Statutes of the “Stolpersteine Bad Mergentheim e.V.” Association

Statutes of the association “Stolpersteine Bad Mergentheim e.V.” of October 24, 2018.

§ 1 Name and seat, organs, fiscal year.

The Association shall be entered in the Register of Associations and be called “Stolpersteine Bad Mergentheim e.V.”.

It shall have its registered office in Bad Mergentheim.

Organs of the association are the general meeting and the board of directors.

The business year is the calendar year.

§ 2 Purpose of the Association

The association promotes and supports the project “Stolpersteine für Bad Mergentheim” (Stumbling Stones for Bad Mergentheim) in the sense of remembering those persecuted and murdered during the National Socialist era and promoting international understanding.

The purpose of the statutes is realized in particular by:

  • the laying of Stolpersteine in the area of the city of Bad Mergentheim (as well as their care and maintenance),
  • the suggestion of school sponsorships,
  • the establishment and maintenance of contacts with relatives or acquaintances of the persons who are commemorated by the Stolpersteine,
  • their financial support during their journey to and stay in Bad Mergentheim,
  • Maintenance of the culture of remembrance,
  • public relations for the project,
  • raising funds to make these activities possible.

The association exclusively and directly pursues charitable purposes within the meaning of the section “Tax-privileged purposes” of the German Tax Code.

§ 3 Selflessness

The Association shall act selflessly; it shall not primarily pursue its own economic purposes.

The Association’s funds may only be used for purposes in accordance with the Articles of Association.

The funds required to achieve the purposes of the Association shall be raised through Membership fees and donations and grants of any kind.

Members shall not receive any benefits from the Association’s funds. No person shall be favoured by expenses which are alien to the purpose of the association or by disproportionately high compensation.

All holders of association offices work on an honorary basis. They are entitled to reimbursement of reasonable expenses.

§ 4 Membership

Any natural or legal person of full age may become a member. The written The board of directors may object to the written application for membership within one month.

Membership fees may be charged. The general meeting decides on the due date and amount.

Membership ends with death, resignation or exclusion from the association.

The resignation can only at the end of a calendar year and must be notified in writing 3 months before the end of the year.

In case of gross violations of the association’s duties, e.g. non-payment of the membership fee despite reminder, the board may decide to exclude a member.

§ 5 General Meeting

Tasks of the general meeting are among others:

  • the election and discharge of the board,
  • the acceptance of the annual report of the board and the resolution on the budget,
  • amendments to the statutes, changes to the purpose of the association and dissolution of the association,
  • the election of auditors and the acceptance of their report.

The general meeting has a quorum if it has been properly convened.

It passes resolutions with a simple majority of the members present.

Amendments to the statutes, a change in the purpose of the association as well as the dissolution of the association require a 2/3 majority of the members present. Members who abstain from voting are treated as if they did not appear.

The resolutions of the general meeting shall be recorded in a protocol, which shall be signed by the chairman of the meeting.

§ 6 Chairmen Board

The Chairmen Board is responsible for all matters of the association that are not expressly are not expressly assigned to the general meeting by the statutes.

The board consists of the chairman, a deputy chairman and a treasurer.

It is elected for a period of 2 years. The board remains in office until the election of a new Board in office.

It passes resolutions with a simple majority. The board has a quorum if at least two board members are present.

Each member of the board is individually authorized to represent the association. The members of the Chairmen Board with sole power of representation are bound by the majority resolutions of the Chairmen Board.

The Chairmen Board invites in writing (this can also be done by email) two weeks in advance at least once a year to the general meeting. The agenda is set by the by the board.

If the entry in the register of associations or the recognition of the non-profit status by the responsible tax office, the board is entitled to make the necessary changes independently.

§ 7 Auditing

The general meeting elects at least one auditor for a period of two years.

This auditor is not a member of the board of directors and works as a control body of the board on behalf of the members. He/she controls the financial transactions of the association and submits an audit report to the general meeting at least once per calendar year.

§ 8 Dissolution / discontinuation of the tax-privileged purpose

In the event of the dissolution of the Association or the discontinuation of tax-privileged purposes, the assets of the Association shall fall to the to the Evangelical Parish of Bad Mergentheim with the condition that it is used exclusively and directly for tax-privileged purposes of the promotion of international understanding as well as the remembrance of those persecuted and murdered under National Socialism.

Liquidation shall be carried out by the members of the Chairmen Board in office at the time of the resolution to dissolve the Foundation.