Original Articles of Incorporation
Certificate of Incorporation Of Association
of Cuban Civil Engineers in Exile Inc.
We, the undersigned, herby associate ourselves together for the purpose of becoming a non-profit corporation under the provision of Chapter 617 of the Florida Statutes, and of the Laws of the State of Florida.
The name of this corporation shall be: Association of Cuban Civil Engineers in Exile, Inc.
The purposes for which the corporation is organized are:
- To unite and coordinate the efforts of all members of the Association in the direction of a restoration of a democratic government in Cuba within the principles of the 1940 Constitution of Cuba.
- To assist members of the Association in the maintenance of the highest professional engineering skills, and to aid the members in retaining and exercising said skills while in the United States of America.
- To maintain and protect the highest principles of professional engineering efforts.
- The Association will neither seek economic benefits nor any other objectives, save and except that of defending the professional interests, integrity and standards of its members.
The qualification of members and the manner of their admission is as follows: The Association shall only be open to civil engineers who have formerly exercised or are presently exercising their profession in Cuba, and who agree with the goals of this Association.
The number of members shall be unlimited, and the only requisite for membership shall be that the applicant be a Cuban Civil Engineer.
The corporation shall have perpetual existence.
The names and residences of the subscriptive members are as follows:
- Antonio Tella – 1020 Venetian Way, Apartment 17 Miami Florida
- Hermes G. Chiong – 415 S.W. Fifth Street, Apartment 1 Miami, Florida
- Anselmo Lastra – 632 Mendoza Avenue Coral Gables, Florida
- Abelardo Docal – 1006 Bay Drive, Normandy Isle Miami Beach, Florida
- Melquiades Montes – 823 S.W. Fourth Street Miami, Florida
The affairs of the Association are to be managed by the following Officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, and Assistant Treasurer. Each of said officers is to be elected by the members of the Association only; the First of said Elections to be held within 30 days of the approval of the within Charter by the State of Florida.
The following officers of the Association are to serve until the first election:
- Antonio Tella – President – 1020 Venetian Way, Apartment 17 Miami Florida
- Abelardo Docal – Vice President – 1006 Bay Drive, Normandy Isle Miami Beach, Florida
- Hermes G. Chiong – Secretary – 415 S.W. Fifth Street, Apartment 1 Miami, Florida
- Reinaldo Chipi – Assistant Secretary – 4175 S.W. 11 Street Miami, Florida
- Anselmo Lastra – Treasurer – 632 Mendoza Avenue Coral Gables, Florida
- Melquiades Montes – Assistant Treasurer – 823 S.W. Fourth Street Miami, Florida
The Board of Directors, to be known as the Executive Committee, shall consist of thirteen (13) members, eleven (11) permanent and two (2) substitutes: the following shall serve as Directors until the first election:
Antonio Tella – 1020 Venetian Way, Apartment 17 Miami Florida Abelardo Docal – 1006 Bay Drive, Normandy Isle Miami Beach, Florida Hermes G. Chiong – 415 S.W. Fifth Street, Apartment 1 Miami, Florida Reinaldo Chipi – 4175 S.W. 11 Street Miami, Florida Anselmo Lastra – 632 Mendoza Avenue Coral Gables, Florida Melquiades Montes – 823 S.W. Fourth Street Miami, Florida Elisardo Martinez – 1271 N.W. Sixth Street Miami, Florida Jorge Fernandez – 3601 Ponce de Leon Boulevard Coral Gables, Florida Alfonso Ortega – 6310 S.W. Twenty-First Street Miami, Florida Enrique Garriga – 960 E. Fourth Street Hialeah, Florida Oliverio Garcia – P.O. Box 1282 Miami, Florida Substitutes: Rathue Posada – 1310 W. Thirty-Third Street Hialeah, Florida Aristides Lopez – 1535 Matapan Avenue Coral Gables, Florida
The By-Laws of the corporation are to be made and approved by a majority vote of the permanent members of the Board of Directors (Executive Committee); thereafter, the By-Laws may be only altered or rescinded through a resolution of an assembly of members of the Association, summoned for that purpose, and by a vote of three-fourths (3/4) of those attending said assembly, provided that a quorum necessary for an ordinary Association meeting has been first duly obtained.
Amendments to the Articles of Incorporation may be only through a resolution of an assembly of members of the Association, summoned for that purpose, and by a vote of three-fourths (3/4) of those attending said assembly, provided that the quorum necessary for an ordinary Association meeting has been duly obtained.
All of the money collected by the Association shall be exclusively used in the furtherance of the goals expressed herein; if, on the date of the dissolution of the Association, there remain unexpended funds in the Treasury, the whole of said remaining funds shall be donated to the United Fund Campaign.
The Executives of this Association and the members are not authorized to apply for loans in the name of the Association and may in no manner make the Association responsible for debts of any kind whatsoever.
In WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands and seals this 1st day of March, A.D. 1961.
