Our Goals

Estonian Lighthouse Society (ELS) was founded on December 12, 2007. Estonian Lighthouse Society is working on voluntary basis and acts in the public interest. The objective of Estonian Lighthouse Society is to promote and assure the idea of preservation of the lighthouses. ELS organizes expeditions and tours, lighthouse days, seminars, conferences, exhibitions and more; ELS publishes collections of lighthouses, periodicals, brochures and other printed material, and also contributes to the creation of symbols of lighthouses; ELS assembles and implements projects that support the renovation and preservation of lighthouses. In addition, the society contributes to the creation of Estonian lighthouse museum and purchasing to its exhibits.


Estonian Lighthouse Society

1. General provisions

1.1. The Eesti Tuletorni Selts is an association of persons united on the basis of volunteerism, which acts in the public interest.

1.2. ETS is a non-profit organization that does not seek profit and is based on the members' own initiative, social activities and independence.

1.3. The name of the non-profit organization is Eesti Tuletorni Selts (official short name ETS, English name Estonian Lighthouse Society), located in Tallinn, Valge 3.

1.4. ETS was founded on December 12, 2007. and this statute was approved by the founding agreement.

1.5. ETS is a private legal entity with its own bank accounts, seal and insignia.

1.6. ETS has an emblem that is used on the company's letterheads, envelopes, invitations, membership tickets, etc., as well as a badge and the right to own a flag.

1.7. ETS is guided in its activities by the laws of the Republic of Estonia, this statute and the decisions of the ETS board.

1.8. The company's financial year begins on January 1 and ends on December 31.

1.9. ETS has the right to:

1.9.1. Apply all legal measures to achieve the company's goals.

1.9.2. Enter into contracts with companies, institutions, organizations and associations and individuals.

1.9.3. Become a member of Estonian and international societies and associations.

1.9.4. Manage your material and financial resources.

2. Purpose

2.1. The purpose of ETS is:

2.1.1. Contribute to solving issues related to research, construction, maintenance and

protection and alternative use of Estonian lighthouses and tanks.

2.1.2. To popularize and promote the ideas of ensuring the meaning and preservation of lighthouses.

2.1.3. Enhance contacts and cooperation with societies and institutions with similar goals in Estonia and abroad.

2.2. ETS to achieve its goals:

2.2.1. Takes part in research related to lighthouses and organizes expeditions and excursions.

2.2.2. Organizes lighthouse days, seminars, discussions, meetings, presentation and discussion meetings, exhibitions, etc.

2.2.3. Publishes collections, periodicals, brochures and other specialized publications about lighthouses and related to them, and contributes to the creation and distribution of lighthouse symbols.

2.2.4. Creates and develops connections and organizes information exchange between institutions, organizations and individuals related to the lighthouse field both at home and abroad.

2.2.5. Establishes commissions, working groups and regional subdivisions to fulfill their tasks, if necessary.

2.2.6. Participates in congresses, conferences and meetings organized by local and international organizations in their field. 2.2.7. Prepares and implements projects related to the renovation and preservation of lighthouses and participates in the corresponding projects of other organizations or institutions.

2.2.8. Contributes to the creation of the Estonian Lighthouse Museum and the acquisition of its exhibits.

3. ETS membership, conditions and procedures for admission, withdrawal and exclusion from membership 3.1. ETS members are natural and legal persons who contribute to the achievement of the goals stated in point 2 of this statute and fulfill the obligations prescribed by the statute.

3.2. A person who wants to become a member of ETS must submit a written application to the board of the society. Admission to membership is decided by the board in an open vote at its meeting.

If the board refuses to accept the applicant as a member, the applicant may demand that the general meeting of the society decides on his acceptance as a member.

3.3. Honorary member of ETS is elected at the board meeting of the society. The election results must be confirmed in an open vote, whereby the decision is considered adopted if more than half of those present and represented by proxy vote in favor of it. An honorary member does not pay a membership fee.

3.4. A supporting member of ETS can be an individual or a legal entity from Estonia or abroad who supports the society's activities. A supporting member is accepted by a decision of the board of the society, which also states the amount of assistance or the type of service provided to the society.

3.5. An ETS member receives a membership ticket, an honorary member is given a corresponding diploma.

3.6. Meritorious members of ETS as well as persons who have rendered services to the society may be awarded with an honorary letter.

