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ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

 

OF

 

ASTRONOMY FOR YOUTH, INC.

 

 

 

 

TO:  STATE CORPORATION COMMISSION

 

 

We, the undersigned natural persons of the age of twenty-one years or more, acting as incorporators of a corporation, adopt the following Articles of Incorporation pursuant to the State Nonstock Corporations Act:

 

 

FIRST:           The name of the corporation is Astronomy for Youth, Inc.

 

SECOND:      The period of its duration is perpetual.

 

THIRD:          The corporation is organized and will be operated exclusively for

                        charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of 501(c)(3) of

                        the Internal Revenue Code.  Specifically, the corporation is organized to

                        provide community youths with free educational programs in the study

                        of astronomy and make available a family oriented atmosphere, that

                        which is conducive to public interest and education;  To receive by gift,

                        devise, bequest or otherwise any property, both real and personal;  To

                        purchase or otherwise acquire lease as lessee, invest in hold, use, lease

                        as lessor, encumber, sell, exchange, transfer and dispose of property of

                        any description or any interest herein;  To do things permitted by law and

                        exercise all authority within the purpose stated in its articles or incidental

                        thereto, provided however, that no part of said funds or property shall

                        enure to the benefit of any member thereof and no part of the activities

                        of said corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise

                        attempting to influence legislation;  To maintain facilities to purse such

studies, however provided.  In pursuance of these purposes it shall have the powers to carry on any business or other activity which may be lawfully conducted by a corporation organized under the Ohio Nonstock

                        Corporations Act, whether or not related to the foregoing purposes, and

to do all things necessary, proper and consistent with maintaining tax

                        exempt status under section 501(c)(3).

 

FOURTH:      The corporation may have one or more classes of members, the  

                         qualifications and rights, including voting rights, of which shall be

                         designated in the bylaws.

 

FIFTH:           The registered agent is Tricia Goff, who is a resident of the state of Ohio and a director of the corporation, and the address of its initial registered office is 102 Malone Road, Mansfield, Ohio, 44907, which is physically located in the county of Richland.

 

SIXTH:           The number of directors constituting the initial Board of Directors is 4,

                        and the names and addresses, including street number, of the persons who

                        are to serve as the initial directors until the first annual meeting, or until

                        their successors are elected and qualified, are:

 

                        Robert D. Payne                       9087 Overly Road

                                                                        Fredericktown, Ohio 43019

 

                        Curtis C. Goff                           102 Malone Road

                                                                        Mansfield, Ohio  44907

 

                        Tricia J. Goff                            102 Malone Road

                                                                        Mansfield, Ohio  44907

 

                        Margaret A. Sherer                  9087 Overly Road

                                                                        Fredericktown, Ohio 43019                

                                   

 

                        The members of the Board of Directors shall be those individuals elected,

                        from time to time, in accordance with the Bylaws.  Directors shall elect

                        their successors.

 

SEVENTH:    The internal affairs of the corporation shall be regulated by its Board of

                        Directors as described in the Bylaws.  Upon dissolution of the corporation,

                        its assets shall be disposed of exclusively for the purposes of the

                        corporation or distributed to such organizations organized and operated

                        exclusively for charitable purposes which shall, at the time, qualify as

                        exempt organization under section 501(c)(3)     .

 

EIGHTH:       No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit

                        of or be distributed to any director, employee or other individual,

                        partnership, estate, trust or corporation having a personal or private

                        interest in the corporation.  Compensation for services actually rendered

                        and reimbursement for expenses actually incurred in attending to the

                        affairs of this corporation shall be limited to reasonable amounts.  No

                        substantial amount of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying

                        on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation and

                        this corporation shall not intervene in (including the publishing or

                        distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in

                        opposition to any candidate for public office.  Notwithstanding any other

                        provision of these Articles or of any Bylaws adopted thereunder, this

                        corporation shall not take any action not permitted by the laws which then

                        apply to this corporation.

 

NINTH:          The name and address, including street and number, of each incorporator

                        is:

 

                        Robert D. Payne                       9087 Overly Road

                                                                        Fredericktown, Ohio 43019

 

                        Curtis C. Goff                           102 Malone Road

                                                                        Mansfield, Ohio 44907

 

                        Tricia J. Goff                            102 Malone Road

                                                                        Mansfield, Ohio 44907

 

                        Margaret A. Sherer                  9087 Overly Road

                                                                        Fredericktown, Ohio 43019

 

                       

 

 

 

IN WITNESS THEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and official seal this _____day of

______________, 2002.

 

 

 

                                                           

Notary Public                                                                           (Seal)

 

 

 

________________________                                                                                   

By:  Robert D. Payne, Incorporator                              By:  Curtis C. Goff, Incorporator

 

 

________________________                                                                                   

By:  Tricia J. Goff, Incorporator                                    By: Margaret A. Sherer, Incorporator