Potomac Chapter

of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf



BYLAWS

PCRID Bylaws: 

Amended and Restated December 7, 2019


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Article I
Name and Principal Office

  1. Name. The name of this corporation will be the Potomac Chapter, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (“PCRID”), as set forth in the Articles of Incorporation filed with the State of Maryland.

  2. Principal Office. The principal office of PCRID will be designated by the Board of Directors.

Article II

Purposes

A. Purposes. The purposes of PCRID are set forth in the Articles of Incorporation. Additionally, PCRID will 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. Primary activities will provide:

  1. opportunities for professional development of the members; and 

  2. a forum for the exchange of information among the members and the general public about the profession of interpreting.

Article III 

Membership
A.  Eligibility. Any organization or individual who shares in PCRID’s

Purposes may become a member of PCRID upon submission of an online application and payment of dues for the appropriate membership category.

Dues. The Board of Directors will set the dues schedule. Notification of any changes in dues will be given to the Membership at least 60 days prior to implementation.

  1. A member who has paid the established dues for the current Membership Year will be considered a member in good standing.

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

  3. The full membership fee will be charged regardless of when in the year a member joins.

  1. Categories of Membership.

1. Voting Members:

a. Certified. A PCRID member who is a Certified member in good standing of the national Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (“RID”).

b. Associate. A PCRID member who is an Associate member in good standing of RID.

c. Student. A PCRID member who is:

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  1. currently enrolled in an interpreting degree program at a college or university, and

  2. a Student member in good standing of RID.

2. Non-Voting Members:

  1. Organization. An organization or business.

  2. Supporting. A PCRID member who is not a Certified, Associate, or Student member of RID.

  1. Membership Renewal.

    1. Sixty days prior to the end of the membership year, PCRID will send all current members a renewal reminder for the upcoming membership year.

    2. Dues will be paid by each member, directly to PCRID.

    3. Members whose dues are received and paid by July 31st for that membership year will not be considered delinquent.

  2. Membership Termination.

    1. Suspension or Expulsion for Cause. Any member whose membership is suspended or revoked for cause by the Board of Directors, the Ethical Practices System, or the Certification Council of RID will automatically be suspended or expelled from PCRID until membership can be reinstated.

    2. Non-Payment of Dues. Failure to pay dues by July 31st of that membership year will result in termination of membership.

    3. Resignation. Any member may resign before the expiration of membership by surrendering their membership card to PCRID.

      1. Resignation invalidates all rights and privileges of PCRID membership.

      2. Membership dues are non-refundable. The resigning member will remain culpable for all accrued dues or charges unpaid.

  3. Appeals. Suspension or revocation of membership may be appealed to the Board of Directors of PCRID.

  4. Reinstatement.

    1. Reinstatement Following Suspension or Expulsion for Cause. Upon notice of reinstatement of membership from the Board of Directors, a former member may apply for reinstatement.

    2. Reinstatement Following Termination for Non-Payment of Dues or Resignation. Upon reapplying for membership and paying dues for the current year, a member will be reinstated.

    3. Application for Reinstatement. A former member who satisfies the requirements of reinstatement may apply by submitting an application to the Board of Directors with the appropriate fees. Upon receipt of the application and fees, membership will be reinstated, and all rights and privileges will resume.

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  1. Transfer of Membership. PCRID membership is non-transferable.

  2. Change of Membership Category. Members may change their membership status by contacting PCRID and paying the appropriate fees at the time of request.

    Article IV Meetings of Members

  1. Annual Meeting.

    1. 1  The Annual Meeting of the members of PCRID will be held at a date and time determined by the Board of Directors.

    2. 2  The primary purposes of this Annual Meeting are to: a. elect Directors to the Board;
      b. elect Executive Officers of the Board;
      c. conduct necessary business; and

      d. transact any other business as might come before PCRID.

    3. 3  A committee will be appointed by the President to plan the Annual Meeting and chaired by an individual chosen by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

  2. Special Meetings. The President will call a special meeting of the members as directed by resolution of the Board of Directors or upon a written petition signed by at least 10% of the voting members. No business will be transacted at a special meeting except as stated in the notice.

