The Statute of Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society (PTTK) registered by
the Regional Court of the Capital City of Warsaw, 12th Economic Department
of the National Court Registry by the decision made on 23.02.2006.
S T A T U T E
OF POLISH TOURIST AND SIGHTSEEING SOCIETY (PTTK)
1. Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society, later referred as PTTK, created
in 1950 as an union of Tatra Society founded in 1873, transformed in 1920 into
Polish Tatra Society and Polish Sightseeing Society initiated in 1906,
is legal successor, inheritor of traditions and assets of those Societies.
2. PTTK is a non-governmental organisation acting according to established
3. PTTK is an association leading socially useful activity.
1. PTTK's activity is conducted in the territory of the Republic of Poland
and its seat is Warsaw capital city.
2. PTTK can create organisational units outside the Republic of Poland if only
legislation of a given country allows such a possibility.
PTTK has a legal status and is registered in the National Court Registry under number 0000100817
PTTK can be a member of national, foreign and international organisations
a similar profile.
1. PTTK uses an organisational distinction in a form of a green circle representing
a wind rose in which there are inscribed: a white-red compass indicator, a
green contour of Poland with a white-marked course of Vistula river and in
a white graded inscription "PTTK". The pattern of the distinction
is enclosed to the Statutes.
2. The name and the distinction of PTTK are under legal protection according
to operative regulations.
3. The Main Board of PTTK uses a flag which is square, double-sided material
with gold tassels around, attached to a flag-staff finished with metal inscription "PTTK".
There are on the front side of the flag three same-width horizontal strips:
red, white and red with the organisational distinction of PTTK in the middle,
covering 3/5 width of it. On the reverse side of the flag on the green background
there is an inscription "Only having come to know one's country one can
love it heartily and work for it fruitfully".
4. PTTK branches may use a flag described in par. 3, but the other side of
flag is to be agreed by a proper PTTK branch.
5. The Main Board and the Branch Boards use round seals with the inscription " Polish
Tourist and Sightseeing Society " on the framing and with the "Main
Board" or a name of a branch inscribed in the middle and other seals in
accordance with the operative regulations..
1. There are following organisational units of PTTK: branches and regional
units as field units and specialist units.
2. PTTK branches are basic orgnisational units of the Society and have a legal
status from the day of validation of court's registration decision.
3. Regional units cover the area of a province and may have a legal status
from the day of validation of court's registration decision.
4. On the territory of a province there may be only one regional unit established.
5. Specialist units are established by the Main Board of PTTK and act according
to regulations approved by them. Central units are the following: Central Unit
of Mountain Tourism in Cracow, Centre of Sightseeing Photograpy in Łódz, Central
Kazimierz Kulwieć PTTK Library in Warsaw and National Centre of Underwater
Training KDP PTTK in Warsaw.
AIMS AND MEANS OF ACTIVITY
1. Statutory aim of PTTK is activity concerning physical development, culture,
education and environmental protection.
2. Other statutory aims of PTTK are also public mandates activities in the
- Promulgating tourism and sightseeing, and active forms of rest for children
and youth, especially individual and group hiking, organisation of rambles,
outings, gatherings, cruises, canoeing rallies, camps and other events,
- popularization of national traditions, fostering patriotism and development
of national, citizenship and cultural identity, including co-operation with
other societies and organizations gathering and taking care of Poles and
Polish cultural heritage abroad,
- knowledge, education and upbringing of children and youth, especially through
formation of social attitudes, popularisation of knowledge about the past,
present and perspectives of development of Poland, spread of tourism culture
and acquaintance with cognitive, rest and health virtues of hiking,
- ecology and animal protection, natural heritage and care for rational utilisation
of natural resources,
- widespread of knowledge and skills for the country defence, especially
by taking care of national memory places and organisation of tourist events
connected with learning about history of Polish weapon, and also supporting
all forms of rest contributing to physical development and fitness,
- promotion of employment and vocational activeness of unemployed and endangered
by a loss of job,
- social help, including help for families, people in difficult situations
and equalling chances for these families and people,
- activity for the national minorities,
- health care and promotion,
- activity for disabled people,
- popularisation and protection of women's right and activity for equality
of men and women,
- activity supporting economic development, including development of entrepreneurship,
- activity supporting development of unions and local communities,
- culture, art, protection of cultural values and traditions,
- popularisation of physical development and sport,
- order and public safety and counteracting social pathologies,
- popularisation and protection of freedom and human rights, and citizenship
freedom, as well as activities supporting development of democracy,
- rescue and human protection,
- aid to victims of catastrophes, armed disasters and wars in the country
- popularisation and protection of consumers' rights,
- activities on European integration and development of contacts, and co-operation
- promotion and organisation of voluntarism,
- activity bringing technical support, training and information to non-governmental
organisations in the scope described in the paragraphs 1-23.
3. PTTK gathers tourists and country-lovers, creates conditions which facilitate
their hiking and sightseeing activity within the country and abroad, represents
their interests vis-a-vis authorities and society.
4. PTTK bases its activity on the social work of its members, PTTK may employ
workers in order to conduct its business.
5. PTTK may conduct business activity in various organizational forms, creating
profit that serves realization of the statutory aims.
Implementing statutory objectives and mandates, PTTK:
- arises and deepens the love for the native land and its regions, forms
patriotic attitudes, widespreads the knowledge about the past, about the
present and about perspectives of Polish development,
- promulgates sightseeing interests and tourist abilities,
- extends culture of tourism and enhances to use cognitive, rest and health
advantages of hiking and recreation,
- helps in individual hiking,
- contributes to better psychophysical fitness, especially youth and disabled
- widens ecological knowledge and benefits to natural environment protection,
- actively participates in cultural goods' protection,
- popularises sightseeing and tourist advantages of Poland and Polish possessions
among foreigners and facilitates sightseeing, getting to know life and other
countries' advantages for Polish tourists who go abroad,
- cultivates touristic traditions, popularises the history and assets of
PTTK and its predecessors, takes care of keeping the archives.
