Wisconsin Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Bylaws
October 22, 2016

ARTICLE I. NAME AND OFFICIAL EMBLEM
Section 1. --- Name:
The name of this organization shall be the Wisconsin Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (hereafter-designated WisRID).
Section 2. --- Emblem:
The official emblem shall be a logo showing the outline of Wisconsin overlapping a hand with WisRID to the right of the logo.
Section 3. --- Publication:
A.    The WisRID Interpreter and the WisRID E-Interpreter (electronic) are the official publications of WisRID. The Executive Board shall decide frequency of its publication.
B.    The WisRID membership directory shall be published annually and will be published on the WisRID Website.

ARTICLE II. PURPOSE
Section 1. --- Principle Purpose:
The principle purposes of this organization are 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 in all modes.
Section 2. --- Objectives:
A.     To encourage and promote training opportunities for interpreters through:
1.      Cooperation with existing Interpreter Training/Preparation Programs in the education and development of oral and sign language interpreters.
2.      Continuing education through workshop and training series.
B.     To advocate for consistent interpretation of and compliance with the RID Code of Professional Conduct.
C.     To educate and promote public awareness to hearing, hard of hearing, D/deaf and deaf-blind consumers about the role and function of interpreters and the RID Code of Professional Conduct.
D.     To maintain a current listing of WisRID members along with their interpreting credentials. This list shall be made available to appropriate persons and/or agencies upon request.
E.     To provide communication networks and resources for and among professional interpreters.
F.     To work cooperatively with RID, Inc., the Wisconsin Association of the Deaf (WAD), Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH), and other entities that serve D/deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing communities to promote enhanced communication accessibility.
G.     To support and promote RID’s system of certification in order to strive for competent interpreter services.
H.     To advocate at an organizational level, for legislation which supports the rights of interpreters as well as D/deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing people.
I.      To disseminate information to the membership in a timely manner.
J.      To raise funds to support the purposes and activities of WisRID.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. --- Categories of Membership:
A.    Voting Members
 
1.    Regular Members
2.    Organizational Members
3.    Charter Members
4.    Honorary Members
B.    Non-voting Members

1.    Associate Members
2.    Student Members
3.    Charter Members
4.    Honorary Members
5.    Supporting Members 
Section 2. --- Eligibility:
A.     Regular Members are those individuals who have paid their annual dues to WisRID and are members in good standing with RID, Inc.
B.     Charter Members are those individuals who paid their dues on or before April 24, 1971 in support of the establishment of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. Their names shall appear on the final page of these Bylaws.
1.      Voting Charter Members are members in good standing with WisRID and RID, Inc.
2.      Non-voting Charter Members are members who have not paid WisRID dues.
C.     Honorary Members are those individuals whose long time membership to WisRID, long time service to the field and/or service to WisRID are honored by receiving lifelong free membership to WisRID. (Refer to WisRID’s Procedures manual for guidelines to how someone can be recommended for Honorary Membership.)
D.     Student Members are those pre-certified individuals currently enrolled in a course of study in interpretation of American Sign Language and English and/or the transliteration of English. (Refer to WisRID’s Procedures Manual for more information.)
E.      Organizational Members shall be any organization with an interest in supporting the purpose and activities of WisRID.
F.      Supporting Members are those individuals who are not interpreters or interpreting students. Supporting Members do not have voting rights or access to WisRID scholarships. Examples of Supporting Members include Deaf/Deaf-Blind/Hard-of-Hearing individuals (who are not Deaf Interpreters/Certified Deaf Interpreters), ASL students (who are not yet in the interpreter training program) as well as family and friends of WisRID Members.
Section 3. --- Voting Rights:
A.     Each voting member of WisRID shall be entitled to one (1) vote in meetings, referenda and elections. No proxy votes shall be accepted.
B.      Student Members shall not have voting privileges, with exception of voting for the Student Liaison to the Executive Board.  
C.     Each Organizational Membership shall have one (1) Primary Representative designated. The Organizational Primary Representative shall have one (1) vote in order to represent the wishes of the organization.  
Section 4. --- Fees and Dues:
A.     Each member in good standing must pay (within the time frame and on the conditions set by the WisRID Executive Board and these Bylaws) the annual dues in amounts to be determined by the Executive Board. The Executive Board shall not increase or decrease membership dues by more than ten percent (10%) without a majority vote of the membership either at the annual business meeting or by referendum.
B.     Dues shall be submitted to the WisRID Membership Secretary. Dues shall be payable by September 1st of each year to remain a member in good standing.
C.     First year members may qualify for prorated dues as determined by the Executive Board.
Section 5. --- Termination/Suspension of Membership:
A.     An individual's membership in WisRID can be terminated for the following reasons:
1.      For non-payment of dues.
2.      Upon finding cause and recommendation by the Board of Directors of RID, Inc. and/or the Executive Board of WisRID. The individual will automatically be suspended or expelled from WisRID until such time as the Executive Board has approved reinstatement of membership.
3.      Any member may terminate their membership by sending written notice to the Executive Board. Dues shall not be refunded.
Section 6. --- Reinstatement of Terminated /Suspended Members:
A.     Following completion of the suspension or expulsion period, terminated or suspended members of WisRID may apply for reinstatement of membership.
B.     Upon reapplication for membership and payment of appropriate fees/dues, a terminated or suspended member may be reinstated after further consideration and approval by the Executive Board.
Section 7. --- Change of Membership Category:
A.     A member may change their membership category at any time upon payment of appropriate fees/dues.

