MO-RID Bylaws

Article I

The name of the organization shall be Missouri Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., here and after referred to as MO-RID. It shall be an affiliate chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, here and after referred to as RID.

Article II

Mission and Objectives

MO-RID is a statewide, collaborative organization promoting positive, professional interpreter development and standards.

  • We welcome individuals and organizations from all communities and professional venues
  • We provide a forum to discuss shared interests and emerging trends
  • We encourage and support the development of future leaders for the continued advancement of our profession
  • We seek opportunities to network with our colleagues and those with shared interests
  • We encourage active involvement within the organization and community
  • We seek to expand the horizons of all members through collaboration
  • We foster emerging professionals within the field of interpreting
  • We promote lifelong professional development
  • We support our colleagues and consumers
  • We address and pursue state and national legislative concerns 

Article III

Membership

 This corporation shall have the following categories of non-transferable membership:

A. Voting Members – Dual members of RID and MO-RID.

            1.  Certified Member

            2.  Certified Member:  Senior Citizen

            3.  Associate Member

            4. Certified Member: Retired

B.  Non-voting Members

            5.  Certified Member:  Inactive

            6.  Student Member

            7.  Supporting Member

            8.  Organizational/Institutional Member

Section 2.  Eligibility

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

B. Certified Member: Senior Citizen – Any interpreter or transliterator of American Sign Language and/or English who holds valid certification accepted by the RID and is 55 years of age or older.

C. 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.

D. Certified Member: Inactive – A certified member who experiences, voluntarily or involuntarily, a life altering event or activity which precludes them from working as an interpreter or transliterator.

E. Certified Member: Retired – A Certified member who upon reaching thehttps://essaypro.com https://customwritings.com https://ladadate.com http://www.customessay.com

F. 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.

G. 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.

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

Section 3. Application for MO-RID Membership

Those interested in MO-RID membership must submit to MO-RID a completed official signed application form and correct dues for the appropriate membership category.

Section 4:  Annual dues

A.    The Board of Directors has the authority to fix and/or amend the amount of annual dues, as they deem appropriate. The Board of Directors shall propose any amendment of the amount of annual dues, to be approved by membership. Notification of any changes in the dues structure will be given to the membership at least 60 days prior to implementation.

B.     A member who has paid the established annual dues for the current membership year shall be considered a member in good standing.  A member who has not paid the established annual dues by August first of each year shall no longer be considered a member in good standing.

C.   For those members joining MO-RID for the first time, dues shall be prorated.  The amount due shall be based upon the quarter of the year in which the join.

Section 5:  Membership Year

Membership Year is defined as the period from July 1 – June 30.

Section 6. Voting Rights and Requirements

A. Certified members (Dual member or State affiliate member) in good standing with this corporation shall have one vote on all matters open to membership vote.

B. Associate members in good standing with this organization shall have one vote on  all matters open to membership vote except those pertaining to RID evaluation and certification.

C. Certified Members:  Inactive, Student Members, Supporting Members, and  Organizational/Institutional Members hold non-voting status. 

D.    MO-RID does not issue or honor proxies.

Section 7. Termination of Membership

A.    Suspension or expulsion for cause: Membership may be suspended or revoked for cause by the MO-RID Board of Directors. Any member whose membership is revoked for cause by the RID will automatically be suspended or expelled from MO-RID until such time as membership can be reinstated.

 B. Non-payment of dues: Failure to pay annual dues of the membership year shall result in termination of membership.  Dues are considered in arrears as of August first of each year, at which time the member is no longer considered in good standing.

C. Resignation: Any member may resign before the expiration of membership by surrendering their membership card to MO-RID.  Resignation invalidates all rights and privileges of chapter membership.  Dues are non-refundable.

D. Appeals: Suspension or revocation of membership may be appealed to the Board of Directors of this affiliate chapter.

Section 8. Reinstatement

A.    Reinstatement following suspension or expulsion for cause: Upon notice of eligibility of reinstatement of membership from the MO-RID Board of Directors and/or RID, a former member may apply for reinstatement.

B.     Reinstatement following termination for non-payment of dues or resignation: Upon reapplication for membership and payment of annual dues for the current year, a member shall be reinstated.