1. PTTK implements its statutory objectives and mandates by:
- protection and creative development of ideas of their predecessors - PTT
and PTK, and multiplying their assets,
- promotion of sightseeing amongst youth and involving them to cultivate
various forms of tourism, including qualified tourism,
- popularisation of move recreation virtues,
- creation of possibilities to participate in tourist, recreational and sightseeing
events, organised by PTTK, use of their hostels, water stations and other
objects to everybody willing to use them,
- popularisation of intellectual heritage of PTTK, collected in the Central
Kazimierz Kulwieć Library in Warsaw, Central Unit of Mountain Tourism with
the Central Library of Mountains, Centre of Sightseeing Photography in Łódź,
in the National Centre of Underwater Training KDP PTTK in Warsaw, regional
sightseeing workshops and museums of PTTK,
- activities for rational utilisation of natural resources and cultural heritage,
and development of ideas of preservation of these values for the future generations,
- supporting activities concerning preservation of virtues typical for respective
regions, being important elements of national identity of inhabitants of
- contacts and co-operation with national, international organisations, dealing
- representing interests of tourists and sightseers in front of public authorities'
organs, including forwarding demands and proposals of suitable legal regulations
and implementing commissioned mandates in frame of governmental and self-governmental
administration, also those connected with tracing, marking and maintaining
- enabling tourists and sightseers to gather in organisational units of PTTK
and to use first of all every form of its activities,
- developing qualified tourism in all its forms,
- organising and servicing excursions and other tourist and sightseeing events,
- developing a wide range of forms of recreation and sports in connection
with tourist events,
- tracing, marking and maintaining hiking trails,
- training and advancement of social and professional tourist and sightseeing
staff, conferring appropriate qualifications,
- establishing and conferring tourist and sightseeing distinctions,
- organising and supporting actions aiming at securing, protection and guarding
natural and cultural advantages of Poland, among others also by publishing
activity, initiating, establishing and conducting museums, collections, libraries
and sightseeing workshops, etc.,
- developing cultural activity connected with tourism and sightseeing and
forming tourist customs,
- documenting and popularizing activity of famous personages of tourism and
sightseeing, the past and the accomplishments of PTTK and its predecessors,
- running tourist and sport equipment hiring-establishments and servicing
- manufacturing tourist souvenirs and tourist and sport equipment,
- building and maintaining tourist, gastronomic and sport objects and other
facilities important to tourists,
- initiating, holding and supporting work, including research, subsequent
to the aims of PTTK,
- organising foreign tourism both incoming and outgoing.
PTTK MEMBERS, THEIR RIGHTS AND DUTIES
1. A member of PTTK may become a person, who is interested in implementation
of aims of the Society and declaring observance of PTTK Statute.
2. Membership is voluntary.
1.PTTK gathers two kinds of members:
2. Regular members of PTTK gather in branches.
1. Following people may become regular members of PTTK:
- Polish citizens or foreigners who have full legal ability and who are not
deprived of public rights,
- Polish citizens or foreigners who have full legal ability and who are not
deprived of public rights,
- minorities under 16 years old with acceptance of their legal representatives.
2. Membership is complete after filling a written declaration and being accepted
as a member by a board of a circle, a club or a branch.
1. Regular member of PTTK has right to:
- elect and be elected to PTTK authorities,
- table motions concerning activity of PTTK,
- win, according to the regulations established by the main Board of PTTK,
competencies of Society's staff,
- take part in the activity and benefit from help, objects and facilities
of PTTK in accordance with the Main Board's regulations,
- wear the organisational distinction of PTTK,
- use other competencies emerging from the Main Board's acts and agreements
made by the authorities of the Society.
2. A minor regular member of PTTK has rights mentioned in passage 1 points
2 - 6 and rights mentioned in passage 1 point 1 with the regard to regulations
of the passages 3 -4.
3. A minor regular member of PTTK of 16 - 18 years who has a reduced legal
ability, has right to elect and be elected to the authorities of PTTK but the
majority of those authorities must be formed from people with full legal abilities.
4. A minor regular member of PTTK under 16 years old has no right to participate
in voting on the member assembly, they cannot neither elect or be elected to
the authorities of PTTK. It the PTTK organisational unit associates only minor
members, they may vote and be elected to the authorities of that unit.
Regular member of PTTK is obliged to:
- obey the regulations of Statutes, instructions and resolutions of PTTK
- participate in the activity of PTTK, promote of objectives of PTTK, proudly
- protect natural and cultural virtues of the country,
- take care of PTTK assets,
- pay regularly a membership fee in their branch.
1. PTTK regular members, especially deserved for tourism development and sightseeing
in Poland, may be given an honour of Honorary Member of PTTK
2. Honorary Members are free from a duty to pay the membership fee.
1. Losing regular membership may be a result of:
- voluntary withdrawal,
- crossing out from members' list, by the act of the Main Board, as a result
of falling in arrears with payments for longer than 12 months,
- exclusion by a valid verdict of Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members,
- exclusion from public right by the court's binding decision.
2. People crossed out from a members' list in a case described in passage
1 point 2, the membership may be given back after paying in the overdue fees.
1. A natural person or corporate body supporting activity and statute of PTTK
which will declare paying membership fee in amount set by a resolution of the
Main Board or the proper Branch Board, may become a supporting member of PTTK.
2. Supporting member is accepted by the Main Board or the Branch Board of PTTK.
Supporting member has right to:
- take part with consultative voice in assemblies of PTTK, personally or
an authorised representative,
- table motions concerning the activity of PTTK,
- use other competencies on the rules established by acts of respective PTTK
CENTRAL AUTHORITIES OF PTTK
1. The main authority of PTTK is jest General Assembly.
2. Central authorities of PTTK are:
- Main Board,
- Main Revisory Commission,
- Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members.
1. Authorities of PTTK come from elections.
2. There is no possibility of combining two functions in central authorities
enumerated in the article 19 passage 2.
3. There is no possibility of combining functions in central authorities with
the business activity performed on the basis of PTTK's assets or showing possible
clash of interests with business activity of PTTK.
