The constitution and statutes of the Delta t
Club for Alternative Normality e.V.
The human being with unconventional sleeping patterns, the delayed and extreme sleeper whose nature it is to turn night into day and to sleep for extended periods, faces a large number of disadvantages and obstacles in daily life.
Callers who phone too early, delivery people, postmen, etc, all take it for granted that others have a similar bodyclock to theirs.
The opening times of public offices and private service providers are geared to the early bird. The late riser finds himself faced with a closed sign or is punished by having to pay inflated prices at petrol and train stations and at airports.
For the employed delayed and extreme sleeper the opportunity to sleep until he naturally wakes is a luxury he can only obtain at the price of going to bed at an earlier time than is in his nature. The consequences are constant bad timekeeping, an unnecessarily bad performance and a permanently bad conscience.
Time is coming to be seen as a tool: sleeping and dreaming are now considered a waste of time. Life must be used ´sensibly and productively`. Politicians and managers employ techniques to shorten their sleep to the minimum, but by doing this they reduce their ability to find creative solutions instead of merely dealing with problems in a conventional manner.
This process begins as early as kindergarten and school. Creative potential is not stretched, since the early bird only catches the worm if it's in his nature to do so.
The aims and activites of the club
The Delta t Club for Alternative Normality e.V. aims to assist delayed and extreme sleepers to gain recognition, acceptance, tolerance and above all to live the kind of life which corresponds to their nature. To this end the following measures are especially planned:
Since ways of living which oppose the norm are prevented in particular by employment, Delta t has adopted as its primary goal the promotion and support of self-employment and self-realization.
Delta t supports and brings to life cultural projects (film, theatre, literature...) which deal in either an entertaining or a serious fashion with the topics of sleeping and dreaming.
Delta t promotes research which deals with subjects which are central to it, like the need for sleep, city life and the biological clock, day/night people, etc.
Delta t is involved in communication work (informing the public about life with unconventional sleeping patterns, removing prejudices)
Delta t is a lobby for delayed and extreme sleepers. Delta t desires the abolition of discrimination and the creation of a network of services available at times of day suitable for late risers.
Statutes and articles
§ 1 Name, place, financial year
1 The club bears the name "Delta-t - Verein fuer Zweitnormalitaet" (the "Delta t Club for Alternative Normality"). It is to be entered into the register of clubs; after entry the letters "e.V." ("eingetragener Verein" - registered club) will be added to the name.
2 For legal purposes the club is based in Dreieich.
3 The financial year of the club is the calendar year.
§ 2 The purpose of the club
1 The club pursues aims which are exclusively and directly for the public benefit. The purpose of the club is the promotion and support of delayed and extreme sleepers.
2 The club is non-profit-making.
3 The funds of the club may only be used for purposes which are in accordance with its statutes and articles. The members receive no payments from the funds of the club. No person may claim expenses which are not in accordance with the purposes with the club; nor may he receive a remuneration which is disproportionately high.
4 In the case of the dissolution or abolition of the club or in the case that its purpose disappears the assets of the club will be donated to ”Lebenshilfe fuer geistig Behinderte e.V.” in Marburg (a charity which helps the mentally handicapped).
§ 3 How to become a member
1 Any human being may become a member of the club. In the case of persons who are not legally competent the application for membership must be signed by the legal guardian.
2 The following types of membership are possible:
• Active membership (for delayed and extreme sleepers)
• Supportive membership (for tolerant early risers)
• Honorary membership
3 Individuals who have in exemplary fashion supported the cause of extreme sleeping and late rising or who have performed in an outstanding fashion in this area can be granted honorary life membership at the discretion of the committee.
4 The committee will base decisions about membership applications upon its own judgement. In the case of a refusal of membership, the committee is not obliged to communicate the reasons for the refusal to the applicant.
§ 4 Termination of Membership
1 Membership terminates in the case of death, expulsion, removal from the membership list or departure from the club.
2 A member leaves the club by giving written notification to the board. In the case of persons who are not legally competent the notification of departure must also be signed by the legal guardian. A membership can only terminate at the end of a financial year, and notification of the departure must be given at the latest two months before.
3 The board may decide to remove a member from the membership list if he/she is in arrears with the payment of membership fees or any other obligations in spite of having twice received a written reminder. The removal may only be decided if two months have elapsed since the sending of the second reminder and this reminder must have threatened the removal. The decision of the board concerning the removal should be communicated to the member.
