Bylaws: South Dakota Chapter, NASW
Revised June 2013
ARTICLE I - NAME
The name of the organization is the South Dakota Chapter, National Association of Social Workers.
ARTICLE II - PURPOSE
- The South Dakota Chapter is constituted to advance the purposes of the National
Association of Social Workers in South Dakota and is a basic administrative unit
of the National Association of Social Workers. The South Dakota Chapter
program and structure shall be designed to encourage and facilitate participation
by the members. The program of the South Dakota Chapter shall be related to the
basic unified program plan of the National Association of Social Workers, taking
into consideration the special needs and interests of the members in the South
- The purposes of the South Dakota Chapter shall at all times be consonant with the
National Association of Social Workers’ purposes as stated in Article II of the
ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP
Membership categories, including rights and privileges, are specified in Article III
of the NASW Bylaws.
All NASW members in the geographic area of South Dakota shall automatically
be members of the South Dakota Chapter. A NASW member may elect to
affiliate with the chapter where he/she lives or work. In special circumstances, as
determined by the National Board of Directors, a member may elect to affiliate
with a chapter within which a member neither lives nor works.
ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS
- The officers of the South Dakota Chapter are the President, Vice-President,
Secretary, Treasurer, President-Elect, and other officers deemed necessary for
All officers shall automatically be members of the board of Directors of the South
Dakota Chapter and assume the following responsibilities.
- President - Presiding officer of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee;
ex-officio member of all committees; represents the Board of Directors between its
meetings and reports to the board of Directors all important interim actions; in
consultation with the Board of Directors makes all appropriate committee, task force,
unit, and other appointments, is available to consult with staff
- Vice-President - The Vice-President fulfils the duties of the President in the
event of absence or disability and assumes the presidency upon the President’s
resignation or inability to discharge the responsibilities of the office.
- Secretary - The Secretary is responsible for the transcription (minutes) of all
meetings of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and for all non-fiscal
records of the chapter.
- Treasurer - The Treasurer is responsible for ensuring the receipt, deposit,
disbursement and withdrawal of all Chapter funds, and renders regular financial
statements at least quarterly to the Board and Executive Committee. The Treasurer
serves at the Finance Committee chairperson
- President-Elect - The Chapter President shall be elected one year in advance
of assuming duties of the Chapter Presidency. This person is called the PresidentElect.
- Terms of Office
The Officers are elected by the Chapter membership. Chapter officers, except the
President-Elect, shall serve terms of two years unless increased to three years by
vote of the Board of Directors. Officers may not succeed themselves in the same
No member shall serve more than a total of six (6) consecutive years of service on
the Board. Terms as President-Elect do not count in the consecutive years’
The President-Elect shall be elected one year in advance of his or her assumption
of duties of the office of Chapter President.
In the event of a vacancy in the office of President-Elect, the chapter shall either:
a) offer the position to the nominee receiving the next largest number of votes in
the chapter election; or b) provide for a special election to the office of PresidentElect.
Vacancies, with the exception of President and President-Elect, occurring before
the expiration of the terms of office shall be filled by appointment by the Board of
Directors and persons so chosen shall serve until the term for that position
ARTICLE V - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The South Dakota Chapter Board of Directors exercises all powers of the Chapter
specified in the National NASW Bylaws, or otherwise delegated by the National
NASW Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors shall consist of the following members:
- The officers and President-Elect.
- Five members elected by their regional units as representatives to the Board of Directors.
- Three Student representatives, elected by their school, from each of the three
social work programs in the state. In the event that another program may be
introduced in the state, the Board of Directors may vote to add a representative
from that school
- Terms of Office
- The term of office shall commence July 1st.for a term of two years unless
increased to three years by vote of the Board of Directors, except student
members shall serve one-year terms. No member shall serve more than a total of
six (6) consecutive years of service on the Board
- In the event of two year terms, half of the officers and 50% of the regional unit
directors shall be elected in one year, and the remaining officers and 50% of the
regional unit directors shall be elected in the other years.
In the event of three year terms, one third of the officers and one-third of the
regional unit directors shall be elected every third year, except the first officers
and board members who may be scheduled to serve terms of less than three years
to permit an orderly establishment of the three year term provisions.
Within the policies and priorities established by the NASW Delegate Assembly and
the National Board of Directors, the South Dakota Chapter Board of Directors is
- Developing programs reflective of the Delegate Assembly priorities and
association major objectives, including annual budgets supporting program
- Establishing and dissolving committees and task forces based on South Dakota
Chapter program and administrative needs.
- Developing chapter policies within the framework of NASW public, professional
and organizational policies.
- Creating, restructuring, reviewing and determining the level of support for all
local units of the Chapter within national standards.
- Representing the South Dakota Chapter in the community to maintain its
relationship with other organizations.
- Hiring and annually evaluating the performance of the Executive Director
- Overseeing the fiscal viability of the chapter, including development of fiscal
policies, adopting an annual budget, publishing an annual financial report to the
membership and obtaining an annual audit.