4. Elections to the central authorities are secret.
5. Elections are effectual if at least half of delegates entitled to vote participate.
1. Tenure of the central authorities lasts four years.
2. Delegates for the General Assembly keep the valid mandates till the next
ordinary General Assembly with regard to the regulations of the article 26,
The Main Board, the Main Revisory Commission and the Main Arbitration Court
of Fellow-Members have right to co-opt new members to fill the places vacated
during the tenure. The number of co-opted members cannot be greater than 1/3
of the whole body coming from elections.
Resolutions of authorities are passed with a simple majority of voices in
the presence of at least half of people entitled to vote unless the Statutes
A. GENERAL ASSEMBLY
1. General Assembly can be ordinary or extraordinary.
2. The following matters are to be resolved by the General Assembly:
- settling the main directions of the activity during the tenure,
- reviewing and approving reports of the Main Board, the Main Revisory Commission
and the Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members,
- establishing rules of election of the Central Authorities' members and
the number of them,
- election of members to the Main Board, the Main Revisory Commission and
the Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members,
- withholding by the absolute majority, in a secret voting, on the motion
of the Main Revisory Commission, the vote of acceptance to the Main Board
members of expiring tenure,
- reviewing motions proposed by delegates and central authorities,
- conferring, on a motion of the Main Board, the dignity of Member of Merit
- voting the Statutes of PTTK and its changes,
- voting resolutions on the dissolution of PTTK and disposing its assets,
- voting resolutions on other matters demanding decision of General Assembly.
1. In the General Assembly following people participate:
- delegates with the decisive voice who were elected on regional conferences
of the PTTK units, covering all the units from respective province.
- with the consultative voice - members of central authorities, Members of
Merit and supporting members, chairmen of commissions, councils and teams
of the Main Board and invitees.
2. The ordinary General Assembly is called by the Main Board the every four
3. The Main Board is to inform delegates about the date, the place and the
agenda of the following General Assembly at least 30 days before the date of
4. The General Assembly gathers on the bases of self-voted agenda. The draft
agenda is presented by the Main Board.
1. The extraordinary General Assembly is called:
- on initiative of the Main Board,
- on the demand of:
- the Main Revisory Commission,
- at least 1 of the number of delegates
- at least 1 of the overall number of branches.
2. The Main Board calls the extraordinary General Assembly in three months
time from the date of lodging the demand described in the passage 1, point
3. The Assembly debates on the matters for which it was called.
4. Delegates, elected for the last ordinary General Assembly or delegates newly
elected in accordance with the electoral law, participate in the extraordinary
1. Delegates for the General Assembly, described in Article 25, passage 1,
are elected in accordance with the electoral law, an enclosure to this Statute.
2. The electoral law bases on the rule of prevalence, equality, secrecy and
proportional representation according to the number of members with membership
fee paid for the previous year.
B. MAIN BOARD OF PTTK
1. The Main Board manages the whole activity of PTTK in the periods between
the General Assemblies and is responsible for their activity in front of the
General Assembly of PTTK, especially:
- fulfils the resolutions of the General Assembly in the scope of designing
main directions of PTTK activity and development between General Assemblies,
- direct the current activity of PTTK and represent it outside,
- fulfils the resolutions of the General Assembly, own resolutions and create
conditions for fulfilling them by the organisational units and members of
- on behalf of PTTK forms attitude towards socially important problems,
- describes programmatic and organisational mandates of PTTK,
- describes economic and financial policy PTTK,
- fulfils other functions described in the Statutes of PTTK and suggested
by the General Assembly.
2. Among unique competencies of the Main Board fulfilled in a form of resolutions
- calling the General Assembly and voting the draft agenda of the General
- settling the amount of a registration and a membership fee for regular
and a minimal fee for supporting members,
- presenting to the General Assembly motions to confer a dignity of Member
of Merit, PTTK,
- voting an annual budget and reports from its implementation,
- approval of financial reports,
- reviewing annual reports and reports from the period of the Main Board
- reviewing the response of the Presiding Officers,
- agrees on establishment of new branches and regional units with legal entity,
establishment regional units without legal entity, commissions, councils
and teams, and approving their regulations,
- making decisions on branches' issues, described in Chapter V of the Statute
- deciding on regulation of the Main Board and regulations of the organisational
units of PTTK,
- creating central organisational units and deciding on their regulations,
- coordinating and supervising of work of the central specialist and economic
units of PTTK, deciding on direction of their work and evaluation of their
- submitting opinions on candidates for managers in the office of the Main
Board and established by them organisational and economic units,
- settling distinctions and titles of honour of PTTK with an exception of
the Article 24 passage 2 point 7 of the Statute,
- co-operation with institutions and organisations in the country and abroad,
- giving organisational and financial-economic instructions,
- deciding on the national tourist and sightseeing badges,
- deciding on rules of usage of the PTTK name and badges,
- making decisions about disposing the assets of PTTK, including debiting
the assets and having a priority to purchase the assets of branches,
- voting the regulations concerning the guide activity and the guide self-government.
3.President of the Main Board informs the Main Board about proposals of the
Main Revisory Commission and the Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members on
the nearest meeting and considers them latest at the following meeting.
1. The Main Board comprises of 15 to 21 members.
2. The Main Board elects from its members a chairman, vice-chairmen and a treasurer,
and appoints and calls off a general secretary, who is a member of the Main
3. Presiding Officers body is an internal body of the Main Board and its members
are: president, vice-presidents, secretary general and treasurer. Presiding
manage the activity of PTTK in periods between the Main Board meetings in a
scope decided by the Main Board regulation, particularly announces and prepares
the Main Board meetings and elaborates handouts for those meetings.
Meetings of the Main Board are to be called when need occurs, not less however
than six times a year.
1. Professional bodies of the Main Board are commissions, councils and assemblies.
2. There are following permanent commissions of the Main Board:
- Commission of Climbing Tourism;
- Commission of Horse-riding Tourism;
- Commission of Kayaking Tourism;
- Commission of Bicycling Tourism;
- Commission of Motor-biking Tourism;
- Commission of Skiing Tourism;
- Commission of Hiking Tourism;
- Commission of Sailing Tourism;
- Commission of Under-water Tourism;
- Commission of Orienteering Events;
- Sightseeing Commission;
- Commission of Country Photography;
- Commission of Environment Protection;
- Commission of Monuments' Protection;
- Guide Commission.
