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successors in office shall, by virtue of their respective offices, be the trustees of such church. If, at any time, the officers of an incorporated Evangelical Lutheran church, or an incorporated Presbyterian church in connection with the Presbyterian church in the United States of America, which officers by virtue of their offices constitute the trustees thereof, shall determine to submit to a meeting of such church corporation, the question whether the trustees of such church shall be thereafter elective in pursuance of the next article of this chapter, they shall cause a corporate meeting of such church to be called and held in the manner provided in sections eighty-four and eighty-five of this chapter, and such corporate meeting shall determine, whether the trustees of such church shall thereafter be elective in pursuance of the next article of this chapter, and also whether the number of such trustees shall be three, six or nine, and the date of the annual corporate meeting of the church. If such meeting shall determine that such trustees shall thereafter be elective, the presiding officer thereof and at least two other persons present and voting thereat, shall sign, acknowledge and cause to be filed and recorded in the office of the clerk of the county in which the certificate of incorporation of such church is filed, a certificate of such determination of such meeting; and thereafter the trustees of such church shall be elective in pursuance of the next article of this chapter. At the next annual corporate meeting after the filing of such certificate, one-third of the number of trustees so determined on shall be elected to hold office for one year, one-third for two years, and one-third for three years, and the officers of such church who by virtue of their offices have been trustees of such church, shall then cease to be such trustees, and thereafter article five of this chapter shall apply to such church. At each subsequent annual corporate meeting of such church, one-third of the number of trustees so determined on shall be elected to hold office for three years. (As amended by chap. 190 of 1896, § 4.)

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ARTICLE V 1907c.94

SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR THE INCORPORATION AND GOVERN

MENT OF BAPTIST CHURCHES.

SECTION 67. Notice of meeting for incorporation.

68. The meeting for incorporation.
69. The certificate of incorporation.
70. Time, place and notice of corporate meetings.
71. Organization and conduct of corporate meetings; qualifications

of voters thereat.
72. Changing date of annual corporate meetings.
73. Changing number of trustees.
74. Meetings of trustees.
75. The creation and filling of vacancies among trustees of such

churches.
76. Control of trustees by corporate meetings of such churches ;

salaries of ministers.
77. Transfer of property to Baptist corporations.

§ 67. Notice of meeting for incorporation.--Notice of a meeting for the purpose of incorporating an unincorporated Baptist church shall be given as follows: The notice shall be in writing, and shall state, in substance, that a meeting of such unincorporated church will be held at its usual place of worship at a specified day and hour, for the purpose of incorporating such church, electing trustees thereof, and selecting a corporate name therefor. The notice must be signed by at least six persons of full age, who are then members in good and regular standing of such church by admission into full communion or membership therewith. A copy of such notice shall be publicly read at a regular meeting of such unincorporated church for public worship, on the two successive Sundays immediately preceding the meeting, by the minister of such church, or a deacon thereof or by any person qualified to sign such notice. (Added by chap. 336 of 1896, § 9.)

$ 68. The meeting for incorporation.-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 are then members, in good and regular standing of such church, by admission into full communion or membership therewith. At such meetings the presence of a majority of such qualified voters, at least six in number, shall be

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necessary to constitute a quorum, and all matters or questions shall be decided by a majority of the qualified voters voting thereon. There shall be elected at said meeting from 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 officers and the inspectors shall declare the result of the ballots cast on any matter, and shall be the judges of the qualifications of voters. If the meeting shall decide that such unincorporated church shall become incorporated, the meeting shall also decide upon the name of the proposed corporation, the number of the 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 trustees thereof shall be held, and shall decide also whether those who, from the time of the formation of such church or during the year preceding the meeting for incorporation, have statedly worshipped with such church and have regularly contributed to the financial support thereof, shall be qualified voters at such meeting for incorporation, and whether those who, during the year preceding the subsequent corporate meetings of the church shall have statedly worshipped with such church and shall have regularly contributed to the financial support thereof, shall be qualified voters at such corporate meetings. Such meeting shall thereupon elect by ballot from the persons qualified to vote thereat onethird of the number of trustees so decided on, who shall hold office until the first annual election of trustees thereafter, and onethird of such number of trustees who shall hold office until the second annual election of trustees thereafter, and one-third of such number of trustees who shall hold office until the third annual election of trustees thereafter, or until the respective successors of such trustees shall be elected. (Added by chap. 336 of 1896, § 9.)