  3. Notice of Meetings.

    1. Annual Meeting. Notice will be in writing and delivered at least 60 days before the day of the meeting.

    2. Special Meetings. Notice will state that it is a special meeting being called and may be given orally or in writing at least 15 days prior to the meeting time.

    3. Written notice of meetings being called may be delivered by electronic transmission.

    4. Failure of notice to any member will not invalidate the meeting or any action taken at the meeting.

  4. Place of Meetings. The Board of Directors may designate any place within Maryland or the District of Columbia as the place of meeting for any Annual Meeting or Special Meeting.

  5. Voting Rights and Requirements.

1. Certified. Certified members in good standing with PCRID and RID will have one vote on all matters open to vote.

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  1. Associate. Associate members in good standing with PCRID and RID will have one vote on all matters open to the Membership except those pertaining to evaluation and certification.

  2. Student. Student members in good standing with PCRID and RID will have one vote on all matters open to the Membership that specifically deal with PCRID interests only and do not pertain to evaluation and certification.

  1. Quorum. At meetings of the Membership, a quorum will consist of:

    1. 50% of the Board of Directors, present and in person, and

    2. 10% of the voting members in good standing, present and in person. Voting members will be determined by the membership roll of PCRID 30 days prior to the meeting.

  2. Proxies. PCRID does not issue or honor proxies.

    Article V Board of Directors

  1. Classes. There will be only one class of Directors.

  2. Composition.

    1. The affairs of PCRID will be governed by a Board of Directors (the “Board”), which will be composed of at least three persons and no more than 10 persons, all of who will be qualified voting members of PCRID.

    2. The immediate past President, if no longer a Director, may serve as a non-voting, ex officio member of the Board for one term.

  3. Powers. Subject to the limitations of the Articles of Incorporation, other sections of these Bylaws, and Maryland law, the Board will have the power to:

    1. conduct, manage, and control the affairs and business of PCRID;

    2. make rules and regulations to govern PCRID;

    3. prescribe Officer powers and duties;

    4. borrow money or incur indebtedness for the purposes of PCRID, and for that purpose to cause to be executed and delivered, in PCRID’s name, bonds, debentures, deeds of trust, mortgages, pledges, or other evidence of debt; and

    5. establish and abolish liaisons with other organizations.

  4. Election.

1. At each Annual Meeting of the Membership, Directors to serve for the ensuing year will be elected by the Membership. Terms will commence on January 1st of the year immediately following said Annual Meeting.

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  1. A call for nominations will be made to the Membership no less than 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting. Nominations may also be made by an eligible voting member, present and in person, at the Annual Meeting.

  2. Members seeking election must be members in good standing of PCRID and RID and be nominated and seconded by members in good standing of PCRID.

  1. Vacancies.

    1. Vacancies on the Board will occur upon resignation, removal, or death of any Director, or when the number of Board positions is increased by amendment to these Bylaws or the Charter of PCRID.

    2. Any vacancy occurring on the Board may be filled by affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining Directors.

    3. Individuals appointed to fill a vacancy will be appointed for the remainder of the term of their predecessor.

  2. Limitations. Directors will not concurrently serve as an elected officer on the national Board of Directors of RID.

  3. Compensation.

    1. The members of the Board will have no compensation for their services as Directors.

    2. The Directors may be reimbursed by PCRID for reasonable expenses incurred for attending any regular, annual, or special meetings, and for reasonable expenses made for doing PCRID business.

  4. Term. Each Director will hold office for a term of two years. No person will serve more than two consecutive full terms on the Board. After serving the maximum time allowed, a person may again serve after being off the Board for one year.

  5. Removal. Any Director may be removed from office, with or without the assignment of any cause, by a majority vote of the Directors in office at any meeting of the Board convened in compliance with these Bylaws, provided that written notice of the intention to consider removal of such Director has been included in the notice of the meeting. No Director will be removed without having the opportunity to be heard at such meeting, but no formal hearing procedure need be followed.

