Annual Meetings An annual meeting of the members shall take place in the month of October (pick a month), the specific date, time and location of which will be designated by the chair. At the annual meeting the members shall elect directors and officers, receive reports on the activities of the association, and determine the direction of the association for the coming year. The Secretary of State's office is the central filing office for certain Uniform Commercial Code financing statements and other lien documents including notices of judgment liens, attachment liens and federal and state tax liens. Filing with our office serves to perfect a security interest in named collateral and establish priority in case of debtor default or bankruptcy. The Business Programs Division, the largest division of the Secretary of State's office, supports California Businesses by registering business entities and trademarks and enabling secured creditors to protect their financial interests. The Business Programs Division processes millions of business filings and information requests each year. The Secretary of State administers numerous other filings including immigration consultant and various business bonds, notices of joint powers, successor-in-interest, statement of facts – roster of public agencies, and athlete agents. CRA requires charities to operate on a non-profit basis and recommends that a corporation that intends to become a registered charity should include a statement in its articles that the corporation will be operated on a non-profit basis, although such a statement will not be mandatory. Notice of these meetings shall be sent to all members of the Board of Directors no less than ten (10) days, prior to the meeting date.