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Table Contents: ARTICLE I Name of the organization 1


Object of the organization ...1






Officers.......................2 ,3, 4, & 5


General Meetings..5,6




Parliamentary Authority.7





ByLaws for Bay Area Black Deaf Advocate

Section 1. BABDA. The name of the organization shall be the Bay Area Black Deaf Advocates hereafter referred to as

Section 1. BABDA shall be organized and operated mainly to promote the leadership development, economic and educational opportunity, social equality, and to safeguard the general health and welfare of Black deaf and hard of hearing people.


Section 1. Eligibility of persons for membership 1.1 Any person supporting or advocating the aim of BABDA as set forth in these bylaws may become a member upon payment of dues. 1.2 There shall be two classifications of membership: regular and organizational membership. 1.3 Regular Membership Section 2. Regular Membership 2.1 Regular membership is defined as a person who have paid membership dues to BABDA 2.2 Rights of regular membership are: * the right to serve on local National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA) level. * the right to serve on a committee * the right to hold an office pursuant to the guidelines * outlined in Article VI Section 5G, full voting and voicing privileges Section 3. Organizational Membership 3.1 Organizational membership is defined as any organization, agency or group paying organizational dues to BABDA. 3.2 Organizational members can choose to represent them at BABDA chapter meetings. 3.3 Rights of organizational members are: the right to serve on local committee with their voicing privileges. Section 4. Expiration of BABDA membership shall be the same month of the following year from the membership dues 1

Section 1. Dues shall be decided by the BABDA Board and subjected to change according to NBDA guidelines. Section 2. Individuals who pay for their membership dues by a check are not members until their check clears. Once the check clears, they will become full members with all rights and privileges. Section 3. Individuals who submit checks for membership dues that are not honored by their banks will be charged the current bank penalty fees plus administrative costs. Section 4. Individuals who pay for their membership dues in cash become full members immediately and can exercise all of their rights and privileges of membership including being able to vote.

Founders: Bay Area Black Deaf Advocates was first incorporated in 1988. BABDA became the 10th affiliated chapter under the auspices of National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA).The 9th NBDA National Conference was hosted in Oakland, California on August 16-19, 1990. Its theme was "Motivation and Perseverance Make Dreams

Come True."
Section 1. General Powers: Executive Board shall manage the affairs of BABDA. The Board shall have general management of business affairs of the organization. Each Board member is required to release to successor, all BABDA official materials. Section 2. Advisory Board shall consist of: one Black parent of a deaf child, one Black interpreter, one legal advisor, one local Black organizational leader, one accountant or financial advisor, one post secondary student, one Black educational administrator. Section 3. Eligibility: 3.1 To be eligible for an elected office of BABDA, the person must be an active member in good standing for at least one year, have been involved with BABDA for two years and elected by 2/3 of general membership vote. Candidates for the office of President and Vice President must be Black and deaf or hard of hearing and a member of the culturally Black deaf community as outlined in Article V, Section 5.6 3.2 All officers must be paid members. Section 5. Executive Board 5.1 The elected officers of BABDA shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer/Parliamentarian, Chapter Representative, Public Relations, Sergeant-at-Arms. 5.2 The elected officers shall together constitute the Executive Board of BABDA. 5.3 Officers shall be elected by secret ballot at the general meeting of BABDA. 5.4 Nominations for officers shall be 30 days before the BABDA general election meeting, which is held in April. 5.5 New officers will begin serving their terms two months after the NBDA convention in order to start in September.

5.6 President and Vice President of BABDA must be Black and deaf or hard of hearing and a member of the Black deaf community. 5.6.1 Qualifications No person shall be eligible to serve on BABDA Executive Board that has nt been a member of BABDA for two consecutive years immediately preceding the election. One person may not hold more than one office or any office for a local chapter unless approved by the Board of Directors. Section 6. Compensation 6.1 Officers shall not receive any honorariums or salary from BABDA. Section 7. Term of Office 7.1 One term is equivalent to two (2) years. 7.2 Officers cannot serve more than four (4) consecutive terms. 7.3 Officers are elected in April, three (3) months prior to the National convention. Ongoing officers serve a transitional role during three (3) month period. 7.4 All officers must attend at least two (2) BABDA events per year. 7.4 Assumption of Office: Elected Board Members shall assume their respective duties two (2) months from the date of the adjournment of the biennial NBDA national conference. 7.5.1 Once elected, officers position and term begins in September. 7.5.2 The transition period between the old and new officers shall be enacted and pursued. Old officers shall hand over any pertinent business documents, records, etc. by June.

Section 8. Duties of Officers 8.1 President shall: 8.1.1 Be the chief spokesperson for BABDA 8.1.2 Chair the Board of Directors and preside over the membership meetings at the biennial national conference. 8.1.3 Appoint such committees as may be necessary 8.1.4 Perform all duties to the office of the President as may be prescribed by the Board of Director 8.1.5 Be ex-officio member of all committees

8.2 Vice President shall: 8.2.1 Assume the duties of the President in the absence of the President or when the office of the President becomes vacant. 8.2.2 Serve as the Chairperson of the Bylaws Committee unless otherwise appointed by the President with the consent of the Board of Directors. 3

8.2.3 Help oversee Executive board duties. 8.2.4 Perform all duties to the office of the Vice President as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.

