ARTICLE 1. NAME
The name of this organization shall be: Christian Research Hospital also known as CRH (hereinafter referred to as “CRH” or the “Corporation”).
ARTICLE 2. PURPOSE AND MISSION
This corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes, including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Section 2: Mission
The mission of CRH, Inc. is to work with local communities to cure physical and spiritual ailments among the poorest and sickest of the world through education, care, and research.
Section 3: Cause
Every single day, millions of individuals including women and young children living in the poorest countries of the world die from catastrophic tropical illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis.
Section 4: Specific objectives
Educate underserved people; Provide free treatment monitoring services (e.g. HIV CD4 count, liver and kidney function tests); and measure medication adherence [Goal of CRH June 2017 Mission Trip].
Work with local health professional and establish treatment monitoring protocols
Report preliminary findings and apply for competitive clinical pharmacology grants
Build a CRH Hospital in the heart of Africa (Garoua, Cameroon)
Conduct clinical research among the poorest with HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis.
Create CRH’s affiliate or chapter to further the cause of Christian Research Hospital.
ARTICLE 3. OFFICE
The principal office of the Corporation shall be located at 807 Walrose Circle, Searcy, AR 72143. CRH may have additional offices and places of business as shall be determined by the board of directors.
ARTICLE 4. MEMBERSHIP
CRH shall have no members and the corporation shall have no capital stock. CRH shall be managed by the board of the directors and officers with the help of volunteers.
ARTICLE 5. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1: Number and Term of Office.
The business affairs, activities, and property of the Corporation shall be managed, directed, governed, and controlled, and the powers of the Corporation shall be vested in and exercised by a Board of Directors composed of not less than three (3) nor more than twelve (12) members. Members of the Board of Directors shall serve for seven (7) years and shall be eligible for reappointment for a total of no more than fourty nine (49) years.
Section 2: Qualifications.
All directors shall be natural persons of the age of eighteen (18) years or older. Directors do not need to be residents of the State of Arkansas. A director must demonstrate an interest in the purposes and activities of the Corporation and must be interested in donating his or her time, advice, skill, energy, and support in furtherance of the Corporation and its purposes and activities. Directors shall be familiar with the “Sermon on The Mount” speech given by Jesus Christ where he described what it means to be a Citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven (Bible, Matthew 5-7).
Section 3: Powers and Duties.
The Board of Directors shall have all the powers and duties necessary, appropriate, or convenient for the administration of the affairs of the Corporation and for the management and operation of the Corporation's property and activities, and may do and perform all acts and things as are not prohibited by law, the Articles of Incorporation, or these Bylaws. These duties and power of the Corporation shall include, but not be limited to:
A. Establishing and reviewing board policies governing the Corporation and its operations;
B. Ensuring adequate resources for operation of the Corporation; helping to identify, cultivate, solicit and acknowledge donors.
C. Establishing and supervising adequate accounting and financial procedures; and
D. Promoting the goals and purposes of the Corporation and evaluating the Corporation against such goals and purposes.
Anything in these Bylaws to the contrary notwithstanding, the Board of Directors is not empowered to perform any activity on behalf of the Corporation not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from Federal income taxation under Section 501 (c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.
Section 4: Nomination and Election.
At the annual Board of Directors meeting, individuals presented by the nominating committee shall be deemed nominated to serve on the Board of Directors. In addition to those individuals presented by the Nominating Committee, individuals may be nominated to serve on the Board of Directors in any number by any member of the existing Board of Directors at any time. Existing members of the Board may continue to serve on the Board of Directors if nominated and elected, subject to a fourty nine-year limitation. Directors shall be elected from the persons nominated upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the entire Board. The term of office of any newly elected director shall commence immediately upon adjournment of the meeting of Board of Directors at which he or she was elected.
Section 5: Compensation.
Directors shall serve without compensation except that they shall be allowed reasonable advancement or reimbursement of expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. Nothing herein shall preclude any director from serving the Corporation in any other capacity and receiving compensation therefor.
Section 6: Resignation-, Vacancies; Removal; Absences; Increases.
Resignation. Any director may resign at any time by giving written notice to the President of the Board of Directors, who shall announce the resignation to the full Board of Directors at the next regular meeting of the Board of Directors. Such resignation shall take effect at the time specified therein; and, unless otherwise specified therein, the acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.
