§ 1 Name, Place, Business
- The association bears the
name "Freie Zone". It shall be registered with the register
of associations. Upon registration the name will be
Freie Zone e.V.
- The seat of the association
- Business Year of the association
is according to the calendar year.
§ 2 Purpose, Tasks, Not for
- Purpose of the association
is to inform the public about the philosophies of cognition, especially
the philosophy of L. Ron Hubbard, as well as about organizations working
in this field.
- The association emphatically
differentiates itself from the official and unofficial organizations
of the Church of Scientology. The members of the association do not
agree with their practice as well as their interpretation of the philosophy
of L. Ron Hubbard.
- The association follows
exclusively and directly purposes of a non-profit making character as
per paragraph "purposes carrying tax privileges" of the tax
law. The purpose of the Articles is attained especially by:
- Organization of lectures
- Establishment of information
centres for the public, press and interested persons
- Writing and editing
of own publications
- national and international
contact and cooperation with organizations as well as religious
groups following similar objectives.
- public relations
- The association acts in
an unselfish way. It does not mainly follow purposes of profit making
- Financial means of the association
may only be used in accordance with the statutes. The members do not
receive any monetary allowances from the association. No person may
benefit from expenses not in accordance with the purpose of the statutes
nor from excessive remuneration.
- In case of disbandment or
dissolution of the association or in case of cessation of the existing
purpose, the means of the association devolve upon a corporation under
public law or upon another non-profit organization which must use these
means solely and directly for the purposes as per § 2 of these Statutes.
§ 3 Membership Acquisiton
- The association consists
- professional members
- supporting members
- honorary members
- Each natural or juristic
person with full legal capacity in Germany or abroad can become a member
of the association provided that the person is not a member of an organization
working actively against the goals of the association.
- Membership acquisition must
follow with a written application for admission that shall be addressed
to the board of directors.
- The board approves membership
admission by its own discretion. In the case of refusal of the application
the board is not obligated to inform the applicant as to the reasons.
- The board may propose honorary
life members to be appointed by the members at the annual meeting.
§ 4 Ending of Membership
- The membership ends by leaving
the association, exclusion or death.
- Leaving the association
requires a written notice addressed to the board. Leaving is only possible
at the end of a business year with two months prior notice.
- A member can be expelled
from the association by a majority vote of all board members. The decision
of the board should be sent to the member in written form stating the
reasons. All members must be informed as to the expulsion. The board
decides by its own discretion to proclaim the reasons or not.
§ 5 Membership Dues
- The members are charged
an admission fee, an annual subscription and an apportionment of costs.
- Amount and due date of the
admission fee, annual subscription and apportionment of costs are fixed
by the board.
- Honorary members are exempt
from subscription and apportionment of costs.
- The board can by resolution
partly remit or grant a respite in the payment of fees, contributions
and apportionment of costs in appropriate cases.
§ 6 Rights and Duties of the
- All members have the right
to actively take part in the realization of the statutes' purpose within
the scope of their assigned duties.
- The members are allowed
to use the facilities and equipment of the association as well as to
participate in the events organized by the association.
- The members must respect,
within the scope of their activity in the association, all contributions-,
house- and other rules fixed by the board.
§ 7 Organs of the Association
Organs of the association are
the board, the senate and the general assembly of members.
§ 8 The Board
- The board of the association
consists as per § 26 BGB (German Civil Code) of the president, the vice-president,
the treasurer and at least two further members of the board.
- The association is represented
by two members of the board. The power of representation of two members
is limited in such a way that for legal transactions with a value over
5.000.- DM a majority of votes of all board members is required.
§ 9 Responsibility of the
The board is responsible for
all matters of the association unless they have been delegated to another
organ of the association as per the statutes. The duties of the board
- to prepare and convoke the
general assembly of members and to set up the agenda
- to carry out the resolutions
decided by the meeting of members
- accounting and presentation
of the annual report
- admission of members
- exclusion of members
- assessment of the membership
- issue of contributions-,
house and other rules not forming an integral part of the statutes.
- to decide legal transactions
with a value over 5.000,- DM.
§ 10 The Board's Election
and Terms of Office
- The board is elected by
the general assembly of members for the period of 1 year, calculated
from the beginning of the election. The board, however, holds office
until the new election. Each member of the board has to be elected individually.
Only professional members of the association can be elected as members
of the board. The senate has the sole right of nomination. Upon leaving
the association the office of a board member is automatically terminated.
