STATUTE of the registered association

Bahnfreunde Rhein-Neckar-Pfalz e.V., Viernheim, Germany

I. Name and location of the association

§1

The association bears the name of "Bahnfreunde Rhein Neckar Pfalz e.V." with location at Viernheim. It is entered as legally responsible association into the register of associations at the district court Lampertheim.
II. Purpose

§2

The association has the purpose:
  1. To keep, wake and preserve the interest and understanding in the history of the rail traffic, in particular the suburban traffic.
  2. -- remains free --
  3. -- remains free --
  4. -- remains free --
 

§3

The association would like to achieve its purpose:
  1. By ready-for-operation preparation and maintenance of one (or several) museum trains or - vehicles.
  2. By building up a collection of articles of equipment etc., by publication of literature, postcard records and such, as well as everything that is suitable to serve the association purpose.
  3. By co-operation with associations of same or similar objective at common events or even continuously.
 

§4

The association pursues exclusively and directly non-profit purposes in the sense of the paragraph "tax-privileged purposes" of the tax code in the valid version, in particular by maintenance of the monument protection.
III. Membership

§5

The association consits of:
  1. Regular members
  2. Honour members

Natural and legal entities can become members of the association.

A. Acquisition of membership

§6

The membership is beeing acquired after entry assertion by resolution of the executive committee. After a half-year waiting period final accommodation or refusal takes place, what is to be acknowledged to the one willing to join informally.
B. Honour membership:

§7

Who made himself particularly earned around work and objects of the association, can be appointed as honour member by resolution of the executive committee, which has to be acknowledged through the next meeting of the members.
The honour members have the same rights as the other members, are however relieved of the payment of the annuity.
C. Rights and obligations of the members:

§8

The membership entitles for the participation and voting during the meeting of the members as well as for the position of requests.
 

§9

Members are obligated:
  1. to the attention of the statute and resolutions issued by the association;
  2. to the payment of the contribution, due on January 1st for the current calendar year:
    a)    The height of the annuity is determined by the meeting of the members.
    b)    The executive committee can make special arrangements regarding the obligation to pay contribution and payment in individual cases after discretion.
    c)    With payment in arrear of more than 3 months the rights from the membership rest.
  3. to omit political and world-descriptive activities of each type within the association.
D. Loss of membership:

§10

Membership expires:
  1. for natural persons by the death of the member, for legal entities by the winding up without legal follow-up.
  2. by withdrawal from the association. The withdrawal can be declared within a six week period to the end of the financial year by registred letter to the executive committee. However, the contributions for the current year have to be paid. As assertion of the withdrawal is to be treated, if a member stays despite twice written reminder with its membership dues longer than one year backward. The executive committee determines the termination of the membership and indicates this to the separated member in writing.
  3. by exclusion. The exclusion can take place, if the excluding one acts contrary to the purposes and objects of the association or makes himself guilty an action, which is suitable to damage the reputation of the association. After hearing the concerning member, the executive committee decides alone abouth the exclusion first. The concerning can call the decision of the meeting of the members against the board resolution.
IV. The financial year:

§11

As a financial year the calendar year is considered. Before termination of each financial year a cash audit has to take place.
V. The agency and administration of the association:
A. Organs

§12

1. The executive committee
An executive committee consisting of at least four persons, leads the business of the association. It is elected by the meeting of the members out of the members for a three years period with simple majority. At the end of the office period the executive committee continues to lead the business, until the new executive committee is elected and the election result is proclaimed. Re-election is admissible. If a member of the board separates, then the executive committee can entrust a member for the commissarial perception of the business up to the next statutory meeting of the members.

