Articles of Association

The principles of our association

Note that this is a machine-generated translation for information purposes only. Solely the German version has been approved by the association’s General Assembly and is therefore the legally binding one.

Article 1: Name

Under the name Rainbow Sport Zurich (Verein) there is an association within the meaning of Art. 60 ff ZGB. The association is based in Zurich.

Article 2: Purpose of the association

The purpose of the association is to create and maintain a range of sports that is open to people regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and gender characteristics and that can take place in an appreciative and inclusive environment. The association sees itself as an integral part of the LGBTIQA + community and is religiously and politically neutral. The association’s activities take place mainly in the Zurich area.

Article 3: Resources used

In order to fulfill its purpose, the association uses in particular the means listed below.

As part of the sports offered by the association:

  • Offer of regular training in sports groups
  • Organization of the infrastructure necessary for the sports

Implementation of and participation in competitions beyond the individual sports:

  • Organization of events for club members and interested third parties
  • Health promotion measures
  • Participation and involvement in events of the LGBTIQA + community
  • Contact with other sports clubs with similar objectives

Article 4: Financing

The association does not aim to make a profit and is financed in particular through:

  • Membership fees
  • Sports contributions
  • Sponsorship contributions
  • Donations and other voluntary contributions
  • Investment income

Article 5: Other general provisions

Club year

The club year begins on January 1st and ends on December 31st.

Written form

If the provisions of these articles of association require written notification, notification by email or in another electronic form is sufficient. A handwritten signature or another form of signature equivalent to this is not necessary.

Personal liability

As far as this is legally permissible, the personal liability of the members of the various organs and of the individual members is excluded. Insurance for activities within the scope of the various types of sport as well as for other club events is basically the responsibility of the members.

Article 6: Beginning and end of membership

Beginning of membership

Anyone who identifies with the purpose of the association can become a member of the association. Membership is acquired by registering with the association and paying the membership fee. Entry can take place at any time.

End of membership

Membership ends when the member leaves or is excluded from the association, as well as when the member dies.


Resignation is possible at the end of each year of the association and must be communicated to the board in writing at least one month in advance.


The board of directors can resolve the exclusion of members who fail to meet their statutory obligations, in particular the payment of membership fees, or who otherwise endanger the interests of the association. The board of directors makes a final decision and notifies the person concerned of its decision, stating the reason. The exclusion takes place with immediate effect, there is no right to reimbursement of a membership or sports fee that has already been paid. Association year Written form Personal liability Beginning of membership End of membership Resignation Exclusion 3/7

Article 7: Membership Fees

The membership fees are set for the following year at the request of the board by the ordinary general assembly. If you register to join the association after September 30th of the current year, the fee will be reduced by half. In justified individual cases, the board has the authority to waive the membership fee for one year of the association.

Article 8: Honorary Membership

Members who have made a special contribution to the association can be appointed honorary members. Honorary members are exempt from paying the membership fee. The nomination of an honorary member is proposed to the general assembly by unanimous decision of the board of directors and the sports commission. The appointment as honorary member requires a majority of two thirds of the votes represented at the general assembly.

Article 9: Sports groups

Registration for sports groups

A member can register for one or more sports groups at any time. Every member registered for a sports group has to pay the sports fee set for the respective sport. If the registration takes place after June 30th, a proportional sports fee for the corresponding club year is to be paid.

Sports contribution

The sports fee covers the costs of the respective sport. It is to be set annually by the board for each sport. Before making a decision, the board hears the sports commission. The annual sports fees are at the beginning of the respective club year, at the latest

s but with the invitation to the ordinary general assembly to inform the members in writing.

Deregistration from sports groups

Deregistration from a sports group is possible at the end of each club year and must be communicated to the club in writing at least one month in advance. The de-registration from a sports group takes place automatically when leaving the club. If the sports fee for the current club year increases by more than 10 percent compared to the previous year, a member can cancel his / her registration from a sports group with immediate effect within four weeks of being notified of the new sports fee; The proportional sports fee based on the previous year is owed for the relevant club year.

Article 10: Organs of the association

The organs of the association are the general assembly, the board of directors, the sports commission and the auditors.

Article 11: General Assembly

The general assembly is the highest body of the association. It consists of all members of the association.

Ordinary general meeting

The ordinary general assembly takes place once a year in the first half of the association year. It will be convened in writing by the Board of Directors at least four weeks in advance with the accompanying agenda.

extraordinary general meeting

The convening of an extraordinary general meeting can be decided by stating the agenda items to be dealt with

  • Decision of the general assembly
  • Decision of the board
  • Decision of the sports commission
  • Written declaration signed by at least one fifth of the association’s members

The board of directors must be informed of the decision to convene. The board of directors shall convene the extraordinary general meeting in writing at least two weeks in advance, enclosing the agenda. If the board of directors refuses to convene despite a valid resolution, the convocation can be made by any member.