  6. Resignation. A Director may resign upon submitting at least two-week prior written notice to the President or to the other Directors, if the resigning Director is the President. Written notice may be delivered by electronic transmission. Failure to attend three consecutive Board meetings without excuse will constitute a resignation from the Board.

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Article VI Officers of the Board

  1. Officer Positions. The Officers will consist of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and such other officers the Board may from time to time appoint to have authority and perform the duties prescribed by the Board.

  2. Elections.

    1. Officers will be elected by voting members of PCRID during the Annual Meeting preceding the expiration of the term of office whose position the members seek to fill. Their terms of office will commence on January 1st of the year immediately following said Annual Meeting.

    2. A call for nominations will be made to the Membership no less than 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting. Nominations may also be made by an eligible voting member, present and in person, at the Annual Meeting.

    3. Qualifications. A Board Director seeking election as an Officer must be a member in good standing of PCRID and RID and be nominated and seconded by members in good standing of PCRID.

a. President. A Director seeking election as President will have the additional qualifications of being a Certified member of PCRID for at least two years prior to nomination and a member of RID for at least two years prior to nomination.

C. Vacancies. Any vacancy occurring in any office, for whatever reason, will be filled by the Board, and any Director so elected will fulfill the term of their predecessor.

  1. Terms.

    1. Terms of office for the President and Secretary will be two years. Terms will commence on January 1st of odd numbered years.

    2. Terms of office for Vice President and Treasurer will be two years. Terms will commence on January 1st of even numbered years.

    3. No Officer will serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office. After serving the maximum time allowed, a Director may again serve as an Officer after being off the Board for one year.

  2. Removal. Any Officer may be removed from office, with or without the assignment of any cause, by a majority vote of the Directors in office at any meeting of the Board convened in compliance with these Bylaws, provided that written notice of the intention to consider removal of such Officer has been included in the notice of the meeting. No Officer will be removed without having the opportunity to be heard at such meeting, but no formal hearing procedure need be followed.

  3. Resignation. An Officer may resign upon submitting at least two-week prior written notice to the President or to the other Directors, if the resigning Director is the President. Written notice may be delivered by electronic transmission. Failure to attend three consecutive Board meetings without excuse will constitute a resignation from the Board.

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  1. General Duties. The Officers of the Board will have the following general duties:

    1. To perform all duties imposed on them by Maryland law, the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, and as directed by the Membership.

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

    3. To approve an annual budget for the maintenance and operation of PCRID.

  2. Authority and Duties. The Officers will have the authority and responsibilities delegated by the Board and members as follows:

    1. President.

      1. The President will have general supervision and direction of the affairs of

        PCRID and other duties as prescribed by the Board or the Membership.

      2. The President will preside at and conduct all meetings of the Board and of the Executive Committee.

      3. The President will set the agenda and conduct the Annual Meeting business meeting and any special meetings of the Membership.

      4. The President will have co-signature responsibility with the Treasurer on all checks and warrants for the withdrawal of PCRID funds.

      5. The President may sign all contracts and agreements in the name of PCRID after they have been approved by the Board.

      6. The President will serve as the representative of PCRID in meetings and discussions with other organizations and agencies, and otherwise perform all of the duties which are ordinarily the function of the office.

      7. The President may reallocate Officer duties to other Directors to accommodate vacancies or overburdened Officers.

    2. Vice President.

      1. The Vice President will perform the duties of the President if the President is unable to do so or is absent.

      2. The Vice President may perform such other tasks as may be assigned by the Board or Membership, and, at the request of the President, assist in the performance of the duties of the President.

    3. Secretary.

      1. The Secretary will keep a full and accurate record of the proceedings of

        the Board and any meetings of the Membership.

      2. The Secretary will make available minutes of the previous meeting and distribute them in advance of each meeting.

      3. The Secretary will deliver all notices of meetings to those persons entitled to vote at such meetings.

      4. The Secretary will maintain the minutes and a current listing, with contact information, of the Directors at the office of PCRID.

