Oregon Statutes - Chapter 65 - Nonprofit Corporations - Section 65.224 - Membersí list for meeting; attorney fees.

(1) A corporation shall prepare an alphabetical list of the names, addresses and membership dates of all its members. If there are classes of members, the list must show the address and number of votes each member is entitled to vote at the meeting. The corporation shall prepare on a current basis through the time of the membership meeting a list of members, if any, who are entitled to vote at the meeting, but are not part of the main list of members.

(2) The list of members must be available for inspection by any member for the purpose of communication with other members concerning the meeting, beginning two business days after notice of the meeting is given for which the list was prepared and continuing through the meeting, at the corporationís principal office or at a reasonable place identified in the meeting notice in the city or other location where the meeting will be held. A member, the memberís agent or the memberís attorney is entitled, on written demand setting forth a proper purpose, to inspect and, subject to the requirements of ORS 65.774 and 65.782, to copy the list at a reasonable time and at the memberís expense, during the period it is available for inspection.

(3) The corporation shall make the list of members available at the meeting, and any member, the memberís agent or the memberís attorney is entitled to inspect the list for any proper purpose at any time during the meeting or any adjournment.

(4) If the corporation refuses to allow a member, the memberís agent or the memberís attorney to inspect the list of members before or at the meeting or copy the list as permitted by subsection (2) of this section, on application of the member, the circuit court of the county where the corporationís principal office, or if the principal office is not in this state, where its registered office is or was last located, may enter a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction pursuant to ORCP 79 ordering the inspection or copying at the corporationís expense and may postpone the meeting for which the list was prepared until the inspection or copying is complete. The court may award reasonable attorney fees to the prevailing party in an action under this subsection. The party initiating such a proceeding shall not be required to post an undertaking pursuant to ORCP 82 A.

(5) Refusal or failure to prepare or make available the membership list does not affect the validity of action taken at the meeting.

(6) The articles or bylaws of a religious corporation may limit or abolish the rights of a member under this section to inspect and copy any corporate record.

(7) The articles of a public benefit corporation organized primarily for political or social action, including but not limited to political or social advocacy, education, litigation or a combination thereof, may limit or abolish the right of a member or the memberís agent or attorney to inspect or copy the membership list if the corporation provides a reasonable means to mail communications to the other members through the corporation at the expense of the member making the request. [1989 c.1010 §60; 1995 c.618 §41; 2005 c.22 §45]

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