3. Apart from the commissions mentioned in the passage 2 the Main Board may
also create other commissions, councils and teams.
4. The Presidents of commissions, councils and teams take part in the Main
Board meeting with consultative voice.
Commissions, councils and teams have in their scope of activity all matters
connected with realisation aims and tasks in the field which they are active,
particularly professional consultative for the Main Board, forming the policy
in the particular field, co-ordinating activity of appropriate branch commissions
1. The permanent commissions are elected by the gathering of activists of
a given field or environment, which is held by a commission within three months
after the General Assembly. A tenure of a commission lasts between gathering
2. Scope of activity, way of acting, organisation and rules of creating commissions,
councils and teams are set by regulations voted by a commission and accepted
by the Main Board.
C. MAIN COMMISSION OF APPEAL
1. Main Revisory Commission comprises of 15 to 19 members elected by the General
2. The Main Revisory Commission elects the president, vice-presidents and a
secretary from its body.
3. The Main Revisory Commission elects from its body the Presiding Officers.
1. The Main Revisory Commission acts independently from the Main Board and
is not controlled by them.
2. Following people cannot be members of the Main Revisory Commission:
- member of the Main Board,
- person related to members of the Main Board or subordinated by them on
an employment bases,
- person convicted with a lawful sentence for a purposeful crime.
3. The Main Revisory Commission members can be paid by execution of their
functions, in a sum not exceeding the, binding by the respective regulations,
salaries of management staff of other legal entities.
4. The Main Revisory Commission is a body who controls whole activity of PTTK,
5. The Main Revisory Commission particularly:
- controls programmatic and organizational activity of the Main Board and
its units, with regard to accordance financial and economical matters with
the law, the statutes of PTTK, resolutions of the General Assembly and rules
of efficiency and solidity,
- controls financial and economic activity of the Main Board based on the
properties govern directly by PTTK, and entrusted to other economical units,
particularly accordance with legal regulations, effectiveness and rules of
economizing and reliability.
- presents to the Main Board information about results of the control and
after-control suggestions, conclusions and recommendation and in particular
cases - personal counsels,
- presents to the Main Board opinions and remarks concerning a budget and
- present to the Main Board opinions and remarks concerning an annual financial
report and a draft of it.
6. The Main Board or its Presiding Officers can, on behalf of PTTK as the
trade law companies' share-holder, control them.
President of the Main Revisory Commission and authorized by them members of
the Commissions have the right to participate in the meetings of the other
PTTK central authorities with consultative voice.
1. The Main Revisory Commission reports its activity to the General Assembly.
2. The Main Revisory Commission on the General Assembly makes a demand for
the vote of acceptance for members of the Main Board for the current tenure.
3. Not gaining the vote of acceptance by the members of the Main Board excludes
them from running for seats in to authorities of PTTK during the next tenure.
1. The Main Revisory Commission supervises Branch Revisory Commissions and
regional units with a legal entity, and when they cease their activity it demands
election of new body of the commission.
2. Detailed rules of activity of t Main Revisory Commission and the control
procedures are included in the regulation agreed by the Main Revisory Commission.
The Main Revisory Commission votes model regulations for Branch Revisory Commissions
and supervises its obeying.
D. MAIN ARBITRATION COURT OF FELLOW-MEMBERS
1. The Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members comprised of 15 to 19 members
elected by the General Assembly.
2. The Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members elects from its body a president,
vice-presidents and a secretary and the chairpersons of adjudicating teams.
3. The Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members may create presidium and its
1. The Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members acts as:
- the Court of Honour for PTTK members,
- the permanent Court of Conciliation, under condition of record to the Conciliation
Court, in the cases of finance between PTTK branches, between PTTK branches
and PTTK, between PTTK regional units with a legal entity, between PTTK regional
units with a legal entity and PTTK, and between PTTK, PTTK branches and regional
units with a legal entity and other business units,
- body interpreting the PTTK Statute and announcing about accordance of resolutions
with the PTTK Statute, Statutes of the Branches and the legal regulations.
2. The Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members, acting as the Court of Honour
reviews the particularly matters connected with violation of the PTTK Statute,
decisions and resolutions, unethical acting in the membership activity, other
violations threatening welfare of a member or the association.
1. Lawsuit in the Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members is two-instanced.
2. As a court of first instance the Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members
- matters of members of central authorities resulting from their activity
in the authorities, members of the regional units' authorities, members of
the branches, which have not chosen the Branch Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members,
in the metters concerning their activity within the PTTK,
- matters between units enumerated in article 41 point 1 of the Statute.
3. As a court of second instance the Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members
adjudicates in matters of appeals from verdicts of Branch Arbitration Courts
of Fellow-Members and from verdicts of the Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members
issued in the first instance.
4. The Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members as a court of first instance
adjudicates in three-person body and of second instance - five-person.
5. There is a right from the verdict issued in the first instance to appeal
to the same court of the second instance, within 30 days from the date of handing
in the written verdict.
6. There is no right to appeal from the verdict issued in the second instance,
with an exception of a penalty of exclusion from PTTK; in the case of such
a verdict, there is a right to appeal the verdict within 30 days from the date
of handing in the written verdict, to the Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members,
which considers that appeal on a plenary meeting with at least 2/3 of the body
of the Court.
7. In the financial matters one may appeal from the Main Arbitration Court
of Fellow-Members verdict by suing it to the public court according to the
Civil Acting Code.
8. The Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members may in justified cases on its
own initiative or on the demand of one of the sides of the lawsuit take over
a matter being in the competence of Branch Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members.
1. The Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members votes the resolution on its
meetings in the following matters:
- interpretation of the PTTK Statute,
- stating accordance of resolutions of authorities with the Statutes of PTTK
and statutes of branches and the law regulations.
2. Stating the accordance of the resolutions with the statutes and legal regulations,
the Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members examines the content of resolutions
and competence of the authorities, and obeying statutes' demands to pass
a resolution. Statement may consider the whole resolution or single resolutions
3. The resolution stating lack of accordance of authorities' resolution with
the Statute or the legal regulations is forwarded by the President of the Main
Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members to:
- the PTTK authority who voted the resolution,
- the proposer of a motion,
- the Main Board and the Main Revisory Commission if the regulation concerns
the Main Board.
