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Articles of Incorporation

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Articles of Incorporation:
Incorporated in the state of Hawaii

Article I- Name

The name of the organization  shall be the Cave Conservancy of Hawaii (herein after referred to as The CCH.
Article II- Mailing address.
The mailing address  92-8864 Lauhala Dr. Ocean View, Hawaii 96737.
Article III Duration.
The CCH shall have perpetual duration.
Article IV- Purpose of organization.
The corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, 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 or any future tax code.       
The purpose of  The CCH is to acquire and manage caves for scientific study, education of those interested in speleology, and the conservation of these resources.
Article V- Board of directors.      
  1. The CCH shall be governed by a Board of Directors consisting initially of seven (7) persons but which may be changed by a 2/3 majority vote of the board to a minimum of 5 and maximum of 9 Directors. Terms and election procedures will be specified in the Corporation Bylaws. New directors shall be elected by the membership from nominees who indicate in writing their interest in filling a seat on the Board.
  2. An associate board may be established to facilitate scientific and educational activities as appropriate to the furtherance of conservancy goals.
  3. Bylaws may be enacted by a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors to govern The CCH provided they do not conflict with these articles.

Initial directors:
Don Coons  
<address withheld>
Rutland , IL
Mike Warner
<address withheld>
Schoharie, NY
Cindy Heazlit  
<address withheld>
San Jose ,CA.
<address withheld>
Ocean View, HI
Chrissy Frotten
<address withheld>
Huntsville. AL
Steve Lewis
<address withheld>
Tenakee, AK
Ric Elhard
<address withheld>
Ocean View, HI

Article VI Officers.

President…..         Don Coons
Vice President….  Mike Warner
Secretary……       Ric Elhard
Treasurer……       Cindy Heazlit

Article VII- Registered agent.

Registered agent of The CCH
Ric Elhard
92-886 Lauhala Dr.
Ocean View, Hawaii 96737
Mailing address:
PO Box 6313
Ocean View, Hawaii 96737

Article VIII- Members.

The corporation has members.

Article IX- Non Profit Status
  1. The CCH shall be a non-profit organization. No part of the net earnings of The CCH shall inure to the benefit of or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers or other private persons; except that the CCH shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distribution in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article IV giving definition of purpose herein.
  2. No substantial part of the activities of The CCH shall be involve in the carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempt to influence federal or state legislative bodies. Furthermore, The CCH shall not participate or intervene in ( including publishing or distribution of any statements) any political campaign on the behalf of any candidate for public office.
  3. Not with standing any provision of these articles, The CCH shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by:
  1. A corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501 (c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986 ( or corresponding provisions of any future U.S. Internal Revenue law ) .
  2. A corporation, contributions to which are deductible under       Section170  (c ) (2) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986 ( or the corresponding provisions of any  future  U.S. Internal Revenue law).

Article X-  Dissolution

In the event of dissolution, the assets of The CCH shall be offered to the National Speleological Society if it is then in existence and exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code. Failing their acceptance the assets shall be offered to the Nature Conservancy if it is then in existence and exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. Other wise, upon dissolution of the corporation assets shall for one or more exempt purposes within meaning of section of 501(c) (3) of the internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by a Court of Complete Jurisdiction 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.

We certify under the penalties of Section 415B-158, Hawaii Revised Statutes, that we have read the above statements and that the same are true and correct.

Signed this_______  of ________,______

Don Coons (President)______________________

Ric Elhard  ( Secretary)______________________

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