(Download of the statutes)
Published: 28 March 2006
Resolved at the General Meeting on 7.4.1973 Marburg/Lahn in the revised version of 30.11.1985
Amendment to the Articles of Association § 17 of 09.04.2005
Amendment to the Articles of Association § 12 of 24.04.2010
Amendment of the Articles of Association § 1 from 04.07.2015
I. Name, registered office and purpose
The association has the name “AMSAT Deutschland” and is based in Bochum / NRW. It exclusively and directly pursues charitable purposes in the sense of the section “tax-privileged purposes” of the German Tax Code. It works closely with international groups with the same objectives.
The purpose of the association is the promotion of science and research.
2 The purpose of the statutes is realized in particular by the construction and operation of space satellite systems and high-flying communications systems for the performance of intelligence and space science research.
3. the association carries out its scientific research with the assistance of the amateur radio services and their associations in order to obtain a large number of observation results. The scientific research results obtained are made generally accessible through appropriate publications.
1. any income may only be used for the purposes set out in the statutes. Members shall not receive any share of the profits and, in their capacity as members, shall not receive any other benefits from the funds of the Association.
2. in the event of the dissolution or annulment of the association, the members may not receive back more than their paid-up capital shares and the fair value of their contributions in kind.
3. the association may not favour any person by expenses which are foreign to the purpose of the association or by disproportionately high remunerations.
4. the association is selflessly active, it does not primarily pursue its own economic purposes, but it shall acquire equipment and material in order to fulfil its tasks.
The financial year is the calendar year
Any natural person who is in possession of the civil rights of honour can become a member, as well as any legal entity and other associations.
Membership is differentiated according to
1. ordinary members
2. extraordinary members
3. Corporate members
1. full members are members of the association who have reached the age of 18. They have a deciding vote and can make motions and vote. They are eligible for election after reaching the age of 21.
2. extraordinary members are members of the association who have reached the age of 12 and have not yet exceeded the age of 18. They have no voting rights, but may submit motions.
3. corporate members are other associations or legal entities that wish to support the aims of the association and emphasise their attachment to the aims of the association through their membership.
Membership fees shall be determined by the General Assembly by simple majority.
Membership must be applied for in writing. The application for admission must be voted on by the board of directors. The first and second chairmen have the right of veto, otherwise a two-thirds majority is required for admission.
The membership becomes effective with the admission decision. Provision is made for the issue of a membership card. With the written application for membership the statutes of the association are accepted at the same time.
The membership expires:
1. by death
2. by voluntary resignation at the end of the quarter. Notice of termination must be given at least one month in advance by registered letter or by handing in the letter of termination personally to the 1st Chairman.
3. by expulsion, which can be decided by the board with a two-thirds majority, if a member:
a. damages the reputation of the association or its facilities.
b. knowingly violates the bylaws or regulations of the Association or the resolutions or directives of the Board.
4. by deletion, if a member, despite two written reminders, does not fulfil his financial obligations towards the association within 6 weeks after the second reminder and the board decides on the deletion with a two thirds majority.
Go to 3. and 4. exclusion or deletion shall take effect when the decision is taken. Within 4 weeks, however, an appeal to the next general meeting is permissible. It shall decide by a three-quarters majority of the members present and entitled to vote. The member concerned shall be given the opportunity to justify himself before a decision is taken. The appeal shall not have suspensive effect. The decision of the General Assembly shall be final.
The resigning or excluded member loses any claim to the assets of the association. Obligations towards the association, as far as they result from the membership, remain valid.
Organs of the association are:
a. the general meeting
b. the Board of Directors
IV. The general meeting
General meetings are held once a year. Invitations to the General Meeting shall be issued in writing three weeks in advance, stating the agenda.
An extraordinary general meeting can be called by the executive committee and must be called if at least 10 members request this in writing, stating the subject of discussion.
Important association affairs, as far as they are not particularly regulated in these statutes, are ordered by resolution of the meeting of the members in accordance with the regulation of the § 32 BGB.
Minutes shall be kept of the resolutions passed and shall be signed by a member of the Executive Board.
The election of the Board of Directors to be held by the General Meeting may be carried out by ballot or, if no one objects, by acclamation. The election shall be by simple majority. In the case of the invitation, the assurance of the secretary that the invitation was issued in good time shall be sufficient to establish that the General Meeting was duly convened in accordance with § 12.
Motions from members for the General Meeting must be received by the Executive Board at least 6 weeks before the date of the General Meeting.
Matters not on the agenda or motions received late shall only be discussed at the General Meeting if the General Meeting and the Executive Board (simple majority) agree thereto.
V. The Executive Board
The Board of Directors is composed of:
the 1st chairman
the 2nd chairman
the 3rd chairman
The Board of Directors is elected by the General Meeting for a period of two years.
2. the term of office of the board expires with the election of the new board. Re-election is permitted.
3. if a member of the executive committee resigns prematurely, a substitute member of the executive committee shall be elected at the next general meeting for the duration of the election period.
4. two members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum in all matters of daily business except in cases where a veto is provided for.
Each member of the Management Board has sole power of representation.
VI Amendment of the Articles of Association and Dissolution
1. amendments to the statutes and dissolution of the association require a resolution passed by a two-thirds majority of the members present and entitled to vote.
2. amendments to the articles of association may only be discussed at the general meeting if the wording of the amendment to the articles of association is on the agenda when the meeting is convened.
3. the general meeting, in which the dissolution is decided, elects three liquidators for the winding up of the business, for whose decision simple majority of votes is decisive.
4. in case of dissolution or abolition of the association or in case of discontinuation of its previous purpose, the assets shall be transferred to the “Deutscher Amateur-Radio- Club e.V.” in Kassel, which is recognised as a non-profit organisation, with the condition that it is used as soon as possible and exclusively and directly in accordance with the statutes.
The statutes come into force on 31.5.1973.