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Charter of the Association for Games & Puzzles International

This revision approved by the general membership on July 27, 2016  

Name and History of the Organization

A.1.  The organization shall be known as the Association for Games & Puzzles International, abbreviated AGPI, and henceforth known as the “Organization.”

A.2.  The Organization was founded as the American Game Collectors Association (AGCA) in February 1985 by Bruce Whitehill, assisted by several advisors.1 The AGCA, though initially focused on pre-World War II American games, was open to all interested parties.  The first convention was held in November, 1985. The IRS recognized the organization as a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization in January 1990.


Members voted in 1999 to adopt the name Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors (AGPC), to reflect the Organization’s decision to expand its scope to include games and puzzles of all eras and origins.  In 2016 the group chose the name Association for Games & Puzzles International (AGPI), to reflect its growing focus on enthusiasts and research.

The international membership now includes collectors, game players, puzzle enthusiasts, game and puzzle makers, inventors and designers, historians, authors, researchers, and people interested in related playthings and popular culture.

Statement of Purpose

B.1.  The Organization is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of games and puzzles, and to the encouragement of research on the history of games and puzzles and their makers.

B.2.  The Organization is, further, an educational body gathering historical information and researching games, puzzles and the designers and companies that produced them. It also examines the social and cultural impact of games and puzzles.  The Organization disseminates game and puzzle information through channels including the Organization’s publications, website, electronic communications, and events.

Membership

C.1.  Membership.  The Organization is open to all individuals and institutions that support the Organization’s purpose
and programs.  Members join and maintain membership by submitting an application form, paying membership
dues, being accepted by the Organization and adhering to its Code of Ethics and Privacy Policy.

C.2.  Charter Membership.  Charter membership was available to all members who joined prior to December 31, 1985, provided they indicated they had a permanent collection of at least 50 pre-World War II American games and puzzles.

C.3.  The Organization shall maintain a Code of Ethics for its members and a Privacy Policy dealing with personal information collected in the course of conducting its business.

Governance

D.1.  Bylaws.  The Organization shall have a set of Bylaws that provide the framework for governing its operations so long as the Bylaws are consistent with the Charter.

D.2.  Officers and Executive Committee.  The officers shall be: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary. The officers shall be voting members of the Board of Directors and together shall form the Executive Committee.  The election, terms, meetings, and duties for the officers and executive committee shall be further set forth in the Bylaws.

D.3.  Board of Directors.  Sole management and control of the Organization shall be vested in the Board of Directors.  Composition, election, terms, meetings and committees for the Board shall be further set forth in the Bylaws.


Internal Revenue Service Requirements for Tax Exemption

E.1. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these articles, the association is organized exclusively for one or more of the purposes as specified in §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on by an association exempt from Federal income tax under IRS §501(c)(3) or corresponding provisions of any subsequent Federal Tax Laws.

No part of the net earnings of the association shall inure to the benefit of any member, trustee, director, officer of the association, or any private individual (except that reasonable compensation may be paid for services rendered to or for the association), and no member, trustee, officer of the association or any private individual shall be entitled to share in the distribution of any of the association's assets on dissolution of the association.

No substantial part of the activities of the association shall be carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation [except as otherwise provided by IRC§501(h)], and the association shall not participate in or intervene in (including the publication or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidates for public office.

 In the event of dissolution, all of the remaining assets and property of the association shall, after payment of necessary expenses thereof, be distributed to such organizations as shall qualify under IRC§501(c)(3) of 1986, as amended, or corresponding provisions of any future Federal tax code.

 In any taxable year in which the association is a private foundation as described in IRC§509(a), the association shall distribute its income for said period at such time and manner as not to subject it to tax under IRC§4942, and the association shall not (a) engage in any act of self-dealing as defined in IRC§4941(d), retain any excess business holdings as defined in IRC§4943(c),  (b) make any investments in such manner as to subject the association to tax under IRC§4944 or (c) make any taxable expenditures as defined in IRC§4945(d) or corresponding provisions of any subsequent Federal Tax Laws.

The wording and content of this section may change from time to time to comply with current IRS requirements.

Amendments

F.1.  This Charter may be amended by sixty percent (60%) of the full paid membership whose vote is received within the specified time period.  The proposed amendment must be first approved by the Board of Directors, and shall be sent to all members electronically, if possible, with a ballot and request that all votes reach the Board’s designated party within 14, but not later than 21, days from the date the proposed amendment is sent.

1 The advisors were Debby and Marty Krim, John Mautner, and Herb Siegel.


Charter of the Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors

This Charter was approved by the AGPC membership in 2002.

Name and History of Organization

A.1.  The organization shall be known as the Association  of Game & Puzzle Collectors, abbreviated AGPC.

A.2.  The organization was founded as the American Game Collectors Association (AGCA) in February 1985 by Bruce Whitehill.  Lee Dennis, games historian and author, along with her husband and four advisors were instrumental in the creation of the organization; the advisors were Debby and Marty Krim, John Mautner, and Herb Siegel. The AGCA, though it focused on games of American origin manufactured prior to World War II, was open to all interested parties.  
The first convention was held in the fall of 1985.

The AGCA was renamed the Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors (AGPC) in September 1999 in order to reflect an expansion of the focus of the organization to include puzzles (jigsaw and mechanical), regardless of country of origin, and games invented or manufactured outside the United States.

The international membership now includes collectors,
game players, puzzle makers, inventors and designers, manufacturers, historians, authors, scholars, and people interested in related playthings and popular culture.

Statement of Purpose

B.1.  The AGPC is an international, non-profit organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of games and puzzles, and to the encouragement of research on the history of games and puzzles and their manufacture.

B.2.  The AGPC is, further, an educational body, gathering historical information and performing original research on games and puzzles and game and puzzle companies, and on the social and cultural aspects of games and puzzles as a form of education and leisure.  The AGPC disseminates game and puzzle information through various channels including the AGPC publications, website, archives, and meetings.

B.3.  The AGPC shall establish a Code of Ethics for its members and a Privacy Policy dealing with information collected from its members.

Membership

C.1.  Membership.  The AGPC is open to all individuals and institutions that support the organization’s purpose
and programs.  Members join and maintain membership by submitting an application form, paying membership
dues, being accepted by the organization and adhering to its Code of Ethics and Privacy Policy.

C.2.  Charter Membership.  Charter membership was available to all members who joined prior to December 31, 1985, provided they indicated they had a permanent collection of  at least 50 pre-World War II American games and puzzles.

Governance

D.1.  Board of Directors.  Sole management and control of the AGPC shall be vested in the Board of Directors elected
by the general membership.  Composition, election, terms, meetings and committees for the Board shall be further set forth in the Bylaws. 

D.2.  Officers and Executive Committee.  The officers shall be: President, Vice President, Secretary(s) and Treasurer, elected by the general membership.  The officers shall be voting members of the Board of Directors and together


shall form the Executive Committee.  The election, terms, meetings, and duties for the officers and executive committee shall be further set forth in the Bylaws.

D.3.  Bylaws.  The AGPC shall have a set of bylaws that provide the framework for governing the operations of the organization, so long as the Bylaws are consistent with the Charter.

Amendments

E.1.  This Charter may be amended by a two-thirds vote of  the full paid membership.  The proposed amendment must  be first approved by the Board of Directors, and shall be sent to all members along with a ballot and notice that ballots must be received by a specified time not less than 30 days from the sending of the proposed amendment.