Charter

CHARTER
of
SOKA UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA (SUA)
UNDERGRADUATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION


ARTICLE I. NAME, MOTTOS & PRINCIPLES

Section 1.1. Name. This alumni Association shall be known as Soka University of America (SUA) Undergraduate Alumni Association. This Association is also referred to as: Sohokai, Soka Treasures Group, and Young Founders. All these names are collectively the “Association.”

Section 1.2. Mission. The mission of the Association is to cherish each member and strengthen the lifelong friendships in order to reaffirm the humanism of Soka Education, foster an enduring connection to SUA and its mission, and create new value as forever-young founders.

With appreciation to SUA and the education provided, the Association also aspires to embody mottoes and principles upheld by the University as below:

(a) SUA Mottos.

(i) Be philosophers of a renaissance of life.
(ii) Be world citizens in solidarity for peace.
(iii) Be the pioneers of a global civilization.

(b) SUA Principles. The Association shall be committed to the following principles:

(i) Foster leaders of culture in the community.
(ii) Foster leaders of humanism in society.
(iii) Foster leaders of pacifism in the world.
(iv) Foster leaders for the creative coexistence of nature and humanity.

ARTICLE II. RESTRICTIONS ON ACTIVITIES

The Association is organized exclusively for the mission of the Association and the support and advancement of SUA. The Association shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any activities or exercise any powers that do not further the purposes of the Association. No substantial part of the activities of the Association shall be carried out for the advancement of propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation. The Association shall not participate in, intervene in, publish or distribute statements for, nor any other manner that may be deemed to support, any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. No part of the net income or assets of the Association shall inure to the benefit of any of its representatives, officers or members. All the property and assets of the Association are irrevocably dedicated to charitable and educational purposes described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Upon the dissolution, winding up or abandonment of the Association, its assets remaining after payment, or provision for payment, of all debts and liabilities shall be distributed to Soka University of America.

ARTICLE III. RELATIONSHIP TO THE UNIVERSITY

The Association shall be a part of SUA and its activities shall be those of SUA. Any assets of the Association shall be the property of SUA, whether or not maintained in the name of the Association. All books and records of the Association shall be maintained by the University. The members of the Association, as among themselves, constitute a California unincorporated association. The Association has no power to enter into contracts on behalf of itself or the University. Only the University has such power to enter into contracts on behalf of the Association.

ARTICLE IV. AMENDMENT OF THIS CHARTER

This Charter may be amended by the vote of the President of SUA and by a two-third majority vote with a two-third quorum, respectively, of the members of the Board and Class Representatives, provided that (1) the proposed amendment(s) shall be prepared by and/or presented to the Board and the Board approves the proposal and elects a Resolution; (2) thereafter, the President of SUA approves the Resolution; (3) upon the President of SUA’s approval, the Board notifies the members of the Association of the Resolution at least two weeks prior to the voting; and (4) the members of the Association shall vote by proxy and approve the Resolution. The Class Representatives shall be the proxyholders of the members of the Association. Such proxy shall be presumed to be executed and valid unless the contrary is shown. The notice of proxy voting shall state the Resolution and describe
that their Class Representatives shall vote as their proxyholders and that they, as the members of the Association, have the right to submit in writing the intent to revoke the proxy as well as the grounds for objection to or approval of the Resolution to the Board at least two days before the voting takes place. The Board shall provide such intent of revocation and grounds for objection to or approval of the Resolution submitted by any members of the Association verbatim to the Class Representatives at the voting.

Last Updated June 29, 2016