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					BYLAWS OF FRIENDS ALONG THE ROAD, INC. Bylaws amended and approved 7-26-06 and replace all previous versions.

ARTICLE 1 OFFICES SECTION 1. PRINCIPAL OFFICE The original office of the corporation was located at 16811 Sanibel Sunset Court #302, Fort Myers. Florida 33908. This address has been changed and is no longer valid. On March 1, 2004, the principal office of the corporation was moved to its present location at: 4725 Barkley Circle #1 Fort Myers, FL 33907 The principal mailing address of the corporation is: Friends Along the Road, Inc. PMB 102 13401-9 Summerlin Road Fort Myers, FL 33919 SECTION 2. CHANGE OF ADDRESS The designation of the county or state of the corporation's principal office may be changed by amendment of these Bylaws. The Board of Directors may change the principal office from one location to another by noting the changed address and effective date below, and such changes of address shall not be deemed, nor require, an amendment of these Bylaws. SECTION 3. OTHER OFFICES The corporation may also have offices at such other places, within or without its state of incorporation, where it is qualified to do business, as its business and activities may require, and as the Board of Directors may, from time to time, designate. ARTICLE 2 NONPROFIT PURPOSES SECTION 1. IRC SECTION 501(C)(3) PURPOSES This corporation is organized exclusively for one or more of the purposes as specified in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, 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.

SECTION 2. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSES Friends Along the Road, Inc., [also referred to herein as "FAR"], is a public benefit nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing relief for those grieving the loss of family members and friends, so that they may have time and space in order to rest, seek consolation or healing and possibly reevaluate their lives. Through publications, lectures, Internet presentations, media interviews and events such as pledge walks, FAR hopes to raise awareness about the need for nonjudgmental bereavement support, and to provide relief for those in deep grief, including dedicated funds for suffering families, and the establishment of one or more sanctuaries based on the ideals of nonjudgmental acceptance and unconditional solidarity. Support will be offered to individuals or groups seeking to navigate the complex feelings associated with deep grief at the loss of loved ones, or to those in grief seeking a safe and comfortable environment in which they may stay or live without any pressure to "cope" or "get over it" or "be healed." This service will be provided in person at the FAR corporate office and/or at other locations designated by appointment, as well as over the phone, by e-mail, postal mail, on our website, and through Internet bulletin board conversations. Some may be offered during FAR pledge walks and during media interviews. Publicity interviews will take place at the Friends Along the Road, Inc., corporate address, as well as at various media outlets. Some interviews will be conducted via phone or Internet, either from the corporate office or from locations around the world. Interviews conducted by radio, television, and in person before audiences may include discussions about bereavement issues with interviewers and members of the audiences. The website will be maintained from the Friends Along the Road, Inc., corporate office, and from representative online stations across the planet. The purpose of the FAR website is to make widely available the FAR bereavement support philosophies of nonjudgmental acceptance and unconditional solidarity. The review of grant applications and the disbursement of funds to those in grief will take place at the Friends Along the Road, Inc. corporate office, possibly in correspondence with others who may be designated. The inception of the monetary relief program for those in deep grief will be made at such time as the corporation has attained sufficient grants and donations to begin making disbursements. Thereafter, on a regular basis to be determined by the Board of Directors, funds will be distributed to preselected American individuals or groups, or on an as-needed basis for those in crisis situations. A committee appointed by the Board of Directors for the purpose of selecting fund recipients will base its decisions on a careful review of grant applications. Those in the direst circumstances, or whom the corporation deems may be most helped through mourning by monetary relief, will be the first to receive non-dedicated funds. It is the organization's aim to establish a primary bereavement sanctuary, a facility designed to safely and comfortably support persons learning to live with their grief. Guests* of the sanctuary will be chosen from applicants deemed by the corporation to be in the greatest need of physical and proximate emotional assistance. Additional FAR sanctuaries may later be established as interest and funding allow.

