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BYLAWS

OREGON REGISTRY OF INTERPRETERS FOR THE DEAF BYLAWS

ARTICLE I: NAME

Section 1: Name and Affiliation
The name and affiliation of this organization shall be the Oregon Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (ORID). The organization shall be affiliated with the national Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID, Inc.)
Section 2: Use of Name and Logo
The organization logo shall be used by the chapter for official and/or approved purposes only. The organization logo may not be used by an individual member for their personal use.

ARTICLE II: PURPOSES

Section 1: Objective
The principle objectives of this organization are to educate, initiate, sponsor, promote and execute policies and activities that will further the profession of the interpretation of American Sign Language and English and the transliteration of English, as well as to promote the socialization and collegiality of our interpreting community.

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

Section 1: Categories of Membership

This organization shall have the following categories of membership:

Voting

  1. Certified Member

  2. Associate Member

Non-Voting

  1. Student/Supporting Member

  2. Organizational/Institutional Member

Section 2: Eligibility

  1. Certified Member: Any interpreter or transliterator of American Sign Language and/or English who holds valid certification accepted by the RID, Inc.

  2. 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, Inc.

  3. Student/Supporting 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. OR Any non-certified individual with an interest in supporting the purposes and activities of the organization who does not meet eligibility requirements for Sections 2.A, 2.B, or 2.C under Article III Membership.

  4. Organizational/Institutional Member: Any organization/institution with an interest in supporting the purposes and activities of the organization.

Section 3: Membership Status
A member-in-good-standing shall be defined as one whose dues are current. Membership year runs July 1st to June 30th.
Section 4: Voting Rights and Requirements

  1. In order to be a voting member of the organization, a person must be a member in good standing, belong to a voting category and be a member of the RID, Inc.
  2. Each voting member of the organization shall be entitled to one vote in meetings, referenda, and elections.
  3. Any decision of the Board of Directors may be vetoed by a two-thirds majority vote of those eligible and voting during a regular or special meeting of the membership.

ARTICLE IV: DIRECTORS

Section 1: Composition of Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall be comprised of a President, a Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and two Members-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.
Section 2: Powers and Limitations
All powers of the organization 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 member shall have any power or authority to bind the organization by any contract or engagement or to pledge its credit or to 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 make up of the Board of Directors.
Section 3: Qualifications

  1. All Board members shall be members-in-good-standing and voting members of ORID and the RID, Inc.
  2. All Board members shall be a member-in-good-standing of ORID for a minimum of six (6) months. Board of Directors positions shall be filled by certified interpreters whenever possible.

Section 4: Terms of Office

  1. Officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Members-at-Large shall serve two year terms.
  2. The terms of office for the President and Treasurer and MAL 1 shall commence during the even numbered years whereas the terms of office for the Vice-President, Secretary and MAL 2 shall commence during the odd numbered years.
  3. No officers shall serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office.

Section 5: Vacancies
Vacancies on the Board of Directors shall exist upon the death, resignation or removal of any Board member.

  1. A Board member shall be removed or asked to resign from office if:
    1. The Board member moves outside the geographic area and is unable to regularly attend Board of Directors meetings.
    2. A Member-at-Large moved outside the area he/she may be representing.
    3. Any Board member who is not satisfactorily performing his/her duties will be asked to resign.
    4. The Board member fails to maintain membership in ORID and the RID, Inc.
  2. Any vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors time remaining in the term may be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining Directors.
    1. In the event of removal due to legal action or for-cause shall be defined as a director who fails to meet their position responsibilities or who does not act in the best interest of the organization. Removal from the Board requires two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors in a closed session. The individual and the Board shall be notified of such a closed session and the specific purpose no less than two weeks before the meeting is to take place.

