Revised January 1, 2020
Name. The name of this corporation is “Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society,” hereinafter “WoodmenLife.”
Place of Business. WoodmenLife's principal office (Home Office) shall be in Omaha, Nebraska, or at any other place the National Board of Directors may select.
Organization and Powers. WoodmenLife is a Fraternal Benefit Society, organized under the laws of the State of Nebraska, without capital stock, conducted solely for the benefit of its members and their beneficiaries, and not for profit. It shall be operated on a lodge system based on local chapters with a ritualistic form of work and a representative form of government. It shall have all the powers granted by law and shall have perpetual existence unless these Articles of Incorporation are surrendered or WoodmenLife is consolidated, merged or dissolved as authorized by law.
Purposes and Objectives The purposes and objectives of WoodmenLife shall be:
Supreme Governing Body. WoodmenLife‘s supreme governing body shall be known as the ”National Convention,“ which shall be composed of its National Convention Representatives as provided for and defined in the Constitution and Laws.
Regular sessions of the National Convention shall be held as often as once in each four calendar years at such times and places as may be determined by the President & CEO of WoodmenLife. Special sessions or referenda may occur as provided by the Constitution and Laws of WoodmenLife.
Constitution and Laws. WoodmenLife shall have the power, through its National Convention or National Board of Directors, to provide a Constitution and Laws; to provide rules and regulations for its own government and that of its chapters and members and certificate holders; to alter and amend the same at any session of the National Convention or meeting of its National Board of Directors; to provide for the organization of subordinate, subsidiary or affiliated entities such as local chapters and Jurisdictional Conventions and prescribe the laws, rules and regulations for their government; and to do all other acts and things necessary to carry out the purposes and objectives for which it is organized.
Subordinate Bodies, Subsidiaries and Affiliated Entities. The subordinate bodies of WoodmenLife shall be Jurisdictions, Chapters, Youth Chapters, and/or Community Centers. The subsidiaries of WoodmenLife shall be those entities established by it. The affiliated entities of WoodmenLife shall include, but are not limited to, fraternal, camp and chapter corporations, as well as not-for-profit organizations as originated by WoodmenLife.
Every adult Good-Standing Benefit Member is assigned to a chapter and can participate in chapter meetings and activities. Each chapter is located within a defined geographical area called a Jurisdiction. Chapters elect Jurisdictional Convention Delegates who attend Jurisdictional Conventions, which are held every two years. Jurisdictional Conventions elect National Convention Delegates who attend a National Convention, which is held every four years during the same year as the Jurisdictional Convention.
Amendments. These Articles of Incorporation may be altered or amended at any session of the National Convention by a two-thirds vote of the National Convention Representatives or at any meeting of the National Board of Directors by a two-thirds vote of the members thereof.
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