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Association for the Preservation of Municipal Coat of Arms and Heraldry (VEkWH)





The communal heraldry is an essential cultural asset, which is losing interest and original meaning, especially in our time due to global influences.


The Association for the Preservation of Communal Heraldry (VEkH) wants to counteract this development and, together with countries, counties, cities and municipalities and other related institutions, maintain the coat of arms and, associated with it, promote and research heraldry and genealogy in their essential importance as an auxiliary historical science.


The VEkWH has therefore set itself the task of maintaining heraldry in general and local heraldry in particular as a cultural-historical and occidental documentation in a museum manner.


The world's largest existing, currently privately owned collection of hand-carved and -painted German municipal coats of arms is intended to contribute to addressing the culture of remembrance and history, stimulated by the splendor of handcrafted heraldry, and increasing the historical awareness and thus also the political thinking of broad sections of the population promote.


The non-profit status of the association results not only from the cultural museum collection of German municipal heraldry as an old and well-cared for Western cultural asset that is worthy of protection, but - closely related to this - above all the preservation of the municipal coat of arms in the context of state-political educational work connected with the importance of each individual Exhibits - so to speak to touch - for human history, for settlements and cities.


In the large community of municipal institutions and its contributors, integrated into the statutes of a registered association, the museum's options for recognition as a monument are developed and implemented.


The association only operates non-profit and scientific purposes and is open to all people regardless of nationality, origin, religion or political and sexual orientation. The association regards it as a special task to familiarize all people with history in general and the heraldry in particular. Every person can become active for the common good through the diverse possibilities offered by the association.


§ 1 Name, registered office


(1) The association bears the name Association for the Preservation of the Municipal Coat of Arms and Heraldry (VEWH)

(2) The seat of the association is Regensburg, it should be entered in the register of associations.

(3) The business year corresponds to the calendar year.

(4) The association is independent and non-partisan.


§ 2 Purpose, tasks and goals


The association pursues exclusively and directly charitable purposes within the meaning of the section "tax-privileged purposes" of the tax code.


  • the promotion of art and culture;

  • the promotion of monument protection and preservation;

  • the promotion of civic engagement in favor of charitable, benevolent and church purposes.


The purposes are achieved through the following tasks:


  • Museum exhibitions, guided tours, especially on the subject of heraldry and coats of arms, are intended to bring this art and culture closer to a broader public.

  • The culture of art and ground monuments should be researched, protected and cared for.

  • Membership in the association is intended to encourage citizens in the sense of community work and a sense of togetherness to strengthen their commitment to the communal coat of arms.


§ 3 Public Benefit


The association exclusively and directly pursues non-profit, cultural and charitable purposes within the meaning of §§ 52-57 of the Tax Code (AO). He is selflessly active; it does not primarily pursue its own economic purposes.


The association's funds may only be used for statutory purposes.

The members of the association do not receive any allowances from the association's funds, apart from any allowances intended for the fulfillment of statutory tasks. The same applies to their resignation or dissolution of the association.


No person may be favored by expenses that are alien to the purpose of the association or by disproportionately high remuneration.


Reimbursement of expenses and appropriate remuneration within the scope of tax options are granted.


§ 4 Membership


  1. Any natural or legal person can acquire membership.
    Admission is made by application in writing. The board of directors finally decides on the application with a simple majority. A rejection does not require a justification. Applicants who do not support the principles of the association, in particular the idea of ​​tolerance, cannot become members of the association.

  2. The members differ in

    1. Ordinary members

    2. Corresponding members

    3. Supporting members

    4. Honorary members

  3. Ordinary members are the founding members and people who are active in the field of heraldry and heraldry. You have voting rights as well as active and passive voting rights.

  4. Corresponding members are named at the suggestion of the board of directors, also from abroad, who have made special contributions to the interests of the association. You have no active and passive voting rights.

  5. Sustaining members are natural and legal persons who support the association ideally and materially. They have no voting rights and only the right to be elected.

  6. The general assembly can appoint deserving members and other personalities who have significantly promoted the association's activities as honorary members, honorary chairmen - without seat and voting rights.

  7. The members have the right to use the facilities and events of the association within the scope of availability.

  8. Membership ends with the death, resignation, exclusion or dissolution of the association. Exit is possible at any time. It should be communicated to the board in writing.

  9. A member can be removed from the list of members if he is more than 24 months in arrears with the payment of his contributions despite a reminder. The deletion must be pointed out in the reminder.

  10. A member can be excluded if it contravenes the goals of the association or acts in a way that is harmful to the association. The board of directors makes this decision with a 2/3 majority. Objections to the exclusion can be lodged within 6 weeks of receipt.

  11. With the resignation, the member has no claim to the association's assets. Membership fees already paid will not be reimbursed.

  12. The resigned members have to maintain secrecy about association matters even after their resignation.


§ 5 Financing


The association is financed through membership fees, donations, grants and levies. In a financial regulation, which is passed by the general meeting, the contributions and allocations are determined. The amount of this contribution may not exceed three times the annual contribution.


The members undertake to promptly notify the board of the association about changes to their address or their bank details. If the SEPA direct debit procedure is issued, the debit takes place on February 15. of a fiscal year.


The liability of the persons involved is limited to gross negligence and intent.


