Melodi Warren Andersen, Rosemarie Smith, Katherine Ellis-Crowder
Updates for 2022FY
ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of this organization shall be BDPA Milwaukee Chapter. This is a local chapter of the National Black Data Processing Association (NBDPA).
ARTICLE II - OBJECTIVE
The objectives of BDPA Milwaukee Chapter are:
To provide information technology services and knowledge, along with business experience, in order to strengthen the expertise of minority members in the information technology field, but also to create a pipeline of future information technologies with our Youth as well as with College Students.
To offer this expertise to those minorities evaluating information technology for future career or business potential. To broaden the information technology knowledge of the minority community as a whole.
ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP
SECTION 1 - FULL MEMBERSHIP
1.1 Shall be available to persons directly employed by, involved with, or have an interest in the information technology industry. A Full Member shall have voting privileges. A member needs to be in compliance with the National BPDA Office as a paid member annually.
SECTION 2 - HONORARY MEMBERSHIP
2.1 Shall be granted at the discretion of the Executive Board. An Honorary Member shall be entitled to attend all functions of BDPA Milwaukee. An Honorary Member shall have no voting privileges.
SECTION 3 - STUDENT MEMBERSHIP
3.1 Shall be made available to persons registered in an accredited educational, vocational or technical institution on a full-time basis. A Student Member shall have voting privileges.
SECTION 4 - DUES
4.1 Shall be paid by all members, with the exception of honorary members.
4.2 BDPA Milwaukee Members will pay National Dues on an annual basis. The actual dues amount is determined by the National BDPA.
4.4 The annual membership period runs for any twelve consecutive months. The effective date for a new member shall be the first day of the month following dues payment. The expiration date will be the last day of the previous month in the next year.
SECTION 5 - APPLICATIONS
5.1 Shall be made to the Membership Committee by submission of a completed official Application form and the appropriate dues. Any member can collect the appropriate annual membership dues and forward same to either the Membership Department or the Chapter Treasurer with the name, address, city, state, zip, and telephone number of the new member.
5.2 Shall not be accepted from former members who have been terminated as a result of conduct deemed detrimental to the best interest of BDPA Milwaukee Chapter, in accordance with Article III, Section 6.3.
SECTION 6 - TERMINATION
6.1 Shall occur due to dues delinquency, or for conduct deemed by the BDPA Executive Board, with the approval of the voting membership, to be detrimental to the best interests of the BDPA Milwaukee.
ARTICLE IV - NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
SECTION 1 - ELIGIBILITY
All candidates for office shall be a member through the National BDPA Office under the BDPA Milwaukee Chapter when nominated.
SECTION 2 - NOMINATIONS
2.1 All candidates for office shall be members of BDPA Milwaukee Chapter.
2.2 Nominations shall only be accepted from members of BDPA Milwaukee Chapter.
2.3 Shall be approved for one office per nominee.
2.4 Nominating Process Sub-Section
2.4.1 Any member can present a nomination for any office prior to October 1st of the election year, however, nominations made after the October –November General Body Meeting must be submitted in writing to any member of the Executive Board.
2.4.2 If the nominated person declines to accept the nomination, it is the responsibility of the BDPA Milwaukee Executive Board to inform the general membership of the Milwaukee Chapter of BDPA.
2.4.3 The BDPA Milwaukee Executive Board will be accepting any nomination, in writing, of the name of the nominated person and the office for which they were nominated.
2.4.4 It is the responsibility of the BDPA Milwaukee Executive Board to verify with the Membership Department the membership of the member making the nomination and of the member being nominated.
2.5 Nomination Program Meeting
2.5.1 Nomination and announcement of those members seeking elected office within BDPA Milwaukee will be officially placed during the October Program Meeting:
2.5.2 The nominee's name will be announced by the member making the nomination.
2.5.3 The BDPA Executive Board will ask for challenges to the nomination.
2.5.4 A challenge may be lodged by any member alleging:
Insufficient length of membership Non-Payment of Membership Due
2.5.5 The BDPA Executive Board will call for a second to the nomination. Any BDPA Milwaukee member may make a second.
2.5.6 The BDPA Executive Board will then permit a two-minute nomination speech. The nominating member or the member seconding the nomination may deliver the nomination speech.
