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Articles of Incorporation

The undersigned incorporator, a natural person 18 years of age or older, in order to form a corporate entity adopts the following articles of incorporation.

The Vance Association is duly registered with the Secretary of State in Massachusetts. The name of this corporation shall be The Vance Association, located at P.O. Box 218, West Harwich, MA 02671

This corporation is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes - more specifically to preserve the history and perpetuate the legacy of the Vance. This is accomplished through fellowship, communication, and personal interaction of former shipmates worldwide and by creating a place - museum - where pictures, stories, artifacts, and memorabilia collected over a nearly-four-decade period can be brought together and displayed for public education and enjoyment. To this end, the corporation shall at all times be operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as now enacted or hereafter amended, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as now enacted or hereafter amended. All funds, whether income or principal, and whether acquired by gift or contribution or otherwise, shall be devoted to said purposes.

At all times shall the following operate as conditions restricting the operations and activities of the corporation:
1. The corporation shall not afford pecuniary gain, incidentally or otherwise to its members. No part of the net earnings of this corporation shall inure to the benefit of any member of the corporation, except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to or for the corporation affecting one or more of its purposes. Such net earnings, if any, of this corporation shall be used to carry out the nonprofit corporate purposes set forth in Article II above.
2. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall constitute the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, or any initiative or referendum before the public, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including by publication or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office.
3. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, 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)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as now enacted or hereafter amended.

The duration of the corporate existence shall be perpetual.

The corporation shall have one or more classes of members, as provided in the corporation's bylaws. The management of the affairs of the corporation shall be vested in a Board of Directors, as defined in the corporation's bylaws. No Director shall have any right, title, or interest in or to any property of the corporation.

The number of Directors is 8, their names and addresses being as follows:

Curt Willett, Commanding Officer
3 Avon Court
Charleston, SC 29407

Wayne Farnum, Executive Officer
8760 55th Way N
Pinellas Park, FL 33782-5054

Bob Howey, Disburser
1037 Willow Cove Ct. E
Jacksonville, FL 32233

John Prideaux, Yeoman
26 Waterview Ave.
North Billerica, MA 01862  

Joe Betters, Communications/Webmaster
P.O. Box 218
West Harwich, MA 02671

George Blust, Historian/Curator
365 So. Huron Street
Tiffin, OH 44883

Bruce Swanson, Chaplain
2171 Big Tree Road
Lakewood, NY 14750v

Duane Baumgartner, Master at Arms
13676 Hwy 234
P.O. Box 1038
Gold Hill, OR 97525-1038 

Members of the Board of Directors shall serve until the annual meeting at which their successors are duly elected and qualified, or removed as provided in the bylaws.

No officer or Director of this corporation shall be personally liable for the debts or obligations of this corporation of any nature whatsoever, nor shall any of the property of an officer or Director be subject to the payment of the debts or obligations of this corporation.

At the time of dissolution of the corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all debts, obligations, liabilities, costs and expenses of the corporation, dispose of all of the assets of the corporation. In no case shall a disposition be made which would not qualify as a charitable contribution under Section 170(c)(1) or (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as now enacted or hereafter amended, in such manner as the Board of Directors shall determine.

The incorporator of this corporation is: _____________________________________
The undersigned incorporator certifies that he execute these articles for the purposes herein stated.

The INCORPORATOR Signed on this date ___________________