C.      Application for reinstatement: A former member who is eligible for reinstatement may make application by submitting an application form to the MO-RID Board of Directors with the appropriate fees. Upon receipt of the application form and fees, membership shall be reinstated and all rights and privileges shall resume.

Section 9. Transfer of Membership

Affiliate chapter membership is nontransferable.

Section 10. Change of Membership Category

Members may change their membership status by contacting MO-RID and paying any and all fees at time of request.  Members will need to meet all requirements of RID to change membership status.  Members will need to show proof of certification. 

Section 11. Membership Sections

MO-RID may establish membership sections which shall be open to all members of the organization. Membership sections must follow the guidelines set forth in the MO-RID Policies and Procedures Manual.

Section 12. NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct Compliance

Individual members of MO-RID shall follow the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct established and implemented by the national association and shall be subject to the RID Ethical Practices System.

Article IV

Directors

Section 1. Composition of Board of Directors

The MO-RID Board of Directors shall be comprised of president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, member-at-large and one representative of each state region. In addition, the immediate past president may serve as a non-voting ex-officio member of the MO-RID Board of Directors for one term. 

Section 2. Powers and Limitations

A. Powers:

1.      All corporate powers shall be exercised by or under the authority of the MO-RID Board of Directors. Unless so authorized by the MO-RID Board of Directors, no officer and/or agent shall have any power or authority to bind the corporation 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 makeup of the MO-RID Board of Directors. Specific powers and limitations are defined in the MO-RID Policies and Procedures Manual and are in accordance with MO-RID’s Articles of Incorporation.

2.       To prescribe officers powers and duties consistent with law, the Articles of Incorporation, and these bylaws.

3.      To conduct, manage and control the affairs and business of the affiliate chapter and to make rules and regulations consistent with the law, the Articles of Incorporation and these bylaws.

B. Limitations:

MO-RID Directors shall not concurrently serve as an elected officer on the national Board of Directors of RID.

MO-RID Directors shall not serve as a Chairperson of any committee.

Section 3. Duties

A. General Duties

1. To perform any and all duties imposed on them by law, the Articles of Incorporation, these bylaws and the MO-RID’s Policies and Procedures Manual.

2. To adopt, make and use a corporate seal, corporate logo, and to prescribe the form of membership cards.

3. To propose an annual budget for the maintenance and operation of this corporation.

       B. Officers

1. President

The president shall:

a. Have general supervision and direction of the affairs of the corporation and other duties, as may be prescribed by the MO-RID Board, the membership, and the national RID.

b. Establish any committees, including standing, special and/or ad hoc, and appoint chair people with approval of a majority of the full board.

c. Have co-signature responsibility with the treasurer on all checks and warrants for the withdrawal of corporate funds.

d. Set the agenda and conduct all MO-RID Board meetings, the annual business meeting(s), and any special meetings of the membership.

2. Vice President

The vice president shall:

a. In the absence of the president, perform all duties of the president and in so acting shall have all the powers of the president.

b. Assist in the training of incoming board members and committee chairs.

c. Have other powers and duties as prescribed by the MO-RID Board of Directors and/or the membership.

3. Secretary

The secretary shall:

a. Keep a full and accurate record of the proceedings of the MO-RID Board and annual and/or special business meetings of the membership.

b. Keep the seal of the corporation and affix it to such papers and instruments as may be required in the regular course of business.

c. Make service of such notices as may be necessary or proper.

d. Maintain the records of the corporation.

e. Provide periodic reports to the membership on the actions of the Board.

f. Handle all official correspondence of the corporation.

g. Have other powers and duties as prescribed by the MO-RID Board and/or the membership.

4. Treasurer

The treasurer shall:

a. Supervise the receipt and safekeeping of all funds of the corporation and deposit them in the bank or banks that may be designated by the MO-RID Board.

b. Have co-signature responsibility with the president for signing checks and warrants for the withdrawal of affiliate chapter funds.

c. Have other powers and duties as prescribed by the MO-RID Board and/or the membership.