2.5.7 The nomination process will continue as above until all nominations are complete for all BDPA offices to be filled.
2.6.1 All candidates for offices within BDPA will be encouraged to address their candidacy to active members of BDPA.
2.6.2 Candidates are encouraged to refrain from assailing the qualities of other candidates. Any unethical conduct on the part of any BDPA candidate in their electioneering efforts will be brought to the attention of the Manager of the Executive Board.
2.6.3 The BDPA Executive Board will investigate any and all allegations and report to the Board of Directors of BDPA any confirmed unethical conduct on the part of any candidate for office or supporter of any candidate for office.
2.6.4 The BDPA Milwaukee Executive Board will confirm allegations of unethical conduct and determine if the unethical conduct merits the disqualification of the candidate. Any disqualification action must be supported by a 3/4 majority of all members of the Board of Directors.
2.6.5 Electioneering efforts of all candidates will cease at the opening of the November BDPA Milwaukee Monthly Program Meeting except as supervised by the BDPA Executive Board.
SECTION 3 - ELECTIONS
3.1 Shall be conducted and supervised by the Elections Committee.
3.2 Shall be held at the November general meeting.
3.3 Election Process Sub-Section
3.3.1 Election of Chapter Officers
The biennial elections will take place during the regularly scheduled October-November General Body Meeting, unless otherwise directed by a 2/3 majority of the sitting Board of Directors, prior to October during the year of election. Terms of office will begin on January 1st.
3.3.2 The Election Process
BDPA Milwaukee election will be held at the October-November General Body Meeting and no other activity shall be planned for this meeting date. Members of the BDPA Milwaukee Executive Board will supervise the election process. A member of the BDPA Milwaukee will maintain a physical head count of all members in good standing present by the BDPA MILWAUKEE CHAPTER BYLAWS. Each candidate for office will be afforded five (5) minutes to make a final, verbal, appeal to all members in attendance in favor of their candidacy.
3.3.3 Voting Process
Once all candidates have addressed the gathered members the election will begin:
Voting members receive a ballot (either Online/Written/Email) from the BDPA Milwaukee Executive Board.
The voting members will return their completed ballots to the BDPA Milwaukee Executive Board immediately upon completion.
All ballots will be secured.
The Manager of the Executive Board will announce a final call for ballots three (3) times and if no ballots are outstanding will officially close the election. The BDPA Milwaukee Executive Board will count the ballots, including absentee ballots, in full view and tally the results.
Prior to adjournment, the Executive Board Manager will announce the election results to the general membership.
All absentee ballots must be in the hands of the Executive Board prior to the November Monthly Program Meeting. All absentee ballots must have "BDPA Election Ballot" printed on the outside of the envelope with a return address identifying the submitting member. All absentee ballots must be mailed to the private residence of a selected member of the Executive Board. Ballots submitted to the BDPA Office Box or Chapter Office will be invalidated.
All submitted ballots will be placed in an envelope and sealed with tape and the signatures of each member of the Executive Board member. The Executive Board Manager will retain ballots until the conclusion of the next scheduled BDPA general election.
Should the Manager of the Executive Board resign or is for any other reason unable to serve, the ballots are to be placed in the custody of the Executive Committee for safekeeping.
SECTION 4 - SPECIAL ELECTIONS
4.1 Shall be in accordance with the requirements of Article IV.
ARTICLE V - OFFICERS
SECTION 1 - EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
1.1 Shall consist of the President, Executive Vice President, and VP Treasurer.??
1.2 Shall be elected in accordance with the provisions of Article IV.
SECTION 2 - TERM OF OFFICE
2.1 Shall be defined as two calendar years subsequent to a regularly scheduled election.
2.2 Shall be limited to two consecutive elective terms for the offices of President, and Executive Vice President.
SECTION 3 - RESPONSIBILITIES OF OFFICERS
Shall preside over all meetings of the Executive Board and general membership.