3.7. ETS members have the right to:

3.7.1. To elect and be elected to the management and control bodies of ETS.

3.7.2. To participate in ETS meetings with the right to vote.

3.7.3. Take part in ETS events.

3.7.4. To make a proposal to the board to convene an extraordinary general meeting.

3.7.5. To receive information about the activities and decisions of the ETS board and, if necessary, request explanations about the contracts concluded by the board. Submit proposals in matters concerning ETS.

3.7.6. Opt out of ETS.

3.8. An ETS member is obliged to:

3.8.1 Contribute to the realization of the company's goals, comply with these articles of association and follow the decisions of the board.

3.8.2. To pay the entrance and membership fee on time in the amount determined by the general meeting of the society. In exceptional cases and for reasonable reasons, the board may exempt individual members from paying the membership fee.

3.8.3. To provide the ETS board with their valid contact details for keeping records of the members of the society and to notify them of their changes.

3.8.4. Pay the membership fee for the entire financial year even if the membership ends during the financial year.

3.9. The rights and obligations of the ETS supporting member are coordinated by the board, whereas the collective supporting member exercises the rights of the ETS member and fulfills its obligations through a representative in the company.

3.10. An ETS member may resign from the company based on a written application to the board.

3.11. The board will review the resignation application no later than six months after the application is received by the board.

3.12. By decision of the ETS board, a member may be excluded from the association:

3.12.1. If the membership fee is unpaid for more than two consecutive calendar years.

3.12.2. The statutes of ETS have been violated, and the company's reputation and interests have been directly damaged.

3.12.3. The general meeting is notified of the exclusion decision and its reasons during its regular meeting, and the excluded person is notified in writing no later than one week after the adoption of the decision.

3.13. An excluded member may demand the annulment of the board's decision at the general meeting by notifying the board of this within 15 days after receiving the exclusion decision.

3.14. A person whose membership in ETS has ended does not have the right to the association's property.

4. Management of ETS activities

4.1. The governing bodies of ETS are the general meeting and the board.

4.2.. The highest body of ETS is the general meeting.

4.2.1. All members of the company or their authorized representatives from ETS members can participate in the general meeting, if they have a power of attorney in writing or sent by e-mail.

The general meeting adopts decisions on all issues of the management of the company, which are not provided by the law or the articles of association of the board or the company. within the competence of another body.

4.2.2. The general meeting is called by the board and they take place as needed, but not less often than once a year.

4.2.3. 1/10 ETS members also have the right to convene a general meeting.

4.2.4. The members are notified of the convening of the general meeting in writing or by electronic mail at least two weeks before the meeting. The invitation shall indicate the time, place and agenda of the meeting.

4.2.5. Each member has one vote at the general meeting. The general meeting has decision-making power if at least 1/10 of the members are present or represented by proxy. If there are fewer members, then the person present has the right to convene a new meeting on the same day, which has decision-making power regardless of the number of participants. The decision of the general meeting is adopted if more than half of the ETS members or their representatives who participated in the meeting vote for it. If necessary, the decisions of the general meeting can also be adopted without convening the meeting, if all ETS members have the opportunity to vote in writing, including by e-mail.

4.2.6. The decision to change the statutes of ETS is adopted if at least 1/10 of the members or their representatives have approved the amendment of the statutes with a 2/3 majority vote.

4.2.7. Deciding to terminate the activities of ETS requires the presence of at least ½ of the society's members or their representatives, and a vote of 2/3 of those who participated in the meeting is necessary to accept the decision.

4.2.8. When electing a person, the candidate who received more votes than others is considered elected at the general meeting. In case of an equal division of votes, the vote of the chairman of the board is decisive.

4.2.9. General meetings are recorded. They are signed by the chairperson and recorder of the meeting.

4.2.10. The competence of the general meeting is: To discuss and decide on issues concerning the basic organizational foundations and activities of ETS. Adopting and amending the articles of association.

p> Approval of work plans and annual reports. Election of the ETS board. Election of the audit committee.

4.2 .10.6.Deciding on the merger, division and termination of ETS. the amount of the membership fee and membership fee. with members of the board or any other body deciding to make or file a claim against him and appointing the company's representative in this transaction or claim. strategic documents related to the company's goals.

