Corporate Charter

CHARTER of the TNGenNet, TNGenWeb PROJECT,  TENNESSEE GENEALOGICAL NETWORK, INC.

A NON-PROFIT CORPORATION

The undersigned incorporators, under the Tennessee Nonprofit Corporation Act, adopt the following Charter for the above listed corporation:

PREAMBLE

We, the volunteers of TNGenNet, TNGenWeb PROJECT, TENNESSEE GENEALOGICAL NETWORK, INC., in order to promote publication of genealogical and historical records in a free, no cost to the public, Internet environment and in other, not for profit publication media, establish standards for publication of those records, promote mutual interests, provide help for one another, provide a forum for topics of mutual interest and disseminate information of mutual interest, do ordain and establish this Charter for the TNGenNet, TNGenWeb PROJECT, TENNESSEE GENEALOGICAL NETWORK, INC, a non-profit organization.

ARTICLE I

NAME: The name of this corporation is TNGenNet, TNGenWeb PROJECT, TENNESSEE GENEALOGICAL NETWORK, INC.

ARTICLE II

PUBLIC BENEFIT CORPORATION: The corporation is a public benefit corporation.

ARTICLE III

TYPE OF CORPORATION: This corporation is not a religious corporation.

ARTICLE IV

REGISTERED OFFICE: The address of the initial current registered office of this corporation is:

TNGenNet Inc.
TIMOTHY STOWELL
4869 HILLSDALE CIR
CHATTANOOGA, TN 37416-1225

REGISTERED AGENT: The name and address of the [current] registered agent of this corporation is:

TIMOTHY STOWELL
4869 HILLSDALE CIR
CHATTANOOGA, TN 37416-1225

Hamilton County

ARTICLE V 

INCORPORATORS: The names and addresses of the [original] incorporators of this corporation are:

Nancy Cole, 301 E. Walnut, Rawlins WY 82301

Athol K. Foster, 256 Oak Place Dr., Smithville, TN. 37166.

Bridgett Smith, 2309-B Stewart Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89101.

Frederick Smoot, P O Box 753, Sausalito CA 94966.

ARTICLE VI

 PRINCIPAL OFFICE: The address of the corporation principal office is:

TNGenNet, TNGenWeb Project, Inc.

TIMOTHY STOWELL

4869 HILLSDALE CIR

CHATTANOOGA, TN 37416-1225

 ARTICLE VII 

NONPROFIT CORPORATION: This corporation is a nonprofit corporation.

DURATION: The period of duration of this corporation is perpetual.

PURPOSE AND FILING: This corporation is organized exclusively as a public benefit corporation for one or more of the purposes as specified in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, 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 corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

These Articles of Incorporation are being filed pursuant to the Tennessee Nonprofit Corporation Act, compiled in chapters 51 – 68 of Title 48, Tennessee Code Annotated.

ARTICLE VIII 

MEMBERSHIP: This corporation will have members. The classes, qualifications, rights, privileges, and obligations of members of this corporation are as follows:

CLASSES: This corporation shall have one class of membership.

QUALIFICATIONS: Any person who supports the objectives stated in the Preamble and who participates within this corporation shall be qualified for membership.

RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES: All members shall enjoy equal rights. Members shall enjoy the right and privilege of one vote per member in any general or special membership election.

Members shall enjoy the right and privilege to run for any elected office within this organization, provided said members meet the qualifying prerequisites established by the Bylaws of this corporation pursuant to, and in accordance with, the laws of the state of Tennessee.

OBLIGATIONS: All members shall be obligated to follow the standards established in the PREAMBLE, to adhere to the Bylaws of this organization and adhere to the rules and regulations established by the general membership or governing Board of this corporation.

Additional provisions specifying the rights, privileges, and obligations of members shall be contained in the Bylaws of this corporation pursuant to, and in accordance with, the laws of the state of Tennessee.

