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Title 36, United States Code,
``Patriotic and National Observances, Ceremonies, and
CHAPTER 2003 --SONS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE
200304. Governing body.
200306. Exclusive right to name, seals, emblems, and
200308. Principal office.
200309. \Records and inspection.
200310. Service of process.
200311. Liability for acts of officers and agents.
200312. Annual report.
200313. Distribution of assets on dissolution or final liquidation.
Sec. 200301. Organization
(a) Federal Charter.
Sec. 200302. Purposes
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (in this chapter, the ``corporation'') is a federally chartered
(b) Place of Incorporation and Domicile.
The corporation is declared to be incorporated and domiciled in the District of
(c) Perpetual Existence. Except as otherwise
provided,the corporation has perpetual existence.
The purposes of the corporation are:
(1) to perpetuate the memory of the Grand Army of the
Republic and of the men who saved the Union in 1861 to 1865;
Sec. 200303. Membership
(2) to assist in every practicable way in preserving, and
making available for research, documents and records pertaining to the Grand
Army of the Republic and its members;
(3) to cooperate in honoring all those who have served
our country patriotically in any war;
(4) to teach patriotism, the duties of citizenship, the
true history of our country, and the love and honor of our flag;
(5) to oppose every tendency or movement that would
weaken loyalty to, destroy, or impair our constitutional Union; and
(6) to inculcate and broadly sustain the American
principles of representative government, equal rights, and impartial justice
(a) General. Except as provided in this chapter,
eligibility for membership in the corporation and the rights, privileges, and
designation of classes of members are as provided in the constitution and
bylaws of the corporation.
Sec. 200304. Governing body
(b) Required Service. Eligibility for membership in
the corporation is limited to male blood relatives of an individual who
(1) served at any time during the period from April 12,
1861, through April 9, 1865, as a soldier or sailor in
(A) the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps,
or Revenue Cutter Service; or
(2) was discharged honorably from, or died in, that
(B) a State regiment that was called into active
service and was subject to orders of United States general officers during that
(a) National Encampment.
Sec. 200305. Powers
(1) The national encampment
is the supreme governing authority of the corporation.
(b) Council of Administration.
(2) The national encampment is composed of officers and elected
representatives from the States and other local subdivisions of the corporation
as provided in the constitution and bylaws. However, the form of government of
the corporation must be representative of the membership at large and may not
permit concentration of control in a limited number of members or in self perpetuating
group not representative of the membership at large.
(3) The meetings of the national encampment may be held in the
District of Columbia or in any State, territory, or possession of the United
(1) During the
intervals between the national encampments, the council of administration is
the governing board of the corporation and is responsible for the general
policies, program, and activities of the corporation.
(2) The council of administration shall consist of at least 7
members elected in the manner and for the term provided in the constitution and
(1) The officers of the corporation
are a commander in chief, a senior vice commander in chief, a junior vice
commander in chief, a secretary, a treasurer, and other officers as provided in
the constitution and bylaws. One individual may hold the offices of secretary
(2) The manner of selection, term of office, and duties of the
officers are as provided in the constitution and bylaws.
The corporation may
(1) adopt and amend a constitution and bylaws for the
management of its property and the regulation of its affairs;
Sec. 200306. Exclusive right
to name, seals, emblems, and badges
(2) adopt and alter a corporate seal;
(3) choose officers, managers, agents, and employees as
the activities of the corporation require;
(4) make contracts;
(5) acquire, own, lease, encumber, and transfer property
as necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes of the corporation;
(6) borrow money, issue instruments of indebtedness, and
secure its obligations by granting security interests in its property;
<(7) sue and be sued; and
(8) do any other act necessary and proper to carry out
the purposes of the corporation.
The corporation and its subordinate divisions have the exclusive
right to use the name ``Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War''. The
corporation has the exclusive right to use and to allow others to use seals,
emblems, and badges the corporation adopts.
Sec. 200307. Restrictions
(a) Stock and Dividends. The corporation may not
issue stock or declare or pay a dividend.
Sec. 200308. Principal office
(b) Political Activities.The corporation or an
officer or agent as such may not contribute to, support, or assist a political
party or candidate for public office.
(c) Distribution of Income or Assets. The income or
assets of the corporation may not inure to the benefit of, or be distributed
to, an officer or member during the life of the corporation or on its
dissolution or final
liquidation. This subsection does not prevent the payment of compensation to an
officer or reimbursement for actual necessary expenses in amounts approved by
the council of administration of the corporation.
(d) Loans. The corporation may not make a loan or
advance to an officer or employee. Members of the council of administration who
vote for or assent to making a loan or advance to an officer or employee, and
officers who participate in making the loan or advance, are jointly and severally liable to the
corporation for the amount of the loan or advance until it is repaid.
The principal office of the corporation shall be in Trenton, New
Jersey, or another place decided by the council of administration. However, the
activities of the corporation are not confined to the place where the principal
office is located but may be conducted in the District of Columbia and
throughout the States, territories, and possessions of the United States.
Sec. 200309. Records and inspection
(a) Records. The corporation shall keep
Sec. 200310. Service of
(1) correct and complete records of account; and
(b) Inspection. A member, or an agent or attorney of
the member, may inspect the records of the corporation for any proper purpose,
at any reasonable time.
(2) minutes of the
proceedings of its national encampments and council of administration.
The corporation shall have a designated agent in the District of
Columbia to receive service of process for the corporation. Notice to or
service on the agent, or mailed to the business address of the agent, is notice
to or service on the corporation.
Sec. 200311. Liability for
acts of officers and agents
The corporation is liable for the acts of its officers and agents
acting within the scope of their authority.
Sec. 200312. Annual report
Not later than March 1 of each year, the corporation shall submit
a report to Congress on the activities of the corporation during the prior
fiscal year. The report may consist of a report on the proceedings of the national
encampment. The report may not be printed as a public document.
Sec. 200313. Distribution of
assets on dissolution or final liquidation
On dissolution or final liquidation of the corporation, any
assets remaining after the discharge of all liabilities shall be distributed as
provided by the council of administration, but in compliance with the
constitution and bylaws of the corporation.
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