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  1. The Secretary will maintain the records of PCRID, handle all official correspondence of PCRID, and oversee the logistics of all meetings.

  2. The Secretary will oversee all manner of communication to the Membership and the broader community and provide periodic reports on communications to the Board.

  3. The Secretary may perform such other tasks as may be assigned by the Board or Membership.

  1. Treasurer.

    1. The Treasurer will ensure there is timely and adequate management of

      financial resources and reporting to enable the Board to monitor PCRID’s financial resources.

    2. The Treasurer will advise the Board of any significant financial matters that require action by the Board.

    3. If required, the Treasurer will ensure that the Board engages a qualified auditor for an annual examination of the financial statements.

    4. The Treasurer will oversee the Certification Maintenance Program and budgets for all programs (e.g., Annual Conference Committee, Professional Development Committee).

    5. The Treasurer will supervise the receipt and safekeeping of all funds of PCRID and deposit them in the bank or banks that may be designated by the Board.

    6. The Treasurer will have co-signature responsibility with the President for signing checks and warrants for the withdrawal of corporate funds.

    7. The Treasurer may perform such other tasks as may be assigned by the Board or Membership.

  2. Other Officers. Other Officers appointed by the Board will perform such duties as may be specified by the Board, the Membership, or by Officers given authority over them. Some of the duties that may be delegated are:

a. b. c.

If the committees are created, overseeing the Professional Development Committee and the Mentorship Committee, and providing periodic reports on professional development activities to the Board.

Overseeing membership services, such as recruitment, retention, and membership records, and providing periodic reports on membership services to the Board.

Overseeing the various liaisons to community organizations, serving as the liaison to organizational members, overseeing PCRID’s advocacy efforts, and providing periodic reports on outreach efforts to the Board.

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Article VII Meetings of the Board

  1. Regular Meetings. The Board will meet at least four times annually on dates and at locations selected by the Board. Regular meetings may be scheduled more often by the President. The agenda will be prepared by the President and distributed to the Board members at least one week prior to the meeting.

  2. Special Meetings. Special meetings of the Board will be held at any time and at any place when called by the President or by at least three Directors or 25% of the Directors, whichever is greater. Business transacted at special meetings will be confined to the purposes of the meeting stated in the notice of the meeting.

  3. Notice of Meetings:

    1. Regular Meetings. Notice will be in writing and delivered at least 30 days before the day of the meeting.

    2. Special Meetings. Notice will state that it is a special meeting being called and may be given orally or in writing at least 48 hours prior to the meeting time.

    3. Written notice of meetings being called may be delivered by electronic transmission.

    4. Failure of notice to any member will not invalidate the meeting or any action taken at the meeting.

  4. Executive Session. At any meeting of the Board, where a quorum is present, the Board may, by a majority vote, decide to enter an executive session in which only voting Directors may be present. The decision to enter executive session will be recorded in the minutes, and actions taken may be recorded in the minutes. Executive session minutes may be kept separately and confidentially, and need not include the discussion, only actions taken.

  5. Quorum. At meetings of the Board, a quorum will consist of 51% of the Directors then serving, present and in person.

  6. Voting. Except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws, decisions of the Board will be by majority vote of those present, assuming a quorum, but not less than one-third of the Directors then serving. Each Director will have one vote. Directors may vote only in person. There will be no proxy voting.

  7. Remote Participation.

1. Directors may participate in Board meetings and vote on matters discussed therein by means of a remote electronic communications system, including video conferencing technology, the Internet, or similar communications equipment, only if:

a. b.

each Director entitled to participate in the meeting consents to the meeting being held by means of that system; and

all persons participating in the meeting can communicate with each other at the same time.

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2. Participation by such means will constitute in person presence of the Director at the meeting.

  1. Action Without Meeting. Any action which may be properly taken by the Board assembled in a meeting may also be taken without a meeting, if written unanimous consent is given by all the Directors entitled to vote with respect to the action. Written consent may be given by electronic transmission. Such consent will have the same force and effect as a vote of the Directors assembled in a meeting and will be filed with the minutes.

