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Bylaws

Iowa Death Investigators Association
June 11, 2004 – Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Contents
I. Name, Purpose, Principle Office
II. Board of Directors
III. Officers
IV. Duties and Powers of Officers
V. Removal of a Member of the Board of Directors
VI. Other Rules Governing the Board of Directors
VII. Compensation
VIII. Membership Allowed
IX. Equipment
X. Storage
XI. Not for Profit Corporation


I. Name, Purpose, Principal Office

1.0 – Name

The name of this organization is the Iowa Death Investigators Association, herein referred to as “IDIA” or the “Association”.

1.1 – Purpose

1. The primary purpose of IDIA is to provide high quality training in the fields of homicide investigation, death investigation, evidence collection and analysis, prosecution, victim services and support, as well as other closely related areas.

2. The IDIA exists to promote and increase constructive relationships between investigators throughout the state in order to form contacts and liaisons to further assist in the apprehension of offenders and the effective investigation and prosecution of death cases.

3. The IDIA advocates effective relationships between investigators and members of related disciplines (see 1, above) for the purpose of improving the team approach to cases to assure that offenders procure the maximum measure of the law and victims receive the highest level of service and sensitivity.

4. The IDIA encourages the ongoing development of progressive training for death investigators and members of related disciplines to assure the continuing improvement of effectiveness in the field.

1.2 – Principal Office

1. The principal office for the transaction of business of the IDIA shall be located in the County where the Treasurer resides, within the State of Iowa.

2. The Board of Directors shall have the power to change the Association’s principal office to another location within the State of Iowa. Any change shall not require an amendment to the Bylaws, and shall be noted by the Secretary of the Association in the minutes of the meeting when the change occurs. Proper notification of such a change of location shall be made by the Secretary of the Association to the appropriate State agency.

II. Board of Directors

2.0 – General Management

The general management of the IDIA’s business shall be under the control, supervision and direction of the Board of Directors. The initial Board of Directors shall serve until the first annual meeting.

2.1 – Directors

1. The authorized number of Directors shall be no more than nine (9). The Board of Directors shall determine when additional positions will be added to the Board of Directors until the authorized number (9) is reached to allow board positions to be staggered. The Board of Directors positions shall be selected in a general membership election where all members in good standing may vote. This election process shall be completed no later than the first day of December for those positions which are open for election.

2. All members in good standing of the Association are eligible to submit their name for election to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors positions shall be selected in a general membership election where all members in good standing may vote.

3. The President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Association shall be ex-officio members of the Board of Directors.

2.2 – Terms of Office

The term of office for a member of the Board of Directors shall be two (2) years, with the term ending at the general election of the second year. There is no limit to the number of terms that an association member may serve on the Board of Directors.

2.3 – Board of Director Elections

1. The Board of Directors shall be elected by a simple majority of those members of the Association that are eligible to vote. The votes shall be counted by the President and Vice-President.

2. All Board of Director positions are elected during a general membership election, with the exception of the Association Officers.

2.4 – Board Vacancies

1. If, at the time of the general membership election, the number of vacancies on the Board of Directors is greater than or equal to the number of nominees, the Board of Directors may cancel the election and install the nominees to the vacant Board positions without prior notice to the general membership of the Association.

2. Any vacancy on the Board of Directors or among the officer positions caused by death, disability, resignation, or removal shall be filled by a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors.

3. Any member appointed by the Board of Directors to a position on the Board due to a vacancy will serve out the remainder of the term.

2.5 – Resignation from the Board of Directors

Members of the Board of Directors who resign their position on the Board are ineligible to run in the next general election without the approval of the current Board of Directors.

2.6 – Limitations of Board Membership

Membership on the Board of Directors is limited to Iowa domiciliaries.

III. Officers

3.0 – Officers, defined

The Board of Directors shall have four officers. The officers shall consist of a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary and a Treasurer. Each officer shall be a member of the Board of Directors.

