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SECTION 20
Corporations for acquiring parsonages for district superintendents and camp-meeting grounds
Religious Corporations (RCO) CHAPTER 51, ARTICLE 2
§ 20. Corporations for acquiring parsonages for district
superintendents and camp-meeting grounds. The district superintendent
and a majority of the district stewards residing within a district
erected by an annual conference of The United Methodist Church, may
become incorporated for the purposes of acquiring, maintaining and
improving real property to be used either as a parsonage for the
district superintendent of such district or as a camp ground for
camp-meeting purposes, or for both of such objects by executing,
acknowledging and filing a certificate stating the name and object of
the corporation to be formed, the name of such annual conference, and of
such district, the names, residences and official relations to such
district of the signers thereof, the number of trustees of such
corporation, which shall be three or some multiple of three not more
than twenty-one, the names of such trustees, designating one-third to
hold office for three years, one-third to hold office for two years, and
one-third to hold office for one year. On filing such certificate the
district superintendent and all the stewards of such district by virtue
of their respective offices, shall be a corporation by the name and for
the purposes therein stated, and the persons therein named shall be the
first trustees thereof. The district superintendent and stewards of any
other adjoining districts, in this or any other state, may become
members of any such corporation, at the time of its formation or any
time thereafter, with the consent of such corporation, which has for its
sole object, or for one of its objects, the acquiring, maintaining and
improving of real property as a camp ground for camp-meeting purposes,
if such district superintendent and a majority of such stewards sign,
acknowledge and cause to be filed in the office of the secretary of
state, a certificate stating such object, the name of such adjoining
district, and the names, residences and official relations to such
district of the signers thereof, with the consent of the original
corporation indorsed thereon.

If such a corporation, which has for its sole object or one of its
objects, the acquisition and maintenance of camp grounds for
camp-meeting purposes, is composed of the district superintendent and
the district stewards of more than one district, the number of such
trustees shall be apportioned equally, as near as may be, between the
different districts, and the district superintendent and district
stewards of such district shall elect the number of trustees so
apportioned to such district, and the remainder, if any, over an equal
division of the trustees, shall be elected by all the members of the
corporation.

A person holding property in trust for the purposes of a parsonage for
the district superintendent of a district, and his successors in office,
or for camp-meeting purposes, for The United Methodist Church, may
convey the same to a corporation formed for the purpose of acquiring
such property within the district in which the property is situated.
Meetings held under the direction of such a corporation upon camp
grounds owned by it shall be deemed religious meetings, within the
provisions of law relating to disturbances of religious meetings.
Whenever such a corporation or any camp ground association owns land
bordering upon any navigable waters, to be used for camp-meeting
purposes only, such corporation or association may regulate or prohibit
the landing of persons or vessels at the wharves, piers or shores upon
such grounds during the holding of religious service thereon.

If the trustees of any such corporation heretofore incorporated have
not been classified, so that the terms of office of one-third of their
number expire each year, the trustees of such corporation shall be
elected annually by the members thereof; but if the trustees of any such
corporation have been so classified, one-third of the total number of
trustees shall be elected annually to hold office for three years. Such
a corporation heretofore incorporated may, by a majority vote, at an
annual meeting, or at a special meeting duly called therefor, determine
to change the number of its trustees to three, or some multiple thereof,
not more than twenty-one. On such determination a majority of the
trustees shall sign, acknowledge and file in the offices where the
original certificate of such corporation is filed, a supplemental
certificate, specifying such reduction or increase; and thereon the
number of trustees shall be the number stated in such certificate. If
the number of trustees is increased, the corporation shall elect, at its
next annual meeting, a sufficient number of trustees to hold office for
one, two and three years, respectively, so that the terms of office of
one-third of the whole number of trustees of such corporation shall
expire at each annual meeting thereafter. If the number is reduced, the
corporation shall thereafter elect at its annual meetings one-third of
the number of trustees specified in such supplemental certificate, but
the trustees in office when such certificate is filed shall continue in
office until the expiration of their terms, respectively.