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[*The word "guest" when used in this section of these Bylaws refers to individuals who have applied for admission to a FAR sanctuary, and been accepted into the community for a time period to be determined by both guests and staff, for purposes of receiving and participating in nonjudgmental bereavement support services. Guests at the FAR sanctuaries are to be distinguished from "visitors" -- those who are visiting the communities in a capacity other than that of applicant-accepted guests.] FAR is concerned with the physical and psychological well-being of its guests. FAR will never encourage self-destructive behaviors, and will make every effort to ensure that those staying at FAR sanctuaries will be made as safe and comfortable as possible, and will not lose their lives or come to harm as a result of tendencies to withdraw from life. Applicants seeking to make use of the support and solidarity services offered to guests of FAR sanctuaries will be carefully screened by a committee appointed specifically for this purpose by the Board of Directors, using criteria that will not discriminate on the basis of age, sex or sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, religion, or income. The criteria for screening will be designed with the help of mental health professionals, and will be set forth in a document to be made available on request to the public. Those individuals deemed as possibly suicidal, or otherwise dangerous to themselves or others, will be immediately referred to the appropriate professionals. Although counseling is beyond FAR’s scope of operation, the FAR sanctuaries and other bereavement facilities will always have established relationships with licensed healthcare professionals, including one or more physicians, and a referral list of carefully selected professional counseling services. Support and solidarity services provided by FAR sanctuaries will be designed with the awareness that guests may desire to carefully re-evaluate their lives. While no emphasis will ever be given to ideas such as "being healed of grief" or "getting over it," practical means of facilitating helpful frames of reference will always be available to the guests so that they may explore ways of living more resourcefully, and with greater well-being. FAR sanctuaries will not only provide spaces for rest, recuperation, retreat and contemplation, but will offer onsite activities in a stimulating sociable environment. Guests may, if they choose, participate in community-building enterprises such as discussions, games, arts and crafts, and the various tasks necessary to maintaining a community: gardening, care of animals, cooking, cleaning, maintaining buildings and equipment, and in certain instances, decision-making. Guests will be given opportunities to learn skills and develop financial strategies to help support them both during their time at FAR sanctuaries and in whatever environments they may later choose to live. While some guests may decide to join the FAR organization, efforts will be made to ensure that those with families and jobs keep these obligations clearly in mind and do not drop out of society altogether or out of their own personal responsibilities. FAR recognizes the fact that human nature encompasses a variety of behaviors and that, on occasion, there may be guests at FAR sanctuaries who are not benefiting from the services, or are interfering unreasonably with the well-being of other guests and/or members of the organization. Friends Along the Road, Inc. bereavement philosophy recognizes no time-limits in terms of grief, and is aware that those in deep grief can experience the entire range of human emotions, sometimes with extreme intensity. It is not the intention of FAR to place limitations on anyone's experience of grieving. However, the organization understands that some guests may, despite having been carefully screened, exhibit behaviors that compromise a sanctuary's ability to function.

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Because guest-space at FAR sanctuaries is precious and best utilized by those who can benefit from the type of support that FAR sanctuaries are able to provide, each guest will be allowed to stay initially for a trial period as determined by the directors of each sanctuary, under the general oversight of the Board of Directors. At the conclusion of the trial period the guest's experience will be evaluated by both guest and staff in a private, friendly, comfortable, safe and respectful setting. A guest's ability to remain in a sanctuary will be conditional on a mutual determination that his or her continued presence at the facility is in the best interests of all involved. Periodic reviews will also be conducted, compassionately and respectfully, throughout a guest's tenure at a FAR sanctuary. At any time, if a guest's presence is determined by the staff to be not in the best interests of the guest or the sanctuary, he or she will be made aware of this, asked to consider situations other than FAR and given references, possibly even transportation, to settings, facilities, or organizations that might be more beneficial to the individual's experience of deep grief. Pledge walks may be conducted for purposes of: (1) Raising awareness about bereavement-related issues, and in particular the idea of nonjudgmental support of persons learning to live with grief; (2) Soliciting funds to help with the continuation of our work. Some of the pledge walks will be conducted by Mr. David Pierce, who may at times be accompanied by members of the communities he passes through, such as short-term pledge-walkers for Friends Along the Road, Inc., and pledge groups working with other charitable organizations. Other members or friends of the organization may also conduct pledge walks in support of Friends Along the Road, Inc. No fees will be charged for receiving charitable funds, nor will they be charged for supporting persons in grief, though reasonable charges may be made for consultation given to businesses or other organizations interested in application of FAR's principles of grief-support. Any charges for residence of guests of FAR, and here it is not determined that there will be any such, will be assessed according to a sliding scale, based upon a guest’s ability to pay. Fees will not be charged to participate in pledge walks. Fees will be charged for items sold in the website's online store, such as sympathy cards, t-shirts, arm-patches, iron-on patches, decals, and coffee mugs emblazoned with the corporate logo. The funds received will be distributed among corporate accounts, according to need as determined by the Treasurer and possibly other FAR officers, with oversight from the Board of Directors. Fees will not be charged for publicity interviews, though reimbursement of transportation costs and payment of per diem expenses is allowable. In the event that some media offer to pay for appearances by the members of Friends Along the Road, Inc., the funds received will be distributed among corporate accounts for operation and maintenance of Friends Along the Road, Inc., according to need as determined by the Treasurer and possibly other FAR officers, with oversight from the Board of Directors. If a FAR officer or director speaks by invitation at a special event, such as a convention, s/he may accept a reasonable honorarium, as well as reimbursement for travel expenses and per diem.

