New Bylaws adopted 2002
The name of the corporation shall be the Southern California Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., herein referred to as SCRID.
The principle objective of this corporation shall be to initiate, sponsor, promote and execute policies and activities that will further the profession of Interpretation of American Sign Language and English and the transliteration of English.
This corporation shall have the following categories of non-transferable membership:
A. Voting Members:
B. Non-Voting Members
A. Certified Member: Any interpreter or transliterator of American Sign Language and/or English who holds valid Certification accepted by the RID.
B. Associate Member (pre-certified): Any individual who is actively engaged in the interpretation of American Sign Language and English and/or the transliteration of English, But who does not hold valid certification accepted by the RID.
C. Honorary Member: Honorary members shall be persons who, having made outstanding contributions to the field of interpreting, have been nominated by the Board of Directors for such membership and are approved by the membership. There shall be no dues for Honorary members.
D. Student Member: Any pre-certified individual currently enrolled in a course of study in interpretation of American Sign Language and English and/or the transliteration of English.
E. Supporting Member: Any non-certified individual with an interest in supporting the purposes and activities of the corporation who does not meet eligibility requirements for Sections 2.A, 2.B, or 2.C under Article III. Membership.
F. Organizational/Institutional Member: Any organization/institution with an interest in supporting the purposes and activities of the corporation.
A. In order to be voting member of the SCRID, a person must be a member in good standing, belong to a voting category and be a member of the RID.
B. Each voting member of this corporation shall be entitled to one vote in meetings, referenda and elections.
C. Any decision of the Board of Directors may be vetoed by a two-thirds vote of those eligible and voting during a regular or special meeting of the membership or through mail referendum.
A. SCRID may, at anytime, terminate the membership of a member for the misconduct determined by the Board of Directors to be damaging to the name or objectives of SCRID. Such determination shall be presented to the general membership for consideration and subsequent action. A twothird (2/3) majority vote of the membership, conducted by secret ballot, shall ratify the revocation of the membership. The Membership Committee will conduct a secret ballot by maiL.
B. Non-payment of dues
A member who has a change in membership category will immediately be entitled to the privilege thereof. In the beginning of the next fiscal year, all dues for that member shall be based on the new membership category.
No member of the SCRID shall be held personally or otherwise liable for any debts, liabilities, and/or obligations of the SCRIO.
The Board of Directors shall be comprised of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and member-at-large. In addition, the Immediate Past President may serve as a Non-Voting Ex-Officio member of the Board of Directors for one term.
All corporate powers shall be exercised by or under the authority of the Board of Directors. Unless so authorized by the Board of Directors, no officer, agent, or employee shall have any power or authority to bind the corporation by any contract, engagement, pledge it's credit, render it liable monetarily for any purpose or in any amount. All charges, responsibilities and membership directives shall persist until fulfilled regardless of any changes to the makeup of the Board of Directors.
A. General Duties:
1. Perform duties as prescribed by the voting membership, the Board of Directors or as required by law.
2. Approve the budget of the Corporation annually.
3. Provide a comprehensive Corporate report no later than ninety days after the end of each fiscal year.
a) Represents the corporation in all appropriate activities
b) Presides at meetings of the members and/or directors
c) Appoints committees
d) Has the authority to sign checks up to monies determined by the board
e) Provide at least quarterly reports to the membership concerning business and Board of Directors activities and financial status of the
f) Shall submit a (President's letter) for every issue of the " Interpreter"
g) Shall attend at least 75% of the meetings
a) In the absence or disability of the President, the Vice-President shall assume all duties of the President
b) Shall attend at least 75% of the meeting
c) Has the authority to sign checks up to monies determined by the board
a) Keeps complete and accurate record of the proceedings of the Board of Directors
b) Supervises the keeping of all corporation records
c) Forward approved minutes of General Business meetings to SCRID publication Chairperson and Region V Representative within fifteen (15) days of meeting
d) Shall attend at least 75% of the meetings
a) Supervises the receipt and safekeeping of all book keeping of corporate funds
b) Shall in the beginning of February make a State and Federal report, and in April SCRID's fiscal year report. Shall forward to RID a certified copy of SCRIO's financial statement, sources of receipts and a description of all disbursements, before May 30th of every year
c) Has authority to sign SCRID checks, up to monies determined by the Board
d) Shall attend at least 75% of the meetings
a) This position shall be filled by an individual who is Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
b) Shall attend at least 75% of the meetings
6. Immediate Past President May serve as a Non -Voting Ex-Officio member of the Board of Directors for
All candidates for Board of Directors shall be Certified or Associate members in good standing with the National RID and SCRID for at least one year immediately prior to candidacy.
