The Society of Folk Dance Historians


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Articles of Incorporation

of the

Society of Folk Dance Historians

We, the undersigned natural persons of the age of twenty-one years or more, at least two of whom are citizens of the State of Texas, acting as incorporators of a corporation under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act, do hereby adopt the following Articles of Incorporation for such corporation.

ARTICLE ONE

The name of the corporation is The Society of Folk Dance Historians.

ARTICLE TWO

The corporation is a non-profit corporation.

ARTICLE THREE

The period of its duration is perpetual.

ARTICLE FOUR

The purpose for which the corporation is organized is exclusively educational, including, but not limited to the following: (1) To disseminate to as wide an audience as possible the history, theory, and practice of international folk dance. (2) To demonstrate how international folk dance can promote social welfare by reducing interpersonal and inter-group tensions, eliminating prejudice and discrimination, supporting human or civil rights secured by law, and promoting law-abiding behavior and community development. (3) To offer lectures, classes, and workshops in which individuals may learn the history, theory, and practice of international folk dance. (4) To set up and/or facilitate meetings, groups, and conferences in which individuals who are interested in the history, theory, and practice of international folk dance may engage in discussion and practice. (5) To publish a newsletter, pamphlets, books and/or similar materials concerning the history, theory, and practice of international folk dance, and to communicate these ideas to the general public through the various media. (6) To communicate with similar and related groups and organizations throughout the world which are interested in the history, theory, and practice of international folk dance.

ARTICLE FIVE

No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its officers, directors, or other private persons, except that the 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 Article Four. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on of attempts to influence legislation through propaganda or by other means, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision or provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision or provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).

ARTICLE SIX

Upon the dissolution of the corporation, the Board of Trustees shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all of the assets of the corporation exclusively for the purposes of the corporation in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, 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 1954 (or the corresponding provision or provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the Board of Trustees shall determine. Any of such assets not so disposed shall be disposed of by a Texas District Court of the county in which the principal office of the 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 SEVEN

The street address of the initial registered office of the corporation is 2100 Rio Grande, Austin, Travis County, Texas, 78705, and the name of its initial registered agent at such address is Ron Houston.

ARTICLE EIGHT

The number of trustees constituting the initial Board of Trustees of the corporation is three (3), and the names and addresses of the persons who are to serve as the initial trustees are:

  1. Ron Houston 2100 Rio Grande, Austin, TX 78705
  2. (other initial trustees now deceased)
  3.  

ARTICLE NINE

The name and street address of each incorporator is:

  1. Ron Houston 2100 Rio Grande, Austin, TX 78705
  2. (other initial trustees now deceased)
  3.  

ARTICLE TEN

Membership is open to all persons and organizations who wish to become members of the Corporation and who wish to further the purpose of the corporation.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands, this _________ day of ________________, 19___.


THE STATE OF TEXAS

COUNTY OF TRAVIS

I, _____________________________________, a Notary Public, hereby certify that on this, the _________ day of ____________________, 19___, personally appeared before me RON HOUSTON, [TYPED NAME], and [TYPED NAME], who being by me first duly sworn, severally declared that they are the persons who signed the foregoing document as incorporators, and that the statements therein contained are true.

[signature]

Notary Public in and for Travis County, Texas

My Commission expires ______________________.