ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway- Mountain Branch

The undersigned incorporators are individuals 18 years of age or older and adopt the following articles of incorporation to form a nonprofit corporation under the Colorado Non Profit Corporation Act.

ARTICLE I – NAME

The name of this nonprofit corporation shall be Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway- Mountain Branch.

ARTICLE II –REGISTERED OFFICE ADDRESS

The place in Colorado where the principal office of the nonprofit corporation is to be located is at 136 West Main Street, Trinidad, CO.

The name, and the business address, of the initial registered agent for service of process on the nonprofit corporation is: Wyvonne Phillips, 136 West Main Street, Trinidad, CO 81082

The names and addresses of the individuals who cause this document to be delivered for filing, and to whom the Secretary of State my deliver notice if filing of this document is refused, is:
Roberta Cordova, 202 East Sixth Street, Trinidad, CO 81082
Wyvonne Phillips, 136 West Main Street, Trinidad, CO 81082

ARTICLE III – PURPOSE

This nonprofit corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational and scientific purposes as specified in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, including for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

The purpose of this nonprofit corporation is:

To increase recognition and appreciation of the multi-cultural heritage in communities within the corridor of the Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway- Mountain Branch. To increase information availability about travel in both directions along the Trail's historic routes and the ties it created among the vastly different cultures and races. To preserve the pioneer spirit among the region's population. To enhance awareness of the Trail's history among persons moving into the region. To promote Trail-related activities and to use connections provided by the Trail to improve inter-community relations.
To preserve historic sites and resources for future generations.
To enhance the visitor experience by upgrading and improving developed sites and facilities
To increase tourism’s contribution to the economy.
To support Trail-related activities throughout the corridor of the Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway- Mountain Branch.

 

ARTICLE IV – EXEMPTION REQUIREMENT

At all times the following shall operate as conditions restricting the operations and activities of the nonprofit corporation:

1. No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway- Mountain Branch shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purpose set forth in the purpose clause hereof.

2. No substantial part of the activities of the nonprofit corporation shall constitute the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, or any initiative or referendum before the public, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including by the publication or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office.

3. Notwithstanding any other provision of this document, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by an organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding section of any future tax code, or by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section or any future tax code.

 

ARTICLE V – MEMBERSHIP/BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The nonprofit corporation will have voting members. The eligibility, rights and obligations of the members will be determined by the organization's bylaws.

The management of the affairs of the corporation shall be vested in a Board of Directors, as defined by the nonprofit corporation's bylaws. No director shall have any right, title or interest in or to any property of the nonprofit corporation.

The number of directors constituting the initial board directors is three. Their names and addresses are as follows:

Roberta Cordova, 202 East Sixth Street, Trinidad, CO 81082
Priscilla Opper, 825 West Kansas Ave., Trinidad, CO 81082
Michelle Stevens, 713 San Juan Ave., La Junta, CO 81050

Members of the initial board of directors shall serve until the third annual meeting, at which their successors will be duly elected and qualified, or removed as provided in the bylaws.

 

ARTICLE VI – PERSONAL LIABILITY

No member, officer or director of this nonprofit corporation shall be personally liable for the debts or obligations of this nonprofit corporation of any nature whatsoever, nor shall any of the property of the members, officers or directors be subject to the payment of the debts or obligations of this nonprofit corporation.


ARTICLE VII –DURATION/DISSOLUTION

The duration of the nonprofit corporate existence is perpetual until dissolution.

Upon the dissolution of the organization, assets of the nonprofit corporation shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code or shall be distributed to the federal government or to a state or local government for a public purpose.

ARTICLE VIII – INCORPORATORS

In witness whereof, we, the undersigned, have hereunto subscribed our names for the purpose of forming the nonprofit corporation under the laws of the State of Colorado and certify we executed these Articles of Incorporation this October 15, of 2003.

 

President’s Signature (Incorporator 1)

____________________________________________________

 

Vice President’s Signature (Incorporator 2)

_____________________________________________________

 

Treasurer’s Signature (Incorporator 3

______________________________________________________