Section 6: Duties

  1. 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 organization annually.
    3. Provide a comprehensive organizational report no later than ninety days after the end of each fiscal year.
    4. Attend board meetings and workshops organized and/or by ORID.
  2. Officers
  1. The President
    1. Represents the organization in all appropriate activities.
    2. Presides at the meetings of the members and/or directors.
    3. Appoints committees.
    4. Provides at least quarterly reports to the membership concerning business and Board of Directors activities and financial status of the organization.
  2. The Vice-President
    1. In the absence or disability of the President, the Vice-President shall assume all duties of the President. The Vice-President will also oversee volunteer recruitment and engagement for Committees.
  3. The Secretary
    1. Keeps complete and accurate records of the proceedings of the Board of Directors & ORID Membership meetings.
    2. Supervises the keeping of all organizational records.
    3. Has the authority to co-sign checks with the Treasurer or any other person designated through the action of the Board of Directors.
  4. The Treasurer
    1. Supervises the receipt and safekeeping of all corporation funds.
    2. Has the authority to co-sign checks with the President or any other person designated through action of the Board of Directors.
  5. The Members-at-Large
    1. Works with the Board of Directors, assisting with the coordination of activities and communication in and among regions.
  6. Immediate Past President
      1. May serve as a non-voting, ex-officio member of the Board of Directors for one term.

ARTICLE V: COMMITTEES

Section 1: Formation of Committees
Upon the Board of Directors’ approval, the President shall appoint any committees, including, standing, special and/or ad hoc committees to serve for a specified term. For each committee the President shall designate a member of the Board of Directors to serve as a non-voting member. A majority of the entire committee shall constitute a quorum.
Section 2: Removal of Committee Members

  1. Any Committee member who is not satisfactorily performing his/her duties may be asked to resign by a vote of a quorum of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VI: ELECTIONS

Section 1: Nominations

  1. Nominations shall begin February 1st. In order for nominee information to be included in the pre-election mailing to the general membership, submissions must be made by April 1st.
  2. A list of the nominees and their backgrounds shall be provided to ORID members no later than two weeks prior to the business meeting.

Section 2: Elections/Voting

  1. Elections shall be held at the Spring general meeting. Proxies may be sent in lieu of a voting member who can not attend the meeting. New officers shall begin office July 1st the first day of the membership year.
  2. Elections shall be held only for positions with more than one candidate on the ballot. Any uncontested candidate shall be considered elected without the counting of votes.
  3. Ballots shall be counted by at least two members who are not candidates.
  4. Election results shall be confirmed and announced during the Spring ORID general meeting as well as in the following newsletter.
  5. A simple majority of the votes cast shall be sufficient to elect all ORID positions.
  6. In the event of a tie, a run-off election shall be held during the Spring general meeting.

ARTICLE VII: MEETINGS

Section 1: Spring General Meeting / Board of Directors Meetings

  1. The Board of Directors shall meet at least four times a year. The President or two Board members may call additional meetings when deemed necessary.
  2. If Board members are unable to attend a meeting, proxies, designated by the Board member, may vote in their absence. Proxies can only represent one board member.
  3. All motions, except those related to bylaws, shall be passed with a simple majority of the voting members present.
  4. A quorum shall consist of a simple majority. This may include 1/3 of the proxies present.

ARTICLE VIII: DUES

  1. A decision to raise or lower dues by more than 10% shall be authorized by a two-thirds vote of the voting membership present at any general business meeting.
  2. A written notice of the motion to change dues shall be communicated in written or electronic form to each member two weeks prior to the date of the next business meeting.
  3. Dues shall become payable on or before the first day of the membership year.

ARTICLE IX: AMENDMENTS

Section 1: Proposed Revisions

  1. Proposed revisions to these bylaws shall be presented in writing to the Board of Directors no less than 60 days prior to being presented to the general membership.
  2. Due notice in writing of the proposed amendments or revisions shall be communicated in written or electronic format to each member not less than two weeks prior to the date of the next business or general meeting.
  3. These bylaws may be amended or revised at any business or general meeting by a two-thirds vote of the voting membership present.

Section 2: Other Revisions
Bylaw changes made to comply with the RID, Inc. shall not require a vote but shall automatically become incorporated within the bylaws after reporting such changes to the membership.

ARTICLE X: FISCAL YEAR OF THE ORGANIZATION

The fiscal year of the organization shall begin on the first day of July and end on the thirtieth day of June of each year.

ARTICLE XI: NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

The organization shall not discriminate in the matter of membership on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, hearing status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.

ARTICLE XII: DISSOLUTION

In the event of ORID dissolution, all monies, property, and records shall be held in trust for three years. If ORID is not re-established within three years of dissolution, all monies, property and records shall be donated to the RID, Inc.

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