Motion: The RID Board of Directors move that the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) become a voluntary membership association through the following Bylaws revisions:

Bylaws:

Article III. MEMBERSHIP

Section 4.— Termination of Membership and/or Certification:
A. Membership: An individual’s membership in RID can be terminated for the following reasons:
1. Suspension or expulsion for cause as outlined in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
2. Non-payment of dues as outlined in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
3. Resignation.

B. Certification: An individual’s certification in RID can be terminated for the following reasons:
1. Suspension or revocation for cause as defined in the Policies and Procedures Manual.
2. Non-payment of dues as outlined in the Policies and Procedures Manual.

Section 5.
A. Application for Reinstatement: A former member who satisfies the requirements as outlined in the Policies and Procedures Manual may apply to be reinstated. — Reinstatement:
B. Appeals: Membership and/or certification suspension or revocation may be appealed by following the guidelines set forth in the Policies and Procedures Manual.

END OF BYLAWS REVISIONS

Motion Makers: RID Board of Directors

Rationale:

  1. RID will be better positioned to achieve its mission — excellence in interpreting — under a financially sustainable voluntary membership association model. Voluntary membership ensures that our advocacy efforts stand on its own merits. These include, but are not limited to, a national certification that promotes professional standards that have educational requirements, a commitment to life-long learning and adherence to a code of conduct for ethical decision-making.
  2. RID wishes to be comprised of, and driven by, members with a vested interest in the work, mission and vision of the organization. These members voluntarily join RID as a demonstration of support and commitment to the mission, rather than by virtue of holding a certification. Voluntary membership will strengthen RID’s ability to move the profession forward toward its ambitious goals.
  3. Members have expressed a desire to change to a voluntary membership model over the last five years. Other issues had taken priority during this period. With a new Executive Director and a strategic plan for 2013-2016, the time is right to make this change.
  4. A voluntary membership structure would allow for program-by-program evaluation thus increasing the financial stability within the organization. The financial analysis of the certification programs, as stand along programs, help ensure that they are efficient and effective.

Historical Information:

RID conducted member surveys in 2008 and 2012 that included responses which supported a voluntary membership association model. The rationale provided for this change was that it would strengthen the organization by removing any perceived notion of a conflict of interest in regards to RID’s advocacy for national certification.

Additionally, in 2010, the Strategic Challenges/Bylaws Review Task Force (SC/BRTF) vetted a new membership category concept with the membership at the 2010 regional conference that suggested the removal of the membership requirement from the Bylaws. Their survey of RID members found that while members were overall satisfied with their membership, they did not want to be required to maintain it. RID members wanted a choice. The survey revealed that approximately 60% of interpreters would still continue their RID membership on a voluntary basis.

Cost per member/fiscal impact: Upon passage of this motion, the RID Board of Directors will direct RID headquarters to develop and present a financially sustainable voluntary membership association model that will be adopted in the RID Policies & Procedures Manual and other related policies and guiding documents. The model shall utilize best practices in professional and certification organizations. This may include re-certification and continuing education fees and requirements for certified interpreters. The RID Board of Directors will then review, revise, and approve the new voluntary membership association model and identify the feasible fiscal year to implement the plan. Please see “Board comments” below for the RID Board of Directors plans to include RID members in the development of the new voluntary membership model.