ARTICLE IV. EXECUTIVE BOARD
Section 1. --- Composition of the Executive Board:
A.     The number of positions shall be ten (10) unless and until the number of positions is changed by amendment to these Bylaws.
B.     The Executive Board shall consist of President, Vice President, Member-at-Large, Secretary, Treasurer, Immediate Past President, two (2) Trustees, W.A.D. Liaison, Student Liaison.
Section 2. --- Eligibility Requirements:
A.     All members of the Executive Board must be members in good standing with RID, Inc. as well as Voting Members in good standing with WisRID with the following exceptions:
1.      The Student Liaison is not required to be a Voting Member of WisRID.
B.     All members of the Executive Board are entitled to one (1) vote each, except the Immediate Past President who is not a voting member.
C.     No office shall be held by the same individual for more than four (4) consecutive years.
D.    All candidates for the Executive Board shall be members in good standing of WisRID for the full year preceding the election and also be a current member of RID, Inc.  The Student Liaison is not required to be a member of WisRID for a full year preceding the election.
Section 3. --- Terms of Office:
A.     The positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Trustees and Member-at-Large shall be elected every two (2) years.
1.      The President, Member-at-Large, Treasurer, and one (1) Trustee shall be elected in odd-numbered years.
2.      The Vice President, Secretary and one (1) Trustee shall be elected in even-numbered years.
B.     The former President will hold the office of Immediate Past President for a period of one (1) year, if and only if that person does not hold another office within the board. After one (1) year, the Immediate Past President vacates the office. The office of Immediate Past President may be vacant.
C.     The W.A.D. Liaison is appointed by the W.A.D. Board to serve a one (1) year term.
D.     The Student Liaison shall be elected annually by the entire membership. The slate of nominees shall include the Student Representatives appointed by the students from the Interpreter Training/Preparation Programs in Wisconsin.
Section 4. --- Duties:
A.     President
1.      Shall have general supervision of the direction and business affairs of the organization.
2.      Shall represent WisRID in all activities except those forbidden by law or by these Bylaws, or appoint a board member to represent WisRID in his/her place.
3.      Shall preside at all WisRID Board and Business meetings.
4.      Shall appoint all Standing and Ad Hoc committee chairpersons, (not specifically named in these Bylaws), appoint the parliamentarian for the annual Business meeting, appoint the WisRID Web Chair and appoint the Editor of the WisRID Interpreter and the WisRID E-Interpreter.
5.      Shall have the authority to delegate duties to any member of the Executive Board and WisRID Committees.
6.      Shall provide regular reports through the newsletter to the membership that includes the actions of the Executive Board, and national/regional presidential activities on behalf of WisRID.
B.       Vice President
1.    Shall fill the office of the President in the absence of the President, or shall fill the unexpired term of the President.
2.    Shall serve as an ex-officio member of all Standing Committees (with exception of the Nominating Committee) and all Ad Hoc Committees.
3.    Shall maintain a record of the bylaws and procedures of the organization.
4.    Shall serve as chair of the Rules Committee.
5.    Shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the WisRID Board.
C.     Member-At-Large
1.    Shall serve as chair of the Scholarship and Awards Committee.
2.    Shall keep a current list of Area Committees from the various regions of WisRID.