  2. Open Board Meetings. All Board meetings will be open to the Membership and visitors, unless designated as a closed meeting by the President.

  3. Interpreters. Board meetings will be interpreted upon request. Requests for interpreters must be placed at least two weeks prior to the meeting date. Requests placed less than two weeks before the meeting will be honored if possible, but not guaranteed.

    Article VIII Committees

  1. Creation.

    1. The Board may create committees with such powers as it deems necessary to have, including any standing committees and special committees.

    2. Each committee will include at least one Directors.

  2. Term.

    1. For standing committees, each committee will be discontinued when deemed no longer necessary by a majority vote of the Board.

    2. For special committees, each committee will be given a specific charge and term, and no special committee will have a term extending beyond one year unless reappointed.

  3. Limitations. The Board may not delegate to committees the following powers:

    1. the power to amend the Bylaws;

    2. the power to hire or fire chief executives;

    3. the power to amend the Articles of Incorporation;

    4. the power to approve dissolution, merger, or transfer of assets of PCRID; and

    5. the power to take any action that requires approval of the Board by law.

  4. Appointments. The President may appoint persons to chair and serve on created committees and may appoint persons who are not Directors of PCRID to those committees. All such appointments must be approved by the Board either prior to the appointment or be ratified at the next Board meeting.

  5. Quorum. A majority of the entire committee will constitute a quorum.

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  1. Record. Committee minutes must reflect any action taken by the committee on behalf of the Board, must be shared with the Board, and must become part of the corporate record.

  2. Committees.

1. Executive Committee. The Executive Committee will consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

  1. The Executive Committee will develop recommendations with respect to various matters pertaining to the affairs of PCRID and will report such recommendations to the Board for action.

  2. In instances where special circumstances require expeditious action between meetings of the Board, the Executive Committee will have the power to take the necessary actions, subject to any prior limitation imposed by the Board.

  3. The minutes of the Executive Committee will include a summary of the circumstances requiring any expeditious action taken by the Executive Committee and the minutes will be submitted to the Board.

    Article IX Conflict of Interest

  1. The Board will adopt a conflict of interest policy that covers Board members, staff members, and volunteers with significant decision-making authority with respect to the resources of PCRID.

  2. The conflict of interest policy will identify the types of conduct or transactions that raise conflict of interest concerns, set forth procedures for disclosure of actual or potential conflicts, and provide for review of individual transactions by the uninvolved Directors.

  3. Approval by the disinterested Directors will be by majority vote of the Directors in attendance at a meeting at which a quorum is present.

  4. An interested party will not be counted for purposes of determining whether a quorum is present, nor for purposes of determining what constitutes a majority vote of Directors in attendance.

  5. The policy must require that the minutes of the meeting will reflect that the conflict disclosure was made, the vote taken and, where applicable, the abstention from voting and participation by the interested party.

    Article X Amendments

A. 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, where a quorum is present, or by mail or electronic referendum.

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  1. Notice of the proposed amendment will be in writing and delivered at least 90 days before the day of the meeting or referendum deadline. Written notice may be delivered by electronic transmission.

  2. Any proposed amendment must be submitted in writing to the Board to be reviewed and approved prior to voting by the Membership. Proposed amendments may be delivered by electronic transmission.

    Article XI Miscellaneous

  1. Corporate Records.

    1. PCRID will keep correct and complete books and records of account and will also keep minutes of the proceedings of the Board, and all committees, and will keep at the Principal Office of PCRID a record of the names and addresses of the Directors as well as its Articles of Incorporation, current Bylaws, and Board approved policies.

    2. PCRID will make available to the public its application to the IRS for tax exempt status, its IRS determination letter, and its most recently filed IRS form 990.

    3. All books and records of PCRID may be inspected by any Director within three business days of written request. Written request may be delivered by electronic transmission.