1. The Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members may inflict following organizational
2) a reprimand,
3) suspension of a member from 1 to 3 years,
4) exclusion from PTTK,
and as primary or additional punishments:
5) depriving of program staff of PTTK authorisation,
6) depriving of honour distinctions of PTTK and of its organisational units.
2. A person excluded from PTTK cannot apply for a membership until 5 years
from the date of the validation of the statement about exclusion.
3. organizational punishments obliterate:
- punishments described in passage 1 point 1 and 2 - after 1 year,
- punishment described in passage 1 point 3 - after 3 years from the end
of suspension period,
- punishment described in passage 1 point 4 - after 10 years,
- punishments described in passage 1 point 5 and 6 - after 5 years.
4. The Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members keeps a central registry of
legally valid ruled punishments.
5. The Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members may state a guilt and retire
from inflicting a punishment.
The President or an authorized by him member of the Main Arbitration Court
of Fellow-Members authorised by president have right to participate in meetings
of the PTTK central authorities with consultative voice.
1. Detailed regulations of the activity and ways of acting in front of the
Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members, is described in the code voted by
the Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members.
2. During the examining financial cases the President of the Main Arbitration
Court of Fellow-Members may call to adjudicating bodies arbiters who are not
members of the Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members, but who have necessary
law education and practice and who are not involved with any of the sides.
In such case adjudicating body must be led by a member of the Main Arbitration
Court of Fellow-Members.
ORGANISATIONAL UNITS OF PTTK
A. BRANCHES OF PTTK
1. Branch of PTTK is created with the acceptance of the Main Board of PTTK,
expressed in a form of resolution.
2. Resolution concerning creation of a branch or a separation from an existing
branch may be voted by the meeting of at least 50 regular members of PTTK.
3. Resolution concerning creation of a branch should define:
- area of the branch activity,
- seat of the branch authority,
- name of the branch, which describes a character of the branch (regional,
company, environmental, etc.); the branch may also adopt a name of a person
of merit for Poland, the region, sightseeing and tourism, a name connected
with memorising historical fact or place.
- adapted by a branch activity aims, not listed in Articles 7, 8 and 9 of
the PTTK Statute.
1. Branch acts within the Statutes of PTTK and central authorities' resolutions.
2. Branch implements PTTK aims described in the Articles 7, 8 and 9 of the
3. Branch can pass its own Branch Statute, which con not be contradictory to
the PTTK Statute decisions and resolutions of the Main PTTK Board. Branch Statute
before submission to respective registry court requires approval of the Main
4. Branch submits to the Main PTTK Board an annual report and from its tenure
activity and is supervised by the PTTK central authorities in the field of
accordance of branch activity with:
- legal regulations, Statutes of PTTK and branch statutes,
- resolution of the PTTK central authorities and branch authorities,
- rules of good governing of own and entrusted assets and purposeful donations
allocated by the Main Board.
5.Branch forwards part of membership fees to the Main Board, on the rules
agreed by the Main Board.
1. Branch General Assembly is the highest authority of a branch.
2. Branch General Assembly can be ordinary or extraordinary.
3. Branch authorities are following:
- Branch Board,
- Branch Revisory Commission,
- Branch Arbitrary Court of Fellow-Members, if the Branch General Assembly
pass a resolution about establishing of the Branch Arbitrary Court of Fellow-Members.
1. Branch authorities are elected. Branch authorities' tenure lasts four years
and can be shortened to two by the resolution of the Branch General Assembly.
2. Branch authorities functions, listed in the Article 49 passage 3, cannot
3. Branch authorities functions cannot be combined with business activity led
on the basis of PTTK branch assets or being in collision of interests with
PTTK business activity.
4. Branch authorities' resolutions are passed by the regular voting majority
with presence of at least half of the authorised members, if the Statute does
not state otherwise.
5. Election of the branch authorities are executed according to the electoral
law, an enclosure to this Statute.
6. Branch Board passes the distribution of the mandates according to an electoral
key, described in § 5 passage 3 of Electoral Law; rules of electing the members
of the branch authorities and the number of them are established by the Branch
General Assembly. Mandates of the delegates of the Branch General Assembly
maintain valid until the following ordinary meeting of the Branch Assembly,
respecting the rules of Article 55 passage 4. the rules of Article 27 passage
2 of the Statute are applied accordingly.
Branch Board, Branch Revisory Commission, Branch Arbitrary Court of Fellow-Members
have right to co-opt new members to fill the places vacated during the tenure.
The number of co-opted members cannot be greater than 1/3 of the whole body
coming from elections.
Competencies of the Branch General Assembly are following:
- voting the Statute of PTTK branch and its changes according to the resolutions
of article 48 passage 3 and defining the aims of activity according to the
article 48 passage 4,
- reviewing and accepting reports of the Branch Board, Branch Revisory Commission
and, Branch Arbitrary Court of Fellow-Members, if it was established
- withholding by the absolute majority the vote of acceptance to members
of the Branch Board of the expiring tenure, on the motion of the Branch Revisory
Commission. Not withholding by the absolute majority excludes electing to
the authorities of the following tenure,
- election of the members of the Branch Board, Branch Revisory Commission,
Branch Arbitrary Court of Fellow-Members and the delegates for the regional
conference of the branches,
- considering proposals of circles, clubs and branch members,
- passing proposals for the General Assembly of PTTK or regional conference
- passing the resolution on the branch dissolution,
- In the case of resolution about dissolution of a branch, calling the liquidation
commission and makes decisions concerning the way of covering the costs
of the process of liquidation,
- passing other resolutions requiring decision of the Branch General Assembly.
In the Branch General Assembly participate:
- with the decisive voice:
- in cases of branches of not more than two circles and clubs or not less
than 50 regular members - branch members,
- in cases of branches of more than thee circles and clubs or at least
50 regular members of delegates elected in circles and clubs on meetings
of circles and clubs according to the distribution list, passed by the
Branch Board, according to an electoral key described in § 5 passage 3
of Electoral Law, or all the members of a branch,
- with the consultative voice: honorary members of PTTK, representatives
of branch supporting members, representatives of central authorities of PTTK,
branch authorities former members, chairman of a commission and teams of
the Branch Board and other invited persons.