Motions for other items on the agenda

Each member, the board of directors, the sports commission and the auditors can submit further agenda items in writing up to ten days before the general assembly. Agenda items that were neither proposed in the invitation nor communicated in due time can only be voted on at the general assembly if all members of the association are present or represented. Ordinary General Meeting Extraordinary General Meeting Proposals for additional agenda items

Article 12: Competence of the general assembly

The general assembly is responsible for the following tasks:

  • Change of statutes
  • Approval of the annual report, the annual accounts and discharge of the board for the last year of the association
  • Approval of the annual program and the budget for the current association year
  • Determination of the membership fee
  • Decision on honorary memberships
  • Election of the board of directors and the auditors
  • Decision to dissolve the association

Board cycle and replacement election

The election of the board takes place, unless this is expressly decided otherwise by the general assembly, for a period of two years. If a board member resigns in the first year, the general assembly elects a substitute board member for the remaining period.

Global choice

The election of the board of directors is basically a global election, unless the individual election is either proposed by the board of directors or required by at least one fifth of the votes present.

Article 13: right to vote

Each club member has one vote.

Chair and vote counters

At the beginning of each general meeting, the chair and vote counters are elected with a simple majority of the votes present.

Representation at the general assembly by another member is permissible, provided that di

the board of directors was informed in writing 10 days before the general assembly and the corresponding member represents a maximum of two votes (including their own voting rights).

Principle of open voting

All transactions are voted openly, unless a secret ballot is required from at least one fifth of the votes present.

Simple majority and equality of votes

Unless otherwise stipulated in the articles of association, a simple majority of the votes present is sufficient to accept a transaction. In the event of a tie, the chairperson will decide by tossing a coin. Board cycle and replacement election Global election Chair of the meeting and voting principle of open voting, simple majority and equality of votes.

Article 14: Board of Directors

The board of directors must consist of at least three natural persons who are members of the association.

Competencies of the board

The board leads the operative activities of the association and is guided in its actions by the association’s purpose. He is particularly responsible for the implementation of the resolutions of the general assembly and the implementation of the annual program. The board decides on all questions that are not assigned to another body by the statutes and represents the association to external parties.


The association is represented externally by the collective signature of two board members.

Organizational regulations

All board members have equal rights. At the beginning of a board cycle of two years, the board lays down organizational regulations. This addresses at least the following points:

  1. Responsibilities within the board, at least for the following activities:
    a) Preparation and management of the board meetings
    b) Documentation of the board’s work
    c) accounting
    d) Membership administration
    e) club events
    f) communication
  2. Decision-making within the board, at least with regard to
    a) Quorum
    b) necessary for resolutions

Majority of votes

The organizational regulations must be accepted unanimously by all board members. It can be viewed by all members on request.

Substitute member

If a board member cannot fulfill his mandate for a longer period of time, the board can unanimously appoint another person who has equal rights to the other board members up to and at the latest until the next ordinary general meeting. The person can, but does not have to be, a member of the association.

Article 15: Sports Commission

In the sports commission, the individual sports offered by the club are represented by their respective representatives. The sports commission is basically of an advisory nature, provided that the statutes or the organizational regulations of the board of directors do not grant the sports commission any further powers. Competencies of the board of directors Representation of organizational regulations Substitute member.

Article 16: Auditors

The auditor is elected annually by the general assembly. Both natural and legal persons are eligible. You don’t have to be a club member.

Auditor’s duties

The auditor has to examine the management in general, and in particular the cash and accounting as well as the annual accounts of the association, and determine whether proper bookkeeping has taken place. The auditor prepares its audit report for the attention of the general assembly.

Article 17: Amendment of the Articles of Association

The general assembly can only decide on changes to the articles of association if this has been put on the agenda in due time and the invitation is accompanied by a formulated amendment proposal. ». Further motions for the formulation of the proposed amendments to the articles of association in the context of the general assembly are permissible as long as they do not lead to a significant change in the rights and obligations of the association members compared to the draft submitted. The decision of the general assembly requires a majority of at least two thirds of the votes represented.

Article 18: Dissolution of the association

The dissolution of the association can be decided at the general assembly, provided this has been properly put on the agenda. A majority of two thirds of the votes present is necessary for the resolution. The general assembly also has to decide who has to carry out the liquidation and how the association’s assets are to be used. A liquidation by the board can only be decided by the general meeting to the extent that each board member agrees to take over this task.

Article 19: final provisions

These statutes were adopted at the general assembly on July 15, 2020, replace the statutes of March 31, 2004, and come into force with immediate effect.
The change to Article 1 (club name) was accepted by the general assembly on November 22, 2020 and will come into force on January 1, 2021.

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