Article by Laws of National SGUVFD
ARTICLE 1- NAME
1.1) The name of the corporation shall be National SGU Veterans & Families Development of USA, Inc.
ARTICLE 2 – PURPOSES
2.1) The purposes of the corporation are to engage in, assist, and contribute to the support of exclusively charitable activities and projects within the meaning of Section 501c (19) of the Internal Revenue Code.
2.2) In support of such purposes, the main activates of the corporation shall include:
- Reconnecting former SGU Veterans and Families Development of USA, Inc., and those surviving family members of deceased SGU Veterans and Families Development of USA, Inc., who were United States covert military force trained by the Central Intelligence Agency and financed by the government of the United States through the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard, and U.S. Army. These SGU Veterans and surviving family members were scattered throughout the International Communities after the Communist Pathet Lao and North Vietnam took over the country of Laos in 1975.
- Fostering, promoting, and improving the conditions and environment in which the SGU Veterans and Families Development of USA, Inc. and their surviving family members live, including improvements in the areas of:
- Health Care
- Senior Care
- Legal Advice
- Economic Development
- Veteran’s Cemetery
- Recognition of the service and sacrifices of the SGU Veterans and final honors recognizing those services, and
- Working for official recognition of efforts by SGU Veterans’ Administration.
- Equitable military force benefits
- Maintaining promoting, and sharing the unique and rich cultural heritage of these special allies of the United States, thereby preserving and educating the general public as to who the new citizens are and what service and sacrifices they have made for the United States.
- Building new brides of cooperation with the local, states, and Federal government across the United States that will support the cultural, economic development, and educational goals of the SGU Veterans and their families, as well as those, if any, remaining overseas.
- Doing any and all other acts and things which may be necessary, incidental, or desirable in the accomplishment of any foregoing purposes.
ARTICLE 3- AUTHORITY
3.1) The corporation shall further its purposes either directly or by making or providing donations, gifts, grants, contributions, loans, guarantees or subsidies out of the net income or the principal assets of the corporation, or both (without limit as to the amount going to any one recipient or in the aggregate to all recipients), but subject always to the provisions of section 3.3 hereof.
3.2) Subject to section 3.3 hereof, the corporation shall have authority to do any and all acts and things and carry on and conduct all other activities as may be necessary, advisable, desirable, or expedient to accomplish its purposes, to the full extent permitted by the laws of the State of Minnesota.
3.3) notwithstanding any other provisions of these Articles of Incorporation:
- All activities of the corporations shall be carried on and all of its funds shall be used and applied exclusively for the purposes for which this corporation was organized.
- No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of any member, officer, director, or any other individual (except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to or for the corporation in furtherance of one or more of its purposes, and except that individuals may benefit from grants and similar payments or distributions made for the purposes for which this corporation was organized).
- The corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 c (19) of the internal Revenue Code.
ARTICLE 4 – NONPROFIT CORPORATION
4.1) The Corporation shall not afford pecuniary gain or profit, incidentally or otherwise, except as permitted by law.
4.2) This Corporation is formed under Chapter 317A of the Minnesota Statutes.
AIRTICLE 5 – REGISTRED OFFICE
5.1) The mailing address of the registered office of the corporation is:
Chue Chou Tchang, Registered Agent
SGU Veterans & Families Development of USA, Inc.
217 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55103
ARTICLE 6 – INCORPORATOR
6.1) The name and mailing address of the incorporator are as follows:
Edward T. Matthews, Esq., CPA
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
200 South Sixth Street, Suite 4000
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Dir: (612) 492-7261
Fax: (612) 492-7077
ARTICLE 7 - DIRECTIORS
7.1) The management of the corporation shall be vested in a Board of Directors. The number of directors shall be fixed in accordance with the Bylaws of the corporation, and may be altered by amending the Bylaws, but shall never be less than required by law.
7.2) The first Board of Directors shall consist of the person or persons elected by the Incorporator, who shall hold office for the term of four (4) years or until his or her successor shall have been duly elected and qualified, or until the earlier death, resignation, removal, or disqualification of such director.
7.3) The terms of the office of the directors, other than the members of the first Board of Directors, shall be fixed by the Bylaws of the corporation, and may be altered by amending the Bylaws.
7.4) Any action may be taken by written action signed by the number of directors that would be required to take the same action at a meeting of the Board at which all directors were present; provided, that all directors must be notified immediately of the text of the written action and the effective date.
ARTICLE 8- MEMBERSHIP
8.1) The corporation shall have one class of members and membership in the corporation shall be limited so that:
- At least 75% of the corporation’s members shall be past or presented members shall
be past or present members of the U.S. Armed Forces; and
- Substantially all of the other members must be cadets or spouses, widows or widowers of veterans or cadets.
ARTICLE 9 – DISTRIBUTION ON LIQUIDATION OR DISSOLUTION
9.1) In the event of liquidation, dissolution, or winding up of the corporation, whether voluntary or involuntary or by operation of law, the remaining property and assists of the corporation shall be distributed in such manner as the Board of Directors of the corporation shall by majority vote determine. The distribution shall be made either exclusively for the purposes as shall at such time qualify as exempt under section 501 c (19) of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended, or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Code.
ARTICLE 10 – HEADQUARTERS
10.1) Headquarters must be in Saint Paul, Minnesota and Washington D.C.
ARTICLE 11 – UNIFORMS
11.1) Honor Guards & Service Uniforms
- All uniforms must have designated insignias on outer garments
- All uniforms, insignias, patches shall not be altered prior approval by the National Executive Committees.
- The number of Color Guards must have five (5) officers
- Two flags
- Two rifles
- The number of Honor Guards must have ten (10) officers or more