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It is FAR's hope that, as nonjudgmental bereavement philosophy becomes recognized, supportnetworks will spread around the Earth, providing safe, unconditionally-accepting attitudes and spaces in which the bereaved can face the fact of loss, or just relax for a time, if rest is what they require. The FAR Board of Directors believe that, because everyone eventually faces grief and death, "we are all in this together." By linking with local and international communities, with affinity groups and with individuals and groups in all stations of life, at whatever level they may wish to participate, safe havens for the practice of nonjudgmental bereavement support and unconditional solidarity can be established everywhere: in the mind and heart, in the home, in schools, at work, in churches and clubs, in prisons, and just about everywhere. Nonjudgmental support can happen in any place, and sanctuaries can be established at any time simply by recognizing that individuals in deep grief might be most helped by making them comfortable and safe, by being present and attendant but not pressing one's own ideas of grief on them, and by allowing them the space in which to negotiate the often incomprehensible feelings associated with the physical loss of loved ones. Such unconditional solidarity is the heart of the Friends Along the Road, Inc., service, and the essence of the idea of "sanctuary." We view anyone who practices the ideals of nonjudgmental bereavement philosophy as operating in solidarity with the principles of FAR, though no obligations, liabilities, or responsibilities are assumed by FAR for any group or person without a formal relationship established in accordance with these Bylaws. ARTICLE 3 DIRECTORS SECTION 1. NUMBER The Board of Directors shall consist of not less than three (3) nor more than seven (7) members, and collectively they shall be known as the Board of Directors. SECTION 2. QUALIFICATIONS Directors shall be of the age of majority in this state; be in full accord and agreement with the purposes, goals, and objectives of this Corporation as stated herein; show active interest in its operations and maintain faithful attention to their responsibilities as Directors. Other qualifications for directors of this corporation shall be determined by the Directors. SECTION 3. POWERS Subject to the provisions of the laws of this state and any limitations in the Articles of Incorporation and these Bylaws relating to action required or permitted to be taken or approved by the members, if any, of this corporation, the activities and affairs of this corporation shall be conducted and all corporate powers shall be exercised by or under the direction of the Board of Directors. SECTION 4. DUTIES It shall be the duty of the Directors to (a) perform any and all duties imposed on them collectively or individually by law, by the Articles of Incorporation, or by these Bylaws; (b) appoint and remove, employ and discharge, and, except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws, prescribe the duties and fix the compensation, if any, of all officers, agents and employees of the corporation; (c) supervise all officers, agents and employees of the corporation to assure that their duties are performed properly; (d) register their addresses with the Secretary of the corporation, and notices of meetings mailed or telegraphed to them at such addresses shall be valid notices thereof.

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SECTION 5. TERM OF OFFICE Each director shall hold office until he or she resigns or is removed. SECTION 6. COMPENSATION Directors shall serve without compensation except that a reasonable fee may be paid to directors for attending regular and special meetings of the Board. In addition, they shall be allowed reasonable advancement or reimbursement of expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. SECTION 7. PLACE OF MEETINGS Meetings shall be held at the principal office of the corporation. Meetings may also be held via telephone or video conference call, by e-mail, on Internet message board forums specifically designated for this function, by using Internet chat software and any means of communication by which all directors participating may simultaneously hear each other and/or read each other's statements during the meeting. A director participating in a meeting by any of these means is deemed to be present in person at the meeting. SECTION 8. REGULAR MEETINGS Regular meetings of the Directors shall be twice a year on the First Tuesday in February and the First Tuesday in October at 11:00 p.m. EST. If the date and time of a meeting is inconvenient to any director, it may be changed by the Chairman to a date and time as close as possible to the dates and time specified above. Directors shall be elected by the Board of Directors. Voting for the election of directors shall be by written ballot, or roll call oral vote. Each director shall cast one vote per candidate, and may vote for as many candidates as the number of candidates to be elected to the board. The candidates receiving the highest number of votes up to the number of directors to be elected shall be elected to serve on the board. SECTION 9. SPECIAL MEETINGS Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the Chairperson of the Board, the President, the Vice President, the Secretary, by any two directors, or, if different, by the persons specifically authorized under the laws of this state to call special meetings of the board. Such meetings shall be held at the principal office of the corporation or, if different, at the place designated by the person or persons calling the special meeting. SECTION 10. NOTICE OF MEETINGS Unless otherwise provided by the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, or provisions of law, the following provisions shall govern the giving of notice for meetings of the board of directors:

