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BY-LAWS

of the

NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BANKRUPTCY CLERKS

 

As Approved July 19, 2017

 

 

SECTION 1: OBJECTIVES                      

 

The National Conference of Bankruptcy Clerks (NCBC) is a professional association committed to the professional improvement of its members, the continued improvement of the federal judiciary and the bankruptcy system of the United States of America.  The NCBC is formed, in part, to provide its members certain membership benefits, such as the opportunity to participate in voluntary benefit programs sponsored and endorsed by the NCBC.

                                                                                                           

SECTION 2: OFFICES

 

2.1 PRINCIPAL OFFICE

 

The conference shall maintain a principal office at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, Federal Law Center, 101 South Edgeworth St., Greensboro, NC27401-2219. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to notify the Secretary of State of North Carolina should the NCBC change its address.

 

2.2 OTHER OFFICES

 

Other designated offices shall be at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court where each Officer of the NCBC serves, the address of the Business Manager or financial administrator retained by the NCBC, or, at such other places as the Officer or the Board of Governors (Board)may designate.

 

SECTION 3: MEMBERS

 

3.1 GENERAL MEMBERSHIP

 

General Membership in the conference shall be open to any individual employed in the Clerk's Office of any United States Court who has applied for membership and who is current in paying the requisite membership dues.

 

3.2 LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP

 

Lifetime membership is available for clerks of court and deputy clerks.  Lifetime membership is a general membership whose dues are paid at a rate set by the Board as a one-time payment.  Recipients of the Ralph H. Kelley Award are granted lifetime membership status in the NCBC.

 

 

           

3.3 EMERITUS MEMBERSHIP

 

Members who retire from federal service or resign from office may continue as members’ emeriti with voting privileges so long as they are current in paying the requisite membership dues.

 

3.4 ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

 

Any person not eligible for membership under Sections 3.1, 3.2, or 3.3 shall be eligible for an associate membership.  Associate members shall be eligible for a nonvoting membership and will not be required to pay dues.  Examples of associate members are judges, employees of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts and employees of the Federal Judicial Center.

 

3.5 [SECTION RESERVED]

 

3.6 VOTING RIGHTS

 

Each general member, lifetime member and emeritus member shall be entitled to one vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the membership.

 

3.7 TRANSACTING BUSINESS GENERALLY

 

The membership may transact any or all business at a membership meeting, by mail or by electronic means, such as e-mail.

 

3.8 ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND EDUCATIONAL MEETING

 

An Annual Conference and Educational Meeting (Annual Conference) of the full membership of the NCBC shall be held at a place and time designated by a majority of the Board. Other general membership meetings may be held upon a Board resolution to that effect. The Secretary, or a designee, shall give not less than 30-days’ notice to all members as to the time and place of membership meetings. For the membership to transact business at a membership meeting, a quorum composed of a majority of those members registered for the meeting is required. Voting by proxy will not be allowed.

 

3.9 TRANSACTING BUSINESS BY EMAIL OR MAIL

 

To be enacted by email or mail, a matter must receive the majority vote of at least ten per cent (10%) of eligible members. The Secretary, or a designee, shall give not less than 20-days’ notice to all members as to the voting deadline for business transacted by email or mail.  If less than ten per cent (10%) of eligible members vote, then a second call to vote will be solicited or the business shall be deferred until the Annual Conference or until the next general membership meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION 4: LEADERSHIP

 

4.1 BOARD

 

The NCBC shall be led and managed by a ten-member board comprised of President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Treasurer, Secretary and five (5) members elected at-large.

 

4.2 VOTING RIGHTS

 

Each member of the Board shall be entitled to one vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the Board.

 

4.3 MEETING AND TRANSACTING BUSINESS GENERALLY

 

The Board may hold a meeting whenever a majority of the board members request a meeting.  The Secretary will provide notice of a meeting at least one week in advance, when possible, and the notice shall contain the purpose(s) for which the meeting has been scheduled.  To transact business at a meeting, a majority of the voting Board must be present.  Expenses related to a meeting shall be payable from NCBC funds if approved by a majority vote of the Board.  The Board may hold meetings and transact business in-person, by mail, by telephone or by any electronic means.  The minutes of all meetings must reflect how the Board voted on each matter brought forth for a vote.