3.1 – Term of Officer Positions

The term of all officer positions is one (1) year. There is no limit on the number of terms that the officers of the corporation may serve. The officers will be elected by the Board of Directors.

IV. Duties and Powers of Officers

4.0 – President

1. The President shall be the Executive Officer of the Association and, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, will supervise, direct and control the activities of the Association.

2. The President shall preside at all meetings of the membership and the Board of Directors. The President will also be responsible for preparing the agenda for the meetings of the Board of Directors.

3. All official correspondence of the Association and any documents that express the position of the IDIA shall be signed by the President.

4. The President shall make the nomination for the President Elect to the Board of Directors.

4.1 – Vice President

1. The Vice-President shall assume all powers and duties of the President in the President’s absence, and relinquish those powers and responsibilities upon the President’s return.

2. In the event of the President’s departure from the Board of Directors prior to the completion of his/her term, the Vice-President shall complete the balance of the one-year term as President, and thereafter serve a consecutive one-year term as President. Consequently, a new Vice-President shall be elected by the Board of Directors when the current Vice-President assumes the position of the departing President. The new Vice-President shall also serve the remaining portion of the term and serve for the following term as Vice-President.

4.2 – Secretary

1. The Secretary shall take and maintain the minutes of the Board of Directors, and shall include in them the time and place of the meetings, names of Directors and members present, and the proceedings of the meetings.

2. The Secretary shall be the keeper of the records for the IDIA. During his/her term, the Secretary shall collect all minute records, correspondence, financial records, training records, and all relevant documentation of the activity of the Board of Directors and IDIA during that term. The Secretary shall cause to be stored all of the records in the
Association’s designated storage facility.

3. The Secretary shall keep the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. The Secretary shall also provide a copy of the Bylaws to any newly installed Board member.

4.3 - Treasurer

1. The Treasurer shall keep and maintain accounts showing the receipts and disbursements of the Association and an account of its cash and other
assets.

2. The Treasurer shall deposit all monies of the Association in an institution insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in amounts
not exceeding the maximum amount insured.

3. The Treasurer shall disburse funds of the Association as ordered by the Board of Directors and as such, delegated to the Treasurer’s discretion by the Board. The Treasurer will open the books of the Association, with reasonable notice, at reasonable times and locations, to the inspection by any member of the Association.

4. The Board of Directors may elect to hire a bonded accountant or bookkeeper to assist the Treasurer. In that eventuality, the Treasurer will be responsible for the supervision and monitoring of that position. Under no circumstances shall a hired accountant or bookkeeper have any discretionary power over the Association’s monies.

5. The Treasurer shall submit a written financial report at the end of his/her term. This report shall be presented to the Board of Directors at the first meeting of the new year.

V. Removal of a Member of the Board of Directors

5.0 – Cause

Any member of the Board of Directors may be removed for cause by a simple majority vote of the Board, with the Board member in question abstaining from the vote. Cause shall include but is not limited to the following: malfeasance, sexual harassment, criminal conduct, failure to perform duties or participate in Board functions, wanton disobedience of the Bylaws of the Association, or conduct which brings disrespect to or is unbecoming of a member of the Board of Directors.

5.1 – Reporting Cause

Any member of the Board of Directors, the Association, or the general public who become aware of information which may tend to indicate that a member of the Board of Directors is not fit for the position as stated in section 5.0, above, or that a Board member’s continued service may not be in the best interest of the Association, may bring that information and any supporting documentation to the President of the Association. The reporting person may remain confidential unless they are a principle witness.

5.2 – Investigation

The President shall, as soon as possible, conduct an investigation into any allegations of misconduct. The involved Board member shall be advised of any allegations against him/her and be allowed to view all materials.

If the President finds that the allegations are false or unfounded, he/she may drop the matter only with concurrence of the Vice-President. In any other situation, the matter shall be the first item on the agenda for the next meeting of the Board of Directors. The President shall advise all members of the Board of Directors of the agenda item prior to the meeting-taking place.

