THE BYLAWS OF NAOBI-DC

ARTICLE I – NAME, PURPOSE, MISSION AND VISION

Section 1.0

NAME – The name of this organization shall be the National Alliance of Black Interpreters, Inc., the District of Columbia Chapter, hereinafter referred to as NAOBI-DC or the DC Chapter.

Section 1.1

PURPOSE – The purpose of this organization is to promote excellence, empowerment and the continued growth of African American/Black professionals in the field of sign language interpreting in the context of a multicultural, multilingual environment.

Section 1.2

MISSION – The mission of this organization is to meet the needs of African American/Black interpreters in the field of sign language interpreting with respect to recruitment, networking, professional development, moral support, training and research opportunities.

Section 1.3

VISION – The vision of this organization is to change the perception of African American/Black interpreters to a burgeoning group of highly skilled and competent certified leaders within the ASL interpreting field. NAOBI-DC will provide a comprehensive platform of professional development opportunities to educate and prepare interpreters for the challenges of balancing professionalism, education, advocacy, and ethical responsibility in a non-threatening supportive environment.

ARTICLE II – MEMBERSHIP

Section 2.0

MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES – The Membership of the Chapter shall be comprised of five (5) categories: Full, Student, Supporting, Organizational and Honorary. A member in “Good Standing” shall be defined as anyone who has paid their dues at least thirty (30) days prior to any General Body Business Meeting.

Section 2.1

FULL MEMBER – Shall be defined as a person currently providing interpreting services on a full or part time basis. Each Full Member in “Good Standing” of the organization shall have ONE (1) vote at any General Body Business Meeting, General Body Election, or any voting process.

Section 2.2

STUDENT MEMBER – Shall be defined as any individual currently enrolled in any class, (not limited to interpreting classes) program or school. Student members are NOT entitled to a vote but are able to hold selected Committee Chair positions or Ad-hoc positions as deemed appropriate by the Board.

Section 2.3

SUPPORTING MEMBER – Shall be defined as any individual supporting the purpose, mission and vision of NAOBI-DC. Supporting members are NOT entitled to a vote but are able to hold selected Committee Chair or Ad-hoc positions as deemed appropriate by the Board.

Section 2.4

ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBER – Shall be defined as any organization supporting the purpose, mission and vision of NAOBI-DC. Organizational members are NOT entitled to a vote, but any one (1) organizational representative is able to hold selected Committee Chair positions or Ad-hoc positions as deemed appropriate by the Board.

Section 2.5

HONORARY MEMBERSHIP – At the discretion of the President, and upon approval of the Board, honorary membership shall be conferred upon any individual for any reason deemed appropriate by the Board. Honorary members are NOT entitled to a vote, however, honorary members are able to hold selected Committee Chair positions or Ad-hoc positions as deemed appropriate by the Board.

Section 2.6

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS – Individuals or organizations interested in membership shall submit an official NAOBI-DC membership application either on paper or online with the appropriate fee and documentation.

ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP YEAR AND DUES

Section 3.0

MEMBERSHIP YEAR – The membership year for NAOBI-DC will commence on January 1st and terminate on December 31st.

Section 3.1

ANNUAL DUES – Dues must be paid at least thirty (30) days prior to any meeting where organizational business is conducted. Payments received after October 31st will be applied to the next year’s assessment. If dues are paid at the end of the year, membership is applicable to the next year. The board has the authority to conduct a vote to establish or amend the amount for annual membership dues as deemed appropriate.

Section 3.2

  • FULL MEMBERSHIP is $25.00 per year.
  • STUDENT MEMBERSHIP is $15.00 per year
  • SUPPORTING MEMBERSHIP is $15.00 per year
  • ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERSHIP is $50.00 per year
  • HONORARY MEMBERSHIP (when applicable)

Adopted: July 1999
Amended: July 2011
Amended: March 2013
Amended: December 2015
Amended: May 2017
Amended: November 2018

Alterations of bylaws still in progress. Updates will be posted as soon as available.