Statutes of the association

  • § 1 Name, head office, financial year

(1) The association goes by the name of Dogdance International e. V.
(2) The head office of the association is situated in Emmendingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
(3) The association’s financial year corresponds to the calendar year.

  • § 2 Functions, objectives and activities of the association

(1) The objectives of the association are as follows:

  1. to provide non-discriminatory, barrier-free access to Dogdance tournament sports on an international scale
  2. to promote Dogdance dog-training sports
  3. to promote animal welfare

(2) The objectives laid down in the statutes are attained in particular by the following:

  1. Providing summarised experiences, skills and functional assistance of active and passive dog dancers, tournament judges, trainers, tournament organisers and dog owners inspired by Dogdance sports from as many different countries as possible for the purpose of discussing and establishing guidelines along with general organisational conditions for Dogdance tournament sports
  2. Training and qualifying judges with the objective of providing trained neutral judges for tournament organisers.
  3. Providing assistance and advice to  organisers implementing international tournaments
  4. Providing facilities for handicapped dogs and persons to take part also in Dogdance tournament sports
  5. Promoting and championing notions of animal welfare by enlightenment, instruction and setting good examples
  6. Furnishing information, results and reports on the official website www.dogdance.info
  7. Other activities serving to achieve the aforementioned objectives.
  • § 3 Non-profit status

(1) The association pursues solely and directly non-profit-making objectives as defined in the section on “Tax-privileged purposes” of the German Tax Code. It operates on an altruistic basis and does not primarily pursue profitability aims.

(2) The funds of the association may only be used for statutory-governed objectives. Involvement in the assocation’s activities proceeds on a voluntary basis. The members receive no share of profits. Neither do they receive any other allowances from the association’s funds in their capacity as members. Equitable remuneration, by means of which out-of-pocket expenses or employee activities are covered, is not deemed to constitute an allowance. An abusive grant is assumed to be given if the association accords an economic benefit to any member. In that respect delimitation standards are resorted to in respect of hidden profit distributions.

(3) No person may benefit from expenditures alien to the objectives of the association or through disproportionately high remunerations.

(4) Persons who have ceased to become a member of the association are not entitled to assert any claims whatsoever on the assocation’s assets.

  • § 4 Membership

(1) All natural persons are eligible to become members of the assocation.

(2) Each and every application for membership is required to be addressed to the executive board in writing.

(3) In submitting his or her application, the applicant accepts the statutes of the association in the event of his or her admission. There are no claims to membership entitlement.

(4) Admission to the assocation is decided upon by the executive board by resolution. The applicant is to be notified of the board’s decision; no justification for the decision shall be required. In the event of the application being rejected by the executive board, the applicant may appeal to the general assembly whose decision is then final.

(5) Membership shall commence on the date of the admission resolution.

  • § 5 Members‘ rights and obligations

(1) The members undertake to support the objectives and interests of the assocation as well as to comply with the resolutions and rulings of the assocation’s corporate bodies.

(2) The members shall be entitled to utilise the assocation’s facilities and to participate in the assocation’s events. They have equal voting rights at the general assembly.

(3) Transfer or inheritance of membership as well as the rights ensuing therefrom are inadmissible.

(4) Members are explicitly permitted to join any other club or association and also to start in tournaments staged by other clubs or assocations situated either at home or abroad.

(5) Members from the age of 15 years upwards are eligible to vote at the general assembly.

  • § 6 Termination of membership

(1) Membership is deemed to cease upon death of the member, declaration of withdrawal, expulsion or deletion from the register of members or on dissolution of the assocation. Paid membership fees shall not be refundable on termination of membership.

(2) Withdrawal from the association must be stated in writing addressed to the executive board. Such withdrawal is permissible observing a period of notice of three months up to the end of a calendar year. In order to observe the period of notice, the said declaration of withdrawal must have been received by a member of the executive board in due time.

(3) Expulsion from the assocation is only admissible for good cause. Upon motion being submitting by the executive board, the general assembly shall decide on the said expulsion with a majority of three quarters of the votes cast by the members present. The executive board is required to give notice of its motion to the member due to be expelled by publication at least two weeks prior to the meeting taking place. A written statement submitted by the member thus affected shall be read out at the assembly deciding on the expulsion. Expulsion of the member becomes effective as soon as the resolution is passed. In the event of the member due to be expelled not being present during the passing of the resolution, that member is to be notified thereof by the executive board in writing without delay.

