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Articles of Incorporation

ADDA Constitution
Articles of Incorporation

"Support and Prepare the Design Profession to Preserve the Past and Imagine the Future.”


Section 1.  The name of the organization shall be the “American Design Drafting Association”.

A.     The organization shall also have the following trade names, all are one and the same and all are identities of the American Design Drafting Association.
“ADDA” and ADDA International
“American Design Drafting Association International”
“American Digital Design Association”,
“American Digital Design Association International”

Section 2.  It shall be further noted that the American Design Drafting Association, the American Institute of Design Drafting, the Professional Draftsmen Association and the Association of Professional Draftsmen, are the historical names of this Association and all rights or claims are the official Property of this Association.

End of Article I

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE  (Filed 24June2010 Revised Oklahoma Articles to Meet IRS 501c3 Requirements)

Section 1.  The corporation is not organized for profit.  The purpose of the Association shall be:

A. To provide members of the design drafting and digital design professions with information, education, training, and professional development benefits relative to the professions.

B. To promote and develop proper curriculum at educational institutions.

C.  To provide education and support for education regarding effective design drafting and digital design techniques.

D.  To provide education and educational guidance to those seeking a career in design drafting or digital design professions.

E.  This organization is organized exclusively for education and charitable purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Section 2.  The means by which the Association shall attain the foregoing purposes shall be:

A. To conduct meetings for presentation and discussion of subjects relating to education, training, management, administration, performance, and instruction of our related professions.

B. To develop and approve and accredit the curriculum of educational institutions.

C. Prepare and release technical and educational publications.

D. Sponsor Council and Chapter activities.

E.Conduct other programs for its members, for the purpose of improving technical skills.

Section 3. The Association offers its members and the profession opportunities to:

      A.  Support Educational Institutions in developing adequate curriculum to meet the needs of industry.

  B.  Work with others to bring recognition to and promote a better understanding of the design drafting and graphic profession.

C. Participate in programs concerning methods for improving job performance.

D. Maintain an awareness of changes in technology relating to the profession. 

E. Attend Association conferences and/or seminars at member reduced rates. 

F. Present papers at conferences and write articles for publications on subjects relating to the profession.

G. Purchase publications at reduced member rates.

H. Develop a greater leadership ability. 

I. Serve on committees and programs related to the profession.

End of Article II


Section 1.  The Association shall be organized as a corporation under applicable laws.

The Corporation does not afford pecuniary gain, incidentally or otherwise, to its members.  Therefore, the Corporation shall have no common stock of any designation or value.  No part of the net earnings of the organization shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees,, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to may payments and distributions in furtherance of the purpose clause hereof.  No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.  Notwithstanding any other provision of this document, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Section 2. The Board of Governors shall approve the location and responsibilities of the Corporate Office.

Section 3. The Executive Board of Directors shall approve and maintain the day-to-day operations of the Corporate Office.

Section 4. The Association shall be a non-profit corporation having no capital stock.

Section 5. Members shall not at any time collectively or individually, locally or Nationally or Internationally, attempt to represent any fraction or part of the Association for the purpose of bargaining with management as to salaries, working schedules, working conditions, pensions or any other activity normally construed as the purpose of a “labor union.”

End of Article III