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SECTION 52
Provisions governing meetings for incorporation
Religious Corporations (RCO) CHAPTER 51, ARTICLE 3-A
§ 52. Provisions governing meetings for incorporation. 1. At the
meeting for incorporation, held in pursuance of such notice, the
qualified voters, until otherwise decided as hereinafter provided, shall
be all persons of full age who have statedly worshipped with such church
and have regularly contributed to its support, according to its usages,
for at least one year or since it was formed.

2. At such meeting the presence of a majority of such qualified
voters, at least six in number, shall be necessary to constitute a
quorum, and all matters or questions shall be decided by a majority of
the qualified voters voting thereon.

3. The meeting shall be called to order by one of the signers of the
call. There shall be elected at such meeting from the qualified voters
then present, a presiding officer, a clerk to keep the record of the
proceedings of the meeting and two inspectors of election to receive the
ballots cast. The presiding officer and the inspectors shall decide the
result of the ballots cast on any matter and shall be the judges of the
qualifications of the voters.

4. If the meeting shall decide that such unincorporated church or
congregation shall become incorporated, the meeting shall also decide
upon the name of the proposed corporation, the number of laymen trustees
thereof, which shall be three, six or nine, and the date, not more than
fifteen months thereafter, on which the first annual election of the
laymen trustees shall be held; and it may, by a two-thirds vote, decide
that all members of the unincorporated church, of full age, in good and
regular standing, who have statedly worshipped with such church, but who
have not contributed to the financial support thereof, shall also be
qualified voters at such meeting; and that such church members, who for
one year next preceding any subsequent corporate meeting, shall have
statedly worshipped with such church and have been members thereof in
good and regular standing, but have not regularly contributed to the
financial support thereof, shall be qualified voters at such corporate
meetings.

5. Such meeting shall thereupon elect by ballot from the persons
qualified to vote thereat one-third of the number of the laymen trustees
so decided on, who shall hold office until the first annual election of
laymen trustees thereof, one-third of the number of such laymen trustees
who shall hold office until the second annual election of trustees
thereafter, and one-third of such number of laymen trustees who shall
hold office until the third annual election of trustees thereafter, or
until the respective successors of such laymen trustees shall be
elected.

6. Such meeting shall also elect by ballot a clerk of the corporation,
who shall hold office until the close of the next annual meeting.

7. Such meeting shall also designate by a vote by ballot two of the
laymen trustees so elected, who shall be wardens of the church, whose
terms of office as wardens shall be one year or until their respective
successors are elected from among the remaining laymen trustees.