 

4.4 [SECTION RESERVED]

 

4.5 RESIGNATION

 

Any member of the Board may resign at any time by giving a written notice of such resignation to the President, or to the President-Elect if the President is tendering a resignation.

 

4.6 REMOVAL OF A BOARD MEMBER

 

Upon the agreement of a majority of the Board any member of the Board may be removed for conduct detrimental to the interests of the NCBC, for lack of sympathy with its objectives, or for refusal to render reasonable assistance in carrying out its purposes. Any member who is removed may, within five (5) business days of notification of such vote, submit a written request to the President to request reconsideration. Any member of the Board proposed to be removed shall be entitled to at least five days’ written notice by mail of the meeting at which such removal is to be voted upon, and shall be entitled to be heard or present written documentation in opposition to such removal.

 

SECTION 5: BOARD

 

5.1 DESIGNATION OF TITLE

 

The Board of the NCBC is comprised of (a) five (5) Officers (President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Secretary, and Treasurer) and (5) other members elected by the full membership of the NCBC in a manner prescribed in Section 7. No member may simultaneously hold more than one office in the NCBC.

 

5.2 QUALIFICATIONS

 

With the exception of the President-Elect, the qualification to serve as a Board member is that the individual be a member of the NCBC under Section 3.1.

 

The qualifications to serve as President or President-Elect are that the individual be a member of the NCBC under Section 3.1 and hold the position of Clerk of Court.

 

At least one (1) of the five (5) at large Board members must be held by a Clerk of Court.

 

A Board member who retires from federal service during his or her term will be deemed to have voluntarily resigned from the Board.

 

5.3 SALARIES AND COMPENSATION

 

The members of the Board shall not be entitled to a salary for their service as members of the Board.  The Board may receive reimbursement for their expenses, or a portion thereof, incurred in connection with attendance at a meeting or transaction of business of the NCBC as provide in Sections 4.3 and 4.4.

 

5.4 VACANCIES

 

A vacancy on the Board, other than that of President, shall be filled for the duration of the former Board member’s term of office by an individual appointed by the President with the approval of a majority of the Board.

 

The President-Elect shall fill a vacancy in the Office of the President automatically for the duration of the former President's term of office; the ascending President-Elect shall be eligible to continue in office as President for the unexpired portion of the term and for the succeeding two-year term.

 

5.5 TERM OF OFFICE

 

The term of office for the Board shall begin at the close of the Annual Conference in the year in which their elections are held, and shall conclude at the close of the Annual Conference in the second year following the year in which their elections were held.

 

5.6 DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT

 

The President shall be the chief executive officer and preside at meetings of the membership and all Board meetings. The President shall sign all instruments requiring execution on behalf of the corporation, and shall sign all Resolutions approved by the NCBC. The President shall perform all duties imposed by the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws. The President, or designee, is empowered to speak on behalf of the NCBC, and the President's action shall be binding upon the NCBC until the membership or the Board approves a resolution disavowing such action. The President is empowered to act for the Board when time is of the essence and the Board cannot timely meet, subject to any ratifying vote deemed appropriate by the Board at a later time.

 

5.7 DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT-ELECT

 

The President-Elect shall perform those tasks specifically assigned to him/her by the President, one of which shall be to supervise the work of the Committees described in section 10. In addition, the President-Elect shall perform the duties of the President during the absence or disability of the President.

 

5.8 DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY

 

The Secretary shall maintain minutes of all meetings and will provide a copy of the minutes to the Board for approval on a monthly basis. The Secretary shall be primarily responsible for seeing that an annual election is conducted as provided in section 7. The Secretary shall maintain a copy of all official correspondence issued by the NCBC. The Secretary shall preserve the records of all meetings.  Records from the most recent two-year period will be transmitted to the Website Administrator.  All other records will be transmitted to the Historian.