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(a) Regular Meetings. Even though regular meetings occur twice yearly on the dates specified above, the Secretary will provide notice at least one week prior to the meeting. Such notice may be oral or written, may be given personally, by first class mail, by telephone, by e-mail or by facsimile machine, and shall state the place, date and time of the meeting and the matters proposed to be acted upon at the meeting. Each Director given notice of a meeting must RSVP to the Secretary within a week's time; if they do not respond during this period, it will be considered a statement that they will not be in attendance. However, some latitude will be given to those Directors who are unable to RSVP in a timely manner due to unforeseen circumstances, and who at the last minute, or even after the start of a meeting, signal their intentions to join. (b) Special Meetings. At least one week prior notice shall be given by the Secretary of the corporation to each Director of each special meeting of the board. Such notice may be oral or written, may be given personally, by first class mail, by telephone, by e-mail or by facsimile machine, and shall state the place, date and time of the meeting and the matters proposed to be acted upon at the meeting. Each Director given notice of a meeting must RSVP to the Secretary within a week's time; if they do not respond during this period, it will be considered a statement that they will not be in attendance. However, some latitude will be given to those Directors who are unable to RSVP in a timely manner due to unforeseen circumstances, and who at the last minute, or even after the start of a meeting, signal their intentions to join. (c) Waiver of Notice. Whenever any notice of a meeting is required to be given to any director of this corporation under provisions of the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, or the law of this state, a waiver of notice in writing signed by the director, whether before or after the time of the meeting, shall be equivalent to the giving of such notice. SECTION 11. QUORUM FOR MEETINGS A quorum shall consist of majority of the members of the Board of Directors. Except as otherwise provided under the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, or provisions of law, no business shall be considered by the board at any meeting at which the required quorum is not present, and the only motion which the Chair shall entertain at such meeting is a motion to adjourn. SECTION 12. MAJORITY ACTION AS BOARD ACTION Every act or decision done or made by a majority of the Directors present at a meeting duly held at which a quorum is present is the act of the Board of Directors, unless the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, or provisions of law require a greater percentage or different voting rules for approval of a matter by the board. SECTION 13. CONDUCT OF MEETINGS Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be presided over by the Chairperson of the Board, or, if no such person has been so designated or, in his or her absence, the President of the corporation or, in his or her absence, by the Vice President of the corporation or, in the absence of each of these persons, by a Chairperson chosen by a majority of the Directors present at the meeting. The Secretary of the corporation shall act as secretary of all meetings of the board, provided that, in his or her absence, the presiding officer shall appoint another person to act as Secretary of the Meeting.

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Meetings shall be governed by such procedures as may be approved from time to time by the Board of Directors, insofar as such rules are not inconsistent with or in conflict with the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, or with provisions of law. Any Director may designate another to attend meetings and vote during meetings on his/her behalf. This authority to be represented by proxy shall be conveyed by one board member to another by a written statement to that effect submitted to the Secretary, Chairman, or the Board as a whole, and to the designated Director, and by the designated Director's written assent, submitted to the Secretary, Chairman, or Board as a whole, that he/she agrees to act as proxy. Emails are acceptable as written proxies, and as forms of assent. The standard method of “moving the previous question” will be used as the means of stopping debate and bringing about a vote on a pending motion. Alternatively, one can simply make a motion to "stop the debate." If a member makes such a motion, the Chair will hold a vote to stop further discussion. A member can "call the question," which means calling for an immediate vote on the motion under discussion. If there is no objection, a vote will be taken. Alternatively, it is acceptable to simply say that the motion should be brought to a vote. If there is an objection, however, a motion to “move the previous question” can be made and will require a 2/3 majority of those available for passage. If moving the previous question passes, then a vote will be taken, without further discussion, on the main motion. There is no need for a “second” before a motion can be considered. A motion can be tabled (removed from immediate consideration) by a simple majority. Subsequently, the motion can be removed from the table (from further consideration) by a simple majority of board members present. A “move to reconsider” can be made by someone who voted with the majority to begin with. A motion to reconsider would be passed by a simple majority of board members present. SECTION 14. VACANCIES Vacancies on the Board of Directors shall exist (1) on the death, resignation or removal of any director, and (2) whenever the number of authorized directors is increased. Any director may resign effective upon giving written notice to the Chairperson of the Board, the President, the Secretary or the Board of Directors, unless the notice specifies a later time for the effectiveness of such resignation. No director may resign if the corporation would then be left without a duly elected director or directors in charge of its affairs, except upon notice to the Office of the Attorney General or other appropriate agency of this state. Directors may be removed from office by a majority of the entire Board of Directors, as permitted by and in accordance with the laws of this state. Unless otherwise prohibited by the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws or provisions of law, vacancies on the board may be filled by approval of the Board of Directors. lf the number of directors then in office is less than a quorum, a vacancy on the board may be filled by approval of a majority of the directors then in office or by a sole remaining director. A person elected to fill a vacancy on the board shall hold office until the next election of the Board of Directors or until his or her death, resignation or removal from office.