Vacancies. Any vacancy occurring on the Board of Directors by reason of resignation, removal, death, or otherwise shall be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining members of the Board of Directors, even if less than a quorum. A director elected to fill a vacancy shall be elected for the unexpired term of his or her predecessor in office. The term of office of a director elected to fill a vacancy shall commence upon election.
Removal of Elected Directors. When the notice indicates that the purpose of a meeting is to consider the removal of directors, at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Corporation, any Director may be removed from off-ice without assignment of cause by the vote of a majority of the members of the entire Board of Directors.
Absences. If a Director misses three (3) consecutive meetings without excuse, such absences shall be deemed to constitute such individual's tender of his or her resignation from the Board of Directors; provided, however, the Executive Committee shall have the authority to accept or reject such resignation.
ARTICLE 6. MEETINGS OF THE BOARD
Section 1: Place of Meetings. The annual, regular, or special meetings of the Board of Directors or any committee designated by the Board shall be held at the principal office of the Corporation or at any other place that the Board of Directors or any such committee, as the case may be, may designate from time to time.
Section 2: Annual Meetings. The annual meeting of the Board of Directors shall be held on the first or second Saturday following Sunday Pentecost of each year unless the Directors by resolution designate a different time.
Section 3: Regular Meetings. In addition to the annual meeting, regular meetings of the Board of Directors or any committee designated by the Board shall be held at least seven (7) times annually and at such more frequent intervals as the Board of Directors or any such committee, as the case may be, may designate.
Section 4: Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board of Directors or any committee designated by the Board may be called at any time by the President of the Board of Directors, and shall be called by the President upon receipt of the written request of two (2) of the directors. In addition, the chairperson of any committee designated by the Board or the President may call a special meeting of such committee and a special meeting shall be called by the chairperson of such committee upon receipt of the written request of two of the members of such committees.
Section 5: Notice of Meetings. Notice of meetings may be given either personally, personally by telephone, by sending a copy of the notice through the United States mail or by facsimile or other electronically transmitted messaging, to the address of each director appearing on the books of the Corporation. If mailed, such notice shall be deemed to be delivered when deposited in the United States mail so addressed, with postage prepaid thereon. If notice is given by mail, the individual calling the meeting shall also attempt to contact the Board members by phone to inform them of the meeting. The business to be transacted at or the purpose of, any annual, regular, or special meeting of the Board of Directors or any committee shall be specified in the notice of such meeting.
Notice of each annual meeting of the Board of Directors, setting forth the time and place of the meeting, shall be given to each director not less than ten (14) days prior to the time fixed for the meeting.
Notice of the regular meetings of the Board of Directors or any committee designated by the Board need not be given.
Notice of each special meeting of the Board of Directors or any such committee, setting forth the time and the place of the meeting, shall be given to each director not less than seven (7) days prior to the time fixed for the meeting.
Section 6: Waiver of Notice. A director may, in writing, waive notice of any meeting of the Board of Directors or any committee, either before, at, or after the meeting; and such waiver shall be deemed the equivalent of giving notice. Attendance of a director at a meeting of the Board or any committee shall constitute waiver of notice of that meeting unless he or she attends for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of business because the meeting has not been lawfully called or convened.
Section 7: Quorum and Voting.
A quorum shall consist of a majority of the members of the Board of Directors. Except as otherwise provided under the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, or provisions of law, no business shall be considered by the Board at any meeting at which the required quorum is not present, and the only motion which the Chair shall entertain at such meeting is a motion to adjourn; provided, however, that in the event of a vacancy on the Board of Directors or any such committee by reason of resignation, removal, death or otherwise, pending the appointment of a replacement director, a majority of directors then serving on the Board of Directors or any such committee shall constitute a quorum.
Each director shall have one (1) vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the Board or such committee.
Voting by proxy shall be permitted for issues deemed appropriate by the Board. The absent voting member shall cast a written vote and deliver it to the chairperson in advance of the meeting. If the absent member can ultimately attend, or if the issues at the meeting differ from that voted upon by the written proxy, the proxy becomes ineffective. Board members may also grant authority to individuals whom they feel will represent their interests. Such proxies are revocable until they are voted, unless there is a specific contractual agreement to the contrary.