- Should a board member prematurely
leave the association, the senate can elect a successor for the remaining
time in office.
§ 11 Meetings and Resolutions
of the Board
- The board decides in meetings
convened by the president or, in the case of his disability, by the
vice-president. The agenda is to be announced. A summoning of one week
shall be observed.
- The board is competent to
pass a resolution, if at least three of its members are present. Resolutions
are decided by the majority of the valid votes cast, unless otherwise
determined in the statutes. In the event of a tie the president or,
in his absence, the vice-president, shall have the casting vote.
- The board can decide in
written proceedings, if all members of the board agree to the subject
of the resolution.
§ 12 Senate
- The Senate advises the board
in all matters of managing the association and is - with the exception
of the first election of the board at the time of establishment - solely
entitled to nominate the members of the board.
- The Senate consists of five
professional members with the longest membership. In the event of equal
affiliation of several members, the president, or in his absence, the
vice-president, decides by drawing lots.
- The Senate elects a senatorial
spokesman from among its members. He convenes the meetings of the Senate
and decides in the event of a tie. The Senate is competent to pass a
resolution, if at least three of its members are present.
§ 13 General assembly of members
- Each professional member
of the general assembly of members has one valid vote. Only a professional
member can be authorized in writing to execute the right to vote for
another professional member. The authorization must be given separately
for each general assembly. A member, however, shall not represent more
than three other votes.
- The responsibilities of
the general assembly of members are:
- to elect and dismiss
the members of the board
- to accept the board's
annual report and to discharge the board
- to pass resolutions
regarding changes in the statutes and the disbandment of the association
- to nominate honorary
§ 14 Convocation of the general
assembly of members
- Once a year, if possible
during the first quarter, the general assembly of the professional members
takes place. It shall be convened by the board with an observance of
a fixed period of four weeks and by stating the agenda. The fixed period
begins with the day following the mailing date of the invitation letter.
The invitation is considered to be received by the member when it has
been sent to the last written address from the member to the board.
The agenda is determined by the board.
- Each professional member
has the right to propose in writing to the board an addendum to the
agenda at the latest one week before the general meeting. The leader
of the assembly must give notice of the addendum at the beginning of
the meeting. Addendums suggested during the general meeting will be
decided on by the general assembly.
- Subscribing members and
honorary members attend in an advisory capacity only.
§ 15 Special Meeting of Members
A special meeting of members
is to be convened by the board if it is required by the interest of the
association or if one-tenth of the professional members applies for it
in written form stating the purpose and the reasons.
§ 16 Resolutions of the General
Assembly of Members
- The general assembly of
members is headed by the president or, in his absence the vice-president
takes over this task. In the event of elections, an election committee
can be assigned for leading the assembly during the ballot and the preceeding
- At the beginning of the
general meeting the leader of the assembly selects a person to take
down the minutes.
The minutes of meeting must be signed by the keeper of the minutes and
the leader of the assembly.
- The leader of the assembly
will determine the style of voting. The vote shall ensue in written
form if this is required by a third of the present members with a valid
- The meeting of members is
competent to pass a resolution if at least three quarter of the professional
members are present. In case of absence of a quorum, the board is obligated
to convene another meeting of members within four weeks and to set up
the same agenda.
- In general the meeting of
members passes resolutions by a simple majority of the valid votes.
Abstentions are invalid votes. A majority of nine-tenths, however, is
required to change the statutes or respectively to dissolve the association.
- A candidate who, during
the elections, has received more than one half of the cast, valid votes
is elected. Should no candidate receive more than half ot the valid
votes, a decisive ballot shall take place between the two candidates
having received the majority of votes. The candidate receiving the majority
of votes is elected. In the case of a tie, the leader of the assembly
decides by drawing lots.
§ 17 Disbandment of the Association
- The disbandment of the association
can only be decided by a nine-tenths majority of the valid votes. (§
- Should the meeting of the
members not decide anything else, the president and the vice-president
are the authorized liquidators.
- When the liquidation is
terminated, the association's assets devolve upon a corporation under
public law or other non-profit organization. (§ 2 (5))
- The aforementioned regulations
apply mutatis mutandis if the association is dissolved by other reasons
or if it loses its legal capacity.
§ 18 Domicile, Place of Jurisdiction,
- The domicile and the place
of jurisdiction for all matters of the association is Munich, Germany.
- The association and its
members are liable for the members of the association in principle only
in case of gross negligence and wrongful intent - as far as this restriction
is permitted by law.
German version of the statutes is binding for all legal matters of the
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