Chapter 1 General

1          General.

1.1       The name of this corporation is Williams Volunteer Firefighter Association.

1.2       The principal office for the transaction of the activities and affairs of this corporation is located at Williams City Hall, 810 E Street, Williams, California, in Colusa County, California. The board of directors may change the location of the principal office. Any such change of location must be noted by the secretary on these bylaws opposite this Section; alternatively, this Section may be amended to state the new location.

1.3       The purpose of this corporation is to engage in any lawful act or activity for which a corporation may be organized under such law.  The purposes for which this corporation is formed are the following:  to preserve and protect life and property losses resulting from fire and other disasters in the City of Williams and the Williams Fire Protection District of Colusa County; to render mutual aid assistance when requested; to encourage, promote, foster and cultivate the fraternity of firefighters; and to assist and support the City of Williams, Williams Fire Protection District of Colusa County, and Williams Fire Protection Authority, and any successor fire department or departments.  This corporation is organized for nonprofit purposes and does not contemplate pecuniary gain or profit to the members.  This corporation shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any activities or exercise any powers that do not further the purposes of this corporation.

1.4       Unless the context requires otherwise, the general provisions, rules of construction, and definitions in the California Nonprofit Corporation Law shall govern the construction of these bylaws.

1.5       This corporations assets are irrevocably dedicated to charitable purposes. No part of the net earnings, properties, or assets of the corporation, on dissolution or otherwise, shall inure to the benefit of any private person or individual, or to any director or officer of the corporation. On liquidation or dissolution, all properties and assets remaining after payment, or provision for payment, of all debts and liabilities of the corporation shall be distributed to a nonprofit fund, foundation, or corporation that is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes and that has established its exempt status under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).

1.6       Code of Conduct

1.6.1    Any item of business of this association not covered in these bylaws will be defined within the WVFA Code of Conduct- here in attached as exhibit A.