When I asked this question the first time on 01/19/2009, the JA expert inquired if the members owned shares in the club or have control of the property. I responded no and that the property was held in trust. She then replied that adding non-owner members does not require an amendment to the charter. I think she meant memberships. She also included an excerpt from the Illinois statute supporting her answer. You can view all this in my initial JA question. I also read Illinois statute 805 ILCS 105/Article 6, and if I'm understanding the verbiage, shares are prohibited and are not issued by non profits. So, from what you are saying none of this matters, and in providing a second opinion, a non for profit in the state of IL would have to file an amendment in adding a new class of membership and changing the number available of an existing class of membership, correct?
Not so much the charter, as the bylaws. That is just to stay current and watch for any potential conflicts or other problems. For example, I know of one corporation which was operating for years with fewer directors than their bylaws required.
The charter is reviewed pretty much every year with the annual report.
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