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SECTION 15. NONLIABILITY OF DIRECTORS The directors shall not be personally liable for the debts, liabilities, or other obligations of the corporation. SECTION I6. INDEMNIFICATION BY CORPORATION OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS The directors and officers of the corporation shall be indemnified by the corporation to the fullest extent permissible under the laws of this state. SECTION 17. INSURANCE FOR CORPORATE AGENTS Except as may be otherwise provided under provisions of law, the Board of Directors may adopt a resolution authorizing the purchase and maintenance of insurance on behalf of any agent of the corporation (including a director, officer, employee or other agent of the corporation) against liabilities asserted against or incurred by the agent in such capacity or arising out of the agents status as such, whether or not the corporation would have the power to indemnify the agent against such liability under the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws or provisions of law. ARTICLE 4 OFFICERS SECTION 1. DESIGNATION OF OFFICERS The officers of the corporation shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. The corporation may also have a Chairperson of the Board, one or more Vice Presidents, Assistant Secretaries, Assistant Treasurers, and other such officers with such titles as may be determined from time to time by the Board of Directors. The offices of Secretary and Treasurer may be held simultaneously by one Officer, as allowed by state law, if it is determined at any particular time by the Board of Directors that, because of matters pertaining to location and/or qualification of personnel, this is the most efficient way discharging the responsibilities of the offices. SECTION 2. QUALIFICATIONS Any person may serve as officer of this corporation, provided he or she meets all the requirements set by the Board of Directors. SECTION 3. ELECTION AND TERM OF OFFICE Officers shall be elected by the Board of Directors, at any time, and each officer shall hold office until he or she resigns or is removed or is otherwise disqualified to serve or until his or her successor shall be elected and qualified, whichever occurs first.

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SECTION 4. REMOVAL AND RESIGNATION Any officer may be removed from office by a majority of the entire Board of Directors, as permitted by and in accordance with the laws of this state. Any officer may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board of Directors or to the President or Secretary of the corporation. Any such resignation shall take effect at the date of receipt of such notice or at any later date specified therein, and, unless otherwise specified therein, the acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective. The above provisions of this Section shall be superseded by any conflicting terms of a contract which has been approved or ratified by the Board of Directors relating to the employment of any officer of the corporation. SECTION 5. VACANCIES Any vacancy caused by the death, resignation, removal, disqualification, or otherwise, of any officer shall be filled by the Board of Directors. In the event of a vacancy in any office other than that of President, such vacancy may be filled temporarily by appointment by the President until such time as the Board shall fill the vacancy. Vacancies occurring in offices of officers appointed at the discretion of the board may or may not be filled as the board shall determine. In the event of vacancy of the office of the President, that position will be filled in an interim capacity by the most senior VP, until the Board of Directors can elect a new president, which they will attempt to do at their earliest convenience. SECTION 6. DUTIES OF PRESIDENT The President shall be the chief executive officer of the corporation and shall, subject to the control of the Board of Directors, supervise and control the affairs of the corporation and the activities of the officers. He or she shall perform all duties incident to his or her office and such other duties as may be required by law, by the Articles of Incorporation, or by these Bylaws, or which may be prescribed from time to time by the Board of Directors. Unless another person is specifically appointed as Chairperson of the Board of Directors, the President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and, if this corporation has members, at all meetings of the members. Except as otherwise expressly provided by law, by the Articles of Incorporation, or by these Bylaws, he or she shall, in the name of the corporation execute such deeds, mortgages, bonds, contracts, checks, or other instruments which may from time to time be authorized by the Board of Directors. SECTION 7. DUTIES OF VICE PRESIDENT The Vice President shall, in the absence of the President, or in the event of his or her inability or refusal to act, perform all the duties of the President in an interim capacity until such time as the Board shall fill the vacancy, and when so acting shall have all the powers of, and be subject to all the restrictions on, the President. The most senior Vice President will be chosen for such an interim function. The Vice President shall have other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by law, by the Articles of Incorporation, or by these Bylaws, or as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.

