Articles of Incorporation
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ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION OF
MINNESOTA AMATEUR RADIO TECHNICAL SOCIETY
ARTICLE I: NAME
The name of this Corporation is Minnesota Amateur Radio Technical Society
ARTICLE II: REGISTERED OFFICE ADDRESS
The location of the registered office of this Corporation in the State of Minnesota shall be at:
2401 123rd Circle NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
ARTICLE III: PURPOSE
This Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, including and for the advancement of Amateur Radio science. The objectives of this Corporation shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following:
To be a technical club focused on advancing the amateur radio art in all its forms;
Foster research, experimentation, design and building of radio devices, antennas and support equipment;
Provide continuing technical education in the field of electronic communication including to other amateur radio clubs, schools, and all others interested in amateur radio;
Dissemination of technical, educational and scientific information relating to electronic communication by providing a forum, via meetings, website and reflector for exchanging ideas;
Promotion of general interest in Amateur Radio communication;
Establishment of Amateur Radio networks to provide electronic communications in the event of disasters or other emergencies;
The furtherance of the public welfare.
None of the provisions of these Articles shall be construed to permit this Corporation to carry on any business, or hereafter to exercise any power, or to do any act, which a corporation now or hereafter organized under the Minnesota Nonprofit Corporation Act may not at any time carry on, exercise or do; nor shall this Corporation carry on any business or exercise any power in any state, territory, or country which under the laws thereof this Corporation may not lawfully carry on or exercise.
This Corporation shall not afford pecuniary gain, incidentally or otherwise, to its members.
No part of the earnings of this Corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, directors, officers, or other private persons, except that this Corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in these Articles.
ARTICLE IV: MEMBERSHIP / BOARD OF DIRECTORS
All persons interested in Amateur Radio communications, radio construction, and operation shall be eligible for membership. Membership shall be by application upon such terms as the club shall provide in its by-laws. Membership shall be open to anyone who agrees to abide by the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, and any other policy and procedure set forth by the board of directors of the club. Membership may not be denied because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status or any other reason that would be biased or prejudicial.
The management of the affairs of the corporation shall be vested in a board of directors as defined by the corporation's bylaws. No director shall have any right, title, or interest in or to any property of the corporation. The process for the election and removal of officers will be as defined in the bylaws.
Members of the board of directors shall serve until their successors will be duly elected and qualified, or removed as provided in the bylaws.
ARTICLE V: DURATION/DISSOLUTION
The duration of existence of this Corporation shall be perpetual until dissolution.
Upon the dissolution of this Corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities of this Corporation, dispose of all of the assets of this Corporation exclusively for the purposes of this Corporation in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time, as the Board of Directors shall determine. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the District Court of the county in which the principal office of this Corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
ARTICLE VI: AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLES AND BYLAWS
The Articles of Incorporation may be amended by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members present at an official club meeting, provided that notice of the proposed amendment shall have been communicated via email or mail, or any other reasonable means, to the members at least 30 days prior to the meeting at which the amendment is proposed to be adopted.
ARTICLE VII: INCORPORATOR
The name and address of the incorporator of this Corporation is:
John J. Bellows, Jr.
55 East Fifth Street #1100
Saint Paul, MN 55101
THESE ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION WERE DULY APPROVED BY A MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE CLUB AT A DULY CALLED MEETING HELD ON MARCH 3, 2012