(§ 1) Name
(1.1) The association has the name "European Throwing Club Flying Blades (Eurothrowers)". It is to be enrolled in the associations list of the Amtsgericht (lower court) of Bayreuth, and will then carry the postfix "e.V." (meaning enrolled association).
(§ 2) Place
(2.1) The seat of the association is D-91278 Pottenstein.
(§ 3) Definitions
(3.1) The association is dedicated to the sport and art of knife throwing and axe throwing. Beside this, it is interested in other devices that are difficult to throw, such as lasso or boomerang. And it is interested in the history, the production and the handling of knives, axes and throwing devices in general.
(§ 4) Immediate purpose
(4.1) The association promotes the contact between throwers and throwing association in Europe and worldwide. It engages in the development of uniform conditions for contests.
(4.2) The association advises organisers concerning contests and meetings for throwers.
(4.3) To learn knife throwing without teacher is a main obstacle for novices. The association wants to give advice here.
(§ 5) Mediate purpose
(5.1) The association informs the public about the techniques and capabilities of throwing.
(5.2) We use knives exclusively as sport devices. But knives can also be seen as weapons. Therefore we deal with the legislation and try to protect the throwing sport from legal restrictions.
(5.3) The association supports the throwers in all countries in their effort to practice the sport legally.
(§ 6) Long term aim
(6.1) The association pursues the acknowledgement of knife and axe throwing as an official sport. For this purpose, it aims at becoming member of the respective national and international umbrella organisations.
(6.2) Axe and knife throwing have an ages old tradition. The association stands up for this tradition to be preserved for the future.
(§ 7) Bodies of the association
(7.1) The bodies of the association are
(a) the managing committee
(b) the members meeting
(§ 8) The managing committee
(8.1) The managing committee consists of the chairwoman/chairman, the vice chairwoman/chairman and maximum 6 more members.
(8.2) The managing committee has to take the decisions about all association matters, as long as the matter is not restricted to the members meeting. The managing committee takes its decisions in board meetings, which are summoned by the chairman, or in case of her/his inability by the vice chairwoman/chairman, in written form, by telephone or by telegraph at least one week in advance.
(8.3) The managing committee constitutes a quorum, if at least half of its members are present at the managing committees meeting. The decisions are made by simple majority (more than 50 percent). In case of a tie the motion is rejected. The chairman, in his absence the vice chairman, presides over the meeting.
(8.4) A decision of the managing committee may be taken in writing, if all board members agree. Managing committee meetings may also be conducted as online meetings.
(8.5) Management in the sense of paragraph 26 BGB are the chairman and the vice chairman. The board members are relieved of the prohibition of paragraph 181 BGB. The association is represented judicially and extrajudicially by the chairman, or the vice chairman.
(8.6) The members of the managing committee operate honorarily. For conducting any associational task, the managing committee may introduce a register office, call honorary staff members and found working committees.
(§ 9) The members meeting
(9.1) The members meeting takes place every two years. It decides about
(9.1.a) the annual report
(9.1.b) the annual cash report
(9.1.c) the exoneration of the managing committee
(9.1.d) the voting out and election of the managing committee plus the determination of the amount of further members of the managing committee
(9.1.e) the election of cash auditors
(9.1.f) changes of the articles of association
(9.1.g) the dissolution of the association
(9.2) The members meeting is called by the managing committee in written form with declaration of the agenda, at least 4 weeks (28 days) in advance.
(9.3) Motions to be included in the agenda may be presented in writing to the managing committee at least 7 days before the members meeting.
(9.4) The members meeting does always constitute a quorum. It decides with simple majority of the present members who are entitled to vote, except for changes of the articles of association and dissolving of the association (see § 19 and § 23).
(9.5) On the course of the negotiations and the decisions made, a protocol is to be written, which is to be signed by the meetings chairman and the protocol writer. The protocol will be made available to all members.
(9.6) The members meeting elects the meetings chairman and the protocol writer.
(9.7) A members meeting in form of an online meeting is allowed and possible.
(9.8) The members are allowed to transfer their voting right to another member in written form, as far as they are not present at the meeting. The transfer of multiple voting rights to one member is also possible.