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SECTION 8. DUTIES OF SECRETARY The Secretary shall (a) certify and keep at the principal office of the corporation the original, or a copy, of these Bylaws as amended or otherwise altered to date; (b) keep at the principal office of the corporation or at such other place as the board may determine, a book of minutes of all meetings of the Directors, and, if applicable, meetings of committees of directors and of members, recording therein the time and place of holding, whether regular or special, how called, how notice thereof was given, the names of those present or represented at the meeting, and the proceedings thereof; (c) see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws or as required by law; (d) be custodian of the records, and of the seal of the corporation and affix the seal, as authorized by law or the provisions of these Bylaws, to duly executed documents of the corporation; (e) keep at the principal office of the corporation a membership book containing the name and address of each and any members, and, in the case where any membership has been terminated, he or she shall record such fact in the membership book together with the date on which such membership ceased; (f) exhibit at all reasonable times to any director of the corporation, or to his or her agent or attorney, on request therefore, the Bylaws, the membership book and the minutes of the proceedings of the Directors of the corporation. In general, perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as may be required by law, by the Articles of Incorporation or by these Bylaws, or which may be assigned to him or her from time to time by the Board of Directors. SECTION 9. DUTIES OF TREASURER The Treasurer shall (a) have charge and custody of, and be responsible for, all funds and securities of the corporation, and deposit all such funds in the name of the corporation in such banks, trust companies, or other depositories as shall be selected by the Board of Directors; (b) receive, and give receipt for, monies due and payable to the corporations from any source whatsoever; disburse or cause to be disbursed, the funds of the corporation as may be directed by the Board of Directors, taking proper vouchers for such disbursements; render to the President and Directors, whenever requested, an account of any or all of his or her transactions as Treasurer and of the financial condition of the corporation; (c) prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify, or cause to be certified, the financial statements to be included in any required reports. In general, perform all duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as may be required by law, by the Articles of Incorporation of the corporation, or by these Bylaws, or which may be assigned to him or her from time to time by the Board of Directors. SECTION 10. COMPENSATION The salaries of the officers, if any, shall be fixed from time to time by resolution of the Board of Directors. In all cases, any salaries received by officers of this corporation shall be reasonable and given in return for services actually rendered to or for the corporation. Moreover any salaries, wages, together with fringe benefits or other forms of compensation (housing, transportation and other allowances) paid to or provided to our employees, directors, or officers will not exceed a value which is reasonable and commensurate with the duties and working hours associated with such employment and with the compensation ordinarily paid to persons with similar positions or duties. The corporation would seek outside counsel for establishing what is reasonable and commensurate. The officers will disqualify themselves from all votes pertaining to their own salaries. The corporation will set up a full Accountable Reimbursement policy (monthly reimbursements) and an officer employment agreement.

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ARTICLE 5 COMMITTEES SECTION 1. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE The Board of Directors may, by a majority vote of its members, designate an Executive Committee consisting of three board members and may delegate to such committee the powers and authority of the board in the management of the business and affairs of the corporation, to the extent permitted, and except as may otherwise be provided, by provisions of law. By a majority vote of its members, the board may at any time revoke or modify any or all of the Executive Committee authority so delegated, increase or decrease but not below two (2) the number of the members of the Executive Committee, and fill vacancies on the Executive Committee from the members of the board. The Executive Committee shall keep regular minutes of its proceedings, cause them to be filed with the corporate records, and report the same to the board from time to time as the board may require. SECTION 2. OTHER COMMITTEES The corporation shall have such other committees as may from time to time be designated by resolution of the Board of Directors. These committees may consist of persons who are not also members of the board and shall act in an advisory capacity to the board. SECTION 3. MEETINGS AND ACTION OF COMMITTEES Meetings and action of committees shall be governed by, noticed, held and taken in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws concerning meetings of the Board of Directors, with such changes in the context of such Bylaw provisions as are necessary to substitute the committee and its members for the Board of Directors and its members, except that the time for regular and special meetings of committees may be fixed by resolution of the Board of Directors or by the committee. Meetings of committees may be fixed by resolution of the Board of Directors or by the committee. For purposes of discussion, the Board of Directors may meet as a “Committee of the Whole” at the time of a Board of Directors Meeting, establishing its own rules of procedure, as long as they are not inconsistent with the provisions of these Bylaws. However, motions of the Board of Directors must be made and/or approved or rejected as a part of a formal Board of Directors meeting. The Board of Directors may also adopt rules and regulations pertaining to the conduct of meetings of committees to the extent that such rules and regulations are not inconsistent with the provisions of these Bylaws. Beyond such rules and regulations adopted by the Board of Directors, committees may establish their own rules of procedure to the extent that they are not inconsistent with rules and regulations adopted by the Board of Directors or the provisions of these Bylaws. ARTICLE 6 MEMBERSHIPS No provisions in the Bylaws have been made for memberships. However, the Board of Directors may consider adding categories of memberships if it feels that members may be of benefit to the organization.