8.3 Secretary shall: 8.3.1 Be responsible for the minutes of the BABDA general and Board of Directors meetings. 8.3.2 See that all notices of the Board of Directors and general meetings are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws. 8.3.3 Be custodian of the correspondences, records, information and materials of BABDA. 8.3.4 Keep an update record of names, email and home addresses of BABDA members. 8.3.5 Perform all duties incident to the office of the Secretary as the Board of Directors may assign.

8.4 Treasurer shall: 8.4.1 Be responsible for and oversee all financial administration of BABDA. 8.4.2 Maintain proper accounts and give receipts for moneys due and payable to BABDA and NBDA and deposit all such monies in the name of BABDA in appropriate bank or financial institution. 8.4.3 File timely reports with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and maintain BABDA incorporation status. 8.4.4 Perform all the duties incident to the office of the Treasurer and such duties as may be assigned by the Board.


Chapter Representative shall:

8.5.1 Represent BABDA to the Western Regional Representative of National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA). 8.5.2 Submit a written summary of BABDA activities to the NBDA mid-term meeting and NBDA convention through Western Regional Representative. 8.5.3 Provide a report to BABDA membership of activities of NBDA from the mid-term meeting and National convention. 8.5.4 Represent BABDA at various events as assigned by the Board of Directors. 8.5.5 Provide reports and information to the NBDA newsletter.


Public Relations shall:

8.6.1 Manage communication between BABDA and the general public. 8.6.2 Represent BABDA with other organizations whose purpose is consistent with the objectives, goals and mission similar to that of NBDA and BABDA.

8.6.3 Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Board of Directors. 8.7 Sergeant-at-Arms shall:

8.7.1 Keep the records of members attendance at the general meetings. 8.7.2 Turn in the records of attendance at monthly general meetings to the Secretary after each meeting 8.7.3 Control unruly members and non-members 8.7.4 Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by President or Vice President

8.8 Parliamentarian shall: 8.8.1 Review agenda before meeting. 8.8.2 Assist and advise the President during meeting to maintain a smooth and organized outcome. 8.8.3 Assist with the coordination of motions and resolutions as requested.

Section 9 Resignation 9.1 9.2 An officer may resign by written notice to the President. Impeachment. Elected or appointed Board members may be removed after due process hearing for failure to carry out their duties or for good and sufficient reason by a two-third (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors.


Section 1. Meeting 1.1 General membership meetings will be held on each month. Notice of meeting location shall be mailed and emailed to members at least two weeks prior to the meeting date. 1.2 General meetings will be held ten (10) months from January through December except July and August. 1.3 Executive Board meetings will be held at least once a month. Meeting date and time will be determined by the majority of the Executive Board members. Section 2. Order of Business 2.1 Order of Business shall be: 2.1.1 Call of Meeting to Order 2.1.2 Roll Call 2.1.3 Approval of Minutes of the previous meeting 2.1.4 Officers Report

2.1.5 Committee Report 2.1.6 Unfinished Business 2.1.7 New Business 2.1.8 Recognition of visitors and new members 2.1.9 Announcements 2.1.10 Adjournment 2.2 A quorum is established when a minimum of seven (7) members in good standing is presented. Section 3. Voting Rights 3.1 Each regular member and one representative from an organizational member is entitled to one vote. 3.2 Votes may be cast by secret ballot or show of hands. Voting for Election of officers is by secret ballot only. Voting procedure decisions are made by the President and Vice President. 3.3 There will be no proxy voting.


Section 1. Standing Committees shall include: 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Bylaws Committee Fundraising Committee Pageant Committee Election Committee

Section 2. The Executive may establish other standing committees. Board or the general membership Section 3. A chairperson for each standing committee shall be appointed by the committee. Section 4. Each standing committee must have at least one person attending the general meeting to provide a report to the general membership. Section 5. Committees must provide a written report to the President. Section 6. Ad hoc committees will be established as needed by vote of the Executive Board and general membership. No person that is not a BABDA member in good standing shall be eligible to serve on a BABDA committee.


Section 1. Robert Rules of Order. All matters not covered by these bylaws shall be governed by the current edition of Robert Rules of Order, Newly Revised. These bylaws will be in effect until amended as provided in Article IX.

Section 1. Amendments. These Bylaws may be amended upon affirmative vote two-third (2/3) of the voting members at the biennial NBDA national conference provided that the amendments are submitted to the Bylaws Committee sixty (60) days prior to the conference, and that copies of proposed Amendments are sent to the Chapter Representatives thirty (30) days prior to the start of the NBDA biennial national conference, and those Amendments are read during the conference and acted upon immediately thereafter. Section 2. Suspension. Provisions of these Bylaws may be suspended in unforeseen and urgent circumstances by 2/3 vote of the voting members present and voting.

Section 1. Upon dissolution of Bay Area Black Deaf Advocates (BABDA) all monies after payment of existing debts shall be sent to the headquarters, National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA). In the event NBDA is dissolved, the monies shall be distributed to 501(c)(3) organizations with goals and objectives consistent to those of BABDA and NBDA.