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Statutes of the Beringers Lügensteine e.V. (Beringer's Lying Stones Association)

§1 Name and headquarters of the Association, business year

  1. The Association has the name "Beringer's Lying Stones Association".
    It should be entered on the Register of Associations and have the addition "Ltd".
  2. The association has its headquarters in Würzburg.
  3. The business year is the calendar year.


§2 Purpose, duties, profit status of  the Association

  1. The "Beringer's Lying Stones Association" with headquarters in Würzburg pursues exclusively and directly charitable goals within the meaning of the section "Tax privileged purposes" of the tax code.
  2. The purpose of the Association is scholarly research to clarify the so-called "Würzburg Lying Stones" affair, which has entered into history as the first natural science fraud.
    The main research focus is on the personal physician Johanne Bartholomew Adam Beringer (1670-1738) and the developments at Würzburg University at the beginning of the modern era, in particular at the medical faculty with the natural sciences taught there.
    Results of the research are to be gathered from history of science exhibitions, lectures and publications, as well as in exchange with national and international institutions, and processed in order to be able to make this part of our scientific and cultural history understandable, as well as the so-called "Lying Stones" affair, the first natural science fraud.
    The support of interested young scholarly researchers is aimed for.
  3. The Association is not-for-profit; it does not pursue its own economic purposes.
  4. Association funds may only be used for the statutory purposes. The members receive no allowances from Association funds. No person may be favoured with unreasonably high remuneration or expenses, which are alien to the purpose of the Association.


§3 Becoming a member

  1. Every natural, adult person and every legal entity can become a member of the Association.
  2. Admission to the Association is to be applied for in writing to the Executive Board. The Executive Board decides on the application for admission. If it does not want to grant the application, the next General Meeting of the members decides on it.
  3. The membership becomes effective on payment of the first membership fee.
  4. At the suggestion of the Executive Board, the General Meeting of the members can accept deserving promoters of the "Beringer Lying Stones" Association as honorary life members of the Association.


§4 Termination of membership

  1. Membership in the Association is terminated by death, resignation or expulsion.
  2. Resignation must be declared to the Executive Board in writing. Resignation can only be declared with a lead time of two months to the end of the business year.
  3. A member may be expelled from the Association by decision of the General Meeting of the members, if he
    a) has culpably damaged the reputation or the interests of the Association in a serious manner or has repeatedly violated obligations incumbent on him in accordance with the statutes or
    b) is more than three months in arrears with the payment of his membership fees and in spite of written reminder under penalty of expulsion has not paid the arrears of the fees.
    The opportunity is to be given to the member to express his views in the General Meeting of members on the grounds for the expulsion. These are to be communicated to him at least two weeks in advance.


§5 Rights and duties of the members

  1. Every member has the right to help actively in the support of the "Beringer Lying Stones" Association and to take part in joint events. Every member has the same right to vote and elect in the General Meeting of members.
  2. Every member has the duty to promote the interests of the "Beringer Lying Stones" Association, in particular to pay his membership fees regularly and, as far as it is in his power, to support the events of the "Beringer Lying Stones" Association with his cooperation.


§6 Membership fees

  1. Every member has to pay an annual membership fee falling due in advance.
  2. The amount of the membership fees is fixed by the General Meeting of members. In this, the openness of the Association to the general public is to be adequately considered.
  3. Honorary members are exempt from the membership fees.


§7 Organs of the Association

  1. Organs of the Association are the Executive Board and the General Meeting of members.


§8 Executive Board

  1. The Executive Board of the Association is responsible for representing the Association according to §26 Civil Code and for the management of business operations. In particular, it has the following duties:
    a) the convening and preparation of the General Meetings of the members, including setting the agenda.
    b) the implementation of decisions of the General Meeting of the members.
    c) the management of the Association assets and the preparation of an annual report.
    d) the admission of new members.
  2. The Executive Board consists of the chairman, his deputy and the treasurer.
  3. The chairman represents the Association alone. For the rest, two board members represent the Association together.
  4. The members of the Executive Board are individually elected by the General Meeting of the members for a period of two years. Members of the Executive Board can only be members of the Association; at the end of membership in the Association, membership in the Executive Board also ends. The re-election or the premature removal of a member by the General Meeting of the members are allowed. A member will remain at the end of his regular term of office until the election of his successor in the office. If a member resigns prematurely from the Executive Board, the remaining members are entitled to elect a member of the Association until the election of a successor on the Executive Board by the General Meeting of the members.
  5. The Executive Board will meet as required. The meetings are convened by the Chairman, and in his absence by his deputy. A notice period of one week should be kept. The Executive Board has a quorum if at least two members are present. For the adoption of resolutions, the majority of the submitted valid votes decides. In a tie vote, the vote of the chairman shall decide, and in his absence, his deputy.
  6. The decisions of the Executive Board are to be recorded. The protocol must be signed by the Secretary and also by the chairman, and in case of being prevented, by his deputy or another member of the Executive Board.