4.3. ETS Board

4.3.1. ETS is managed and represented by a board of 3-5 members. The board members are elected by the general meeting for five years. The board elects the chairman and vice-chairman from among its members with a simple majority and appoints the secretary. The secretary who organizes the company's activities and administration also belongs to the board as a full member.

4.3.2. Board meetings are held as needed.

4.3.3. The chairman of the ETS board presides over board meetings, signs contracts with other organizations and individuals, writes power of attorney and is responsible for concluding employment contracts. The chairman and vice-chairman represent the company in legal proceedings and administration both at home and abroad.

4.3.4. The board has decision-making power if more than half of its members participate.

4.3.5. The decisions of the board are adopted by a simple majority.

4.3.6. The board keeps records of ETS members.

4.3.7. The board organizes ETS accounting in accordance with the Accounting Act.

4.3.8. The board is accountable to state institutions, domestic and foreign funds and private donors, from whom financial resources have been received for the implementation of projects related to the goals of the ETS.

4.3.9. The board can form and liquidate temporary or permanent subdivisions, working groups and commissions and approves their rules of procedure. The formation or liquidation of a permanent subdivision must be approved by the general meeting.

4.3.10. The board disposes of the company's assets and funds in accordance with the current legislation and the provisions of this statute.

4.3.11. The members of the board are jointly and severally liable for the damage caused to ETS by violating the requirements of the law and the statute, as well as by failing to fulfill their obligations or improperly fulfilling them.

4.3.12. ETS subdivisions are managed by elected boards, while only members belonging to the subdivision can take part in the election of the subdivision board. Elections take place at the general meeting of the subdivision by open voting, while a simple majority and the participation of at least half of the members of the subdivisions are required to pass a decision. In the absence of a quorum, elections are held at the next general meeting, where the decision is adopted regardless of the number of participants, but it cannot be less than three.

5. ETS Property

5.1. ETS funds are used only to fulfill the company's statutory objectives. ETS-I financial resources comprise:

5.1.1. Entry and membership fees.

5.1.2. Donations and other income from institutions, companies and individuals that are in accordance with the law.

5.1.3. From the funds allocated for the implementation of projects.

5.2. The board determines the use of ETS assets.

5.3. ETS owns the inventory and small tools necessary for its work.

6. Audit Committee

6.1. The audit committee is a control body tasked with auditing the financial and economic activities of ETS at least once a year.

6.2. The audit committee has three members and is elected by the general meeting. The audit committee may not include a member of the ETS board.

6.3. The audit committee chooses a chairman from among themselves.

6.4. The audit committee has decision-making power if more than half of the members of the committee participate.

6.5. Decisions of the revision committee are adopted by simple voting.

6.6. Members of the audit committee may take part in board meetings in an advisory capacity.

7. Merger, division and termination

7.1. The merger, division and termination of ETS takes place in accordance with the current legislation and these articles of association.

7.2. In order to terminate ETS, the general meeting elects a liquidation committee, which is based on the procedure prescribed by law for liquidation.

7.3. Reorganization or termination of ETS is decided by the general meeting of ETS. Upon termination, after the creditors' claims are satisfied, the remaining property is transferred to a non-profit organization or foundation with similar goals, with an income tax benefit to a member of the list of non-profit organizations and foundations or to a public legal entity.

Founders of Estonian Lighthouse Society


  1. Kõrgessaare Parish
  2. The Maritime Administration
  3. The National Heritage Board
  4. The Estonian Maritime Museum
  5. Kaarma Parish
  6. NGO Keri Society
  7. NGO Laidunina Lighthouse Society
  8. NGO Suurupi Society


  1. Maret Pank
  2. Katrin Sarapuu
  3. Ego Riener
  4. Tõnis Siilanarusk
  5. Tõnu Veldre
  6. Hubert Veldermann
  7. Mati Kohlap
  8. Merle Hirvlaan
  9. Dan Heering
  10. Einar-August Jürgenson
  11. Leo Käärmann
  12. Taivo Kivimäe
  13. Tiit Einberg
  14. Vaido Kraav
  15. Andry Rütkinen
  16. Urmas Õunap
  17. Janno Viina



  • chairman – Ego Riener
  • member – Nino Feštšin
  • member – Nino Feštšin

Audit Committee

  • Urmas Õunap
  • Helle Kares
  • Peep Rada