1. The Branch General Assembly is called once every four years, unless by
the resolution of the Assembly, the tenure of the authorities is shortened
to two years.
2. The Branch Board informs delegates about the date, the place and the agenda
at least 14 days before the date of the Assembly, attaching its report or indicating
the place and date of delivering it to be seen.
3. The Branch General Assembly meets on the base of self-passed agenda of the
meeting, presented by the Branch Board.
1. Extraordinary assembly of the branch is called by the Branch Board before
the tenure finishes, from its own initiative or on a written demand of the
Main Board of PTTK, Branch Revisory Commission, 1/3 members of the branch of
1/3 of circles and clubs, when it covers in total at least three circles or
2. Extraordinary assembly of the Branch Board is called by the Branch Board
within one month from the date of submission of the demand.
3. Extraordinary assembly of the Branch Board debates over matters for which
it was called.
4. Delegates elected for the last ordinary assembly participate in the extraordinary
assembly of the Branch Board, unless the electing units chose new delegates,
according to the electoral law in force.
1. Branch Board manages the branch in a period between the Branch Assemblies
and is responsible for its performance in front of the Branch Assembly and
the Central Authorities of PTTK.
2. Branch Board comprises of at least five members elected by the Branch Assembly.
3. Branch Board elects from its members in a secret voting the president, vice-presidents,
secretary and treasurer.
4. Branch Board can comprise of a Branch Board member in force, elected by
the Branch Board, if he was not chosen by the Branch Assembly.
5. Presiding Officers body can be an internal body of the Main Board and its
members are: president, vice-presidents, secretary and treasurer. Presiding
Officers manage the activity in periods between the Branch Board meetings in
a scope decided by the Branch Board regulation, particularly announces and
prepares the Branch Board meetings and elaborates handouts for those meetings.
6. Branch Board meetings take place when a need occurs, however not less than
four times a year.
Detailed competences and mandates of calling the meetings and working procedures
of a Branch Board are established by the Branch Board regulation, passed by
the Branch passed by the, based on a model regulation passed by the PTTK Main
1. Branch Board:
- implements resolutions of the Branch Assembly, the General Assembly of
PTTK and the central authorities of PTTK, and creates conditions for implementation
of them by the organisational units and PTTK members,
- organises tourist and sightseeing activities, described in the PTTK Statute,
for PTTK members and not associated people,
- represents a branch,
- establishes and dissolute circles and clubs, and supervises their performance,
- manages the branch assets and funds, approves annual budget of a branch,
and accept report on its implementation, approves annual financial report,
- can create economic units of a branch,
- makes decisions on the branch accession to regional units, mentioned in
the Article 78 of the PTTK Statute,
- submits reports from their activity to the Main Board and the Branch Assembly,
- appoints and dismisses managers of own economic units and branch representatives
in s economic units of trade law,
- decides on branch tourist and sightseeing badges,
- can conduct training of PTTK members,
- undertakes other activities for the PTTK statutory aims implementation.
2. President of a Branch Board acquaints the Branch Board with a pronouncements
of a Branch Revisory Commission and a Branch Arbitrary Court of Fellow-Members
on the nearest meeting, expressing its attitude towards them not later than
on the next meeting.
1. Branch Board can establish commissions, councils and teams, according to
existing needs and interests, and appoint their members.
2. Functions of commission, council or team, the Branch Board can forward to
respective PTTK circles or clubs.
3. To the competencies commissions, councils and teams, established by the
Branch Board, belong issues connected with implementation of the aims and mandates
of the branch, in issues represented by them, particularly consulting for the
4. Commissions, councils and teams act according to the regulations passed
by the Branch Board.
1. Branch Revisory Commission comprises of at least three members elected
by the Branch Assembly and in a branch implementing business activity - at
least five members elected by Branch Assembly.
2. Branch Revisory Commission elects from its body in a secret voting the president,
vice-presidents and a secretary.
3. Regulations of the Article 35 passages 1, 2 and 3 is applied accordingly.
1. Branch Revisory Commission is a body controlling an overall activity of
2. Branch Revisory Commission particularly:
- controls activity of the Branch Board and its units, including financial-economic
activity, against accordance with a legal regulations, Branch Statute, PTTK
Statute, resolutions of the Branch Assembly, General Assembly of PTTK and
PTTK central authorities, as well as with rules of economising and reliability,
- establishes rules of activity and supervises Revisory Commissions of circles
- controls financial and economic activity of a Branch Board based on the
assets managed directly by the branch and brought to the other economic subjects,
- presents to the Branch Board information about control, and comments, conclusions
and post-control recommendations, and in exceptional cases - personal recommendations,
- presents to the Branch Board opinion about an annual financial report,
and budget and its realisation,
- submits to the Branch Assembly activity report and applies for withholding
by the absolute majority the vote of acceptance to the Branch Board members
of expiring tenure.
1. President or an authorised by him member of Branch Revisory Commission
has a right to participate in the meetings of the Branch Board with a consultative
2. Branch Revisory Commission and Revisory Commissions of circles and clubs
act according to the regulations passed by the Main Revisory Commission of
3. Branch Revisory Commission is supervised by the Main Revisory Commission
1. Branch Arbitrary Court of Fellow-Members constitutes of at least five members
elected by the Branch Assembly.
2. Branch Arbitrary Court of Fellow-Members elects from its body in a secret
voting the president, vice-presidents and secretary.
Branch Arbitrary Court of Fellow-Members competencies are:
- pronouncing and application of organisational punishments towards the members
of a branch in matters concerning their activity in PTTK, particularly violation
of the Statute of PTTK, immoral acting and discreditable behaviour,
- considering within the limits described in the passage 1 matters undergoing
competencies of Branch Arbitrary Court of Fellow-Members of other PTTK branch,
and forwarded for consideration of the President of PTTK Main Arbitrary
Court of Fellow-Members.