Section 8: Majority Action as Board Action. Every act or decision done or made by a majority of the directors present at a meeting duly held at which a quorum is present is the act of the Board of Directors, unless the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, or provisions of law require a greater or lesser percentage or different voting rules for approval of a matter by the board.
Section 9: Conduct of Meetings. Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be presided over by the President of the Board, or if no such person has been so designated or, in his or her absence, by a Chairperson chosen by a majority of the directors present at the meeting. The Secretary of the Corporation shall act as secretary of all meetings of the Board, provided that, in his or her absence, the presiding officer shall appoint another person to act as Secretary of the Meeting.
Section 10: Informal Action by Directors. Any action required or permitted to be taken at a meeting of the directors or any committee may be taken without a meeting if a consent in writing, setting forth the action so taken, shall be signed by all of the directors or members of such committee, as the case may be, entitled to vote with respect to the subject matter thereof. Such consent shall have the same force and effect as a unanimous vote of the directors or the members of such committee and may be stated as such in any articles or documents filed with the Secretary of Arkansas under the Arkansas Nonprofit Corporations Act.
Section 11: Meetings. Members of the Board of Directors or any committee designated by the Board may participate in any annual, regular or special meeting of the Board or committee by means of a conference telephone or similar communications equipment by which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other at the same time. Such participation shall constitute presence in person at the meeting.
ARTICLE 7. OFFICERS
Section 1: General. The officers of the Corporation shall consist of a President as may be approved by a majority vote of the entire Board, Secretary and a Treasurer or a Secretary/Treasurer. In addition, other officers, assistants, and agents that the Board of Directors may from time to time deem necessary may be elected or appointed by the Board of Directors in any manner prescribed by the Board consistent with these Bylaws. Two or more offices may be held by the same person except that one person shall not at the same time hold the offices of President and Secretary.
Section 2: Election and Term Office. The officers of the Corporation shall be elected for a term of seven (7) years by the Board of Directors at the annual meeting of the Board of Directors. Officers shall hold office until their successors are chosen and have qualified unless they are sooner removed from office as provided in these Bylaws. Officers may serve for any number of successive terms.
Section 3: Resignation and Removal. Any officer of the Corporation may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board of Directors of the Corporation. Such resignation shall take effect at the time specified therein; and unless otherwise specified therein, the acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective. Any officer or agent of the Corporation may be removed from office without assignment of cause by the vote of a majority of the entire Board whenever in its judgment the best interests of the Corporation may be served thereby, but such removal shall be without prejudice to the contract rights, if any, of the person so removed. Election or appointment of an officer or ail agent shall not of itself create contract rights.
Section 4: Vacancies. When a vacancy occurs in one of the offices of the Corporation by reason of death, resignation or otherwise, it shall be filled by the vote of a majority of the entire Board. The officer so selected shall hold office for the remaining term of office. The declaration by resolution of the Board of a vacancy in the office of a director who has been declared of unsound mind by a final order of court, convicted of a felony, or found by final order or judgment of any court to have breached a duty pursuant to the Corporation Code and/or Act of the law dealing with the standards of conduct for a director, or has missed three (3) consecutive meetings of the Board of Directors, or a total of four (4) meetings of the Board during any one calendar year.
ARTICLE 8. DUTIES OF OFFICERS
Section 1: President. The President shall be the chief officer of the Corporation and shall have general supervision of the business activities of the Corporation. At each annual meeting of the Board of Directors, the President shall give a report of the business and activities of the Corporation for the preceding fiscal year. He or she shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors. The President shall perform all the duties commonly incident to such office and such other duties as the Board shall designate.
Section 2: Secretary. The Secretary shall keep or cause to be kept in books provided for that purpose the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors and any committees; shall see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws and as required by law; shall be custodian of the records and of the seal of the Corporation if the Corporation should have a seal; and, in general, shall perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as may, from time to time, be assigned to him or her by the Board of Directors or by the President. In the absence of the Secretary or in the case of his or her inability to act, the Assistant Secretaries, if any shall act with the same powers and shall be subject to the same restrictions as are applicable to the Secretary.
