Articles of Incorporation

ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
OF
GOETHE SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA

I. NAME

The name of the corporation is the Goethe Society of North America.

II. PURPOSES

This corporation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for public purposes. The public purposes of the corporation are to encourage and promote the study of all aspects of Goethe’s work, his life, and his time.

III. INITIAL AGENT FOR SERVICE OF PROCESS

The name of the initial agent of the corporation for service of process is Thomas P. Saine (California address).

IV. DIRECTORS

The corporation shall have five (5) directors.

V. DEDICATION AND DISSOLUTION

(a) The property of this corporation is irrevocably dedicated to charitable purposes and no part of the net income or assets of this organization shall ever inure to the benefit of any director, officer, or member thereof, or to the benefit of any private persons.

(b) On the dissolution or winding up of the corporation, its assets remaining after payment of, or provision for payment, of all debts and liabilities of this corporation, shall be distributed to a nonprofit fund, foundation, or corporation which is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes and which has established its tax exempt status under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c) (3).

(c) If this corporation holds any assets on trust, or the corporation is formed for charitable purposes, such assets shall be disposed of in such manner as may be directed by decree of the superior court of the county in which the corporation has its principal office, on petition therefor by the Attorney General or by any person concerned in the liquidation, in a proceeding to which the Attorney General is a party.

VI. LIMITATION OF CORPORATE ACTIVITIES

No substantial part of the activities of this corporation shall consist of carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, nor shall this corporation participate or intervene in any political campaign (including publishing and distribution of statements) on behalf of any candidate for public office.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned, being the incorporators of the Goethe Society of North America have executed these Articles of Incorporation on  (October 29), 1980.

(Signature)
Thomas P. Saine

(Signature)
Meredith Lee