 

5.9 DUTIES OF THE TREASURER

 

The Treasurer shall maintain complete and accurate records of the NCBC’s financial affairs, and shall furnish a report of the financial condition of the NCBC to the Board within two weeks following the end of every month.    When a new President takes office, the Treasurer shall perform an audit of the records of the Business Manager or financial administrator retained by the NCBC.   The audit will be performed by a mutually agreed upon deadline.   Audit results shall be provided to the new President immediately following conclusion of the audit.

 

5.10 DUTIES OF THE IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

 

The Immediate Past President shall perform any duty assigned by the President and will serve as chair of the Past Presidents’ Committee.

 

5.11 PARLIAMENTARIAN AND RULES OF ORDER

 

Upon taking office, the President may appoint a Parliamentarian from the general membership of the NCBC, exclusive of members of the Board. The term of office of the Parliamentarian shall be the same as that of the President who made the appointment. Robert's Rules of Order shall be the NCBC’s Official Guide to Parliamentary Procedure. These rules of order shall be effective at all meetings. 

 

 

 

 

 

5.12 DUTIES OF THE BOARD

 

Each Board member shall be primarily responsible for undertaking at least one project, assignedby the President or agreed upon by a majority of the Board. The Board individually and as a body, shall assist the President in formulating policy for the NCBC.

 

 

 SECTION 6. NCBC STAFF

 

6.1 COMPOSITION OF NCBC STAFF

 

The NCBC Staff, comprised of NCBC members as deemed necessary by the Board, includes Business Manager or financial administrator retained by the NCBC, IMPACT Editor, Historian and Website Administrator.   

 

6.2 SALARIES AND COMPENSATION

 

The NCBC Staff shall not be entitled to a salary for their service but may receive a stipend as approved by the Board.  The Staff may receive reimbursement for expenses incurred in connection with attendance at meetings or transacting business of the NCBC as provided in section 4.3.

 

6.3 TERMS OF OFFICE

 

The President may appoint staff positions after completion of an application process and approval by the Board. The incumbents will serve at the pleasure of the President and the Board.     Staff positions shall be reopened to the membership no less than every three (3) years with the opportunity for incumbents to reapply.  The Staff will not have any voting rights other than general membership voting rights, but will attend the Annual Conference and any other meetings as approved by the Board.

 

6.4 DUTIES OF THE HISTORIAN

 

The Historian shall maintain an historical record of the NCBC. The Historian shall document the activities of the NCBC by taking and retaining photos, including video, of NCBC events – specifically the Annual Conference and by generally collecting items of interest, such as copies of the IMPACT, flyers, programs, letters of acknowledgment, newspaper articles, etc. The Historian shall be responsible for the manner in which information will be collected and maintained and shall report on these at the Annual Conference.  The Historian shall coordinate efforts with the IMPACT editor to provide materials for publishing and respond to official requests for historical records and information.

 

6.5 DUTIES OF THE BUSINESS MANAGER OR FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR

 

The Business Manager or financial administrator retained by the NCBC shall collect membership dues, maintain the membership database, and provide annually the percentage of NCBC membership of each Clerk's Office to the Chair of the Awards Committee not later than 30 days prior to the Annual Conference. The Business Manager or financial administrator retained by the NCBC shall maintain such checking and savings accounts as deemed necessary and appropriate for the benefit of the NCBC. The Business Manager or financial administrator retained by the NCBC will cooperate with the Treasurer during regular audits of these accounts, will process all invoices, perform reconciliation of accounts receivable and payable under the supervision of the Treasurer, prepare (or ensure accurate preparation of) and file such tax returns as required.  The Business Manager or financial administrator retained by the NCBC will act as the conference registrar for the Annual Conference by handling registration fees and all other associated transactions. All financial and Conference records, except for those maintained by the Treasurer, shall, with the approval of the Board, be physically maintained by the Business Manager or financial administrator retained by the NCBC.    

 

6.6 DUTIES OF THE IMPACT EDITOR

 

The IMPACT Editor shall author and edit articles submitted for inclusion in the NCBC’s newsletter   The Editor, with the assistance of the IMPACT Committee, will plan the content, produce the newsletter in print or web-based format, and publish it on a regular or as needed basis.   The Editor may be called upon by the President or majority of the Board to send messages to the membership.   The Editor may receive inquiries from the general membership and will refer the member, as necessary, to the subject matter expert.