5. Member-at-Large

The member-at-large shall:

a. Assist the state regional representatives with the coordination of activities and communication in and among regions.

 b. Have other powers and duties as prescribed by the MO-RID Board and/or the membership.

6.  State Regional Representatives

      One state regional representative from the region in which they reside shall:

a.  Serve as a resource person within his/her region.

b. Provide reports at least quarterly to the MO-RID Board at meeting, reflecting the special issues and/or concerns expressed within his/her region.

c. Have other powers and duties as prescribed by the MO-RID Board and/or the membership.

d. Definition of regions and their geographical boundaries are addressed in the MO-RID Policies and Procedures Manual.

7.  Immediate Past President

      a. Serve in an ex-officio non-voting capacity for one term.

      b. Assist the president during the transition into office.

      c. Serve as an advisor to the president.

      d. May assume special assignments as determined by the president.

      e. May attend MO-RID board meetings.

      f. Have other powers and duties as prescribed by the MO-RID Board and/or the membership.

Section 4. Qualifications

Each elected officials, officers, and board member serving on the MO-RID Board of Directors of the corporation must be members in good standing of this corporation and be a voting member of this affiliate chapter. In addition, the president and vice president shall have been a member of the MO-RID and a member of RID for at least two years prior to serving.

The President and Vice President must be RID Certified members.

Section 5. Terms of Office

A.    Terms of office for the president and vice president shall be two years. No officer shall serve in the same office for more than two consecutive terms.  Terms shall commence on July 1 of even numbered years.

B.     Terms of office for the treasurer, secretary, and member-at-large shall be two years. No officer shall serve in the same office for more than two consecutive terms.  Terms shall commence on July 1 of odd numbered years.

C.     Terms of office for the state regional representative shall be two years. No officer shall serve in the same office for more than two consecutive terms.  Terms for half or close to half of the regional representatives shall commence on July 1 of even numbered years.  Terms for the remaining regional representatives shall commence on July 1 of odd numbered years.  See the Policies and Procedures Manual for more details.

Section 6. Nominations and Elections

A. A call for nominations shall be made to the membership no less than 30 days prior to the election.

B. Members seeking election must be voting members in good standing of the MO-RID and be nominated and seconded by voting members in good standing of MO-RID.

C. Elections for the Board of Directors shall be held during the annual business meeting.

D. To constitute a valid election, ballots must consist of a majority of the eligible voters and attending the business meeting.

E. Elections and balloting shall not be required for positions in which there is only one candidate for that position.  Any uncontested candidate shall be considered elected without the required ballots.

E.     A simple majority of the ballots cast shall be sufficient to elect each position.

F.      In the event of a tie, a run-off election shall be held during the election/voting meeting.

 Section 7.  Nominations for Board of Directors

A. A call for nominations for each office shall begin a minimum of four (4) months prior to the ending of the term.

B. A list of the nominees, their backgrounds and qualifications shall be mailed/and or emailed to each voting member at least 45 days prior to the election/voting date. 

C. Ballots shall be deposited in the ballot box during the election/voting membership meeting.

D. At least two members of the Nominations Committee, or designee, shall count the ballots.  No person who is a candidate shall count ballots.

E. Election results shall be confirmed and announced during the business meeting and mailed and/or emailed to the membership within 45 days.

 Section 7. Vacancies

Vacancies on the MO-RID Board of Directors shall occur upon resignation, removal, or death of any officer or when the number of Board positions is increased by amendments to these bylaws or the charter of the corporation.

A.    Resignation: Any officer may resign upon giving written notification to the president or secretary.

B.     Vacancy: Any officer who misses three consecutive meetings, then the MO-RID Board will declare the position vacant.

C.  Appointment to fill a vacancy:  In the event of a vacancy of the office of the President, the Vice President will become the President and serve the remainder of the term of their predecessor.

D. Any other vacancy occurring on the MO-RID Board may be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining directors. Qualified individuals appointed to fill a vacancy shall be appointed for the remainder of the term of their predecessor. 

Section 8. Meetings of the MO-RID Directors

A. The MO-RID Board of Directors shall meet at least four times annually on dates and at locations selected by the MO-RID Board.

