STATUT – BYLAWS
ST. LOUIS ISLAMIC CENTER
ARTICLE I — NAME
Section 1 — Name: The name of the organization shall be St. Louis Islamic Center It shall be a nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Missouri.
ARTICLE Il —PURPOSES
Section 1 — educational and religious purposes. Said corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, cultural and business education 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 the corresponding section of any future federal tax code. The purpose of this corporation includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- To conduct religious services in accordance with the faith of Islam;
- To provide Islamic upbringing and education of all members of Islamic and Bosnian community;
- To care about religious rights of Muslims;
- To work with other Islamic communities and other religious communities;
- To offer high quality education;
- To promote the better understanding and to work on preservation of Bosnian culture, language, history, art, sport, and religion;
- To conduct social and civic betterment of the Bosnian and other communities in various ways;
- To increase public awareness of juvenile delinquency, drug, and alcohol abuse;
- To promote the better understanding of the Islamic Culture and religion among Bosnian and other communities;
- To prevent community deterioration;
- To offer business education for the Bosnian community; and
- All other legal powers permitted by the Nonprofit Corporation.
ARTICLE III — OFFICES
Section 1 — Offices: The corporation shall have, and continuously maintain in this state, a registered office and a registered agent, whose office is identical with such registered office, and may have other offices within or outside the State of Missouri as the Board of Directors may from time to time determine.
ARTICLE IV — MEMBERSHIP
Section 1 — Classes of Members: The Corporation shall have three classes of members, The designation of such classes and the qualifications of the members of such classes shall be as follows:
a) Regular Members: All Muslims of over sixteen years of age who wish to join and actively participate in the Center’s activities shall be eligible to be regular members of the Corporation, provided that their appropriate and signed application for the membership and annual or monthly membership dues are received by the Boards of Directors. The Board of Directors will determine membership dues at the beginning of each year. Members must sign a statement agreement not to engage the Center in any litigation.
b) Trustees: Trustees shall be those persons who fulfill all membership obligations. A regular member will become a trustee after period of one year after signing the membership application and who are current on their membership dues.
c) Family: A family shall be a group of trustees who are related members of a single family (husband, wife, and children) and all related dependants (grandparents) living in the same household.
d) Non-Voting Members: The Board of Directors shall have the authority to establish and define non-voting categories of membership (ex. Wakif, Honorary etc).
Membership in this Corporation is not transferable or assignable.
Section 2 — Voting Rights: Only trustees are voting members. Voting rights are set as such:
a) Each trustee in good standing shall be entitled to one vote, to be cast either in person or by proxy in any election, referendum, or membership meeting on each matter submitted to a vote of the members.
b) Each family in good standing shall be entitled to one vote total regardless of how many trustees are in the family, to be cast by any family trustee either in person or by proxy in any election, referendum, or membership meeting on each matter submitted to a vote of the members. A family in good standing is a family that paid family membership dues. Family can choose any family trustee to cast a single vote for the family as long as the selected family trustee is sixteen years of age. Any family trustee can choose to pay individual membership fee in order to become a trustee in good standing with one entitled vote. This trustee shall no longer be considered part of the family for the purpose of voting and membership dues.
c) A proxy shall be executed in writing by the member or by his duly authorized attorney-in-fact and no proxy shall be valid after eleven months from the date of its execution. Only trustees have the rights to vote and choose the Officers of the Corporation, Board of Directors, Supervisory Board and the President of General Assembly from the trustees in good standing.
Section 3 — Membership Dues: Annual dues for voting members and all other classes of members shall be determined by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may determine the amount of initiation fee, if any, and annual dues of the regular members at such rate or rates, schedules or formulas as they may prescribe from time to time. The Board of Directors may provide for family memberships at a favorable rate for husbands and wives, and all persons who are members of the Corporation pursuant to any family rate shall be considered fully qualified members in good standing with all rights and privileges pertaining to membership. The annual dues shall be payable in full from January 1st to March 31st or in monthly installments deducted from their bank account each month. The member will have right to change payment method (bank account, check or cash) and frequency (monthly or yearly) at any time. The Treasurer of the Corporation shall maintain a current list of all members in good standing with paid-up dues.
Section 4 — Termination of Membership:
d) Any member may resign from the membership of this Corporation upon written request to the Board of Directors, but such resignation shall not relieve the member, so resigning, of the obligation to pay any dues, assessments or other charges theretofore occurred and unpaid. If appropriate, the Board of Directors shall have the right to relieve the member of the obligation to pay any dues, assessments or other charges theretofore occurred and unpaid by two-third vote.
e) The Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors and Supervisory Board present may suspend or expel a member for conduct unbecoming a member or prejudicial to the aims or repute of the Corporation, after notice and opportunity for a hearing are afforded.
f) The General Body Meeting (General Assembly) by a two-thirds vote may expel or remove on the spot any member from the meeting whose conduct the Assembly members deem to be harmful to the repute or the financial standing of the corporation. Such a member shall have right to reapply for membership only after the financial harm has been properly indemnified by him/her and after he/she has demonstrated by his conduct that he/she will not indulge again in the action that may hurt the interests or repute of the Corporation.
g) Membership could be terminated if the member defaulted in the payment of dues for a period of more than 6 months from his due date. Appropriate notice shall be sent to member to remind him/her that the payment is due immediately. In addition, the Board of Directors shall offer alternate payment method or send economic hardship application in order to relieve member of any dues for the current year. If the member does not respond to the communication by the Board of Directors in timely manner, his/her membership will be terminated.
CIJELI STATUT MOŽETE PREUZETI 2011-03-07-Bylaws2.0 (PDF FORMAT)
PREUZMI Article of Incorporation