- Developing and implementing membership recruitment and retention programs.
- Evaluating and appraising of operations relative to achieving association and
- Reviewing the Chapter’s organizational pattern after each Delegate Assembly to
assure relevant structure.
- Reviewing and resolution of inter-organizational issues and problems.
- Participating in Board meetings.
- Overseeing all other business necessary to fulfill the chapter’s purposes.
The Board of Directors shall meet at least four times annually. Meetings may
be face-to-face, electronic, or by conference call. Time and notice of each
meeting shall be given to all members.
Special meetings of the Board may be held at the call of the President or by
petition of 33% of the Board. A two-week notice for special meetings is
needed unless right to notice is waived by 75% of the Board of Directors.
A simple majority of the Board of Directors constitutes a quorum for the
transaction of all business.
- Proxy Voting
Voting by proxy is not allowed.
ARTICLE VI - EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors is responsible for
chapter affairs between Board meetings.
The Executive Committee consists of the Officers and President-Elect.
Terms of Office
Executive Committee members, being Board officers, will serve terms
consistent with their term on the Board.
Between Board of Directors meetings, the Executive Committee has the
powers of the Board of Directors within general policies, programs,
budget and specific directions established by the Board of Directors,
except that decisions regarding the employment status of the Executive
Director are reserved for the full board.
Executive Committee meetings will be scheduled by the President or by
petition of three (3) members of the Committee. Executive Committee
members will be given adequate notice of the meeting time and place.
A simple majority of Executive Committee members constitutes a quorum
for the transaction of all business.
ARTICLE VII – NOMINATIONS, ELECTIONS, AND REMOVAL FROM OFFICE
Nomination and Election processes specified in the Standards for NASW
Chapter Nominations and Elections adopted by the National Board of
Directors will be followed
Board members will be required to sign the National NASW Code of
Conduct and Conflict of Interest Statements.
Nonattendance by Board members at three consecutive meetings of the
Board of Directors and nonattendance by officers at three consecutive
Executive Committee meetings and/or Board of Director meetings may be
cause for removal. When such an officer or Board member has been
absent from the number of meetings designated above, the item of his or
her retention shall be placed on the agenda of the next regularly scheduled
meeting of the Board of Directors. At that meeting, the Board may
remove the officer or Board member by a vote of the majority of the full
A Board member may be removed for violating the Code of Conduct and
Conflict of Interest statements under the procedures approved by the
NASW Board of Directors.
ARTICLE VIII - DELEGATES TO THE DELEGATE ASSEMBLY
ELECTION OF DELEGATES AND ALTERNATES
Policies regulating the election of delegates to Delegate Assembly is
specified in National Bylaws, Article V, and in the Standards for NASW
Nomination and Election. Delegates and alternates will be elected in
accordance with those provisions.
COMPOSITION OF CHAPTER DELEGATION
The Chapter President shall serve as the Chapter’s first delegate to
Delegate Assembly. In the event the President is unable to participate
as a delegate, the Chapter Board of Directors shall select one of its
members as the chapter’s first delegate.
The Chapter President-elect shall serve as the guaranteed alternate, for
single delegate chapters, or as the second delegate if a chapter is
entitled to more than one delegate.
- If Delegate Assembly occurs when there is no President-Elect, the
Chapter shall conduct an election to secure an Alternate. The
candidate with the highest vote shall be the alternate.
The Chapter Executive Director shall represent the chapter as a non
The Chapter Executive Director shall represent the chapter as a non voting delegate.
ALTERNATE AND REPLACEMENT DELEGATES
Should the president, president-elect or elected alternate be unable to
attend the Delegate Assembly, the Board of Directors may appoint a
replacement delegate. Such appointments should be made as follows:
The Chapter President shall be an automatic delegate who,
if unable to serve, shall be replaced by a member of the
Board of Directors
Delegates and alternates must be elected to represent the chapter.
The Board of Directors can replace delegates only if
elected delegates are unable to attend the Assembly.
Such elected or appointed delegates must maintain the
chapter’s Delegate Assembly Affirmative Action
requirements, if there are any.
DELEGATE TERM OF OFFICE
With the exception of the President or President Elect, delegates and
alternates shall be elected for three-year terms beginning two years before
the Delegate Assembly.
ARTICLE IX - – COMMITTEES AND TASK FORCES
Mandated Committees are:
Executive Committee - as defined in Article VI of these bylaws,
Nominations and Leadership Identification
as defined in Article VII
of these bylaws and the Standards for NASW Chapter Nominations
Committee on Ethics
as defined in the NASW Procedures for
Professional Review and the Professional Review Technical Aids.
The Committee on Ethics shall be composed of five persons appointed
by the President with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors.
from at least 2 different regional units, who shall be responsible for
hearing and determining complaints filed in accord with the
Association’s policy on professional review. The Committee on
Ethics may convene local panels to conduct hearings.
