Rules of the "Research Association for Iranian Oral History"

§ 1 Name, headquarters and financial year of the Association

1) The name of the Association is " Research Association for Iranian Oral History ".
2) The headquarters of the Association is in Berlin.
3) The financial year of the Association is the calendar year. The first financial year begins with the foundation of the Association and ends on the 31.12. on that year.

§ 2 Aims of the Association

1) The aim of the Association is to promote knowledge and research in the field of Iranian history. The Association pursues these goals exclusively and immediately by the follow means in particular:
2) Recording the recollections of Iranian personalities from the field of politics, literature, science, and art by means of interview (oral history); building up a film archive with the recorded interviews; collection of historical documents as the basis for the Association's research projects in Iranian oral history.
3) Advising researchers and helping them in their search for literature.
4) Exhibition of documents and documentary films about the history of Iranian.
5) Organization of seminars on historical issues and oral history. These seminars are open to anyone interested in Iranian oral history.
6) Exchanging knowledge in the field of Iranian oral history, among other things by supporting conferences outside of the Association by making the results of the Association's research available.
7) Close co-operation with the International Oral History Association (IOHA).
8) Prompt publication of the Association's research results.

§ 3 Membership

1) Any corporate body or individual person, regardless of their political opinion, regions beliefs of ethnic background can apply for membership of the Association, provided that they have an interest in oral history research, pay the membership fee and respect the aims of the Association as laid down in the Rules.
2) The committee decided about acceptance of new members. It will inform the applicant of its decision. Should the application be rejected, the unsuccessful applicant can challenge the committee's decision and have the application referred to a general meeting of members.
3) The general meeting of members decides on the expulsion of members.
4) Members who wish to leave the Association must give notice of this in writing. Repeated, unexcused absence from the Association's sessions of unwillingness to co-operate in its activities can lead to expulsion from the Association.

§ 4 The Organizational structure of the Association

1) The executors of the Association are the committee and the general meeting of member.
2) A regular general meeting of members will be held at least once a year.
3) When a general meeting is called, the chairman of the Association will send a personal letter of invitation and a copy of the agenda to the last known address of each member two weeks in advance of the meeting.
4) The general meeting is deemed to have a quorum if an absolute majority of members is present.
5) If a general meeting is called twice in succession without reaching a quorum, the next general meeting is entitled to take necessary decisions regardless of the number of members present. When the invitations are sent out to the third general meeting, this meeting is deemed to have a quorum regardless of the number of members who attend.
6) Extraordinary general meetings can be called if a majority on the committee or 1/5 of the members believe this to be necessary.
7) The general meeting confers and decides on

1) The committee's report on the preceding financial year
2) The election of a new committee for the coming year
3) Approval of the committee
4) The annual program and budget
5) The election of two auditors for a period of one year procedures:

1) Decisions of the general meeting are taken by majority of the members present
2) Decisions are recorded in writing and signed by the committee
3) The committee consists of a chairman, a treasurer and a deputy chairman.
4) The Association is represented in and out of court by two members of the committee.

§ 5 The Charitable status

1) The goals of the Association are exclusively and immediately charitable as defined in the Tax Law in the section on "Entitlement to favorable tax status"
2) The Association is non-profit-making. Its main aim is not to pursue its own economic goals.
3) The Association's, moneys may only be used for purposes laid down in its Rules. It is the task of the committee to ensure that the Association's assets and/or income are spent in accordance with its aims. Members of the Association will not receive remuneration from the Association's moneys.
4) No person may profit from expenditure which is not in accordance with the Association's aims, or receive disproportionately high remuneration for services rendered.
5) Members who leave the Association have no claim on its assets.

§ 6 Audit

1) The general meeting of members elects two auditors a period of one year.
2) The committee is obliged to make documents relating to its financial dealings available to the auditors.
3) The auditors are answerable to the general meeting of members for their audits.
4) If, in the course of the financial year, auditors have reason to suspect misuse of the Association's assets, they are entitled to call for the holding of an extraordinary general meeting.

§ 7 Finances

The Association derives its income from membership fees and from donations. The amount of the membership fee will be decided by the general meeting of members.

§ 8 Changes to the Rules

1) The committee is obliged to include any proposals for changes to the Rules in the invitation to the general meeting of members and to send them to all members.
2) A change in the Rules requires a 2/3 majority of the members present at a general meeting. Changes relating to the aims the Association require a 2/3 majority of all of its members.

§ 9 Dissolution of the Association

1) The general meeting of members decides on the dissolution of the Association.
2) Should the Association be dissolved, or should it cease to pursue goals which entitle it to favorable tax status, its assets will fall to a public corporate body or to another body entitled to favorable tax status for the purposes of promoting science.

§ 10 Registration of the Association

The general meeting of members requires the committee to apply for the registration of the Association in the Register of Association at the District Court in Charlottenburg at the earliest possible time.

Berlin, 26.11.2000

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