- solving disagreements between branch members, its organisational units
concerning their organisational, financial and economic performance.
1. Branch Arbitrary Court of Fellow-Members can apply the following organisational
- a reprimand,
- suspension of a member from 1 to 3 years,
- exclusion from PTTK
2. The Main Arbitration Court of Fellow-Members may state a guilt and retire
from inflicting a punishment.
3. Branch Arbitrary Court of Fellow-Members can apply to the Main Arbitrary
Court of Fellow-Members of PTTK for:
- taking back competences from the PTTK program staff,
- taking back PTTK honorary notifications.
4. A person excluded from PTTK cannot apply for a membership until 5 years
from the date of the validation of the statement about exclusion.
5. organizational punishments obliterate:
- punishments described in passage 1 point 1 and 2 - after 1 year,
- punishment described in passage 1 point 3 - after 3 years from the end
of suspension period,
- punishment described in passage 1 point 4 - after 10 years,
- punishments described in passage 3 - after 5 years.
1. There is a right to appeal from the verdict issued by the Branch Arbitrary
Court of Fellow-Members to the PTTK Main Arbitrary Court of Fellow-Members
within 30 days from the date of handling in the written verdict.
2. Branch Arbitrary Court of Fellow-Members keeps a central registry of legally
valid ruled punishments.
Branch Arbitrary Court of Fellow-Members act according to the regulations
passed by the PTTK Main Arbitrary Court of Fellow-Members.
The President or authorised by him member of the Branch Arbitrary Court of
Fellow-Members has a right to participate on the Branch Board meetings with
a consultative voice.
1. Resolutions of the Branch Board can be repealed of execution of them suspended
by the Main Board in a case when they violate law, PTTK Statute or the PTTK
central authorities resolutions.
2. Branch Board can be suspended by the Main Board in cases of:
- giving up the activity,
- rank or persistent violation of duties implicating from the PTTK Statute,
- violation of basic rules of proper management over own or committed assets.
- acting for a damage of PTTK.
3. The Main Board Resolution on a Branch Board suspension can be passed after
hearing explanation of a board or revisory commission, unless they did not
submit explanations in an agreed time.
4. Passing a resolution about suspension of a Branch Board, the Main Board
elects a temporary board, whose duties are:
- to remove the reason, which caused suspension,
- to call a Branch Assembly within three months from the date of conveying
the Extraordinary Assembly in order to elect new board or to pass
a resolution about dissolution of the branch.
5. There is a right to appeal from resolutions described in the passage 1,
passed by the Main Board, to the Main Arbitrary Court of Fellow-Members, within
14 days from the date of announcement about the resolution.
1. Membership of a branch in PTTK terminates exclusively in a case of dissolution
of the branch.
2. Resolution on dissolution of a branch is passed by a Branch Board by 2/3
majority of votes, with participation of at least 2/3 authorised voters.
3. A Branch can be dissolute on a motion of the Main Board, submitted to
a supervising body in case of:
- decrease in a number of members under 15 of ordinary members during
a period longer than one year,
- giving up the activity by a branch or when it does not have authorities
demanded by the PTTK Statute and there is lack of conditions for election
of new ones within one year,
- rank or persistent legal violation of a branch duties or decisions of the
Statute, and there is no conditions to bring back the activity consistent
with law and the Statute.
4. In case of a branch dissolution, based on a resolution of a Branch Assembly,
its liquidators are members of the last Branch Assembly or a Liquidation Commission,
established by a resolution of the Branch Assembly.
5. When it is impossible to call and execute an Extraordinary Branch Assembly,
mentioned in the passage 2, a temporary board or a liquidator appointed by
the Main Board becomes the branch liquidator.
6. Costs of a branch liquidation are covered by the assets of the branch under
B. CLUBS AND CIRCLES OF PTTK
Branch Board can establish circles or clubs, which are organisational units
1. A circle can be established by a resolution of a Branch Board on the base
of written declaration of minimum 10 ordinary members of a branch.
2. Circles associate ordinary members paying the PTTK membership fees there.
3. A duty of a circle is organisation of a statutory tourist and sightseeing
1.A club can be established by a Branch Board resolution on the base of a
written declaration of minimum 10 ordinary members.
2.A club can also associate members of other PTTK branches.
3. A club's duty is organisation and executing specialist activity in a certain
issue or environment.
1. The highest authority of a circle or club is Circle or Club General Assembly.
2. Authorities of circle or club are:
- Board of Circle or Club,
- Revisory Commission of Circle or Club, if the General Assembly passes
a resolution about election of Revisory Commission of Circle or Club.
3. General Assembly of Circle or Club takes place once every four years, unless
the tenure of the authorities was shortened by a resolution of the General
Assembly of Circle or Club.
1. To the competencies of the General Assembly of Circle or Club belong:
- review and approval of reports of a board and revisory commission,
- considering motions of the members,
- withholding by the absolute majority, in a secret voting, on the motion
of the revisory commission of a circle or club, if such a commission was
created, the vote of acceptance to the members of the Board of Circle or
Club of expiring tenure. Not withholding by the absolute majority excludes
electing them to the authorities of club or circle for the following tenure,
- election of the board and revisory commission.
2. General Assembly of Circle or Club calls a Board, infirming the members
about the place, date and agenda of the meeting, at least 7 days before the
3. Election to the authorities of circle or club are executed according to
the Electoral Law, an enclosure to this Statute.
1. Clubs and circles live by membership fees.
2. Clubs and circles can agree and collect, independently from the PTTK membership
fees, additional fees, with a whole amount assigned for the activity of
a club or circle, agreed upon during meetings of these units. Members of clubs
from other PTTK branches pay in these clubs only a club fee.
3. Clubs and circles may receive grants and donations through a branch board,
which is responsible for elaboration of own documentation.
4. A circle of a club may conduct business activity to gain resources for their
program activity, after receiving a permission from a Branch Board and according
to the rules established by the Branch Board within the legal regulations in
force and PTTK financial regulations.
