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History and vocation of the “Ordre Lafayette”

Ordre Lafayette Order – America Corp.

-Board Members 2013-2014

-Certificate of status

-Articles of incorporation


First picture: Flag of France before 1789. Second picture: Flag of United States from 1777 to 1795 during the War of Independence of the United States and the Franco-American alliance (Louis XVI King of France)

Crédit :éricaine

The Marquis de La Fayette was the first Frenchman commissioned Major General by the Congress in 1777, as he had come to serve as a volunteer to aid the “Insurgents” in their fight for independence and has mostly succeeded in convincing the King of France Louis XVI to helping the insurgents in the English colonies of America with an expeditionary force of over 5,000 men.

He supported the American cause in its most difficult moments, until the French troops under the command of Count de Rochambeau and the fleet of Admiral de Grasse joined the American forces and helped secure the independence of America at Yorktown, in 1781.

This timely intervention in the creation of the United States of American sealed an indissoluble friendship between the two people, stronger than the troubled times in their history, as shown by the two decisive interventions on the side of France and Europe during the last two world wars.

Capitulation de Cornwallis à Yorktown - John Trumbull (1820)

British troops commanded by British General Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis (1738-1805), who was not personally present at the surrender of British troops to the French and American forces after the siege of Yorktown (Sep 28 to 10 October 1781 ) during the American War of Independence.

Painting by John Trumbull (1817)

Crédit :


Objective of the Association “Ordre Lafayette” founded in France in 1999 is to maintain and promote the existing bonds of friendship between the citizens of France and the United States of America and of the European Union, and America. It is a non-political, non-union and non-religious association.

Founded at the initiative of French personalities from different backgrounds including a manager, a craftsman, a former military historian, a former consul.

Among the founders, Messrs. Arsene Schaeffer, Jean-Noël Vincent and Raymond Najberg all association presidents will embody the past decades the life of the association.

Today, the Lafayette Order International Association has an international vocation. As such, it is present in many foreign countries other than France as: Germany, Liechtenstein, Benelux, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Peru, and now the United States of America and Canada. Each country is headed by a National President appointed by the International Committee of the Association.


The Ordre Lafayette Order – America Corp incorporated under the law of Florida  is affiliated to the Lafayette Order International (France), Association who has an international vocation.

Honorary President 

R. Najberg - Portrait

Raymond Najberg / Founder and Grand Commander of the “Ordre Lafayettel”


-Board Members 2014-2015 – officers


Gérard CHARPENTIER Ph. D.,  Grand Commander of the “Ordre Lafayette”


Honorary Vice-president

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Serge D’ ROVENCOURT, Commander of the “Ordre Lafayette”



Staff Photos

Yves BEAUCHAMPS,  Knight of the “Ordre Lafayette


General Secretary

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Madeleine FLANAGAN,  Knight of the “Ordre Lafayette



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Diane  CLOUTIER, Knight of the “Ordre Lafayette”


-Certificats of status

-Articles of incorporation


 The name of this corporation is ORDRE LAFAYETTE ORDER – AMERICA CORP., a corporation not for profit;


 The mailing address of the corporation shall be 2117 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, FL 33 020;


The purpose of said corporation is to maintain and promote the existing bonds of friendship between the citizens of the United States of America and of the European Union, and in particular, of France,  for geographical and historical reasons , in particular Lafayette memory, and to carry on all the necessary activities to reach the goals of the corporation;

*To perpetuate the memory of General Marquis de La Fayette and to encourage and inspire the friendship between these two nations and their peoples and all the Nations

This is a non-political, non-union and non-religious organization.


 The qualification for memberships will be determined by the by-laws;


The street address of the initial registered office of this corporation is 2117 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, FL 33 020 and the name of the initial registered agent of this corporation at that address is Yves BEAUCHAMP


 The name and address of the incorporator signing these articles is;

Gérard Charpentier Ph. D., President – 2117 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, FL 33 020;


 This corporation shall have three (3) Directors constituting the initial Board of Directors. The numbers of Directors must be either increased or decreased from time to time by the bylaws but in no event shall be less than three (3). The names and addresses of the initial Board of Directors of this corporation are:

Name: Gérard Charpentier Ph.D

Address: 2117 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, FL 33020 – USA

Name: Raymond Najberg

Address: 18 Wall Street – Unit 1 , Bridgewater, MA 02324 – USA

Name: Serge D’Rovencourt

Address: 821 NW 11th Avenue Apt. 323, Portland, OR 97209 – USA


The Board of Directors shall be elected by the membership at each annual meeting of the members.


The legal affairs of the corporation shall be managed by the officers who shall be elected at the annual meeting each year to serve for the ensuing year. The officers of the corporation shall serve until their respective successor in office shall be elected and duly qualified.

ARTICLE X –REVENUE                  

No part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of or be distributable to its members, Directors, 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 set forth in Article III hereof. The corporation shall note in any way, directly or indirectly, carry on propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation, or participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office, by publishing or distributing statements or otherwise, Notwithstanding any other provisions of these Articles, the corporation shall not carry on nay other 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 of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future  United States Internal Revenue Law), or (b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170 (c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United State Revenue Law).


Upon the dissolution of the corporation, the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provision for the payment of all the liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all the assets of the corporation exclusively for the purpose of the corporation in such manner or to such organization or organization organized and operated exclusively for charitable. Educational, religious, or scientific purpose as shall at the time qualify as an exempt organisation or organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United State Internal Revenue Law), as the Board of Directors shall determine. Any of such asset not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Circuit Court of the county in which the principal office of the corporation is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said Court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for such purposes.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF the undersigned Incorporator ha executed the Articles of Incorporation on the date of signing.

Date: September 21, 2013

By Gérard Charpentier Ph.D., President