Articles of Incorporation


Name. The name of this corporation shall be: West Virginia Patriot Guard (the “Corporation”).


Registered Office.     The address of the Corporation’s registered office in the state of West Virginia is 1107 Elder St., Parkersburg, WV 26101


Purposes.        The Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable purposes and rendering military honors and ceremonies within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as now enacted or hereafter amended, including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that also qualify as Section 501(c)(3) exempt organizations.  To this end, the corporation shall follow the Mission Statement of the National Patriot Guard Riders.  All funds, whether income or principal, and whether acquired by gift or contribution or otherwise, shall be devoted to said purposes.


No pecuniary gain.     The corporation shall be non-stock and no dividends or pecuniary gain shall be declared, inure to the benefit of or be distributed to its members, directors or officers. No financial gain shall ever accrue to a member, officer, or director of the Corporation, nor to any person or organization in the conduct of the business of the Corporation, excepting solely such reasonable compensation that the Corporation shall pay for services actually rendered to the Corporation.  Any receipts of the Corporation in excess of ordinary expenses of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of the Corporation, and shall be applied by the directors thereof to the expenses incurred by the Corporation in carrying out the purposes set forth herein.


Political Activity.       No substantial part of the activities of the Corporation shall consist of carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation.  The Corporation shall not participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements) any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.


Membership.  The membership of the Corporation shall consist of one or more classes.  The Board of Directors shall have the authority to establish one or more classes of membership, and shall fix the voting power, rights, and preferences of each class.


Dissolution.     The Corporation may be dissolved in accordance with laws of the state of West Virginia.  At the time of dissolution of the Corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provision for payment of all debts, obligations, liabilities, costs, and expenses of the Corporation, dispose of all assets of the Corporation; provided, however, that in no case shall a liquidation, transfer, or disposition be made which would not qualify as a charitable contribution under Section 170(c)(1) or (2) of the Code, and all assets shall be turned over and transferred to one or more organizations qualified as exempt pursuant to Section501(c)(3) of the Code, or to the state of West Virginia, or any political subdivision thereof for exclusively public purposes.


Personal Liability.     Neither the members, or the directors, officers, employees, representatives, or agents of the Corporation, past and present, shall be personally liable for the payment of any debts or obligations of this Corporation of any nature whatsoever, nor shall any of the property of the members or of any of the directors, officers, employees, representatives, or agents be subject to payment of the debts or obligations of the Corporation to any extent.


Consent in Writing.   Any action required or permitted to be taken at a meeting of the Board of Directors, other than an action requiring member approval, may be taken by written action signed by the number of directors that would be required to take the same action at a meeting of the Board of Directors at which all directors were present.  When written action is taken by less than all of the directors, all directors shall be notified immediately of the text of the proposed action and its effective date.


The officers of the West Virginia Patriot Guard shall consist of the following:

(1) President (Current State Captain)

(2) Vice President

(3) Secretary

(4) Treasurer

(5) Board of Directors, consisting of five (5) “members in good standing” as defined in the West Virginia Patriot Guard Ride Captains Guide, paragraph seven (7) under General Information.