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ARTICLE 7 EXECUTION OF INSTRUMENTS, DEPOSITS AND FUNDS SECTION 1. EXECUTION OF INSTRUMENTS The Board of Directors, except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws, may by resolution authorize any officer or agent of the corporation to enter into any contract or execute and deliver any instrument in the name of and on behalf of the corporation, and such authority may be general or confined to specific instances. Unless so authorized no officer, agent, or employee shall have any power or authority to bind the corporation by any contract or engagement or to pledge its credit or to render it liable monetarily for any purpose or in any amount. SECTION 2. CHECKS AND NOTES Except as otherwise specifically determined by resolution of the Board of Directors, or as otherwise required by law, checks, drafts, promissory notes, orders for the payment of money, and other evidence of indebtedness of the corporation shall be signed by one or more of the officers of the corporation. SECTION 3. DEPOSITS All funds of the corporation shall be deposited from time to time to the credit of the corporation in such barks, trust companies, or other depositories as the Board of Directors may select. SECTION 4. GIFTS The Board of Directors may accept on behalf of the corporation any contribution, gift, bequest, or devise for the nonprofit purposes of this corporation. ARTICLE 8 CORPORATE RECORDS, REPORTS, AND CORPORATE SEAL SECTION 1. MAINTENANCE OF CORPORATE RECORDS The corporation shall keep at its principal office (a) minutes of all meetings of directors, committees of the board and, if this corporation has members, of all meetings of members, indicating the time and place of holding such meetings, whether regular or special, how called, the notice given, and the names of those present and the proceedings thereof; (b) adequate and correct books and records of account including accounts of its properties and business transactions and accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains and losses; (c) a record of its members, if any, indicating their names and addresses and, if applicable, the class of membership held by each member and the termination date of any membership; (d) a copy of the corporation's Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws as amended to date, which shall be open to inspection by the members, if any, of the corporation at all reasonable times during office hours. SECTION 2. CORPORATE SEAL The Board of Directors may adopt, use, and at will alter, a corporate seal. Such seal shall be kept at the principal office of the corporation. Failure to affix the seal to corporate instruments, however, shall not affect the validity of any such instrument.

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SECTION 3. DIRECTORS' INSPECTION RIGHTS Every director shall have the absolute right at any reasonable time to inspect and copy all books, records and documents of every kind and to inspect the physical properties of the corporation and shall have such other rights to inspect the books, records and properties of this corporation as may be required under the Articles of Incorporation, other provisions of these Bylaws and provisions of law. SECTION 4. MEMBERS' INSPECTION RIGHTS lf this corporation has any formal members, then each and every formal member shall have the following inspection rights, for a purpose reasonably related to such person's interest as a member. (a) To inspect and copy the record of all members' names, addresses and voting rights, at reasonable times, upon written demand on the Secretary of the corporation, which demand shall state the purpose for which the inspection rights are requested, (b) To obtain from the Secretary of the corporation, upon written demand on, and payment of a reasonable charge to, the Secretary of the corporation, a list of the names, addresses and voting rights of those members entitled to vote for the election of directors as of the most recent record date for which the list has been compiled or as of the date specified by the member subsequent to the date of demand. The demand shall state the purpose for which the list is requested. The membership list shall be made within a reasonable time after the demand is received by the Secretary of the corporation or after the date specified therein as of which the list is to be compiled. (c) To inspect at any reasonable time the books, records, or minutes of proceedings of the members or of the board or committees of the board, upon written demand on the Secretary of the corporation by the member, for a purpose reasonably related to such person's interests as a member. Members shall have such other rights to inspect the books, records and properties of this corporation as may be required under the Articles of Incorporation, other provisions of these Bylaws, and provisions of law. SECTION 5. RIGHT TO COPY AND MAKE EXTRACTS Any inspection under the provisions of this Article may be made in person or by agent or attorney and the right to inspection shall include the right to copy and make extracts. SECTION 6. PERIODIC REPORT The board shall cause any annual or periodic report required under law to be prepared and delivered to an office of this state or to the members, if any, of this corporation, to be so prepared and delivered within the time limits set by law.

