Articles of Association
Approved and adopted: February 15, 2004 EV.
Amended: June 7, 2005 EV.
The name of this association is Sekhet-Maat Lodge.
- (A) This association is a nonprofit religious association and is not organized for the private gain of any person.
- (B) The specific purpose for which this association is organized is the preservation and advancement of the religious tenets, doctrines, principles, teachings, traditions and rites of Ordo Templi Orientis by operating a chartered local body of Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A. within and around the area of Portland, Oregon.
III. Limitation of Activities
- (A) This association is organized and operated exclusively for religious purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- (B) No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization 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.
- (C) Notwithstanding any other provision of this document, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by any organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by any 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, or (c) by any nonprofit religious organization within the State of Oregon.
- (D) This association is subject to the bylaws, policies, rules, regulations and directives of Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A., a California religious corporation, and may be dissolved by the Executive Council of Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A.
- (E) Revocation by Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A. of this association's Local Body Charter automatically dissolves this association.
Membership in this association is open only to members of Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A. in good standing, subject to the provisions of the bylaws of Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A. and of this association. Membership in this association does not vest any ownership interest in, or confer any right to control the disposition of, the property of this association.
The principal officer of this association (the "Master") shall be appointed by Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A. and may be replaced only by Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A. Additional officers of this association may be appointed by the Master according to the terms of this association's bylaws, subject to veto by Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A.
This association and its officers indemnify and hold harmless Ordo Templi Orientis, Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A., and their directors, officers, and authorized representatives, from any claim or liability arising from the willful or negligent violation of the policies, rules, regulations or directives of Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A. by the association, its officers, or members.
VII. Dedication and Dissolution
- (A) The property of this association is irrevocably dedicated to religious purposes, and no part of the net earnings or assets of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to, any director, officer, or member thereof, or other private person, except that the organization 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 herein.
- (B) Upon the dissolution of the association, its assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of the association 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.
These Articles of Association may be modified or amended only with the express written approval of the Executive Council of Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A.