Governing Documents

The governing documents of the Grange are the documents that provide right of authority to rule over our organization. That authority is derived by the laws of our Nation and State, and more importantly, by the laws that we adopt as an organization.

Listed below are various documents, that would be considered as our Governing Documents.

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Constitution and By-Laws of the California State Grange The Constitution and By-laws are the most important legal document of any organization. They outline in writing the day-to-day rules of our organization and provide comprehensive guidelines to keep things running smoothly.

The By-laws outline the structure of our organization and they establish and protect the rights, and specify the duties and responsibilities of an organization's members, Board of Directors, executive committee, and others. They determine how those in charge are nominated or elected and they help settle any disputes among parties.

These By-Laws were last amended in 2019.
     
National Grange Digest of Laws The Digest of Laws of the National Grange is the governing rules, regulations and laws. All Grange By-Laws, at any level must be in conformity with Digest of Laws.
     
Group Exemption Letter The IRS Letter recognizing our application for a group exemption.
     
Articles of Incorporation - 1946 The California State Grange Articles of Incorporation is the document that was filed with the California Secretary of State when the Grange was incorporated.
     
Articles of Incorporation - 2014 The California State Grange Articles of Incorporation is the document that was filed with the California Secretary of State when the Grange was incorporated.
     
Rules & Regulations Rules and Regulations of the California State Grange are provided for in the By-Laws of this Grange. They are promalgated by the Board of Directors, and approved by the Delegates.
     
Charter of the State Grange California State Grange Charter, issued by the National Grange(image)
     
Subordinate and Community Granges - Suggested By-Laws (pdf version) When adopted by Subordinate/Community Granges, they are the basic governing laws that control what your Subordinate/Community Grange can and can not do.
     
Subordinate and Community Granges - Suggested By-Laws (Word version) Same as above, but in a Microsoft Word Format
     
Form 1024, Application for Exemption Form 1024, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(a) Organizations use this form to apply for recognition of exemption under section 501(a) or to receive a determination letter of IRS recognition of their section 501(c) status.
     
Determination Letter A Determination Letter is a ruling issued by the Internal Revenue Service to our organization to show that our application and supporting documents establish that we meets the particular requirements of the section under which it is claiming exemption 501(c)(10).
     
  Form 990 Tax Returns An exempt organization must make available for public inspection its annual return. Such returns include Form 990 , Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, Form 990-PF.

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2014 - 2015 - 2016