Historical Weapons

The Association

Statutes of the Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Erprobung historischer Waffen e.V.
Resolved at the Annual General Meeting on the 2 July 2010, Garching an der Alz
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The association principally devotes itself to the recording of the technical development and the practical checking of teaching methods in weapons technology as well as its customs and traditions. In this way the association distances itself from any form of glorification of violence, but will with its historical research work help to foster peaceful co-existence between people.

To this end the Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Erprobung historischer Waffen e.V. gives itself the following statutes:

§ 1 Name, Location, Fiscal year

1. The association goes by the name “Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Erprobung historischer Waffen e.V.”
2. It is located in Garching a. d. Alz, Germany.
3. The fiscal year is the calendar year

§ 2 Objectives and tasks of the association

1. The Objective of the association is, the promotion of science and research in the area of historical weapons.
2. The association will achieve its objectives in particular by:

a. The acquisition, analysis, recording and reconstruction of historical cutting, stabbing, shooting and defensive weapons.
b. Testing of historical cutting, stabbing, shooting and defensive weapons for their performance and handling.
c. Publicizing the results achieved.
d. Organizing, implementing and participating in and at information, show and theme events.

§ 3 Membership

1. Members can naturally only be people who support the objectives of the association and are over 18 years of age.
2. Sustaining members can naturally only be people who support the objectives of the association and are legal persons over 18 years of age. Sustaining members are subject to the restrictions of § 4, Number 2.
3. The administrative board decides on the application for admission. The applicant has the right to appeal at the general meeting of the members against any rejection, this must be applied for, in writing, within one month to the administrative board.
4. A member or a sustaining member may only resign with a written explanation submitted to the administrative board within a notice period of three months before the end of the fiscal year.
5. A member or sustaining member can be excluded through a decision of the administrative board, if he acts contrary to the goals of the society, or he fails to fulfil his obligations to the society, or when a member or sustaining member, despite having received sufficient warnings, is two years in arrears with his contributions. Only a member at the general meeting can appeal against this decision. This decision is final. The member is invited to be heard at the meeting. In the case of the death of a member or contributing member, membership is terminated automatically. A refund of contributions will not be possible.

§ 4 Rights and responsibilities of the member and contributing member

1. The general meeting releases a membership fee which regulates the yearly contributions that are to be paid.
2. Sustaining members have just the following from the listed statutory membership rights:

a. Sustaining members have the right to information and the right to make suggestions on all matters concerning the association. The administrative board should inform them about activities of the society, so long as it does not exclude the interests of the society or impede on members confidentiality and also does not result in disproportionate costs being charged.
b. Sustaining members will receive at least once a year written information about the activities of the association, in particular about projects and associations development.
c. Sustaining members are not eligible to vote and their share in the case of required quotas e.g. article amendments will not be included. Sustaining member may not be elected as association officials.
d. Sustaining members can participate in members meetings and forward proposals. There is no obligation on the part of the association to invite them to the members meetings.

§ 5 Organs of the association

1. The organs of the association are:

a. Meeting of the Members
b. The Board

§ 6 Meeting of the members

1. The top organ is the meeting of the members, normally led by a member of the board.
2. The meeting of the members set the guidelines for the work of the association and makes decisions on questions of fundamental importance. The tasks of the meeting of the members include in particular:

a. Electing and voting out of the board
b. Consulting on the situation and planning work
c. Approval of economic and investment plans of the board
d. Resolution on the financial statements
e. Acceptance of the financial report of the board
f. Resolution to grant the discharge of the board
g. Decree of the fee schedule that is not a component of the statute
h. Decree over changes of the statute and the dissolution of the association

3. The chairman of the board is invited at least four weeks in advance in writing to the members meeting of with inclusion of the provisional agenda of the day. This happens as often as it is required, normally once a year.
4. A exceptional members meeting takes place on reasoned request when at least 25% of the members request it. It must be called at the latest five weeks after the application is submitted in writing.
5. The general meeting has a quorum when at least half members of the association are present, its resolutions are decided by a majority of votes.
6. Minutes will be made of the decisions made as well as, if necessary about the understanding of the decision and a description of the process which led to the decision. These will be signed by the chair of the meeting and secretary.
7. The invitation to the general meeting takes place in good time (at least two weeks before the meeting) and in an appropriate form.

§ 7 The Board

1. The board consists of the chairman, the vice chairman, treasurer and secretary. The board informed within the guidelines of § 26 BGB. The board members are volunteers.
2. For the legally binding representation of third parties and in the case of internal matters the joint subscription of two members of the board suffices.
3. The term of office of board members is 2 years. They remain in office until the new election of the board.
4. The board should normally meet every six months for a meeting of the board.
5. The invitation to the general meeting takes place in good time (at least two weeks before the meeting) and in an appropriate form.
6. The resolutions must be recorded in writing and signed by the chairman of the board.

§ 8 Amendment of statutes or dissolution

1. The general meeting can decide on changes in the objectives or in the dissolution of the association. Proposals regarding changes to the statute, changes in the objective or dissolution must be provided by voting members at least one month before the general meeting of the members. These decisions can only be reached on the basis of a majority of three quarters of its voting members.
2. Amendments of or supplements to the articles of the association, which are prescribed by the authority responsible for the Register of Associations or by the tax office, may be implemented by the board without the passing of a resolution at the general meeting. The members must be informed, of these changes at least two weeks before the invitation to the next general meeting.
3. In the event of a winding up, withdrawal of the legal capacity of the association, the total assets will go to DEMIRA Deutsche Minenräumer e.V.