Officers: (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Member-at-Large) shall serve two year terms. No Officer shall hold the same office for more than two consecutive terms. They shall be elected by mail-ballot during the Spring of odd number years and their term shall commence on July 1 of the next fiscal year.
The election of the officers shall take place in the spring of every odd number year. Elections shall be held by mail, or during the general meeting, following the procedures of Call for Nominations. If no person wishes to assume a particular office then the remaining board members may appoint a new officer from the membership, including the previous board member in that position.
A. Officers: ( President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member-at-Large) The eLection committee must receive nominations from a voting member in good standing
B. Procedures governing nominations, acceptance of nominations, and elections contained in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
Vacancies of the Board of Directors will be created upon the death, resignation, removal due to legal action or for cause against any director.
Additionally a vacancy will be created when a Director moves from one region to another more than six months prior to completion of their term. This situation would require the Director's immediate resignation.
A. Removal of a Director: The Board of Directors may declare vacant any office for which the Director has been removed due to legal action or for cause as detailed in the Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised.
B. Appointment to Fill a Vacancy: Any vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors with less than one year remaining in the term may be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining Directors. A director appointed to fill a vacancy shall be appointed for the remaining term of their predecessor's office. If the remaining term is more than one year, a special election must be held within six months of the vacancy.
A. Annual Meetings: Annual meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held immediately before or after, and at the same place as, the annual meeting of members.
B. Regular Meetings: Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at least on a quarterly basis, at such time and place as fixed by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall hold meetings as necessary. These meetings shall convene at times and places established by the President or a majority of the Board of Directors. Announcement shall be provided to membership at least thirty days prior to such meetings.
C. Special Meetings: These may be called by the President or by any two Directors, with a majority vote of approval by the Board of Directors. Notification shall be given to the entire Board of Directors at least seven days prior to such a meeting.
D. Meetings by Electronic Conference: Any meeting, regular or special, may be held by Electronic conference or similar communication equipment, so Long as all officers participating in the meeting can communicate with one another.
A majority of the Board of Directors are required to attend in order to constitute a quorum.
Upon the Board of Directors' approval, the President shall appoint any committees, including standing, special and/or ad hoc committees.
Time and place of the annual membership spring meeting will be designated by the Board of Directors with a written notice of such to be given to the membership at least 30 days prior to the meeting. Special membership meetings may be called at anytime by the Board of Directors. Written notice of the time and place of special meetings shall be given at least 30 days prior to the meeting. A quorum to conduct business at a annual and special meetings shall consist of no less than 6% of the voting members.
Motions may be voted on by the membership by mail referendum in the following manner:
A. Mail referenda may be drafted and submitted by the Board of Directors,by a committee at the request of the Board of Directors, or by written petition of at least five percent of the voting members of the corporation, sent to the Board of Directors.
B. Written notice of the referendum, stating and describing all motions, procedures and deadlines for voting, shall be provided to all voting members at least sixty days prior to the referendum deadline.
C. Results of all mail referenda shall be determined by a majority of the valid ballots returned except when a higher percentage is required by these Bylaws or by Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised.
D. Results of mail referenda shall be disseminated to the membership within forty-five days after the referenda deadline.
A copy of the corporation's Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws as amended to date shall be open to inspection by the members of the corporation by request. The Corporate logo shall be used by the corporation and its' affiliated chapters for official and/or approved purposes only.
The fiscal year of the corporation shall begin on the first day of July and end on the thirtieth day of June of each year.
In order to remain in good standing, a member must pay annual dues in advance of the first day of July of each fiscal year, in amounts to be fixed from time to time by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall not increase or decrease membership dues by more than 25 percent without a majority vote of the membership at the annual meeting or by mail referendum. Notification of any changes in dues must be published in the newsletter at least ninety days prior to the anticipated implementation.
The Bylaws may be amended or repealed by a two-thirds vote of eligible voting members in attendance, a quorum being present. This vote will take place during a regular or special meeting of the membership, with ninety days prior notice, or by following the guidelines under Article VII, Mail Referendum. Any amendment, however, which would materially and adversely affect the rights of a specific category must be approved by a two-thirds majority of the members voting from that affected category.
The SCRID shall not discriminate in matters of membership on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, hearing status, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.
Dissolution of the Corporation will follow the procedures as specified in the Articles of Incorporation.
The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern this Corporation in aU cases to which they are applicable and consistent with these Bylaws and any special rules of order in the Corporation may adopt.
As revised by vote at General Membership, April 2002