§ 6 organs


Organs of the association are:

  1. The general meeting

  2. The board of directors

  3. Advisory Board

  4. Honorary Council


§ 7 Board of Directors


The board consists of a minimum of two and a maximum of five people:


  • President

  • First chairman

  • Vice chairman.

  • Deputies


The general assembly decides on the number of board positions and a possible area of ​​responsibility of the board members when appointing the board.

The board of directors within the meaning of § 26 BGB is the 1st chairman and the second chairman. You are individually authorized to represent.


The board of directors is elected by the general assembly for an indefinite period of time with a simple majority of votes. The assembly rules regulate the details. The general assembly can decide that block voting is permissible. At the request of at least 5 voting members, the election can be carried out in secret. For members who cannot attend the general meeting, there is the option of transferring votes to another member. Up to 5 votes can be transmitted.


The board remains in office until a new election. It takes its decisions with a simple majority. As far as legally permissible, liability is limited to gross negligence and intent.

The executive committee conducts the day-to-day business of the association. He can enter into employment, work and loan contracts. An office can be set up to handle ongoing administrative business.


To fulfill the tasks, the board can convene working groups to which non-members are also allowed.


The members of the board can only be recalled by a resolution of the general assembly. A majority of three quarters of the votes cast is required for the resolution.


If a board member resigns prematurely, the board can temporarily fill the position until the next general meeting.


Every full member can be elected to the board. If a board member resigns prematurely, the remaining board can appoint a successor for the period until the next general meeting. Board meetings can be held online.


§ 8 Advisory Board


The advisory board consists of a maximum of 7 people. The board of directors appoints the advisory board for 2 years.

The advisory board supports the board in administrative as well as heraldic and genealogical questions. He is responsible for running the museum, events and guided tours, scientific work and the archive.


§ 9 Honorary Council


The honorary council is convened in disputes. The composition is made up of two people from the Executive Board and three members.

As far as legally permissible, the decisions of the Honorary Council are final.


§ 10 General Assembly


The general meeting takes place at least every 2 years. The invitation is in text form with a period of 3 weeks. Minutes are kept of the decisions of the general assembly, which are to be signed by the chairman of the meeting and the person taking the minutes.

The members should express their opinion freely in the affairs of the association. For this purpose, regular meetings, including virtual ones (e.g. chat, Skype, video conferences) should take place.


The board of directors can call an extraordinary general meeting at any time. Resolutions of the general assembly can also be passed without an assembly if 40% of the members entitled to vote give their consent to the resolution in text form.


It must be convened if the interests of the association so require or if the calling of 1/3 of the members, in text form, stating the purpose and the reasons is required. The invitation is issued in writing by the board of directors at least 8 days before the meeting, stating the agenda. The extraordinary general assembly is not public. The form and loading deadlines can be deviated from. The invitation is then made by telephone or electronically. Each general meeting has a quorum regardless of the number of people present.

Applications for the general meeting must be submitted to the board in text form at least one week in advance and will be dealt with in the general meeting under "Miscellaneous". Applications that are not submitted in due time can only come to the hearing with the support of the majority of the voters present. Motions by the board do not require this support, but can be made at any time, as far as this is legally permissible.


§ 11 Obligations of the members


  1. Observance of the association's statutes and promotion of the principles of the association established therein.

  2. Compliance with the order of the board of directors as well as the resolutions of the general assembly

  3. Participation in general meetings and club activities

  4. Help with the procurement of documents / documents / materials to meet the association's goals.

  5. The appropriate and careful treatment of the facilities and objects.

    1. Notification of cases of damage and damage to facilities and objects of the association by the user, regardless of fault

    2. Display of claims by visitors to events in the vicinity of the event locations.


§ 12 data protection declaration


  1. To fulfill the purposes and tasks of the association, personal data of the members are processed in the association in compliance with the requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).

  2. Insofar as the requirements described in the respective regulations are met, each member of the association has the following rights in particular:

    • the right to information according to Article 15 GDPR,

    • the right to correction in accordance with Article 16 GDPR,

    • the right to erasure according to Article 17 GDPR,

    • the right to restriction of processing in accordance with Article 18 GDPR,

    • the right to data portability according to Article 20 GDPR and

    • the right of objection according to Article 21 GDPR.

  3. The organs of the association, all employees or anyone else working for the association is prohibited from processing, disclosing, making available to third parties or otherwise using personal data without authorization for purposes other than the fulfillment of the respective task. This obligation also applies beyond the departure of the above-mentioned persons from the association.


§ 13 Severability Clause


If a matter in the articles of association should be legally ineffective, this shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions. The ineffective provisions will be replaced by a provision which is as identical as possible in terms of content and which comes closest to the purpose of the intended provision or the respective statutory provisions.


The board of directors is authorized to make changes to the statutes independently in accordance with the requirements of the authorities.


§ 14 dissolution


In the event of dissolution or the loss of its tax-privileged purpose, the association's assets go to the federal association of German clubs and associations, which has to use them directly and exclusively for charitable purposes.


A general meeting specially convened for this purpose decides on the dissolution of the association. The dissolution can only be decided with a 3/4 (three quarters) majority of the members present and entitled to vote. If this requirement is not met, a new meeting must be called, which then resolves to dissolve the association with 3/5 (three-fifths) of the people present who are entitled to vote.


The general assembly appoints a liquidator.


Note on the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG):

For better readability, the individual items and designations are given in male form. They apply equally to women.


The association was founded on 07/27/2019.

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