Finance Committee: The Chapter’s Executive Committee will act as the Finance Committee.
OTHER COMMITTEES AND TASK FORCES
The Chapter Board of Directors may establish and dissolve standing
Chapter committees and task forces based on the Chapter’s program and
administrative needs. These committees and task forces are accountable
to the Board of Directors in all matters.
In making appointments, the President and Board of Directors should give
consideration to members’ competence, geography, gender, ethnicity,
sexual orientation, experience, and regional unit recommendations.
NASW membership in good standing is a requirement for all committee
ARTICLE X - REGIONS
STATEMENT OF INTENT
The South Dakota Chapter encourages the maximum possible membership
participation through its local regional units.
Regional units’ activities shall be consistent with Association purpose,
policies, procedures and bylaws.
PURPOSE OF REGIONAL UNITS
- Regional units are geographically defined local units that serve the
two-fold purpose of representation to the Chapter Board and
implementation of programs locally.
The South Dakota Chapter shall be structured into five regional units,
with one representative each, two in the Sioux Falls District, for the
purpose of serving as NASW-SD Board Members, as defined below:
Sioux Falls Area Region – (two representatives)
The South Dakota Chapter shall be structured into two regional units
for the purpose of serving as NASW-SD Nominations and Leadership
Identification Committee, as defined below:
West River – One Representative
East River – Two Representatives
NASW-SD Nominations and Leadership Identification Committee
members shall serve as Ex-Officio members of the NASW-SD Board
The Chapter Board of Directors has responsibility to create, review
and restructure regional units as necessary. Regional units shall have
direct representation on the Chapter Board of Directors through the
election of Board representatives elected by the members of the
Unit chairpersons will represent the interests of their unit’s members to
the Board of Directors and communicate Chapter Board processes and
decisions to their unit membership. Units are responsible in their areas
for Chapter program implementation activity as developed by the
Board of Directors.
Other Units may be developed or recognized to further the Chapter’s
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
Any group of members of a chapter may at any time petition the
Board of the Chapter to be recognized as a sub-unit of the Chapter
for the purpose of carrying on program activities and receiving
Chapter funds to support such activities
ARTICLE XI - STAFF
Chapter Personnel practices are regulated by the Personnel Standards for
Chapters adopted by the National Board of Directors
CHAPTER RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITY FOR STAFF
The Board of Directors of the South Dakota Chapter shall be responsible
for the oversight of staffing arrangements as may be required to provide
for the conduct of the Chapter’s business.
The Board of Directors of the South Dakota Chapter, in consultation with
the National Office, shall appoint an Executive Director who, in line with
established personnel policies and practices, shall have the authority to
employ, assign, detail, and release all other staff of the chapter in
with chapter standards established by NASW.
ARTICLE XII – FINANCE
Funds shall be provided to promote the programs of the Association through the South Dakota Chapter in the following manner:
Direct rebates in accordance with national NASW Bylaws, Article XVI - Dues and Other Income.
Supplemental grants at the discretion of the NASW Board of
Funds raised by the South Dakota Chapter in accordance with
accepted procedures of the Association.
Chapters may not establish 501 c(3) accounts, nor give tax receipts
for any donations. This must be referred to the NASW Foundation
CHAPTER FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
The South Dakota Chapter Board of Directors shall arrange for the careful
stewardship of financial resources by providing the following:
A Chapter bank account that conforms to the requirements
specified in the NASW Chapter Standards. No regional units shall
have ongoing bank accounts. The South Dakota Chapter may open
local bank accounts for the use of its units.
Chapter budget prepared prior to the beginning of each program
year (July 1-June 30)
The preparation and distribution of financial reports to Board of
Directors at least quarterly. A year end financial report shall be
made available to chapter members.
An independent audit by a certified public accountant is required
annually and must be forwarded to the National Office by a
The South Dakota Chapter will develop a financial policy defining
budgeting and reporting requirements, the staff role in financial
management, the reimbursement for Chapter leadership and staff
expenses, investment policies and policies related to reserve funds
in the Chapter.
- The South Dakota Chapter shall adhere to financial management
guidelines approved by the National NASW Board of Directors.
ARTICLE XIII - POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES
The South Dakota Chapter’s political action committee will conform
to applicable state and Federal laws and regulations.
The South Dakota Chapter will obtain prior review and approval from the
National Office for its political action committee’s bylaws before they
ARTICLE XIV – AMENDMENTS
The South Dakota Chapter bylaws may be amended by a vote of two-thirds of the Board of Directors representing fifty percent (50%) of the
regional units in attendance at a regularly called Board meeting, provided
that such proposed bylaw amendment(s) have been published and
distributed to chapter members or placed on the chapter Web site at least
three weeks prior to the meeting.
Implementation of an approved bylaw amendment depends upon approval
by the National NASW Board of Directors sanctioning process.