3921.07 Organization of society.

(A) The principal office of any domestic fraternal benefit society shall be located in this state. The meetings of its supreme governing body may be held in any state, district, province, or territory in which the society has at least one subordinate lodge, or in any other location determined by the supreme governing body, and all business transacted at such meetings is as valid in all respects as if the meetings were held in this state.

(B) The minutes of the proceedings of the supreme governing body and of the board of directors shall be recorded in the English language.

(C) A society may provide in its laws for an official publication in which any notice, report, or statement required by law to be given to its members, including notice of election, may be published. Any such notice, report, or statement shall be printed conspicuously in the publication. If the records of a society show that two or more members have the same mailing address, an official publication mailed to one member is deemed to be mailed to all members that have the same address unless one of those members requests a separate copy.

(D) Not later than the first day of June of each year, each society shall either mail to each benefit member or publish in the society's official publication a synopsis of the society's annual statement. The synopsis shall include an explanation of the facts concerning the condition of the society as disclosed in the annual statement.

(E) A society may set forth in its laws or rules a grievance or complaint procedure for its members.

Cite as R.C. § 3921.07

History. Effective Date: 01-01-1997