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Please note:   This is a translation of the German Vereinssatzung and is not legally ratified. It is offered to aid understanding only. The German Vereinssatzung serves as a legal basis.


Name, location and structure

The association is known as the "Dachverband Lehm". The association is registered as a charitable organisation in Weimar, Registry Number VR 457, dated 02.05.1994.

The Association is resident in Weimar, Germany.

Regional groups can be formed as necessary to help promote local activities by the Dachverband Lehm e.V.

§2   Purpose

The aim of the association is promote building with earth. The association see itself as an umbrella organisation for all those interested in earth and earthen building. The organisation coordinates and concentrates the various activities of its members.

The association undertakes to:
  promote professional training and education through the development and provision of training measures. The association develops course material for communicating knowledge in further education on building with earth.
  promote scientific testing with a view to improving knowledge of earth as a building material and the dissemination of such results to the public.
  develop and public earth building norms.
  develop and publish guidelines and information material, including providing consultation and advisory services.
  support and fund research and special projects.
  promote cultural and artistic activities in the field of building with earth, for example through exhibitions (such as those in the Lehmmuseum, Gnevsdorf), the commissioning of artworks, and the commissioning of artists to take part in events, conferences and trade fairs.
  promote international relations between relevant organisations in particular those of developing countries.
  represent the interests of the members publicly, and to promote exchange of information, opinion and contacts between members.
§3   Charitable status

The association is a non-profit making organisation. Its aims and activities are for the common good and not primarily for own economic growth.

Funds belonging to the association can only be used for purposes as given in the statutes. Members do not receive funds or contributions from the association, even if they decide to leave the association. The association cannot fund persons for activities outside of the association's aims nor at disproportionately high levels.


All natural persons or legal entities who support the association's aims are entitled to become members. Sponsor members can support the organisation with a contribution of their choosing but are not entitled to vote in organisational matters.

A written application for membership is approved by the board of directors. Membership ends with a formal written notification of withdrawal to be presented to the board of directors by the close of the year or through death of the member.

Should a member act in grave conflict with the aims and interests of the association, or membership fees are in arrears despite having been warned twice in writing, the board of directors reserves the right to terminate membership without notice. The second written notice gives notice of termination of membership in the event of non-payment of fees.

Members pay an annual membership fee as decided by the member's general assembly. Contributions are paid via direct debit. Exceptions to this rule can be authorised by the board of directors. A minimum of two independent auditors are to be chosen by the members' general assembly. In specific cases the board of directors can elect to reduce, postpone or waive the membership fee upon written request.



The association’s organs are the members' assembly and the board of directors. The board of directors can appoint further committees for specific tasks as necessary.

The members' general assembly convenes once yearly. Notification is given in writing together with the agenda with a minimum of three weeks notice. The annual report and association accounts are to presented to the members' general assembly for ratification. The general assembly appoints the board of directors, determines the association budget as well as changes to the statutes or the dissolution of the association. An extraordinary general meeting can be called within two months upon written request to the board of directors backed by 1/4 of the association membership.

The managing board of directors consists of:

  the chairperson,
the vice-chairperson,
the secretary,
the treasurer.

The chairperson and vice-chairperson are executive directors as given in § 26 BGB. Both chairpersons are authorised to represent the association through their own person. The vice-chairperson represents the association only if the chairperson is indisposed.

A director's term of office is for the duration of two years and only ends prematurely should the director withdraw or is relieved of his or her duties. The existing board remains in office until the new board of directors has been elected.

Where speed is of the essence, decisions can also be made via telephone or other media (fax, e-mail). Changes to the statutes as required by official statutory bodies (e.g. tax office, law courts) can be made by the board of directors. The board of directors draws up a procedural motion.
§6   Honorary Membership

Members of the Dachverband Lehm e.V. can be awarded honorary membership of the association in recognition of exceptional services in promoting the aims of the association or for many years of voluntary services for the association.
A candidate for honorary membership is proposed by a member of the association and elected by a simple majority of members present at a members' general assembly.
Honorary members are exempted from paying a membership fee. Their entitlement to vote on association matters remains unaffected.
§7   Conclusion

Decisions by the association's organs and changes to the statutes are to be decided by a simple majority of those present. A motion of dissolution of the association requires a 2/3 majority of those present.

Decisions made by the board of directors and in the members' general assembly are to be recorded in writing and signed by the chair and secretary of the respective meeting.

Should the association be dissolved or the tax-privileged status be revoked, its assets are to be turned over to a public legal entity or another tax-privileged corporation for the purpose of supporting research and education.

Changes to the statutes or the dissolution of the association are to be expressly stated in the agenda of the members' general assembly.