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Mark Apodaca

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About Mark Apodaca

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  • Birthday June 25

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    Santa Fe, New Mexico
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    Nonprofit organization governance, nonprofit organization finance, and of course, parliamentary law and procedures.

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  1. Hello all. Hope you are all safe and healthy. I was approached by the President and Vice President of an organization. The organization was planning to have its conference in Minneapolis in August 2020 and Philadelphia in 2022. The locations were voted by the membership during a previous conference. Because of COVID-19, the board decided to cancel the Minneapolis conference and move it to 2024. The Minneapolis chapter opposed the board's decision and wanted their conference in 2022 and Philadelphia moved to 2024. I told the President and Vice President that this should be decided by the membership because the membership passed the motion to have the conference in Philadelphia. When the membership has its annual meeting in August 2020 through Zoom, in order to have the location changed, a member will need to make a motion "amend something previously adopted" to strike out Philadelphia and insert Minneapolis. If the motion passes, then Minneapolis has it and the membership will need to decide which city will have 2024. Am I overlooking anything? Mark
  2. If the direction is changed, and lets say Zoom is used, I will need a video relay service ASL interpreter to sign in so I can watch the interpreter. That is how it is being done these days. Mark
  3. Hello all, An interesting discussion going back 9 years ago. As of today, I am the first and only PRP in the USA who is deaf and uses ASL. I do have a greater responsibility when it comes to working with many organizations of the deaf when it comes to parliamentary law and procedure. Mark
  4. Thanks Josh, I totally agree. This is something they never experienced. Mark
  5. Tonight I will be attending a conference committee meeting through Zoom. There will be three members plus myself as parliamentarian. Discussion will be not having a physical conference this summer and to replace it with a virtual conference through Zoom. You are talking about perhaps 200 delegates attending. I do not support virtual conference because it is not listed in the National Association of the Deaf's bylaws. Here is what the bylaws say: ARTICLE V. Meetings V. 1. Biennial Meetings The Association shall meet in biennial national conference during each even numbered year. V. 1. 1. Conference Site. The site selection process for biennial national conferences shall be governed by the Board of Directors. Such sites shall rotate among established geographical regions. V. 1. 2. Call to Conference. The President of the Board of Directors shall issue an official call to the biennial national conference at least six (6) months in advance. V. 1. 3. Conference Format. The biennial national conference format and duration shall be determined by the Board of Directors at least nine (9) months in advance. V. 1. 4. Forums. Individual members and organizational affiliate representatives registered at the biennial national conference shall have the opportunity to participate in and vote at Forums. V. 1. 5. Council of Representatives. Delegates to the Council of Representatives shall conduct official business during the biennial national conference. The Council of Representative shall be composed of the following: V. 1. 5. i. State Association Representatives. Proportionate Council of Representatives representation by State Association Affiliates shall be determined as follows: 20-199 members—up to two (2) delegates 200-399 members—up to three (3) delegates 400-599 members—up to four (4) delegates 600-799 members—up to five (5) delegates At least 800 members—up to six (6) delegates. State Association Affiliates shall provide a membership count for purposes of determining number of delegates; said membership count will be conducted through a tally of members registered with State Association Affiliates during the following time period between Biennial National Conference(s), by March 15th of the even numbered years. V. 1. 5. ii. College Student Affiliate Representatives. The Council of Representatives shall include one (1) delegate from each College Student Affiliate of the Association. V. 1. 5. iii. Non Profit Organizational Affiliate Representatives. The Council of Representatives shall include one (1) delegate from each bona fide local, state, and national Non Profit Organizational Affiliate of the Association, which meets eligibility criteria set forth by the Board of Directors. Further, Non-Profit Organizational Affiliates which meet eligibility criteria set forth by the Board of Directors shall have proportionate representation in the same manner as provided for State Association Representatives. V. 1. 5. iv. Section Representatives. The Council of Representatives shall include one (1) delegate from each Section of the Association. V. 1. 5. v. Order of Georges and Georgettes Representatives. Twenty five (25) or more members of the Order of Georges and Georgettes (OGG) attending the biennial national conference may organize themselves for the purpose of electing delegates to the Council of Representatives. The number of delegates elected to attend the Council of Representatives shall be based on the number of all NAD members qualifying to be part of the Order of Georges and Georgettes, in essence all individuals (not only those present at the Conference) who have been members of the NAD for at least three years. On that basis, the number of OGG delegates shall be based on the same proportion as the number of delegates for State Associations and Non-Profit Organizational Affiliates. V. 1. 5. vi. Junior NAD Representatives. The Council of Representatives shall include two (2) delegates from the Junior NAD. V. 1. 6. Regional Caucuses. Regional caucuses may convene at will during the biennial national conference. Caucuses shall be composed of state delegates and other delegates within the respective regions. V. 1. 7. Privileges. The Board of Directors and Past Presidents of the Association shall have the privileges of the Council of Representatives except voting. As you can see, this type of conference is not allowed unless the bylaws permit it. My other concerns is that it defeats the purpose of an assembly meeting of the delegates. Not all delegates will have equal access (problems with internet, visual capabilities where screen is 13 inches and the boxes are small for example), minority will have difficult expressing their opinion when debating, Am I missing anything? I know RONR does not support this kind of conferences. Mark
