HAUGE FOREIGN MISSION, INC.
The name of this organization shall be Hauge Foreign Mission Inc.
1. A. The Purpose of this Corporation shall be to educate, maintain, sponsor and support missionaries and native workers, to preach and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ in any work approved by the HFM Corporation.
B. To take whatever action is necessary, including the conducting of mission fundraising meetings, in order to fulfill the foregoing purposes of any mission approved by the HFM Corporation.
2. This Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code of 1954. No part of the net earnings nor any part of the Corporation’s assets on dissolution shall be distributed to any individual but only to those funds, foundations, or corporations organized and operated exclusively for the purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
3. Upon dissolution of the Corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all of the liabilities of the Corporation, dispose of all the assets of the Corporation exclusively for the purposes of the Corporation in such manner, or to such organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific purposes, as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the correspondence provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) as the Board of Directors shall determine. Any of such assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the District Court of the County in which the principle office of the Corporation or Organizations, as said Court shall determine, are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.
The Corporation of Hauge Foreign Mission
The Corporation of Hauge Foreign Mission is a fellowship of evangelistic, pietistic and conservative Lutheran believers who profess Jesus Christ as the only way to eternal life with God. We accept the Bible as the inspired, infallible and inerrant word of God and we practice simple worship through Gospel hymns/songs and testimonies at our retreats and meetings. We also support with our finances and our prayers, various mission works especially the mission works of the Norwegian Lutheran Mission around the world, EKE (Lutherans for the Gospel) in Hungary and the publication of the mission newsletter called “The Banner”. This Corporation holds its annual meeting during the Labor Day Family Retreat
Board of Directors
1. The Board of Directors shall consist of seven members.
2. The term of office for members of the Board of Directors shall be three years.
3. Openings that occur on the Board of Directors as a result of the completion of the term of office shall be filled from within the Corporation by an election held at the annual meeting.
4. Vacancies occurring on the Board of Directors during the term of office shall be filled for the unexpired term by persons selected by the Board of Directors.
5. The affairs of this Corporation shall be managed by the Board of Directors of the Corporation.
6. Special meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held pursuant to a call by the President.
7. Five members of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
8. Following the annual meeting, the Board of Directors shall meet to elect its officers.
9. The Board of Directors shall appoint a Retreat Dean to serve for a period of one year. The Retreat Dean shall report to the Board of Directors at regularly scheduled meetings. The Retreat Dean is not limited to one term and may be reappointed.
10. The Board of Directors shall approve an annual budget at its first called meeting subsequent to the annual meeting of the Corporation.
The officers of the Corporation shall consist of the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer; all of whom shall be elected from within and by the Board of Directors. Said officers shall be elected to serve until the next annual meeting of the Corporation.
Duties of Officers
1. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Corporation and shall act as Chairman for the Board of Directors. He shall be ex-officio member of all committees and shall perform such duties as usually assigned to him by the Board of Directors.
2. The Vice-President shall support the President in his duties and shall perform the duties of the President in his absence. The Vice President shall also perform other duties as the Board of Directors may from time to time designate.
3. The Treasurer shall have custody of all the funds and securities of the Corporation. He shall authorize the paying out of monies on such approvals and signatures as the Board of Directors may determine. He shall be responsible for the maintenance of adequate books on account, shall present receipts and expenditures, and at the close of each fiscal year shall present to the Board of Directors an audited financial report for the year.
4. The Secretary shall attend and keep minutes of all meetings of the Board of Directors. The Secretary shall serve on such committees, ex-officio, as may be appointed by the President and shall keep the minutes of such committee meetings. The Secretary shall give all notices which may be required by law or these Bylaws. The Secretary may sign on behalf of the Corporation, with such officers as are authorized by the Board of Directors, any and all contract or agreements authorized by the Board of Directors. The Secretary shall have charge of such books, documents and papers as the Board of Directors shall determine. The Secretary shall do and perform such other duties as may be assigned to him from time to time by the Board of Directors.
Retreats & Mission Trips
1. HFM holds an annual Family Retreat; generally this retreat is held over the Labor Day weekend unless decided otherwise by the Corporation at its annual meeting or by the Board of Directors at an official meeting.
2. HFM may also hold youth retreats at a time and place of the Board of Directors’ choosing. The oversight of such retreats would adhere to the same governance as the Family Retreat.
3. HFM may also sponsor mission trips to works that it supports. All trips are under the authority of the HFM Board of Directors.
Duties of the Retreat Dean/Assistant Dean
1. The Retreat Dean shall be responsible for the following:
a. Recruitment of an Assistant Dean
b. Development of the Retreat(s) schedule(s)
c. Recruiting missionaries, evangelists, teachers, counselors and other staff as needed to perform retreat functions.
d. Reservation of a campsite for the ensuing years retreat.
e. Explaining and Enforcement of the retreat rules and codes of conduct.
2. The Dean will present the retreat location, dates, schedule and suggested staff to the Board of Directors for approval at an officially called meeting of the Board of Directors.
3. If requested, the Board of Directors will assist the Dean/Assistant whenever possible in retreat efforts.
The Corporation shall have no seal.
These Bylaws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members of the Board of Directors and ratified by a two-thirds vote at a subsequent meeting of the Board of Directors within twelve months of the initial amendment vote.