Kansas Instructors for the Deaf

K.I.D. -- Kansas Instructors for the Deaf

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By-Laws (11/03/2006)

I. Name

The name of this organization shall be Kansas Instructors for the Deaf (KID).

II. Purpose

The purpose of this organization is educational and charitable. The organization’s objectives shall be:

  • To promote and improve the education of deaf and hard of hearing (d/hh) students.
  • To encourage socialization and opportunities for interchanging ideas among the personnel serving d/hh students.
  • To promote awareness of educational issues of d/hh students
  • To provide educational workshops on educational issues affecting d/hh students.
  • To provide affiliation with non-profit organizations serving the d/hh community.
  • To provide for charitable and educational functions and activities to meet the needs of d/hh students.
  • To function as a charitable and educational organization, within the meaning of Sec. 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 and subsequent amendment thereof.
  • To engage in, promote, or support any activity designed to provide a community center for d/hh people promote the general health and welfare of the d/hh people served by the corporation within the meaning of Sec. 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 and subsequent amendment thereof.
  • To engage in any lawful act or activity for which the corporation may be organized for charitable and educational purposes.
  • To not have or exercise any power or authority either expressly or by interpretation or by operation of law, or directly or indirectly engage in any activity which would prevent this corporation from qualifying as an organization described in Sec. 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
  • To never be operated for the primary purpose of carrying on a trade or business for profit.
  • That no part of the net earnings of the corporation shall inure to the benefit of or be distributable to its members, directors, officers, or other private person, except that the corporation shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation and expenses for services rendered and to make payments and distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Sec. 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. No Substantial part of the activities of the corporation shall be the carrying on or propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the corporation shall not participate in, or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

III. Powers of the Corporation

The corporation shall have all powers deemed to be in furtherance and not in limitation of the general powers conferred upon educational and charitable corporations under the laws of Kansas.

IV. Membership

Any certified teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing is eligible to become a voting member upon payment of established annual dues.

Any interested individual may become a non-voting associate member entitled to receive mailings and serve on committees upon payment of established dues.

V. Officers

Officers of KID shall be elected by a majority vote bi-annually at the fall conference with newly elected officers taking office at the close of the fall meeting. Nominations shall be submitted by a nominating committee of three members appointed by the President. The proposed slate should be submitted to the Executive Board at least two weeks prior to the fall meeting. Additional nominations may be made from the floor with previous consent of each nominee, who must be a voting member. Elected officers and duties shall be listed as:

President – to preside over meetings, to compose information for mailings and to appoint committees

President-Elect – to assist the President and to preside in the absence of the President, to chair conferences

Secretary – to keep the minutes of all proceedings and record same, send out notices at the direction of the President, and keep an updated copy of the by-laws of this organization

Treasurer – to receive and have custody of the organization’s funds and pay out the same only with the approval of the Executive

Board. The treasurer shall make a report at all Executive Board meetings of receipts and disbursements and shall turn over the books for audit once a year by a committee of two voting members appointed by the President.

Committee Chairpersons – appointed by the President as determined by the Executive Board

The Executive Board shall consist of: President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Committee Chairpersons.

VI. Meetings

The annual dues for active (voting) members shall be set by a simple majority vote cast by the voting members present at the fall conference. Dues for associate (non-voting) members shall be half the amount set for active members.

Dues for full-time students enrolled in a Deaf Education teacher program, or an interpreter training program, shall be at the associate rate.

All teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing employed for the first time in the state of Kansas shall receive their first bill for full dues in January of that school year. They are eligible for the membership rate at any conference and/or activities prior to January 1 of the following year.

VII. By-Law Changes

Proposed changes to the by-laws shall be submitted in writing prior to the Executive Board meetings. The Executive Board shall distribute proposed by-laws changes to the membership 30 days prior to voting. A simple majority of the votes cast by the voting members present shall be required for passage.