance

a. LPO is a structural unit within Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce
b. For the legal matters LNCC’s name, org.number and other formalities are used (with a reference to LPO)
c. LPO has its own governance body: Committee and Club Charter
d. Committee is elected by Club members and confirmed by LNCC board (except for the very first committee which is appointed). See paragraph nr. 2 about Committee below for more details.
e. The Club Charter and/or any of its amendments must be approved by LNCC board
f. LPO holds its own budgets and is autonomous in its decisions how to use them
g. Given that LPO acts under LNCC all legal commitments exceeding LPO’s scope must be approved by LNCC board.

2. Committee

a. Committee consists of 5 members and shares areas of responsibility.
b. Committee members can be elected from existing members only.
c. Committee matters:
i. Club operations and development like goals, KPIs, partnerships and etc.
ii. Memberships
iii. Event themes and schedule
iv. Communications
d. Committee gathers once per month. Extraordinary meetings can be arranged too.
e. Each member has one vote.
f. Committee decisions are made by absolute majority of votes.
g. Committee quorum is considered when at least 50% members participate.
h. Committee member period is 2 years. Yet, at least 40% of Committee shall rotate every year in order to maintain consistency and new ideas inflow.

2. Membership

a. As part of the membership, each individual will receive various benefits as agreed and confirmed by the committee. The benefits might include, but are not limited to:
i. Free or discounted entrance to events and gatherings organized by LPO, LNCC or partners.
ii. Invitation to exclusive, non-public events.
iii. Information and updates on internal matters.
b. In order to become a member, individuals must submit an application at [LINK]. LPO committee will analyze each case individually and will either confirm or reject it. The decision will always be strictly based on written criteria, and will never be influenced by political, personal or any other biased opinion. Written criteria can be found and inspected on the application page.
c. In addition to accepted application, individual must pay a membership fee, which consist of:
i. NOK 600,- for six (6) calendar months or;
ii. NOK 1000,- for twelve (12) calendar months.
d. Distribution of funds. All of the collected funds might be allocated, but not limited to:
i. Organization of various events
ii. Inviting speakers and performers
iii. Increasing visibility and brand awareness of the Club
iv. Various other expenditures related to delivering professional experience for the members
e. As part of the membership, each individual will be allowed to run for positions in the committee. Committee elections will be held as outlined in the §2.

3. Code of Conduct

a. LPO is a non-profit organization and shall maintain independence and not be rigidly aligned or affiliated with any political party or national movement.
b. LPO members shall always act with fairness, honesty, integrity and openness;
respect the opinions of others and treat all members with equality and dignity.
c. LPO activities are based on transparency and openness to promote and facilitate cooperation among Lithuanian and Norway in accordance with laws and regulations of both countries.
d. LPO official language is English.
e. The Club on a normal basis does not take donors’ or fundators’ role in any kind of initiatives. Yet, it can initiate a separate collection of donations among Club members or even outside.

4. Other matters

a. Communication channels
i. SoMe
ii. Website
iii. Other organizations & initiatives