3.    Shall offer support to Area Committees and their members to coordinate local affiliate meetings and professional development events.
4.      Shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the WisRID Board.
D.     Secretary
1.      Shall keep the minutes of all Board and Business meetings.
2.      Shall give written notice of all business meetings to the membership via the Newsletter, WisRID E-Interpreter, or WisRID Website, or other means as determined by the WisRID Board.
3.      Shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the WisRID Board.
E.      Treasurer
1.      Shall keep accounts of all money collected and disbursed. This includes monitoring all committees' (where applicable) quarterly and fiscal year-end reports and Area Committees fiscal year-end reports.
2.      Shall close the books quarterly and prior to turning the books over to the newly elected Treasurer and submit these books for audit quarterly. The audits shall be done by the two (2) Trustees.
3.      Shall send an annual financial report to RID, Inc.
4.      Shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the WisRID Board.
F.      Immediate Past President
1.      Shall lend support to the President and advise the Executive Board.
2.      Shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the WisRID Board.
3.      Can attend board meetings as they desire.
G.     Trustees
1.      Shall audit the Treasurer's books quarterly and/or upon request by the President.
2.      Shall have such powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the WisRID Board.
H.     Wisconsin Association of the Deaf (W.A.D.) Liaison
1.      Shall function as a liaison between the WisRID Board and the Wisconsin Association of the Deaf.
2.      Shall function as an advisor on WisRID issues, especially issues pertaining to persons who are deaf and hard of hearing.
3.      Shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the WisRID Board.
I.      Student Liaison
1.      Shall be a representative from an Interpreter Training/Preparation Program in Wisconsin.
2.      Shall serve as the Boards liaison to the student's representatives from the Interpreter Training/Preparation Programs in Wisconsin.
3.      Shall function as an advisor on WisRID issues, especially issues pertaining to student interpreters.
4.      Shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the WisRID Board.
ARTICLE V. ADDITIONAL VOTED POSITION
Section 1. --- Membership Secretary:
A.     Shall be a WisRID member in good standing.
B.     Shall be held for a two (2) year term.
C.     Shall collect dues and fees and forward to the Treasurer for deposit into the WisRID general account.
D.     Shall maintain a record of current members.
E.     Shall send to RID, Inc. an annual list of WisRID members in good standing.
F.      Shall send a membership roster indicating interpreting credentials, dues status, and other statistical information.
G.     Shall send labels to committees and WisRID Area Committees within two (2) weeks of the request.
ARTICLE VI. ELECTIONS
Section 1. --- Elections:
A.     Only Voting Members may nominate someone for office.
B.    Plurality vote (by secret ballot) of those eligible and voting shall determine all elections. Candidates running for a position that is uncontested may be elected by acclamation. (Refer to the WisRID Procedures Manual for more information regarding nominations.)
C.     Elections will take place annually.
Section 2. --- Vacancies:
A.     Vacancies on the Executive Board shall exist upon death, resignation, or whenever the number of Board members is increased by amendment to these Bylaws.
B.     Board members may resign by giving written notice to the Executive Board.
C.     Vacancies will be filled by presidential appointment contingent upon approval by the Executive Board.