Shall be responsible for seeing that the decisions of BDPA Milwaukee Chapter are carried out in a timely manner. Shall be an ex-officio member of all BDPA Milwaukee Chapter Departments.
Shall serve as the official spokesperson for the BDPA Milwaukee Chapter.
Shall attend all National BDPA Board of Directors meetings.
3.2 The Executive Vice President
Shall serve as President in the absence of the President.
Shall fulfill the duties of Assistant Treasurer.
Shall coordinate the activities of all Chapter departments to assure that those activities and programs are carried out in a manner conducive to BDPA Milwaukee Chapter goals and objectives.
3.3 VP of Treasurer
Shall serve as President in the absence of the President, Executive Vice President.
Shall be responsible for maintaining complete financial records of all revenue received and disbursed by the BDPA Milwaukee Chapter.
Shall issue periodic financial reports in writing as required by the Executive Committee or Board of Directors.
Shall oversee the collection of fees and dues.
Shall disburse funds as directed by the Executive Committee or Board of Directors.
Shall directly supervise the organization, submission, and implementation of department budgets.
Shall prepare a comprehensive annual budget for the Chapter.
Shall be a member of the Finance Department in the acquisition of corporate and government charitable contributions.
3.4 The Chapter Secretary
• Shall be responsible for maintaining and reporting accurate minutes of all Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and General Membership meetings.
• Shall maintain all historical information, documents, and records of the Chapter as organized by the Chapter departments. This includes updating and maintaining the Chapter's bylaws and procedure manual.
• Shall sign official documents of the Chapter when requested to do so by the President.
Shall maintain a list of the name, address, and phone number for all officers, managers, and members of the Chapter.
Shall notify members of scheduled Chapter meetings.
Shall conduct correspondence as directed by the President or the Board of Directors.
Shall coordinate all recognition activities for the Chapter.
Shall read significant correspondence of the Chapter at general membership meetings as directed by the President or the Executive Committee.
3.5 VP of Membership Services
• Shall be the Lead Role for the High School Computer Competition (HSCC) Program.
Shall plan and maintain the weekly programming of the HSCC Programming.
Shall ensure all HSCC Programming requirements set by the National HSCC Chair/Committee are defined for the local chapter, but most importantly, the chapter is in compliance.
Shall ensure tracking of Student Progress, Status, HS Graduation Rates have been set to track as they go into college.
Shall ensure a location has been established for HSCC Programming, either with a Public School and or College.
Shall develop programs to attract new members.??
3.6 VP of Professional Development
• Shall design and implement various Professional Development Programs throughout the Fiscal Year to support the local BDPA Milwaukee Chapter.
Shall ensure programs are planned and communicated to the general body of BDPA Members.
Shall ensure events that are coordinated by the Professional Development Chair, that an invite is communicated to ensure participation.
3.7 VP of Internal Operations
• Shall assist in the areas of internal operations with BDPA Milwaukee, specifically with the HSCC Program Planning Activities and Execution.
• Shall assist in the area of HSCC Student Tracking during and post program.
3.8 VP of Management Support Services
Shall assist with the administrative duties and support to the President, Vice President, Membership Services as well as with Internal Operations.
Shall assist in the areas of Student Recruiting.
SECTION 4 - VACANCIES OF OFFICE
4.1 The order of succession for the Presidency shall be:
Executive Vice President
4.2 All vacated elected offices with one half or more of the term remaining shall be filled by a Special Election.
4.3 In all elected offices with less than one half of the term remaining, shall be filled by Presidential appointment with the approval of the Board of Directors; with the exception of the Presidency, which shall be filled by succession.
SECTION 5 - RECALL OF OFFICERS
5.1 Shall be initiated by petition containing specific charges and a majority of the voting membership.
5.2 Shall occur when two-thirds of the voting membership has approved the recall petition.
ARTICLE VI - MEETING
SECTION 1 - QUORUM
1.1 Shall consist of two-fifths of the eligible voting membership.
1.2 Shall be binding once declared.
1.3 Shall be declared by the Chapter Secretary.
1.4 Shall in the absence of the Chapter Secretary, be declared by the President, Vice President or the President's delegate, respectively.