ARTICLE VI
PRINCIPAL OFFICE:  The address of the corporation principal office is:

TNGenNet, TNGenWeb Project, Inc.
TIMOTHY STOWELL
4869 HILLSDALE CIR
CHATTANOOGA, TN 37416-1225

ARTICLE VII
NONPROFIT CORPORATION:  This corporation is a nonprofit corporation.

DURATION: The period of duration of this corporation is perpetual.

PURPOSE AND FILING:  This corporation is organized exclusively as a public benefit corporation for one or more of the purposes as specified in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, 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 corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

These Articles of Incorporation are being filed pursuant to the Tennessee Nonprofit Corporation Act, compiled in chapters 51 – 68 of Title 48, Tennessee Code Annotated.

ARTICLE VIII
MEMBERSHIP:  This corporation will have members. The classes, qualifications, rights, privileges, and obligations of members of this corporation are as follows:

CLASSES:  This corporation shall have one class of membership.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Any person who supports the objectives stated in the Preamble and who participates within this corporation shall be qualified for membership.

RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES:  All members shall enjoy equal rights. Members shall enjoy the right and privilege of one vote per member in any general or special membership election.

Members shall enjoy the right and privilege to run for any elected office within this organization, provided said members meet the qualifying prerequisites established by the Bylaws of this corporation pursuant to, and in accordance with, the laws of the state of Tennessee.

OBLIGATIONS:  All members shall be obligated to follow the standards established in the PREAMBLE, to adhere to the Bylaws of this organization and adhere to the rules and regulations established by the general membership or governing Board of this corporation.

Additional provisions specifying the rights, privileges, and obligations of members shall be contained in the Bylaws of this corporation pursuant to, and in accordance with, the laws of the state of Tennessee.

ARTICLE IX
DISSOLUTION:  This corporation may be dissolved by a two/thirds vote of all the members. Upon the dissolution of this corporation, 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 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 so disposed of shall be disposed by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of this corporation or corporations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

ARTICLE X
ACTIVITIES:  Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, this corporation shall not carry on any other activity not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from Federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law; or (b), by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law.

No substantial part of the activities of this corporation shall consist of carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate or intervene in any political campaign, including the publishing or distribution of statements, on behalf of any candidate for public office.

ARTICLE XI
BYLAWS:  The Bylaws shall be the working rules of this corporation. The election for the adoption of the Bylaws must occur within six (6) months following the approval of this corporation by the Tennessee Department of State. The membership shall adopt Bylaws by a simple majority vote of all members voting.

DISSOLUTION: This corporation may be dissolved by a two/thirds vote of all the members. Upon the dissolution of this corporation, 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 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 so disposed of shall be disposed by the Court of Common Pleas of the county in which the principal office of this corporation or corporations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

ARTICLE X 

ACTIVITIES: Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, this corporation shall not carry on any other activity not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from Federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law; or (b), by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law.

No substantial part of the activities of this corporation shall consist of carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate or intervene in any political campaign, including the publishing or distribution of statements, on behalf of any candidate for public office.

ARTICLE XI  

BYLAWS: The Bylaws shall be the working rules of this corporation. The election for the adoption of the Bylaws must occur within six (6) months following the approval of this corporation by the Tennessee Department of State. The membership shall adopt Bylaws by a simple majority vote of all members voting.

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Incorporator:                                           Date
Nancy Cole
301 E. Walnut
Rawlins WY 82301

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Incorporator:                                           Date
Athol K. Foster
256 Oak Place Dr.
Smithville, TN. 37166

___________________________________
Incorporator:                                           Date
Bridgett Smith
2309-B Stewart Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

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Incorporator:                                           Date
Frederick Smoot
P O Box 753
Sausalito CA 94966


This Charter was approved by the Tennessee Department of State

18 August, 1998, 10:21 AM.

[Updated 07 March 2008, with the revised name of the corporation, TNGenNet, TNGenWeb PROJECT, TENNESSEE GENEALOGICAL NETWORK, INC., as filed with the Tennessee Secretary of State, 04 March 2008.]

[Updated 07 March 2008, with the current Principal Office and Registered Agent information.]