4 If a member is found guilty of causing serious damage to the interests of the club he/she can be expelled from the club at the discretion of the board. Before deciding the board must give the member the opportunity to state his or her position in writing. The reasons for the board's decision must be sent in writing to the member..
§ 5 Membership fees
1 Members pay a monthly fee of € 2.50
2 In the case of hardship the board can grant a 50 percent reduction in the fee.
3 The fees must be paid annually by the 31st January.
4 Honorary members are not required to pay the fees.
§ 6 The representative bodies of the club
The representative bodies of the club are the board and the general meeting.
§ 7 The board
The board of the club consists of the chairperson, the vice-chairperson and the treasurer.
1 The club is represented by its chairman and a further board member in legal and public matters.
§ 8 The responsibilities of the board
The board is responsible for all club matters in as far as these are not transferred to another representative body of the club through the statutes. It has in particular the following tasks:
the preparation and calling of the general meeting
the drawing up of the agenda
the carrying out of the resolutions of the general meeting
the preparation of the budget, the bookkeeping, the preparation of the annual report.
the publication of rulings which are not part of the statutes
the setting of the membership fees
the nomination of honorary members
the passing of resolutions concerning the acceptance and exclusion of members
§ 9 Election and term of office of the board
1 The board is elected at the general meeting for the duration of five years calculated from the time of the election. However, it remains in office until a new board is elected.
2 Every member of the board must be elected individually.
3 Only members of the club can be elected as board members. With the termination of membership of the club the office of a board member also terminates.
§ 10 Meetings and resolutions of the board
1 The board decides upon the dates of public meetings which are announced by the chairperson or in his/her absence by another board member. The agenda does not need to be announced. The meeting must be called at least one week in advance.
2 The board constitutes a quorum when at least two members are present, one of which must be the chairperson. The basis for the passing of a resolution is that the majority of the valid votes submitted is in favour of it.
3 The board may hold a secret ballot if all board members agree to this method of resolution.
§ 11 The general meeting
1 Every member is entitled to vote at the general meeting. Members cannot exercise this right to vote by proxy.
2 The following matters are to be dealt with at the general meeting:
the approval of the budget prepared by the board for the following business year; the receipt and acceptance of the yearly report of the board; the conduct of the retiring board's office is approved and they are granted discharge
the fixing of membership rates
the election and appointment of the members of the new board
the passing of resolutions concerning alterations to the statutes and concerning the dissolution of the club
§ 12 The calling of a general meeting
1 At least once a year a full general meeting held in accordance with the regulations should take place. The meeting must be called and the agenda must be announced in written form two weeks in advance. This period of notice begins on the following day of the dispatch of the letter of invitation. The letter of invitation counts as having been sent to a member if it is sent to the last address notified to the club in writing by that member. The board fixes the agenda.
2 Any member may up to one week before the general meeting make a written request to have a point added to the agenda. The chairperson of the meeting should announce this addition at the beginning of the general meeting.
§ 13 Extraordinary general meetings
An extraordinary general meeting can be called by the board if the interests of the club require it.
§ 14 The passing of resolutions at the general meeting
1 The general meeting is chaired by a member of the board. When votes are taken the chairing of the meeting can be passed to an election committee for the duration of the voting process and the preceding discussion.
2 The method of voting is determined by the chairperson. The vote must be carried out by secret ballot if a third of the voting members attending demand this.
3 The general meeting has a quorum if two members of the board are present. If there is no quorum the board is obliged to call a second general meeting with the same agenda within two weeks; this meeting is considered to have a quorum regardless of the number of members who attend.
4 Resolutions can generally be passed at the general meeting on the basis of a simple majority of the valid votes cast; abstensions are therefore not taken into consideration. To make an alteration to the statutes, however, a majority of three quarters of the valid votes cast is required. To dissolve the club a majority of nine tenths of such votes is necessary. An alteration to the purpose of the club can only be resolved if all of the members attending agree to it.
5 In the case of elections, the person is elected who has received more than half of the valid votes cast. If no-one has received more than half of the valid votes cast, a final ballot is held between the two candidates who received the most votes in the first round. In the final ballot the person who has received the most votes is elected. Should both candidates receive the same number of votes the chairperson casts the deciding vote.
6 Minutes must be kept recording resolutions passed at the general meeting and these minutes must be signed by the acting secretary.
§ 15 Dissolution of the club
1 The dissolution of the club may only be resolved at a general meeting where nine tenths of the valid votes cast are in favour of this.
2 Unless the members attending the general meeting resolve otherwise, the board and the acting board have the right to act as liquidators.