[CCWG-ACCT] Concept of some form of "independent" member

Nigel Roberts nigel at channelisles.net
Fri Jul 17 10:51:22 UTC 2015


I think this is incorrect. I find it hard to imagine a corporation (and, 
particularly a non-profit corporation) which is required by law to 
restrict membership to legal persons in this way, that is to *require* 
members to be legal persons.

I cannot believe US law is so fundamentally different here -- members of 
a corporation may normally be either natural persons or legal persons 
unless there are explicit restrictions in the Articles, which is a 
matter of choice, not compulsion.

(I can imagine a non-profit CHOOSING to restrict membership to one or 
the other but I can't imagine any statutory requirement of this nature.)

A trade association MIGHT restrict membership to legal persons: e.g. the 
Association of Incorporated Widget Makers (fictitious) may only allow 
incorporated makes of widgets; however it would be less unexpected to 
see non-profits expecting members to be natural persons only (e.g. the 
American Radio Relay League see http://www.arrl.org/arrl-by-laws).

Can you expand on this please?

On 17/07/15 09:47, Greg Shatan wrote:

> hands of the community, and to have these powers as a matter of right.
> Members must be legal persons.

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