5. A Branch Board is responsible for business activity of a circle or club.
1. Detailed competencies and duties, regulations on calling the meetings and
a way work of Circles' or Clubs' Board's are described in their regulations,
passed by the branch boards on the base of model regulation passed by the Main
2. Revisory Commissions of circles or clubs act according to regulations passed
by the Main Revisory Commission of PTTK.
3. To circles and clubs apply the following Articles 50, 56 - 57, 60 - 62,
69 - 70 of this Statute.
C. REGIONAL UNITS OF PTTK
1. Branches may create regional units with legal entity or without the legal
2. To mandates of regional units, created by branches, located in the same
province belong particularly:
- representation of PTTK in front of provincial government and self-government,
offices, institutions and organisations in a scope of letters of proxy,
- inspiring, initiating and supporting program and economic activity of branches
and undertaking joint activities,
- integration and co-ordination of branches' activity,
- providing support to branches in implementation of statutory mandates,
- undertaking other duties commissioned by the Main Board or branches.
3. Detailed scope and way of work of units mentioned in passage 1 are described
by their regulations, agreed by the units and approved by the Main Board.
4. Resolutions of the regional units may not violate legal entity of the branches.
1. Regional units have to apply PTTK Statute and resolutions of PTTK central
2. Regional unit submits annual activity report to the Main Board and undergo
control of the PTTK central authorities concerning accordance their activity
- legal regulations in force, PTTK Statute and regulations of the regional
- resolutions of the PTTK central authorities and authorities of the regional
- rules of rational management of own and entrusted assets and purposeful
grants allowed by the Main Board.
1. Regional units can have legal entity, which they gain on the day when the
decision of respective registry court becomes legally binding.
2. Main Board agrees to establish regional unit with a legal entity and establishes
the regional unit without legal entity. Regulations of a regional unit activity
according to the Article 78 passage 3 of the Statute should be attached to
3. To establish a regional unit, required are resolutions of the Boards of
branches establishing that unit.
4. Resolution of the Main Board concerning agreement on creation of regional
unit with a legal entity is should determine:
- territorial scope (province),
- name; regional unit may also accept name of a person of merit for Poland,
region, sightseeing and tourism, the name connected with commemoration of
historic fact or place,
- authorities election procedure, tenure of authorities.
1. The highest authorities of regional unit with a legal entity is Assembly
of Branches Representatives of PTTK.
2. Authorities of regional unit with a legal entity are:
- Board of Regional Unit,
- Revisory Commission of Regional Unit.
3. To competences of Assembly of Branches Representatives of PTTK belong particularly:
- election of members of authorities of regional unit,
- Passing the regulations of regional unit and submitting amendments to it,
- considering and accepting reports of authorities of regional unit,
- passing resolutions concerning the main directions of activity.
4. In a period between the Assembly of Branches Representatives of PTTK, works
of PTTK regional unit are led by authorities of regional unit.
5. To regional unit with a legal entity and their activities the following
Articles apply: Article 35 passage 1, 2 and 3, Article 69 and 70 of this
1. Assets of PTTK includes the following:
- registration and membership fees,
- incomes from own business activity,
- incomes from real estates and movables,
- public donations,
- grants, inheritances and legacies,
- other sources.
2. The subject of the PTTK assets rights are mainly: real estates, movables,
immaterial goods and cash.
1. PTTK assets are: ownership and other acts of ownership, belonging to PTTK,
branches, regional units with legal entity. The Main Board of PTTK in civil-legal
relations, unless the Statute states otherwise, implements rights and duties
towards PTTK assets, to which, branches' or regional units' with legal entity,
ownership or other acts of ownership, do not apply.
2. PTTK assets being in possession of a branch on a day of gaining a legal
entity, becomes on that day a property of that branch.
3. In the case of dissolution of a branch, after the liquidation is completed,
its assets become a property of PTTK, which is managed by the Main Board of
PTTK in the scope of rights and duties of civil-legal actions.
4. Towards the regional units, the regulations of passages 2 and 3 are applied
5. Circles and clubs manage and use the assets of a branch in the scope and
according to the regulations defined in the regulation of a circle or a club.
1. Disposal of real estate which is a property or in hereditary use of a branch
or regional unit with a legal entity has to be done after informing the Main
Board, which or the unit pointed by it has a priority of purchase. The announcement
of using the priority to purchase must be delivered within 90 days from informing
the Main Board.
2. Disposal or mortgaging the real estates has to be approved by the Main Board.
3. Contracting assets commitments, particularly credits and loans in amount
exceeding 10% of a value of the assets of respective unit, require an anonymous
resolution of the Board of the PTTK unit.
It is forbidden to:
- give credits or mortgage against the assets of the organisation to PTTK
members, PTTK authorities' members and employees and people related in the
first or second line of relationship, or married to the PTTK authorities'
members and employees, or are fostered, cared for etc., called further "close
- transferring the PTTK assets to the members, authorities' members and employees
of PTTK, as well as their "close people", on a different bases than towards
the third parties, especially when the transfer is made free of charge or
on favourable conditions,
- use of the assets to the members, authorities' members and employees of
PTTK, as well as their "close people unless the transfer directly derives
from a statutory objective of PTTK,
- purchase on special conditions goods and services from subjects, the members,
authorities' members and employees of PTTK, as well as their "close people".
1. PTTK is not responsible for the obligations of branches and regional units,
and branches and regional units are not responsible for the obligations of
PTTK, unless something else results from undertaken legal actions.
2. regional units are not responsible for the obligations of branches, and
branches are not responsible for the obligations of regional units, unless
something else results from undertaken legal actions.
1. For validity of confirmations concerning rights and duties of PTTK and
for delivering proxies, coordination is required and signatures of two people
from the group of: the president, vice-presidents, treasurer or other its members
authorised by the Board.
2. Regulations of passage 1 are to be respected accordingly towards branches
and regional units.
CHANGES OF STATUTES AND DISSOLUTION OF PTTK
The resolution concerning the dissolution of PTTK and destination of its assets
may be voted by the General Assembly with 2/3 voices majorities in the presence
of at least 2/3 people entitled to vote.
The resolution concerning the dissolution of PTTK is passed by the General
Assembly, by a 3/4 majority, with a presence of at least 3/4 of the voters.