ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
THE COUNCIL OF THE THAI BHIKKHUS IN THE U.S.A., INC.
The undersigned persone acting as incorporators of a corporation under the Colorado Nonprofit Corporation Act, sign and acknowledge the following Articles of Incorporation for such corporation :
FIRST : The name of the corporation is The Council of Thai Bhikkhus in the U.S.A., INC.
SECOND : The period of duration is perpetual.
THIRD : The purpose of purposes for which the corporation is organized are :
(1) To establish policy, provide, promote, amend and improve the religious and missionary practices of Thai Bhikkhus in the United States of America.
(2) To be a center of the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and cooperation among Thai Bhikkhus in the United States of America.
(3) To be the center for the exchange of knowledge, ideas and cooperation between the Thai Bhikkhus in the United States of America and the Buddhist Order of Thailand.
(4) To assist and promote activities of the Thai temples in the United States.
(5) To provide hospitality and assistance to Bhikkhus who visit the United States on religious duties.
(6) To cooperate and coordinate with other Buddhist organizations and other religious organizations.
(7) To promote, establish, conduct and maintain activities on its behalf in furtherance of the aforementioned purposes, and in furtherance of said objectives, to have such powers and purposes as may be authorized by the Colorado Nonprofit Corporation Act.
FOURTH, (1) This corporation is one which does not contemplate pecuniary gain or profit to the members thereof, and it is organized solely for nonprofit purposes.
(2) No part of the income of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of any member, trustee, director, officer of the corporation, or any private individual (except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to or for the corporation affecting one or more of its purposes), and to member, trustee, officer of the corporation or any private individual shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the corporate assets on dissolution of the corporation.
(3) No part of the activities of the corporation shall be carrying on propoganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, or participating in, or intervening in (including the publication or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
(4) In the event of dissolution, all of the remaining assets or property of the corporation shall, after necessary expenses thereof, be distributed to such organizations as shall qualify under Section 501(c) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, subject to an order of the District Court for the City and County of Denver, State of Colorado.
(5) The corporation shall distribute its income for each taxable year in such time and in such manner as not to subject it to tax under Section 4942 of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended; and the corporation shall not (a) engage in any act of self-dealing as defined in Section 4941 (d) of the Code; (b) retain any excess business holding as defined in Section 4943 (c) of the Code; (c) make any investments in such manner as to subject the corporation to tax under Section 4944 of the Code; or (d) make any taxable expenditures as defined in Section 4945 (d) of the Code.
FIFTH : The address of the initial registered office of the corporation in Colorado is : 4801 Julian Street, Denver, Colorado 80221, and the name of its initial registered agent at such address is Phra Maha Sobin Namto.
SIXTH : The address of the principal office is 4801 Julian Street, Denver, Colorado 80221.
SEVENTH : The number of directiors constituting the initial Board of Directors of the corporation is twelve persons.
The names and addresses of the persons who are to serve as the initial directors are :
141 W.179th Street