Official Bylaws (updated May 2011)
The name of this organization is the Network of Hispanic Communicators (NHC). See paragraph three below for additional information about the name. This Dallas-Fort Worth area organization is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization serving as a professional support and advocacy association for professional communicators.
• On May 28, 2008, the DFW Network of Hispanic Communicators officially became a chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists upon receiving a letter addressed to then-president Stella Chavez designating the organization as an NAHJ chapter.
• In August 2010, the planning committee recommended changing the name of the group to Hispanic Communicators DFW. This name change will pertain to our website, Facebook, emails and common references, but will not change our status with our bank account, our nonprofit 501(c) (3) status or with the state of Texas.
The purpose of the Hispanic Communicators is to:
• Bring together Hispanics in journalism and advance Hispanics in communications careers;
• Promote fair treatment and accurate portrayal of Hispanics in the media;
• Provide community services to enhance outreach efforts; and
• Encourage Hispanics to consider and pursue the communications profession.
CONDUCT OF MEETINGS
Meetings are generally conducted in English, but will allow for bilingual communication (in Spanish).
A. General Membership — Open to all current and former professionals in electronic, broadcast and print media; other new media; journalism educators; professionals in advertising and public relations; and freelancers in the above categories. All general members are eligible to vote. Annual dues are $35.
B. Associate membership — Open to people who do not work in the media but who support the goals of the Network. They can vote but not hold office. Annual dues are $35.
C. Student Membership — Open to high school and college students involved in the study of communications. Student members are eligible to vote or hold office in the position of student representative. Annual dues are $15.
D. Corporate and honorary membership — Open to people or companies that contribute services or funds, and/or donate to the Hispanic Communicators’ events, scholarships. Dues are accepted, but not required.
E. Current NAHJ members in the North Texas area are automatically members of the Hispanic Communicators.
A. Annual dues must be renewed by each member’s anniversary date.
B. Membership is non-transferable.
C. Dues must be up to date for a member to vote on Hispanic Communicators’ issues or elections.
D. The membership fees may be modified by a two-thirds vote of eligible members present at a meeting.
All officers may serve no more than two consecutive terms. Officers may serve on any of the Hispanic Communicators committees.
A. President — The president must be a working or former broadcast or print journalist, other new media, or PR professional who has worked as a broadcast, print or electronic journalist, if a working journalist is not available to serve. He or she presides over meetings and develops the working agenda. He/she serves as official spokesperson of the organization. The president appoints committee chairs and members to assist with committee assignments.
B. Vice Presidents — The vice presidents must be working or former broadcast or print journalists, or PR professional who has worked as a broadcast, print or electronic journalist if a working journalist is not available to serve. There will be a vice president for Print and a vice president for Broadcast. The vice presidents will be in charge of Hispanic Communicators events, membership and outreach to Spanish-language media.
C. Treasurer — The treasurer will serve as the Hispanic Communicators’ chief fundraiser. The treasurer has two main duties: the procurement of funds, which includes letter writing and maintaining a list of potential contributors, and working with the Hispanic Communicators’ chief financial officer. Any member can serve in this position.
D. Secretary — The secretary keeps minutes of all meetings and posts meeting notices and coordinates telephone notification to the membership. He/she shall assist officers and committees in coordinating and recording all official communications. The secretary shall be responsible for ensuring the membership receives meeting notices by mail, e-mail or telephone. Any member can serve in this position.
E. Chief Financial Officer — The Hispanic Communicators’ chief financial officer will be appointed by the president, pending approval of the Hispanic Communicators officers. The CFO will serve as the Hispanic Communicators business manager and be responsible for documenting all incoming revenues, gift scholarship donations, and membership dues. The CFO will provide regular financial statements to the membership at its monthly meetings and be responsible for maintaining current and accurate financial books for review by the officers and the Hispanic Communicators’ prospective benefactors.
— The Hispanic Communicators has several standing committees. All committee chairs and members must be current members.
• Journalism workshop
• High school writing contest
• Speakers bureau
MEETINGS AND ELECTIONS
A. Hispanic Communicators’ meetings shall be held a minimum of six times a year. Additional meetings may be called at the discretion of the president and/or a majority of the officers.
B. Annual election of officers shall take place in September. Nominations will be received at the August meeting. Should an officer resign a post, the other officers will appoint a replacement.
C. A quorum of at least three-fifths of the elected officers is required to conduct official Hispanic Communicators’ business.
REMOVAL OR RESIGNATION OF OFFICERS
A. Any elected officer may resign his/her post by providing a letter of resignation to the president and officers.
B. Any elected officer may be removed by a majority or two-fifth vote of members present at the regular monthly meeting. Committee chairs may be removed by the president without any vote. Officers may be subject to removal for missing three meetings per year.
C. Resignations of duties of Committee chairs must be reported in writing to the President.
AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS
A. The Hispanic Communicators’ bylaws may be amended at a regular monthly meeting. A special bylaws vote can be called at other times by the board. Amendments will be voted on once a year during the officer elections.
B. Proposed changes must be presented in writing to the general membership through the secretary at a regular monthly meeting, and then voted on at the following meeting.
C. Amendments may be approved by a two/thirds vote of the general membership present at the meeting.
D. On Nov. 10, 2007, the group passed the following amendment:
The DFW Network of Hispanic Communicators reserves the right to join — as a chapter — the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The Network of Hispanic Communicators reserves the right to uphold the bylaws of NAHJ. The DFW Network of Hispanic Communicators reserves the right to change its name to Network of Hispanic Communicators/DFW Chapter of NAHJ upon approval by NAHJ and Network of Hispanic Communicators members.
E. At the monthly meeting on March 24, 2011, the group updated its bylaws by a vote of 8-0 with one abstention.