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ARTICLE 9 IRC 501(C)(3) TAX EXEMPTION PROVISIONS SECTION 1. LIMITATIONS ON ACTIVITIES No substantial part of the activities of this corporation shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided by Section 501(h) of the Internal Revenue Code), and this corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these Bylaws, this corporation shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code. SECTION 2. PROHIBITION AGAINST PRIVATE INUREMENT No part of the net earnings of this corporation shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, directors or trustees, officers, or other private persons, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes of this corporation. This stipulation shall not be construed to limit the power of the corporation to make grants to any person for the purpose of grief support, if making the grant is determined in accordance with procedures established by these Bylaws and possible future actions of the Board of Directors, consistent with the mission of this corporation. SECTION 3. DISTRIBUTION OF ASSETS Upon the dissolution of this corporation, its assets remaining after payment, or provision for payment, of all debts and liabilities of this corporation shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Such distribution shall be made in accordance with all applicable provisions of the laws of this state. SECTION 4. PRIVATE FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS In any taxable year in which this corporation is a private foundation as described in Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, the corporation 1) shall distribute its income for said period at such time and manner as not to subject it to tax under Section 4942 of the Internal Revenue Code; 2) shall not engage in any act of self-dealing as defined in Section 4941(d) of the Internal Revenue Code; 3) shall not retain any excess business holdings as defined in Section 4943(c) of the Internal Revenue Code; 4) shall not make any investments in such manner as to subject the corporation to tax under Section 4944 of the Internal Revenue Code; and 5) shall not make any taxable expenditures as defined in Section 4945(d) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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ARTICLE 10 CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY Any director, officer, or key employee who has an interest in a contract or other transaction presented to the Board or a committee thereof for authorization, approval, or ratification shall make a prompt and full disclosure of his/her interest to the Board or committee prior to its acting on such contract or transaction. Such disclosure shall include any relevant and material facts known to such person about the contract or transaction which might reasonably be construed to be adverse to the corporation's interest. The body to which such disclosure is made shall thereupon determine by a vote of seventy-five percent (75%) of the votes entitled to vote, whether the disclosure shows that a conflict of interest exists or can reasonably be construed to exist. If a conflict is deemed to exist, such person shall not vote on, nor use his or her personal influence on, nor participate (other) than to present factual information (or to respond to questions) in the discussions or deliberations with respect to such contract or transaction. Such person may be counted in determining whether a quorum is present but may not be counted when the Board or Directors/Trustees or committee of the Board takes action on the transaction. The minutes of the meeting shall reflect the disclosure made, the vote thereon, the abstention from voting and participation, and whether a quorum was present. Should any officer, director, or any member of the corporation with supervisory powers have a financial interest in property, that person will not represent the not-for-profit entity when negotiating agreements for the use or sale of any such properties. Directors will not receive a salary in their capacity as directors, and the majority of the Board of Directors will not be related to particular salaried personnel, to particular parties providing services to the organization or to particular recipients of assistance from the organization. Salaried personnel may not vote on their own compensation, and all compensation decisions will be made by the Board of Directors, with the understanding that affiliated FAR Sanctuaries may be empowered by the Board of Directors to make their own personnel and compensation decisions so long as they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws or inconsistent with decisions by the Board of Directors. Directors may in other capacities, for example as officers, receive compensation from the corporation for services rendered, consistent with these Bylaws, in particular with Section 10 of Article 4. ARTICLE 11 AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS SECTION 1. AMENDMENT Subject to the power of the Directors of this corporation to adopt, amend or repeal the Bylaws of this corporation, and except as may otherwise be specified under provisions of law, these Bylaws, or any of them, may be altered, amended, or repealed and new Bylaws adopted by approval of the Board of Directors. Amendment of the Bylaws shall require a second, because of the Bylaw’s structural importance to the corporation. Bylaws can be changed by a simple majority of the entire board, regardless of how many board members constitute a quorum at a given meeting.

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ARTICLE 12 CONSTRUCTION AND TERMS If there is any conflict between the provisions of these Bylaws and the Articles of Incorporation of this corporation, the provisions of the Articles of Incorporation shall govern. Should any of the provisions or portions of these Bylaws be held unenforceable or invalid for any reason, the remaining provisions and portions of these Bylaws shall be unaffected by such holding. All references in these Bylaws to the Articles of Incorporation shall be to the Articles of Incorporation, Articles of Organization, Certificate of Incorporation, Organizational Charter, Corporate Charter, or other founding document of this corporation filed with an office of this state and used to establish the legal existence of this corporation. All references in these Bylaws to a section or sections of the Internal Revenue Code shall be to such sections of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended from time to time, or to corresponding provisions of any future federal tax code. ADOPTION OF BYLAWS We, the undersigned, are all of the initial directors or incorporators of this corporation, and we consent to, and hereby do, adopt the foregoing Bylaws, as the Bylaws of this corporation.

Dated: 1-15-2003 David D. Pierce Jr. Judy A. Pierce J.C. Graham, Ph.D Karen McDermott Shauna Fisher

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