Public Law 79-476


An Act

Section 1. Short Title.Edit

Corporation created.

Section 2. Objects and purposes of corporation.Edit

The objects and purposes of the corporation shall be—
(a) To provide an organization to encourage and aid American citizens in the contribution of their efforts, services, and resources in the development of aviation and in the maintenance of air supremacy, and to encourage and develop by example the voluntary contribution of private citizens to the public welfare;
(b) To provide aviation education and training especially to its senior and cadet members; to encourage and foster civil aviation in local communities and to provide an organization of private citizens with adequate facilities to assist in meeting local and national emergencies.

Section 3. Membership.Edit

Eligibility for membership in the corporation and the rights and privileges of members shall be determined according to the constitution and bylaws of the corporation: Provided, That the original members shall consist of the present Civil Air Patrol membership, numbering more than one hundred thousand senior and cadet members.

Section 4. Prohibition against issuance of stock or business activities; completion of organization.Edit

(a) The corporation shall have no power to issue capital stock or engage in business for pecuniary profit or gain, its objects and purposes being solely of a benevolent character and not for the pecuniary profit or gain of its members.
(b) The persons named in section 201 of this title, their associates, and successors are authorized to complete the organization of the corporation by the selection of officers, the adoption of a constitution and bylaws, the promulgation of rules or regulations that may be necessary for the accomplishment of the purposes of this corporation, and the doing of such other acts as may be necessary for such purposes.

Section 5. Powers of corporation.Edit

The corporation shall have perpetual succession and power—
(a) To sue and be sued;
(b) To acquire, hold, mortgage, and dispose of such real and personal property as may be necessary for its corporate purposes;
(c) To accept gifts, legacies, and devises which will further the corporate purposes;
(d) To adopt and alter a corporate seal;
(e) To adopt and alter a constitution, bylaws, rules and regulations, not inconsistent with law;
(f) To establish and maintain offices for the conduct of the affairs of the corporation in the District of Columbia and in the several States and Territories of the United States;
(g) To do any and all acts and things necessary and proper to carry into effect the objects and purposes of the corporation.

Section 6. Exclusive right to name, insignia, copyrights, emblems and badges.Edit

The corporation shall have the sole and exclusive right to the name "Civil Air Patrol" and to have and to use, in carrying out its purposes, all insignia, copyrights, emblems and badges, descriptive or designating marks, and words or phrases now or prior to July 1, 1946, used by the Civil Air Patrol in carrying out its program: Provided, however, That no powers or privileges herein granted shall interfere or conflict with established or vested rights.

Section 7. Annual report.Edit

The corporation shall make and transmit to Congress each year a report of its proceedings and activities for the preceding calendar year.

Section 8. Reservation of right to amend or repeal chapter.Edit

The right to alter, amend, or repeal this chapter is expressly reserved.

Approved July 1, 1946.


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