Articles of Incorporation
ARTICLE ONE – CORPORATE NAME
The name of the corporation shall be Blackberry Circle, hereafter (Corporation).
ARTICLE TWO ADDRESS OF THE CORPORATION
The address of the principal office of the corporation in Texas is 1200 Foster, Conroe , Texas 77301 . The name and address of the registered agent of the corporation in Texas is: Jon A. Edens, 1200 Foster, Conroe , Texas 77301 . Said resident agent is a citizen of Texas and actually resides therein.
ARTICLE THREE – GOVERNMENT
The government of this religious organization shall be vested in a Board of Directors. This government shall be described in the Bylaws of the church. The number of Directors constituting the initial Board of Directors is seven.
ARTICLE FOUR – MEMBERSHIP
The method and conditions by which members shall be accepted, transferred, discharged and removed shall be set forth in the By-Laws of the Church. The Church shall have three classes of membership, with the qualifications and rights of such members to be set out in the By-Laws of the Church.
ARTICLE FIVE – PURPOSE
The purpose of the Corporation is to perform its services as a Church and to support, proselytize , publish, research and teach religious and esoteric arts, sciences and concepts; establish and maintain places of worship in accordance with the traditions, rites and practices of the Wiccan religion; establish churches of the Wiccan religion in other counties of the State of Texas, in other states of the United States of America and in other countries of the World; establish, maintain and conduct a school of General Education, Natural Healing, Religion and Esoteric Instruction for children and adults, known as Blackberry Circle Institute, which will give full academic degrees and provide courses of religious and esoteric instruction in natural healing and psychic development; prepare individuals and qualify them to be ordained into the priesthood; ordain priests and priestesses; provide a council where disputes between members, priests, priestesses and elders, can be resolved with justice and impartiality; provide a means by which like-minded people may unite with the idea of true freedom of religion; establish a community of like-minded people who will have similar religious beliefs; and exercise any, all and every power to which an establishment of religion is entitled.
ARTICLE SIX – ORGANIZATIONAL AUTHORITY
The corporation shall proceed under Chapter 22, of the Texas Business Organization Code, as amended.
ARTICLE SEVEN – DENOMINATIONAL AFFILIATION
This Church shall be a member of the family of Earth Religions, variously called pantheistic and/or polytheistic and variously described as an ancient Pagan Religion.
ARTICLE EIGHT – DURATION
The Church shall have perpetual duration.
ARTICLE NINE – ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
The manner in which the Board of Directors are to be elected by the membership shall be set forth in the By-Laws of the church.
ARTICLE TEN – OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH
The officers of the Church shall consist of a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, a Treasurer and such other officers as may be elected by the Directors. Only Directors shall serve as officers of the Church.
ARTICLE ELEVEN – ELECTION OF OFFICERS
The method by which the officers shall be elected shall be set forth in the By-Laws of the Church.
ARTICLE TWELVE – AMENDMENTS
These articles may be amended in the manner provided by the By-Laws.
ARTICLE THIRTEEN – NON-PROFIT PROVISIONS
No part of the earnings of the church shall enure to the benefit of, or be distributed to, its members, Directors, officers, or the members, Directors, or officers of the Church, or any other private person, except that the Church shall be authorized and empowered to pay a reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article Five hereof. Not withstanding any other provision of these articles, the Church shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried out by (a) a church exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Code) or, (b) a church, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.) All references herein to provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 shall be deemed to include statutes which succeed such provisions (i.e., the corresponding provisions of future United States Internal Revenue Laws.)
ARTICLE FOURTEEN – DISSOLUTION OF THE CHURCH
Upon dissolution of the Church, The Board of Trustees shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all the liabilities of the church, dispose of all the assets of the church exclusively for the purposes of the church in such a manner, or to such organizations organized exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific purposes as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or the corresponding provisions of any subsequent law, as the Board of Trustees shall determine. The Board of Trustees shall be constituted of the Elders of the Church. Any such assets not so disposed of, shall be disposed of by the court of common pleas of the county in which the principal offices of the church is located, exclusively for the purposes or to such organizations as said court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.