Articles of Incorporation

italics indicates it was added in 1981

We, the undersigned natural persons of the age of twenty one years or more, at least two of whom are citizens of the State of Texas, acting as incorporators of a corporation under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act, do hereby adopt the following Articles of Incorporation for such corporation: 

ARTICLE ONE 

The name of the corporation is FEDERATION OF TEXAS AQUARIUM SOCIETIES, INC. 

ARTICLE TWO 

The corporation is a non-profit corporation for educational purposes. 

ARTICLE THREE 

The period of duration is perpetual.  

ARTICLE FOUR 

The purpose or purposes for which the corporation is organized are:  

To further aquarium societies, their formation and activities, to promote the home aquarium hobby, to educate the keeping, maintaining, breeding, and conservation of all aquatic life, and to do all such things as are necessary and incidental to the attainment of the above stated objectives and purposes. 

ARTICLE FIVE 

The street address of the initial registered office of the corporation is 3301 Edward Drive, Waco, Texas 76708 and the name of its initial registered agent at such address is Ed Makowski.  

ARTICLE SIX 

The number of Directors constituting the initial Board of Directors of the corporation is three (3), and the names and addresses of the persons who are to serve as the initial Directors until their successors are elected and qualified are: 

NAME 

ADDRESS 

Ed Makowski  3301 Edward Drive, Waco, Texas 76708 
Keith Arnold  3904 Oaklawn, Bryan, Texas 77801 
Dick Barfield  5110 Sierra Madre, San Antonio, Texas 78233 

ARTICLE SEVEN 

The name and street address of each incorporator: 

NAME 

ADDRESS 

Ed Makowski  3301 Edward Drive, Waco, Texas 76708 
Keith Arnold  3904 Oaklawn, Bryan, Texas 77801 
Dick Barfield  5110 Sierra Madre, San Antonio, Texas 78233 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands, this twelfth day of January, 1980. 

 /s/ Ed Makowski 

/s/ Keith Arnold 

/s/ Dick Barfield 

ARTICLE SEVEN 

No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or- other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article Four hereof. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on of propa¬≠ganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corpora¬≠tion shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.  

Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law). 

ARTICLE EIGHT 

Upon the dissolution of the corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all the assets of the corporation in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under section 5O1(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law), as the Board of Directors shall determine. Any such assets not so disposed shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas 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.