Constitution and Bylaws of the
Mississippi Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
This organization shall be known as the Mississippi Chapter of Registry of
Interpreters for the Deaf (MSRID). The area of this Chapter shall include the State of
It is the mission of the Mississippi Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf to provide
state and local forums and an organizational structure for the continued growth and
development of the professions of interpretation and transliteration of American
Sign Language and English.
1. Categories of Membership
A. Regular Members: This category is for persons working in a field pertaining to
ASL and English interpretation or transliteration, in good standing with the
Chapter, and adhering to the Code of Professional Conduct (CPC) set forth by
RID and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). Regular members that
hold both national (regular or associate) and affiliate chapter membership
may vote and hold office.
B. Student Members: This category is for persons taking six (6) or more credit
hours at an accredited institute of higher education, in good standing with
the Chapter, and adhering to the CPC set forth by NAD and RID.
C. Associate Members: This category is for persons interested in supporting the
goals and purposes of this Chapter and RID. Associate members may not vote
or hold office.
D. Organizational Members: This category is for persons interested in
supporting mission and goals of this Chapter and RID. Organizational
members and their representatives may not vote or hold office.
2. A member in good standing shall:
A. Pay annual dues by the beginning of the fiscal year (July 1)
B. Adhere to the Code of Professional Conduct as set forth by NAD and RID.
A. Membership dues will be set by the voting membership on recommendation
of the Executive Board.
B. Members will pay the correct dues for the appropriate membership category.
C. Only current regular members that hold both RID and Chapter membership
may vote and hold office.
D. or continuing membership to be current, dues must be paid within thirty
(30)days of the due date.
E. For former members rejoining, the total amount of the annual dues will be
4. Voting Rights and Requirements:
A. In order to be a voting member in MSRID, a person must be a member in
good standing with RID and this Chapter.
B. Each voting member shall be entitled to one vote in meetings, referenda, and
C. Any decision of the Executive Board may be vetoed by a two-thirds majority
of those eligible and voting during a regular or special meeting of the
membership or through mail/email referendum.
5. Termination of Membership: An individual’s membership may be terminated for
non-payment of dues as outlined in the MSRID Bylaws.
Article IV Organization
The affairs of MSRID shall be governed by an Executive Board consisting of:
president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, three board members, and the
immediate past president. The Executive Board shall be current, active members of
MSRID and regular or associate members of RID.
1. Terms of Office
A. Officers shall be elected for a term of two years and shall not be allowed to
serve more than two consecutive terms in the same position.
B. Board members shall be elected for a term of three years and may serve
two terms. Board members will be on a three-year rotating cycle. Board
members may be hearing, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind.
C. The immediate past president shall serve ex-officio for one term if
D. All terms of office shall follow the membership year.
2. General Duties:
i. Represents the Chapter in all appropriate activities
ii. Presides at meetings of the members and/or directors
iii. Appoints committees
iv. Has the authority to co-sign checks with the treasurer or any other
designated person through action of the Executive Board.
v. Provides at least quarterly reports to the membership concerning
business and Executive Board activities and financial status of the
i. In the absence or disability of the president, the vice-president shall
assume all duties of the president.
ii. Assist in the training of incoming board members and committee
i. Keeps completed and accurate record of the proceedings of the
ii. Supervises the keeping of all Chapter records.
iii. Has the authority to co-sign checks with the president or any
other person designated through action of the Executive Board.
iv. Tracks meetings of RID committees; track deafness/interpreting
i. Oversee MSRID’s overall financial position.
ii. Assist with preparing the Chapter’s annual budget and
presenting it to the board.
iii. Monitor income and expenditures by comparing the actual and
iv. Review financial statements (usually quarterly) and present them
to the board.
v. Stay abreast of Chapter activities and be prepared to offer
practical suggestions and advice.
vi. Consult with RID national office leadership on programs and
services (new and old) which impact the budget.
vii. Chair the Finance Committee.
viii. Meet with auditor when applicable to review annual reports.
ix. Comply with annual tax requirements set forth by RID and the
Internal Revenue Service, sending annual income tax reports to
x. Meet regularly with the president and other board members.
Works with Executive Board, assisting with the
coordination of activities and communication in and among members.
F. Immediate Past President:
i. Serve in an ex-officio non-voting capacity for one term
ii. Assist the president during the transition into office
iii. Serve as an advisor to the president and may assume special
assignments as determined by the president
iv. May attend board meetings
Any vacancy on the Executive Board will be filled by action of the
Executive Board in a majority vote. Board members will nominate members in good
standing for the position to be filled, and upon their consent, vote on the
nominations to fill the vacancy.
Article V Committees
Committees, whether standing or temporary, shall be formed and/or dissolved as
necessary and shall be appointed by the president with the consent and approval of
the Executive Board. The terms of a committee will be established at the time the
committee is formed. Committees will report to the Executive Board and/or general
membership meeting by invitation concerning the work of their committee.
Article VI Dissolution Procedure
In the event MSRID is dissolved, after all liabilities and responsibilities are met, any
assets, real and personal property, shall be transferred to a deaf, hard of hearing,
deaf-blind, or interpreter related organization to be determined by the Executive
Board in compliance with RID.
Article VII Parliamentary Authority
Robert’s Rules of Order, current edition, shall be parliamentary authority governing
deliberations of this organization. A parliamentarian may be appointed by the
president to serve in the allotted term of the current president. Each president may
appoint a new parliamentarian if applicable.
Article VIII Amendments
This Constitution and Bylaws may be altered, amended, or repealed by a majority
vote of the members present at any regular or special meeting. Written notice of
the meeting and copies of proposed amendments must be sent by the secretary to
all voting members at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting.
Article IX Non-Discrimination Policy
MSRID shall not discriminate in the matter of membership or criterion for the
Executive Board on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, hearing status,
national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.
Article X Fiscal Year/Membership Year
The fiscal year of MSRID shall begin on the first (1st) day of July and end on the
thirty-first (31st) day of June. The membership year of MSRID shall follow the fiscal
year and begin on the first (1st) day of July and end on the thirty-first (31st) day of
Article XI Meetings
1. MSRID shall hold general membership meetings at least once quarterly. Special
meetings may be called as necessary.
2. MSRID shall hold Executive Board Meetings seven (7) to twenty-one (21) days
prior to general membership meetings. Meetings can be held using current
technology unless otherwise specified by the president.
3. MSRID shall make every effort to notify members one week in advance when it is
necessary to dispense of a general membership meeting.