5.3 – Removal of Board Member, Vote

At the next meeting of the Board of Directors, the President shall make a motion to remove the Board member in question, and the Vice-President shall second the motion, regardless of the Vice-President’s personal opinion. This action shall require a discussion and a vote before the matter is resolved. The President will then report the allegations and findings of the investigation. The involved Board member will be allowed to respond. At the conclusion of the discussion, the Board member in question will be asked to leave the room, and a secret ballot will be taken. The votes will be counted by the President and the President Elect. They will only announce if the motion carried or not, and the breakdown of the votes shall remain confidential.

5.4 – Removal of President or Vice-President

If the President or Vice-President are the subject of the removal inquiry, the next highest-ranking officer shall take their respective duties in the order of: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer.

VI. Other Rules Governing the Board of Directors

6.0 – Compensation

The IDIA is a not-for-profit organization. No member of the Board of Directors may receive any compensation for his/her services. Members of the Board of Directors or members who have been authorized to perform duties for the Association shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred during those activities. In the event that a non-member of the Board of Directors requires reimbursement, that request shall be made to the Treasurer through the member of the Board who is supervising the non-member. In the absence of such a member, the request shall be made through the President. The Treasurer shall make a record of the reimbursements available to all members of the Board of Directors.

6.1 – Financial Transactions

It is recognized that numerous financial transactions are executed by all members of the Board of Directors in conducting training seminars, producing and mailing publications, obtaining and storing merchandise, and other functions performed by the Board for the Association. To this end, the Board of Directors may elect to issue credit cards to the members of the Board for the purpose of conducting these transactions in an expeditious manner. Only members of the Board of Directors may be issued or use Association credit cards. The Treasurer shall provide copies of all charges made by each Board member to all of the members of the Board of Directors for review and to ensure the validity of the charges.

6.2 – Use of Association Monies

No Association monies may be used to purchase any personal item even if the intent of that purchase is a reimbursement for expenses incurred as a result of conducting official Association business, or if the member of the Board of Directors who made the purchase intends to reimburse the Association.

6.3 – Inappropriate Purchases

In the event a purchase is made that is deemed inappropriate, the purchasing Board member shall be asked to reimburse the Association, and the Board member may be subject to removal of office.

6.4 – Contract Authorization

The Board of Directors may authorize, by a majority vote, any officer or agent to enter into any contract or execute any instrument in the name of the Association. Unless so authorized, no member shall have the power or authority to bind the Association to any contract or render the Association contractually liable for any purpose whatsoever.

6.5 – Endorsements

1. No member, Director or officer of IDIA may publicly express an opinion or endorsement of any action, political candidate, or public office holder, in which that opinion or endorsement purports directly or inferentially to represent the views of the IDIA, its members, officers, or the Board of Directors, unless that member has been specifically authorized, in writing, to do so by the Board of Directors.

2. IDIA shall not endorse or oppose any person running for election or seeking appointment to any public office.

VII. MEETINGS

7.0 – Quorum

Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be called by the President of the corporation. A majority of the authorized number of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

7.1 – Annual Meeting

An annual meeting of the IDIA shall be held at a time and location selected by the Board of Directors.

7.2 – Members Allowed

Board of Directors’ meetings are open to all members of the Association, except, when for good cause, the Board meets in exclusive session.

7.3 – Robert’s Rules of Order

The meetings of the Board of Directors shall be conducted under the guidelines established by Robert’s Rules of Order

7.4 – Special Meetings

All business of the Board of Directors shall be conducted at meetings of the Board, unless exigent circumstances exist. In that situation, any member may call for an item on the agenda to be heard between meetings, with an explanation as to why the item cannot wait until the next regular Board meeting, with the President and Vice-President concurring. The item shall require a motion, a second, a discussion, and a vote. A quorum vote will be needed in order to carry the motion. This type of voting should be conducted via E-mail or other similar technology, where all members of the Board have access to all correspondence on the item. The Secretary shall print all records of this transaction of business, and incorporate those records into the minutes of the next Board meeting.