 

6. 7   DUTIES OF THE WEBSITE ADMINISTRATOR

                                                           

The Website Administrator, with the assistance of the Website Committee, shall be responsible for the administrative and operational responsibilities associated with the software application that NCBC utilizes to communicate with our membership.  These duties include the creation, editing and updating of the website and forms which allow the membership to view information on upcoming conferences, newsletters, offerings, email lists and membership information.  The Website Administrator is responsible for communicating with any membership database provider and will act as the resource to the Board to help develop necessary information or forms as directed.  Major duties will include: assistance in creating membership forms and communication vehicles for the Membership Committee, assistance in creating the Annual Conference registration form, as well as reports and communication vehicles for the Annual Conference committee, recommending appropriate communication vehicles and generate reports to the Board, and developing and editing the NCBC official website.

                                                                                                                                   

 

SECTION 7: ELECTIONS

 

7.1 CONDUCTING OF ELECTIONS

 

An election of the Board with expiring terms shall be conducted in a manner described in Section 3.9, and shall be concluded at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the Annual Conference.  The candidates receiving the greatest number of votes from those entitled to vote and voting shall be elected.

 

7.2 DECLARATION OF CANDIDACY

 

By March 1, the Secretary shall notify members that they have 30 days in which they may declare candidacy for any office and submit their statements of candidacy. All candidates must meet the qualifications found in Section 5.2 and be current with membership dues. The statement of candidacy should describe the candidate's interest in serving in the position sought and must be submitted to the Secretary.  Such notification may be included in the IMPACT and distributed to the general membership or by email or electronic means. No member may declare candidacy for more than one office,

 

7.3 CANDIDATE RECRUITMENT COMMITTEE

 

The President (or his/her designee) shall appoint a Candidate Recruitment Committee by April 15, if needed, for securing willing candidates for positions for which the election is to be held. The Candidate Recruitment committee shall be composed of not less than three (3) NCBC members, none of whom are members of the Board. At the conclusion of the period for the declarations of candidacy as provided in 7.2, if there is an insufficient number of candidates for the positions to be elected, the Candidate Recruitment Committee shall prepare and submit to the President a list of one or more names of candidates for each position to be elected.  If no candidates are forthcoming within 15 days of the Candidate Recruitment Committee being formed, the position will be reopened for a period of 15 days or the incumbent may choose to declare candidacy for the position at the end of the 15-day period.

 

7.4 STATEMENTS OF CANDIDATES

 

On or before the transmittal of the election ballots to the membership, the Secretary shall ensure that the candidates' statements are available for viewing by the general membership and are posted on the NCBC website.

 

7.5 ELECTION BALLOTS

 

The Secretary shall prepare election ballots containing the names of declared candidates and the deadline for voting, and shall transmit the ballots to all members of the NCBC eligible to vote.  The candidates receiving the greatest number of votes from eligible voters shall be elected. At the conclusion of the election process, the Secretary shall certify the results of the voting to the President.  The President shall be responsible for notifying the candidates of the election results prior to the Annual Conference.

 

7.6 CONSECUTIVE TERMS

 

The Secretary, Treasurer, and an at-large member of the Board may run for one additional term at the conclusion of his/her initial two-year term. In all other circumstances, there shall be at least one intervening year between terms of an individual holding the same office.   If no other candidates declare candidacy for an available position within the prescribed open period as outlined in Sections 7.2 and 7.3, the incumbent may declare candidacy for that available position if he or she so desires.

 SECTION 8: DUES

 

8.1 ANNUAL DUES

 

The annual dues for the membership commencing January 1 and ending December 31 of each year shall be determined by the Board for each category of membership established by the Board.  The categories and amount of dues shall be periodically published in the IMPACT and on the application for membership forms.  The membership period shall run January 1 to December 31 for the number of years included in the dues payment. 

 

8.2 DEFAULT OF MEMBERSHIP

 

If renewal dues are not paid by March 1 of each year, the membership shall become inactive.

 

8.3 REFUNDS AND INCREASED RATES

 

Partial refunds will not be made nor increased rates charged due to change in membership status within a given year.