(§ 10) Treasurer
(10.1) The treasurer assists the managing committee. He takes care of the administration of the finances, especially the taxes and the collection of the membership fees. The treasurer may be identical with a member of the managing committee.
(§ 11) Eligibility, further offices
(11.1) Only members of the association may be elected into the managing committee. The members meeting may create further offices beside the treasurer.
(§ 12) Members
(12.1) All natural or legal persons of the private or public law who accept these articles of association may become members of the association. Explicitly also persons from foreign countries.
(§ 13) Begin of the membership
(13.1) The application to become a member must be sent in written form. The official admission is then granted by the managing committee, which may reject the application without having to tell the reason. In case of rejection the respective rejected person may appeal in the next members meeting. The members meeting then decides finally.
(§ 14) Rights and duties
(14.1) Each member obligates herself/himself to support the purposes and aims of the association. The reputation of the association and the axe and knife thrower in the public must not be damaged.
(§ 15) Ending the membership
(15.1) The membership ends through death, withdrawal or exclusion. The withdrawal can be declared towards the managing committee in written form at any time.
(15.2) A member may be excluded by decision of the managing committee or decision of the members meeting, if she/he offends against the articles of association or the interests of the association. The exclusion is to be justified to the member in written form to her/his last known address. Before the exclusion the member is to hear. The member may appeal against the exclusion to the members meeting within one month after reception of the exclusion. Until the decision of the members meeting the rights of the member are suspended.
(§ 16) Form
(16.1) The managing committee, the cash keeper and eventual further offices are elected by the members meeting with simple majority of the votes of the members present.
(§ 17) Terms of office
(17.1) The election of the offices is conducted every two years.
(17.2) After the time of office is over, the managing committee remains in office until the new elections. For any member of the managing committee who retires during her/his office time, a substitution election for the rest of the time of office is held at the next members meeting.
(§ 18) Voting out
(18.1) With 3/4 of the votes of the present members who are entitled to vote, the managing committee may be voted out of office before his time of office is over.
(§ 19) Changing the articles of association
(§ 19.1) A change of the articles of association, including changes of the aims and purposes, is possible with at least 3/4 of the votes of the members present in the members meeting who are entitled to vote. That majority must represent at least 1/2 of all members entitled to vote.
(§ 20) Membership fees
(20.1) Each member pays a membership fee, the amount of which is defined in the fee statutes, which is to be determined by the managing committee. As long as no fee statutes exist, the fee is 10 Euro a year.
(20.2) The obligation to pay begins with the month of subscription and ends with the month of the end of the membership. The membership fee for each year is to be paid in advance. A paid fee will not be refunded with the ending of the membership, neither in full nor in part.
(§ 21) Treasury
(21.1) For the cash, a dedicated bank account will be created, which is at the disposal of the managing committee and the treasurer.
(§ 22) Online meetings
(22.1) For an online-meeting, not all members must be present physically. The far participants express their will by means of telecommunication devices. It must be ensured that the expression of will really comes from that respective member and that it cannot be easily falsified. The meetings chairman, who is determined by the managing committee, ensures that the far participants can express themselves properly in the meeting. The place of the meeting is defined as the location of the physical presence of the meetings chairman. The far participants are present in the sense of the articles of association.
(§ 23) Dissolution of the association
(23.1) A motion for dissolution of the association has to be sent and justified in written form to the managing committee at least 6 weeks before the members meeting. The motion is accepted with at least 3/4 of votes of the present members who are entitled to vote, that majority must represent at least 1/2 of these members. Is such a majority not achieved, a new members meeting is to be conducted upon request. In that new meeting, a majority of 3/4 of the present members who are entitled to vote is sufficient for the dissolution.
(23.2) The members meetings which decides the dissolution of the association also decides about the further usage of the associations assets.
(§ 24) Place of fulfillment and place of jurisdiction
(24.1) Place of fulfillment and place of jurisdiction for all claims and disagreements between the association and its members is the seat of the association.
(§ 25) Language
(25.1) These articles of association are available multilingual. In case of any translation differences, the finally binding text is the German one.
Norbert C. Maier, chairman, 2003-08-31 and 2004-09-03
Print version: # 2005-01-02 (French translation not yet completed)