Constitution & By-Laws
Constitution and Bylaws of the
Article I: Name
Article II: Purpose
Section 2.01. To advocate for best practices in interpreting by fostering relationships with the Deaf community and practitioners to provide support and development of equality, professionalism, and excellence through the profession of sign language interpreting throughout Indiana.
Section 2.02. The principle goals of ICRID shall be to advance the professional standard(s) of Interpretation / Transliteration and professional skills, interests and welfare of its members:
A. Provide opportunities for training through professional development opportunities, meetings, lectures, etc.; and
Article III: Membership
Section 3.01. Membership in good standing:
A. A member will be considered in good standing by supporting the purposes of ICRID and whose dues are paid.
Section 3.02. Membership Categories
A. Voting Members:
b. Student / Senior Citizen (55+) RID Member: Dues paying members in good standing of both ICRID and RID who are currently enrolled in an interpreter training program (ITP) at a college or university or who are age 55 and older. Able to participate in all activities of ICRID.
b. Student / Senior Citizen (55+) Non-RID Members: Dues paying members in good standing of ICRID, and who are currently enrolled in an interpreter training program (ITP) at a college or university or who are age 55 or older. Special opportunities for professional development and participation will be available to these members.
c. Organizational Members: Dues paying member in good standing of ICRID. Limited to members of an organization or business with an interest in supporting the field of interpreting, the purposes of ICRID and the people ICRID serves. Special opportunities will be available for professional development and public relations.
Section 3.03. Dues
A. The Board of Directors has the authority to set the amount of the annual dues.
Article IV: Board of Directors and Leadership
Section 4.01. Function
Section 4.02. Number & Size of the Board of Directors
A. The number of members serving on the BOD shall be a minimum of five (5) and no more than fifteen (15).a. President
2. Four (4) Members-at-Large (referred to as MALs)
3. Immediate Past President: may serve as a member of the BOD for a two year term
b. One (1) from each of Indiana’s Indiana Interpreter Training Programs (ITP)
C. The type and number of members on the BOD may be amended by resolution adopted by no less than a majority of the BOD.
Only those members in good standing of both ICRID and RID shall be eligible to serve and vote on the BOD.
Section 4.03. Terms and Duties
A. Each member of the BOD shall be elected every two (2) years.
Section 4.04. President
A. Shall preside at all meetings of the BOD and membership.Section 4.05. Vice-President
A. Shall exercise and perform all powers and duties of the president during the President’s absence or disability.
Section 4.06. Secretary
A. Shall maintain complete and accurate minutes of all meetings (including the committees meeting minutes) of ICRID.
Section 4.07. Treasurer
A. Shall keep correct and complete records of all accounts, showing accurately at all times the financial condition of ICRID.
Section 4.08. Members-at-Large
Section 4.09. Liaisons
A. Shall be a communication link between ICRID and the respective schools or organizations.
Section 4.10. Resignations
Section 4.11. Removal
A. Any member on the BOD may be removed with or without cause.
Section 4.12. Vacancies
A. Any vacancy among the BOD caused by death, resignation, removal or otherwise may be filled by the remaining BODs.Section 4.13. Elections
A. All members of the BOD shall be elected according to Section 4.03., and shall serve the terms identified in said section.
B. Elections shall take place during the Annual Meeting of the Membership unless otherwise specified with thirty (30) days’ notice of a change.
C. In the event of a BOD position with no opposition presented, the nominee shall be elected by acclamation.
Article V: Meetings and Voting
Section 5.01. Regular Meetings of the BOD
A. The BOD shall have six (6) or more regular meetings each year to consider any business that may be properly brought before the meeting.
Section 5.02. Annual Meeting of the Membership
A. An annual meeting of the membership shall be held within six (6) months after the close of ICRID’s fiscal year.Section 5.03. Special meetings of the Membership
A. Special meetings of the membership may be called at any time, either by the BOD; orSection 5.04. Special meetings of the BOD
A. A special meeting of the BOD may be called by the President or shall be called by order thereof upon the written request of at least two (2) members of the BOD.
Section 5.05. Quorum
A. Membership meetings: A quorum shall be fifty-on percent (51%) of the voting members in attendance at an annual or special meeting where the membership will convene to address business.Section 5.06. Meeting Access
Section 5.07. Action without meeting
A. Any action permitted or required to be taken at any meeting of the BOD or of any committee thereof may be taken without a meeting if all members of the BOD or of such committee take the action.
Section 5.08. Notice of Meetings
A. Notice of meetings shall consist of the Date, Time, and location for the meeting
Section 5.09. Committees
A. The BOD, by resolution adopted by a majority of the BOD, may designate one or more committees, each of which shall consist of one (1) or more members of the BOD who may act as a liaison or an active member of the committee.
Section 5.10. Mail Referendum
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
Article VI: Disbursements
Article VII: Amendments
Article VIII: Dissolution
Article IX: Limitation of Liability
A. No Corporate Person shall be liable for any loss or damage if, in taking or omitting to take action causing such loss or damage, either:
Article X: Liabilities of Members
Article XI: Parliamentary Procedure
Article XII: Prohibited Activities
Regardless of any other provisions of these bylaws, no member, BOD member, employee, or agent of ICRID shall take any action or carry on any activity by or on behalf of ICRID not to be taken or carried on by an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or any successor provision or provisions hereto.