  2. Dissolution. In the event of the dissolution of PCRID, its assets will be distributed in accordance with the Articles of Incorporation.

  3. Exoneration. To the fullest extent permitted by Maryland or federal law, no Director or Officer of PCRID will be personally liable to PCRID or its members for money damages. Board members will not be automatically exonerated in the case of intentional misconduct. No amendment of the Articles of Incorporation or repeal of any of its provisions will limit or eliminate the benefits provided to Directors and Officers under this provision with respect to any act or omission which occurred prior to such amendment or repeal.

  4. Fiscal Year. The fiscal year of PCRID will begin on July 1st and end on June 30th.

  5. Indemnification. PCRID will indemnify its Directors and Officers to the fullest extent permitted by Maryland and federal law, including the payment of related legal expenses.

  6. Insurance: The Board will evaluate PCRID’s needs for insurance coverage as appropriate for its activities, including, but not limited to, general liability insurance and directors and officers liability insurance.

  7. Non-Discrimination. PCRID will not discriminate against any person based on age, sex, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or political or religious opinion or affiliation in any of its policies, procedures, or practices.

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  1. Parliamentary Authority. The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised will govern PCRID where they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws or with the governing documents of RID.

  2. Signature Authority. All checks, notes, acceptances, and orders for payment of money will be signed by any individual authorized by the Board as described in PCRID’s financial policies or in these Bylaws. All contracts, leases, and deeds of any kind will be signed by the President, Vice President, or any other agent of PCRID designated by the Board.


PCRID BYLAWS: Preceding December 7, 2019

Article I     Name

The name of this corporation shall be the Potomac Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (PCRID).

 

Article II     Objective

The principal objective shall be to 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.

 

Article III     Membership

Section 1.     Categories of Membership

 

A.     Voting Members

1. Certified:  A PCRID member who is a Certified member in good standing of RID.

2. Associate:  A PCRID member who is an Associate member in good standing of RID.

3. Student:  A PCRID member who is currently enrolled in an interpreting degree program at a college or university AND who is also a student member in good standing of RID.

 

B. Non-Voting Members

1. Organizational:  An organization or business.

2. Supporting:  A PCRID member who is not a Certified, Associate, or Student member of RID.

 

Section 2.     Eligibility

A. Application for Membership

Those interested in membership may submit an application online and send the correct dues for the appropriate membership category. Upon receipt, a confirmation will be sent.

 

B. Annual Dues

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

1. A member who has paid the established annual dues for the current membership year shall be considered a member in good standing.

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

 

C.     Renewal of Membership

The Membership Coordinator shall, sixty (60) days prior to the end of the membership year, send all current members a renewal reminder for the upcoming membership year. Annual dues shall be paid by each member, directly to the corporation. Members whose dues are received and paid by July 31st for that membership year shall not be considered delinquent. The full membership fee will be charged regardless of when in the year a member joins.


Section 3.     Voting Rights and Requirements

A. Certified members in good standing with this corporation and with RID shall have one vote on all matters open to vote.

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

C. Student members in good standing with this corporation and with RID shall have one vote on all matters open to membership vote that specifically deal with PCRID interests only and do not pertain to evaluation and certification.

D. Organizational and Supporting members hold a non-voting status.

E. PCRID does not issue or honor proxies.

 

Section 4.     Termination of Membership

A. Suspension or expulsion for cause

Any member whose membership is suspended or revoked for cause by the Board of Directors, the Ethical Practices System and/or the Certification Council of RID will automatically be suspended or expelled from the Chapter until such time as membership can be reinstated.

B. Non-payment of dues

Failure to pay annual dues by July 31st of that membership year shall result in termination of membership.

C. Resignation 

Any member may resign before the expiration of membership by surrendering their membership card to the Membership Coordinator.  Resignation invalidates all rights and privileges of Chapter membership.  Membership dues are non-refundable and the resigning member will remain culpable for any and all accrued dues or charges unpaid.

D. Appeals

Suspension or revocation of membership may be appealed to the Board of Directors of this Chapter.

