We, the undersigned, all citizens of the United States, and a majority citizens and residents of the District of Columbia, desiring to associate ourselves as a corporation pursuant to the provisions of Title 29 of Chapter 6 of the District of Columbia Code (1951), do hereby certify as follows.
FIRST: The name or title by which this corporation shall be known in law shall be Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired.
SECOND: The term for which it is organized shall be perpetual.
THIRD: The particular business and objects of said corporation shall be:
(a) To promote and defend the Constitution and interests of the United States of America.
(b) To promote the general welfare of persons who are serving or who formerly served the United State Government in the Diplomatic, Consular or Foreign Service (such persons to be hereinafter referred to as “eligibles”).
(c) To assist eligibles in re-establishing themselves and their families as domestic residents of the United States of America.
(d) To aid eligibles in meeting the economic problems of their retirement either in finding re-employment or in obtaining financial help.
(e) To provide for the payment of life, sick, accident, or other benefits to eligibles, or their dependents, or their designated beneficiaries.
(f) To collect and disseminate to eligibles, information and advice concerning medical care, insurance and similar personal security problems.
(g) To foster legislation, rules and regulations beneficial to eligibles.
(h) To study legislation, rules and regulations pertaining to eligibles.
(i) To further harmonious relations and interchange of ideas between retired and active personnel of the Foreign Service as well as with retired personnel of other services of the United States Government.
(j) To promote fraternal relations, unity of interests and social activities among eligibles.
(k) To publish a periodical expressing and promoting the purposes of the organization.
(l) To promote a better understanding of the foreign relations of the United States.
FOURTH: The number of its directors for the first year of its existence shall be seven.
FIFTH: The corporation is not organized for profit and shall have no capital stock. No part of any net earnings of the corporation shall ever inure to the benefit of any private individual (other than through the payment of life, sick, accident or other benefits to the members, or their dependents, or their designated beneficiaries). If at any time two-thirds or more of the directors of the corporation shall determine that it is no longer feasible to accomplish or carry on the specific purposes for which the corporation was organized, its affairs shall be wound up, its debts paid and its remaining assets assigned to a charitable or non-profit organization or organizations selected by t he directors of the corporation, or to the Government of the United States of America, for unrestricted use and disposition.
SIXTH: The corporation shall be authorized to acquire, hold and improve such property, real and personal, as its objectives and purposes may require, subject to limitations prescribed by law.
SEVENTH: The conditions, method of admission to, qualifications and categories of membership, the limitations, rights, powers, and duties of members, dues of members, method of expulsion from and termination of membership, and all matters pertaining to the conduct, management and control of the business, property and affairs of the corporation shall be provided for from time to time in the By-Laws of the corporation.
EIGHTH: The corporation and its directors shall have all the authority and power, including rights, privileges, activities and capacities, granted and conferred by the laws of the District of Columbia upon such corporations, and shall not be limited by the enumeration of such authority and power in this Certificate of Incorporation, so long as such authority and power are exercised for the purpose of accomplishing the aforesaid objects of the corporation. The corporation reserves the right to amend, modify, change or re peal any provision contained in this Certificate of Incorporation in accordance with the procedure proscribed by the laws of the District of Columbia.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, we have this 26th day of November, 1952, hereunto set our hands and seal.
Mrs. Wilbur J. Carr (SEAL)
Robert Woods Bliss (SEAL)
Carol H. Foster (SEAL)
George Gregg Fuller (SEAL)
Joseph C. Grew (SEAL)
Arthur Bliss Lane (SEAL)
Orme Wilson (SEAL)
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, SS:
I, Margaret MacPherson, a Notary Public in and for the District of Columbia, do hereby certify that Mrs.Wilbur J. Carr, Robert Woods Bliss, Carol H. Foster, George Gregg Fuller, Joseph C. Grew, Arthur Bliss Lane and Orme Wilson, parties to a certain Certificate of Incorporation bearing date on the 26th day of November, 1952, and hereto annexed, personally appeared before me in said District, the said Mrs. Wilbur J. Carr, Robert Woods Bliss, Carol H. Foster, George Gregg Fuller, Joseph C. Grew, Arthur Bliss Lane and Orme Wilson being personally well-known to me as the persons who executed the said Certificate of Incorporation, and severally acknowledged the same to be their act and deed.