§9 General Meeting of the members

  1. The General Meeting of the members is responsible for the decisions in the following matters:
    a) amending the statutes,
    b) the dissolution of the Association,
    c) the admission of new Association members in the cases of § 3 Paragraph 2 sentence 3, the appointment of honorary members and also the expulsion of members from the Association,
    d) the election and dismissal of the members of the Executive Board,
    f) the fixing of the membership fees.
  2. At least once a year the Executive Board has to convene a General Meeting of the members. The meetings are convened in writing with at least two weeks notice and stating the agenda.
  3. The agenda is set by the Executive Board. Every club member can apply to the Executive Board in writing at least one week before the General Meeting of the members for a supplement to the agenda. The Executive Board decides on the application. The General Meeting of the members decides by the majority of the votes cast on the applications to the agenda which were not taken up by the Executive Board or which are submitted for the first time in the General Meeting of the members; this does not apply to applications which have an amendment to the statute, the dissolution of the Association or changes in the membership fees as their object.
  4. The Executive Board has to convene an extraordinary General Meeting of the members if required in the interest of the Association or if one quarter of the members applies for this in writing, stating the purpose and the reasons. As far as circumstances permit this, a charge period of two weeks is to be kept and the agenda has to be announced in the invitation.
  5. The General Meeting of the members is chaired by the chairman, and in his absence by his deputy, and in his absence by a chairman of the meeting to be elected by the General Meeting of the members.
  6. The General Meeting of the members has a quorum if at least one third of all club members are present. If there is no quorum, the Executive Board is obliged to convene a second General Meeting of the members with the same agenda within four weeks. This has a quorum regardless of the number of members present. This is to be pointed out in the invitation.
  7. The General Meeting of the members decides in open vote by a majority of the votes cast. In elections, if no candidate can get a majority of the votes cast, a run-off is to be carried out. Decisions about amending the statute need a majority of three quarters of the votes cast, and a decision about the dissolution of the Association needs the consent of nine tenths of the votes cast.
  8. Minutes must be taken about the course of the General Meeting of the members and the decisions taken. These are to be signed by the secretary and the chairman of the meeting.
  9. Every statute amendment must be notified to the tax office by sending the amended statute.
  10. Statute amendments due to official measures (tax office, Association register) can be decided by the Executive Board and afterwards are to be notified to the next General Meeting of the members.


§10 Expense allowance

  1. The Association functions are basically done in an honorary capacity.
  2. When required, Association functions can be administered within the scope of the budgetary juridical possibilities against payment on the basis of a service contract or against payment of an adequate expense allowance.
  3. The decision on a paid Association activity according to number 2 is made by the General Meeting of the members. The same applies for the contents of a contract and the termination of a contract.
  4. The Executive Board is authorised to delegate activities for the Association against payment of a reasonable remuneration or expense allowance. The budgetary situation of the Association is authoritative.
  5. Moreover, the members and employees of the Association have an entitlement to reimbursement of expenses according to § 670 Civil Code for such expenditures that have been incurred by them through the activity for the Association. In particular, these include transport costs, travel expenses, postage, telephone etc. Refunds are only granted if the expenditure is justified by supporting documents and statements, which must be auditable.
  6. By decision within the scope of the possibilities according to tax law, the Executive Board can decide on the amount of reimbursement of expenses according to § 670 Civil Code.


§11 Dissolution of the Association, termination for other reasons, loss of tax-privileged purposes

  1. In the event of dissolution of the Association, the chairman of the Executive Board and his deputy are jointly authorised representatives for the liquidation process, if the General Meeting of the members appoints no other people.
  2. Upon dissolution of the Association or loss of tax-priveleged purposes, the assets of the Association go to the Juliusspital Foundation, Würzburg, which has to use them directly and exclusively for charitable purposes.
  3. The preceding regulations apply accordingly if the Association is dissolved for another reason or loses its legal capacity.


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