ARTICLE I — PURPOSE
SECTION 1. NAME
The name of this organization shall be the Deaf Young Adults for Christ, hereby referred to as DYAC.
SECTION 2. PURPOSE
Deaf Young Adults for Christ was established for the purpose of encouraging and strengthening Deaf and hard of hearing young adults in their faith and to provide opportunities to learn how to become leaders, while preaching the Gospel of salvation to those who are Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing.
SECTION 3. MISSION AND CORE VALUES
Our Mission is to make more and better followers of Jesus Christ. The mission shall include providing fellowship, helping people, preaching, teaching and evangelizing to Christians and non-Christians seeking.
To help us accomplish our mission, we trust in the following core values:
We value the Bible as God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We value the Lordship of Jesus Christ (John 3:16).
We value the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20).
We value the ministry of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
We value Christian worship (Psalm 150:6).
We value Christian unity (John 17:23; Ephesians 4:3).
We value Christian fellowship (Acts 2:42-44).
ARTICLE II: ELECTIONS OF BOARD OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS
SECTION 1: BOARD OFFICERS
The Board shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and two Advisors. No person may hold more than one Executive position (Board) at any given time.
The person must meet the criteria outlined in Article 2, Sections 3-5 prior becoming elected to be on the Board. Advisors have certain exceptions as outlined in Sections within Article 2.
There shall be an election every two years for all positions on the Board. There is no time limit for each position.
SECTION 2: COMMITTEE MEMBERS
The DYAC Board has the power to say aye or nay to allow a person who is interested in becoming a committee member of DYAC. The person must meet the criteria outlined in Article 2, Sections 3-5 prior becoming a member of the committee. There shall be an election annually for all members on the committee. There is no time limit for each person to be on the committee. Whatever plans committee wants to make, they need to first propose plans to DYAC Board. Then once the Board Officers approve the proposal, then the committee can proceed. If the proposal is not approved, then the proposal is denied. The Committee chairperson is required to give a progress report to Board Officers regularly so the Board Officers are aware of progress and planning.
SECTION 3: AGE REQUIREMENTS FOR BOARD OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS
The age requirement for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and all committee members, including those who attend DYAC campmeetings, shall be within the age range of 18 to 38 years old. There is no age requirement for Advisors.
SECTION 4: AFFLICTION
The DYAC board shall be members of Seventh-day Adventist church and believe in the Seventh-day Adventist church's 28 Fundamental Beliefs (https://www.adventist.org/beliefs/). The members within the committee shall be either member of a Seventh-day Adventist church or have a strong potential to become a Seventh-day Adventist.
SECTION 5: OTHER REQUIREMENTS
In order to achieve the purpose of DYAC outlined in Article 1, Section 2 which is to enable deaf young adults to be leaders, each Board member must be either Deaf or hard of hearing. Advisors are an exception to this. Each committee member can be either Deaf, hard of hearing or hearing.
ARTICLE III: DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF OFFICERS
The President shall preside at all meetings of DYAC and shall perform such duties as are designated by the DYAC.
The Vice President shall preside in the absence of the President and when so acting shall have all the responsibilities and authority of the President. The Vice President shall perform other duties as required.
The secretary shall keep minutes of all meetings, shall provide a copy of the minutes of the Board meetings to be available to committee, request process for reimbursements, coordinate DYAC campmeeting duties and perform such duties as may be assigned.
The treasurer shall be responsible for receiving donations in the mail and mailing (or dropping off if local) the checks to the assigned church. The treasurer shall request the church to deposit the checks into DYAC account. The treasurer is responsible for financial recordkeeping and any other duties that the Board may assign.
The financial overseer is responsible for ensuring that DYAC financial statements and procedures are evaluated to determine that adequate fiscal controls and procedures are sound and in place.
The Advisor shall provide counsel whenever needed and encourage board and committee members to take initiative to be leaders.
ARTICLE IV: QUORUM
A majority of the number of Board and committee members shall constitute a quorum during any Board meeting. When a quorum is present and if some members leave the meeting thus resulting less than a quorum, no action may be approved without the vote of at least of a majority required to constitute a quorum. If there is no quorum, then the meeting may adjourn and reconvene the meeting at another time.
ARTICLE V: FUNDING
Funding provided by Deaf Ministry Committee (DMC) of North American Divison Seventh-day Adventist Church shall be used for the purpose outlined in DYAC proposal.
DYAC Board is responsible for creating a proposal for Deaf Ministry Committee to request funds. Secretary is responsible for submitting the proposal on time to Secretary of Deaf Ministry Committee.
Board officers and committee members can fundraise and collect donations to raise money to sponsor DYAC events and for other things as well.
ARTICLE VI: AMENDMENTS
Amendments to the Bylaws must be presented to the Board for comment and approval. Amendments approved by the Board must be approved by two-thirds (2/3) of the members in order to become a part of the Bylaws.