  6. Tough one because NAD is made up of delegates and in 2010, the delegates felt strongly about the dates. Six years later, a different group proposes the resolution without knowing about 2010 and the dates were changed. Former delegates of 2010 are challenging the 2016 proposal because 2016 was not aware. I read RONR on page 305 ll 20-23 saying that when something is done, as a result of the vote of the main motion, that is impossible to undo. What was "done" was that the executive director already acted. Weldon has a good point where the motion is competed once congress introduces the bill and the US representatives vote on it.
  7. This is a tough one. He gave the congressmen/women documents with the dates. Now, he has to go back and give new documents with updated dates? Congress is the final place in deciding. Mark
  8. I would like to update you about this. In my original statement, I stated: From 2010 to 2016, no action was taken by a committee or the board. As of today, and with the 2020 conference coming in Chicago, nothing has happened to the motion. The President and I met with the executive director and he mentioned that he did act upon the 2010 motion. He met with congressmen and congresswomen but had luck. He was still working towards having congress propose a bill for Deaf History Month. So, in this case the 2016 resolution is out of order because it is still being acted upon? Mark
  9. Thank you all for your comments.
  10. As I know, resolutions are main motions. I reviewed several resolutions from the National Association of the Deaf conference and they do not sound like motions to me. Here is an example: Title: Recognition of Bobbie Beth Scoggins Service as NAD President Code: 2012-RES-004: Whereas, Bobbie Beth Scoggins has served the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) for many years in many capacities; Whereas, Bobbie Beth Scoggins has served the NAD as a Board Member for Region II from 2004 to 2006; Whereas, Bobbie Beth Scoggins has served the NAD admirably and with excellence as the President of the NAD for six years from 2006 to 2012; Whereas, the NAD wishes to express its gratitude and appreciation to Bobbie Beth Scoggins for her dedication and service; Therefore, let it be resolved that the NAD recognizes the extraordinary dedication and unyielding commitment of Bobbie Beth Scoggins to the NAD and the deaf and hard of hearing community, and expresses its gratitude and appreciation for her contributions. Is this more of a proclamation than a resolution? I do not see any purpose to vote on it since it does not lead to any action. How do you see it? Mark
  11. Weldon, The President of NAD just sent me an email. Here it is: Title: National Deaf History Month Date Change Code: 2016-AZ-RES-02 Deaf Culture and History Section Whereas, the 2005-2006 Ad Hoc Committee proposed March 13 – April 15 as the National Deaf History Month Whereas, the proposed National Deaf History month proclamation was attempted multiple of times to the US Congress. Therefore, that the National Deaf History Month date shall change to April month only by focus on the first national deaf school, April 15; and ASL Day, April 15. Resolved, that after passing the change to the April month, we shall ask for proclamation of National Deaf History month to the US Congress before the presidency term ends this year.
  12. During a 2010 National Association of the Deaf conference at Philadelphia, a motion was made for the organization to work with a member of the US House of Representatives to get a bill introduced in congress naming March 15 to April 15 the National Deaf History month. During the 2016 conference at Phoenix, a resolution was made to change the date to the full month of April as the National Deaf History Month. From 2010 to 2016, no action was taken by a committee or the board. As of today, and with the 2020 conference coming in Chicago, nothing has happened to the motion. From what I understand, a resolution is a motion and the 2016 resolution should have been called out-of-order and since it did not happen, it is null and void. What should have happened was that a delegate should have made a motion to amend something previously adopted, not propose a resolution. Also the original motion has no time limit since no action has taken place. Your thoughts or comments?
  13. Thanks Josh for pointing this out. Mark
  14. The statute section is under section E E.  The number, classification, qualifications, compensation, terms of office, manner of election, time and place of meeting, and powers and duties of the directors, may, subject to the provisions of this Chapter, be prescribed by the articles or the bylaws.  Except as otherwise prescribed in the articles or bylaws: (4)  The members, by vote of a majority in interest of all of the voting members, may, at any special meeting called for the purpose, remove from office any one or more of the directors, notwithstanding that his or their terms of office may not have expired, and may forthwith at such meeting proceed to elect a successor for the unexpired term.   What is your interpretation of "by vote of a majority in interest of all of the voting members"? The association has 178 members and 1/5th is 36. Not all members voted, just fifty-five showed up at the special meeting to vote which was not called by the Secretary. Under Article V Meetings of the Association, it states: SECTION 2:SPECIAL MEETINGS Special meetings of the Association may be called by the President or by the LAD Board and shall be called upon the written request of one-fifth (1/5) of the Full Members of the LAD in a good standing. The purpose of the special meeting shall be stated in the call, and ten (10) days prior written notice shall be given for any such special meeting.
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