$ 69. The certificate of incorporation. If the meeting shall decide that such unincorporated church shall become incorporated, the presiding officer of such meeting and the two inspectors of election shall execute a certificate setting forth the name of the proposed corporation, the number of the trustees thereof, the names of the persons elected as trustees and the terms of office for which they were respectively elected and the county and town, city or village in which its principal place of worship is or is intended to be located. On the filing and record.

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ing of such certificate after it shall have been acknowledged or proved as hereinbefore provided, the persons qualified to vote at such meeting and those persons who shall thereafter, from time to time, be qualified voters at the corporate meetings thereof, shall be a corporation by the name stated in such certificate, and the persons therein stated to be elected trustees of such church shall be the trustees thereof, for the terms for which they were respectively elected and until their respective successors shall be elected. (Added by chap. 336 of 1896, § 9.)

$ 70. Time, place and notice of corporate meetings.—The annual corporate meeting of every incorporated Baptist church shall be held at the time and place fixed by or in pursuance of law therefor, if such time and place be so fixed, and otherwise, at a time and place to be fixed by its trustees. A special corporate meeting of any such church may be called by the board of trustees thereof, on its own motion, and shall be called on the written request of at least ten qualified voters of such church. The trustees shall cause notice of the time and place of its annual corporate meeting, and of the names of any trustees whose successors are to be elected thereat ; and, if a special meeting, of the business to be transacted thereat, to be publicly read by the min. ister of such church or any trustee thereof at a regular meeting of the church for public worship, on the two successive Sundays immediately preceding such meeting. (Added by chap. 336 of 1896, $ 9.)

$ 71. Organization and conduct of corporate meetings; qualifications of voters thereat.-At a corporate meeting of an incorporated Baptist church the qualified voters shall be all persons of full age who are then members of such church in good and regular standing by admission into full communion or membership therewith, or who have statedly worshipped with such church and have regularly contributed to the financial support thereof during the year next preceding such meeting; but any incorporated Baptist church may at any annual corporate meeting thereof, if notice of the intention so to do has been given with the notice of such meeting, decide that thereafter only members of such church of full age and in good and regular standing by admission into full communion or membership therewith shall be qualified voters at the corporate meetings. At such corporate meetings the presence of at least six persons qualified to vote thereat shall be necessary to constitute a quorum, and all matters

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or questions shall be decided by a majority of the qualified voters voting thereon. There shall be elected at said meeting from the qualified voters then present, a presiding officer, a clerk to keep the records of the proceedings of the meeting and two inspectors of election to receive the ballots cast. The presiding officer and the inspectors of election shall declare the result of the ballots cast on any matter and shall be the judge of the qualifications of voters. At each annual corporate meeting, successors to those trustees whose terms of office then expire, shall be elected by ballot from the qualified voters, for a term of three years thereafter, and until their successors shall be elected. (Added by chap. 336 of 1896, $ 9.)

$ 72. Changing date of annual corporate meetings.-An annual corporate meeting of an incorporated Baptist church may change the date of its annual meeting thereafter. If the date fixed for the annual meeting shall be less than six months after the annual meeting at which such change is made, the next annual meeting shall be held one year from the date so fixed. For the purpose of determining the terms of office of trustees, the time between the annual meeting at which such change is made and the next annual meeting thereafter shall be reckoned as one year. (Added by chap. 336 of 1896, § 9.)

$ 73. Changing number of trustees.-An incorporated Baptist church may, at an annual corporate meeting, change the number of its trustees to three, six or nine, or classify them so that the terms of one-third expire each year, provided that notice of such intended change or classification be included in the notice of such annual corporate meeting. No such change shall affect the terms of the trustees then in office, and if the change reduces the number of trustees, elections shall not be held to fill vacancies caused by the expiration of the terms of trustees until the number of trustees equals the number to which the trustees were reduced. Whenever the number of trustees in office is less than the number so determined on, sufficient additional trustees shall be elected to make the number of trustees equal to the number so determined on. The trustees so elected up to and including onethird of the number so determined on, shall be elected for three years, the remainder up to and including one-third of the number so determined on for two years, and the remainder for one year. (Added by chap. 336 of 1896, § 9.)

$ 74. Meetings of trustees.-Meetings of the trustees of an

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