B. The agenda of MO-RID Board meetings will be prepared by the president and distributed to the MO-RID Board members at least one week prior to the meeting.

C. The president or, in the absence of the president, the vice president shall preside over meetings of the MO-RID Board. In the event that neither the president nor vice president are present and, providing that a majority of the remaining members are in attendance, a chairperson may be chosen by those members.

D. The secretary shall act as recording secretary at all meetings of the MO-RID Board. In the secretary’s absence, the presiding officer shall appoint a person as acting for the meeting.

E. All MO-RID Board meetings will be open to the membership and/or visitors, unless designated as “CLOSEDby the officers of the affiliate chapter.

F. Conference call or similar communication equipment may used to hold any meeting, regular or special, with a majority of the MO-RID Board present.

Section 9. Quorum

A majority of the MO-RID Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the MO-RID Board. Should less than a majority of directors attend a MO-RID Board meeting, the MO-RID Board can hold a discussion meeting with no voting or the meeting will be adjourned and rescheduled.

Section 10. Compensation

A.    The members of the MO-RID Board of Directors of the affiliate chapter shall receive no compensation for their services as directors.

B. The MO-RID Directors may be reimbursed by MO-RID for reasonable expenses incurred for the purpose of attending any regular, annual or special meetings of the MO-RID Board, and for reasonable expenses made for the purpose of doing MO-RID business.

Article V

Committees

Pending the MO-RID Board of Director’ approval, the president shall appoint and charge any committees, including standing, special and/or ad hoc, composed of voting and/or non-voting members in good standing. A majority of the entire committee shall constitute a quorum.

A.    Special/Ad Hoc: Shall be established and a chairperson appointed by the president when deemed necessary to carry on the work of MO-RID. Committees will serve until the assigned task(s) is completed, or when deemed no longer necessary by a majority decision of the MO-RID Board.

B.     Vacancies: Upon the MO-RID Board of Directors’ approval, the president shall appoint individuals who are members in Good standing to fill vacancies of committee chairpersons.  The committee chairperson shall have the authority to fill any vacancies on his / her committee.

Article VI

Meetings of Members

Section 1. Annual Business Meeting

An annual business meeting shall be held to conduct necessary business of MO-RID, and/or to provide a forum for the exchange of information among the members and the general public about the profession of interpreting.

A. Notice of the meeting shall be given to the members no less than 60 days prior to the date scheduled.

B. A committee shall be appointed by the president to plan the event, and chaired by an individual chosen by a majority vote of the MO-RID Board.

C. Conduct of meetings: Unless otherwise directed by the members, all meetings shall be conducted in accordance with the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised.

D. Quorum: Ten percent (10%) of the voting members determined by the membership roll of MO-RID thirty (30) days prior to the meeting.

Section 2. Special Meetings

Special meetings of the members may be called at any time by the MO-RID Board, or a written petition of not less than ten percent (10%) of the voting members. Written notice of the time and place of special meetings shall be given at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting.

Article VII

Fees, Dues and Assessments

In order to remain in good standing, a member must pay annual dues in amounts to be fixed by the MO-RID Board of Directors.

Article VIII

Fiscal Year of MO-RID

The fiscal year of MO-RID shall begin on the first day of July and end on the thirtieth day of June.

Article IX

Amendment of Bylaws

The bylaws may be amended or repealed by approval of two-thirds of the eligible voting members in attendance and voting during a regular, annual, or special meeting of the membership, or by mail referendum, with ninety (90) days prior notice. Amendments must be reviewed and approved by the bylaws committee prior to voting, or in the absence of a bylaws committee, by the MO-RID Board of Directors.

Article X

Dissolution of the Organization

Dissolution of the organization may occur by a recommendation of the Board of Directors and the approval of two-thirds of the voting members eligible and voting during a regular or special meeting of the membership. Distribution of assets upon dissolution of the organization will follow the procedure as specified in the Articles of Incorporation.

Article XI

Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern this chapter in all cases to which they are applicable and consistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) corporation may adopt.

Article XII

Notice of Affiliation

By claiming affiliation with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. the officers of the MO-RID affiliate chapter will abide by all requirements for affiliations as set forth by the national organization.