The executive committee consists of:

  • the chairman,
  • his deputy,
  • the executive for public relations and
  • the treasurer.
2. The advisory
An advisory is assigned to to the executive committee. This has the function to help and advise the executive committee in all affairs of the association, also at the time of planning and execution of association projects.
The executive committee appoints suitable members into the advisory. The number of the members of the advisory is to be adapted to the requirements. The executive committee can inlude members of the advisory to his meetings with advisory voice.
3. The chairman and his deputy
  • The chairman and his deputy represent the association judicially and out of court in each case alone; they are executive committee in the sense of §26 BGB (german code of civil law).
  • The chairman or his deputy can obligate the association financially only in the context of the household suggestion approved by the meeting of the members.
  • The chairman or his deputy have the right of the inspection into all business matters of the association, including the cash keeping and the work of the advisers.
  • The chairman or his deputy have the right for summoning and leading the sessions of the executive committee and the meeting of the members.
4. The meeting of the members
I. I. Annually, a meeting of the members (general meeting) must take place.
Its functions are:
  1. Receipt of the report and discharge of the executive committee.
  2. Receipt and permission of the calculation resolution and discharge of the treasurer.
  3. Election of the executive committee.
  4. Alterations of the statutes.
  5. Fixing the height of the annuity.
  6. Permission of the household suggestion.
  7. Selection of two checkout examiners and two deputies.
  8. Appointment and acknowledgement of honour members.
  9. Adoption of resolutions about requests of members.
  10. Decision about board resolutions concerning the exclusion of members.
  11. Decision about winding up the association or fusion with other associations.

II. The extraordinary meeting of the members
An extraordinary meeting of the members is to be called up:

  1. on resolution of the executive committee,
  2. on request of the majority of the advisory,
  3. on request of a quarter of the members provided with written reasons.

III. The invitation for the meeting of the members
has to take place in writing and under publication of the agenda. It is to be given to the post office at least 14 days beforehand. Requests at the meeting of the members are to be given to the executive committee at least four weeks beforehand in writing. Urgent requests, which are supported by at least one quarter of the voters of members present on the general meeting, are taken up to the agenda without adherence to the four-week period. Requests about §12, digit 4, exp. 1, point 4 and 11 are excluded from the handling as urgent request.

B. Adoption of resolutions and recording of the resolutions:

§13

  1. The resolutions of the executive committee and the meeting of the members are made under ballot of the session conductor by a simple majority of votes. Absent ones can deliver their votes in writing. Transferring of votes is admissible, however only max. 3 to each person.
  2. Over alteration of the statutes, winding up of the association and the complete accommodation of other associations, which do not continue any longer independently in the future, can be decided only with a majority of two third of all delivered voices. During adoption of resolutions about the winding up or merging the Bahnfreunde Rhein Neckar Pfalz e.V., Viernheim, into another association, at least 50% of the voters of members must be present or represented.
  3. All resolutions are taken up to the log book and signed by the chairman and the secretary.
C. Coworker

§14

  1. The members of the board perform their activity honorary. The expenditures caused hereby can be refunded them on request against appropriate proof.
  2. However, the executive committee has the right to order full-time coworkers against appropriate payment if this is necessary by the development of the association activity and for the correct fulfilment of the functions.
  3. No person may be favoured by functions of the administration, which are other to the purposes of the association, or by disproportionately high remuneration. Coworkers and members do not receive shares in the profits and in their status as members also no other allowances from means of the association.
  4. The association acts unselfish. It does not pursue primarily self-economic purposes.
VI. Final clauses

§15

In the case of winding up or removal of the association or with omission of its past purpose to be, its entire fortune changes to the federal state museum for technique and work at Mannheim, which has to use it directly and exclusively for the presentation of the history of the development of the public local passenger traffic in the Rhine-Neckar-triangle.

If the winding up of the association is decided by the meeting of the members, then the same has immediately to appoint two liquidators by a simple majority of votes, which are only authorized to dispose together. Liquidators have to procure in particular the transfer of the fortune according to the statutory regulation.
 
Statute established: Viernheim, January 21st 1983


Note: The available version of the statute contains the modifications in accordance with the general meeting of May 19th 1984, of January 17th 1987 and of February 05th 1993. Passages modified in relation to the preceeding version from January 1988 are here emphasized in italics.


Ludwigshafen on the Rhine, in September 1993

Bahnfreunde RHEIN-NECKAR-PFALZ e.V.

signed: Mueller
- chairman -


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