ARTICLE VII. MEETINGS
Section 1. --- Meetings (of Executive Board):
A.     The Executive Board shall meet a minimum of four (4) times per year.
B.     Any WisRID member may attend any of these meetings, and participate in discussion but not motion or vote.
C.     The Executive Board can make motions, hold discussions, and vote on issues through electronic means of communication. The online discussion and voting must satisfy the quorum (50% of filled Board positions) for board meetings.
D.     The Board shall hold an annual business meeting once per calendar year. The President shall be responsible for preparing the agenda for the meeting.
E.      The annual state conference shall be held once per calendar year.
F.      The President may call a special meeting, by a majority vote of the Executive Board, or by written request of at least ten (10) regular members. The Secretary shall give written notice to the members to be postmarked at least fourteen (14) days in advance of the special meeting.
Section 2. --- Quorum:
A.     A quorum shall consist of twenty percent (20%) of the voting membership and fifty percent (50%) of the filled Board positions.  
B.     A majority vote of members voting prevails.

ARTICLE VIII. COMMITTEES
Upon the Executive Board's approval, the President shall appoint any committees, including Standing, Special and/or Ad Hoc Committees, composed of at least three (3) voting members in good standing to serve for a specified term. Any vacancies in the membership of any committee that are filled will follow the same procedures. (Refer to WisRID's Procedures Manual for more information.)

ARTICLE IX. AMENDMENTS
The Bylaws may be amended or repealed by approval of two-thirds majority of the voting members of WisRID during an annual Business Meeting. However, any amendment that would materially or adversely affect the rights of a specific category must be approved by a two-thirds majority vote of the members voting from the affected category present at the annual Business Meeting.

ARTICLE X. NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY
WisRID shall not discriminate in matters of membership on the basis of age, creed, disability, ethnicity, hearing status, vision status, national origin, race, gender, or sexual orientation.

ARTICLE XI. DISSOLUTION
Upon the dissolution of the corporation, the Executive Board for the corporation shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all liabilities of the corporation, dispose of all the assets of the corporation to the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.  

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WisRID HONORARY MEMBERS
Robert Horgen *x
Kenneth F. Huff *x
David O. Watson x
Evelyn Zola *x
Eve Dicker-Eiseman
* Deaf or hard of hearing 
x deceased
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WisRID CHARTER MEMBERS
Members on or before April 24, 1971
Rosa Birdsall
Beth Clark
Jean Clarkson
Eleanor Collins x
Waldo Cordano *x
Eva Barash Dicker
Leo Dicker x
Evelyn Gant x
Irving Goff
Sally Henley
Robert Horgen *x
Kenneth Huff x
Rev. Martin Kosche x
Norma Letourneau x
Rev. Dale Miller x
Rev. Hedy Miller x
Judith Grace Scott
Belle Mae Sullivan x
Lucile Taylor (Olson)x
Evelyn Zola *x
Phillip Zola *x
* Deaf or hard of hearing 
x deceased
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ADDENDUM
1.    Membership termination/suspended for non-payment of dues:
A.     Persons who have not paid their dues, within thirty (30) days of due date, shall result in termination of membership. A completed membership application with the current year membership dues will reinstate the member.
2.    Reinstatement Policy
A.     Membership termination/suspended upon finding cause.
B.     Persons who have had their membership removed/suspended because of having been convicted of crimes against the association or because they were respondents to civil lawsuits with the association, may petition for membership reinstatement the Executive Board upon completion of the following:
1.    Proof of acceptable restitution to the organization
2.    Proof of satisfaction of court sentencing order, and:
3.    Documentation of completion of any additional stipulations required by the Executive Board.