 

Section 5.     Reinstatement

A. Reinstatement following Suspension or Expulsion for Cause

Upon notice of reinstatement of membership from the Board of Directors, a former member may apply for reinstatement.

B. Reinstatement Following Termination for Non-Payment of Dues or Resignation

Upon re-application for membership and payment of annual dues for the current year, a member shall be reinstated.

C. APPLICATION FOR REINSTATEMENT 

A former member who satisfies the requirements of reinstatement may apply by submitting an application form to the 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 6.     Transfer of Membership

Chapter membership is non-transferable.

 

Section 7.     Change of Membership Category

Members may change their membership status by contacting the Membership Coordinator and paying any and all fees at time of request.

 

Article IV     Directors

Section 1.     Composition of the board of Directors

The Board of Directors shall consist of a President, Director of Communication, Director of Professional Development, Director of Meetings, Treasurer, Director of Membership, and Director of Community Relations.


Section 2.     Powers and Limitations

A. Powers

1. To prescribe officers powers and duties consistent with law, the Articles of Incorporation, and these Bylaws; and fix their compensation.

2. 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.

3. To borrow money or incur indebtedness for the purposes of the corporation and for that purpose to cause to be executed and delivered, in the corporate name, bonds, debentures, deeds of trust, mortgages, pledges, or other evidence of debt.

4. To establish/abolish liaisons with other organizations.

B. Limitations

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


Section 3.     Duties

A. General Duties

1. To perform any and all duties imposed on them by law, the Articles of Incorporation, these Bylaws, or as directed by the membership.

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

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

 

B. Officers

1. President

The President shall have general supervision and direction of the affairs of the corporation and other duties as prescribed by the Board or the membership.  The President can also appoint any committees, including standing, special and/or ad hoc, composed of voting members in good standing. The President will have co-signature responsibility with the Treasurer on all checks and warrants for the withdrawal of corporate funds. And the President will set the agenda and conduct all Board meetings, the annual conference business meeting(s), and any special meetings of the membership.

 2. Director of Communication

In the absence of the President, The Director of Communication shall perform all the duties of the President and in so acting, shall have all the powers of the President. The Director of Communication shall oversee all manner of communication to the membership and the broader community, provide periodic reports on communications to the Board of Directors and have other powers and duties as prescribed by the Board and/or the membership.

3. Director of Professional Development

The Director of Professional Development shall oversee the professional development committee and the mentorship committee, provide periodic reports on professional development activities to the Board of Directors and have other powers and duties as prescribed by the Board and/or the membership.

4. Director of Meetings

The Director of Meetings shall keep a full and accurate record of the proceedings of the Board and annual and/or special business meetings of the membership, maintain the records of the corporation, handle all official correspondence of the corporation, oversee the logistics of all meetings (including the annual conference), and have other powers and duties as prescribed by the Board and/or the membership.

5. Treasurer

The Treasurer shall oversee the Certification Maintenance Program and budgets for all programs (e.g. Annual Conference Committee, Professional Development Committee), 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 Board. The Treasurer will have co-signature responsibility with the President for signing checks and warrants for the withdrawal of corporate funds, provide periodic reports on financial standing to the Board of Directors and have other powers and duties as prescribed by the board and/or the membership.

6. Director of Membership

The Director of Membership shall oversee membership services, such as recruitment, retention, and membership records, provide periodic reports on membership services to the Board of Directors and have other powers and duties as prescribed by the board and/or the membership.

 7. Director of Community Relations

The Director of Community Relations shall oversee the various liaisons to community organizations, serve as the liaison to organizational members, oversee the corporation’s advocacy efforts, provide periodic reports on outreach efforts to the community to the Board of Directors and have other powers and duties as prescribed by the board and/or the membership.

 

Section 4.     Qualifications

Each officer serving on the Board of Directors of the corporation must be a member of this affiliate chapter as well as a member of RID, Inc.  In addition, the President shall have been a member of the corporation and a member of RID for at least two years prior to serving.

