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Articles of Incorporation 2011





We, the undersigned, all of whom are citizens of the United States and residents of the State of Washington, being of full age and having associated ourselves for the purposes specified herein, and desiring that we be incorporated and that a charter be issued to ourselves, our associates and successors pursuant to Title 24 of the Revised Code of Washington, do hereby Certify and set forth:


The name of the corporation shall be SAMISH NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION.


The corporation’s registered office is located at P.O. Box 1551, Bellingham, WA  98227-1551, USA.  The name of the registered agent of the Corporation at such address shall be Tim Wynn.


The period of duration of the corporation shall be perpetual.


Section 1.        Purposes.  The main purposes for which this non-profit corporation is formed are exclusively for charitable, civic, and educational 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 also qualify as Section 501(c)(3) exempt organizations.  To this end, the corporation shall:

A.        Represent and protect the civic and neighborhood interests of the residents living within the boundaries of the area within the City of Bellingham commonly known as the Samish Neighborhood;

B.        Serve as the public voice for the residents living within the Samish Neighborhood and as a means by which neighbors can come together to discuss matters of neighborhood and City wide concern;

C.        Obtain and disseminate information of a public nature to residents of the neighborhood on issues that directly or indirectly affect the neighborhood and the City of Bellingham;

D.        Promote the interest of the Samish Neighborhood in matters of land use, zoning and other laws, regulations, rules and ordinances which directly or indirectly affect the quality of life, neighborhood amenities, character of the neighborhood, inter-relationship of the neighbors and safety and convenient use of public and private land and activities within the neighborhood and the City of Bellingham;

E.         Collect and disseminate information by publishing and mailing a periodic newsletter to all households and businesses within the Samish Neighborhood area, as well as by maintaining a website on the World Wide Web accessible to everyone; and

F.         Collect monies for association projects and to disburse said monies for said projects.

All funds, whether income or principal, and whether acquired by gift or contribution or otherwise, shall be devoted to said purposes.

Section 2.        Powers.  In general, and subject to such limitations and conditions as are or may be prescribed by law, or in the corporation’s Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws, the corporation shall have all the powers which are now or hereafter are conferred by law upon a corporation organized for the purposes set forth above, or are necessary or incidental to the powers so conferred, or are conducive to the attainment of the corporation’s purposes.


At all times the following shall operate as conditions restricting the operations and activities of the corporation:

1.         No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to any member of the corporation not qualifying as exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as now enacted or hereafter amended, nor to any Director or officer of the corporation, nor to any other private persons, excepting solely such reasonable compensation that the corporation shall pay for services actually rendered to the corporation, or allowed by the corporation as a reasonable allowance for authorized expenditures incurred on behalf of the corporation;

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; and

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, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

4.         The corporation shall not lend any of its assets to any officer or director of this corporation or guarantee to any person the payment of a loan by an officer or director of this corporation.


The corporation shall have a voting membership as defined in the corporation’s bylaws.  The management and affairs of the corporation shall be at all times under the direction of a Board of Directors, whose operations in governing the corporation shall be defined by statute and by the corporation’s bylaws.  No member or Director shall have any right, title, or interest in or to any property of the corporation.


No member, 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 the members, officers or Directors be subject to the payment of the debts or obligations of this corporation.


Upon the dissolution of the organization, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all of the liabilities of the organization, distribute all of the assets of the corporation exclusively for charitable, civic, and educational purposes to a qualified organization within the meaning of section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.  Any of such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the organization is then located, exclusively for the aforesaid purposes of the corporation, or to such qualified organization or organizations as said court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and verify that I have read and foregoing, understand its contents, and adopt it as my own.

Approved this 24th day of November 1980

Amended and approved this day 17th day of March 2011


Posted 7 years, 11 months ago at 8:56 AM.

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