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Melkite Catholic Church St. John of the Desert

Incorporation (Non-Profit)

The NAME of the corporation shall be: ST. JOHN OF THE DESERT EASTERN CATHOLIC CHURCH, and the incorporators are the signers hereof.

The PURPOSES of the corporation shall be, and it intends actually, to conduct, the following-described, non-profit function: To hold title to property for the use of The Diocese of Newton for the Melkites in the United States of America, Inc.; and to welcome the use of its facilities, by the members of other Rites which are in union with the Holy Roman Catholic Church.

No part of the CORPORATE EARNINGS shall inure to any private shareholder or individual. On liquidation or dissolution of the corporation, the assets thereof must be dedicated to carrying out tax-exempt purposes. The powers of the corporation are restricted to those which are in furtherance of its exempt purposes. No part of the activities of the corporation shall be carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, or participating in, or intervening in (including the publication or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.

This corporation is organized and operated exclusively for purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.

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) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law); or (b) by a corporation whose con­tributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue law)

Upon the winding up and dissolution of this corporation, after paying or adequately providing for the debts and obligations of the corporation, the remaining assets shall be distributed to a non-profit fund, foundation or corporation, which is organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational or religious end or scientific purposes and which has established its tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The name and address of the initial STATUTORY AGENT are:

Amil J. Ajamie
3550 N. Central Avenue
Suite 1601
Phoenix, Arizona 85012

The Board of Directors may provide for MEMBERSHIPS and the conditions thereof. Subject to those conditions, the following persons shall be the Founders of ST. JOHN OF THE DESERT EASTERN CATHOLIC CHURCH:

Raymond M. Karam
Leo D. Hadad
Bernice V. Hadad
Edward D. Ishaq
Munira Ishaq
Frederick G. Abood
Judith Abood
Alan A. Herro
Gloria Herro
Ralph F. Herro
Joanne Herro
Ellison F. Herro
Georgette Herro
Amil J. Ajamie
Mary E. Ajamie
Frederick A. Herro
Edward Herro
Nellie Herro
Jamal Sarkis
Linnea Sarkis

James Salem
Phyllis Salem
Frank Ziede
Ann Ziede
Joseph Hage
Virginia Hage
Sabah Daiza
Manahill Daiza
Charles C. Balady
Madeline Balady

John Moussallem
Gloria Moussallem
Nasri S. Ishak
Mary Ishak
Paul Davis
Shirley Davis
Joseph Davis
John Davis
John Kolack
Victoria Kolack

Evelyn M. Ajamie
Mary Purnell
Tony Coury
Carmen Coury
Kahlil Herro
Linda Herro
Edgar Ajamie
Elaine Ajamie
Fozie Skeff
Mary Skeff
Joseph George
Adele George
Sonia Saliba
Edna Lutfy
Nasib Saliba
Emily Saliba
David Saliba
Siham Saliba
Wallace Estfan
Noreen Estfan

Robert A. Saide
Mary E. Saide
Anthony Farraye
Elaine Farraye
Karam Miller
Elizabeth C. Miller
Don Villone
Rose Villone
Basel Ishak
Nawaf Ishak
Josephine D. Farris
Christine Ishaq
James Hamra
Pauline Hamra
Rev. Max Chalhoub
Jeffrey Hamra
Jummana Ishak


There shall be a minimum of three (3) DIRECTORS who shall be elected as determined by the Board. When the Directors exceed eight (8) in number, the TERMS thereof may be set at one, two or three years and staggered to begin and end at different times. The initial DIRECTORS and their names and addresses are:

Raymond M. Karam
232 South 92nd Place
Mesa, AZ 85208

Edward D. Ishaq
3542 E. Cannon Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85028

Frederick G. Abood
6712 E. Gary Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Alan A. Herro
5519 N. 19th Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85015

Ralph F. Herro
6216 N. 38th Place
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Ellison F. Herro
7334 N. 2nd Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Frederick A. Herro
6214 N. 14th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85014

Jamal Sarkis
215 E. Marconi
Phoenix, AZ 85022

Joseph Hage
215 E. Keim Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Amil J. Ajamie
209 W. Royal Palm Road
Phoenix, AZ 85021

The NAMES AND ADDRESSES of the Incorporators appear below their signatures following:

Ralph F. Herro, Incorporator
6216 N. 38th Place
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Frederick G. Abood
6712 E. Gary Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254