 

8.4 [SECTION RESERVED]

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 SECTION 9: MISCELLANEOUS

 

9.1 AMENDING THE BY-LAWS OR ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION

 

The By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation may be amended or repealed by a majority of the voting members. 

 

9.2 WAIVER OF THE BY-LAWS

 

Any or all of the By-Laws of the NCBC may be waived at any meeting of the general membership or at any meeting of the Board whenever a majority of members present vote; and provided further that a quorum be present at said meeting.

 

9.3 APPROVAL OF EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT

 

For the expenses involved in administering the NCBC, all requests for expense reimbursement must be approved by the President or in the event of his/her absence, the President-Elect prior to payment by the Business Manager or financial administrator retained by the NCBC.  The President shall have the option of spending up to $2,000 per conference year at his/her discretion with the provision that the expenditure is brought to the attention of the Board at its next regular meeting.

                                     

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION 10: COMMITTEES

 

10.1 STANDING COMMITTEES

 

In order to address matters of continuing interest to the members, the NCBC shall maintain such committees as the Board deems appropriate and necessary. Each committee shall be chaired by a member of the Board.

 

10.2 SPECIAL AND AD HOC COMMITTEES

 

The President, with the advice and consent of the Board, may constitute additional special and ad hoc committees as needed to further the objectives of the NCBC.

 

10.3 COMMITTEE CHAIR

 

The President shall select the chair of each committee.

 

10.4 BOARD LIAISON

 

At the President's discretion, each member of the Board may be assigned as liaison to at least one committee. The Board member so assigned shall serve as an ex officio member of that committee and shall work with the committee chairman to see that all committee recommendations receive the attention of the Board.

 

10.5 COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

 

The President or his/her designee shall select members of a committee.

 

10.6 COMMITTEE FUNCTIONS

 

Annual Education Conference:  Responsible for preparation of meetings; overseeing the logistics of meetings to ensure the annual education conference focuses on Bankruptcy Court expertise in education and training issues of unique concern to bankruptcy operations; working closely with the Federal Judicial Center in addressing identified needs.  Also, responsible for identifying speakers, arranging workshops and developing programs of interest and educational value. 

 

Awards and Scholarship:  Responsible for coordinating the nomination and selection process related to special awards that recognize exceptional service and accomplishment.  Responsible for the solicitation and review of scholarship applications and making recommendations to the Board.

 

Benefits:  Responsible for researching benefits needs of members and evaluating available programs.

 

Mentorship:  Responsible for connecting new and existing members of the NCBC to enhance professional and personal development while increasing overall knowledge and understanding of the judiciary and court operations through a one-on-one relationship.

 

Membership:  Responsible for developing materials and programs to advance membership growth and retention; spearheading an annual membership drive while working in close collaboration with Circuit Liaisons and Local Representatives.

 

Outreach:  Responsible for increasing long term commitment to the NCBC members by working with all committees, members and external entities, as needed.

 

Website:  Responsible for assisting the Website Administrator in maintaining the NCBC website.

 

IMPACT:  Responsible for assisting the IMPACT editor with the production of the NCBC newsletter on a regular basis, or as needed.

 

Past Presidents:  Responsible for special projects as assigned by the President or Board.

 

SECTION 11: CIRCUIT LIAISONS & LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES

 

11.1 CIRCUIT LIAISONS

 

The President, with the consent of the Board, may appoint Circuit Liaisons in each judicial circuit to coordinate the activities of the NCBC within those circuits. Any member of the NCBC with voting privileges is eligible to serve as a Circuit Liaison. If the size of the circuit so warrants, the President may appoint two Circuit Liaisons within that circuit.

 

11.2 LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES

 

The Board may designate Local Representatives to coordinate the activities of the NCBC within districts and/or divisional offices within a district. Any member of the NCBC with voting privileges is eligible to serve as a Local Representative.

 

SECTION 12: BENEFIT PLANS

 

12.1 BENEFIT PLANS

 

Any voluntary benefit plan available to Qualified Members in Sections 3.1, 3.2 or 3.3 must be sponsored and endorsed by the NCBC.  It is not required that one be a member of the NCBC to participate in the voluntary benefit plan.