VIII. Membership

8.0 – Membership Allowed

IDIA membership is limited to the following people:

1. Sworn law enforcement personnel.

2. Civilian employees of law enforcement agencies whose duties relate to death investigations.

3. Retired law enforcement personnel.

4. Prosecutors

5. Medical Examiners

6. Medical examiner investigators.

7. Membership may also be granted, by a simple majority vote of the Board, to persons who work in disciplines not listed in categories 1 through 6 noted above.

Prospective members must complete a membership application and submit it to the IDIA along with their payment of membership dues. A prospective member becomes an active member after being approved by a simple majority vote of the Board.

8.1 – Cancellation of Membership

1. The Board of Directors has the right to cancel any membership, deny membership or deny attendance at any training to any person whose mission, purpose, agenda, conduct or occupation are in conflict with the best interests and objectives of the IDIA as set forth in section 1.1 of these Bylaws.

2. The Board of Directors has the right to cancel any membership when a member has displayed any behavior that is disruptive, offensive, and destructive or criminal at any IDIA sponsored event. The member may be asked to leave the event.

8.2 – Membership Dues Refund

Any member who is expelled from IDIA or any event shall be given a pro-rated refund of his/her membership dues and/or registration fee at the convenience of the Secretary/Treasurer.

8.3 – Term of Membership

Membership shall run from January 1st through December 31st of each calendar year. Annual membership dues shall be established by the Board of Directors by simple majority vote.

8.4 – Member Voting Rights

All members in good standing shall be entitled to vote in any general election and benefit from the activities of the IDIA. Memberships are non-transferable.

8.5 – Lifetime Members

Past Presidents of IAHI automatically become lifetime members upon completion of their terms of office and are thereafter exempt from payment of annual membership dues and conference registration fees. Past Presidents are subject to having this status revoked under the provisions set forth in section 8.1, above.

8.6 – Bylaw Revisions

The Board of Directors may submit bylaw amendments or revisions. Any changes to the existing bylaws shall require a vote of the general membership, with a simple majority of the voting members being required to approve the changes.

8.7 - Meeting

The annual meeting of the members shall be held on such date (not a legal holiday) as the Board of Directors shall by resolution specify within a period commencing on January 1, 2004 and ending on December 30 in each year, and beginning with _______ 2004. There shall be a minimum of one (1) meeting held each year. At each annual meeting, election of the directors may take place if appropriate and such other business shall be transacted as may be properly presented.

IX. Equipment

9.0 – Equipment Purchases

The Board of Directors may purchase equipment, as it deems necessary for the purpose of conducting IDIA business. Purchase of equipment shall require a simple majority vote of the Board of Directors.

9.1 – Use of Equipment

Equipment purchased by the IDIA shall be used only to conduct IDIA business.

9.2 – Inventory

The Secretary/Treasurer shall keep an inventory of all IDIA equipment, and a record of who has possession of that equipment. Any IDIA equipment that is not currently in use shall be stored in the IDIA designated storage facility.

9.3 – Disbursement of Equipment

Equipment that has become obsolete or is no longer needed by the Board of Directors may be sold for fair market value, with the funds being returned to the general fund of IDIA. In the event that an item has little or no value, it may be donated to a worthy non-profit organization as decided by the Board of Directors. Equipment that has become worthless may be discarded.

X. STORAGE

10.0 – Purpose of Storage Facility

The storage facility is for the purpose of maintaining IDIA’s archives, records, equipment, and other items as designated by the Board of Directors. A designated member of the Board of Directors shall be responsible for the maintenance of the storage facility and for the retrieval of items.

10.1 – Designated Storage Facility

The Board of Directors shall maintain a designated storage facility. The mechanism for this arrangement will be left to the discretion of the seated Board members.

XI. Not for Profit Corporation

This corporation is organized and shall operate as a not-for-profit corporation for the purposes stated above. Any income received shall be applied only for the non-profit purposes and objectives of the corporation, and no part of the income shall inure to the benefit of any director, officer, Advisory Board member, member or any person associated with the corporation.