1.5 May be declared by a majority of the voting membership present if fewer than two-fifths of the eligible voting membership are present.
SECTION 2 - VOTING
2.1 Shall be done during a BDPA Milwaukee General Body Meeting.
2.2 Shall be accepted by written proxy and/or proxy witnessed by a member and or by a member of the Board of Directors.
2.3 A nominee is elected with a majority of the votes cast, depending on what is being voted on.
2.4 In the event that any topic or a nominee fails to show a majority vote, it will be deferred to the following meeting or deferred to the Executive Board for a final approach.
SECTION 3 - GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
3.1 Shall be held at least annually at a time and place determined by the BDPA Milwaukee Executive Committee.
3.2 Shall be official when a quorum is declared.
ARTICLE VII - FISCAL AND FINANCIAL POLICIES
SECTION 1 - FISCAL YEAR
1.1 Shall begin January 1st of each year and end December 31st of each year.
SECTION 2 - FINANCIAL REPORTS
2.1 Shall be presented by the Treasurer at least annually to the general membership.
2.2 Shall be presented to BDPA National at least annually.
SECTION 3 - DISBURSEMENTS AND FINANCIAL COMMITMENTS
3.1 Must be approved by a majority of the Board of Directors.
3.2 Checks in excess of $5,000 must have the signatures of any two of the President, Executive Vice President or Treasurer.
SECTION 4 - COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP FUND DISBURSEMENT CRITERIA
4.1 When appropriate, the chapter shall maintain, in a separate account different from those used for chapter operations, a scholarship fund.
4.2 Only students that participate in and complete chapter-sponsored programs are eligible for scholarships.
4.3 The board of directors will establish rules of eligibility and amounts of scholarships.
4.4 The chapter Treasurer will deposit earmarked funds in the scholarship account no later than the close of the fiscal year in which the funds were received.
4.5 No scholarship funds shall be used to retire chapter operation expenses once deposited in the scholarship account.
4.6 Unclaimed scholarships shall remain in the scholarship fund.
4.7 The chapter Treasurer will maintain an accurate accounting of all funds earmarked for the scholarship fund.
SECTION 1 – CORPORATE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1.1 Shall consist of the President, Executive Vice President, Chapter Secretary, Treasurer, and up to ten Directors.
1.2 Shall provide direction and control of the Chapter.
1.3 Shall propose and establish policy for the operation of the Chapter.
1.4 Shall evaluate any issues unresolved at the general membership meeting.
1.5 Shall report its recommendations to the general membership.
1.6 Shall have its recommendations accepted as the policy of the Chapter, unless overridden by a majority of the voting membership.
SECTION 2 - STANDING DEPARTMENTS
2.1 Shall consist of departments deemed necessary by the Executive Committee.
2.2 Shall have their Directors appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Committee.
2.3 Shall have their members appointed by the respective Directors.
SECTION 3 - CORPORATE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CAC)
3.1 The CAC shall assist in promoting and sponsoring programs and activities designed to support the goals and objectives of BDPA; locally and nationally.
ARTICLE IX - AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
SECTION 1 - PROPOSALS FOR AMENDMENT
1.1 Shall be presented in writing to the Executive Committee at least 90 days prior to any vote.
1.2 Shall be presented in writing to the voting membership at least 60 days prior to any vote.
1.3 Shall be adopted as an amendment to these BYLAWS by a two-thirds majority of the voting membership present at an official general membership meeting.
ARTICLE X - AFFILIATIONS
This local Chapter is affiliated with and governed by National Black Data Processing Associates and hereby accepts all tenants included in the Constitution and Bylaws of that national organization.
ARTICLE XI - PARLIAMENTARY
The rules contained in the current edition of Roberts Rules of Order shall govern BDPA Milwaukee Chapter and all cases in which they are not inconsistent with these Bylaws and any special rules of order the BDPA Milwaukee may adopt.