Certificate of Amendment To Corporate Charter RESOLVED, Article III of the Certificate of incorporation be and the same is hereby amended and changed to read as follows:
The qualification of members and the manner of their admission is as follows:
All of the Civil Engineers who have practices in Cuba, who have graduated from the University of Havana before the month of June, 1960, and who belong to the National College of Civil Engineers of Cuba, may be able to belong to this Association in unlimited number.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Article VII is further amended by adding the following paragraphs after the present language of Article VII, to-wit:
All matters pertaining to the Association will be handled by an Executive Committee made up of 16 of its members elected by direct vote of all members by means of a referendum by mail and prior presentation of candidacy endorsed by 15 or more members to the Executive Committee and with no more than 15 calendar days before the agreed date for receiving and counting the electoral ballots. The ballots will always show the accepted candidacies and a blank column. The Executive Committee will consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Vice-Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-Treasurer and 10 directors. The Vice-President, Vice-Secretary, and Vice-Treasurer will act as President, Secretary, or Treasurer respectively only when the President, Secretary or Treasurer are unable to do so. The rest of the time the “Vices” will act as directors. The members of the Executive Committee will hold office for a term of two years.
The Executive Committee will hold meetings once a month at the business address of this Association located in the City of Miami, Florida. Special meetings may be held any time that it is so agreed by a majority of the Executive Committee or whenever the President and the Secretary should deem it advisable, notifying the rest of the members no less than 3 calendar days in advance, indicating the time, date and place. The necessary quorum for holding meetings of the Executive Committee will consist of the presence of 9 or more of its members. The resolutions taken must be approved by no less than 2/3 of those present at that meeting. The meeting of the members of this Association will be held once a year at a place designated by the Executive Committee in the City of Miami, Florida.
SWORN TO and subscribed before me this 16 day of January 1967 CERTIFICATE OF AMENDMENT OF ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION BY RESOLUTION OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND UNANIMOUS APPROVAL OF THE MEMBERS OF ASSOCIATION OF CUBAN CIVIL ENGINEERS IN EXILE, INC. A FLORIDA NON-PROFIT CORPORATION
ASSOCIATION OF CUBAN CIVIL ENGINEERS IN EXILE, INC., a Florida non-profit corporation under its corporate seal and the hands of its President ANTONIO TELLA and Secretary, DELFIN MOLINS, hereby certifies that: The Executive Committee at a meeting called and held at the principal palce of business and office of the corporation, to-wit: 213 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 232, Miami, Florida, on May 26th, 1972, at 5:45 P.M., adopted the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED by the Executive Committee of ASSOCIATION OF CUBAN CIVIL ENGINEERS IN EXILE, INC., a Florida non-profit corporation, that said Executive Committee declare it advisable that Articles II, III, and IX of the Articles of Incorporation be amended, changes, and alters to read as follows:
ARTICLE II – OBJECTIVES
The purposes for which the corporation is organized are:
- To assist members of this Association in the maintenance of the highest professional engineering skills and to aid the members in retaining and exercising said skills.
- To maintain and support the highest principles of professional engineering achievements.
- To obtain the advancement of the science and profession of engineering.
- The Association will not seek economic benefits.
ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP
The membership of the Association, in unlimited numbers shall consist of Members, Affiliates, Life Members and Honorary Members. Member. A Member at the time of his admission to this grade shall
- Be a graduate as a Civil Engineer from a University acceptable to the Executive Committee , or;
- Be a legally registered professional engineer.
AFFILIATE. Be a student with Junior or Senior standing in Civil Engineering; in a University acceptable to the Executive Committee. An Affiliate shall have the right to serve on committees and participate in the affairs of the Association but shall not have the right to vote or to hold office in the Executive Committee. Shall have the right to transfer to the grade of Member as soon as he fulfills its requirements. LIFE MEMBER. Be a Member who became physically disabled to exercise his profession and shall be exempt from the payment of dues. HONORARY MEMBER. An Honorary member at the time of his admission or his advancement to this grade, shall:
- Be a person who shall have attained acknowledged eminence in some branch of engineering or in the arts and sciences related thereto, including the fields of engineering education and construction.
- Be a person who had accomplished outstanding attainments for the benefit of his country or this Association.
Whether elected from the membership of the Association of from outside his rolls Honorary Members shall be entitled to all the privileges of the Association and shall be exempt from the payment of dues but can make donations to the Association whenever they so desire. The Executive Committee Shall approve or reject the applications or proposals to all grades of membership.
ARTICLE IX – BYLAWS AND AMENDMENTS
The Executive Committee shall provide Bylaws which shall prescribe regulations for the exercising of the powers vested in it. At any meeting of the Executive Committee and by a two-third vote, the Bylwas may be amended provided that a written notice of such proposed amendments shall have been given by the Secretary, to those present and mailed to those not present at a previous meeting of the Executive Committee. The Meeting of members of the corporation (General Assembly) called by the Executive Committee for approval of the aforesaid amendments, was held on July 23rd, 1971, at 3:45 P.M., and at that special