Thursday, December 13, 2007

Polish Catholic Stanislaus Kostki Benevolent Society of Calumet

Articles of Association of the Polish Catholic Stanislaus Kostki Benevolent Society of Calumet

Document research by Ceil Wendt Jensen
Repository: MTU Mining Archives
Transcribed by Joseph Martin

The following articles of association have been agreed to and accepted at Calumet Houghton County Michigan on the tenth day of February A.D. 1875.

Article 1

The following persons residing in the Township of Calumet Houghton County Michigan to wit: John Zwierzchowski, Anton Ozinski, Martin Flens, Maci Mytkorsky, and Valentine Nawistky have with the object of forming a corporation for benevolent purposes in conformity with an Act of the Legislature of the State of Michigan entitled “An Act for the Incorporation of Charitable Societies” approved Feb. Sixth 1855 accepted the following Articles of Association.

Article 2

The corporation formed in conformity with the above mentioned act and in consequence of these articles of association shall be named the Calumet Polish Roman Catholic Stanislaus Kostki Benevolent Society and shall have its office for the transaction of its business located in the township of Calumet, Houghton County, Michigan and shall be incorporated for the period of thirty years.

Article 3

The Society is incorporated for the purpose of affording aid and relief to its members when in need.

Article 4

The business of the Corporation shall be managed by five trustees. The regular officers of the Society shall be elected by the members thereof and shall consist of a President, a Vice President, a Treasurer, a Secretary, a Director of the band, and a Messenger. These officers shall be elected at the annual meeting to be held on the first Sunday of January at the office of the Society in the township of Calumet and shall hold their office for one year.

Article 5

No person can become a member of the Society who is under the age of twenty-one or above the age of forty years or who belongs to any society which is forbidden by the Roman Catholic Church or is not free from all bodily diseases. He must be a member of a Calumet Roman Catholic Congregation and have a good moral character and fulfill his duties generally as a Catholic Christian.
Article 6

Candidates for admission shall be proposed by a member of the Society and shall be examined by a committee appointed by the society which committee shall make a report at the next quarterly meeting of the Society. Should this report be favorable and the questions of the President be satisfactorily answered by the candidate, the members of the society shall ballot for his admission and should he not receive more than twenty black balls he shall be legally admitted and declared a member and shall sign the Constitution of the Society.

Article 7

All changes of the Constitution, Articles of Association or By-Laws of the Society proposed by any of the officers or members of the Society shall be submitted to its members at the quarterly meeting and must be approved by the vote of two thirds of the members present to become valid. It is also required that all proposed changes of the Constitution and all extraordinary undertakings shall be made known to the Priest of the Catholic Church of Calumet and his approval shall be necessary in all Spiritual Matters.

John Zwierzchowski
Anton Osinski
Martin Flens
Maci Mytkowski
Walenty Nowicki

Sworn to and subscribed before me on the 10th day of March A.D. 1875.
D. T. Macdonald
Notary Public, Houghton County, Mich.

State of Michigan
Houghton County

On this 10th day of March A.D. One Thousand Eight hundred and Seventy-Five before me a Notary Public for said county personally came the above named John Zwierschowski, Anton Ozinski, Martin Flens, Maci Mydkowsky and Valentine Nowicki citizens of Calumet Township, County and State aforesaid known to me to be the persons who executed the foregoing instrument and acknowledged the same to be their free act and deed.

D.T. Macdonald
Notary Public,
Houghton County, Mich.

Rec’d for record the 19th day of March A.D. 1875 at 10:00 o’clock A.M.
R.H. Brelsford, Registrar