A. Terms of office for the President, Director of Professional Development, Director of Meetings and Director of Community Relations shall be two years. Terms shall commence on January 1st of odd numbered years.

B. Terms of office for the Director of Membership, Director of Communications, and Treasurer shall be two years. Terms shall commence on January 1st of even numbered years.

 

Section 5.     Nominations and Elections

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

B. Members seeking election must be members in good standing of the affiliate chapter and RID; and be nominated and seconded by members in good standing of the affiliate chapter.

C. Officers and Members at Large shall be elected by voting members of the affiliate chapter during the annual business meeting preceding the expiration of the term of office whose position the members seek to fill.  Their terms of office shall commence on January 1st of the year immediately following said election.

 

Section 6.     Vacancies

Vacancies on the 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 of the Charter of the corporation.

A. Resignation

Any Officer or Member at Large may resign upon giving at least two-week prior written notice to the President or Director of Meetings.

B. Appointment to fill a vacancy

Any vacancy occurring on the Board may be filled by affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining directors.

C. Individuals appointed to fill a vacancy shall be appointed for the remainder of the term of their predecessor.

 

Section 7.     Meeting of Directors

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

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

C. Meetings of the Board shall be presided over by the President or, in the absence of the President, by the Director of Membership.

D. The Director of Meetings shall act as a recording secretary at all meetings of the Board. In the absence of the Director of Meetings, the Presiding Officer shall appoint a person as acting for the meeting.

E. All Board meetings will be open to the membership and/or visitors, unless designated as such by the Officers of the affiliate chapter.

F. Interpreters:  Board meetings will be interpreted upon request.  Requests for interpreters must be placed at least two weeks prior to the meeting date. Requests placed less than two weeks before the meeting will be honored if possible, but not guaranteed.

G. Any meeting, regular or special, with a majority of the Board present may be held by conference call or similar communication equipment.

 

Section 8.     Quorum

A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Board.  Should fewer than a majority of Directors attend a Board meeting, the meeting will be adjourned and rescheduled.

 

Section 9.     Compensation

A. The members of the Board of Directors of the affiliate chapter shall have no compensation for their services as Directors.

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

 

Article V     Committees

Upon the Board of Director’s approval, the President shall appoint and charge any committees, including standing, special and/or ad hoc, composed of voting members in good standing.  A majority of the entire committee shall constitute a quorum.

A. Standing

The number of standing committees will vary depending on the needs of the Chapter.  They shall be appointed by the President when deemed necessary, or be discontinued when deemed no longer necessary by a majority decision of the Board.

 B. Special/Ad Hoc

Shall be appointed by the President when deemed necessary to carry out the work of the affiliate chapter.  Committees will serve until the assigned task(s) is completed, or when deemed no longer necessary by a majority decision of the Board.

 C. Vacancies

Upon the Board of Directors’ approval, the President shall appoint individuals who are voting members in good standing to fill committee vacancies.

 

Article VI     Meetings of Members

Section 1.     Annual Conference

An annual conference shall be held for the purpose of providing an opportunity for professional development of the members, to conduct necessary business of the affiliate chapter, and/or provide a forum for the exchange of information among the members and the general public on/about the profession of interpreting.  Notice of the meeting shall be given to the members no less than 60 days prior to the date scheduled.  A committee shall be appointed by the President to plan the event, and chaired by an individual chosen by a majority vote of the Board.

A. Conduct of Meetings

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

B. Quorum

Ten percent (10%) of the voting members determined by the membership roll of the affiliate chapter thirty (30) days prior to the meeting.

 

Section 2.     Special Meetings

Special meetings of the members may be called at any time by the Board, or by 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 30 days prior to the meeting.

 

Section 3.     Place of Meetings

The Board may designate any place within Maryland or the District of Columbia as the place of meeting for any annual or special 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 Board of Directors.

 

Article VIII     Fiscal Year of the Corporation

The fiscal year of the corporation 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 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 Board of Directors.

 

Article X     Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall govern PCRID in cases in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws or with the governing documents of RID.


–Revised 2014–

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