(4) Deletion from the register of members may arise if a member is three months in arrears with the payment of membership fees – in whole or in part. Deletion from the register takes place by resolution of the executive board, this to be communicated to the member concerned by publication.

(5) Membership in the association is deemed to terminate on dissolution of the association.

  • § 7 Membership fees

(1) Members are required to pay an annual fee. If membership begins during the second half of the year, 50% of the annual fee shall be payable.

(2) The amount of the membership fee shall be laid down in the fee statutes by the general assembly.

(3) The membership fee for the current financial year is due and payable to the assocation’s account in advance up to March 31 of the financial year.

(4) Paid membership fees are not refundable on termination of membership.

(5) The executive board has the power to defer or waive membership fees – in whole or in part – by a corresponding board resolution.

(6) No fee shall be payable for enrolment.


(7) Members may make extraordinary contributions in the form of levies if this is required to cover special expenditures for projects serving the assocation’s objectives.

 (8) The executive board shall be entitled to open a current account, a daily cash account and a savings account with any bank.

  • § 8 Corporate bodies of the assocation

(1) The corporate bodies of the assocation are as follows:

  1. The executive board
  2. The general assembly
  • § 9 Executive Board

(1) The managerial executive board of the association comprises (a) The First Chairperson, (b) The Vice Chairperson, (c) The Treasurer, (d) The Secretary and (e) Assessors.

(2) The assocation shall be legally represented at courts of law in all affairs of the assocation by the chairperson in conjunction with one further member of the executive board. Extrajudicial affairs and matters serving the objectives of the assocation may also be handled by a single member of the executive board.

(3) The executive board is elected by the general assembly in an open ballot. A secret ballot shall be taken if at least one member vested with voting rights wishes to have such a ballot. Re-election shall be possible. The term of office is deemed to last for three years. The executive board remains in office until a new election takes place.

(4) The duties of a member of the executive board are deemed to end by that member’s resignation from office observing a resignation period of three months or by his or her withdrawal from the assocation. In the event of a member withdrawing before his or her term of office expires, the executive board undertakes to elect a substitute member by simple majority to serve for the remaining term of office of the outgoing member.

(5) Uniting several executive offices in one person is not permissible

(6) Votes shall be cast by show of hands. If so requested by a member present at the meeting who is eligible to vote, a secret ballot shall take place in writing. Resolutions are passed by the majority of valid votes of the members cast at the meeting. Abstentions and invalid votes cast by members present at the meeting shall not be taken into consideration. In the event of the vote resulting in a tie, a motion is deemed to have been rejected. A repeat vote shall be possible.

(7) The resolutions passed at the meeting shall be recorded by the taking of minutes. The minutes are required to be signed by the person chairing the meeting. If more than one chairperson was involved, the last chairperson shall be responsible for signing the complete minutes. Each and every member shall be entitled to inspect the minutes.

(8) The representation powers of the executive board members are restricted against third parties to the extent of written consent of all executive board members being required for acquisition or sale involving encumbrances and all other dispositions relating to real property or rights equivalent to real property as well as for the taking out of loans.

(9) The executive board takes its decisions on the basis of a simple majority with the exception of point 7. In the event of a tie, the chairperson shall cast the deciding vote. Abstentions and invalid votes shall not be taken into consideration.

(10) Resolutions passed in writing or by telephone are possible provided that all members of the executive board agree to that procedure. The resolutions passed by the executive board shall be recorded in writing by the secretary and signed by the executive board members.

(11) Liability of the executive board towards the assocation: The liability of executive board members active on a voluntary unpaid basis is governed in accordance with the provisions of law.

  • § 10 General assembly

(1) The general assembly is to be convened as follows:

  1. At least once a year, as far as possible during the first half of the calendar year.
  2. If necessary in the interest of the association and if appropriately motioned by a member to a chief executive board member and that motion is approved by the executive board.
  3. Where resignation or retirement of a member of the executive board occurs, then as far as possible within 3 months following such resignation or retirement.
  4. If the convening of a meeting is requested by one quarter of all members, stating the purpose and reasons for such meeting, then within a period of six months.

