ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION
The Organization's name shall be Ghands,Inc
The Corporate office of Ghands,Inc shall be in State of Minnesota
"A thriving multicultural community, enriched with African immigrant leadership, culture, and educational influence."
Ghands,Inc transforms our community by creating educational opportunity for African immigrants and friends of the African immigrants.
Promote just, sustainable, and ethical educational practices; healthy work environments, social responsibility, and cultural justice.
Develop African immigrant talent, leadership, civic engagement.
Affirm; reflect the strengths of African immigrant culture, and languages.
Listen to, and act in the best interests of our membership; contribute our wisdom and experience for the well-being of all members.
To establish, stabilize, and expand education through orientations, classes, development consulting, technical assistance, and educational Empowerment, tutorial and mentoring through after school programs.
To create a process, and structure with which the African immigrant community may access other institutions (such as banks, foundations, and elected officials).
To create a membership base that actively shapes the agenda of Ghands,Inc and the African Immigrant Community and other stakeholders.
To enable, stimulate and promote acquaintance, friendship and unity among Africans immigrant in North America by promoting social and cultural activities and interaction within and between our local communities and across the continent
To address the needs and challenges peculiar to our members by promoting co-operative efforts and developing strategic partnerships with philanthropic, cultural, educational empowerment and other social service organizations.
To increase awareness and facilitate access to the gainful exploitation of educational opportunities in North America through better networking, training and other innovative programs.
To build partnerships with key stakeholders that will facilitate the growth of cultural, philanthropy, educational interests between the peoples of African immigrant and North America.
To promote and protect our unique African immigrant cultural identity through regular social and cultural activities, sports activities and Religious functions.
To counsel and advise relevant governments and other stakeholders on policies and regulations affecting African Immigrants in North America.
The management and business of ORGANIZATION shall be in the Executive Board (Executive Office).
The number of executive branch shall be the Executive Director, Treasurer, Secretary and other officers as shall be determined by the organization and explained in the organizational Handbook.
The executive officers of the Association shall be the Executive Director, Secretary, Organizing secretary and the Treasurer who are duly elected in accordance with these Bylaws.
Presides over all the meetings of the Executive branch, all General meetings of the Board of Directors and any special General meetings, such as Advisory group shall, at his own discretion, exercise a deciding vote at any meeting of the Board or membership
The Executive Director of the Organization shall be the Chief operating officer of the Organization with the powers of over the general supervision of all the affairs of the Organization.
The Executive Director shall be the secretary to the Board of Directors
Shall sign contracts on behave of the Organization
Shall sign documents on behave the of the Organization
The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the executive. He shall be given all notices required by the statutes, Articles of incorporation, and should sign on behalf of the Organization all documents, contracts and instruments.
Treasurer shall have custody of the funds and securities of the organization.
Treasurer may endorse on behalf of the Association for collection, checks, notes, and other obligations.
Treasurer shall deposit the funds of the Association to the banks and repositories as designate
Treasurer shall submit to the annual General meeting of organization the statement of affairs of the organization
Treasurer shall keep the books of the organization as accurate as possible and should account for income and expenditure, Receipts and payments.
All the books and records are property of the organization.
Reports of the status and progress of the affairs of the Organization shall be made at each annual membership meeting and executive Board by appropriate officers.
AUDIT OF BOOKS
An annual audit of the books and records of the Organization shall be conducted by committee appointed by executive Board.
These Bylaws and constitution shall be governed by and construed under the relevant provisions of the laws of the state of Minnesota.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
The Association shall observe a zero tolerance policy on all matters pertaining to the affairs of the Organization. All members of the Executive Board, Board of Directors and any other leadership, shall be subject to this policy.
A AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
Amendments to these Bylaws maybe proposed by Executive Board by executive officials, any member of the Board of Directors and shall become effective when adapted by affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members present and voting at regular or Board of Director's meeting, provided written notice of such amendment or amendments shall be made available to each member at least, thirty (30) days before the said meeting.
Upon dissolution of the Association, all assets and profits shall be distributed equally to other non-profit Organizations.
Approved by the Executive Directors/ Members this, day of January 15th, 2016.