Arizona Knights of Rizal



Pursuant to A.R.S. §10-3202

(Arizona Non-Profit Corporation)

1. Name: The Name of the Corporation is ARIZONA KNIGHTS OF RIZAL, INC. (or AZKOR, INC.)

2. Purposes: The purposes for which the Corporation is organized are:

A. General – This Corporation is organized and operated for the purpose of transacting any and all lawful businesses for which non-profit corporations may be incorporated under the laws of the State of Arizona as may be amended from time to time. This Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary and/or educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or corresponding section of any future federal tax 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 of 1986, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. Within the meaning of said Section 501(c)(3), the Corporation may receive and administer funds for charitable, scientific, literary and/or educational purposes, and to that end, it is empowered:

(1) to receive, acquire, hold, possess and have title to any property, or any undivided interest therein, without limitation as to amount or value;

(2) to dispose of any such property and to invest, reinvest, or deal with the principal or the income in such manner as, in the judgment of the Directors will best promote the purposes of the Corporation, without limitation, except such limitations, if any, as may be contained in: the instrument under which such property is received, these Articles of Incorporation, the By-Laws of this Corporation, or any applicable laws and regulations; and

(3) to do any other act or thing necessary or incidental to or connected with the foregoing purposes or in advancement thereof, but not for the pecuniary profit or financial gain of its directors or officers except as permitted under applicable laws.

B. Specific – To the extent that the following conform to such charitable, scientific, literary and/or educational purposes, the general nature of the business to be transacted by this Corporation is hereunder more specifically enumerated, but is not necessarily limited, as follows:

(1) providing social services such as, but not limited to: assistance for seniors and others needing social justice; counseling for housing, employment and related matters affecting new immigrants, particularly those from the Philippines; and scholarship grants for deserving Filipino-American students.

(2) helping to sustain inspirational, freedom-promoting and self-sufficiency generating projects of non-profits, particularly those of, but not limited to, the “Order of the Knights of Rizal”, a nonprofit entity which is a civic, cultural, non-sectarian, non-partisan, and non-racial entity devoted to helping alleviate the sufferings and unfold the full potentials of people through the study, propagation and application of the ideals and teachings of Dr. Jose Rizal, national hero of the Philippines;

(3) supporting programs and projects for the preservation and restoration of human dignity (to encompass rights and responsibilities) among peoples wherever there is a need therefor, which support shall be provided through charitable, scientific, literary and educational activities;

(4) operating as a self-governing Chapter in the State of Arizona of the “Order of the Knights of Rizal” with all the rights and prerogatives to the ceremonies and privileges as well as to the authorization of its members to wear the uniform(s), insignias, badges, emblems, distinctive ribbons or membership rosettes or buttons of the “Knights of Rizal”; and

(5) implementation of other projects consistent with the humanitarian vision and purposes of the “Knights of Rizal” in the compliance with and pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

The foregoing enumeration of specific purposes shall not be deemed to limit or restrict the general powers of this Corporation and the enjoyment and exercise thereof, as conferred by the laws of the State of Arizona under which this Corporation is incorporated.

3. Character of Affairs: The character of affairs of this corporation will be that of a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, as amended, organized and operated exclusively for any or all of the following purposes: charitable, scientific, literary, and educational.

4. Limitations: No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, directors, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article 2. No substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements,) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of these Articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on: (a) by a corporation exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law) or: (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the United States Internal Revenue Code (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Laws).

5. Disposition of Assets: Upon the dissolution of the corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all of the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all its assets exclusively for the purposes of the corporation in such a manner, or to such organizations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious or scientific purpose as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organization or organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Laws) as the Board of Directors shall determine. Any such assets not disposed of shall be disposed of by the Superior Court of the county in which the principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purpose or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purpose.

6. Indemnification: The power of indemnification under the Arizona Revised Statutes shall not be denied or limited by the bylaws.

7. Board of Directors: The initial board of directors shall consist of nine (9) directors. The names and addresses of the persons who are to serve as the directors until the first annual meeting of the members or until their successors are elected and qualified are:

Names Addresses

Conrado R. Ballecer, Jr. 221 W. Conrad Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85023

Emmanuel Torres 16003 N. 170th Lane, Surprise, AZ 85388

Rudy Lim 18425 N. 14th St., Phoenix, AZ 85022

Vicente O. Enciso 3206 N. 136th Drive, Avondale, AZ 85392

Franklin D. Rosales 3416 N. 45th Place, Phoenix, AZ 85018

Urso A. Penalosa 8520 W. Palm Lane, 1031, Phoenix, AZ 85037

Herminio Mendoza 4600 E. Ocotillo Rd., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Bernabe C. Rodriguez 13609 W. Earll Dr., Avondale, AZ 85392

Marcelino Catuira 667 E. La Costa Dr., Chandler, AZ 85249

The number of persons to serve on the board of directors thereafter shall be fixed by the By Laws.

8. Known Place of Business: (In Arizona) The street address of the known place of business of the Corporation is the same as that of the statutory agent.

9. Statutory Agent: (In Arizona) The name and address of the statutory agent of the Corporation is Conrado R. Ballecer, Jr. of 221 W. Conrad Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85023.

10. Incorporators: The names and addresses of the incorporators are:

Names Addresses

Tomas D. Rodriguez 2727 N. 144th Drive, Goodyear, AZ 85395

Edwin D. Bael 5149 E. Cactus Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

All powers, duties and responsibilities of the incorporators shall cease at the time of delivery of these Articles of Incorporation to the Arizona Corporation Commission.

11. Non-Discrimination: The Corporation will not practice or permit discrimination on the basis of sex, race, national origin, religion, physical handicap or disability.

12. Members: The corporation shall have members

Executed this 7th day of November, 2009 by all of the incorporators.

Signatures of Incorporators

Signed: (Original Signed) (Original Signed)


Phone: 623 238 5518 Mobile: 480 217 6336

Fax: 623 455 9475 Home: 480 264 9267

Acceptance of Appointment By Statutory Agent

The undersigned hereby acknowledges and accepts the appointment as statutory agent of the above-named corporation effective this 7th day of November, 2009.

Signed: (Original Signed)


Phone: 602 722 1949

Fax: 602 218 6491