KHS Constitution2019-02-13T21:53:40+00:00

KHS Constitution

ARTICLE I. Name
Section 1. The name of this organization is the Kansas Herpetological Society, hereafter referred to as the Society.
ARTICLE ll. Purpose
Section 1. To encourage education and dissemination of scientific information through the facilities of the Society.
Section 2. To encourage conservation of wildlife in general and of amphibians and reptiles in particular.
Section 3. To achieve closer cooperation and understanding between amateur and professional herpetologists, so they may work together in the common cause of furthering science. Section 4. The general purposes of this Society are to operate solely and exclusively within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) as a charitable, scientific, literary, and educational organization.
ARTICLE III. Bylaws
Section 1. The Society shall establish bylaws concerning the organization and procedures to be followed.
ARTICLE IV. General Prohibitions
Section 1. Provided, however, that in all events and under all circumstances, and notwithstanding merger, consolidation, reorganization, termination, dissolution, or winding up of this Society, voluntary or involuntary or by operation of law, the following provisions shall apply:
(a) This society shall not have or exercise any power or authority either expressly, by interpretation, or by operation of law, nor shall it directly or indirectly engage in any activity that would prevent this society from qualifying (and continuing to qualify) as an organization described in Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law).
(b) This society shall never be operated for the primary purpose of carrying on a trade or business for profit.
(c) No compensation or payment shall ever be paid or made to any member, officer, director, trustee, creator, or organizer of this Society, or substantial contributor to it, except as an allowance for actual expenditures or services actually made or rendered to or for this Society, and neither the whole nor any portion of the assets or net earnings, current or accumulated, of this Society shall ever be distributed to or divided among any such persons, provided, further that neither the whole nor any part or portion of such assets or net earnings shall ever be used for, accrue to, or inure to the benefit of any member or private individual within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any further United States Internal Revenue law).
ARTICLE V. Distribution on Dissolution
Section 1. Upon the dissolution of the Society, the Executive Council shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all the liabilities of the Society, dispose of all of the assets of the Society exclusively for the purposes of the Society in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized 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 l954 (or the corresponding provision of any further United States Internal Revenue Law), as the Executive Council shall determine. Any 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 Society 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 VI. Amendment of the Constitution
Section 1. Amendments to the Constitution may be proposed by the Executive Council or by petition to the Secretary by ten or more members of the Society.
Section 2. Proposed amendments must be submitted in writing to the Secretary at least three months before the general meeting at which they are to be discussed.
Section 3. Such amendments shall be submitted in writing by the Secretary to the general membership at least two months prior to the general meeting at which they are to be discussed.
Section 4. To be approved, an amendment must receive a positive vote by two-thirds of the members voting at the general meeting.
Section 5. Any adopted amendment shall become an integral part of the Bylaws and the Secretary shall be instructed to add them to copies of the Bylaws and to distribute the amended Bylaws to the members of the Executive Council of the Society and to other interested members of the Society.