Section 3: Treasurer. The Treasurer shall have custody of corporate funds and securities. He or she shall keep full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements and shall deposit all corporate monies and other valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the Corporation in the depository or depositories of the Corporation, and shall render an account of his or her transactions as Treasurer and of the financial condition of the Corporation to the President, Executive Director and/or the Board of Directors upon request. Such power given to the Treasurer to deposit and disburse funds shall not, however, preclude any other officer or employee of the Corporation from also depositing and disbursing funds when authorized to do so by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer shall, if required by the Board of Directors, give the Corporation a bond in such amount and with such surety or sureties as may be ordered by the Board of Directors for the faithful performance of the duties of his office. The premiums on such bond may be paid by the Corporation. The Treasurer shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or the President. In the absence of the Treasurer or in the case of his or her inability to act, the Assistant Treasurers, if any, shall act with the same authority and shall be subject to the same restrictions as are applicable to the Treasurer.
Section 4: Delegation of Duties. Whenever an officer is absent, or whenever, for any reason, the Board of Directors may deem it desirable, the Board may delegate the powers and duties of an officer to any other officer or officers or to any director or directors.
ARTICLE 9. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
At present, CRH shall have no executive director. The corporation shall be managed by the board of the directors and officers with the help of volunteers.
ARTICLE 10. COMMITTEES
Section 1: General. The Board of Directors, by a majority vote of the entire Board, may designate and appoint one (1) or more committees of the Board of Directors, each of which shall consist of two (2) or more directors. Such committees, to the extent provided in the motion approved by the Board, the Articles of Incorporation, or these Bylaws, shall have all the authority of the Board of Directors, except that no such committee or any officer of the Corporation may amend the Articles of Incorporation; restate the Articles of Incorporation; adopt a plan of merger or adopt a plan of consolidation with another corporation, authorize sale, lease, exchange, or mortgage of all or substantially all of the property and assets of the Corporation; or amend, alter, or repeal any resolution of the Board of Directors. All decisions and actions of a committee shall be subject to review by the Board of Directors. The designation and appointment of any such committee and the delegation thereto of authority shall not operate to relieve the Board of Directors or any individual director of any responsibility imposed upon him or her by law. If any such delegation of authority of the Board of Directors is made as provided herein, all references to the Board of Directors contained in these Bylaws, the Articles of Incorporation, the Arkansas Nonprofit Corporation Act, or any other applicable law or regulation relating to the authority so delegated, shall be deemed to refer to such committee.
Section 2: Standing Committees. The standing committees of the Board shall be appointed by the President within a reasonable time after the annual meeting of the Board and shall consist of the following:
Executive Committees. The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, the immediate past President, Treasurer, and Secretary. By majority vote of the entire Board, the Board may appoint additional directors to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall be chaired by the President. The Executive Committee shall meet to consider matters of a nature which cannot wait for action until the next meeting of the Board, and shall have power to act in regard to such matters. The Executive Committee may meet at any time to discuss the prospective agenda for the Annual meeting or regular or special meetings of the Board or to discuss and subsequently make recommendations on any matter to the entire Board, Notice of formal action taken by the Executive Committee shall be provided to all Board members at the next meeting of the Board.
Other Committees. The Corporation shall have such other committees as may from time to time be designated by a majority vote of the entire Board of Directors. These committees may consist of persons who are not also members of the Board and shall act in an advisory capacity to the Board.
ARTICLE 11. INDEMNIFICATION
Section 1: Limitation of Liability. No director or officer of the corporation shall be liable for any act or failure to act by any other director or officer of the corporation or by any volunteer of the corporation. No director or officer of the corporation shall be liable for any loss arising from any fault in the title to any property acquired by the corporation. No director or officer of the corporation shall be liable for any loss arising from any fault in any security in which the corporation might invest, or from bankruptcy, insolvency, or wrongful act by any person to whom the corporation might entrust any of its property. No director or officer of the church shall be liable for any loss due to error of judgment or oversight on his/her part, or for any other loss whatsoever occurring in the carrying out of the duties of his/her office, unless this loss arises from the director’s or officer’s own willful neglect or fraudulent or criminal actions.
Section 2: Indemnity. The corporation shall protect every director and officer of the corporation against all costs arising in relation to his/her relations with the corporation, unless they are occasioned by his/her own willful neglect or fraudulent or criminal actions.