(2) The executive board undertakes to present an annual report and annual financial statement at the assembly convened under Paragraph 1, Letter a. The assembly shall give its formal approval of the executive board’s actions by passing an appropriate resolution.

(3) Convening of the general assembly is to be effected by the executive board observing a period of notice of one month. Invitation to the general assembly shall proceed by means of publication on the official website of the assocation: www.dogdance.info. Convention of the general assembly must indicate the subject of the resolution. Up to one week at the latest before the day the meeting of the general assembly takes place, each and every member may apply to the executive board in writing for additional issues to be added subsequently to the agenda. In that case the person chairing the meeting shall supplement the agenda accordingly at the beginning of the meeting. The general assembly shall vote on applications for additions to the agenda put forth at the meeting by simple majority of those members present.

(4) In particular the general assembly is required to pass resolutions on the following:

  1. Approval of the annual accounts
  2. Approval of the executive board’s actions
  3. Election of the executive board
  4. Election of 2 auditors
  5. Election of the advisory board members
  6. Amendments to the statutes
  7. Determination of membership fees and contributions towards expenses in the fees statutes
  8. Motions proposed by the executive board and the members
  9. Appeals filed by rejected applicants
  10. Expulsion of members
  11. Dissolution of the assocation

(5) Each and every general assembly convened in accordance with the rules is deemed to constitute a quorum.

(6) For passing resolutions involving essential changes to the objectives, duties and activities as well as the dissolution of the assocation, two thirds of the assocation’s members must be present at the meeting. For passing a resolution involving dissolution of the assocation, a majority of four fifths of the members present is required; resolutions to be passed affecting changes to the statutes require a majority of three quarters of the members present at the meeting. Exceptions to this ruling are motions brought by members on changes to tournament rules and regulations. In that case responsibility lies ultimately with the executive board (simple-majority vote). Members are permitted to submit proposals to the executive board regarding changes to tournament rules and regulations, in each case up to the end of the current year.

If the general assembly does not constitute a quorum, the first chairperson may - if he or she gains the impression of this being necessary for urgent reasons – invite at the same time as the invitation, as a precautionary measure in the event of the general assembly not constituting a quorum, to another general assembly with the same agenda immediately following that previously held. This second general assembly is deemed to constitute a quorum regardless of the number of members present. This has to be pointed out in the said invitation to that meeting.

(7) Votes shall be cast by show of hands. If so requested by a member present at the meeting who is eligible to vote, a secret ballot shall take place in writing. Resolutions are passed by the majority of valid votes of the members cast at the meeting. Abstentions and invalid votes cast by members present at the meeting shall not be taken into consideration. In the event of the vote resulting in a tie, a motion is deemed to have been rejected. A repeat vote shall be possible.

 (8) The resolutions passed at the meeting shall be recorded by the taking of minutes. The minutes are required to be signed by the person chairing the meeting and the secretary. If more than one chairperson was involved, the last chairperson shall be responsible for signing the complete minutes. Each and every member shall be entitled to inspect the minutes.

  • § 11 The duty of the advisory council is to advise and furnish information to the executive board

(1) In the advisory council honorary activities/responsibilities are assigned as follows:

  1. For granting licences
  2. For implementing public relations activities
  3. For issues pertaining to the judges system
  4. For membership issues
  5. For the organisation and coordination of events

(2) Members of the advisory council are elected at the general assembly by a majority vote. Where a member of the advisory council resigns from his or her honorary appointment, a member of the executive board shall assume that member’s honorary activities until a new advisory council is elected.

  • § 12 Dissolution of the assocation

(1) The assocation may be dissolved by way of a resolution passed by the general assembly.

(2) The process of liquidation shall be carried out by the executive board.

(3) On dissolution of the assocation or cessation of tax-privileged purposes, the assocation’s assets shall pass to the following assocation:

Tierschutzverein/Animal Welfare Assocation Höchstadt a. d. Aisch u. Umgebg. e.V.
Registry Court: Fürth District Court
Assocation Registration No.: VR 20800

which undertakes to use the same directly and exclusively for charitable, benevolent or ecclesiastical purposes.