ARTICLE 12. FISCAL MANAGEMENT
Section 1: Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of the Corporation shall be such year as shall be adopted by the Board of Directors.
Section 2: Books and Accounts. The Corporation shall keep correct and complete books and records of accounts and shall keep minutes of the proceedings of the Board of Directors and any committee having any of the authority of the Board. All such books and records shall be kept at the principal office of the Corporation unless the Board of Directors, by resolution, determines otherwise, subject to any requirements of law. All books and records of the Corporation may be inspected
by any director or his agent or attorney for any proper purpose at any reasonable time.
Section 3: Auditing and Reports. An annual report of the affairs of the Corporation for the previous fiscal year shall be submitted to the Board of Directors at each annual meeting, and filed with the secretary of the Corporation. The books and records of the Corporation shall be reviewed by an independent certified public accountant at the expense of the Corporation at such times as may be designated by the vote of a majority of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may also designate a committee of its members to audit the books and records of the Corporation at such times as it shall determine by a majority vote of its members.
Section 4: Checks and Endorsement. All checks and drafts upon the funds or credit of the Corporation in any of its depositories shall be signed by such officer(s) or agent(s) as shall from time to time be determined by resolution of the Board of Directors. All checks, notes, bills receivable, trade acceptances, drafts, and other evidences of indebtedness payable to the Corporation shall, for the purpose of deposit, discount or collection, be endorsed by such officer(s) or agent(s) of the Corporation or in such manner as shall from time to time be determined by resolution of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may provide for the use of facsimile signatures under specified conditions for any of the foregoing purposes.
Section 5: Prohibition against Loans. The Corporation shall not make loans to any officer or director of the Corporation.
Section 6: Gifts. The Board of Directors may accept on behalf of the Corporation any contribution, gift, bequest, or devise for the general purpose or of any special Purpose of the Corporation.
ARTICLE 13. TAX EXEMPTION PROVISIONS
Section 1: Limitations on Activities. No substantial part of the activities of this corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation [except as otherwise provided by Section 501 (h) of the Internal Revenue Code], and this Corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these Bylaws, this Corporation shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Section 2: Prohibition against Private Inurement. No part of the net earnings of this Corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its directors, officers, or other private persons, except that the Corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes of this corporation.
ARTICLE 14. DISSOLUTION
Section 1: Procedure. The Corporation shall be dissolved according to the procedures outlined in the Arkansas Nonprofit Corporation Act.
Section 2: Distribution of Assets. After the liabilities of the Corporation have been discharged or provided for, the Corporation's remaining assets shall be disposed of to facilitate one or more of the exempt purposes of the Corporation. Assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or a state or local government, for public purposes. Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by a court of competent jurisdiction of the county in which the principal office of the Corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations which are organized and operated for such purposes.
ARTICLE 15. AMENDMENT
Except as may otherwise be specified under provisions of law, these Bylaws, or any of them, may be altered, amended, or repealed and new Bylaws adopted by a majority vote of the entire Board of Directors.
ARTICLE 16. CONSTRUCTION AND TERMS
If there is any conflict between the provisions of these Bylaws and the Articles of Incorporation of this Corporation, the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation shall govern. Should any of the provisions or portions of these Bylaws be held unenforceable or invalid for any reason, the remaining provisions and portions of these Bylaws shall be unaffected by such holding. All references in these Bylaws to the Articles of Incorporation shall be to the Articles of Incorporation of this Corporation filed with the Secretary of this State and used to establish the legal existence of this Corporation. All references in these Bylaws to a section or sections of the Internal Revenue Code shall be to such sections of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended from time to time, or to corresponding provisions of any future federal tax code.
ARTICLE 17. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
The headings throughout these Bylaws are for convenience and reference only and shall in no way be deemed to define, limit or add to the meaning of any provision hereof.
We, board of director of CRH do hereby certify that the above stated Articles of Bylaws for CHRISTIAN RESEARCH HOSPITAL were approved and adopted by us on Saturday 05/ 21/ 2016 and constitute a complete copy of the Bylaws of the corporation.
Shelbie Stickels (Secretary)
Pascal Tagne (Treasurer)
Carine Kamdem Kamdem
Landry Kamdem Kamdem (President and Chair)